G & T Show 222 – Personal Fish Forcefields
G & T Show 222 – Personal Fish Forcefields is now available to download. Check it out here. Terry, Nick, Janet, and Mike have returned to talk about the latest news coming out of the Star Trek Multiverse. They briefly touch upon Unofficial Productions before getting to a hearty selection of news, products, books, games, and television news. For this week’s 50 for 50, they discuss TNG’s Inner Light and ENT’s Terra Prime.
After their usual introductions, they starting things off with Coffee Klatch. After dealing with some technical difficulties, Nick starts them off with what he’s been up to this week. He has been busy with work reporting on the storm that struck the North-eastern US. Mike has been pissed off at the Internet. He had received his first threat this week. Alec Peters threatened him with a lawsuit for commenting on a Facebook post. Mike didn’t want to go there, but Nick did.
They dip into Unofficial Productions when Terry mentions that the rumor mill is reporting that Alec Peters participated in an Interview with 1701 News. The article should be coming out later next week. Nick calls Alec a bully for threatening a lawsuit for something as innocuous as commenting on a Facebook thread. Mike is a donor and is concerned about what is going on. Terry just wants to know how the money was spent because of her past experiences with FedConUSA. Terry hopes that those concerns will be addressed in the 1701 News interview and if not, she will be asking him herself. The donors have a right to know exactly how their money was spent and a spreadsheet with a document is not evidence. She wants a certified audit report that looks at the bank statements to determine if any Axanar money was transferred to other accounts used to fund other things. Janet adds that what other productions are doing in terms of transparency is not the point, since they are not the ones being sued. She adds that asking questions, or having concerns is neither slander nor libel, nor is it defamation. Mike had no agenda but the truth.
Nick talks about the “Marines”. When Nick mentions big guy versus the little guy, Janet is prompted to mention the Hasbro My Little Pony Font Lawsuit, where an individual content creator is suing Hasbro for the illegal usage of his font in all of their materials. Terry clarifies the issues of copyright and the impact it can have to protect the individual artists that created and owns the content. She uses people’s desire for very specific ships to appear in game. The reason those ships don’t appear in the game is because they are owned by other people and very specific legal channels must be adhered to in order to get the ships in game. She uses the Vesta as an example of how it got into the game. Mike points out that Janet is an author, Adrianne in the chatroom is a musician, and Janice also in the chat room is an artist and they all have worked very hard to create something and none of them would want their creations used without their permission or compensated for their work. Nick rages about the idea that because the content owner (CBS) wasn’t using the property, or that the fans weren’t happy with what they are doing with the property, that it didn’t give them the right to steal it. They degenerate into Facts of Life Slash. Terry addresses the argument that CBS is jealous because Axanar is so good. The quality may have drawn some attention, but the fact of the matter is that fans that produce fan fiction, fan productions, and other fan created content because they are jealous that they are not part of it and are not able to get paid for creating content for their favorite IP.
Mike brings them back to Coffee Klatch by asking Janet and Terry about their week. Janet has been doing homework. She has been taking information design and has been deconstructing posters and has focused on the Hobbit posters. Terry worked and will be talking more about what she did this week when they get to Star Trek News.
They move onto this week’s Star Trek news beginning with the big reveal that a new Event has been revealed for the 50th Anniversary. Star Trek: Mission New York. G & T Show will be there, though they don’t know if they will have a booth or just Press Passes. The event is a tribute to the first Star Trek Convention in New York in 1972. It will be held during Labor Day weekend (September 2nd, 3rd, and 4th) at the Javits Center. There isn’t a lot of information available yet, such as ticket sales. G & T is excited to get there. They have their hotels. ReedPop is vetting us and CBS is approving all vendors.
USA Today had an article come out all about the events coming out this year. One of the big ones that no one has mentioned yet is the San Diego Comic Con event Star Trek: 50 Artists, 50 Years exhibit. It will have Trek inspired art by 50 different artists, including Leonard Nimoy’s photography. It will also travel to other locations worldwide. Trek Talks will also be going on in July at Schools, Science Museums, and Entertainment venues around the world will feature experts leading discussions on topics explored in Star Trek. The Starfleet Academy Experience will be a tour. It is currently at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa and will be moving to the Intrepid, Sea, and Space Museum in New York in June for a stint before moving on to other sites around the world. They will have interactive exhibits and visitors can graduate from the Academy. Finally, Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage will be performing music from Star Trek all around the world on their tour.
Terry asks Mike to talk about the In Memoriam article that came out this week, but while he digs it up, he briefly talks about the Smithsonian’s Enterprise Restoration project. They have entered the second phase of the project and have begun painting the ship. Terry talks about some of the videos TrekCore has been posting about the work they have done on the restoration project. Mike talks about the In Memoriam article. It has some of the biggest names that have appeared or were involved with Star Trek that have passed away and some of the supporting cast members that have appeared. It does not include some of the people that have worked behind the scenes over the years. Mike reads the list and gets a bit emotional.
