Post by Jon Van Pelt on Mar 3, 2019 10:20:41 GMT -6
Welcome back to the 24th century!
We at TREKISODES are proud to announce that Alex M.P. Matthew’s fanfic series STAR TREK: COURAGEOUS will join our lineup.
About Star Trek: Courageous: The Dominion War is finally over. Starfleet and the Federation Alliance were victorious. But their victory came at a high price. With all resources devoted to the war effort, many Federation worlds and colonies were left alone to defend themselves against dark forces -like the Orion Syndicate- trying to profit from Starfleet’s absence. Now that the peace has been won, it is up to the brave crew of the starship COURAGEOUS to win back the hearts and minds of those who believe the Federation has abandoned them.
Episode 1: Attention To Orders “The crew of the USS Courageous, an Excelsior-class starship assigned as one of several vessels to Sector 23, a long-forgotten corner of the Federation that is now the subject of renewed interest with the end of the Dominion War, must contend with the arrival of a new commanding officer. A standard milk run, escorting a supply convoy heading into the area, allows the crew a chance to become familiar with each other. But when a distress call diverts their attention, it’s only the beginning of a crisis that will test this crew and ship to the best of their abilities.”
Just read the first episode of "Blue Star", really enjoyed it.
There are a lot of similarities with "Knight's Haven", a scripted series I read years ago from somewhere or other, the MZP, maybe? But even in this quick 20-page opener, I can see that it's already very different. I look forward to seeing where it goes...
Thanks for reading & posting feedback Alex! Glad you enjoyed the first episode. I was part of the creative team behind Star Trek – Knight’s Haven which aired its first episode in December 2006 on VirtualStarTrek.com and unfortunately lasted only one season. It feels good to know that there are still people out there who remember the show after almost 12 years! I think that Knight’s Haven was the first virtual Star Trek series that dealt with life onboard a cargo ship. On the surface there are indeed similarities between Knight’s Haven and Blue Star (first of all because it takes place on a cargo ship and it involves a Starfleet officer), but like you said the show is very different from KH.
Next Sunday (March 18th) I’ll be posting the second episode called Ghosts Can’t Be Captain.
Post by Jon Van Pelt on Dec 2, 2017 4:07:12 GMT -6
Great to see BIONIC back here at VPN!
The episode starts with another one of their missions, this time taking place at some illegally organized drugs party. You feel the excitement and the tension as they’re trying to get a hold on their suspect. We get definitely get a few hints throughout this episode that something very bad is going to happen this season.
Since it was an action orientated episode mostly, the only character that gets a bit more development is Cody. He seems to be struggling with the darkness that took over his body in last sequence’s finale.
Overall it was an entertaining episode. A lot of action. A lot of unanswered questions too. The only thing that was missing i.m.o. was more character drama. BIONIC has all these cool characters, but there’s so much action we don’t always seem to have time to explore their personal stories.
Post by Jon Van Pelt on Aug 12, 2017 8:00:14 GMT -6
Let’s talk Audition! One of my favorite VS .
Like I mentioned in one my earlier posts, the more characters you introduce, the more complex the story gets and it’s fantastic.
I specifically enjoyed Alex’s journey into darkness (the scene where he’s talking to an imaginary actor really threw me off guard). I guess being an actor is one of the toughest jobs there is out there. Constantly having to go to auditions, giving it everything you got and then being rejected for the part. At some point you’ll start questioning yourself; am I good enough? So does Alex so it’s really nice to see that side of an “actor’s life” as well.
Alisha: It’s through her relationship with Kelsey that she managed to find the courage to come out and explore her sexuality. Now that Kelsey is in a relationship with another girl, it feels like Alisha is struggling again to accept who she is. Kelsey was her “first contact” in to this strange new world. Now that she’s lost her (as a lover, but not as a friend) I guess she has to find a way to accept who she is and get her own life back on track. Plenty more fish in the sea.
Michael/Paula: it seemed that their story somewhat took a back seat to Alex/Alisha. Nevertheless it’s nice to see Paula becoming a more well-rounded character through the Michael/Paula relationship.
So that’s in short my review/thoughts. Looking forward to the next batch of episodes.
Post by Jon Van Pelt on Jan 22, 2017 5:44:43 GMT -6
I’ve just finished reading the pilot episode. Though it doesn’t have this ‘big bang’ that makes you sit on the edge of your seat, it does introduce the main characters very well. Definitely a show I’d want to read so hoping this series gets picked up.
Post by Jon Van Pelt on Jan 13, 2017 10:39:49 GMT -6
Hello Martin! Thanks for taking an interest in my show. BTW, just call me Jon .
This series is still a work in progress . Over the last two months I’ve been working on another webisode project of mine. Also sci-fi. I’ve sent you a PM with more details if you like to join as a staff writer.
Post by Jon Van Pelt on Oct 4, 2016 4:05:57 GMT -6
Finished the last episode of BIONIC. Not to spoil anything: great story to end the sequence!
