G & T Show 207 – IMAX Reservations
G & T Show 207 – IMAX Reservations is now available for downloading. Check it out here. Nick, Terry, and Mike are back with a new episode discussing all of the latest happenings in and around the Star Trek Universe, including: General News, Books, Games, Products, Movies, Fan Productions, and more. You don’t want to miss out on this week’s show.mac
After introductions, they begin this week’s show with Coffee Klatch. Nick went off about the Barefoot Contessa this week. Mike didn’t know who she was and Nick had to explain it to him. Mike suggests that the perfectionist she portrays is a public personna because in real life, she’s actually a hoarder. They talk about cooking shows as the original reality show, including the Iron Chef. Terry talks about watching the original Iron Chef without subtitles and the horrors of Nato, fermented soybeans. Nick thinks the Japanese are awesome and he talks about his time there.
This week, Mike played on his mobile this week. He’s collected resources in Trexel in a push for the end of the game. He’s also played Wrath of Gems and the trouble that he’s continued to have, but he’s been enjoying the game.
They jump into Star Trek News. They begin with Larry Nemecek’s Portal 47. It’s a subscription-based service that gives people access to a monthly Q & A session with him and a special guest from Star Trek’s history, annual meet-up at a con where Larry will be attending, a discount on Trekland Tours — a one day excursion to a site where Star Trek was filmed — that Larry will be starting up, access to a closed Facebook group, early access to video chats and posts, and so much more.
Next up, Mike talks about the Science Fiction and Fantasy Spelling Bee. It’s at the Benzaquen Hall at the DiMenna Center in New York. It’s a spelling bee featuring words from fantasy and science fiction, from Klingon to Na’vi, from Middle Earth to Westeros. Terry says its part of New York Comic Con. It’s a separate function and tickets for the event will have to be purchased separate. Mike asks anyone attending to take some video, because he wants to see it. They discuss some of the possibilities.
Terry moves them to some of the new Star Trek Products coming out. She begins with the Spock Wig that came out just in time for Halloween. Next, Mike mentions the Bradford Exchange’s new Star Trek Beer Stein. It’s so in your face, Mike thinks it could catch subspace signals with its warp nacelle handle. Terry thinks it would be a head turner at cons. Matthew Anderson posted something in the chat room that got them chasing a Muppet Squirrel. They discuss the new Muppet show for a little bit, including some of their favorite characters.
Mike was reminded of an article he came across from Netflix about how long it takes people to get hooked on a show. The best case scenario is two episodes, but most people will hang with a show for about six episodes before deciding whether or not they like it. Nick is surprised by the result, since it’s halfway through a season before they even know they like it or not. It’s interesting, considering that shows are often cancelled after three episodes. Terry reminds everyone that it’s based on Netflix viewing habits, which tend to be binged watched. They discuss some of the issues that shows face and some of the things that shows like Agents of Shield and Agent Carter are doing with one show coming on while the other is on hiatus. Fear the Walking Dead and The Walking Dead are doing the same thing.
Since Nick mentioned the Walking Dead, Mike talks about some of the things he likes with the new show, but is also troubled by the speed in which everything is happening. He thinks its all too accelerated. Nick points out that its events have been going on for a while, and once it gets going, everything happens very quickly. Nick’s problem with the show has to be with the father getting mad at someone showing his son how to use a gun.
With one last Muppet comment, they move into Fan Productions. They jump into the big news this week. Episode Five of Star Trek: Continues – Divided We Stand has been released to the public yesterday and premiered at Salt Lake Comic Con. Nick has not seen it yet, since he was at Baltimore Comic Con with Janet. He shares a quick story from the con getting their press passes. The press pass was in Janet’s name rather than Janice. Terry and Mike highly recommends it. This episode was written by Marc Cushman.
Next up, Mike and Nick talk about The Red Shirt Diaries’ latest episode: The Menagerie Part 2. Ashley, the girl is lovely, the show is funny, and its well worth the four minutes it runs.
Terry talks about Internity next, which features Marina Sirtis and Michael Dorn. It’s an intern medical show. Mike loves The Afternoon Tea with Marina Sirtis, which was the pitch video for the series. Their Indiegogo is trying to raise $100,000 and have a long way to go. Michael Dorn leads to a squirrel chasing an I am Weasel squirrel.