They move onto an article from Gizmodo about the 10 things that Star Trek got right. Some of them could have been argued with, but there are some great points as to what made Star Trek TOS so great when it began. The first point was getting the biggest science fiction writers of the day to write for the show. The second point was that the show pushed the outer edge of diversity. Terry talks about Uhura but Mike points out that Sulu and Chekov were also equally noteworthy. She asks what the new show would have to do in order to do something as groundbreaking as TOS. Mike jokes that they would probably have to have get a real alien on the show. Janet suggests that the captain should be a Muslim woman with a hijab. Terry wants them to challenge people’s comfort levels. Terry recommends everyone checks out the article and asks listeners to share their thoughts with them by email, voice mail, or on the forums. Nick suggests an openly LGBT person. Terry agrees but doesn’t want to be the purpose of the character, but rather a part of that character.
Before going into Product News, Mike quickly goes into a link from their addendum that is loosely related to their discussion and links into Television News. Three reasons the new Star Trek series should be in the Prime Universe. Terry hopes that the new series will be in the Prime Universe. The first item is that CBS has full control of Star Trek on the small screen. The second item is Merchandise. Mike asks whether CBS will be handling the merchandising for the new series. He hopes that they will be throwing plenty of attention towards the new series. The final bit was in regards to the CBS and JJ Abrams are not on good terms with one another because JJ tried to complete destroy the Prime Universe in his attempt to gain complete control of the franchise and make his Trek the only game in town. They talk about Star Wars merchandising before getting back to the new Trek series and their hopes for it. Terry is going to keep an open mind, even with her dislike of dark themes in television shows. She goes on to say that she can handle good people handling bad stuff but doesn’t like anti-heroes and people that blur the lines. It prompts them to talk about Legends of Tomorrow and Deadpool. Nick mentions the PSA Deadpool released this week about men checking themselves for Testicular Cancer. They talk about the character of Deadpool. She doesn’t want the Captain of the next series to be anti-hero. Sisko was a hero but he was a tragic character. She even has issues with Archer but he didn’t have the same rule-set that later Captains have.
They move onto Product news, while Terry watches the Deadpool PSA. They begin by discussing the Star Trek: TOS Bluetooth Communicator Handset. It runs for $150. Mike talks about it but admits that he was surprised by the price. It’s now available for pre-order. Mike drops the hint that he would like to receive it for his birthday if anyone is looking for a gift idea. Terry returns and talks about the quality of the communicator. Mike reads some of the features built into the communicator. Terry shares a link for La La Land Records has released Vol. 2 of the TNG soundtrack. The 3 disc set is limited edition and features an autographed insert of the cover signed by the composer Dennis McCarthy. The song list samples the entire series rather than specific seasons.
For book news, Terry shares the artwork for a new IDW comic book that is coming out featuring Klingons. Terry likes the helmets. For Mike the pierced ridges have grown on him but wouldn’t expect it for everyone but for some groups it would work for.
They move onto Gaming News. They kick off the segment with the announcement that STO released another of their fiction stories that precedes the release of a new featured episode. Preemptive Planning was written by Kate Bankson. The new featured episode came out this week: Time and Tide as well as the 6th Anniversary content. Players can harvest Omega Particles and create Upgrade things. They are better than any other upgrades catalysts that can be obtained in game. They talk about the daily mission that grants players the ability to grab the particles. Players can also collect the Event reputation items that will allow players to get a new Temporal Science ship. Nick talks about the guy that is targeting Cryptic with DDoS attacks on Neverwinter that affects STO as well. Terry talks about the attacks.
Before getting to the final article about Perfect World, Mike talks about Star Trek Timelines. He’s having a blast in the game. He’s got a Green Wrap Kirk that has hit level 50. Terry hasn’t been able to play that much because the game keep crashing on her iPad. Mike talks about the Timelines Wiki that can help players figure out which characters they need in order to play through some of the locked content and other benefits. Nick talks about the guy at work that was on his phone during a meeting. The guy was playing Star Trek Timelines. Because the guy doesn’t want to pay, he has to constantly be going back into it to make sure he doesn’t miss certain opportunities to get tasks done. Nick compares it to the addictiveness of Clash of Clans.
Terry returns to STO to talk about the new featured episode without revealing any spoilers. She loved it. Mike thinks he identified Michelle Specht in the mission. He points out which character he thinks she’s playing. Terry was pleased by the length and how it was longer than the previous one. They had fun with it and recommends that people check it out. The final part of the anniversary event is the minigame involving the presents down on the Academy.
