G & T Show 197 – Conventional Wisdom
G & T Show 197 – Conventional Wisdom is now available to download. Check it out here. This week Nick, Terry, and Mike are back for an all new show talking about the latest happenings going on in and around the Star Trek Universe. They discuss News regarding the next film, products, games, conventions, celebrities, tv shows, fan productions and more. This week We’ve got huge news about some of our future convention appearances. Also, Terry goes on a rant about journalistic integrity on the unverified rumors that surfaced around a fan pitching a new Trek series to Paramount. You don’t want to miss this and the other interesting topics discussed on this week’s G & T Show.
After introductions, they wish everyone a Happy Father’s Day. Some technical difficulties with browser functionality and Flash have annoyed Terry. Getting to this week’s Coffee Klatch, Terry shares that her husband is attending his 30 year College Reunion for the Theater Depart for the University of Idaho. Nick was surprised that there was a theater department in Moscow. Terry takes a jab and states it’s northern Idaho, all they had was theater. Not everyone realizes that some of the best theater schools are in the northwest. There are some great schools all over the country that don’t get the credit they deserve because they may not be known for their football teams. Terry warns us that Chloe is smiling because she’s gassy this morning. Terry has played in her golf league this week and dislikes her shoes. Starfleet Mom will be staying with Terry this week since they will be house hunting in the area.
Nick saw two movies this week that he had avoided. He watched 21 and 22 Jump Street and found them to be hilarious. He talks about it for a bit, including the films actors. He also went out to lunch with a good friend and mentions the orgasmic joy he felt eating their Graham Cracker Ice Cream.
Mike was a busy getting the Supplemental Log Interviews he had recorded during his Cryptic Trip. He had made a commitment to Al and Stephen that he’d have the interviews out by midweek and did everything he could to make sure they were, including recruiting our MidniteShadow (Steve) to give him a hand. Mike knows better for the next time. In addition to the audio interviews, Mike posted an article discussing the highlights from his weekend adventure. The downside of his week has been all of the Internet troubles he’s had to deal with and hopes that it will finally get resolved with the technician comes out tomorrow.
Terry has started rewatching Warehouse 13 and misses those characters. Nick asks if anyone has heard about Sense8. Terry has been hearing great things and Mike says not to watch it with little ones nearby and references the orgy scene in episode 4. Mike has been watching Stitchers and mentions that a character from Warehouse 13 and from Eureka are both involved in that show. Terry appreciates that some of the actors from those series are getting work. She goes on to talk about Warehouse 13’s first episode. Terry is going to check out Sense8. Mike shares some of his advice for watching it.
They move on to this week’s Star Trek News. Principle filming is under way for Star Trek Beyond as reported by TrekCore with some tweets regarding Simon Pegg and some of the other cast members. There were no quotes for this week’s Simon Says. Next, Terry talks about Fashionably Geek’s TNG Cardigan Sweaters. She’s disappointed that they don’t come in Command Red.
After resolving some technical issues with her browser caused by an advertisement, Terry tells Nick that he was right. Several articles came out this week talking about the controversy between George Takei and William Shatner, which only seems to get brought up when George has something to pitch and this time he was pitching his Broadway play. George got some blow back this time for saying that Shatner is the one always bringing it up, which Nick doesn’t believe to be true. Takei released a statement that he intends to bury the hatchet with Shatner. We hope that they are able to move forward or just drop it. Terry believes that what she has seen lately from William Shatner makes her believe that he has changed and as a result, she may have to change her opinion of him.
This 'grudge' has been blown out of proportion. I have a plan to bury the hatchet. Hope Bill wants to as well.
Terry moves on to the new brown bag wine tasting, hosted by William Shatner and featuring Wil Wheaton this week. The episode discusses beer, wine, Star Trek, and Star Trek Online. Shatner didn’t know about STO and his reaction to it was fantastic. Nick wonders if he’ll start playing and live tweet his adventures. Mike wonders if he’d be inclined to lend his voice to the game, but Nick and Terry don’t think STO could afford what he’s asking. They may have pay out a season’s worth of voice over just to get him in the room.
Next, they discuss Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage — the traveling concert series performing the music of Star Trek. They have added new dates on their tour. Dayton is disappointed that there are not enough middle America dates. Terry mentions the Eddie Izzard event she attended and how he purposefully visited middle American cities in order to learn more about them. She shares a little about the Albuquerque event she attended.
