G & T Show 182 – Daylight Savings Squirrels
G & T Show 182 – Daylight Savings Squirrels is now available to download. Check it out here. Terry and Mike are joined this week by Anthony (Black Magnum), while Nick works out some technology issues with his Internet Connection. With Daylight Savings depriving them of an hour of sleep, they try to cover this week’s news from across the Star Trek Mulit-verse. Instead, it degenerates into squirrels about our current contests (#WhyIGnT and “I Never Listen to the G & T Show”), with a teaser about this year’s fundraiser 24 Hours of G & T, slated for October. In the meantime, however, they do manage to squeeze in an interesting discussion of some possible Star Trek series ideas.
They kick off this week’s show with introductions and what they have been up to this week. Anthony is training in his new job. Mike wrote up an article for Trek News Network (TNN) on Prosthetics for Science Fiction to Science Fact column. He also doubled the number of pages in his outline for Fires of the Phoenix, and talks about the process of writing for a comic or graphic novel. Terry mentions the work the three of them had done this week covering the death of Harve Bennett for TNN. Larry was one of the last people to interview Harve Bennett before he died. Mike points out that we almost lost Han Solo this week as well. They talk about Harrison Ford’s plane crash. Terry thanks John Jackson Miller for agreeing to postpone their interview with him until next week.
They jump into Star Trek News. They talk about some of the jokes that arose from the Harrison Ford plane crash, now that they know that he’s doing well. The first responders were three physicians from the local hospital. The LA Times obituary for Harve Bennett featured a picture of Harve with Leonard Nimoy. Terry’s first thoughts upon hearing of Harve’s passing was for Dayton Ward, since Harve created one of Dayton’s favorite shows, The Six Million Dollar Man. Harve was responsible for the success of Star Trek on the big screen. Mike talks about how Star Trek 2, 3, and 4 told one massive films. It was the first time he had seen it. Terry points out that she had a visceral reaction to what happened to Han Solo in The Empire Strikes Back. Anthony points out that Nimoy didn’t want to come back for the second movie and Harve Bennett had promised him an epic death of Nimoy came back for the second movie. Wrath of Kahn is consistently ranked as one of the best films in the Trek franchise. They will miss him.
Terry moves them along. They are starting to reveal some of CBS’s plans for Star Trek’s 50th Anniversary. A symphony orchestra will be going on tour playing Star Trek music while scenes from the films and televisions are displayed. Nick joins the conversation. He was having technical issues. They talk about macaroni and cheese grilled cheese sandwiches for a moment before getting back on track. Terry talks about Star Trek Yoga pants. She then moves on to the reissue of the Star Trek dog collars. Mike shares a story about his dog Charlie and his Star Trek collar.
Terry is pleased to talk about Faran Tahir’s new job in the upcoming Supergirl pilot. He portrayed Captain Robau in Star Trek 2009. Terry loves seeing him work, but would prefer to see him do something other than portray the villain. Mike brings up a “Super” squirrel that he had read that Tom Welling will be reprising his role as Superman for Flash‘s second season. They return to the discussion of Supergirl and fake geek girls Kate Upton. Mike mentions that Melissa Benoist, Supergirl, was in Glee and had to look her up because he didn’t recognize her due to the change in hair color between the two roles.
They discuss binge watching, since that is how Anthony prefers to watch television. The Neilsens now includes online viewing and other time delayed views in their numbers. However, that doesn’t help a series when people binge watch a series at the end of a season or several seasons in. Shows need viewers to help them keep the show going long enough for Anthony to watch it. Only series like Orange Is The New Black and other Netflix originals that release their episodes all at once are able to benefit from binge watching. Nick says that it’s getting more difficult to gauge viewership in today’s day and age with so many options available.
Mike poses a question to the panel regarding rebooting films into season length television events. Psycho, 12 Monkeys, and From Dusk ’til Dawn are some of the examples he uses. Terry explains that it’s easier for them to expand an existing world than taking an existing world and cramming it into two hours. Nick thinks that if it’s done well, it could work well. Dominion is the sequel to Legion. They discuss each of the different shows. From Dusk ‘Til Dawn, they had 13 hours to tell the two hour movie and expanded the characters and stories, and other aspects. Mike brings it back to Trek and asks if they think Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country would work as a television event series. It would allow them to examine the other aspects and events that were leading up to and happening around that time. Star Trek 6 is the best candidate to benefit from this recent trend towards event series. Anthony wouldn’t mind seeing Star Trek 5 getting the treatment and expanded. Terry wouldn’t mind seeing a series revolving around Nimbus and Paradise City.
The conversation momentarily shifts to Uncle Phil from Fresh Prince of Bel Air, when Nick mentions that he would have played a good Klingon. Mike mentions that he had been one at some point, but couldn’t remember when. Terry moves them to this week’s Star Trek Poll. They talk about which Star Trek series had the best alien homeworlds. DS9 and Enterprise probably had more development of established canon races, while TNG probably had the most homeworlds. Lanny posts in the chatroom information about Uncle Phil as a Klingon. Nick points out that he has some news regarding “The Empress”, Mary Czerwinski and the release of a new episode of Glue Guns and Phasers.
