G & T Show 208 – The “Delicious” David A. Goodman
G & T Show 208 – The “Delicious” David A. Goodman is now available to download. Check it out here. This week Nick, Terry, and Mike deliver a double helping of goodness. First with a quick summation of the important news that came out this week within the Star Trek Universe including: Gaming News, General News, Movie News, Unofficial Productions, Product News, and Technology News; followed by a live interview with Writer and Producer, David A. Goodman. Don’t miss out on the fun and insightful discussion contained within this week’s episode.
After this week’s introductions, they announce that they will have a special guest arrive later in the show. They keep it under wraps until they know for sure that he will be able to join them since it is early for him. They talk about The Big Show briefly before going into this week’s Coffee Klatch. Nick saw The Martian and is looking forward to seeing it again in IMAX 3D. He and Allen both loved the film. Nick talks about Matt Damon. The film was sold out at Nick’s theater. He thinks The Martian is great for NASA. They discuss some other films that were great for NASA. Terry talks about the book the movie was based on and how much fun it was to read.
Terry says she and her husband saw Draft Day. They discuss the film and other films that shouldn’t be as good as they actually are, because there are no explosions and its just talking. It had personal risk that made it interesting. Nick continues with what happened this week and talks about a storm that moved into his area. The power went out during Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. He had not seen it yet. They are looking forward to Arrow and Flash premiering this week. Nick quickly adds that he and Janice are playing Champions Online and are looking to create a super team. Terry may end up joining them.
They move onto this week’s news, while they wait for their guest to arrive and get situated. Terry kicks us off with Movie News. Despite some of the rumors going around, the movie is still being filmed. Mike thought that perhaps they have finished the Vancouver portion of the film, and have since moved on to Dubai. Edris Elba isn’t finished and will have to go back to Vancouver to finish a few things. Terry reminds everyone that the film has been pushed back two weeks. It can make all the difference for a film, especially in the editing.
Terry moves us into Star Trek News with the revelation that the former Scottish First Minister, Alex Salmond, had attempted to board a British plane using the alias of James T. Kirk. He’s a diehard Trek fan and proud that Scotty was born in his home town. He wasn’t allowed on the plane. Terry loves the photo of Salmond holding the Type I Phaser Rifle. Nick shares a Cracker Barrel story.
Terry moved on to Book News. Entertainment Weekly announced an unofficial book, The Fifty-Year Mission: The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Star Trek: Volume One: The First 25 Years written by Mark A. Altman and Edward Gross with a forward by Seth MacFarlane. It’s an interesting book that reminds her of Marc Cushman’s books, but with a broader focus centered around the entire history of Star Trek, rather than just The Original Series. Nick addresses one of the chat room’s guesses about our special guest’s identity.
Mike sweeps them into Technology News and announces officially that it will be installed on Tuesday – Microsoft will role out their Universal Translator software to Skype. After cracking a few Star Trek: Generations jokes with Captain Harriman, Terry shifts gears into other Unofficial Productions, starting with Red Shirt Diaries’ latest episode: Balance of Terror. They all love the show and how much fun it is. Next Terry talks about the announcement made over Facebook that Axanar and New Voyages (Phase II) are teaming up for a series of vignettes.
Next, Terry asks Mike about a new shirt he came across this week. It’s a Spocktoberfest T-Shirt advertising Pon Farr Pale Ale. Mike liked the design and shared it with a few friends. Nick sends out his weekly shout outs.
Moving the show along quickly before their guest arrives, Terry takes them to this week’s gaming news. Mike starts with Timelines. They have announced a couple of new Picards (TNG’s Enterprise D and a First Contact Enterprise E) in time for Captain Picard’s Anniversary. Also, Timelines is now officially in Beta and has posted some of the early results from their Beta experience so far, including some of the things that players have encountered in game so far, such as a Borg Cube. They discuss the possibilities of flying around the galaxy in a cube — Terry is ok with it for Timelines, but is against it for STO.