Sequence One had its ups and downs. Sometimes it felt like we were missing direction. I guess it’s because the show focused more on the Billy/Deacon dynamic in the first few episodes. Though some of the episodes could have been worked out better storywise imo, it were the characters who brought me back each episode. You’ve definitely got a rough diamond here. Just need some more polishing for sequence 2.
Congrats on finishing S1! I know you’ve worked long and hard on this. Good luck with the development of S2 .
Post by Jon Van Pelt on Oct 4, 2016 4:00:50 GMT -6
I’ve finally been able to catch up with the latest sequence of this show. Yay !
It’s fun to see the main and supporting actors evolve in some kind of ‘ensemble cast’. I enjoyed Alisha’s arc, exploring her bi-sexuality. Although in all honesty that storyline really took me off guard at first. Didn’t see that twist coming. Paula is still… Paula. Michael finally gets his own storyline (screenwriting) instead of being just “the dad”.
Reading AUDITION is like seeing a teen drama on MTV (and I mean this in a positive way of course ).
Post by Jon Van Pelt on Sept 18, 2016 6:25:32 GMT -6
Today the production team behind Enuma Elish released another teaser poster as part of the “Are you ready for the future?” promo campaign. Time for us to catch up with the showrunner, Jon Van Pelt.
VSGuide So are you guys ready for the future?
JVP We definitely are. The outline for the first season is locked and I can tell you it’s going to be an amazing journey! VSGuide How far are you into production?
JVP I guess I should start off with the news that, after long consideration, we’ve decided to write the show in a webisode format. It wasn’t an easy decision to make, but at the end of the day we truly felt that this format would suit our story best. For the first season we’ve got 20 episodes planned. The writing staff is just so energized, it’s really amazing. We’ve got a first draft for the first 9 episodes. We recently finished up the treatments for the final 2 episodes so next step will be of course writing the second half of the season.
VSGuide Is there a release date set for the show’s premier?
JVP We haven’t decided on a date yet. But right now we’re looking at somewhere in May 2017. That seems like a very long time but it’ll give us the necessary breathing room to do re-writes if necessary because next to writing the first season we’re already mapping out our second. This gives us the opportunity to put even more thought into the overarching storylines and character arcs.
VSGuide Any news regarding casting?
JVP Well the biggest news I can give you right now is that Chris Pratt and David Giuntoli will not pick up the lead roles of Nathan Storme and Muhiddin Aydin. I know a lot of people will be disappointed, but we realized early on it would be difficult to keep them on board. With Avengers: Infinity War and the Jurassic World sequel in pre-production, it’s just impossible for Chris to commit to a long term TV-project like Enuma Elish. As for David: NBC ordered a sixth season of GRIMM shortly after we pitched our show to theVPN. Of course we’re happy for Chris and David, but it also meant we had to start looking for other actors to fill their roles.
VSGuide Can you give us any names? JVP (smiles)
VSGuide But you’ve finalized the casting process?
JVP For the main cast? Yes. We’re so happy and grateful that we were able to bring together such an amazing group of talented actors to carry our show. Unfortunately I can’t give you any names right now. But we’re planning to get the cast together for a first press conference by the end of October. Having said that, you should keep a close eye on the Season One casting thread. You never know if someone accidentally leaks some casting info.
VSGuide We noticed in the teaser poster that you’ve settled on an official series logo.
JVP Shiny isn’t it? We’re such big fans of Darrin McCann’s artwork here at theVPN so we’re incredibly grateful that he found some time in his busy schedule to create this for us. We’re very proud of what he came up with. The logo really nails down the coolness factor of our show. Extraordinary work.
VSGuide Final question. We’ve talked a bit about the story. We’ve talked about the cast. What we haven’t talked about yet is the ship. The actual title character of the series, the Enuma Elish.
JVP Well just this weekend we’ve approved the final design of the ship. We wanted to go with something retro yet futuristic. We’ve gone through various designs. It wasn’t easy. But I think we really found something that will spark the audience’s imagination.
VSGuide Something we definitely look forward to! Thanks for the interview Jon.
Post by Jon Van Pelt on Aug 16, 2016 11:03:25 GMT -6
“Broken Code” expands on the events in the pilot episode. It definitely succeeds at slowly building up this new world. I have to admit though that Billy’s storyline, at the moment, seems to be stronger (read: more interesting) than that of Justin and his team. The final sequence reveals there’s more to Justin than just being another superhero, so I’m curious as to where his journey will lead.
The action sequences were all well written. Only minus was part of the dialogue between Cody/Tom/Justin in The Bunker. At some point it sort of felt like we were losing focus here.
Post by Jon Van Pelt on Aug 6, 2016 4:29:09 GMT -6
“Breaking In”, the pilot episode of BIONIC, immediately puts you on the edge of your seat. When the end credits roll you’ll be thinking “What just happened? I want to see more!”.
This series starts in a rather unconventional way by not focusing entirely on the main protagonist but on the trigger of events that will roll out during the rest of the season. The dialogue was sharp. The action sequences tight. The introduction of both the hero (Justin) and the villain (Deacon) were well handled.