I am in no hurry to end the five year mission, but obviously I want to see us progress towards the end of it and the start of The Motion Picture. So how to get from here to there? You can’t go at it as if you end the five year mission then do Phase II then have The Motion Picture because many elements of what would have been in Phase II are now in The Motion Picture. For example, we can’t bring in Ilia because you saw her greeting the crew for the first time in Motion Picture, but we can bring in Decker if we wanted to. So basically what were are going to do is involve certain element of the concept of Phase II into the timeline of the last two years of The Original Series.
Some of this transition has already started. In the upcoming episode, "Blood and Fire" Cawley’s Kirk will be seen wearing a Phase II shirt and Scotty (Charles Root) will be sporting a TMP engineering uniform. That episode should be available by April or May. Plans are afoot to build a new Phase II-like set for engineering to appear in a future episode. In addition Cawley says that there will be "some Phase II adjustments to the Enterprise’s exterior, but only those that will allow us to see the progression to The Motion Picture." The new elements will likely begin to be seen more prominently in the episodes following "Blood and Fire." The Phase II team are planning on shooting "Rest and Retaliation" and an additional episode ‘back to back’ in June, with the first of those hoped to be out by the end of the year.
ll in all this change of direction is a bold and potentially risky move. It is also somewhat ironic for the show that has prided itself on recreating The Original Series down to every detail. Perhaps Cawley’s recent stint on the set of JJ Abrams new Star Trek has inspired the self-described ‘purist.’ As Mr. Spock says in "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield," "change is the essential process of all existence."
New cast and new Phase II character
Speaking of changes at Phase II, there are also new cast members ready to board the Enterprise. The first is the previously announced Ben Tolpin who joined last year and will appear as Spock in "Blood and Fire." And for the following episode there will be a new Chekov and a new Sulu. Both of the current actors (Andy Bray and John Lim) have other commitments and have decided to leave the show. Stepping in are JT Tepnapa as Sulu and Jonathan Zungre as Chekov. Both are experienced actors with stage and commercial work.
And to show the progression to Phase II, the character of Xon has been added to the cast (played by Patrick Bell). Leonard Nimoy was not going to join the the original Phase II so Gene Roddenberry created the character of the Vulcan science officer Xon, who was to be Spock’s replacement. The role was even cast (with David Gautreaux), but once the series evolved into Star Trek The Motion Picture Nimoy came on board and Xon was no longer needed. Bell’s Xon will appear in the new Phase II episode "Blood and Fire,” but in this case he is just joining the crew and not replacing Spock.
EPISODE 1 - "IN HARM'S WAY"
In an adventure that spans
centuries, Captain Kirk fights alongside a U.S.S. Enterprise from the
past to stop the devastating "Doomsday Wars" that should never have
happened. In a universe forever changed by those events, the crew of the
Enterprise must once again battle the powerful juggernaut known as the
"Doomsday Machine." Guest starring Star Trek: The Original Series alumni
Barbara Luna, Malachi Throne. and William Windom as Commodore Matthew
Decker. Written by Erik Korngold.
EPISODE 2 - "TO SERVE ALL MY DAYS"
When Klingons threaten the
Enterprise, Captain Kirk needs his best weapons officer on the bridge,
but Lt. Chekov is incapacitated with a debilitating disease that is
causing him to age rapidly... a disease for which Dr. McCoy can find no
cure. In this story by veteran Star Trek writer D. C. Fontana, actor
Walter Koenig returns as Pavel Chekov, reprising the role he made
famous. Guest starring Mary Linda Rapelye, from the Original Series
episode "The Way to Eden." Written by D. C. Fontana.
EPISODE 3 - "WORLD ENOUGH AND TIME"
A Romulan weapons test goes
awry and snares the Enterprise in an inter-dimensional trap. Lt.
Commander Sulu returns to find himself 30 years out of place and the key
to saving the crew of the Enterprise as the precarious grasp on their
own dimension begins to slip. Guest starring George Takei, who returns
to the role of Hikaru Sulu, which he played on television in Star Trek
(TOS) and in Star Trek: Voyager, as well as in the six feature Star Trek
films. Written by Michael Reaves and Marc Scott Zicree. Directed by
Marc Scott Zicree.
EPISODE 4 & 5 - "BLOOD AND FIRE" Pt. 1 & Pt. 2
Pursued and damaged by
repeated Klingon attacks, the crew of the Enterprise must respond to the
distress call from a Federation research ship. In a matter of hours the
ship and crew will be consumed by a nearby star and the crew of the
Enterprise will be consumed by an mysterious horror that threatens both
ships as the Klingons watch and wait. Guest starring Evan Fowler and
introducing Bobby Rice a Ensign Peter Kirk, nephew of the Captain.
Written and Directed by David Gerrold. Teleplay by Carlos Pedraza. This
episode was filmed in June of 2007 and will be released in 2008.
VIGNETTE 1 - "CENTER SEAT"
Fresh from command training
Lt. Commander Sulu returns to the Enterprise and some friendly
competition between he and Lt. Vincent DeSalle quickly spirals
out-of-hand, placing the ship in no small peril. Featuring Ron Boyd as
Lt. Vincent DeSalle and John Lim as Lt. Commander Hikaru Sulu in a Star
Trek: Phase II short written by Erik Korngold and Directed by Erik
"Gooch" Goodrich. "Center Seat" is a fast paced, action-pack, and
humorous character driven piece that strikes a chord with fans of the
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