G & T Show 45 – A Very Special Episode is now available for downloading. Give it a listen here. Nick, Teri, and Mike are back with a very special of episode. In addition to their tribble chasing, they’ve got a Star Trek Las Vegas Update, some wonderful listener mail, an Ask Dayton, and a great interview with Geek Nation Tours and Larry Nemecek. They also welcome Lanny, Mavrick, and Lisa (Risa from Trek Radio) to the G & T Family.
This weeks’ show opens with Oliver dismissing the age old tropes of Scottish people and the legend of the “Och aye” while Nick gives a shout out to Bob in the chatroom, co-host of the All Things Trek podcast, and giving them a dressing down over several monsters missed from their last show, including the Vampire cloud creature from Obsession as well as the Lights of Zetar, both classic TOS episodes. Bob freely admits they did not bring their A-game to that show.
On the subject of monsters in Star Trek, the crew comment about the special effects failure in the Voyager episode Macrocosm especially the “Phallus Basketball monster” as Bob in the chat room dubs it. Moving on, teri outlines the plan for this week’s episode, including an interview with Larry Nemecek and Taris about their about their upcoming Star Trek themed tour.
Moving on to STLV news, Teri announces a rather unusual email she received from Creation, warning convention goers to book their rooms soon, with more than 4,000 of the Rio Suites Hotel booked and the premium on the remained set to rise. Teri also provides news of the several new actor additions, including Lawrence Montaigne (Stonn and Decius, TOS), Garth Pillsbury (Wilson, TOS), Tania Lemani George (Kara, TOS) and Jonathan De Larco (Hugh, TNG). As well as news that John Billingsley and Densie Crosby have had to cancel their appearance due to film work.
In more convention news, several new lectures have been announced, including David Williams Asteroids, Ion Propulsion and NASA’s Dawn Mission to Vesta, as well as Relativistically Correct Visual Effects in Tv and film by Ronald Helda of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
It is that this point that the tell-tale voice of team speak kicks in and announces that tour intrepid crew has only started recording and promoting a dressing down for Teri from Nick. Moving on from STLV, Nick announces that he is taking up a challenge laid down by Bob of All things Trek, who has claims to be able to beat the Crystalline entity if people would just listen to him, with Caspian and many in the chatroom joining the challenge.
Before moving onto the interview with Larry and Taris, Nick takes the time to extend thanks to Risa, Lanny and Maverick, all of whom have volunteered their time to help out the G&T and join the G&T family, helping compile show-notes and moderate the forum.
With all the news wrapped up, it’s time to move onto the interview with Larry and Taris. Larry opens us off by talking about his upcoming documentary about the infamous 1982 Houston convention, cynically dubbed “The Con of Wrath”. He invites attendees to that con to come forward and tell their tales from the event and to donate to the production. Anyone who donates will receive onscreen credit.
Moving onto the main crux of the interview, Taris talks to us about the conception of Geek Nation Tours, from the recession slump that prompted him and his tour company to branch out and offer specialized tours for fandoms. Taris goes onto talk about his introductions to Larry and how they came about planning the tour, including everything from the landmarks in LA like the waterfront and Griffith Observatory to the highway route to avoid traffic. Larry, Taris and the crew then go on to share their own stories from Las Vegas cons gone by, with Teri once more telling the infamous story of the fight at McFaddens.
For more information on the Star Trek Las Vegas tour and all of Geek Nations fandom related tours, please check out www.geeknationtours.com
Returning from the interview, Teri bids hello to Dayton in our chatroom, who is current in Kanas City. Nick announces that the originally planned topics inspired by Christopher’s letter will be pushed back as well as promises to finally get around to reviewing the animated Series. Cerberus talks to us about some recent developments regarding the G&T Show feed on iTunes who will soon be taken down and cease working for those subscribed. However, if you still want to subscribe to the show, you can click the subscribe to G&T show widget on the right hand side of the G&T show homepage.
Moving on, Nick provides this week’s Ask Dayton, tacking the difficult subject of character creation. A comment in the chatroom by Lanny about a story for Nick’s scar prompts sori to officially announce a contest devoted to the secret origins of the scar
This week, Nick has some significant Listener Mail, including one from Oren of All Things Trek on the subject of the Maquis, good or bad, and their portrayal in TBG, DS9 and Voyager. After Oren’s letter, Nick reads a message left on our forums left, an emotional thank you to our cast for all their work by listener, Karen Grace, and leaving Nick and Teri speechless. Building upon Karen’s letter, Nick also extends a thank you to Lanny, who managed to send Nick a signed copy of I,Q by John de Lancie and Peter David.
Moving on from Lister Mail, Nick takes the time to plug Impressions of Sound, who this week will be featuring a special playlist compiled by our own Chris for cancer survivors to celebrate National Cancer Survivor Month this June, while Teri reminds our listers about the G&T audio drama contest, challenging them to come up with a short audiodrama based around the phrase “kobayashi maru”.
As Teri tries to tie up the show, she reminds our listers to check out the amazon.com link on our website which helps pay for the upkeep of our servers. And before Warp 11 plays us out, Nick asks all our listers to remember why we have a Memorial Day