G & T Show 194 – Now With 33% Fewer Squirrels
G & T Show 194 – Now With 33% Fewer Squirrels is now available to download. Check it out here. This week Nick is at Awesome Con getting his next restraining order from Dina Meyer, leaving Terry and Mike to handle this week’s show. They deliver the latest News from around the Star Trek Universe including the latest products, games, movies, and conventions, books, fan productions, and more. Don’t miss out on this week’s fun.
Terry kicks off this week’s show with the announcement that Nick is attending Awesome Con, stalking Dina Meyer, and working on the next restraining order to add to his collection. Mike shares what he’s done this week. He’s played several games, including STO, Final Fantasy IV, and Star Trek: Trexels. He has been enjoying Trexels. He tells us about his progress on the mobile game. Terry has the game on her iPad, but hasn’t played it yet. They both are looking forward to Timelines. Mike also watched Riker’s TV Pilot, which got a laugh out of Terry. They talk about it briefly. Terry joined a golf league that plays on Wednesday nights, which prompted Mike to juggle some upcoming interviews. She’s having fun hanging out with friends from work. She tells us about how competitive the people in her office are. She also played a little STO this week. Last night, she got a visit from Branflakes in the midst of their journey to Kansas with a friend. He’s at Riot Games, working for League of Legends.
They jump into this week’s Star Trek News. Mike starts us off with Our Star Trek: The Fifty Year Mission documentary that was funded on Kickstarter that takes a look at Star Trek through the eyes of the cast and crew of Star Trek: Continues. It reminds Mike that Star Trek: Continues latest episode The White Iris has been released. Terry has not seen it, but has heard a lot of good things about it. Mike doesn’t offer any spoilers, but does talk about it a little. Mike praises James Kerwin who directed the episode. Mike mentions that Kipleigh Brown was in the episode as well, replacing Checkov for a portion of the episode.
Jumping around, Terry takes us into Star Trek Product News. Attack Wings has released a new update. Terry knows people that collects the pieces, but she has yet to meet anyone that actually plays it. The latest expansion features the IKS Ningtao and features young and old Kor, Martok, Worf, and straffing attack among other new cards.
Mike is up next with some news he came across this week that isn’t Star Trek related, but that he found interesting. FOX’s COO mentioned to investors that they want content that doesn’t originate from Marvel. They discuss what this means for Fox and what they can do. It opens up the possibility for some new content rather than developing more comic book films. Mike points out that Fox has been doing well with the Planet of the Apes films. They think Fox should probably let go of the Marvel properties. Mike suggests Sony could do the same since they aren’t doing too well with Spiderman. Terry points out that Marvel and Sony recently agreed to share Spiderman with Marvel.
Still jumping around, they move onto the Movie News segment, which Mike has started calling Simon Pegg Said, since he’s been the outspoken source for most of the news coming out about the third Star Trek film. The first article quotes Simon Pegg as saying that William Shatner could make an appearance in the next film if the story is right. It prompts Terry to ask doesn’t he know what the story is. Then, Mike quickly brings up the next article which quotes Pegg once again saying that the script is almost ready with the first draft turned in for approval with shooting scheduled to begin in a month. With the latest revelation, Mike asks, so is the story right or not? They discuss both of the articles. Terry wonders how bad the Orci script was if Paramount completely threw it out. They discuss it briefly. Moving on with more Simon Pegg Said, the entire cast of Star Trek Beyond has been confirmed. Terry quickly goes through the list. They talk about Elba and Cranston and the roles they would like to see those great actors undertake in the new film.
Mike steps up with another squirrely, but relevant article for this week’s Book News. Science Fiction Author John Scalzi and his publisher Tor, have signed a contract for $3.4 million for 13 books over the next ten years. The last time a large public contract was revealed, it was for $1.5 million. It sets a precident. Mike jokes that Dayton is currently talking to people. They know that Dayton is appearing at conventions, but they didn’t know where he was appearing. Mike reveals that they are going to be speaking with Dayton in the near future. Terry is looking forward to it, but suspects he’s going to give her a hard time for rescheduling him because of golf. Terry has received her copy of Armageddon’s Arrow by Dayton Ward. She has not started reading it yet. Mike is hoping to get a copy for his birthday, which is coming up. Roger Sanderson in the chat room suggests that Terry will be murdered by a golf ball in Dayton’s next book. They joke about it and Mike offers a plausible suggestion for it involving the Apollo golf ball.
