G & T Show 237 – Mike Killed The Funny
G & T Show 237 – Mike Killed The Funny is now available to download. Check it out here. Terry and Allen are still away, and Janet is graduating. However, Nick, Mike, and Steve were present to deliver this week’s news from across the Star Trek multi-verse. They discuss Television, Movie, and Product News. Nick delivers an epic rant for Semantic Shenanigans, and Mike updates us on the most recent Unofficial Productions News. Adrianne joins them towards the end of the show to talk about her Critericon mini-convention, and her band, Invocation Array.
Nick starts them off with this week’s introductions before launching into this week’s Coffee Klatch. Nick starts off describing how busy he’s been at work. They have an open house coming up. Next week, he suspects he will be more tired than normal. Mike will be in New Mexico until the 22nd. Terry and Allen are due around the 19th. He flies out late enough in the morning to be able to do the show. Janet graduated yesterday and is recovering from the celebration. Steve is suffering from allergies and is looking forward to autumn. The allergies began when he moved to England from Scotland and they clear up when he goes back to Scotland, but he remains in England for the love of his wife. Nick shares a pollen story about where he lives. Mike talks about something in the air that is driving his sinuses insane. Mike provides an update on Terry and Allen’s status in Hawaii. They visited a wild reserve and snapped a photo of a Gecko on a post.
They move onto this week’s news beginning with television news. The first article summarizes most of what we know with a few exceptions. Mike goes over some of the known details, including filming in Toronto. However, no one seems to agree on when the series will be taking place. This article suggested that it will take place after TNG, whereas other had said it was post-Undiscovered Country. Mike hopes it would be post-Nemesis, but there’s nothing that has been revealed yet.
1701 News sat down with Trevor Roth, an Executive Producer on the new Star Trek series, for an interview. The interview states that they are going to keep to the spirit of Trek and shed light on the issues of the day with today’s sensibilities. Nick talks about what he hopes to see. They all agree that the message should not be heavy handed, but should be open enough to allow people to draw their own conclusions. The next news item is that the new series will be delivered weekly and won’t have a seasonal dump like NetFlix and other series. They discuss binging versus weekly episodic episodes. They talk about Star Trek and how some seasons of DS9 and Enterprise are great for binging, while the majority episodes of Trek are best viewed weekly, allowing people opportunity to discuss each episode. Shows with a single major through story like Jessica Jones and Daredevil are better viewed as a binge. Shows like Walking Dead are best viewed as a binge but every new episode is preceded by the replay of a few episodes before the new episodes, followed by Talking Dead discussing the latest episode, and concludes with a repeat of the new episode so people can reflect on what had just been discussed. Binge watching is something that is relatively new. Only through VHS, DVD, and streaming has binge watching become a thing. Mike talks about the first seasons of Doctor Who. The shows were made to be aired once and that is all. They didn’t save them because they didn’t think people would want to rewatch those episodes. But more than 50 years later, people do want to watch them, they want to know how it all began.
Nick shifts to speculate on the writing for the new series. A lot of modern shows such as The Flash and the Arrow have been written with binging in mind. They tend to be more episodic. Mike talks about A, B, and C story lines that modern episodic shows are following. They wonder if Trek will try to introduce a new type of story line. Nick talks about the pitfalls of using formulas for their storytelling and how it caused issues for Voyager and Enterprise. He hopes they will try to break new ground. Steve brings up Stargate Universe and Battlestar Galactica and how they focused on characters. He wants to see that brought into the new series. Nick has never seen Stargate but doesn’t want to see an alien of the week type show. Mike goes over the storytelling used in the various Stargate series. SG1 is very episodic and features an alien / or planet of the week. Atlantis starts off in a similar vein but after the first season starts to deal with more running threads. The series also has a big bad that runs throughout the show and keeps things moving. In Universe, the story was heavily focused on characters because they were at the whim of the show. They were cut off from home, from help, and even from the ship of itself. Only as the series progressed did they start to expand beyond an examination of human nature. Nick mentions Babylon Five and another series with in depth storytelling. Steve talks about how they cancelled Atlantis prematurely in order to launch Universe. They talk about the ratings or at least the reach these shows had. SG1 began on ShowTime for five seasons before SciFi Channel picked it up with another five seasons. Atlantis ran for another five seasons and Universe for an additional two seasons. They talk about how dark Universe was compared to SG1. Nick brings the discussion back to Trek wondering what the tone for the new series. There is still a lot that has to be revealed about the show. They talk about some of their hopes for the show. Walking Dead swaps out cast which shakes things up and keeps the show fresh and new. Nick doesn’t want the show to be come dependent on a single character, like Voyager, which became all about Seven and the Doctor and in the process, they lost their first officer. Nick asks one last question about Stargate. Each series stands alone, but there is a lot of crossover between the the series. The last seasons of SG1 and the first seasons of Atlantis were concurrent and the two together told a broader story. Steve’s final hope for the new show is that they will not use the reset button. That things will happen to the ship and crew and the issues have to be dealt with over a prolonged period of time. They agree. There are consequences and those don’t automatically get resolved at the end of an episode.