Star Trek Online released a new Tales From The War post written by Kate Bankson. They discuss the story and what happens with Sela in this story. It’s not what Mike nor Terry expected. He describes her as “Rascally”. Nick appreciated it. On Twitch, STO will be holding a live interview on October 6th at 11 am PDT with Chase Masterson. They have also announced a new Terran Reputation system will be released as part of Season 11. Also, some information about the new Admiralty system has been posted. Terry received an update from a beta tester that has used the Admiralty system. The person may have had unrealistic expectations going in, but he was disappointed. Terry believes it is supposed to be something similar to the Duty Officer system in its operation and suspects it’s going to be a fun addition to the game in that same vein. They’re all looking forward to it.
Mike brings in their special guest this week. David Goodman joins them to talk about Trek and his new book: The Autobiography of James T. Kirk. The chatroom is unable to hear David, so while Mike works out those technical issues, Terry and Nick continue with the interview. Dave has been involved with Star Trek for a very long time. He also wrote Star Trek Federation: The First 150 Years. He wrote and co-produced Star Trek: Enterprise for two seasons. He got that job after being noticed for his work writing the Futurama episode: Where No Fan Has Gone Before.
Nick interrupts the interview to point out the important fact that Dave worked on Family Guy. Dave still works on the series. After a quick check in on the chat room’s audio issue, Terry talks about the Comic Con panel Dave was on with William Shatner reading excerpts from The Autobiography of James T. Kirk before asking about how it and the Federation: The First 150 Years came about. He begins with the Federation book. JVC was referred to him by the same person that suggested he write the autobiography. He was surprised no one asked him, if he could write a book, since he had never written one.
He shares how he tackled The Federation book by first identifying what is already known and where the holes in the canon were and filling in those blanks. The process was similar when he began working on the autobiography. His biggest challenge was trying to fill those gaps with something that hasn’t been seen before without contradicting what we already know about this character. Dave figured out that Kirk had a son throughout the entire run of the Original Series, making him an absentee father. Nick points out that Kirk was an absentee father, not Sisko.
Mike has a fix for the chatroom’s audio issues and stops the interview momentarily in order to apply it. With confirmation coming in from the chatroom, the issue is finally resolved. Terry introduces David again and gets the chatroom up to speed. They get back to the interview with Nick talking about their stance on the reboot Star Trek films in order to setup their shared opinion that Seth MacFarlane should have been given the reigns. Terry appreciates his humor, but its the reverence for Star Trek that is most obvious. Dave agrees, and points to Cosmos as a better example of his ability to handle the series. They all agreed.
Nick and Dave talk about sitcoms for a moment before Terry brings them back to the Autobiography and Kirk’s absenteeism as a father. She points out that in Star Trek: Vanguard, Carol Marcus touches on Kirk’s non-relationship with her and their son. Kirk knew he had a son. Kirk is held up as a hero, but Dave wanted to make him more human through his decision to not be involved with his son and to move away from home, have a career, and succeed at it. They return to Sisko as a deadbeat dad discussion again by referencing Kirk’s absenteeism in the autobiography as well as with Vanguard.
Terry praises Dave’s efforts to fill in those gaps. Dave explains that he’s a fan and tries to make decisions that won’t piss him off as a fan. He notes that some fans have gotten upset for his references to the new films, specifically with regards to the Kelvin. They talk about the opening of the 2009 movie. It’s one of the best openings for a film.
Nick asks Dave to do a Ray Romano impersonation. Dave doesn’t have to try, since he naturally sounds like him. He even had to play Ray Romano on Family Guy. They talk about some of the critiques actors have about the show. Dave talks about how they got James Wood to come on the show. They have had nearly the entire cast of TNG on the show. Dave appeared in that episode as a fan asking a question. He shares some of the fun stories from producing that episode.
Nick asks how he got to where he is now. He starts with his position as an assistant at a publishing house handling film and television rights for books. He made friends with people in the television industry and was eventually hired on, where he learned to write sitcoms. His first television writing job was for Golden Girls. He worked there for two years before working on several other unremarkable sitcoms. He co-created Team Knight Rider and created a TV movie of The Adventures of Captain Zoom in Outer Space, which is reminiscent of Galaxy Quest. Nick points out that he also worked on Wings and immediately recognizes the episodes Dave wrote. After that, Dave ended up finding his way into writing for animation, which eventually got him onto Family Guy.
