G & T Show 193 – Getting Back Into The Routine
G & T Show 193 – Getting Back Into The Routine is now available. Check it out here. Nick, Terry, and Mike are back with a brand new show jammed pack full of Star Trek News, Movie News, the latest Star Trek-centric Kickstarters, Book News, Trek Gaming News, and the event line up for STLV 2016 in Convention News. Check out this week’s show as they fall back into their usual routine.
Kicking off the show, Nick forgets to do the introductions since its been a while since he’s had to do it. Terry points out that Nick and Mike are in pain this morning. Nick is going to go see the Who this evening, while Terry is going to see Eddie Izard next week. Mike admits that he hasn’t written anything lately, since he’s been back home. He misses everyone. Next week, Nick will be at Awesome Con and will win his own contest when he gets Dinah Meyer to say she never listens to the G & T Show. They discuss the contest, the convention, and Dinah Meyer.
They talk about the leaked Supergirl pilot. Mike has seen it and he’s more excited to see it now than he was before and the rumor that it was leaked on purpose to build hype and counteract the negativity about the trailer. Nick asks when did fandom stop being fun. Terry suggests it was GamerGate, but Nick thinks it happened before then. Nick suggests that everything has become a message board complete with trolls. Terry, like most normal people, have stopped trying to stir the pot. Mike reminds everyone that it’s Memorial Day. They talk about it momentarily. The weather in general is beautiful, but Terry feels for the people in Texas.
Terry talks about work and how everyone at work has stepped up to cover for her while she was gone on her vacation and business trip. She loves her job and working with the people there. Nick tells Mike about his flight home. He managed to get into an earlier flight, was upgraded to first class, and even sat next to a guy reading a script for next season’s House of Cards. He talks about his experience.
Terry kicks off Star Trek News with some Movie News involving what Simon Pegg had said about the new film. He said that science fiction films are dumbing down America, but that’s not to say that there can’t be intelligent scifi films. Nick says that he’s the poster child for some of those films. Mike points out that most of his films, he has written himself. It spurs a conversation about Into Darkness. Terry follows up with another article from Simon Pegg, where he said that Paramount wanted him to make the next film less Star Trek-y. While Nick pours some Cap’n Crunch, Terry tells us that an article by Mendelson helped shed some light into what Pegg may have meant with his statement. Paramount wants a Guardians of the Galaxy from the next Star Trek film. The characters in Guardians of the Galaxy and other similarly successful films have focused on characters and if the new film focuses on the characters, Terry is okay with it. Nick fears that it will never be as good as Guardians because of a talking raccoon.
Next, they discuss the Dragon Net building in China that is designed in the style of a Star Trek starship. There’s a bit of debate as to which ship it more closely resembles. Terry said it was the Enterprise E or Voyager, while Nick thinks it looked like the Excelsior. They discuss it momentarily, before Terry points everyone to CinemaBlend’s article on Star Trek 3 and What We Know so far. Then, Terry shifts the conversation to Trek Celebrity News and the latest happenings with Bob Picardo and his “bat-shit crazy” ex-wife. She has recently been arrested as an accessory for a murder performed with her gun. The divorce had been exceptionally difficult on Bob, forcing him to sell off his extensive Star Trek collection. Terry, then, mentions that Scotland Yard at one time believed that Star Trek and X-Files fans were linked to Heaven’s Gate and collectively they were working to over throw the government.
Nick talks about overly attached girlfriend and her recent appearance on Table Top, where they were playing Cards Against Humanity. They discuss the appearance momentarily before Mike moves them forward to talk about the latest from Kickstarter. He tells us about the progress for both the Star Trek: Captain Pike and Five Year Mission’s Spock’s Brain Album Kickstarters. Captain Pike has a long way to go, but he’s interested in the project and hopes that they can make it. Five Year Mission has already hit their first two stretch goals, and on their way to their third and final. He’s hoping they will add more stretch goals.
The final bit of Kickstarter news that he had was in regards to Star Trek: Renegades. FedCon attendees have been given an early preview of the current work in progress of Star Trek: Renegades. The effects, sounds, and other aspects of the film are unfinished, but they have been making progress. Although Tim Russ doesn’t think it will happen, they intend to show the film to CBS with the hopes that it will be picked up as an online series. With Marvel’s decision to release Daredevil, a dark series, on the Internet, Mike thinks it could work for Renegades. Terry points out that Jonathan Frakes had recently said that CBS is not looking to make a new series any time soon and want to focus on the movies right now. Terry talks about whether or not the downfall of Trek was due to over saturation or a bad film in Nemesis. They don’t think over saturation is the cause of the problem. Mike explains that the shows were produced by the same handful of people and believes they were burned out. The audience was tired of the series, but rather the production staff was. Building on Mike pointing to shows like NCIS and Law And Order, Nick says that what made those shows work were the characters. Characters are what makes a television show, book series, and other mediums successful and more entertaining.
