G & T Show 183 – Hooked on A Feeling
G & T Show 183 – Hooked on A Feeling is now available to download. Check it out here. Nick is away on Shooty Time, but Terry and Mike are here to discuss the latest Star Trek News, Product News, STO News, get caught up with a big STLV Update, announcements about the latest G & T Show contests, and so much more. Nick even manages to call into the show live from shooty-time. Don’t miss the fun.
They start things off with Mike hooked on a feeling. In an attempt to discover why the song is stuck in his head, he tells everyone about a weird dream he had the night before before realizing that it all came about from a Super Villain meme he had seen. According to the meme, his super villain name was Star Lord, The Mercenary of Earth, which is from Guardians of the Galaxy. Terry was displeased with her Super Villain name. It got the song stuck in his head, coupled with the 80s flicks he had been watching with his nephews that featured malls, resulted in his strange dream.
They move on to what they have been doing this week. Mike has been working on the outline for the comic, Fires of the Phoenix, and sent page 25 of the comic’s outline to Terry by mistake. He talks about the experience writing for the comic. It prompts Terry to mention their conversation with John Jackson Miller this week for their Supplemental Log. They discuss the interview and some of the things he’s written for Star Wars, Star Trek, and Marvel. Terry mentions the contest they announced during the interview. They talk a little bit about Riker, Takedown, and Absent Enemies. She mentions one of the scenes from Absent Enemies that she loved, but wasn’t the scene shes’ looking for in the contest. It inspired her to write a scene for her own fan fiction. They spend some time discussing writing. Terry worked through another chapter of Heritage Book 3.
They discussed some of the progress on it. She’s experiencing some issues with her outline for book 2 because she decided to go back and revamp the stories to account for the destruction of Romulus and Remus as put forth in the 2009 film, which actually helps her story, because of how factional the Romulans had become when their planets are destroyed, even more so than what they went through with Shinzon’s assassination of the Romulan Senate. Mike mentions that he had finished reading Typhon Pact: Rough Beasts of Empire which dealt with the Romulans reunifying and helped him deal with Nimoy’s passing. He has since started reading Takedown.
They move on to this week’s Star Trek News. First up was an article about Mick Fleetwood’s appearance in Star Trek: TNG as an Antedean and his admiration for Leonard Nimoy. Mary Sue had an article about Mae Jemison about her role in Star Trek: TNG and her time as an astronaut for NASA. Some sad news came out this week. Actor and Stuntman, Eddie Hice, passed away this week. He made numerous appearances on television and in films. It reminds Mike of someone else that passed away this week, Terry Pratchett. He was the author of over 70 novels including the Discworld series. He was 66 and the cause of his death was Alzheimer’s.
They move on to some good news. George Takei will be receiving the prestigious 2015 Roger Baldwin Award from the ACLU of Massachusetts for his courage and commitment to the principles of liberty and justice for all. He joins great company. Mike has an Indiegogo link that has an indirect Galaxy Quest connection that relates to Star Trek. This week, Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion announced an Indiegogo project for Con Man. From what Mike can tell, it’s for Firefly, what Galaxy Quest was for Star Trek. In the three days that the fundraiser has been going on, they have not only secured their primary goal, but nearly every other stretch goal they had set and are quickly approaching their final goal of two million dollars. Mike loved the teaser trailer for the series and describes one of the thank you videos they had posted about the project.
Terry talked about the paradigm shift going on right now about how people receive their entertainment. It is moving away from traditional television and moving towards the web with on demand services. All of the daring original shows are being produced by Amazon and Netflix. Microsoft (XBox) and Sony (Playstation) are starting to develop original content for their respective online services. Companies like DC and Marvel have successful shows on television and have embraced the new media services by developing series for them, such as Daredevil.
Star Trek has used books to expand the universe, while today comic books are being used for that purpose. Mike wants to see Trek back on TV, but he would also like to see an event series for some of these online services. Terry would like to see it too, but doubts it because CBS doesn’t have the resources required to do it. Disney purchased Marvel and Star Wars to fill holes in their content. Terry finds an article stating that Disney’s cash on hand is nearly 100 billion dollars. they have the money to throw into developing content for the new media. In order for Star Trek to do it, CBS needs to invest a lot of money and get ahead of the curve or sell Star Trek to another company that can take Trek to the next level.