Taking us back to Star Trek News, Terry talks about the progress being made towards the creation of VISOR technology to help the visually impaired to see. It’s remarkable technology that expands on what Mike had seen several years earlier with the first generation of the technology. A picture in the chatroom sparks a squirrel about sushi and Operation. Listeners to the live show enjoy a totally unique experience.
Terry takes a moment to discuss the G & T Bump for a blog Nick had written for TNN regarding a Star Trek Anthology series being the best way for Trek to move forward. Since then, they have seen several other articles calling for an Anthology series. Anthony explains that television will watch blogs for good ideas, steal them, and put them out there as their own. Since they’re talking about Anthologies, Mike mentions a kickstarter he came across for a fan-produced Anthology series called Star Trek: Anthology that will feature the crews of three different ships, including the USS Challenger, a freighter, and one other ship.
Returning to the G & T Bump, Nick mentions the Geek & Sundry Channel had a 48 hour live streaming telethon for the Lupus Foundation. Nick says that it was a coincidence since we hadn’t announced anything about it yet. He goes on to reveal that the G & T Show staff has been discussing for the past two weeks their plans for the next fundraiser for the end of the year. This year on Halloween (noon eastern Saturday October 31st through noon eastern Sunday November 1st), they will be doing 24-hours of G & T to help support our various show costs. Their regular Sunday morning show will conclude the 24-hour show and should prove to be entertaining as exhaustion racks them. Their friends will be joining them live during the fundraiser and all proceeds will go back into making the show better. This is Nick’s one good idea for the year and he doesn’t plan to have any more. Allen will be invited to read them a story.
Terry mentions her new toy. She got a Funco Pop Vinyl Riker. She mentions some of the ones she has. Mike has Worf and generic Klingon he named Kurn. Terry uploads to our chatroom the photo of her Riker, which spawns a discussion about the chat room and launches the studio audience to upload their own photos for the rest of the show.
Mike draws attention to the social media campaign and contest that they are launching asking listeners to post what they love about the G & T Show and why they listen. Mike runs through the rules and what the prizes are for each of the social media campaigns. The social media platforms include: Facebook, Google+, Tumblr, Twitter, and YouTube and feature the #WhyIGnT hashtag. The contest will be running for a month. No duplicated content will be accepted across multiple platforms, so post something original for each platform and don’t forget to #WhyIGnT.
Terry gets them back on track. She talks about the USS Ranger, the aircraft carrier, that was used in Star Trek IV and other films for their interior shots. The conversation degenerates into a discussion of long hard cylinders filled with seamen. The Ranger was retired and is planned to be scrapped and recycled. It spurs a discussion of Star Trek’s ships decommissioning and the longevity of the Miranda class.
Terry asks if they had seen what Lockheed Martin had done with lasers this week. They took out the engine of a truck from a mile away using a laser. Mike admits that he didn’t see that, but he had seen an article that scientists have increased the distance between quantum teleportation to over 26 kilometers. They discuss transporters and teleportation. The chatroom distracts them with some strange uploaded photos, taking full advantage of the newly added feature. Anthony loves how science fiction has become science fact. We are living in a world created by geeks. Terry admits that robots scare her. Although she loves Measure of a Man, she would be against Data. They talk about the approaching singularity and either the destruction of humanity or appeasing our robotic overlords. They talk about Measure of a Man, which Janice has watched recently.
Nick asks if everyone had seen Chris Pratt and Chris Evans at the Seattle Children’s Hospital in costume. They talk about the Marvel universe for a little bit, including the new Age of Ultron trailer and Ultron’s origin. Terry mentions Kevin Smith, which prompts them to talk about a bet between Terry and Mike inviting Kevin Smith to come on the show for an interview. Mike thought if Pratt and Evens both didn’t deliver on the bet they had made, they would have found themselves in the midst of a PR nightmare. Nick says they wouldn’t have made the bet public unless they both fully intended to deliver on it. Terry wants to see a photo of Jonathan Frakes as Captain America.
They jump into announcements. The #WhyIGnT Contest is currently ongoing and ends towards the end of the month. Nick’s big challenge is ongoing as well. For convention goers, if you can dupe a Star Trek celebrity to say publicly and on a recording that they “never listen to the G & T Show”, you can win a copy of Star Trek: Catan. The convention contest runs through the end of 2015 and consideration will be given to the number of submissions. However, if you get William Shatner or Patrick Stewart to say it, then, you’re an automatic winner. They finish up with a discussion of Daylight Savings time. Nick wonders if they use Daylight Savings on the Enterprise. Mike points out that in Enterprise they had to set their clock to the capital city’s time zone. Terry suggests that is the reason why they came up with the Stardate system. Mike asks everyone to give their social media manager, Janet, a round of applause for all of her hard work. Nick starts the slow clap. Nick points out that this is just a preview of what they will have in store for the 24-hours of G & T.
The chat room starts posting selfies, while Anthony starts telling people about how they can follow him and his podcast at Club 602.
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