Steve suggests dedicating an hour to the new television series when in October for their 24 hours of G & T event. Moving along, Mike points out that Star Trek: All Access (the new series current working title) now has an IMDB page. They will be monitoring it for any news about writers, actors, guests, and any other information about the new series that can be gleamed from it.
They move onto Unofficial Productions next. Star Trek: Renegades have locked the script for Requiem. New Voyages are working on sets and have started doing some spring cleaning. They are getting rid of old costumes and set pieces. Tommy Kraft’s Project Discovery Kickstarter is ongoing. He released a new video that covers 100 years of space flight, which covers history and pushes it forward to set up his film. Next, Mike talks about Chance Encounter, a Star Trek short film. From what Mike can tell, its going to be somewhat romantic story set in the Star Trek universe with new characters on a new ship. Star Trek Continues fell short of their final goal on Indiegogo. They did raise almost $200k, however, and they made up for it with private donations. We can expect three and a half more episodes from STC. They have also released the advanced teaser for episode six Come Not Between The Dragons. Donors at specific levels were able to get an advanced screening of the episode. It is due out in a couple of weeks and features Gigi Edgley. The episode was written by Greg Dykstra, who has worked on a few projects that people have heard of from Disney and Pixar. Moving along, there’s an ambitious Star Trek: Enterprise stop-motion animated film that is debuting this week at FedCon that used T’Pol and other Enterprise action figures to create the film which also features Terminators as the bad guys.
For this week’s Semantic Shenanigans, Nick provides an epic rant. Before the rant, they discuss the news that the judge denied all aspects of the motion to dismiss and even dropped a Star Trek joke into his ruling. There will be a couple blogs this week from Janet with analyses. Mike isn’t sure if this decision will be part of them. Addressing a question from the chatroom, Mike doesn’t recall that injunction was requested by CBS / Paramount and therefore the judge didn’t grant one. Therefore, Axanar could have continued with their production. But, perhaps upon the advice of their attorney, they decided to put it on hold. Nick begins his rant with some strange gargling sounds. He mentions that other productions have managed to produce several hours of content and Axanar has yet to do anything. Mike continues to the next bit of news. Ares Studios is apparently now Valkyrie Studios, a for-profit studio. They cannot say for sure, but they believe Alec is involved, even if it is indirectly. Nick’s rant picks up and he offers his opinion. It ramps up and Mike periodically tries to move them along but ultimately just stands back and lets Nick vent.
They forward to Movie News. May 20th is the Paramount Fan Event. The new Star Trek Beyond trailer will be unveiled. There is a contest to win tickets to the event. Today may be the final day for that. Also, Larry Nemecek has some tickets he’s giving away to the fan event. Check them out if you hope to attend. Mike mentions a Justin Lin interview where he says the new film will focus on characters. His previous work with Fast and the Furious has shown that he can produce a character driven story within a blockbuster filled with explosions and other things. Mike hopes that they will like these characters more going out than they did going in. The final bit of movie news is a new batch of photos showing how the Vancouver sets were utilized.