Terry talks about some of the episodes of Enterprise Dave wrote or co-wrote four episodes and worked on the series for two years. He wrote on the series worse episodes: Precious Cargo. The script he wrote is not what appeared on screen. He was also wrote The Forgotten. They talk about Kipleigh briefly and the episode. It was also Seth MacFarlane’s first appearance on the show.
Nick brings up Berman’s tweet that he will be appearing at STLV 2016. They talk about Berman and Braga and how their opinions of him had changed over the years. Dave points out that we have great Trek because of Berman. Trek Nation was responsible for changing Nick and Terry’s opinions of Rick Berman. Nick shares a story about meeting Braga and Michael Ocuda. Dave’s favorite episodes of Enterprise is Northstar (he wrote) and Minefield (he didn’t write). Ceasefire was another one he liked because it allowed him to pitch some ideas for it that help establish the foundation for the birth of the Federation.
Terry shifts back to the Federation book. It’s almost become a reference book for them as fan fiction writers. She asks about the extra items included with the book. Dave wrote everything included with the book. He mentions that Larry included his version of the Romulan War as part of the Star Trek Stellar Cartography: The Starfleet Reference Library book. JVC wanted a TV writer for the book because of their ability to voice multiple characters. Dave had a lot of fun working on the Federation. He enjoyed the excerpt from Surak’s meditation on logic, and the found pages of the human undercover on Vulcan. It was an idea he had pitched to Enterprise. Mike mentions that every time he picks up a novel that deals with that era, and touches on one of the points he discusses, he can’t help but refer to The Federation as fact. He speaks to some of the difficulties that novel writers may experience and why some differences may occur in their stories, since his story was written like a history book. The book took Dave three months to write. It had an extreme deadline in order to get it out for the holiday season. It was something he had secretly been working on his entire life as a fan fiction writer. He talks about Starfleet Academy and how it was a military school that during Kirk’s time was a very difficult place to be. He wanted to tackle it in the book in a way that it was real. Terry is pleased that since the release of the Federation, they are starting to see a lot more books about Star Trek coming out.
It was time for the G & T Show’s Lipton Questions. Dave’s favorite series is TOS. He describes it as an accomplishment, especially when you compare it to the other TV shows that were coming out during that time. Dave mentions Mike Chabon’s collection of essays Maps and Legends: Reading and Writing Along the Borderlands, specifically about the essay entitled I’m Fan Fiction in that it talks about fans’ desire to fill in the blanks between some of their favorite stories. Nick proclaims how Trek fictions opened up the universe, but it was Peter David’s New Frontiers novels that really opened up the universe outside of what was seen on screen.
Dave’s first Star Trek book, which was never finished, revolved around Kirk going to Wil Decker and talking about his father and leads to the discovery of the Doomsday Machine by the Constellation.
If Dave could be a Star Trek species, he’d be a Horta. There has never been a more alien alien in any other series than the Horta. Nick mentions that there is a Horta Ensign in the Rhiannsu series. Dave’s open ended series about a Star Trek character would be a young Picard aboard the Stargazer, or a series about Cyrano Jones. Shran would be another good choice, which prompts Dave to mention that Season 5 of Enterprise would have put Shran on the Enterprise’s bridge. Nick jumps on to a Jeffrey Combs squirrel and rides it for a bit. The authors Dave runs to get, include John Scalzi, Ben Macintyre, Larry Niven, and Robert Harris. Nick suggests Neil Gaiman. Terry says that great writers should read a wide variety of books. Dave’s reading was sparked by the Horatio Hornblower books. They inspired the character of James T. Kirk and his autobiography. Nick mentions that he hasn’t read many Trek books lately since he’s been expanding beyond his normal reading habits. He’s reading a police procedural, a western, and other books that he’s broadening his horizons. He recommends the Barzoon series. They talk about other science fiction stories from earlier times and how a lot of them inspired different aspect of Trek.