They talk about the Real Rules for Shilling Video Games on YouTube. For the record, Mike points out that they are not sponsored by Perfect World, Star Trek Online, Neverwinter, nor Disruptor Beam and Star Trek Timelines. Terry adds Kotaku and Massively Overpowered. Nick adds CBS and Paramount to the list of sponsors that do not support the G & T Show. The article talks about sites that have entered into agreements with game manufacturers and distributed and talks about how they are approached to market their games on their sites. Terry thinks people should read the article to understand what is going on. Mike mentions that he was interested in it because of his niece and nephews that watch a lot of game videos and doesn’t realize that they are just watching paid advertising for the game. Kotaku used the Perfect World information as an example to illustrate what is happening behind the scenes. This is what sparked Gamer Gate in the first place. Mike points out that the person in the article did not play either of the games and only began playing them in order to receive a check from the gaming company. The more you know.
They move onto this week’s 50 for 50. This week they discuss #35 TNG’s Inner Light and #36 ENT’s Terra Prime. They were surprised that the Inner Light appeared so far down on the list. A lot of the votes were so close that a single vote could have made the difference. Mike reminds everyone that they only had themselves to blame for these results. They begin with Inner Light. They share their thoughts. Janet thought a lot of it was rather convenient and Mike offers a possible reason for it. She thought it would have been better if more characters had been affected by the probe, including a lower deck character. Mike suggests Barclay. Terry was bothered by the idea that Picard is the only person that experienced the culture. If anything happened to him, it would all be lost. Picard had spent a lifetime with those people and it would take a lifetime for him to write it all down. Mike points out that out of everything that he had learned and experienced from that culture was his flute and it was something that he didn’t share with anyone except the one girl in the Jeffries Tube. Nick loved the final scene of the episode. He talks about Generations and how he returned to the ready room to find the flute after the Enterprise’s destruction. It was the only thing he recovered from the ready room. They talk about Livingston surviving the crash and the fan fiction Terry had written about it. We hope it contained a mention of Personal Fish Forcefields.
When the chat room suggests that Livingston is actually a Romulan spy, Mike uses it to segue to the next episode since Terra Prime had so many spies in the episode. Janet goes first. She begins with Trip’s bad luck with children. Terry talks about how this episode made her angry once she realized that the series wasn’t going to be renewed for a fifth season. She wanted to see what happened because of this episode. She wanted to see how humans, Vulcans, and the other races were able to work through their stuff in order to work together. Janet talks about some of her fan fiction that spawned from Terra Prime. She points out that Archer in the Mirror Universe is the same kind of Xenophobe that we saw with Terra Prime. Mike promises to reveal a Mirror Universe theory when they get to their discussion of Mirror Mirror. Mike talks about all of the spying in this episode. There was Trip and T’Pol infiltrating Terra Prime to find Elizabeth; Travis’s ex-girlfriend working for Starfleet Intelligence trying to find the Terra Prime operative aboard the Enterprise; and then, there was Reed meeting with the section head for Section 31. Terry’s eyes roll whenever Crewman Daniel shows up or whenever there’s a spy episode with Section 31 in it. Mike appreciated the emotional note at the end when Trip speaks to T’Pol at the end about what really happened to their daughter. It tugged at his heart strings. Nick talks about Peter Weller.
Next week, they will be discussing TNG’s Sarek and DS9’s Paradise Lost. These are more episodes that were thought to be too low. Mike points out that if you don’t agree with the ranking of these episodes, you only had yourselves to blame. Mike then asks if they were trolled and Spock’s Brain came in as the best episode. Allen states that Spock’s Brain most definitely isn’t in the top position and later reveals its position in the bottom of the list. Allen will be providing some of the episodes that received the lowest votes in the near future. So, stay tuned.
They finish up with this week announcements. The big news this week, Busy Little Beaver Productions will be launching a new podcast soon involving another facet of fandom. The O Sports Show will be discussing all things sports. Scott, one of the hosts, has an excellent blog and will be joining the BLB family with his family. Mike mentions that Straight Outta Gallifrey will be releasing their third episode next week and possibly episode 4 shortly after it. Nick doesn’t know when the next episode of The Gettysburg’s Address will be out. They are also working on their audio dramas and will be coming soon.
They quickly talk about Convention News. Nick will be at Farpoint Convention, covering it. He’s looking forward to the Great Philadelphia Comic Con. Terry congratulates Kelly on the release of her new book. They are looking forward to STLV. There are only a few days left for individual days. All ticket packages have sold out. The Rio has been sold out and the Palms will have additional rooms for the con. Mike asks if there will be a vendor’s room pass or as Nick calls it, the Tourist Visa. They hope so, but Terry doesn’t know. The Tourist Pass would cover the vendor’s room, Quark’s Bar and some of the side events but none of the celebrity stuff, but photos and autographs could be purchased separately.
They finish up by giving out their respective social media handles as well as those from the show. Be sure to subscribe, follow, and like our sites. It only helps them get guest interviews and press passes for conventions. With that they wind down this week’s show.
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- First Look: Klingon Cover Art for IDW’s Manifest Destiny 2 – http://www.startrek.com/article/first-look-klingon-cover-art-for-idws-manifest-destiny-2
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