G & T Show 232 – A Quiet Conversation
G & T Show 232 – A Quiet Conversation is now available to download. Check it out here. Nick is with his new bride, Allen is on vacation, Janet is out sick, and Mike is completely M.I.A this week. However, Terry is joined by Steve to discuss the latest News from every corner of the Star Trek multi-verse. They discuss Gaming, Conventions, Products, Unofficial Productions, and General News. They also speculate a little bit about the upcoming film and especially the new series set to debut in 2017.
Terry handles introductions. She gives everyone an update on where everyone is at this week before moving into Coffee Klatch. Steve has been catching up with work since being off on holiday with his son. They’ve started building a USS Voyager model together. They also watched DS9 and The Flash as well. They attended their first convention together on First Contact Day. The convention had received a Cease and Desist letter, so instead they had put on a mini-convention since some of the special guests had made the trek out to the UK for it, namely Claudia Christian, John Carrigan, J. G. Hertzler, and Aron Eisenberg. The Cease and Desist letter came out around the time Destination Star Trek Europe was announced. They were told to stop marketing their convention as a Star Trek convention, but they weren’t prevented from holding their convention. They had a good turn out despite the changes and still managed to raise a lot of money for the charities they support. Steve talks about how much fun his son had. He danced and showed off all of his Star Trek Online dance moves. The convention has been postponed to next year and they have their tickets already. They also hit up some museums before getting back home.
Terry was in Chicago for work. She talks about the conference she attended there. It dealt with insurance coverage. For some people it was pretty dry, but she enjoyed herself. She thought it was one of the most well-done seminars she had attended. She also got to meet Jen Usellis (the Klingon Pop Warrior Princess), and Andrew Wonders the talented musician and composer. They had dinner together. She had hoped to meet with Eric Serrano while she was there, but didn’t get the chance. It was cold, but it was also rained. By the time she left, it had snowed.
(14:20) They move on to the links for this week’s show that Mike had prepared. Terry begins with this week’s Product News. She talks about the Star Trek The Ultimate Voyage Store which has been revealed this week. If you were unable to attend a concert, or pick up any products from the earlier concert, you can get them now through their store. They discuss some of the available products. Next, is the new strategy board game, Star Trek: Ascendancy. It focuses on exploration, expansion, and the conflict between the Federation, Klingon Empire, and the Romulan Star Empire. It’ll be out this summer. They are planning two more expansion sets featuring the Cardassian Union and the Ferengi Alliance. Matt in the chat room is reminded of Star Trek: Catan. Diamond Select Toys has unveiled the Retro Mego TOS Bridge playset. It’s lovingly recreated but features all of the features of the original playset. The playset can be folded up into a carrying case. Terry and Steve love it. Terry talks about learning to braid hair with her Barbie head, and Steve adds that he learned how to braid his sister’s hair. Terry really likes the new Star Trek 20 oz. Ceramic Stein. It’s design reminds them of the Mario Cart bullet. Eaglemoss has announced that the USS Raven will be added to their collection soon. The Raven belonged to Seven of Nine’s parents. Voyager was Steve’s favorite series. Terry mentions a video set to Alan Parsons Project’s The Raven about Seven of Nine’s childhood. Terry is pleased that Eaglemoss is continuing to find new ships to feature in their collection. She talks about the NX-01 Retrofit that Doug Drexler designed for Enterprise but was never seen.
Terry mentions a mistake from last week’s Product News regarding the Complete sets of TNG and TOS episodes. The TNG DVD set is not the remastered episodes. Trek Core provided us with the correct information regarding their little faux pas. The complete set of TNG Remastered is only available on Blu-Ray.
