Slice of SciFi #97: Interview with James Cawley (“Star Trek: New Voyages”)

New Voyages: World Enough and TimeNews Bytes:
Is Lucas planning a 30th Anniversary DVD release of Star Wars? Hasbro has toys coming, so we’ll just have to wait and see

Sylvain White has been tapped to direct the big-screen adaptation of Frank Miller’s RONIN, and promises to keep it faithful to the original comic

David Arquette is scheduled to sit in the director’s chair for upcoming episodes of big sister Patricia’s hit series “Medium” on NBC

Movie Talk:
Academy Award winner Hilary Swank stars in Warner Bros. production of “The Reaping,” about a former Christian missionary who lost her faith after her family was tragically killed. She has since become one of the world’s foremost authorities in debunking so-called religious and paranormal phenomena.

The Robert Rodriquez / Quentin Tarantino collaboration “Grindhouse” is finally ready for release on April 6th, and it’ll be a double-bill that showcases both director’s love for the horror/slasher exploitation films of the 60’s and 70’s. Each director will present their own one hour film, that combined will make for one full-length feature.

The Rodriquez film is called “Planet Terror” and explores an alien world that looks and feels a lot like our own Earth but with eerie differences that make it unique.

Tarantino’s effort is a gore-fest salute to the renowned slasher flick and is titled “Death Proof.” In it the killer loves pursuing his victims by using his car as the weapon of choice.

Game Player Commentary: Lora has an open letter to Obsidian Entertainment, regarding some major issues with “Neverwinter Nights 2″ and “Knights of the Old Republic 2″. Listen to the gamers… they want to keep buying and playing the games you make.

TV Talk:
“Battlestar Galactica” has been given a green light for at least 13 new episodes for season 4 by The SCI FI Channel. Season Four begins on January 2008 continuing in its Sunday night timeslot. Also: Those with HD capability can now catch Galactica 3.0 in Hi-Def on Universal HD, available through DirecTV.

“Firefly”/”Serenity” actress Summer Glau has been shooting a pilot for FOX, and while we cannot confirm it 100%, we are pretty confident that she will be in a recurring role on the new SF television show “The Sarah Connor Chronicles.” What we don’t know yet is what part she will be playing. Could Summer end up being a Terminatrix on the trail of Sarah and John Connor?

Interview: Summer and Sam talk with James Cawley, executive producer and creator of Star Trek: New Voyages. James drops by to tell us all about the newest episode, “World Enough and Time”, featuring George Takei and due out in April 2007.

James tells us all about how it’s been to work with Star Trek icons over the past several years, and about his hopes and dreams of continuing “New Voyages” for many more stories to come.

Future Talk: What’s Coming Up?
Vin Diesel stars in “Babylon A.D.” as a military veteran-turned-mercenary who agrees to escort a woman from Russia to Germany, not realizing that she’s the host for an organism that a religious cult wants to harvest into a genetically-modified Messiah.

Director Mike Nawrocki and writer Phil Vischer came up with the idea to use a pirate backdrop for a new story of heroism for Veggie Tales. Our heroes, Elliot, Sedgewick and George–aka Larry the Cucumber, Mr. Lunt and Pa Grape are working at The Pirate Times Dinner Theater as busboys and are bored out of their, well, rinds. Anyway, all that is about to change when a mysterious ball drops from the sky and lands at their feet. This ball is really a “Helpseeker” sent from the past in search of real heroes willing to do what it takes to rescue a royal family, battle tyranny all while setting sail on the high seas of the past.

Listener comments: If you have any suggestions or comments, please let us know.


  1. says

    Hmm. I had to downlaod the MP3 because this ep is just not shwoing up in iTunes. Good show though, even if I did have to scan for it in the music section of my Nano (right between Queensryche and Nada Surf).

  2. fred says

    No love for Special Unit 2, what happen to the samll boy in the lot of you? I wouldn’t run out and buy the fifty dollar dvd of the show, if there were one. I think the show is a lot of fun.

    I could see Summer play the part of kickass bodyguard or a as a human hired to hunt down Sarah. She is doing a good job on the Unit, but it looks like they’re winding down her character on that show.

  3. Mathew says

    I liked Special Unit 2 as well. Fun show to watch. It ran for 2 half seasons on UPN. It was trying to be a TV version of Men in Black, with a little Buffy-parody thrown for fun (the only mythical monsters which were NOT real in this world were vampires!)

    The pilot of Torchwood basically stole it’s whole plot from SU2.

  4. Tom "the Veggie lover" says

    I just wanted to offer a little guidance to the naive hosts of this podcast.

    The generalization that VeggieTales is a fundamentalist tool is completely wrong. I am about as anti-fundamentalist as you can get and someone who rarely goes to church.

    That said, Larry and Bob are offering basic Christian messages that appeal to fundamentals, part-time Christians and, at times, even agnostics and atheists.

    Strip away talk about God and you get some pretty clear common sense advice.

    So, the Veggies appeal to people of many faiths and provide children and adults a lot of laughs.

    If you want to learn more about the Veggies, pick up Phil Vischer’s book “Me, Myself and Bob”.