Nick issues a challenge to John Jackson Miller or James Swallow for a Christine Valle novel. Terry reiterates that the problem wasn’t over saturation, but crappy scripts. They talk and draw parallels to what Disney and Marvel are doing. Terry states that Tomorrowland will not fair well and it won’t even be an issue to Disney’s bottom-line. Disney is not afraid to take risks, because they can afford them. Nick believes the best thing for Star Trek would be for Disney to snatch them up. Nick says that Marvel has not done anything wrong since they have been building their cinematic universe. It keeps growing. Nick praises them for going dark with Daredevil. They discuss the connection between all of Marvel’s properties and the importance of Kevin Feige in keeping everything together. Terry points out that Star Wars has one person overseeing the entire property now as well. A little planning and someone at the helm is what is needed to make a successful franchise. Nick calls for CBS to bring back Braga.
Terry moves them forward with an article from Star Trek.com about an independent film featuring Mark Ruffalo and Zoey Saldana called Infinitely Polar bear. Then, she mentions that Dayton’s new book, Armageddon’s Arrow, will be arriving a few weeks late. Mike thinks it must have sold out and must be on back order. They talk about it momentarily before Terry reads the blurb about the book. Terry mentions that Dayton has become the Braga of the novel verse with all of the time travel stories, including the sequel for From History’s Shadow. Nick mentions Christopher L. Bennett’s DTI novels as well. The discussion of time travel, leads Nick to talk about The Flash season finale. They discuss it momentarily.
Terry pushes them forward, but not before Nick name drops Orphan Black. The news from Star Trek: Timelines revolves around a new video they released with the Galaxy Map and the factions being included in the game. Mike mentions that he’s been playing Star Trek: Trexels, which is now available on Android. He spends a few minutes talking about his experiences playing the game. He is enjoying it and suggests Android users download and give it a try. It’s a free download. He even mentioned that in some ways, its far superior over the Family Guy Star Trek event.
Terry moves them along to Star Trek Online News. R & D Packs are on sale for 20% off throughout Memorial Day weekend. Aaron Eisenberg mentioned last week that he’s recording audio for Star Trek Online and this week STO officially announced that Captain Nog will be coming to STO. They discuss some of the known details of his return. They are all pleased to hear it. There’s an interview with Aaron on the STO website.
Terry has taken advantage of the sale and has been upgrading her equipment. She has also picked up the Pilot ships and is really enjoying them. She has had a chance to play Brotherhood of the Sword and Gate of Grethor. She’s been having difficulty meeting time limits with some of the PUG groups she’s had. Some of the runs have taken 45 minutes or more. She’s been playing on easy. Mike suggests that she gives them a try on Advanced. She likes Brotherhood of the Sword. She’s been upgrading the Iconian set along with most of the equipment on her ship. Everything is Mark XIV rare, very rare, and ultra rare. She asked Mike how does she get Epic gear. Mike talks about his experiences in getting Epic gear. Terry is pleased with Dilithium prices on the exchange. Mike has 900,000 raw dilithium and has to wait several weeks before he can resume upgrading his equipment for some of it to get refined.
Finally, they move on to this week’s Convention News. Terry mentions that a new guest has not been announced yet. However, Creation has revealed some of the events that will be at the convention. They discuss each of the events and panels. There’s some exciting stuff to do at the convention this year that you don’t want to miss. After discussing the various events and panels, Nick discusses the latest happenings appearing at AwesomeCon and then the newest additions to Shoreleave. Terry asks for any listeners that attended FedCon to get in contact with us. We want to know more about that convention. Nick will give someone his landlord’s dog if they can get John Barrowman to say that he never listens to the G & T Show.
With all of the convention news finished, Mike moves them along to mention the email and voice mail they received this week. First up is a message from Batman, who listens to the G & T Show from the Batcave. The email was in regards to the outrage about Black Widow. Mike reads the message from Baz. They respond to the email and discuss it.
They wind things up with this week’s announcements. Mike reminds everyone that our contests are for Takedown and Never listen to G & T are still ongoing. He also reminds everyone to support the Spock’s Brain and Captain Pike Kickstarters before. Terry reminds everyone that we are still looking for questions to Ask Dayton. Our Supplemental Log will be returning soon as we have some interviews scheduled.
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