G & T Show 200 – Achievement Unlocked!
G & T Show 200 – Achievement Unlocked! is now available to download. Check it out here. Terry, Nick, and Mike celebrate their two hundredth episode in style with Janet. They discuss Star Trek News, Products, Games, Fan Productions, books, Conventions including San Diego Comic Con, and more happening in and around the Star Trek Universe. Don’t miss out on all of this week’s fun.
Nick kicks off the G & T Show’s 200th episode with a special introduction before getting to this week’s opening and introductions. They took last week off because Nick had shooty time and wouldn’t be able to make it. Mike jokes that he had a show last week by himself and it was even sadder cause there wasn’t anyone in the chatroom either. He actually sent his parents on a cruise last week and spent the week with his grandfather. He managed to play a lot of Star Trek: Trexels and had fun with it. Nick had shooty time and had to get booster shots for everything. Janet has been working on her final project for school. She is developing an app and has taken on the task of an Emergency French app. They discuss consent and Mike shocks Nick and Terry with some of his responses.
Nick saw AntMan. Mike has been waiting to hear Nick’s thoughts on the film before going to see it himself. Nick praised the film and compared its fun level to that of Guardians of the Galaxy. Nick doesn’t understand people that leave the theater before the post-credit scenes, because they missed out on two of them with this film. Nick saw it in 3D because this film seemed like it would be a fun use of the technology. He talks about the film for a few minutes, and included a message for DC about their upcoming films and some of the trailers he saw for upcoming films. He was angry about how awesome the Force Awakens is going to be. He’s excited for Star Wars and thinks that it’s going to make a billion dollars. They talk about Amy Schumer and her GQ spread in the Leia Slave Girl outfit. Talking about trailers, the conversation shifts to the Suicide Squad trailer, which Nick greatly approves. Terry is intrigued by the Batman vs. Superman trailer. All of this is a result of Comic Con. Before getting to Star Trek News and because Comic Con was mentioned, Mike shares a link of the Agent Carter versus Agents of Shield Dubsmash sing-off videos compiled into a single article. They discuss it quickly. Nick quickly throws praise towards Tom Cruise’s stunt in the Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation trailer.
They start up Star Trek News with the latest movie news. A Star Trek fan can win a walk-on role in the new film for donating to Omaze, which is supporting several wonderful charities. The video for it featured the cast of the film including Edris Elba, who break dances at the end. It also has the distinction of showing off the interior of the ship for the third movie, which is a little bit different than what was seen in the first two films. Second place winners will be able to visit the set. Terry mentions that this shows how the marketing of the film is being handled differently than in the first two films. It is making her very excited about.
The next bit of news is in regards to Alice Eve being unsure if she’d appear in the next film. Mike was disappointed. He wanted to see that relationship develop differently in this alternate universe. Mike posts another link about Elba arriving in Vancouver and Lin filming in Dubai. Elba is seen behind a turntable. They talk about the article and spend a few minutes on Dubai and the alien environment the location offers. Giacchino is going to be working on the music for the next film, but he hasn’t started working on it yet, which prompts a discussion of film soundtracks including Star Wars’ fanfare and the difference it’s going to make to the new film without 20th Century Fox’s fanfare. Terry has heard a rumored fanfare that Disney will be using for the new film. Nick talks about the Marvel fanfare.
Terry moves them onto their next topic: Star Trek Product News. The first item is the Bradford Exchange Star Trek watch. She moves them onto the big news that CBS has found a way to work with LEGO on a Big Bang Theory LEGO set of their apartment. Mike hopes that this sets a precedent for more CBS properties to get the LEGO treatment, specifically Star Trek. He goes on to say that he loves LEGO video games and has been wanting to play LEGO Star Trek TOS and more specifically as a Salt Vampire, which got surprised both Nick and Terry. They talk about some of the possibilities. They get the stink eye whenever they mentioned LEGO and Star Trek in the same sentence to Van Citters. Nick wants Enterprise era LEGOs. For the video games, Mike wants each series and then the TNG and TOS films to have it’s own game. There’s too much content from each series to require them to combine them. They talk about some of the possibilities. Mike needs a sham wow. Nick mentions that he and Janice have been playing Minecraft, but there are no Star Trek skins for it.
Terry purchased and received the red, Captain Picardigan sweater from Her Universe this week. Mike mentions that there’s another company making TNG era Cardigans in blue as well as gold. Nick chimes in that he got his Five Year Mission Spock’s Brain CD this week. Nick mentions the Her Universe fashion show at Comic Con. Terry mentions that Her Universe also has Marvel licenses now as well. They talk about Her Universe. Nick talks about the lack of Black Widow items available. It’s not Disney licensing that is doing it, but the manufacturers that are choosing not to create it because they believe it does not sell well. Nick wonders why these people don’t attend conventions and look around. It prompts Terry to talk about Pop! Vinyls which isn’t afraid of creating female characters. Mike offered a solution, when he said Limited Edition.
