G & T Show 195 – Party On, Darth!
G & T Show 195 – Party On, Darth! is now available for download. Check it out here. Nick, Terry, and Mike are here with an all new show jammed full with News from all over the Star Trek Universe, including products, games, the upcoming movie, a potential television show idea, celebrity, books and comics, conventions, fan productions, podcasts, and Kickstarters, and more. Nick has returned from his excursion to Awesome Con and will talk all about it. You don’t want to miss everything they talk about this week on the G & T Show.
After a Star Wars inspired introduction, they begin with some interesting Star Wars tidbits before getting to this week’s Coffee Klatch discussing what they have done this week. Terry mentions the new Star Wars comic book with Darth realizing that Luke was his son. Because Terry referred to Lord Vader as Darth, Nick asks if anyone referred to him as simply Darth. Mike suggested that only his buddy, Wayne, called him Darth, which led to the title of this week’s show. In another comic, it was revealed that Han had a wife before Leia. Mike suggests that he probably had a girl in every port.
Getting to this week’s Coffee Klatch, Nick mentions that he finally saw Wreck It Ralph this week. He loved Jayne Lynch in that movie. Terry asks if they had seen the image of her dressed as the character she plays in the film. They discuss the film briefly and some of their favorite moments from it. Nick mentions that he’s got some STLV convention rumors, but Terry asks him to sit on it for the time being. Mike asks Nick about his time at Awesome Con. He describes the layout of the convention before going into the highlights of his trip as well as some of the issues with this relatively new convention. His first stop was to see Commander Donatra, Dina Meyer. He got a signed photo of Donatra.
They discuss STLV with a rumor that Dina Meyer’s agent is talking to Creation about her appearing at STLV this year. Terry mentions the rumor that they have been turning away celebrities because they already have their 100 guests. The latest rumor is that Hanna Hotai was turned away, which surprised Nick to hear that they had done that to Molly, who was in DS9 more often than some of the background guests from TOS. Terry hopes that the rumor is untrue and that more guests are being added. Nick hopes that Dina Meyer will be able to attend if not this year, then next year for the 50th.
Nick attended the Starship Troopers panel with Dina Meyer and Casper Van Dien. He comments at how attractive he is and refers to him as the human Ken doll. He said they were great together. She was a great storyteller and he was quick with the sarcastic quips. They made a good team. He also met Jay Muse. Terry mentions the Five Year Mission interview we conducted this week and how Nick should have been there to recite lines from Kevin Smith. Mike wants to open a Geek Speak Easy. Nick liked the idea of it. Nick asked if fans of Seinfeld were considered geeky? Terry believed that it was. He would have liked to hear the Seinfeld cast discuss Star Trek Geeks versus Star Wars Geeks.
Terry asked Mike what he has done this week. He has done a little bit of everything. He has written a little bit, played some games, and had his heart broken. He has to find a new home for his dog Charlie. Terry worked this week. They mentioned the Five Year Mission interview again. Terry didn’t realize that it happened this week, it had been a long week for her. Nick mentions that he was the 100th person to donate to the project. Mike mentions that the Spock’s Brain Album Kickstarter is drawing to a close. There are rumors that there may be yet another stretch goal. Before moving on to discuss some of the other Kickstarters currently underway, Mike wishes Dayton Ward a happy birthday.
The first Kickstarter Terry discusses is the Star Trek: New Voyages/Phase II Kickstarter that will allow them to create up to three new episodes. We ask listeners to support the granddaddy of fan productions. This kickstarter was released on the heels of the controversy that arose surrounding Star Trek: Continues. The latest episode was released last week and Terry has not seen it yet. Nick had watched the film after the episode had been pulled from YouTube due to copyright claim by CBS. The video remained online on Vimeo as well as on their website. The speculation over the YouTube issue ranged far and wide. It appears that someone fraudulently impersonated CBS and had the video pulled and that CBS had not asked for the film to be removed from YouTube. They discussed some of the animosity that has arisen between some of these fan productions. Nick, Terry, and Mike are fans of Star Trek and support all endeavors both professional and fan-produced. Nick suggests that the US and Russia were able to put aside their differences to work together, there’s no reason that Star Trek fan communities and fan productions can not and should not do the same.
When Sun points out that YouTube is bad at investigating these situations. Terry explains that it is not their responsibility to investigate. They are protecting themselves by pulling it and it is up to the poster to prove that they have permission to use the content contained in their video. Star Trek Continues had to contact CBS Legal and had to get permission in writing that it is alright for them to use or post their content. Going back to passionate communities, Terry points out that it does not take much to incite an idiot. Fans of one community shouldn’t be disparaging another. She points out that if one of our fans attacked another Star Trek podcast on our behalf, she would be upset and would rake that person over the coals for their inappropriate behavior, representing our show. The G & T Show supports other podcasts, because they are talking about Star Trek. Nick and Terry mention several podcasts that discuss Star Trek and Star Trek Online.
