G & T Show 215 – There’s A Storm Brewing
G & T Show 215 – There’s A Storm Brewing is now available to download. Check it out here. This week Nick, Terry, and Mike are joined by Janet and Jen Usellis. Jen gives us a convention update from her latest excursion to WindyCon in Chicago. They also discuss the latest news coming out of the Star Trek Universe, including: General News, Books, Games, Television, and more. Ask Dayton returns this week with a hilarious question and response. They also continue their countdown to Star Trek’s 50th Anniversary with another installment of their 50 For 50 segment, discussing the best episodes of Star Trek as voted on by their listeners. Don’t miss this episode.
We begin the show with our usual introductions, including our guests Janet and Jen Usellis. We jump straight into Coffee Klatch. Nick starts them off with Jessica Jones. It’s heavily character driven. This week, Mike has been trying to keep the site operational. They apologize to their listeners that tried to access the site but were unable to access it. The plan is to upgrade the site during our coming break. Nick watched Jessica Jones. Jen Usellis recovered from her time at WindyCon this week, as well as preparing for an upcoming performance. Janet has been busy with NaNoWriMo. She made her goal but the story isn’t finished yet. Steve, Terry, Nick, and Mike are all lawyers in her story.
Terry moves us into television news, when she talks about the sweeping changes hitting television in the past few week regarding quality scripted shows. Disney is taking the lead with Marvel and the new shows hitting Netflix. Jessica Jones is getting rave reviews. Chuck Lorre’s vanity card on this week’s Big Bang Theory featured the obituary for network television and he credits Star Trek’s return to CBS All Access as its death knell.
Nick talks about Jessica Jones. Nick once again asks what is next for television. Terry thinks that interactive television will be the next evolution of television. Jen Usellis thinks that it’s already starting when she mentions some of the walk-on roles that people can purchase by donating to certain charities such as OMAZE.
Terry talks about the news that came out this week that SyFy is Un-Rebranding. SyFy has admitted to making a huge mistake when they rebranded and changed their focus to reality television at a time that geek culture was on the verge of taking off. Now, they playing catch up and have shifted focus to back to scripted shows. They have purchased the rights to be the first to air the Indie Film 400 Days. Terry, then, talks about Disney. She discloses that she owns Disney stock. This week they got downgraded this week. She thinks economists are nuts, because they are telling people to hold onto Disney stock because of ESPN. Their core market has moved onto streaming.
Jen shares a story about when she ditched cable nearly a decade ago when she really couldn’t afford it and has been without it ever since. Everything she watched was on Netflix, and if there was something new, then she watched it at a friend’s house. The only thing she has to worry about is a good, fast Internet connection. She adds on the services that she wants a la carte. Terry talks about how cable companies can’t offer a la carte services. When HBO announced that they were going streaming, Jen knew that this was the downfall of cable television.
Nick talks about when Netflix announced that they were going to be making their own original content, he didn’t take them all that seriously. However, now he thinks their studios are just as good, if not better than HBO’s offerings, especially with their deal with Disney for Marvel shows.
Mike says that cable companies need to be paying attention to what Netflix and Amazon are doing. They have streaming services and produce new shows on it to draw people to it. He goes on to say that he still has cable, but it’s for his grandfather so he can watch one channel. If he could find the channel on a streaming service, he would totally cut the cord. Terry thinks that cable companies should become the streaming portal for local channels as well as any other channels or networks that cannot afford to set up their own streaming service. Comcast has a streaming service, but they need to put more focus on it. Jen thinks there would be a lot of propaganda content coming onto it.
They move into Convention News next. Terry passes the floor to Jen to talk about WindyCon. Jen failed in her mission to interview people, because there was so much Klingon stuff going on at WindyCon. She talks about how that had happened. The Klingon Assault Group Annual Assembly was to be held at DuckCon, but the convention went under. So, KAG moved their assembly to WindyCon this year. It enabled them to do a lot of Klingon programming. She got to perform on Friday night. It was the first convention performance for the Pop Warrior Project. She goes on to list all of the Klingon panels held at the con, including make-up, weaponry, language, history, and more. It was a good weekend. Mike wishes that some of the larger conventions would have more Klingon content there.
Next year, Jen is going to be at Capricon. Their con chair was at WindyCon. Jen talks about the convention. She’s going to have interview times blocked out with their guests. Terry asks about the vendor room. Jen talks about the ChaosArt666K and the coin art he makes. Jen had gotten a penny dragon from him. She, then, talks about WindyCon’s vendor room and some of the vendors that was found there this year, along with the art show and auction. There was so much stuff there, that she only had time to attend some of the Klingon programming. Jen talks about the Pop Warrior costume she made for their Masquerade.
