G & T Show 166 – The Force Awakens
G & T Show 166 – The Force Awakens is now available for downloading. Check it out here. Terry and Mike are joined by a gravel-voiced Nick. Nick attended the Great Allentown ComicCon this weekend and shares some of his experiences. This week, we also discuss the latest from Star Trek News, an STLV Update, the Star Trek Poll, and even the latest news regarding the upcoming Star Wars movie: The Force Awakens. You don’t want to miss this week’s show.
Introductions this week were pretty lackluster with Nick’s current exhaustion from all of the fun he’s been having from the convention. His voice is the result of the after party at the Great Allentown ComicCon. We jump straight into Coffee Clatch and hear about the convention from Nick, including the interviews he has already recorded and the others he has lined up. Voice Actress Erica Schroeder was interviewed yesterday and Actress Gigi Edgley is slated for an interview later today. Stan from Nemesis Studios invited Nick to join him on a panel and live podcast from the convention for An Elegant Weapon Podcast. Nick sends a shout-out to everyone over at Nemesis Studios. He tells us about some of his other experiences at the convention.
Mike shares his NaNoWriMo progress briefly before talking about what has taken up the majority of his time this week. We have reached a milestone in our fundraiser and have been able to secure the new server. He spent most of the week getting it set up and moved in. He sends a big shout-out to Andy with tech support for all of his work helping us get the site operational. The new server has three control panels and Andy helped him make sense of it all. We’re pleased and grateful for the support of from our listeners. Mike reminds us that our fundraiser is still ongoing for a new theme, plugins, and subscriptions, but we are no longer in jeopardy of going dark. There are still some bugs, but they are all on the back-end.
A new visitor to our chatroom, Grumpkin joins us for the show and despite our best efforts to identify him, we were unable to do so. It spurred a brief discussion of anonymity on the Internet and how it is moving away from it. Terry tells us what she has done this week. She worked, spoke with Scott Pearson for the first time for a Supplemental Log, and her computer is still down. We talk about the interview with Scott and some of the highlights. We recommend you check it out. She tells us about the computer she’s putting together. Our chatroom has gotten some upgrades, although some features will be added in the future.
We get the show going with Star Trek News. For our first piece was on the hoodies. We talked about the Wesley Crusher hoodie, but now there’s a Worf hoodie now. Nick tells us that Janice has finished watching Enterprise and has now moved on to Deep Space Nine. Terry gets us back on track to talk about the newest ships being released to the Starships Collection and how good the Runabout looks. Moving along, they talk briefly about last week’s episode and the amount of hate mail Nick has received from it. Nick addresses some of the issues. Getting us back on track Terry mentions the gentleman who recently won his battle with Cancer that we discussed last week and shares a follow up article with Frakes sending him his regards. Nick takes us on another squirrel by mentioning the recent Garth Brooks video with him and a fan who is battling cancer. Briefly we talk about jazz and art before getting back on track.
We talk about an article that confirms that Carl Urban has been recast as McCoy. It suggests that he is best known for his supporting role in Lord of the Rings. Mike believes the reason for it is due to the fact that Lord of the Rings may be bigger in India probably do to its proximity to New Zealand where the Lord of the Rings films were made. The conversation shifts to the G20 summit in Asia and the Star Trek-like outfits they are wearing. Nick chimes in with another squirrel, praising the Internet for putting forth the probe landing on the comet ahead of Kim Kardassian’s ass on Twitter. We talk about the comet and the robotic probe we sent there. Moving us forward, Terry talks about a Canadian company that is growing vegetables with Borg-like efficiency.
We received some news from Faragut. They had finished filming their episode. They are ramping up for Faragut Fest, which is coming soon. We talk about Agents of SHIELD’s recent episode setting up Inhumans and Punisher. With the news finished up, we move on to the Star Trek Las Vegas Convention and the list of guests they have already lined up. Terry mentions that there will be fewer Official Star Trek Conventions this year in order to let them prepare for the 50th anniversary. However, Creation will be creating more smaller Supernatural conventions.
We don’t have an Ask Dayton this week. With our email server down from the move, Mike checked with Dayton yesterday to make sure it didn’t get lost in the ether. Instead, we take the Star Trek poll regarding which crew faced the most diversity. Unanimously, we all agreed it was Enterprise and cite a few examples of why we think they had it worst. Nick asks if we had seen the bachelor pad the Swedish guy decorated in Aliens vs. Predator. We check out the photos and talk about it a little bit.
We move on the craziness the Internet underwent with the announcement of the title for the new Star Wars movie. Nick compares it to the hoopla that we all felt with the announcement of the title for Into Darkness. Mike mentions the Star Wars movie title generator that was posted on Dayton’s and Dave Mack’s Facebook faces. We talk about some of the funniest ones from their pages. While Mike pulled up the links they talk about the Star Wars parody of walking ten hours through Manhattan. Terry wonders if anyone else caught the exit line for Dave Mack’s current novel in progress. We talk about Star Wars for a little bit before Nick shifts the conversation to the latest news about the Fantastic Four and the Internet Troll that becomes Dr. Doom. The Fantastic Comic has been cancelled, but Disney denies that it is behind the cancellation. Nick believes there is more riding on JJ’s career with Star Wars than there ever was with Star Trek.
Terry mentions that there will be Music Concert Series at the Star Trek Convention in San Francisco, among other locations around the world. Jumping back to the discussion of Fandom reaction to modern film retellings, Terry points out how the latest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film was received. Mike suggests that current batch of remakes are not geared to the fans, but instead to a more general viewing audience. New fans love and appreciate them, while older fans are insulted by the direction their beloved franchises are taking. We commiserate with other fans that have had their fandoms remade by recent films, including Star Wars fans.
We wrap early so Nick can prepare for the final day of the convention. Mike offers up a few announcements. Our friends from Comedia Beauregard have launched an Adopt A Klingon fundraiser to help them support their efforts to bring us A Klingon Christmas Carol. Terry asks about Jen Uselis’ CD. Mike talks a little about it and the fact that it debuted at number three under folk albums on Amazon.com. Our fundraiser is still ongoing and we ask you to help us reach our goal. Mike sends another shout-out to Andy. He also mentions that Gates of Sto’vo’kor is now in production and we will be needing voices for this upcoming season. Terry asks about NaNoWriMo. He shares what he has learned from Dayton Ward about his progress. He informs the audience that our social media manager, Jespah, has reached her goal and has finished NaNoWriMo for this month. Finally, Mike reveals his status and his lack of progress this week due to the website upgrades, but will be surpassing the 50k mark with this latest story. Our email is down due to the server move, so please do not try to contact us. Nick and Terry will be receiving their own emails in the near future. In the meantime, you can reach us on Twitter.
Nick suggests everyone follow An Elegant Weapon Podcast. They are looking forward to doing some crossover stuff with us in the future. We spend the last few minutes trying to figure out who Grumpkin is. With our final guess incorrect, we move on. We announce that next week we will have a special guest for the first part of next week’s show. We also have a couple more supplemental logs coming up next week. We will be speaking with Larry Nemecek and Marc Cushman. Marc, in conjunction with Axanar productions, currently has a Kickstarter going on for These are the Voyages, Volume 3. Support these projects.
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