The G & T Show episode 32 – Words With Friends is now available for downloading. Check it out here. This week Teri returns to the show to discuss Star Trek 12 leaked photos, STLV News, an all new Ask Dayton, and so much more. But before beginning the show, they spend some time playing Words With Friends.
Teri thanked Nick for running the show last week in her absence while she dealt with some family issues. He apologizes to anyone that may have heard it. Teri shares with us that it was her husband that was feeling under the weather last week, and she spent the week taking care of him and her dog Chloe, who had a biopsy last week. They moved on their dieting progress. Nick tells us that he’s lost 34 pounds already, while Teri was unsure of her starting weight but suspects that she’s lost between 15 and 20. Great job, keep up it up. Getting back to this week’s show, Nick shares with us that he was up late, catching up with a friend that he served with in the military. He tells us that the gentleman is a Social Media Specialist. He had checked out our website and thoroughly enjoyed it. We were pleased by the remarks and thank him for the kind words.
They move on to this week’s Star Trek Las Vegas Update. Last week, Nick announced that Tim Russ (Tuvok) will be attending STLV this year. Teri continued from there by announcing that Roxanne Dawson (B’lana Torres), Jennifer Hetrick (Vash), Max Grodenchik (Rom), and Garret Wang (Harry Kim) will be in attendance. Everyone’s favorite Dabo Girl, Chase Masterson (Leeta) will be spending her time in the Vendor’s Room. As was previously announced, Armin Shimmerman, Jeffrey Combs, and Casey Biggs will be performing a little something from Shakespeare. However, you may not know that Garret Wang, Dominic Keating, and Connor Trinneer will be presenting a special theatrical performance for all the fans in attendance on a complimentary basis.
After clarifying a point about McFadden’s recent closure and reminiscing about last year’s STLV, Nick shares his disappointment that Nicole de Boer still hasn’t been confirmed to appear. Teri hopes that Will Wheaton will make an appearance, since he’s the only hold out from TNG’s main cast. They discussed getting Wesley Crusher bowling shirts if he does attend. Teri recommends to everyone to watch Big Bang Theory.
At this point, Nick asks Teri if she had heard about the recently discovered Norman Spinrad script “He Walked Among Us” for an episode of Star Trek TOS that was originally supposed to feature Milton Berle. Norman Spinrad is the writer behind the TOS episode “The Doomsday Machine” and is currently selling an ebook of the script on Amazon for $9. Star Trek Phase II will be producing that episode.
Teri tells us about last week’s episode of Tribbles in Ecstasy. Terace from Geek Nation Tours with Larry Nemecek was on the show and announced that they have teamed up to do a Star Trek based Travel Tour leading up to the STLV. Beginning in Los Angeles, Larry will be leading a 9 day guided tour to revisit the locations in and around LA where Star Trek was filmed, including the Griffith Observatory, the lower Sierra Nevada Mountains, the Will Rogers State Park (where Larry Volunteers), Vasquez Rocks, and ending in Vegas for the STLV. The cost of the tour includes meals and hotels and more.
It spurred a discussion of some of the locations portrayed in the shows and movies that were actually located somewhere else entirely, such as the Star Trek IV’s Aquarium in San Francisco was actually filmed at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and more. They even talked about their experiences encountering locations locally that they immediately recognized from various movies unrelated to Star Trek.
Nick then tells us that Teri had a meltdown on twitter this week over the leaked photos from JJ’s new Star Trek movie, which presented an opportunity to discuss the latest Star Trek 12 Movie News. Before getting to the Teri’s response, Nick butchers Cumberbatch’s name as they speculate as to his character in the film. Mary Czerwinski had tweeted that she believes that he is Gary Mitchell, which doesn’t make Teri very happy since Dr. Dahner won’t be in the film. We love you Mary!
Examining the photos, Teri explained that they were filming it in IMAX, and then, adding 3D in post-production. She was unhappy that they were filming it in this way rather than filming the entire movie in 3D from the start. Nick asked why were they filming it in this manner, and Teri explains that it’s because of cost.
Then, she mentions one of her pet peeves with films today; specifically, the alteration of the film’s color pallet and the excessive use of the colors orange and teal to create mood. When she noticed that this particular technique appeared in the trailer for an upcoming Pixar film, “Brave”, it drove her over the edge. She was looking forward to the movie, but believes that she will be distracted by the excessive use of those colors. Nick asked her, which would she rather have: the teal and orange or the lens flares? They go on to discuss how JJ managed to do both with the first Star Trek Movie.
Nick tells us about the book that he finished reading: All In: The Education of General David Petraeus. He found it a fascinating read. He is now reading two books. They talk about the first book, The Hobbit, where Nick tells us that he’s not a huge fan of wizards and fantasy. The second book he’s reading is “I want my MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution” about MTV from its inception through 1992 when the Real World aired.
It was at this point that Teri realized that the call had not been recorded. Thankfully, livestream had a back up that allowed us to present to you this week’s episode. We would like to thank Cerberusfilms for the use of his channel and valuable assistance in saving this week’s show from virtual oblivion.
