The next highly anticipated production from Star Trek New Voyages: Phase II is getting set for its big December 20, 2008 premiere.
Written by Trek veteran writer David Gerrold and Carlos Pedraza, “Blood and Fire” will be the first real exploration of the AIDS pandemic, albiet from the Trek Verse. The idea is based on an original Star Trek The Next Generation (TNG) script written by Gerrold for that series but thought too controversial at the time because of its inclusion of a openly gay crewmember. Now updated by Gerrolds and Pedraza, the story takes on a new life of its own from the production set of New Voyages.
This fourth big production from executive producer and lead actor James Cawley and his cast and crew finds the famous Enterprise Starship badly damaged after a battle and caught between a mysterious, incurable contagion that threatens to overrun the galaxy, the pull of a dying star, and Klingons poised to attack.
Like all of the best Star Trek episodes of the past, “Blood and Fire” isn’t afraid to tackle contemporary issues placing them the 23rd Century setting which allows the audience to play out their own fears, predjudices and idealism within the framework of their favorite characters in the Star Trek universe.
“Blood and Fire” was also directed by David Gerrold . The 2-part episode will showcase guest starring appearances by such Star Trek alum as Denise Crosby (“Tasha Yar” on TNG) and Bill Blair. Actor Bobby Rice returns as Peter Kirk, the nephew of the famous Captain James T. Kirk (James Cawley).