Web Video: Star Trek: New Voyages
Star Trek: New Voyages (later renamed Star Trek: Phase II) is a fan-created webcast series created by James Cawley that is supposed to serve as a bridge between Star Trek: The Original Series and Star Trek The Motion Picture.James Cawley plays the role of Captain James Kirk in what's supposed to be the fourth year of the Enterprise's original five-year mission.To date, eight episodes have been released - "Come What May" (the pilot episode) "In Harm's Way", "To Serve All My Days", "World Enough and Time", "Blood and Fire" (a two-part episode written by original series scribe David Gerrold), "Enemy: Starfleet!", and "The Child" (adapted from a script written for the original Star Trek: Phase II series that became Star Trek The Motion Picture.).Four short vignettes - "Center Seat", "No Win Scenario", "1701 Pennsylvania Ave" and "Going Boldy" (which introduces a new actor for Kirk) - have also been released.
Tropes associated with this work include:
- All Just a Dream ...Or Was It a Dream?: The episode "To Serve All My Days", in which Chekhov is afflicted with Rapid Aging to the point where he may have died, has a final scene at the end of the closing credits that may suggest that most of the whole episode was just a dream he had.
- Book Ends: The beginning and ending parts of "World Enough And Time".
- Bury Your Gays: Unfortunately, in "Blood and Fire". Kirk's redshirt nephew Peter is deeply in love with medical tech Alex Freeman, and the two plan to marry. (Everyone charmingly takes this for granted.) Alex ends up the last person alive on a doomed research ship, killing himself seconds before the Regulan bloodworms get to him. This was probably supposed to be reminiscent of Robert Tomlinson and Angela Martine in the TOS episode "Balance of Terror".
- It's also because the episode is based on a script David Gerrold wrote for Star Trek: The Next Generation that kept getting punted into the wastebasket. For when the episode was originally envisioned, having gay characters in a relationship would be revolutionary, even if one of them died at the end. For the 21st century, well...
- The Bus Came Back: LIEUTENANT Rand is on the bridge of the Enterprise, prompting Kirk to record "The more things change, the more they remain the same."
- Downer Ending: "To Serve All My Days", which turns out to be just a dream.
- Expy: Ensign Isel for Ilia, due to being set before the original Phase II would have been (Bizarrely, though, she's also Deltan, but has a full head of hair)
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: In Kirtumba, the bridge crew is speculating as to the state of the Klingon Empire in 100 years' time. Bones comments that he's glad he won't be around to see it; prompting a reaction shot of the other two characters on the bridge who will be alive in the TNG era.
- Literary Allusion Title: "World Enough And Time"
- Lower Deck Episode: The vignette "Center Seat" features Lt. Sulu and Lt. DeSalle. (In the original series, DeSalle appeared in three episodes - "Catspaw", "The Squire of Gothos" and "This Side of Paradise". )
- Rapid Aging: Chekhov in "To Serve All My Days", with the older version played by the character's original actor Walter Koenig.
- Set Right What Once Went Wrong: "In Harm's Way"
- Special Guest: Walter Koenig as an older Chekhov in "To Serve All My Days", George Takei as an older Hikaru Sulu in "World Enough And Time", Grace Lee Whitney as Janice Rand, Denise Crosby as Dr. Jenna Yar.
- The Stinger: The last scene at the end of the credits for the episode "To Serve All My Days".
- Timey-Wimey Ball: "In Harm's Way" shows an alternate time-line where the Doomsday Weapon (from the original series episode "The Doomsday Weapon") was sent back through time, where it destroyed the Enterprise under command of Christopher Pike and proceeded to multiply and wreak havoc throughout the galaxy. Years later, Kirk is in command of the USS Farragut (with a Klingon first officer), and is summoned by Spock to the planet Gateway(home of the Guardian of Forever) in order to lead a mission into the past to destroy the Doomsday Machine before it could destroy Pike's Enterprise and threaten all life throughout the galaxy. Added to the mix later on are Admiral Kirk and Mr. Spock from 10 years later, attempting to avert the accident that left Pike a vegetable.
- Trapped in the Past: In "In Harm's Way", Kirk, Spock and McCoy learn that Commodore Decker survived his suicide run against the Doomsday Weapon, only to be sent back to the 1990s. He spent the last years of his life at the beginning of the 21st century, and left a farewell video tape for Kirk. William Windom, the actor who played Decker originally, reprised his role for this episode.
- Year Outside, Hour Inside: "World Enough And Time" has Sulu and a Red Shirt specialist transported to another dimension while the Enterprise was trying to beam them out of the Romulan ship inside a multidimensional spatial anomaly that they are trapped in. Sulu and the specialist apparently spent years inside that dimension during which he had fathered a daughter through her, which explains why he appears on the Enterprise as an older man (played by the character's original actor George Takei).