Terry passes the SFist article on Star Trek Live! over to Mike. The show runs through October 31st in San Francisco at the Oasis and will feature a gender-swapped cast. You don’t have to be a fan of drag or Star Trek to enjoy their interpretation of the classic TOS episode Mudd’s Women. It would be a fun event for people in the area.
Terry repeats the news from last week regarding Star Trek: Renegades. Terry Ferrel and Michael Westmore have joined the production, which directly addresses some of the issues that the first film had in regards to the quality of the show’s make up. Axanar has been pretty quiet lately. Mike explains that they are busy with their pre-production. Terry and Mike saw a photo from Burnett of the transporter room they are building.
Terry reminds people that video productions are not the only fan productions they follow. There are some great audio dramas and fan fiction. She recommends people checking out TrekBBS, TrekCore’s Omega Sector, Ad Astra. Our Janet posts her stories to multiple sites, including the G & T Show forums.
Moving on to Movie News. Terry talks about Edris Elba saying two words (groundbreaking and complex) about his role in the new film and the crowd goes crazy. Terry talks about how many different news outlets jumped onto the story and the headlines they used. Nick says it wasn’t even news. Mike says they’re hungry for news about the new film and jump to anything that gets sent their way. Then, Terry mentions the issues it is having with Tarzan. Mike explains that Tarzan had reserved all of the IMAX theaters for that weekend, prompting them to push their release by two weeks. They imagine a comedy of errors regarding how someone could forget to reserve the IMAX theaters and feel sorry for the guy in the mail room that will ultimately have the buck stop with them.
Nick talks about Superheroes movies. Marvel had a slow build up to Avengers. DC is going the other way. They’re starting with their bigger films before doing spinning off with films for their individual characters. They don’t want to see DC copy Marvel but rather focus on what they do best and present that. He talks about the Suicide Squad film and all of the Harley Quinns at the convention. Mike mentions that Supergirl is going to have two trailers for Superman vs. Batman and would like to see DC do something with that commercial time along the same lines as what Marvel does with their post-credit scenes. Terry talks about how they pushed back the film almost a year to March with Suicide Squad to follow it August. Warner Bros. is having a really bad year, and they are justifying by saying that 2016 is going to be a great year for them because of it. Terry jokes that someone must have reserved all of the IMAX Theaters. No one is concerned about Star Wars opening in December. The conversation moves to Star Trek 2009’s success in the overseas markets before moving on to the next topic.
Mike is distracted when Nick mentions their interview earlier this week with Dave Mack. Terry jokes that he was reserving the IMAX theaters for 24 hours of G & T Show. 24 hours of G & T will be 25 hours long because of the Daylight Saving time change. While Mike rages on daylight savings, Nick goes off on changing Halloween to daylight hours. Mike returns them to the Dave Mack interview. They talked about books, including his upcoming original novel series: The Dark Age. Nick found their discussion of financial aspect of being an author the most interesting. It was a serious interview. Terry is loving Dave’s beard.
In other book news, you can still pre-order Terry Erdmann and Paula Block’s upcoming book Costumes: Five Decades of Fashion in the Final Frontier, which is due out October 20th. They have autographed covers of the new book to give out, send them a message if you want one. Mike reads an excerpt from the Star Trek.com interview with Terry and Paula about the book that illustrates why they love them so much. Nick mentions Terry and Paula’s relationship and how it inspired them to ask them and Doug Drexler at STLV about the secret to their successful relationship. Mike mentions that they will be talking with Terry Erdmann and Paula Block during 25 hours of G & T. Nick mentions a few of the other people that will be attending their fundraising event. Mike corrects him, since he missed the planning meeting and didn’t know who could not make it.
After discussing the functionality of wearing a TOS mini-skirt while crawling through a Jeffery Tube, they move on to this week’s gaming news. They begin with the Enterprise D Virtual Tour. It’s not a game, but it runs on the Unreal Engine with the Oculus Rift Virtual Reality device. No one really knows what they are going to do with it, so it may one day end up in a game. But for now, its just a virtual tour. They are amazed by the detail in it. Terry is looking forward to the day when they can play MMO’s in virtual reality. It would be the ultimate work out, shooting Cardassians. It allows Terry to segment to Star Trek Online and the revamped Cardassian arc that will be coming out with Season 11. Midnight is still available to play. The final piece of gear in the new set is available now. The starship trait will be next week’s reward. Someone in the chat room wants a Cardassian faction.
