G & T Show 175 – News. News. And More News
G & T Show 175 – News. News. And More News is now available to download. Check it out here. Nick, Terry, and Mike are back with an all new show filled with Star Trek News, Book News, an STLV Update, and Star Trek Online News. They also manage to discuss the latest Oscar controversy, and so much more. Don’t miss it.
They kick off the show with Coffee Klatch and Nick’s rage-worthy rant over the latest Oscars controversy. He is unapologetic when it comes to people complaining about the lack of people of color nominated this year. He believes that Hollywood doesn’t make any important movies anymore; they make movies to make money. All of the important movies being made right now are independent films. Terry believes that the reason Selma was shafted was not because it was a black film, but more because it was an independent film. They agree that a lot of genre films should get nominations, but don’t. Nick wonders if there is any other industry that is so self-congratulatory than in the film industry. Terry would like to see more independent films are considered, but the Academy tends to consist of white studio people. Nick criticizes Selma for portraying LBJ inaccurately, historically speaking. Terry describes her and Allen’s Oscar rituals and how they have evolved over the years. Nick mentions Clerks and how that film is better than many others that debuted that year. Terry wonders if the director hasn’t paid her dues yet and could have been the reason she was snubbed. They talk about other films, including Fury, Animal House, Star Trek the Motion Picture, 2001, Grand Budapest, The Life Aquatic, and others. They say that most people in the Academy may not even go to a movie theater to watch films and may not experience the full impact of the film. Nick thinks Guardians of the Galaxy should have been nominated.
Terry moves them onto Star Trek News. They have shitloads of it this week. Nick mentions an article Mike sent them to kick off the segment regarding Star Trek’s troubling 50th Anniversary, which mentions that Interstellar was more of a Star Trek film than either of the recent films. Terry felt that the article was well thought out, though she didn’t agree with everything about it. Nick sends quick birthday wishes to Benedict Cumberbatch. Mike and Terry still don’t think that the script was thrown out, but Nick reminds them that it had happened with Aliens 3. The author dings JJ Abrams and his team for breaking up, causing Terry to wonder if Star Trek caused the break up or was a result of the break up. Nick thinks it’s both, while Mike attributes it to JJ’s attitude toward Trek and love for Star Wars. The only person that really cared about Star Trek was Orci and in the end, he was pulled from the project. Mike believes that either Paramount and / or Bad Robot don’t know what to do with Trek. Nick agrees that it’s possible that they didn’t have a real plan for the films. Terry wants to sit down with someone at Paramount to find out more about their relationship with Bad Robot and Star Trek. She wonders if Bad Robot is breaking up. Mike doesn’t think they are breaking up. Instead, he thinks they are diversifying to the point where they are now spread too thin. Sleepy Hollow hasn’t been renewed for next season. Mike states that Star Trek is best when it’s not trying to be anything else. They discuss some of the flaws with the characterizations used in the current Star Trek films.
Terry moves them forward with a tweet from Dr. Kayla Icovino on the set of Star Trek: Continues in a blue science uniform. Mike wonders if she is going to play a volcanologist. Nick says that we have some of the most beautiful, talented, and intelligence women. Mike fills them in on the newly launched Kirkstarter for Star Trek: Continues. He quickly goes over the kickstarter and the goals they are seeking to reach. As of the time of this recording, they had already earned over $40,000 in less than a day. Nick wishes Larry Nemecek a happy birthday today.
Terry pushes the show onward by asking if everyone had seen the floater. She was referring to the recently announced Star Trek products which include Star Trek Garden Gnomes, a Pool Float that Mike mistook for a hemorrhoid donut, and beer cozies. Terry wants the red shirt gnome. Mike thinks that this round of products has been one of the most fun they had seen recently.
This week was Voyager’s 20th Anniversary. Mike suddenly feels old, which prompts Nick to ask what movies were released the year he graduated high school. Mike mentions a few after some quick research. Nick mentions Janice is under the weather. They send her good well wishes. Terry moves the show along by mentioning that the Oregon Symphony will be holding a concert featuring music from Star Trek as well as from video games. Moving onto the next topic, Dayton Ward discovered that someone is building a real model of the Sagittarius from Star Trek: Vanguard and Seekers. Then, she mentions that Improvised Star Trek is returning to the iO theater in Chicago. Jen and the Empress are both from Chicago. Terry tells us about another mansion that is for sale that has Star Trek-themed rooms. Then, they talk about the Wil Wheaton and other Star Trek alumni performed in a War of the Worlds benefit. If it was recorded, Terry wants to check it out. Nick mentions that he saw Linda Park in a commercial for some financial company.
Mike talks about Patrick Stewart’s recent appearance on The Talk, where he discussed Star Trek and X-Men. Stewart even did a French accent on the show, when discussing a recording he made early on in the casting process for TNG with him doing a French accent. Terry has more Patrick Stewart news. There was an interview with him about why he had to flee Hollywood after Star Trek. They discuss his new film, Match, and his choice to move back to Great Britain to find a way to break from the Picard role and avoid being type-casted. Nick mentions that Jeri Ryan managed to avoid being type-casted, without distancing themselves from the show. Mike has one more for the Patrick Stewart discussion. He appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live, where he played every annoying person on a plane. They were pleased that Stewart is able to have to fun with the stuff they do. He has nothing more to prove.
