Archive for January, 2010

Time Ends for David Tennant

01/29/2010

Well, I finally watched END OF TIME – Parts 1 and 2.  For those who may not know what I’m talking about – I’m referring to the British SCI-FI cult series, DOCTOR WHO.  David Tennant left on a high mark for his portrayal of the famous and mysterious “The Doctor.”  He was Doctor number “10” in the longest SCI-FI series (yes, beating out STAR TREK by a couple of years).

I have to admit that I was sadden to see David Tennant leave the series as it was him that actually got me interested in watching Doctor Who.  However, I have to say that if you’re going to leave a show, leaving on top is the way to go (ala Seinfeld). 

This final two-parter was extremely well done – for SCI-FI TV to provoke an emotional reaction is rare – for those that saw it, you know what I mean (referring to when Donna Noble’s Grandfather is in the chamber and the Doctor sacrifices his life for him). 

The Lovely Rose Tyler, the Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith

The last few episode specials were all well done and set the stage for the “regeneration” to take effect in this episode with cameos by pretty much everyone — guest star appearances by previous “companions” such as Martha Jones, Mikey Smith, Rose Tyler, Donna Noble, and more.   Timothy Dalton from Bond fame played a very good bad-guy Time Lord.  Our Doctor gets to say his “good-byes” to those that he shared extraordinary adventures with prior to transforming into the next Doctor. 

Regenerating into Doctor #11

At the end, we get to see Doctor #11 – Matt Smith and get a glimpse into the type of Doctor he will be.  As a good friend of mine would say, “I’m cautiously optimistic.”

Release of 2nd Animated Episode – Act 1

01/01/2010

As most folks know, NEO f/x in association with Farragut Films is the first to release new animated adventures of Filmation’s Star Trek based on the crew of Starship Farragut.  

With today’s Act 1 release of the 2nd Starship Farragut – The Animated Episodes, called “The Needs of the Many,” I thought I’d do another interview with Michael Struck of NEO f/x.   

We are releasing the second animated episode only a few months after releasing the first one. How did you turn this one around so quickly.

Power Source allowed us to ‘cut our teeth’ and get all of the re-useable animation ‘assets’ together. That is why the first episode took over a year to produce. Since the background and characters don’t routinely change, it was easier to put this episode together. However, there were new characters that had to be created, including Chase Masterson’s character Carmen, and the Gorn.

Speaking of the Gorn, he sounds VERY similar to the one in the TOS episode Arena.  Did you use the same voice actor?

There is a debate on the net on who actually voiced the original Gorn. Some say it was Ted Cassidy, others say it was another actor. Either way, it didn’t matter….Ralph Miller (familiar to fans of all fan-produced Treks), does an excellent impersonation of the Gorn.

The Gorn aka Ralph Miller

Now that the first act of the episode is released, I guess the cat is out of the bag…  Scotty makes an appearance on the Farragut.  I assume Chris Doohan is providing the voice?

You are correct…While I originally only wanted to Chris to voice Thelin (as his father did), it was really Jack Trevino that convinced me to have Chris play the part his dad made famous. The one thing I did NOT want is a cheap Scotty impersonation…too many folks in the media and in ‘fandom’ think they can do Scotty, but with poor results. However, when I was in the recording studio with Chris, there were some lines gave me chills as Chris does Scotty SO WELL. I hope the fans agree…Either way, I think this part honors his father, without taking away from the story and simply making is a ‘cross over’ episode.

Chase Masterson plays a key role in this episode, can you talk about it?

Well, I think there is enough information out there about her character that I think I can reveal this. Chase is playing Carman Renata, the great-great-great grandmother of Lt. Cmdr. Smithfield. We leave act 1 with the image of the Farragut being rocked by an energy beam coming from a wormhole. So, I think that is a clue on how we get to meet Carman. Of course, we can’t mess with the time line (JJ Abrams already did that for us), so the crew has to figure out how to solve the problems without changing the universe.

Chase as Carmen in "The Needs of the Many"

And the question you know is coming…when will the next acts be out?

The plan is premiere this at the Farpoint Convention in Baltimore on 2/12-2/14….so hopefully before then 🙂

Thanks Michael for your time – we look forward to the completion of “The Needs of the Many.”  For more INFO on Starship Farragut – The Animated Episodes, including “THE NEEDS OF THE MANY”  – check it out at www.farragut-animated.com.