(25:45) They move the show forward onto General News. The teaser posters for Star Trek Beyond and Star Trek 2017 series have been revealed at the Cannes MIPTV Expo. There hasn’t been any new information coming out about either the series or the new film yet. She talks about visiting studios as she was growing up and seeing some early promo images hanging on the wall that advertised something called Battlestar Galactica but revealed nothing about what it was. Terry then discusses the Movie Pilot article discussing what Nicholas Meyer may end up doing in the new film. Fuller had mentioned that Meyer’s Undiscovered Country might be a perfect jumping off point for the new show. They speculate about where the show will go by jumping off from UC. Steve offers a few suggestions. Terry hopes that it is inspired by UC and that the series will be Prime Universe and will take place after the destruction of Romulus. Steve can see some parallels between the film and the current state of the universe as a result of the 2009 film destroying Romulus and Remus. He goes on to say that there is so many options available.
Terry asks if it takes place 100 years later and the frontier is no longer in this galaxy but in the Andromeda galaxy. Steve talks about Stargate Universe as an example. Star Trek can handle some dark and gritty storytelling, but it should not be dark and gritty all the time. They can go in so many directions with it, but until they announce any more details, it is just speculation. But that’s what Trekkies love to do: speculate about what is coming. Steve would love to see some parts of Destiny to be used in the series.
Pushing forward, there’s a new documentary series coming out from Bad Robot and JJ Abrams. Robert Picardo is interviewed for X-Prize talking about the documentary series about the Lunar X-Prize. The documentary is called MoonShot. Also, a new stamp will be issued by the Canadian Postal service featuring Spock. It will be added to collection which already features Captain Kirk and the Enterprise.
(38:55) Finishing up General News, they jump to Gaming News. Beginning with Star Trek Online, they begin talking about the new Visual slots coming with Season 11.5. Currently, the game will apply certain visual effects to a player’s ship when certain deflectors, shields, and engine gear is equipped. The new visual slots will allow players to add the visual effects of certain gear that the player has unlocked without having to equip the equipment. The slots will only affect deflectors, shields, and engines, but will not affect any consoles that are available. Terry describes it as how outfits are handled in Lord of the Rings Online, rather than how the tailor handles costumes in STO. Items slotted into the visual section will not provide any stat bonus, but will only affect how the ship will look. Steve was surprised that they went this route, instead of using the current Ship Tailor, and thereby, driving people to social zones. Terry thinks this will open up rewards that will only provide visual options for ships. There could even be items made available in the Lobi store. For PVP, this could help hide your gear from your opponent. Season 11.5 is due out this week on Tuesday. It’s unknown at this time if Foundry will be going down with this update. Pre-patching has already begun for it. Terry is looking forward to it. It seemed like this update has taken longer to come out, probably because it feels like there’s less things to do. She has been doing a lot of crafting lately. She wishes crafting could be conducted from her iPad instead of sitting in front of a computer all day.
They talk about Star Trek Timelines next. Disruptor Beam will be at PAX East 2016. Their first player gathering of the year, DisruptorCon will be held during PAX on April 22nd from 6 to 9pm at the Harpoon Brewery and Beer Hall in Boston Massachusetts. The event is open to all Disruptor Beam players for Game of Thrones as well as Timelines. There will be drinks, light snacks, the devs, give-a-ways, and other activities. Perfect World will also be attending PAX East this year with Neverwinter and STO represented there.
Returning to Timelines, they discuss the “It Came From the Holodeck” event held last weekend. Terry got Arachnia and the Captain Proton characters. She didn’t get very far in the event because the missions failed much too often. Steve ended up in the 2000 range, while Mike end up around 200 (Mike’s final rank was 174). Steve and his son played Timelines at the convention. His son didn’t get very far and ended up around 13,000 position. Terry doesn’t know where she was ranked. The game is working better now that she moved it to her phone.
For First Contact Day, they offered dilithium boxes with chance to get a Phoenix Cochrane crewman. They hope Cochrane will be back next year. For First Contact Day, STO gave away three items. First one was Borg duty officer, the second was a Phoenix Admiralty card, and finally an Assimilated Assault Cruiser Admiralty card. This year, they extended each giveaway, allowing players an extra day to claim each reward. Terry missed one of the rewards. She got the Phoenix and the Assimiliated Assault ship.