Terry returns us to product news with a new but unlicensed beer, called the Trekker’s Pale Ale. The word Trekker refers to a journey rather than Star Trek. They talk about it. Mike suggests a new G & T Show drinking game where listeners take a drink every time they go on a squirrel. Terry follows it up with an article from IO9 discussing how Stargate and Star Trek paved the way for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. They talk about the storytelling and singular universe that spans across their various shows. Terry suggests that Marvel is as successful as it because it learned from the mistakes that Star Trek had made. Mike thinks that Stargate was the master at television crossovers with what they had done with SG-1 and Atlantis. Every character had their own stories and all of them were allowed to be developed throughout the series. Terry thinks that Voyager wasn’t as successful because it wasn’t connected enough to the rest of the universe.
Terry moves us onto another article from Blaster on the 21 most interesting supporting characters. Mike loves and is pleased that Morn made the list. However, they both couldn’t believe that Keiko made the list. Rand got more interesting in the films. They discuss some of them. They have some fun with Damar, Weyhoun, Nog, and others. They agree that Garrak was THE most interesting man in the galaxy. Terry agreed with Sun that Kai Winn should have replaced Keiko.
Mike has another article that is not related to Star Trek, but is so cool that they have to discuss it. It is in regard to the Big Bang Theory Scholarship established by Chuck Lorre and funded by the cast and crew of the show. The entire show is behind it to help twenty students enroll in UCLA in a STEM field this year and five people every year for perpetuity. Mike says that’s all he’s got left for General Star Trek News. Terry prompts him to move forward with this week’s mail bag. After some digging, Mike finds the email from Roger Sanderson, who wanted to comment on the over saturation of Star Trek, the existence of Eobard on Flash, and more, including the revelation that he can’t pronounce Schrodinger.
Since the chat room had been posting images of CosPlayers at conventions, they take a moment to discuss Nick’s “I Never Listen To The G & T Show” Contest. If a listener can get a Star Trek celebrity to say that they never listen to the G & T Show, they will be eligible to win Star Trek: Catan. The image that Roger included with his email is posted in the chatroom. They discuss the image, which Mike doesn’t like because it makes it look like the TOS Enterprise shot first. Dien, in the chatroom, had attended FedCon and wished had had known about the contest sooner, cause she would have gotten Jerry Ryan to say it.
Since they were talking about conventions, they kept the momentum going by discussing Star Trek Las Vegas. She starts it off with a dream that Brandon Braga was headlining the show and pissed off William Shatner. The site currently lists 99 celebrities and are wondering who the 100th will be. Mike wonders if they had 100 before Celeste Yarnall passed away, but after checking, she is still listed. Terry says that people have been turned away, but is sure that substitutions will be made. Terry is pleased that Brandon will be there in an unofficial capacity and will be able to enjoy himself. Kipleigh Brown will be signing autographs for her fans at the G & T Show booth. They are looking forward to it and seeing everyone. Next year will be the 50th anniversary of Star Trek and the convention will be one day longer.
Roger in the chat room poses a question about whether Kirk would, if he met a gender-swapped version of himself, hit on himself. They discuss a few possibilities. In response, the chat room posted the parallel lives Star Trek comic covers. Terry moves them into Star Trek Online News with a quick detour first to talk about Star Trek Timelines. It’s a browser based game for iOS, Android, and the web. Sign up on Disruptor Beam’s website.
With the discussion complete, they move on to Star Trek Online and the latest featured episode House of Pegh. There are spoilers. You have been warned. Mike was pleased to see that there was a same sex relationship identified in the beginning of the episode. Terry points out the amount of hate that erupted in the forums over the inclusion of the Lesbian Klingon couple. Mike was surprised to hear it. He thought it was about time and well deserved. Discussing their relationship status was harmless. Terry asks Mike about his thoughts about the end of the mission. Before getting to it, Mike mentions his disappointment that the shows couldn’t have done it sooner, but was pleased to see that STO wasn’t going to pull any punches.
