No, you're pretty much right on the money. We had planned to do a switch to a Phase II Enterprise
back about the time of the "new" JJ Abrams movie. After it premiered, it was our sense that there was a greater desire on fans' part to continue to see the old TOS Enterprise
. Any itch fans had to see a new Enterprise
was being scratched by JJ; we didn't need to do the same thing ourselves. So we decided to stay Old School.
In fact, our new "Going Boldly" vignette was originally written four years ago to do double-duty--or maybe even triple-duty: it was going to be the roll-out of the "new" Phase II
; it was going to be the roll out of our new Phase II
series moniker; and it was going to be an epilogue to "Blood and Fire"--where we see a funeral for Lieutenant Alex Freeman--and we see the Enterprise
being repaired after the beating it took in that episode.
Of course, you all know what finally happened: we cancelled (well, postponed, it turns out) our plans to roll out a new Enterprise
, and we shot "Enemy: Starfleet," "The Child," "Kitumba," "The Protracted Man" and "Mind-Sifter" with our same ol TOS Enterprise
. We swiched our series name to Phase II
without much fanfare, and our recently-shot "Going Boldly" vignette, although left largely intact from when it was written four years ago, was changed from being a memorial service specifically for Lieutenant Alex Freeman to being a more generic memorial service for a number of Phase II
crew, real and imaginary, who have recently passed away.
Candidly, I don't think I'm really betraying any confidences when I say that an additional motivation for our recent change of heart regarding our switch to the Phase II Enterprise
is the arrival on the scene of Star Trek Continues
. With multiple TOS
-era productions, we thought that, if nothing else, using the Phase II
would be a bid of a differentiator between our production and other TOS