G & T Show 202 – Faith Of the Heart
G & T Show 202 – Faith Of the Heart is now available to download. Check it out here. This week, in addition to Nick, Terry, and Mike being in the studio; the entire G & T Show crew was in attendance. Steve, Janet, and Janice received high praise for their efforts helping us cover all of the conventions we attended over the past few weeks, enabling us to crank out interviews and content everyday for the rest of the month. Despite some technical difficulties, the show persevered. They delivered the latest news from all over the Star Trek Universe, from News, Games, Technology, Books, and Conventions. Janice provides us with a post Shore Leave 37 update on her experiences at the convention. Don’t miss out this one.
They kick off the show with introductions. Nick, Terry, and Mike are joined this week by the rest of our team: Steve, Janet, and Janice. They experienced some technical difficulties this morning, and although most of the issues were resolved, an issue remained that caused those listening live to hear an additional voice repeat the word “Trial” ad nauseum, but is not apparent in our edited episode. The issue will be resolved next week for our studio audience.
Nick and the rest of the team praises Steve and Janet for their tireless efforts in helping them through the craziness of the past several weeks. Janice is praised for her coverage of the Shore Leave Convention in Baltimore, Maryland. Janet (Jespah) has been blogging her fingers off, writing up each of our interviews, in addition to the Dinner With G & T we recorded before the convention. Janice grabbed some great interviews from Shore Leave, including some great interviews from Kelly Meding and Marco Palmieri. Mike reveals that they have been releasing new posts everyday since returning from the conventions and the trend will continue on until the end of the month.
Terry mentions that the team remained healthy after returning from the convention. Nick corrects her, stating that he got hit with the Con Crud. They talk about some of their friends that got hit with the con crud. They attempted to find patient zero. They discuss some of the precautions they had taken that could have contributed their good health and wondered if the STO team were sanitizing the keyboards periodically.
Mike mentions the surprise he had waiting for him when he got home from the Con. He received the David Gerrold MegaPack. He quickly runs through what’s included on the autographed USB drive and shares how listeners can get their own by either purchasing one from David at WonderCon or by sending an email to him at [email protected]
Terry mentions the post-con wrap up they recorded last week with the Ferris Anomaly. Mike says that he’s currently editing it and should have it ready sometime next week, but will defer to Janet’s instructions as to when to release the episode. With that, they move on to this week’s first topic: General Star Trek News.
Terry reveals the bad news that Terrance Evans passed away during the convention. He was in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Voyager as well as Terminator among other roles. Mike thinks he was Rugal’s adopted father. Rugal is the Cardassian child adopted by Bajoran parents, who is also seen in STO as the Cardassian Ambassador to the Federation.
Terry, then, talks about the new Star Trek Cruise, licensed by CBS. She says that the whole ship will be Star Trek themed and will feature Trek actors and performers providing the entertainment. She makes it clear that this is not a convention at sea, but an actual vacation cruise experience with a Star Trek theme. The cruise will be visiting the Bahamas among other stops. The price point for the cruise is higher than an equivalent cruise, but all of the entertainment will be provided by celebrities, so the price of the cruise is to be expected. They mention of some of the celebrities that will be in attendance. Steve asks Terry if she’ll be going on the cruise. Terry already had a cruise booked for 2017 and won’t be able make it work.
They send a shout out to Mark in Scotland. Terry moves them forward to the William Shatner tribute he’s putting on to honor Leonard Nimoy using fan selfies to create an image of Spock. The article featured some of the cool photos, fans contributed to the project.
Terry wanted to talk about the Star Trek Unofficial Productions next. It was a hot button topic, because some of the camps supporting each of the productions are polarized and will sometimes argue and bicker about some of the other productions. Nick says that CBS is paying attention and warns people that they may be ruining it for everyone and are doing more harm than good to their favorite fan productions. The G & T Show supports all unofficial productions and mentions Axanar, Star Trek: Continues, Renegades, Horizons, and New Voyages as some of the outstanding unofficial productions. Mike mentions that Renegades has sent supporters download links to their film. They think all productions should be supported, because they are giving us new Trek stories.
Axanar’s Kickstarter finished while they were at the convention. Although, they didn’t get the full million, they did receive enough donations to nearly produce two episodes, or roughly half of their full feature film. What they are doing is very different than what other productions are doing. Star Trek: Continues, for example, is using preexisting sets (with the exception of the Engineering Deck, which is a new build) and telling TOS stories. Axanar is telling new stories and have to build all of their sets from scratch. They are apples and oranges.
Terry is getting frustrated with the bickering between their respective fan bases. Nick recounts a comment he made during the convention at the Masquerade bar. G & T Show loves and supports all of the projects and want see them all succeed. Nick and Terry talk about the ST:C screening. They praise and discuss ST:C, Axanar, and Renegades for their efforts. They send their congratulations to all of the productions.