Terry has got some more news by sharing three links in regards to variety of articles and click-bait titles that emerged from a quote that the CW’s President made in regard to Star Trek. Terry provides the question he was asked as well as his quoted response before going into the variety of headlines that spun out from it. Nick asks people to keep in mind how things can be twisted to fit someone’s agenda. Of all of the networks, Nick thinks CW would be the best network to handle Star Trek. They are making good quality genre television. The conversation shifts to the discussion of syndication and mom ‘n’ pop television stations. Mike mentioned that the digital conversion killed many of those independent television stations. Matt in the chatroom says that the Internet has taken on the role of independent television stations.
They move onto Star Trek Las Vegas News. They talk about some of the new additions to the roster of guests attending the convention this year. James Darren will be attending and will be performing on Saturday night with Dennis McCarthy and the Nevada Pops. Nick recommends everyone attend the event because it’s going to be a wonderful event. Mike hopes to check it out this year. Joesph Gatt, who played the bald android on the Enterprise in Into Darkness, will be attending. Nick complains how even minor characters have names. Mike reminds us of a story Larry Nemecek had shared with them about his time on Star Trek: Continues and a scene he was in with a nameless nurse and how he fought to give her a name. They are excited over some of the other guests that will be attending STLV 2015.
Moving onto Book News, Terry starts us off with a link she came across for the Complete Starfleet Library that would allow you to locate any of the Star Trek books that are available. It would help her identify books for the series that she likes. Then, she talks about the latest release of IDW’s The Q Gambit which concludes this comic series. Terry wants to read this book because it has a picture of Gul Dukat on the cover. Mike thinks it’s a creepy picture that reminds him of the episode with Dukat as the cult leader.
Terry moves them onto Star Trek Online. Terry starts them off with Command Specialization and the Command Bridge Officers. Terry finally got Beth to level sixty and has now completed the entire Delta story line. The currently ongoing Bonus XP event helped her get there. Mike recommends this event if people are looking to earn specialization points. Terry, finally, mentions that Science ships will soon have secondary deflectors. The secondary deflector was only available on the Dyson ships and had a small variety of deflector choices. The new update will make the secondary deflectors available on all science ships.
Terry wanted to talk about the story that she has now completed. Before beginning, she allows Nick to talk about his issue with STO. He wonders what STO has to do to up its wow-factor. He is not impressed with the upcoming addition of being able to train bridge officers. They are fans of the story. Terry goes on to say that she wasn’t bothered by the idea of getting to a certain level in order to unlock the next part of the story. However, she found the process of getting to that next level to be tedious. Terry and Mike lately has been logging in, doing doff missions and few other simple tasks and logging out – all of these tasks could and should be performed on the Gateway, rather than in game. The coming upgrades are laying the foundation for the next step, which we believe is the Gateway. Mike mentions that he had heard that Cryptic is hoping to start releasing more content on a more regular basis. He draws a parallel to all of the content coming is equivalent to what STO’s season once were. When Terry said that all this content is systems based, Mike corrects her by stating that we are supposed to be getting some new story missions out of it as well. Nick feels he isn’t getting his money’s worth from his monthly subscription with the type of content being released and the lag he experienced that prevents him from playing. He wants to love the game again, but doesn’t currently. The last time he loved the game was with the Legend of Romulus. He hasn’t felt that for Delta Rising. Terry still thinks Featured Episodes are still a good idea. They offer some suggestions and thoughts. Terry loves the Delta Rising story. Nick is still in the beginning of the story. Mike explains that is the problem, he hasn’t gotten far enough to enjoy the story. He didn’t like the slow start to it. It’s what caused him to lose interest in it. Mike says that part of the problem with the story is that you’re being forced to constantly stop. You build some momentum, and then have to stop and go do some patrols, or to go do some queues before getting to the next part of the story. Terry takes too much time to get to the levels. Nick agrees with Mike and uses analogy about television to help get his point across. They get into a groove with the story and then a commercial comes on forcing them to stop. It’s the reason why he watches Netflix to avoid the interruptions with the story. Terry notes that the level progression issues only apply to existing players that have completed all currently available content. It does not apply to new players or those that still have a lot of story missions to go through. Mike says that the XP bonus pots helped him get through the story and Terry adds that the XP Bonus Weekend will help with leveling as well.
Nick asks about the trade news. Terry mentions that PWE’s founder is planning to privatize PWE. He offered to buy back all of the shares. Terry still doesn’t know if there has been an update for it yet. But she’s not afraid of what it means for Cryptic. She thinks that it should help creative companies, unless the founder is a control freak. Terry wonders what the future of MMOs are going to be, since the latest trend is toward mobile gaming platforms. Cryptic has made moves into mobile gaming. They believe Gateway is going to be huge. Mike thinks Gateway will be coming out during the anniversary or shortly after it. They don’t have a lot of time to play the game after going through all of the minutia. Mike thinks that Gateway will free him to be able to actually play the game, rather than spend all of his time doing the administrative paperwork.
They hoped to get in a Life Pod One this week, but they ran out of time. They spend their remaining time talking about Agent Carter. After that, they wind down the show for the week.
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