Mike finally made it onto the show. Mike got some sleep, but his phone is a brick which is why his alarm didn’t go off. They talk with Mike for a bit before getting back to the discussion. He hopes that letting the battery drain should let his phone boot up. (Update, he has gotten his phone to update). Mike mentions that Timelines’ next update will add Cadet Challenges, which features Admiral Riker as the person in charge. These missions will be available for 1 and 2 star characters and will reward chronitons and other gear for your high quality characters. New 1 and 2 star characters will be added soon. Terry and Steve had recently gotten rid of all their 1 and 2 star characters. Terry has been saving her chronitons. Mike explains that she’s missing out on chronitons. The boosts occur roughly every 3 hours, but they recharge 20 to 30 chronitons during the time.
(1:02:12) They discuss Unofficial Productions next. Terry had checked Pacer and nothing new had been filed by the court as of this morning. However, the lawsuit is starting to affect other fan productions. Star Trek: Continues has received its 501(c)(3) tax exempt status and the document with its accompanied certified accounting of ST:C’s financials has been posted and is publicly available. Their Indiegogo is falling behind. They are trying to raise $350k to produce three and a half episodes. They have brought in a little over $100k. Axanar has scared donors into not donating to these productions. Continues has been so good with their money. With the money they raised from their last fundraiser, they were able to produce episode six, but also most of episode seven, built the Engineering set which will be featured in episode six and even a new set that will be seen for the first time in episode seven. Donors have the right to be concerned and should be leery, but it’s disappointing that other fan productions are being negatively impacted. They discuss how Axanar had announced that they had applied for tax-exempt status shortly after STC announced theirs, but there is no evidence of their application. Then, a couple of weeks ago, Axanar had stated that they just got an accountant and are opening up their books. It’s a bit late in the game, considering everything that is happening and the fact that an accounting should have occurred prior to the application. Hopefully, this will shed some light onto where the money went.
They talk about the three-year lease Axanar has that the private investor group is interested in taking over. They look at other fan and professional productions to see how long it takes to create a film from start to finish and can’t quite understand why Axanar needed three years to make their film. A $150 million film takes a year and a half, and a Horizons took four years to make with only one person doing all the work. So, it boggles the mind how Axanar would need three years. Terry mentions that they will be talking with Tommy again soon as he has a new announcement to make, but Mike mentions that the details of the announcement are still being kept secret. Terry is concerned that Continues and Horizons and Renegades will have issues pursuing their respective projects. They wonder whatever happened to Renegades. They try to figure out what happened to Renegades. Apparently, Renegades is still looking for funding and they are still around. The people behind Renegades are working on other projects because that is their job, not producing Renegades. The same can be said of other fan film productions, such as New Voyages and Star Trek: Continues.
Mike is saddened by the news that STC is struggling to reach their funding. Terry thinks it’s a bump in the road and that it could mean an end to big budget fan films. But for fan fiction and other fan productions will still be around forever. People that do it for the love of the project is what will endure. She talks about Sam Redfeather’s character of Pava. She loves the character so much, even though he only exists in fan fiction. Fan fiction creators are just playing in someone else’s sandbox. Sadly, Axanar has shit into the sandbox. CBS / Paramount is now cleaning up the mess. Its probably going to take a couple of years to shake out. Mike makes one last pitch asking fans to support ST:C. They have a plan for 13 episodes. This fundraiser is for 3 and a half more episodes.
Five Year Mission has released a new video for their song The Givers of Pain and Delight. They talk about the song and the video. It’s pretty awesome. They send their love to Five Year Mission. They will be seeing them at Vegas. Mike quickly mentions the other video that is circulating around the web. The song is for The Omega Glory and will be featured in Year Four, their next album. The video was recorded during a live performance. They are looking forward to the next album and Vegas.
(1:27:03) For convention news, they start talking about Five Year Mission. They will be the House Band for STLV 2016. Some new guests have been announced for STLV. They go over the newest guest. Elinor Donahue will there on Wednesday. They discuss Star Trek Mission: New York. G & T Show will be present, but they don’t know in what form. More people from TNG will be at Mission: New York. They talk about Roddenberry Adventures and their VIP tour of the Star Trek exhibit at the EMP Museum in Seattle. It already happened and was sold out. Mike thinks that the exhibit will going on tour soon after a stint at the EMP Museum.