Terry brings up the Hollywood Reporter article that interviewed Frakes and Moore about the writing and the making of Best of Both Worlds in time for its Anniversary. Terry and Mike share their favorite highlights from the article. Nick comments that he wishes Braga would return to do a new Star Trek series and immediately points out that it’s quite a reversal from where they had been when the show began, nearly 200 episodes ago. They have changed their opinions as more information had been revealed about the behind the scenes dealings that have been revealed in recent years. Terry mentions that the Temporal Cold War may be coming to STO, especially with the some of the reveals in the latest featured episode. Mike mentions that several people in their interviews mentioned that what happens in this episode will have ramifications that will fuel STO’s story for the next year and a half to two years.
They move onto this week’s Convention News and the big announcements that have come out. Terry starts off with STLV 2015 at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas. They are expecting a big push for the 50th Anniversary and have created a special email newsletter signup page so people can stay apprised of the latest developments as they happen. You can find the link and the Star Trek 50th Anniversary logo at the bottom of STLV’s home page. Terry thinks they will sell out and if you want to attend, you’ll have to do so early. She goes onto say that tickets for 2016 will be on sale during this year’s convention.
They move on to the big news coming out of Shore-Leave. Janice will be at Shoreleave on behalf of the G & T Show and will be stalking celebrities and authors with the hopes of landing some lucrative interviews with them. Shoreleave 37 will coincide with STLV this year, however, they have already announced the dates for Shoreleave 38 and they are July 15th through the 17th. They will not conflict with STLV or Comic Con and we will be able to cover both conventions. We hope that it will mean that some of our favorite authors will be able to attend STLV as well. Mike is working on press passes for Shoreleave 37 and 38.
Nick mentions that he will also be attending Baltimore ComicCon this year as press as well. Terry throws in that Wizard World Comic Con has expanded and will be holding a convention in ABQ, which Terry hopes to cover for the G & T Show.
Returning to Shoreleave, Mike runs through some of the celebrity guests that will be attending Shore-Leave this year. The big guest broke Nick’s heart that he would not be able to go to it. Nick points out that Kelly Meding with be attending as well. Mike hadn’t gotten to the authors yet. Terry runs through some of the Star Trek authors that will be attending Shore-Leave. There is a lot going on at Shore-leave and if you’re going to be in the Hunts Valley, Maryland area August 7th through the 9th, stop by and in join in the fun. Nick used to attend both conventions before they started conflicting with one another and is pleased that he will be able to attend both conventions again next year.
They discuss the trend of people getting their ears clipped to appear Vulcan or Romulan, and other types of body modification, including getting subcutaneous implants to create ridges or horns. After criticizing Mike for his unique view of Klingons as a cuddly race, he recommends for everyone to check out Mary Czerwinski’s book, Elements of Change: A Collection of Poetry. The chat room shocked them with some of the implant photos they shared.
While Terry quickly took her dogs outside, Nick took some time to discuss Baltimore ComicCon. It will be September 25, 26, and 27 at the Baltimore Convention Center. It’s a true comic con filled with the people that creates comics. Nick doesn’t go through the entire list, but instead focuses on some of the highlights.
A question from the chat room about the difference between San Diego Comic-Con and other Comic Cons. They also discussed the fact that several studios won’t have a presence at SDCC in Hall H. Disney may be pulling out entirely to focus on D23 instead. DC will have a huge presence at SDCC. Nick wonders if its going to splinter Geek culture. He praises Disney and expects them to put on a great event. Terry talks about Tomorrowland failure and the trend of studios being wary of original material. Mike loved Tomorrowland’s message and is sad that it did so poorly. He hopes that the films will draw a following once it hits DVD or On-Demand services and that these new films can get a second chance. Mike mentioned that he saw Jurassic World. Nick runs through the expected film releases for the rest of 2015. There’s a lot of new and rebooted films coming out. She wonders if the Force Awakens will once more smash records.
Mike switches gears to talk about replicators. 3D printers are essentially replicators, but a pair of robots constructing a steel bridge across a canal in Amsterdam may be the world’s first Industrial Replicator. They discuss the technology briefly. The only thing that can’t be replicated so far is food and water. They talk about robots. Terry mentions that Battle Bots are coming back.
Before we get to the big news item of the week, Mike mentions the Captain Worf campaign that is currently underway to convince CBS to back the show as a potential new Trek series. A fan group has emerged with the desire to send CBS a million mini-muffins and they are soliciting donations. Terry adds that Michael Dorn has stated that those efforts are not going directly to his production company, and wants people to be careful where they send their money. Nick suggests renting a tanker truck filled with Prune Juice and delivering it to CBS. Terry laughs because there’s a service station near where she works called Warrior Fuel.
