Shore Leave, A fan run Science Fiction Convention
Shoreleave Fanfilms is glad to see that Star Trek: Phase 2 has ended their long drought and releasing two new episodes and is proud to present them at Shoreleave 36. Continuing with Phase 2's thrust to fill in the story gaps between Star Trek and Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Both episodes present new information that is compatible with Trek canon. These episodes elaborate background in the Trek universe even as they present ripping good and highly entertaining stories.
Kitumba (ep 4.09) - Starfleet Intelligence learns from a Klingon informer that a faction is planning to make war against the Federation. Kirk and the crew of the USS Enterprise, aided by informer, are sent on a secret mission to the mysterious Qo'nos to stop the war before it can begin. This episode is a deeper view into Klingon society than has ever before been presented. The script came out of a two-part story draft written by John Meredyth Lucas for the undeveloped Star Trek: Phase II TV series in 1977. Patty Wright rewrote it as a one-part episode for the ST:P2 fan filming group. Much of the action takes place on Qo'nos, the Klingon homeworld, which was shot on location at Fort Ticonderoga, New York, and at The Wagon Wheel, a local restaurant. Guest Stars abound, including a cameo by Gil Gerard as Admiral Jack Sheehan and Vic Mignona, who plays a deliciously done villain, Malkthon. There are also the popular recurring character of Captain Kargh so deftly played by John Carrigan, Pony R. Horton as K'Sia, and the Kitumba, the young Emperor who is a spiritual and political leader and is a blood descendant of Kahless, played by Kario Pereira-Bailey. Members of the International Klingon Federation provided many extras and helped out with the location shoots. The episode has been well received.
The Holiest Thing (ep 4.10) - The Enterprise investigates the explosion of a Federation research outpost. Meanwhile, Kirk develops a bond with the outpost's lone survivor: Dr. Carol Marcus (skillfully played by Jacy King). This episode was directed by the talented and experienced Daren Dochterman, a long-time Star Trek fan and Hollywood professional. It is also the debut of Brian Gross as the new Captain James T. Kirk, and guest stars Wayne W. Johnson as the recurring character Walking Bear and Emlee Vassilos as Solgaard. This episode is due to be released on 14 February, 2014.