We thank Jen for joining us this morning. She leaves us to visit with out of town friends. We move on to the next segment: the return of our Ask Dayton. This week’s topic is on Meme Wars with a certain G & T Show hosts. You don’t want to miss Dayton’s hilarious response to this question. Dayton shared a meme with them for the show. Nick digs it up and shares it with the chat room. We thank Dayton for playing along with us once again. Nick, then, replies to Dayton’s response. He offers an insight into some of the nuclear options he has shared with Dayton without going into any specifics.
Terry shares a story about a similar relationship she had with a former boss, who had been a coroner, and who would booby-trap her desk with death scene photographs. After a little more discussion, Mike announces that questions for Ask Dayton should be sent to [email protected].
Next, they shift gears to Gaming News. Mike kicks it off with some news coming out of Star Trek: Timelines. They have released images of Trials and Tibble-ations Sisko and Dax. Also, they have released a video talking about how their battle system has evolved based on the feedback they have received during their Beta.
They move onto Star Trek Online’s News. The new mission, Stormbound, has been released. They discuss the mission for Janet’s benefit. It’s all their fault again. In the Enterprise episode, Stormfront, (with the Nazi aliens), we get to see why Na’guhl decide to get involved in the temporal cold war. Although, it may not have been our fault, the Na’guhl blames meddling time travelers for the destruction of their star, which sets them on the path to become a faction in the temporal cold war.
Mike talks about some of the references that have appeared in STO missions that are tying up loose ends from Enterprise and their Temporal Cold War arc. Janet is pleased that someone is running with it. Terry doesn’t want to see crewman Daniels, unless she can shoot him. Mike talks about a missed opportunity in this mission to reference the Enterprise episode: Two Days and Two Nights. Stormbound has the player go back to Risa during the 22nd century. He thinks they could have added some NPCs nearby to link back to the episode. His first instinct was Trip and Malcolm with the alien girls that turned out not to be girls. But after thinking about it, he suggested Travis’s rock climbing accident or Hoshi and her boy toy walking on the beach nearby. Other than that, he loved the mission.
They talk about their progress on the Admiralty system. Mike wants more campaigns. They talk about the passes. He and Terry haven’t had to use passes that often. Terry once again complains about the cost of the Dry Dock slots. She talks about one of the ships she recently received that negates the Science event add-on. Terry isn’t sure what ship it is that does it though.
They move onto Book News next. Mike starts off by sending congratulations to David Mack and Kirsten Beyer. Their books have made the Locus bestseller list for November. Dave got 1st place for Seekers and Kirsten’s Voyager: Atonement book hit number four on the list. Next, Terry mentions the link for the 24 silliest Star Trek books. She got a laugh out of a couple of them, including Sisko’s intervention and My mom got pregnant on my birthday. Terry Erdmann and Paula Block’s books for Star Trek: Costumes and Star Trek Pop-Ups are still doing well. Mike talks about a link Dayton had shared on his blog. IDW is putting together a book of the UK Comics from the 1960s and 1970s. A similar book had been done for the US comics. Terry reads an excerpt from Dayton’s blog about it.
Before moving on to this week’s 50 For 50, Mike has a couple more news items. He begins with General News. He addresses the guy in Washington who attacked his neighbor with a Klingon sword. He calls him out for doing a such a poor job representing his fellow Klingon warriors. He shakes off a comment from Nick about it and moves them into Product News.
Doug Drexler on Facebook revealed on Facebook the prototype he received from Eaglemoss for his NX Refit. Terry talks about the Eaglemoss Ship Collection. The NX Refit is from the Rise of the Federation book series and marks the first time a non-canon ship is being introduced into the line. They discuss the importance of the NX Refit’s design as the missing link between the Enterprise NX and the recognizable ship designs used by the Federation. It’s great news for fans of the books. We are hoping for the Vesta and Luna classes to follow. We send congratulations to Doug Drexler, Eaglemoss, and the books for this achievement. They are hoping to see STO ships added to their line in the future. Titan and Odyssey classes are owned by CBS because of the rules of their respective contests, so they may end up seeing both ships added to the line.
With all of the week’s major news items covered, they move into this week’s 50 For 50. Terry talks about what the 50 For 50 is all about. We asked our listeners to rate all of the Star Trek episodes. Now, we are counting down the top 50 episodes of Star Trek on our way to Star Trek’s 50th Anniversary. Last week, we discussed TNG’s Pegasus and Enterprise’s Twilight. This week we are discussing number 48, Enterprise’s Damage, and number 47, TNG’s Unification Part 2. We start off with Damage.
