G & T Show 176 – The $100,000 Question
G & T Show 176 – The $100,000 Question is now available to download. Check it out here. Nick, Terry, and Mike are back with a new episode. This week they talk about Star Trek News, Star Trek Online, and their recent Supplemental Log interview with Marc Cushman, the author of the These Are The Voyages Book series. Based on the interview, they posed the $100,000 question: If you were given $100k to develop a film or pilot for a new scifi-centric television channel, what would it be? Tune in to find out what they would do.
After the introductions, they jump straight into Coffee Klatch. Nick starts off with the stupid-filled week he has had to deal with this week. Mike required some clarification as to what an Alderman was since he wasn’t familiar with the term. Mike spent the week with his nose buried in scripts, but managed to finish revising the final script for Blood of the Nei’rrh, marking that project’s official move into pre-production and their official casting for the project.
Before Terry could share the details about her week, Nick tells us about Leonardo diCaprio in the Wolf of Wallstreet and his belief that he could pull off a very convincing Starfleet Captain in the same vein as William Shatner in the original series. Terry mentions a fan fic pic she saw of Idris Elba in a Starfleet uniform. Nick goes on to say that he also discovered a new actress he’d love to see play the role of Christine Vale. His new choice for the role is Ronda Rousey. They discuss her and the role for a few minutes.
Before moving on, Mike asks Terry how her week has gone. She’s been working and has been cleaning up the house. They moved their bat’leth as the centerpiece of their dining room.
They move onto Star Trek News. This week there was a lot of news, but they decide to pare it down a little bit to keep from getting bogged down with it. Terry starts us off with the news that TrekCore has been allowed back stage to document part of the Enterprise model restoration. Look for their photos. Terry refers to Trek Core as one of the greatest Star Trek resources available. Nick reminds Terry of the other bit of news. Russ Haslage formerly of the Federation fan group, has launched a new news site called Trek News Network. Nick, Terry, and Mike have been invited to write for them.
They move onto the big news that broke this week just before their interview with Marc Cushman. Before getting into it, they discuss the interview with Marc and their conversation about it as well as the new addition to his These Are The Voyages book series regarding Season 3 along with so much more. They recommend everyone check out the interview — it was awesome! There was something huge that was discussed at the end of the interview that they may discuss later when they get to the $100,000 question. The big news was that Star Trek 3 didn’t have a script and that Simon Pegg has been set to co-write the upcoming film with Doug Jung. They discuss the topic and over all they think it may actually work out. They also announced the start date for filming, which will be April 15th. Terry states that he has a great talent to write a script and make you care for the characters. Returning to the discussion of the interview, Nick mentions that Cushman gives us some insight into the next book in the These Are The Voyages series.
Terry moves us onto some news in regards to Star Trek: Axanar. She was confused about it, but got clarification from Alec Peters. They will be publishing a book called Axanar: The Four Years War Anthology which will feature six stories from Star Trek authors and will only be available through their next Kickstarter campaign.
They jump onto a movie squirrel to talk about science fiction and genre films, particularly with the original Star Wars film. The Star Wars film was the first summer blockbuster, and was the first event movie. Since then, the industry changed and struggled to keep up with what was established with it. Only the films that appeal to the younger crowd, tend to draw viewers to camp out to buy their tickets to watch the film.
Terry gets them back on track with a discussion of William Shatner’s narration for the upcoming kids show for Clangers. For Star Trek products, a new version of heat-reactive mugs have been released. Then, she moves us to some of the images that Sean Tourangeau created for Axanar with the Star Trek minions that made Terry squee. They all appreciate these minions. Nick mentions the recent photo he saw from Star Trek: Continues with all of the ladies, including the lovely Kipleigh Brown. Terry mentions that we will be sitting down with her and James Kerwin soon to talk about their recent work for Star Trek: Continues, which finishes filming soon and their current Kickstarter.
Moving along, Terry talks about one of the original phasers used in the Original Star Trek series will be going up for auction soon from Propwerx. It is expected to bring in over $60,000. There are only two of these phasers in existence.
Moving on to Star Trek Online News, their fifth Anniversary is next week. They are retiring the current lockbox and have re-released all of the previous lockboxes in preparation for the new lock box’s release soon after. Terry takes a few minutes to address the lockbox controversy that still being waged on the STO forums. In the lead up to the Anniversary event, STO will be giving-away Zen store items as a thank you to their players. Cryptic also announced this week that as part of the Anniversary event, they have gone through and revamped the Romulan Mystery arc. They get sidetracked again discussing what happens to Zen if the game its applied to gets shut down. No new news has happened in regard to PWE going private. Once again, they discussed some of the possibilities.
They move onto this week’s topic, which was inspired by something they had discussed with Marc Cushman during their interview with him and a dream Mike had that night. If you were given $100,000 to produce a film or a pilot for a new scifi-centric or genre-centric cable television network. Terry would create a pilot for an animated Titan series, assuming she could get license for it. Nick would go with a Mystery Science Theater-esque tweet-along program to tweet snark with some old/classic scifi and genre television series and movies. Mike wants to do a modern take on a retro 1950s-style serial scifi show with computer generated effects handled in a cheesy way. He suggests a cgi rocket ship with big fins and a string holding it in place with a hand accidentally slipping into frame everyone once and again. Nick suggested a bic lighter for the exhaust from the rocket. They love the idea.
Terry expands on her Titan animated show. Nick goes into more detail about his show of choice. They run through additional ideas for show ideas, including Mothra Mondays and some Marc’s pre-show discussion on the making of some 1970s televisions shows. With the chatroom’s help, they discuss some of the shows they would like to make. Mike asks Terry, if she could not get a license, what would she do? Nick offers a suggestion, but she goes on to suggest making a show about a bunch of geek podcasters. Mike’s idea is the most farfetched one and would require the biggest budget to create. He believes that it is doable for that budget with modern technology. Nick suggests an anthology series.
They discuss some of the people they would love to get involved with the project, including Televixen and James Kerwin. Mike suggests bringing in Indie films and Independent productions as well as a creature double feature. Terry pitches the Supplemental Log. Marc is also working on a Lost In Space biography as well as a script consultant for Star Trek: Continues. Terry asks our listeners for their ideas for a program in an independent scifi channel, which Nick dubbed G T TV. Nick suggests that there could be a game play program that would allow people to experience a game’s story vicariously. Terry suggests a gaming competition. The chatroom continues throwing ideas at them.
They start winding down the show. Mike goes over the announcements. If you’re interested in doing some voice over for Blood of the Nei’rrh, send an email to [email protected]. Gates is finishing up the final version of their season premiere. Mike will be adding music later tonight. The next set of episodes are in production now. Starfinder just released a microepisode. George challenged his staff to create a microepisode over the course of a weekend. It features several familiar voices and is now available on Starfinder’s website. Finally, for G & T Show, please like and follow us across all of our social media. Mike reveals that we are trying to get our YouTube channel up to 100 subscribers, so please check it out. Before closing out the show, they quickly run through some of the upcoming interviews they have scheduled including one with James Kerwin and Kipleigh Brown, and Al Rivera among others.
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