Mike mentions that fans can become polarized because of their passion for the source material and it doesn’t matter if its professional (classic Trek vs. Nu-Trek) or fan productions. They state that loving something should never mean degrading something else. She finds it unacceptable if someone connected with one of the production communities is responsible for this attack on another production. Nick hopes that none of our fans were involved with this incident. Mike loves all of Star Trek. Some he may not appreciate as much as others, but he supports them all because they are keeping it alive. It hurts to see the fans going after one another. Nick would never try to shut down a competitor. Instead, he would try to create a better product. Terry is pleased with all of the quality productions being created right now, including Renegades, which she was concerned about.
Speaking of supporting other projects, Mike points everyone to Women At Warp and the Patreon page. This podcast is looking to raise funds to help them continue to operate. As a podcast that holds yearly fundraisers to help cover server costs and storage needs, the G & T Show understands their plight and wants to help bring attention to this show that looks to examine women’s issues through Star Trek. They give them the G & T Bump.
Moving on to the next Kickstarter, Mike recaps that they have already mentioned Spock’s Brain. The Captain Pike Kickstarter failed, but rumors have it that they will be relaunching a new Indiegogo for the project based on the lessons they learned from this fundraiser and with the advice of other fan productions. Mike is looking forward to this second attempt and hopes that it’s successful, since he loves the idea and the cast involved with the project. He mentions the New Voyages again and Terry quickly recaps it. Mike provides some additional details about their project, and mentions that their episodes tend to have better special effects than most other fan productions, which allows them to differentiate themselves, but also makes their episode more expensive than other productions. Terry discusses a new Kickstarter by Adam Nimoy to create a documentary about his father and the role he embodied for so long: Mr. Spock. They are trying to raise 600k to create their documentary. Mike clarifies that the documentary is about Spock and not necessarily about Leonard Nimoy.
Before moving onto to the next news segment, Nick points out that American Pharaoh has decided to join them in the chat room and spends the rest of the show making horse jokes. For Star Trek movie news, or the newly renamed segment Simon Pegg Says, they discuss the recent article that surfaced stating that Pegg and Jung had trimmed 45 pages or roughly 45 minutes from the script, reducing it to approximately two hours and fifteen minutes of potential film. Mike wonders why couldn’t they have kept the script, filmed it, and then later release the super extended director’s cut of the film. Terry points out that editing a long film can ruin a story by removing important story points that the viewer may not understand. Nick asks if we want a three hour version of Into Darkness, which brings us into the next bit of news.
Justin Linn was interviewed during his visit to the Chinese Theater in Hollywood and he discussed his past experiences with Star Trek, which makes Mike and Terry very optimistic about this film. He’s a Trek fan that grew up watching TOS. He also mentions that the new film will explore strange new worlds, new life and new civilizations, which excites them. Nick is being cautious and states that he’s been burned before. Mike thinks if this was a hoax, it would be more damaging to the film than the Kahn situation from Into Darkness. Mike talks about the issues JJ created when he admitted that he was not a Trek fan, and quotes Linn about his own fandom with Trek. Nick gives kudos to JJ for finding someone that understands our franchise and knows how to work with it.
Since we were talking about Star Wars, Nick mentions that on Saturday after leaving Awesome Con, he attended a concert in Baltimore that paid tribute to John Williams. He talks about his experiences at the concert. Nick reads a question by Christopher Meyer regarding a fan working on the franchise than having someone from outside coming in to breathe new life into it, like Nicholas Meyer. Nick says that someone that can look at an IP and identify what makes it work and stay true to it. Terry expands on it by stating that as long as they stay true to character, they can make it work. JJ understands that about Star Wars and we can only hope that Linn understands that about Star Trek. Nick adds that the heart of Star Wars are the droids. Mike suggests that it’s their story since the entire series has been seen through their eyes.
Mike moves them along. Since they mentioned Nicholas Meyer, he points to an article regarding 10 Things You May Not Know About Star Trek IV: The Undiscovered Country. Mike goes over a few of the more interesting items in the list, including some of the alternative ideas they were kicking around for the sixth film. Some of the items on the list really hurt Nick. Connecting to Nicholas Meyer, one of the items in the article discusses how the story idea for the film came about. Nick suggests people check out These Are the Voyages By Marc Cushman.
As Terry’s dog, Choloe, defends her food, Mike reminds everyone at home playing along in the G & T Show Drinking Game, that now is a good time to take a drink. Nick shares that Mike scared him when he first told him about the drinking game. Mike had misspoken and made it seem that Nick was the one that needed to drink whenever we squirrel, rather than our audience drinks whenever we squirrel.