The genre Dave would like to write but haven’t done yet is in the Superhero genre. He doubts that he will get a chance to do so. He would also like to dip his pen into police procedurals. They discuss more books. The name of Dave’s ship would be the USS Disappointment, or USS Failure, but finally he settles on the USS Bush after recounting a criticism he received for making a USS Obama joke into one of his books. Dave’s adjective he over uses is “interesting”. After consideration he doesn’t enjoy the use of words such as “delicious” improperly. They joke that The Martian was delicious. They spend a few moments discussing the film. They invent some fake spoilers for the film that even featured the Martian Manhunter and Arrested Development. The final Lipton question wasn’t even finished being asked was answered. Dave wanted to kill Wesley. He didn’t want kids on starships.
They start winding down this week’s show and the interview. The Autobiography of James T. Kirk is currently available. The Federation: The First 150 Years is only completely available with its stand through Amazon, though the book may be available elsewhere. They invite him to come back on the show at any time. Before ending the show, Nick talks about their 24 hours of G & T fundraiser. Anyone looking to donate to the show in advance can do so here. He mentions that the Klingons of Long Island will premiere during the fundraiser. If you have a question for Ask Dayton, send it to us and we’ll ask him.
- Star Trek Timelines – Happy Anniversary, Captain Picard – https://www.disruptorbeam.com/blog/entry/happy-anniversary-captain-picard
- Star Trek Timelines – An Update on Beta … and a Borg Cube – https://www.disruptorbeam.com/blog/entry/an-update-on-beta…and-a-borg-cube
- Star Trek Online – Tales of the War #23 – http://www.arcgames.com/en/games/star-trek-online/news/detail/9573293
- Star Trek Online – Chase Masterson Interview on Twitch – http://www.arcgames.com/en/games/star-trek-online/news/detail/9579813-star-trek-online%3A-chase-masterson-interview
- Star Trek Online – Admiralty System – http://www.arcgames.com/en/games/star-trek-online/news/detail/9572303
- Star Trek Online – Terran Task Force Reputation – http://www.arcgames.com/en/games/star-trek-online/news/detail/9576243
- Alex Salmond Tried To Board Plane As Captain Kirk – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/SNP/11910505/Alex-Salmond-tried-to-board-plane-as-Star-Treks-Captain-Kirk.html
- British Couple Weds in Star Trek-style Ceremony – http://www.startrek.com/article/british-couple-weds-in-star-trek-style-ceremony
- Omni Reboot – 10 of the Best Star trek Books for every trekkie – http://worldofoddballs.com/6-problems-that-the-concept-of-teleportation-poses-outside-the-world-of-star-trek-1/
- Does Science Drive the Success of Star Trek – http://news.discovery.com/space/does-science-drive-star-treks-success-150924.htm
- Top 10 Underrated Star Trek: Enterprise Episodes For Science Fiction Lovers! – http://worldofoddballs.com/top-10-not-so-bad-star-trek-enterprise-episodes-1/
- Axanar and New Voyages teaming up for a series of vignettes – https://www.facebook.com/groups/axanarfansgroup/permalink/505040826338753/
- Red Shirt Diaries – Balance of Terror – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YaO69n5FjVw
- Red Shirt Diaries – The Conscious of the King – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtExsj3gJAg
- Pon Farr Pale Ale T-Shirt – http://needthisnow.us/products/pon-farr-pale-ale
- Fifty Year Mission: Unauthorized Star Trek Oral History Cover – http://www.ew.com/article/2015/09/30/fifty-year-mission-unauthorized-star-trek-oral-history-cover
- Star Trek Beyond Takes to the sky, Helicopter shoot and first set construction photos from dubai – http://trekcore.com/blog/2015/10/star-trek-beyond-takes-to-the-sky-helicopter-shoot-and-first-set-construction-photos-from-dubai/
- Filming Begins In Dubai for Star Trek Beyond – http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2015/10/03/filming-begins-in-dubai-for-new-movie-star-trek-beyond/
- Star Trek-like Universal Translator Coming to Skype (It arrives on Tuesday) – http://money.cnn.com/2015/10/01/technology/skype-translator/index.html
- David A. Goodman IMDB – http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0329047/
- David A. Goodman on Twitter – https://twitter.com/DavidAGoodman
- Why Captain Kirk Is Still One of the Greatest Space Heroes of All Time – http://io9.com/why-captain-kirk-is-still-one-of-the-greatest-space-her-1731054520
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