Mike talks about Product News next beginning with Star Trek Risk. Nick talks about Star Trek: Conquest and compares it to Risk. Mike reads the description of the board game. Mike’s birthday is coming up in June and if you’re looking for a gift … Nick hopes they can get one to give away for 24 hours of G & T. Next Mike talks about the Star Trek Summer Essentials which includes beach towels, t-shirts, can coolers, barbecue sets, and so much more. MegaBloks has introduced a Klingon D7 and a Mirror Universe Transporter Room. More of the artists and artwork included in the 50 artists exhibition have been revealed on mugs. They include an Arena, What Are Little Girls Made Of, and Space Seed among other designs on coffee mugs. There are also new pint glasses and from the Bradford Exchange a new decanter set with Starfleet insignia bottle stopper.
Adrianne joins them in the studio. She is tired again this morning. They are grateful that she took the time to join them. She got a new kitty that is very active at night. They finish up product news before passing the floor to Adrianne. All ten of the Star Trek movies will be getting Steelbook editions. Nick came across some Star Trek metal folding starships. Mike has seen the Star Wars versions of them. They are like origami but with thin sheets of metal. William Shatner revealed a new $10 Canadian coin with him and the Enterprise on it. There were other $20 coins unveiled, including the Guardian of Forever, The Trouble With Tribbles, and Mirror Mirror coins. Also, is a Delta shaped $200 pure gold coin. Speaking of coins, Adrianne points out that the Perth Mint is releasing a $200 silver and gold-plated gold-pressed latinum slip bar. It’s very cool.
They pass the floor to Adrianne to talk about her various projects she’s working on, beginning with Critericon and the fundraiser she’s currently got underway. She’ll be running a mini-con during STLV to promote the full convention that she is planning. The mini-con is a test bed for a roving mini-con she wants to bring to various cities. They will have activities, panels, a podcast summit, and so much more. She’s got a massive suite reserved at Vegas to host the 5 day event that will run concurrently with STLV and after hours. Terry will be hosting the podcast summit. They will be doing an afternoon high tea as well. Cosplayers will be featured as well. It will be a relaxing atmosphere. Larry will be talking about props and they will have a mini-flea market. Aron Eisenberg may be attending and selling Ferengi miniatures. Trek radio and so many others will be involved. The fundraiser is to help offset the costs and to test the viability of the mini-con. Even if the kickstarter fails, she will be paying for it herself, but hopes that everyone will be able to help make it happen. Mike points out that she is trying to raise $4500 and has only raised a little more than $800 so far. Support them if you can and share the links if you can’t. They will feature gaming, transmedia, and so much more beyond the conventions. There will be interactive web games as well.
Mike prompts her about Invocation Array, her band. Adrianne talks about the project and her bandmate, Kaia. They are a pop/rock/cyberpunk band with story and character driven music. She describes the music they make. Nick praises Kaia’s guitar playing. They are working on their second album. The Gettysburg’s Address intro music is provided by Invocation Array. Some of their music is featured in ArcheAge. She talks about how that came to be. They licensed one of their songs and hired them to create a new one. Adrianne also voiced the boss in the level their music is featured in. Mike points out that their current album A Color for Fiction is available on Bandcamp, iTunes, Amazon, and elsewhere. Check out their YouTube Channel and Facebook pages. Mike thanks her for joining them this morning. They know its not easy to join them so early in the morning.
They move onto this week’s announcements. Adrianne repeats her plea for support with Critericon, and Invocation Array. She’s also doing voice work on STO, but nothing for the upcoming expansion as of yet. But, she has lent her voice to the game before and they go over some of the roles she has played in the past, including Epohs, Romulans, Ferasans, Kobali, and more. She’s done some sounds for Neverwinter as well. Mike picks it up from there. Gates of Sto’vo’kor has been making progress on their next episode, which should be released sometime in the very near future. Blood of the Nei’rrh is gearing up as well as Starfinder. O Sports Show has a new episode. Adrianne is excited to hear about Gates and would like them to do a live version of the show. Nick is planning a couple of upcoming episodes of The Gettysburg’s Address. One will be with a couple of musicians: Adrianne and Fark, while the other will be with Dayton Ward. The details and scheduling is still being worked out. They wind down the episode talking about superhero movies. Mike quickly mentions that Straight Outta Gallifrey will resume once he gets back home from New Mexico. Adrianne asks Mike for more details about the new audio drama he’s working on. He says that it is original scifi action adventure. Steve, of course, is working on several other podcasts. Adriane takes them out with a reminder of her Critericon kickstarter and Invocation Array. Mike quickly mentions that they don’t have time to talk about all of the STO news this week, but they will discuss it next week.