Before moving on to the next topic, Mike has a product and some more technology news as well. He starts off with the Star Trek TOS Bluetooth Communicator. It connects to your cellphone and allows you to talk and listen to a conversation with it. It also has iconic sounds from the show. He moves us onto Amazon’s Echo, which is the Star Trek Computer for the home. It’s similar to Siri or Google Now but without the cell phone. They talk about it now. Mike goes on to Anovos’ new Phaser replicas. They are TNG/DS9/Voyager-era phasers. There are phaser rifles and handheld phasers as well. Next up, isn’t a product quite yet, but is a Star Trek technology. Dermal Regenerators have now been invented. It cuts down the healing time by 30 percent by using sonic technology to bring the wound together and encourage healing. They discuss how it works. Finally, Mike points out that the next item is a step towards Data, but it could also be a step towards Lore. The world’s first robot has become self-aware. Three robots were put through specialized tests and only one was able to pass the test and is now believed to be aware of itself, its own voice, and more.
Terry has a few more general news items. The first is a Welsh UFO sighting and their government’s response to it was issued in Klingon. Nick mentions Mount Spock on Pluto. Mike quickly mentions some Book News that came out from Comic Con. David Goodman and William Shatner were present at Comic Con to talk about David’s new book: The Autobiography of James T. Kirk, where Shatner read excerpts from the book as Kirk. He recommends everyone check it out. Mike hopes that there will be an audio version narrated by Kirk.
Terry brought up the old news about Paramount and Gammelt’s pitch for Star Trek: Uncharted. The story continues to be picked up by various news outlets, including PBS, and none of them have yet questioned the sources or attempted to get confirmation on it. They talk about it again because one of the titles of the articles is really misleading because it claims that Paramount is taking pitches for the new series, which it is not, nor can it do so. Mike suggests that if he was smart, he would have announced a kickstarter to produce a fan production, because all of this attention he is receiving would have given him the opportunity to actually create his series.
Next up, they talk about the Axanar Indiegogo fundraiser. They have reached their initial goal of 250,000 for the first act of their film. They need more than a million dollars to complete the film. Terry mentions that Axanar has put their books out there for scrutiny, which Mike describes as a gutsy move since no other project has done it. Terry points out that there are some concerns about the books, specifically with the marketing costs. Mike reads the opening paragraph from the Indiegogo. They are concerned about the use of professionals in the production. They discuss the topic and mention Star Trek Continues, Star Trek Renegades, and Star Trek Faragut as part of their examples. She’s concerned about the production because of what went on this week with the Alien fan production. It was also a professional quality production, but it was scrubbed by 20th Century Fox because it’s close to the new film Fox is working on. Terry is concerned because it is so close the line. Mike references Icarus, who flew too close to the sun and got burned for his trouble. Mike points out that CBS and Fox are different. CBS is ok with fans production fan films, and this shows that Fox is not. Mike discloses that he has contributed to Axanar and has only contributed what he could afford to lose. Because there is no guarantee that the production will be completed. Terry points out that they are not picking on Axanar, but are speaking to all fan productions. To our listeners, we recommend people to donate out of love for the project first, while keeping in mind that there may not any end result to it. Buyer beware. Mike provides a quick update on Horizons. We support all fan productions and want to see them all succeed. They all want TNG-era sets made so we can get some TNG era fan productions soon. They talk briefly about some of the in-fighting that has come out between the fans of some of these fan productions. Nick squirrels to talk about the new DTI ebook he’s reading by Christopher L. Bennett, The Collectors. Mike finished reading that recently and he really enjoyed the story. Mike is reading an Enterprise novel at the moment. They return to the discussion of the infighting. They want everyone to get along, because they are all doing good works. Terry wants them to get over themselves.
Mike shifts the conversation to a lighter note, with Heavy Metal.com’s recent article on Captain Kirk’s best 10 fighting moves. They share a laugh as Mike mentions and describes each one.
Quickly, they go over what is new in Star Trek Gaming with the big news coming out of STO this week. Season 10.5 his now live. Terry has not had a chance to check it out. There is a new Featured Episode with Aron Eisenberg’s voice over as Nog. Mike mentions that Seven of Nine and Tom Paris are also in the episode. There’s a new Krenim Fleet System and fleet holding, and some new Tier 6 ships. They’ll talk about it more next week. They switch gears to Star Trek: Timelines with an article discussing how conflicts will be handled in the game. He also mentions a video that came out for Timelines that talks about advancement in the game and building crews and away teams. He found the idea of having the same character from different timelines on the same away mission. Mike has been playing Trexels and has been having a lot of fun with it.
Quickly, they mention that next week there will be a show. Then, the following week, we’ll be doing a Dinner With G & T, followed by our Convention Coverage of STLV and Shore Leave (courtesy of Janice). Mike asked Janice to join us on the show next week to talk about Shore Leave. They wind up this week’s show. But, first, Mike points out that with Janet’s help, although we did not have a show, we still covered the news through our social media accounts, so please follow, subscribe, and like them to keep in formed of the latest happenings in and around the Star Trek Universe. Finally, Mike thanks the team, including Steve, Janice, and Janet, and especially the fans for sticking with us for these past two-hundred episodes. Terry sends a quick shout out to Club 602. Finally, Nick mentions Baltimore Comic-con which will be coming up in nine weeks.
Mike sends a special thanks to @GreenDragoon for his help with our 200th Episode logo. Thank you!
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