They discuss costumes for wheel chairs and a father that has started a non-profit that creates wonderful costumes for wheel chairs, including some that look like dragons from the animated film How To Train Your Dragon. Terry returns them to STO by mentioning the new story written by Jesse Heinig that kicks off the next story arc. Mike started reading it, but didn’t finish it because he lost interest in it with all of the discussion of the new Federation ship. He will have to check it out if it deals with more than just the ship.
Next, they discuss the Starfleet Media Corps. From what Mike understands, it’s going to be an area of the forums where podcasters can post information and their episodes that talk about STO. Mike supposes they should start posting their links on the forums. Terry returns them to midnight. She still loves the episode. The set pieces are still available to get, but the specialization points are limited. They discuss specializations briefly.
Nick mentions Star Trek: The Wrath of Gems before they discuss Timelines. Disruptor Beam will be releasing Warship Yar, Tasha Yar from Yesterday’s Enterprise. Also, Star Trek.com interviewed Rich Gallop, the Executive Producer for Timelines, which gets everyone caught up with what they have been doing with the game. The Yesterday’s Enterprise Yar reminded Terry that Eric Stillwell’s new book, The Making of Yesterday’s Enterprise is now available. She talks about the book and the episode’s transformation into what was seen on the screen.
Nick has a question about LEGO Games, which prompts Mike to say he loves LEGO games. He’s looking forward to the release of LEGO Dimensions. Nick didn’t know about it. Mike describes it as Mashup LEGO EVERYTHING. It’s a new game that introduces a new villain that spans multiple LEGO worlds. There’s going to be LEGO Ghostbusters, LEGO Doctor Who, and LEGO Back to the Future. Characters, vehicles, and levels from multiple franchises will be part of this game and it all comes out next week. He’s excited.
Nick returns to his initial question. He wonders why LEGO games don’t allow people to play co-op over the internet. Mike explains that some games do. LEGO Star Wars allows it, and he has to turn it off when his nephews play. After Nick and Terry discuss some licensing possibilities, Mike explains that co-op requires a server aspect and the game maker (ie. LEGO) would have to setup and maintain the servers. Star Wars didn’t get co-op until the latest edition, which combined the first two games. The game had to be a huge success before they offered the co-op feature because of how costly it is to set up and maintain. The servers are maintained by the developers. He uses Minecraft and Neverwinter are examples. The game on XBOX or the Playstation is just the client to the games servers, which are owned by their respective companies.
Terry’s dogs are talked about briefly before talking about football and Allen’s favorite team. Terry mentions watching Branflakes Twitch this week. He was playing Hearthstone. WOW’s trading card game. She asks the audience for a good primer on how to play the game. Terry had to look up information about a mission in LOTRO. Nick had to do it on Arkham City. They end up talking about Leroy Jenkins for a moment. Terry was able to log into STO, so the troubles they had with the troublemaker had been resolved. Mike thinks they found a way to block him for now.
They move onto this week’s Announcements. Mike starts off with the video Karaoke. The contest is closing, but he has not finalized the end day. This may be your last chance to submit your videos. Time is running out. Nick sings This is the End. Next, he mentions Dave Mack’s interview and their 24 hours of G & T Show event is coming up on October 31st. It is their fundraiser for the year, so start saving up your pennies and nickels to help them with their server costs. Nick mentions they will be giving away giveaways for their donations. Terry mentions that we have one more week left in our Star Trek surveys. We need more people to take our DS9 and Voyager surveys to make our science work. Returning to 24 hours of G & T, Mike mentions they have already started scheduling guests for the show, including Terry and Paula, Dayton, James and Kipleigh, Al Rivera, and many others have expressed interest but are still waiting for final time confirmation. Terry praises the team for getting this event planned and making all of the preparations for it.
Terry is reminded of the convention. She discusses that the Captain’s and Commander’s chairs have all sold out. She is unsure if there will be another level or two added. She is afraid that General seating will sell out quickly. Don’t wait for the newsletter from Creation to come in and tell when those tickets go on sale. Check the website or join the Unofficial STLV 2016 Facebook group, since they may sell out before you get the message. Nick wonders why the newsletter takes so long to notify people — it’s almost as bad as forgetting to reserve the IMAX. Mike explains that it’s most likely their newsletter service can’t email everyone without having the messages flagged as spam. They could have started several days ago, but by the time they get to your email address, a lot of time could have passed. They discuss the Unofficial STLV 20166 Facebook group before winding up this week’s show.