- Critericon Kickstarter – https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/critericon/critericon-2016-prequel-event
- Invocation Array on Bandcamp – https://invocationarray.bandcamp.com/
- Invocation Array on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/invocationarray
- Invocation Array on YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbdCKlmp0dI
- Critericon on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/critericon/?fref=ts
- New Details on the Upcoming Star Trek series – http://boundingintocomics.com/2016/04/27/new-details-upcoming-star-trek-tv-series-revealed/?utm_content=buffer9cc51&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer
- New TV Trek To Be “Smart” Show an interview with Trevor Roth – http://1701news.com/node/1169/new-tv-trek-be-smart-show.html
- Pinewood Toronto Studios: Brand New Home Of Star Trek – http://1701news.com/node/1170/pinewood-toronto-studios-brand-new-home-star-trek.html
- CBS Confirms Star Trek 2017 Episodes to Arrive Weekly – http://trekcore.com/blog/2016/05/cbs-confirms-star-trek-2017-episodes-to-arrive-weekly/
- Star Trek: All Access has an IMDB page – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5171438/?ref_=ttfc_fc_tt
- Star Trek: Renegades: The Requiem Script is locked – https://www.facebook.com/1548972372099607/photos/a.1555635214766656.1073741828.1548972372099607/1572785893051588/?type=3&theater
- Star Trek: New Voyages is still working on sets – https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10205990753397833&set=a.10200205575091991.1073741825.1530489018&type=3&theater
- Project Discovery – 100 Years In Spaceflight – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18fIdRSwUaA
- Kickstarter for Chance Encounter – A Star Trek short film – https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1512203744/chance-encounter-a-star-trek-short-film?ref=nav_search
- Crowdfunding falls short for Continues but Private Donations Push Fan Film to Goal – http://1701news.com/node/1179/private-donations-push-fan-film-goal.html
- Star Trek: Continues – “Come Not Between The Dragons” Advance Teaser – https://vimeo.com/163377217
- An Ambitious Enterprise: A 60-minue animated Star Trek fan film debuts at FedCon – http://www.dw.com/en/an-ambitious-enterprise-a-60-minute-animated-star-trek-fan-film/a-19256883?maca=en-gk_volltext_AppleNews_culture-16405-xml-atom
- Justin Lin Focuses On Star Trek Beyond’s Characters – http://trekcore.com/blog/2016/05/justin-lin-focuses-on-star-trek-beyonds-characters/
- Final Star Trek Beyond trailer to debut at 50th Anniversary fan event – http://www.ew.com/article/2016/04/14/star-trek-beyond-final-trailer-fan-event
- Win Tickets to Star Trek Beyond fan Event on May 20th in LA – http://mt.votigo.com/fbsweeps/sweeps/Star-Trek-Beyond-Sweepstakes
- New Star Trek Beyond Photo Features Vancouver Set – http://trekcore.com/blog/2016/05/new-star-trek-beyond-photo-features-vancouver-set/
- Star Trek Risk – http://shop.startrek.com/star-trek-50th-anniversary-risk/detail.php?p=978551
- Star Trek Summer Essentials – http://shop.startrek.com/?v=startrek_shop-by-category_summer&ecid=SMM-ST-00936&pa=SMM-ST-00936
- Mega Bloks Klingon D7 and Mirror Universe Transporter Room – http://www.thetrekcollective.com/2016/05/mega-bloks-klingon-d7-and-transporter.html
- More 50 Artists 50 Years art revealed on mugs, plus other new trek drink wear – http://www.thetrekcollective.com/2016/05/more-50-artists-50-years-art-revealed.html
- All 10 of the original Star Trek movies are getting Steelbook editions in July – http://www.steelbookbluray.com/all-10-of-the-original-star-trek-movies-are-getting-great-looking-steelbook-editions-in-july/
- Shatner unveils New Trek Coin – http://www.startrek.com/article/shatner-unveils-new-trek-coin
- Perth Mint Star Trek DS9 Gold Pressed Latinum slip silver and gold plated bar – http://www.perthmint.com.au/catalogue/star-trek-deep-space-nine-gold-pressed-latinum-slip-2016-1oz-silver-gold-plated-bar.aspx