Janice isn’t surprised that the production’s respective fandoms are breaking into groups, because some fans prefer the movies, other prefer television series, or animated series. The G & T Show is one of the few places where people can go to get a neutral opinion on the productions because their emphasis is on story, which all of these productions have in abundance. G & T Show attempts to open minds and point out the hard work involved in creating the stories for those productions.
People take these productions so seriously because they have invested so much money into them. Terry mentions that some fans want their project to be the one that gets the green light from CBS to be the next Star Trek series. However, G & T Show knows that the reality is that it is never going to happen. Nick illustrates their point with a colorful metaphor or two about his favorites. They talk about the likelihood of a new Trek series, before Nick mentioned his desire to see Tom Selleck in the Captain’s chair, even though Mike thinks he’d make a better Admiral. Mark Harmon is another person Nick would like to see take the big chair in a series. Terry winds up the Unofficial Production discussion by asking people to support the projects they love, but don’t diss the others, because they are no threat to their favorite projects.
Terry mentions that its unlikely that a new series will not be developed until the new film runs are finished. And, with the contracts for Quinto and Pine extended for a fourth film, it’s probable that a new series won’t be developed any time soon, unless there’s a stipulation that any new series is set within the new universe. She concludes by asking people to support Axanar, Continues, Renegades, and other because they are awesome, and not because you want them to be the next series.
Mike shares a YouTube video for Star Trek: The Lost Episode to help lighten the mood after such a heady discussion. Terry, then, follows up with a shoutout to their friend Mav, who is struggling with some serious medical issues and has asked for some assistance with his medical bills in the form of a GoFundMe. Mav has been with Trek Radio and STOked Radio for several years. Support him if you can. They talk a little about his situation.
Terry passes to Mike to talk about his recent Fan Dance talking about the Vanity Fair article by Nancy Jo Sales. Mike talks about how he met her at the convention and his reaction to discovering that she worked for Vanity Fair. His fan dance article goes into detail about their meeting and discussion as well as an analysis of Nancy Jo’s article. Mike loved that she and her daughter are fans of Star Trek and how the article celebrates Star Trek, rather than poking fun at it, by calling it and the fans and cosplayers that attend the convention as weirdos. It was a very positive article and he suggests everyone check it out. Terry mentions what she appreciated about the article. Mike mentions that he remembers them coming by our booth and entering our raffle.
Speaking of the convention, Terry touches upon some of the recent happenings that have developed since the convention regarding STLV 2016. Terry recommends that anyone planning to attend STLV 2016, book their rooms now, because all indications suggest that the convention will sell out long before then. The Star Trek Convention hotel code is out and two of the nights have already sold out. Gold Tickets for the convention itself, have sold out even before this year’s convention ended. There are a few Captain’s Chair and Copper seats still remaining and General Admission will be limited. When General Admission tickets go on sale, it’s in your best interest to buy them as soon as possible since Creation doesn’t oversell tickets. Vendor booths are also going to sell out fast. Terry has already been talking to her contact at Creation about their booths and will be booked soon. Nick can’t reveal very much at this time, but does say that they will have something huge planned for their booth. Terry adds that Kipleigh is always invited to join them. Mike mentions that Dayton has already reserved his rooms for the convention. If you can’t get the rooms you want with the code, you may still be able to get a room in the hotel. If they are not available, there is still the Gold Coast and the Palms next door.
Mike takes us into Technology News. The first article is about researchers that have figure out how to make matter from light. It is the first step for replicators, transporters, and especially holodecks. It may be an old article but it is circulating again. The next piece is about a Canadian company that has secured an U.S. patent for a space elevator. In Voyager, Neelix worked on a space elevator once. At the top of this particular space elevator design, there will be a platform in which to launch rockets and other space craft to take people and supplies the rest of the way into space.
After Nick squirrels off onto a Albuquerque, Better Call Saul thing that prompts Terry to mention a story they shared during the post-con wrap up about getting lost in Las Vegas.
Terry moves the show forward by mentioning a call she received from James Kerwin about Star Trek Online. She starts off with the STO panel at STLV and the Featured Episode, Butterfly, that came out this week. Terry thinks he should jump ahead and play it now, rather than wait. Nick shares his current progress on playing through the STO story line. He’s finishing up the Vaudwaar arc. He praises Ethan Phillips voice over work as Neelix. Terry talks about the ramifications of Butterfly without revealing spoilers. James didn’t understand the identity of a particular character and her species and the ramifications of what happens to her. Once she explained it to him, he couldn’t believe it. Nick takes a few guesses. The episode was created by Kate Bankson and written by the team. Terry had to think about the episode after playing it and now is very curious to see which direction the story goes in. She looking forward to seeing what happens next. She loves it so much.
Nick talks about the neural parasites and some of the bugs he’s been experiencing with Harry Kim and a mohawk that keeps appearing on him. Janice explains that that particular issue is related to his graphics settings. Terry takes a moment to talk about the Operational Support team that STO is seeking volunteers to fill and help them test and squash bugs.