Terry mentions that the Star Trek Symphony experience has been expanded to include 100 stops. Mike asks if the tour is going to be year long. Terry suspects that it might be, although she doesn’t know if any concrete dates had been set. For Trek to be successful, they need to bring in the kids. She says that it’s easier being a Star Wars fan than being a Star Trek fan, because you don’t have to think. Mike suggests that 2009 and Into Darkness has helped to expand the universe and make it much more appealing to a wider range of fans.
They move on to Star Trek Product News. Terry starts it off with the Star Trek Enterprise Sushi set. The next new product is a Starfleet Academy Throw Blanket. Mike asks if Terry ever got her Starfleet Academy hoodie. She had not. The next item she wanted to talk about was a Communicator Poop Bag Dispenser. The final item in the product news segment is the Starfleet Academy stainless steel coasters. With all of the Starfleet Academy products coming out, Mike feels like they are alumni of the Academy. He thinks it’s pretty brilliant, but they wonder what the Academy Mascot and teams should be called. They discuss some thoughts about it. Mike suggests the Denebian Slime Devils, but later changes his mind to state that he thinks it may work better for the Klingons. The Golden Gaters was another idea.
Moving on to Star Trek gaming news, Terry talks about Disruptor Beam’s Star Trek: Timelines and their recent appearance at PAX 2015. It was great success. They move onto Star Trek Online. They start off the segment with the Crystalline Entity Event and the Bonus Mark weekend that is currently ongoing. Casey charges into the studio and listens to the rest of the day’s show. The Crystalline Entity event is ongoing until the 26th. If you can’t finish the event this time, you may be able to complete it next time the event is rolled out. Moving on to the next bit of news, Terry shares that PWE is shutting down the Wallet. The wallet is where players stored their purchased Zen until it was credited to a specific game. Under the ARC system, Zen is credited immediately upon purchasing. If you have Zen in your PWE Wallet, be aware that it will be moved to your ARC account.
Next up, they discuss the Delta Recruitment, the coming Iconian War, and the new sector space maps. Mike goes over some of the details of the Delta Recruitment, including the server wide rewards, and the account wide starship trait rewarded once the newly created character finishes the Breen arc. Terry will be able to play for a little bit at the beginning and towards the end of the Delta Recruitment event, since she’ll be leaving in the middle of it. She believes she can through enough of it to make it interesting. Mike talks about the server wide goals and their associated goals.
They move on to the Star Trek Las Vegas 2015 convention. Terry congratulations Creation for upgrading their website. The big announcement that had been made last week got Mike so excited. Joan Collins will be attending. She will appear on stage on Saturday and will be in the vendor’s room Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Mike recounted his excitement over this news and how she personified glamour and sophistication when he was younger while watching Dynasty. Creation is planning to have 100 guests this year, and currently has 50. Terry goes over the complete list as it currently stands.
Nick calls in and yells at us for a bit, letting everyone know that he’s at shooty time. Nick mentions that he’s got a Shuttle Pod One for next week. They move on to all of the contests G & T Show has going on right now. Mike starts them off with Nick’s contest for a Star Trek: Catan set. He’s asking our convention attending listeners to get a celebrity to say in public and provide a recording of them saying that they never listen to the G & T Show. Big time celebrities, such as Patrick Stewart or William Shatner will be considered an automatic win, but special consideration will be considered for the most celebrities. So, get out there and get them to say the magic phrase to win.
Terry’s newly announced contest is for a copy of Star Trek: TNG: Takedown. It requires listeners to email Terry telling her which scene in Star Trek: Titan: Absent Enemies is her favorite. She’s looking into getting the book signed. Mike mentions that the scene they discussed on the show, with Riker throwing the chair is NOT her favorite scene, although she does like it a lot.
The final contest announcement is the #WhyIGnT contest. Mike goes over the rules, but you can check it out from the link below. The contest is for Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube, and Google+ and winners will receive Amazon gift cards, a Star Trek Book collection, an autographed copy of Anthony Montgomery’s Miles Away, and an Eaglemoss Starship Collection Enterprise 1701-D. Enter as many times as you want, but all entries must be unique. And, don’t forget the #WhyIGnT hashtag.
Winding down the show, they wish everyone a Happy St. Patrick’s Day. Mike reminds everyone that the first part of his story, Ice World Truckers, is available on OMNI Reboot. The conclusion will be out later next week.
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