They move on to the big news item. Mike and Nick warns everyone to ready themselves. Terry summarizes the Trek Movie article that sparked a controversy across the Internet. Star Trek Fan creator, Michael Gummelt was interviewed by TrekMovie, who said he was invited to pitch his show to Paramount. Terry’s issue with the article was that there was no confirmation from Paramount or CBS that what Mr. Gummelt said was true. Gummelt was using the domain name StarTrekBeyond.com, which is the same name of the next film. Terry believes Paramount’s interest in Gummelt wasn’t for his series, but rather for his domain name. They don’t blame Gummelt for wanting to pitch the show he’s been working on for decades. However, she’s upset that TrekMovie is getting picked up as the source by several well-known sites regarding this story, despite the fact that there wasn’t any confirmation that what was said was true.
Wow. I remain astonished at what passes for journalism on the Internets. #nopeyourestilljustablog
— jvancitters (@jvancitters) June 18, 2015
Mike points out that there was a cryptic tweet from Van Citters that same morning regarding journalistic integrity on the Internet, which we believe stems from this article. Terry recounts the trouble we had getting confirmation of Harve Bennett’s passing. Terry offers a few options that TrekMovie could have taken in regards to the interview, rather than posting it as news without a confirmed source. She posted about it on Facebook. Nick described her post as lighting the flamethrower.
OK – so who's got a problem with the article on the fanfilm producer who miraculously got to "pitch" a *series* to "…
Terry wonders if all of this hoopla that erupted around the article has ruined his opportunity. We hope not. But, she blames TrekMovie for handling the entire situation poorly. She mentions that CBS and the fan film communities have a good relationship and no one wants to see that relationship go away. She goes to say that CBS even got YouTube to reinstate Star Trek: Continues’s fourth episode The White Iris. If Paramount or CBS upsets the fans, they run the risk of hurting their respective IPs. They could have used the situation for PR purposes, but TrekMovie pulled the rug out from underneath them. Nick, Terry, and Mike are pleased for Gummelt and support his efforts.
Mike points out that Terry and the G & T Show were mentioned in an Op. Ed. on 1701 about this topic. Terry agreed with the article about what was wrong with TrekMovie’s article, but felt that it was click bait as well. She was mentioned as the person that brought it to their attention, but she didn’t want to get involved in their mud slinging. She could sling her own. She is afraid that the TrekMovie article has misled fans to believe that they can pitch their own stories to CBS and Paramount. She hopes that Paramount will respond to the news, but doubts it at this point. She’s disappointed in 1701 for ruffling feathers in order to create some click bait for themselves.
With Terry’s rant winding down, Mike changes the subject to a lighter topic in the realm of fan productions. Mike has come across a new fan production, called Ronnie the Redshirt. The latest episode, called Mikey was fun and Mike likes it. He shares some of his thoughts on the short video series. He also shares some 1950 B-movie Science Fiction Cheesey goodness from their friends at Five Year Mission of their first video from their Spock’s Brain album. The song is (For His Head Is Hollow And I have Touched) Spock’s Brain. In order to describe the video, he says it’s perfection. It’s … Attack of the Killer Brains! Terry mentions that they will be sitting down with Five Year Mission again soon. They have exclusives and will be world premiering two songs from their Spock’s Brain album.
Finally, Terry wanted to finish the show with some quick Star Trek Online News. The Aron Eisenberg featured episode Time In A Bottle has been released. She mentions the ship that Captain Nog is commanding. Mike adds that he thinks that this episode has the most voice over than any other mission STO has released so far. Terry describes as some of the most Trek-like episodes seen in a while. This story shows that the game has a substantial future ahead of it. They try not to drop any spoilers.
Mike quickly mentions the Cryptic Interviews and the Round Up. He talks about how Ricossa, Christine, Jesse, and Al broke down the stories to illustrate what their process in developing a story for STO. Thomas talks about the process involved for creating ships. It was very informative. He then goes over their current contests. Terry’s and Nick’s contests are still ongoing. Mike is getting ready to launch his contest for a video karaoke contest to win a Five Year Mission Discography. Look for details soon.
Nick is looking forward to Vegas. Terry is preparing for her visitors. They wind down this week’s show.
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He is the co-owner of Busy Little Beaver Productions and is the producer and co-host for G & T Show and Gates of Sto’vo’kor. He’s directed voice actors, and produced and edited audio podcasts and dramas because he doesn’t have the face for video. He plays well with others and is always on the look out for the next project, the next thing, the next next. If he wasn’t working on something with a half dozen other projects waiting in the wings, somebody please check to make sure he’s still breathing.
During the day, he’s a mild-mannered computer repair man who dabbles in web design in his small, rural, Central California community. He lives with his lovingly dysfunctional family and loyal canine companion and spends most of his time in the closet concocting some hair-brained scheme or another. He’s got an unhealthy obsession with Lego video games, Klingons, and Star Trek Online that borders on the neurotic.
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