Returning to the article, Terry finds an item that she thought was interesting regarding the changes in the role of Sulu and his Excelsior would have in the film. It spurred a discussion of the Wrath of Kahn and the role Spock had in helping Kirk handle the situation he faced. Nick points out everything Kirk was going through by that point in the film.
Terry moves on to the 47 Things about the TNG Films. Nick asks about number 27. Terry reads it and surprises all of them with that factual tid bit.
Moving onto Book News, Terry starts off the segment talking about Anthony Montgomery’s Miles Away, which is now available on iTunes through digital download. Check out his comic. Terry, then, tells us about the new Star Trek/Green Lantern crossover comic that is coming out. There are a lot of crossovers coming out with Star Trek and other IPs. Nick mentioned that the Star Trek / Battlestar Galactica crossover was pretty good.
Mike is up next with a new product that no one will be able to pick up unless they attend San Diego Comic Con. Entertainment Earth will be offering an SDCC exclusive set of Star Trek Captain Bobble Heads. Nick rages about the difficulty people can have trying to get tickets to SDCC. Mike says he will never be able to get it unless someone decides to put it up onto EBay. Nick mentions that a few years ago, some people from Cryptic Studio had been able to decide to come to STLV at the last minute and stayed with him in his room. It can’t be done with Comic Con because it takes a full year of planning and a lot of luck to even get tickets to attend. They talk about the Bobble head, which authentically portrays the way the characters are seated. Terry shared the two times she attended the convention, one of which she worked for Airlock Alpha. Terry thinks that ComicCon needs to move to either LA or Vegas. They discuss some of the differences between Dragon Con and San Diego Comic Con.
Mike moves the show along to a recent interview with Michael Dorn regarding his Captain Worf television show that reveals some of the intriguing details that he revealed about his upcoming show. They discuss some of the ideas behind it. Nick has some concerns, but they talk it out and think that it could work and be very interesting if it parallels Iraq and the integration of an alternate society into their own. Nick hopes that Martok would be part of the show. Terry thinks it would be fun to watch.
Before jumping to email, Terry quickly talks about new Star Trek business card cases that are available on the Star Trek.com store. Mike jumps into this week’s email. The first item is in regards to Allegiance. Tickets to the play are now available. Mike provides some backstory on Allegiance’s kickstarter, the Broadway play, the Japanese American Museum, and the importance of remembering history in order to prevent it from happening again. Terry talks about the internment camps and how George Takei had grown up in one of those camps. Mike jumps to the next email from Michael discussing last week’s episode and the homosexual characters identified in the most recent Featured Episode in Star Trek Online. They respond to it before moving on with the show.
Terry shares the news that Nichelle Nichols suffered a mild stroke this week and is now recovering. They send her good well wishes. The chat room demands a question directed to Nick and read last week be read/given to him to respond. While Mike digs it up, Terry shifts to Star Trek Online with the news that STO’s Summer Event is now live. She has gotten some new game costumes, including board shorts. Mike has grabbed all of the Hawaiian shirts and is still working on the shorts. Terry mentions that they increased the amount of favors received from the various events. They talk about the Targ H.O.G. board. Terry didn’t realize that it was directly inspired by Biff’s grandson’s Hoverboard from Back to the Future 2. When Mike shares with Nick the content of the email, he doesn’t understand. They discuss the email and the 12 Monkeys tv show. Nick, however, points out that Flash never would have existed without the Reverse Flash.
Before winding down this week’s show, Terry quickly wants to point out something Mike had come across regarding Star Trek: Alien Domain. Alien Domain is a relatively new browser based game. Mike tells us about his experiences playing the game so far and the Klingon he created for it. He had discovered that there are STO inspired ships in the game. The Mogh, the Bortas’qu, and the Odyssey seem like unique variants of the STO ships. Mike and Terry thinks it is cool and means that Cryptic is making stuff that CBS likes. Mike thinks there may be more Fed ships that were inspired by STO designs. He tells us about his experiences in the game.
Nick is excited and proud to hold in his hand Elements of Change: A Collection of Poetry by Mary Czerwinski, the Empress. He praises Mary as a very talented person. Nick asks everyone to support her in this project. Terry asks people to support G & T Show by using our link when picking up Mary’s book. Mike asks if the book is self-published or published through a third party publishing house. It’s self-published. Mike is pleased that its self-published and hopes that everyone will support her. Next, Nick discusses D-Day and the first parachutists that were the first people onto the scene to help with the liberation of Europe. Nick talks about his grandfather’s role on D-Day as well as his own participation in the 50th anniversary of it. They wind down the show. Terry would like your thoughts on what we can do to celebrate our 200th episode. In closing, she quickly mentions that Patrick Stewart has been announced as the 100th celebrity attending STLV 2015.[amazon template=thumbnail&asin=1508880069]
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