• Larry Nemecek – Trekland’s Portal 47 – http://www.portal47.net/
• Home boasts Star Trek-inspired theater – http://m.sfgate.com/news/article/Friendswood-home-boasts-Star-Trek-USS-Enterprise-6522988.php#photo-8667399
• Science Fiction and Fantasy Spelling Bee – http://www.newyorksuperweek.com/en/Sessions/13342/Science-Fiction-and-Fantasy-Spelling-Bee
• 18 Star Trek Screen Projects that never happened – http://www.denofgeek.us/tv/star-trek/249167/18-star-trek-screen-projects-that-never-happened
• Emmy Awards In Memoriam Pays Tribute to Leonard Nimoy – http://www.treknews.net/2015/09/21/emmy-awards-in-memoriam-tribute-leonard-nimoy/
• The Red Shirt Diaries – The Menagerie Part 2 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_EbyQw9nWmQ&list=PLIPYu8RdPGbeBS5Ze3DNNEMHtNhswdgkd&index=1
• Internity: A Newbie Series – https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/internity-a-newbie-series#/story
• SFist Reviews: Star Trek Live! Mudd’s Women At The Oasis – http://sfist.com/2015/09/25/sfist_reviews_star_trek_live_mudds.php
• Star Trek Continues Episode 5 – Divided We Stand – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KChYhXhj7vY
• Enterprise D Virtual Tour – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uK9ijZeHWjI
• Cardassian Revamp Episode 3 – http://www.arcgames.com/en/games/star-trek-online/news/detail/9561973
• Star Trek Online: Starfleet Media Corps – http://www.arcgames.com/en/games/star-trek-online/news/detail/9561153-star-trek-online%3A-starfleet-media-corps
• Star Trek: Timelines Guest Blog – http://www.startrek.com/article/guest-blog-an-update-on-star-trek-timelines
• Star Trek: Timelines – Warship Yar – https://www.disruptorbeam.com/blog/entry/warship-yar-in-timelines
• Utopia Planitia Report 1 – http://www.arcgames.com/en/games/star-trek-online/news/detail/9568043-star-trek-online%3A-utopia-planetia-report-1
• Behind the Scenes of Costumes: Five Decades of Fashion From the Final Frontier – http://www.startrek.com/article/behind-the-scenes-of-costumes-five-decades-of-fashion-from-the-final-frontier
• The making of Yesterday’s Enterprise – http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1435702565/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=1435702565&linkCode=as2&tag=gts04-20&linkId=FTO5FMGZQK457CI7
• Bradford Exchange – Star Trek Porcelain Stein with Sculpted Starship Enterprise – http://www.bradfordexchange.com/products/121101001_.html?cm_ven=FB-BEX&cm_cat=SST-M35-44-NP_StarTrekStein_121101001&cm_pla=SST_Img-NP_StarTrekStein_121101001&cm_ite=M35-44_KW-StarTrek_1Step-N_Niche&utm_source=FB-BEX&utm_medium=SST-M35-44-NP_StarTrekStein_121101001&utm_campaign=SST_Img-NP_StarTrekStein_121101001&utm_term=M35-44_KW-StarTrek_1Step-N_Niche
• Spock Wig – http://shop.startrek.com/star-trek-spock-wig/detail.php?p=379442&v=startrek_featured-items
• Shade of Star Trek? Quantum Teleportation Sets Distance Record – http://news.yahoo.com/shades-star-trek-quantum-teleportation-sets-distance-record-144741506.html
• How Photon Torpedoes Will Mark An End To the Energy Crisis – http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/but-not-simpler/how-photon-torpedoes-will-mark-an-end-to-the-energy-crisis/
• Star Trek Beyond Delays launch by two week – http://deadline.com/2015/09/star-trek-beyond-new-release-date-1201532674/
• Idris Elba Talks about his groundbreaking, complex star trek beyond villain role – http://trekcore.com/blog/2015/09/idris-elba-on-his-groundbreaking-star-trek-beyond-role/
• G & T Show’s Rank Your Favorite Star Trek Episodes Survey – http://www.gandtshow.com/rank-your-favorite-star-trek-episodes/
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