Terry describes it as a pivotal episode. In the episode, Archer does something really really horrible. After this episode, Terry hated him for stealing a warp coil from an alien race and stranding them in the expanse. Janet goes first in her discussion of the episode. She offers an alternate take on the episode. Terry offers her thoughts on the episode.
Mike points out that the B story for the episode involved drug-addled T’Pol on Space asbestos, and thought it was rather poignant when it’s T’Pol that confronts Archer about the slippery slope he’s about to undertake. Nick says that T’Pol in the EV suit digging for the trellium was a scene that stuck with him the most. Mike mentions the scene where she is getting the drug ready for injection as the scene that affected him the most. He knows people like that.
Allen would have like to see Enterprise go back and deal with the ramifications of their actions if the show had continued on. They offer some alternative ideas on the ramifications of Archer’s decision that they would have liked to have seen. Nick talks about Phlox and briefly mentioned of some of the unethical decisions he has had to make. The discussion continues to how humanity had survived and evolved into the Federation and this episode of Enterprise shows us glimpse of that journey. They compare Enterprise to The Original Series.
After a little more discussion, they move on to the next episode on the 50 For 50 countdown: TNG’s Unification Part 2. Mike provides the synopsis for the episode but references the first part to provide proper context for the episode. Spock is trying to help the Federation become stronger, even though, he neglects to notify anyone of what he’s trying to do. The B-Storyline for the episode involves the Enterprise tracking down what happened to a missing Vulcan deflector, which as it turns out leads to prelude to invasion. Nick points out that this episode aired before Star Trek VI and offered a teaser to the film.
Nick talks about Sela’s appearance in this episode. He describes her plan as idiotic for only sending three ships. More ships could have been sent under cloak, but no. They talk about the insidiousness of Spock’s plan as it could have been viewed from the Romulan prospective. They discuss the Unification movement on Romulus. They talk about how much better it would have been if the b-storyline wasn’t part of the episode and Sela’s role was more of a counterintelligence one. They use Risk as a means to talk about a better option for Sela’s actions. There was also no blowback from the attempted invasion of Vulcan. It should have sparked a war and Sela wasn’t punished for her blatant failure.
One of the best moments was the mind meld between Picard and Spock, where he learned how Sarek felt about him. Mike thought that it was even more moving because Sarek’s emotions were applied through a human filter in Picard, which would have affected Spock’s emotional human half a little more deeply. Nick ends up talking about physics and holographic walls. They discuss it.
Mike talks about how the things established in this episode are explored and expanded upon in Star Trek Online. We got to see D’Tan and everyday life on Romulus. They talk about their society under the thumb of the Tal Shiar. Nick talks about the Roman influence in Romulan society. They discuss some Roman Emperors, especially Caligula.
Mike talks about one of the things that this episode introduced through its B-Story was Melotta. It also showed that Riker could hit on anyone, when he was flirting with the woman with four hands. They talk about Riker for a bit.
They start winding down this week’s 50 For 50 by reiterating some of the highlights from each of the episodes. Then, they mention the next episodes they will be discussing. Terry mentions that there won’t be an episode next week, and the following week, she’ll be in New York for business. So, for the week of December 13th, they will be discussing four episodes. They are: 46. DS9 Visitor, 45. ENT United, 44. ENT Awakening, and 43 TNG Chain of Command Part 2. Mike finds it interesting that Enterprise seems to be paired with another episode during every week so far. Nick wants Janice to join them to discuss Chain of Command.
We wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. They discuss their own Thanksgiving plans. Nick manages to squeeze in his shout out to Lisa Marie. And, with that, they wind down this week’s show.
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- Locus Bestseller List – Seekers 3: Long Shot and Voyager Atonement make the list – http://www.locusmag.com/Magazine/2015/11/locus-bestsellers-november-2015/
- The Fog of Ward: Comin’ at ya: The 1960s/1970s UK Star Trek comic strips – https://daytonward.wordpress.com/2015/11/18/comin-at-ya-the-1960s1970s-uk-star-trek-comic-strips/
- The 24 Worst Star Trek Books Of All Time – http://www.thebadguyswin.com/2015/11/the-24-worst-star-trek-books-of-all-time/
- Washington state man accused attacking neighbor with Klingon sword – http://fusion.net/story/234183/star-trek-klingon-sword-arrest-washington/
- How CBS, HBO, and NBC are braving the digital waters – http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/cbs-hbo-nbc-digital-1201637526/
- Syfy is Releasing a Film, De-Rebranding, and Becoming Super Interesting – https://www.inverse.com/article/8354-syfy-is-releasing-a-film-de-rebranding-and-becoming-super-interesting
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