- Axanar Crash: Judge Denies Motion to Dismiss – http://1701news.com/node/1186/axanar-crash-judge-denies-motion-dismiss.html
- Reddit: Axanar studio is now officially a for profit facility available to rent – https://www.reddit.com/r/startrek/comments/4j3q46/the_axanar_studio_built_with_fan_donations_is_now/
- Bringing Scotty to STO – http://www.arcgames.com/en/games/star-trek-online/news/detail/9956033-star-trek-online:-bringing-scotty-to-sto
- Bringing Daniels to STO – http://www.arcgames.com/en/games/star-trek-online/news/detail/9957943-star-trek-online:-bringing-daniels-to-sto
- Bringing Chekov to STO – http://www.arcgames.com/en/games/star-trek-online/news/detail/9960073
- Bringing Leeta to STO – http://www.arcgames.com/en/games/star-trek-online/news/detail/9952763-star-trek-online%3A-bringing-leeta-to-sto
- WizKids Giveaway and Contest – http://www.arcgames.com/en/games/star-trek-online/news/detail/9958093-star-trek-online-wizkids-promotion-and-giveaway
- Star Trek Online coming to Xbox One and PS4 – http://www.arcgames.com/en/games/star-trek-online/news/detail/9956413
- In the Shadow of Cestus mission description – http://www.arcgames.com/en/games/star-trek-online/news/detail/9962553-star-trek-online:-shadow-of-cestus
- The Taurean Affair tutorial mission description – http://www.arcgames.com/en/games/star-trek-online/news/detail/9962533
- William Schallert, Nilz Baris from Trouble with Tribbles, Dies at 93 – http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/william-schallert-dead-patty-duke-732312
- Star Trek: The Starfleet Academy Experience is now open at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum – http://casmuseum.techno-science.ca/en/whats-on/exhibition-star-trek-starfleet-academy.php
- Leonard Nimoy’s final art work will lead Star Trek art exhibit – http://mashable.com/2016/03/22/leonard-nimoy-star-trek-art/?utm_content=buffer96661#Nh3c.pQrXSqz
- Seattle Star Trek exhibit takes fans out of this world – http://koin.com/2016/05/12/seattle-star-trek-exhibit-takes-fans-out-of-this-world/
- The Shat, The Fonz, and more hit the road in new art for Better Late Than Never – http://www.ew.com/article/2016/05/13/william-shatner-nbc-henry-winkler-george-forman?iid=sr-link3
- Listen to Idris Elba’s New Song: The Road Less Travelled – http://www.startrek.com/article/listen-to-idris-elbas-new-song
- Star Trek: Legacies – Getting the audiobook treatment – https://daytonward.wordpress.com/2016/05/10/star-trek-legacies-getting-the-audiobook-treatment/
- Kirsten Beyer’s Star Trek: Voyager: A Pocket Full of Lies is #2 for 3rd week in a row on Locus bestseller list – http://www.locusmag.com/Magazine/2016/05/locus-bestsellers-may-2016/
- Curtis and The Bad Astronomer are the latest Mission New York Guests – http://www.startrek.com/article/curtis-the-bad-astronomer-are-latest-mission-new-york-guests
But, wait. There’s more.
He is the co-owner of Busy Little Beaver Productions and is the producer and co-host for G & T Show and Gates of Sto’vo’kor. He’s directed voice actors, and produced and edited audio podcasts and dramas because he doesn’t have the face for video. He plays well with others and is always on the look out for the next project, the next thing, the next next. If he wasn’t working on something with a half dozen other projects waiting in the wings, somebody please check to make sure he’s still breathing.
During the day, he’s a mild-mannered computer repair man who dabbles in web design in his small, rural, Central California community. He lives with his lovingly dysfunctional family and loyal canine companion and spends most of his time in the closet concocting some hair-brained scheme or another. He’s got an unhealthy obsession with Lego video games, Klingons, and Star Trek Online that borders on the neurotic.
Despite all this, he still finds the time to write the words. Find out what he's doing here.
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