There will be no 50 for 50 this week. Allen is on a cruise, Nick is on his honeymoon, and Janet is sick. So, they will be pick it up next week. Nick had emailed Mike and asked him to send his regards to everyone. To remind everyone of next week’s 50 for 50, they will be discussing, DS9’s The Siege of AR558 and TNG’s Measure of a Man. Join us next time for the discussion. Terry thanks Steve for helping out with the show this week.
(1:33:49) They finish up with this week’s announcements. Mike made an error last week when he stated that the O Sports Show will be debuting last week. It will be debuting before this episode gets posted. The link will be in the show notes below. Check out the latest Busy Little Beaver Production discussing another aspect of fandom revolving around a variety of sports. Mike talks about the show a little bit. They hope that everyone will check out Scott and his friends as they talk about the latest happenings on and off the field.
Busy Little Beaver Links
- The O Sports Show – http://www.osportshow.com
- Star Trek Online: New Starship Visual Slots – http://www.arcgames.com/en/games/star-trek-online/news/detail/9888133
- Star Trek: Timelines will be at PAX East 2016 and will host DisruptorCon at Harpoon Brewery Beer Hall in Boston – https://www.disruptorbeam.com/forums/stt/viewannounce/49578_36
- Roddenberry Adventures: Exploring New Worlds at the EMP Museum in Seattle – http://www.roddenberryadventures.com/events/star-trek-exploring-new-worlds-vip-tour/
- STLV 2016 – Elinor Donahue on Wednesday and most of the TNG crew added – http://www.creationent.com/cal/st_lasvegas_guests.html
- Marina Sirtis and Levar Burton added to Star Trek Mission: New York – http://www.startrekmissions.com/Guests/Special-Guests/
- Star Trek: Continues’ 501-c-3 tax exemption document and certified accounting of their books – http://www.duffylaw.org/tc1023.pdf
- 1701 News Fan-Film Falling Desperately Short On Fundraising – http://1701news.com/node/1125/continues-fan-film-falling-desperately-short-fundraising.html
- Star Trek: Continues To Boldly Indiegogo – https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/star-trek-continues
- Five Year Mission – The Givers of Pain and Delight video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfTc-X5UVpY
- Five Year Mission – The Omega Glory – Live preview of the Year 4 song – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIWzl1nIfiM&feature=youtu.be
- Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage: 50th Anniversary Concert Tour gear for sale now – http://startrekultimatevoyagestore.com/
- Get Ready for Star Trek: Ascendancy, a strategy board game of exploration, expansion, and conflict – http://www.startrek.com/article/get-ready-for-star-trek-ascendancy
- Mego Enterprise Bridge Playset comes alive again with the TOS Retro Bridge from Diamond Select – http://www.startrek.com/article/tos-retro-bridge-playset
- Star Trek 20oz Ceramic Stein – http://shop.startrek.com/detail.php?p=990711&pa=PRF-STRK-000050&ecid=PRF-STRK-000050
- SS Raven Beams to the Eaglemoss Starships Collection – http://www.startrek.com/article/ss-raven-beams-to-starships-collection
- Teaser Posters for Star Trek 2017 and Star Trek Beyond Featured at Cannes MIPTV Expo – http://trekcore.com/blog/2016/04/real-teaser-posters-for-star-trek-2017-show-and-star-trek-beyond-at-cannes-mip-tv-conference/
- Nicholas Meyer’s Plan for the New Star Trek Series Could Revolutionize the Franchise – http://moviepilot.com/posts/3854222
- Moon Shot: A Documentary Series from JJ Abrams, Orlando Von Einsiedel and Google with interview with Robert Picardo about the series – http://www.startrek.com/article/xprize-picardo-abrams-team-up-for-moon-shot
- A Spock Stamp will join Kirk and Enterprise for the Canadian postal service – http://www.startrek.com/article/a-spock-stamp-logically
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