Mike mentions that Captain PF Dennis and Starbase UGC will be doing a new series in October. Nick played a foundry mission by Drogyn by mistake and wasn’t aware that it was a foundry mission until after completing it.
Mike, then, mentions a couple of announcements from Star Trek: Timelines. They have revealed some information about Captain Kirk and Commander Kruge. Terry mentions the interview they recorded at STLV with John Radoff, Timeline’s CEO, which followed their interview with Fark of Five Year Mission. John had been patient. Their conversation was interesting and she learned a lot about the game. It’s a mobile strategy game. The two games can not and should not be compared to each other because they are quite different from each other. They talk about some of the features and qualities of the game.
Nick shares a story that ties Star Trek: Continues, STO, and the TNG episode Rightful Heir. It spurs a heated discussion of spirituality and religion within the Star Trek Universe and more specifically Starfleet and the seeming lack of spiritual advisor or chaplain aboard Starfleet vessels. Janet introduces rabbis and imams into her fan fiction and they discuss the SCE books with the Jewish captain, David Gold. Janice gets in on the discussion, and Mike offers a reason why Worf confided in Picard in the episode. This is an discussion and an argument you’ve got to hear for yourself.
After the lengthy discussion, Mike moves the show along to book news by congratulating Dayton Ward and Dave Galanter for hitting number 1 and 2 on the Locus Best Seller for Media Related. John Jackson Miller’s Star Wars: A New Dawn hits number 3 on the list. Terry is pleased that Star Trek beat out Star Wars on something. They talk briefly about John Jackson Miller.
Next, Mike talks about the Trek Collective. Their article with the 2016 book release schedule contained a lot of information coming out of Shore Leave, including a multiple author book event entitled Legacies with Greg Cox, David Mack, and Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore collaborating on the project. Terry wanted to hear about Janice’s time at Shore Leave, but Mike had two more pieces of Book News. The first was about David Mack’s newest book: Seekers 3 – Long Shot. The other was about the Okuda’s newest project. They are revamping the Star Trek Encyclopedia into a multi-volume set that will be easier to update in the future. They talk about the Star Trek Encyclopedia and their experiences with it briefly before getting to Janice’s Shore Leave experience.
With the discussion complete, Janice tells them about the Shore Leave Convention. Her first day was spent in a make up prosthetics, where she created her own Romulan brow ridges. She had a lot of fun at the workshop with the instructor Raven Stormbringer. She tells us about the people she met and the interviews she obtained for us. She learned a lot about Klingons as well. She thought the panels were awesome, but had trouble speaking with the actors, because there was a communication glitch behind the scenes. She was only able to get a specific actor to talk to her, because she forced herself to overcome her social anxiety to talk to him. Interviewing one author led to the next, because they would recommend her to their associates. She also met another couple that was planning to get married at STLV 2016, and may end up doing a double wedding with Janice and Nick — they will need to talk about it. Janice even cosplayed as Black Widow. G & T Show was supportive of Janice and proud of her that she was able to step outside of her comfort zone to do this for the show.
The Connecticut Comic Con, another convention she attended recently, had a quiet room that was manned by a local Boy Scout troop. Janice shares a story about Chase Masterson and some of the details from her panel. She wanted to see Chase singing at the Cabaret. Terry praises Chase and says that Chase and Janice have a lot in common. They thank Janice for representing the show at the convention. Next year, Shore Leave and STLV won’t conflict. Janice hopes to have a booth at both conventions.
Nick and Janice will be covering Baltimore Comic Con, Hartford Comic-Con, and FarPoint in the near future. Wizard World wants G & T to attend. Mike wants to get a correspondent for the Chicago area and Jen Usellis’ name was mentioned as possibly filling that role.
They finish up with announcements. Terry thanks Vaughn Armstrong for allowing the G & T Show to use music from the Enterprise Blues Band in our show. She then congratulates the Rat Pack for the announcement that they will be closing out every Creation Star Trek Convention for 2016. Nick has Casey Biggs on his wish list for an upcoming interview. Terry mentions bumping into Andrew Robinson into the hallway at STLV.
Mike has a couple of announcements. He starts with an announcement that we will be revamping our episode, logos, and website soon. He’s working on a Fan Dance article outlining his experiences at STLV. He also reminds everyone to check their website often, since there will be new content coming out from STLV and Shore Leave every day for the rest of the month. Finally, he talks about his Karaoke contest that is going on right now. Video evidence of your Karaoke should be emailed to [email protected], tweeted to @SundayGandT, or shared to our page The G & T Show on Facebook. Entries will be judged not only by G & T Show, but also by Five Year Mission. Winners will receive an autographed Five Year Mission Discography. With that they conclude this week’s show with thanks to the rest of our team.
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