Mike moves onto discuss the rest of the mission and begins with the first rule of fight club is the first rule in intelligence work. It made him sad that because of what had happened, no songs would be sung. However, they have decided to release a song of what had happened. Mike praises the voice over and Terry is happy that they are SAG affiliated. They discuss the idea of a secret group outing themselves and the reasoning behind their decision to come forward. They both enjoyed the episode. The forums were overthinking things and didn’t like the fact that they didn’t get to fight the Iconian and that the fight was all within a cut scene. Mike says that he would like to see a trophy reward added to the game. He wants a severed Iconian arm as a trophy for his ship. Sun points out that the mission had failed. They could have detonated the Omega Particle generators, brought home the Iconian arm, and the sword of Kahless. Some people thought the Klingons would not have beamed out. Mike points out that in this case it was the honorable thing to do. They needed to retreat in order to ensure that the vital information that the Emperor sacrificed himself in order to wound an Iconian was more important than the mission. It was an honorable action and why you break the first rule of fight club. They both will be playing again.
They discuss the mission rewards. Mike mentions he gave Terry a stack of 100 of each Superior Tech Upgrade and he has already crafted another stack of each to replace them. Terry asked how he gets all of his materials. Mike runs down all of the ways he obtained the crafting materials that he needed for crafting the Tech Upgrades.
Dien in the chatroom brought up that during her time at FedCon, Star Trek: Renegades showed off a working version of their film. Mike mentions that in June, there will be a small window of time, right around his birthday, that backers to Renegade will have to view the unfinished film.
Continuing with STO News, Terry asks when the Nog episode will be released. Mike thought it was going to be this episode, but now thinks it will be the next one. They are releasing these new episodes every four to six weeks and the replays for the time gated rewards are taking up half of that time. Mike also points out that these featured episodes, during this initial release window are level 10, making them available to everyone. After the last piece in the set is released, the mission’s level will be raised to 60, so play them while you still can.
Next up in STO News is the Lohlunat Festival that will begin next week and will run until July 14th. They discuss some of new changes made to the festival. Mike got a specialization point out of the retirement of the old pearls. They will be getting floral shirts from the event and the ship reward will be a Ferengi ship. A lot of detail hasn’t been revealed about it yet. The event will be a good way to earn reputation points. Mike suggests that people that may not want the ship, may be able to exchange the run the sight seeing mission and exchange the vouchers for specialization points, if they make the points available. Mike hopes that they will make the points available to encourage more people that don’t want the ship to participate in the event. They will confirm with Al when they talk with him in the near future.
Terry talks about the new map transfer pages with the game. Terry says she wants all of them on her walls. Mike mentions that they are releasing them as wall paper. Mike got the Orion Rosie the Rivetter for his facebook cover page from the STO site. She’s going to print them out and have them framed. She loves the recruiting posters, including the latest one with the Klingon Opera.
They finish up with announcements. Mike mentions the I never listen to the G & T Show contest again. Terry talks about her Takedown contest and has sweetened the deal with a copy of Kenobi. All you have to do is read Absent Enemies, find Terry’s favorite scene, and let us know what it is. If you get it right you’ll get Takedown and Kenobi by John Jackson Miller.
Mike remembered some of the kickstarter projects that he forgot to discuss earlier on. Captain Pike is in its final hours and needs a lot of money to get there. He’s hopeful that they can do because it seems like a wonderful project. Next up is the Spock’s Brain Album. They are working on their final stretch goal. Finally, Mike draws attention to Stephen Fender’s The Four Years War Technical Manual. He wrote a book series on the Four Years War that was paid for through Kickstarter. He is now compiling all of the technical information he compiled in writing the series into a technical manual. Mike supported both projects. He has already reached his initial goal.
Finally, Mike has mentioned that he has started working on the next episode of Gates of Sto’vo’kor. Blood of the Nei’rrh and Starfinder are still in production. Club 602 has been a constant supporter of our show, and we return the favor by asking everyone to check out Club 602. We expect Nick to return next week with plenty of information about Awesome Con.
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