Before moving on with this week’s show, Nick informs everybody that he G & T Show forums had over 800 registered users. Welcome to the G & T Show’s community everybody! Nick wonders why he only had five submissions to his contest while Teri only received two. Teri mentions that Larry Nemecek and others have posted links to us from their sites, but she thinks that most of it has to be from Star Trek Online going free to play.
Nick agrees and confirms that Dave Mack and Dayton had done the same. Dayton also blogs about us as well. And, speaking of Dayton, Nick tells us that his new book is going to be released soon. They move on to this week’s Ask Dayton. Ask Dayton #17 – Dayton’s Handy Dandy Cultural Development Hit List, where he shows us how culturally relevant Tramp Stamps and Strip Clubs actually can be. For our new listeners and community members, nick tells us about Dayton Ward, the author of numerous Star trek and science fiction books, and co-author on several books in the Vanguard series. If you have a question that you’d like to Ask Dayton, post your questions on the G & T Show forums or email it to us at email@example.com. Dayton will be making an appearance at Comic-Con in San Diego in July.
Speaking of conventions, Nick mentions that he will be attending Shoreleave 34 on August 3rd through the 5th in Baltimore at the Marriot Hunt Valley Inn. Looking at this years line up, he tells us that Jane Wiedlin, Musetta Vander, Ryan Robbins, LeVar Burton, and Kate Mulgrew will be there. Nick says its not small, it’s intimate.
Teri talks about a tweet from Tricia Helfer about her shaved belly. Then, Nick goes on to talk about her and Katie Sackhoff’s video podcast, Acting Outlaws. Teri mentions that she is also following Angie Harmon, which reminded Nick of Sasha Alexander who appear together on Rizzoli and Isles on TNT. Teri tells us about a contest that the TNT network had run in conjunction with Hyatt, where they hosted an elaborate murder mystery featuring Rizzoli and Isles in New Mexico.
Speaking of Cable, Nick noticed that JJ’s Star Trek is being shown often on FX, which demonstrates a shift in the way movies are broadcasted. He remembers how big of a deal it was when Star Trek IV was premiered on ABC for the first time. The conversation leads to Teri discussing the Oscars and how genre films are rarely ever nominated let alone win an oscar. It seems that only genre-busting movies that advance the art of film-making are the only time genre films get a nod and offers Avatar as an example. Teri tells us that the last Star Trek film wasn’t made for its script, it was made to show off its special effects. Nick applauded Star Trek for its audio and visual presentation. They continue the squirrel chasing as they discuss movies. At one point, Nick suggests imagining what it would have been like if Christopher Nolan had directed Star Trek.
But with all spectulation aside, they continue the discussion they began earlier concerning the leaked Star Trek 12 photos and the reaction to them. Nick illustrated a point when he mentioned Keith R.A. DeCandido’s Star Trek The Next Generation Rewatch for Tor.com, where in a pivotal scene with Worf, it appeared Riker had been asleep. A single moment in time is all that a photo is showing us, there’s no consideration of what happened before or after. Teri pointed out that Trekkies had discovered that Cumberbatch wore a Starfleet Delta, which led to much speculation concerning his identity as the Villain.
They move the show along with Teri’s Voyager Rewatch. She watched two more episodes: Coda and Blood Fever. She enjoyed both episodes. Nick is almost finished with season 2. They discuss the episodes briefly and what Teri has to look forward to in the next few episodes. Nick wishes Jeri Ryan a Happy 44th Birthday. He then, mentioned that he and a friend had just finished watching Battlestar Galactica and are looking forward to Caprica. While discussing Blood Fever, Nick shares with us that some of his favorite episodes are those that are out of the box and involve crewmen that we often do not see in an average episode of Star Trek. He gives us some examples of Lower Decks, Family, and Good Shepherd.
Teri tells us about a sequence in her book where Beth goes down to the bottom deck of her ship, which had been inspired by the episode Good Shepherd. It reminded Nick of another scene that Teri had written that was inspired by a scene in TNG where Guinan and Riker have a talk about the burdens of Command. Teri explains the scene which reminds Nick of another squence in Vanguard, which leads him to bring up the Doug Drexler’s Ships of the Line Calendar, which has the Sagittarius and the Klingon Battlecruiser on the cover that is reminiscent of the Reap the Whirlwind cover. While Teri tries to remember Mr. Drexler’s name, Nick looks up the delivery date for Dayton Ward’s next book, That Which Divides. It arrives March 1st, followed by Storming Heaven on March 29th. Sorry about that, Doug. Check out Doug Drexler’s blog, the Drex Files.
For people that enjoy a good urban fantasy, Nick recommends David Mack’s The Calling. Teri changed the subject and asked Nick if he’s had a chance to play the new Featured Episodes in Star Trek Online. He had not. Teri is excited to experience it with him. She told him a little about the missions and enjoyed Kestrel’s work on them. Keep up the good work. They spend the last few moments of the show speaking with the chat room and talking about last week’s episode.