G & T Show 240 – Semantic Spinoffs
G & T Show 240 – Semantic Spinoffs is now available to download. Check it out here. Nick, Terry, Mike, Janet, and Allen are all here to discuss the latest happenings in and around the Star Trek Multi-verse. This week, they deliver a hefty helping of Product, Convention, Television, Gaming, and Book News. With no major happenings in and around the Axanar case, Semantic Shenanigans examines another major faux pas that hit fandom this week involving Space City Comic Con. They also had a minty fresh Ask Dayton. They finish up the show with this week’s 50 For 50 featuring TOS’s Mirror, Mirror; and DS9’s What You Leave Behind. Don’t miss all of the fun contained within.
Beginning with this week’s introductions, Nick recycles part of last week’s intro since he’s dealing with the ramifications of attending Awesome Con and meeting John Barrowman yesterday.
(3:10) They move into Coffee Klatch next. Nick had injured his back and spent most of the week laid up. He went to Awesome Con yesterday and the photographer, Garth, that he took with him took a ton of photos and will be doing a guest blog for them later in the week. He got to see Summer Glau. The big highlight for Nick was meeting John Barrowman. He talks about some of his experiences, including the mini-Captain America he had met. He talks about the pop culture museum they saw there. He lost his wallet.
Janet has been working on her summer project. She has also been researching something new for Semantic Shenanigans. Mike is still shocked that some listener out there liked them enough to nominate the G & T Show for a Parsec Award, so he’s spent the first part of the week working on their submission. He still needs to get it finished. More details on that will out soon. Mike also pitched a story idea to Janet for a charity anthology they are doing. Janet had some positive thoughts on it. Then, he spent the last part of the week trying to convince Janet and Shanna to spin off Semantic Shenanigans into a monthly show that examines the issues that today’s fandom faces. Terry and Mike also interviewed Al Rivera yesterday for over an hour and a half about Agents of Yesterday as well as the Console version of STO. They recommend everyone check it out. Kojiro has been busy at work. Terry worked as well. On Wednesday, during golf, they were moved to the front because they were required to pick up the pace. But, then a big thunderstorm moved into the area. She shares the story of how they frantically sought cover. Their dogs didn’t handle that storm very well.
(17:15) They move onto Product News and will be discussing some of the links that they didn’t get to cover last week. Although the first item isn’t a product yet, they do hope that they will obtain a license from CBS and get the Star Trek TNG Shuttlecraft Tent on the shelves. Next, the Star Trek 2017 Wall Calendar: Ships of the Line Calendar is on Amazon for pre-order and will be released in July. Some big news came out last week that it even trended on Facebook was the ThinkGeek Star Trek: TNG Trekini swimsuits. Funco will be introducing Star Trek Beyond Pop! Vinyls in July. Lootcrate’s LevelUp+, a bonus clothing add-on, will be offering Star Trek and Fallout Socks. Terry talks about the Lootcrate voluntary recall on the Infinity Stone Gauntlet Oven Mit because it can’t stand the heat. Next, they discuss the Mega Bloks Bridge Set that is now available and it even includes a NOMAD figure. They comment on how buff everyone appears and the size of their accessories. The US Postal service has finally issued some new stamps that feature NASA, Pluto, the planets, and Star Trek. Also, revealed this week are a set of Kirk, Spock, and Uhura Barbie dolls. The Spock doll looks like Nimoy, but Kirk doesn’t look like Shatner nor Pine. They can be pre-ordered from Target, but there is an error with them since they Kirk and Uhura images have been swapped. The final bit of product news is a Gizmodo Product Review about the new Enterprise drone. The quadcopter can take quite a beating. Mike summarizes the review and is pleased to report that its durable and fairly easy to use with its controller.
They move onto this week’s Semantic Shenanigans. Janet begins with an update on the Axanar case. There is little going on. They are waiting for the 8th which is their Doe Day of Reckoning. It is the last day for a party to be added to the case. It’s possible that no one else will be named. The Plantiffs and the Defense both could name people. The Crowdfunding entities could be named. If there are Does named, then settlement may not be as imminent as Abrams and Lin had indicated.
(31:00) Janet points out another legal issue that has struck fandom revolving around Space City Comic Con. She talks about what happened and points out some of the legal issues that may arise from it. An Intellectual Property lawsuit revolving around Trademark arose between Comic-Palooza and the Houston Tourism Board over the mark Space City came out in March. She doesn’t think it will fly because they didn’t protect their marks very well. It is currently scheduled to be tried in November. She moves onto the convention that occurred this weekend. There were some Star Trek people involved, but that seemed to have been a smooth part of the convention. The Sons of Anarchy was to have a reunion at the convention, when rumors of the convention not having enough money began to arise. Janet goes over the series of events as best as she knows them, but it’s unclear since people are still yelling over what had happened. The issues ran from the board room to the hotel lobby to the convention floor and there are possibly four to six potential legal actions revolving around Space City Comic Con.
This event reminded Terry and Allen of the debacle that occurred around FedCon USA. Allen and Terry talk about their experiences and the circumstances of the event’s failure. Beginning with the early rumblings of payment issues and culminating with the announcement of the convention’s cancellation during the first panel with John Billingsley. Terry was writing for Trek United at the time and was helping to promote the event. They went to the bar and drank to calm down. The actors and the other celebrities were also at a bar because no one could leave, since it was Father’s Day and all of the flights had been sold out. People had come out from all over the world because of the FedCon name. FedCon ended up claiming that they did not give permission FedCon USA permission to use their name. There is so much money that has to be put up upfront to put on an event like this and they didn’t have it.
Janet talks about the importance of a professional accountant to handle the financial aspects of large events and productions that have large budgets. She talks about how easy it is to turn a passionate fandom into an angry mob and how difficult it can be to convert them back. She then talks about the reason they have decided to spin off Semantic Shenanigans. These issues involving fandom are growing and the importance of educating the public on fandom, the legal system, and so much more. Mike adds that fandoms all have common threads so what affects one fandom can potentially have wide ranging ramifications for all fandoms. Shanna will offer a very different perspective from the legalities that Janet will discuss. They are considering a monthly schedule, but that will depend on Shanna’s schedule. They are gratified and thankful that Shanna and Janet have agreed to participate.
(1:04:45) They move onto the Ask Dayton, but before getting to it, they discuss Book News. The book covers for Star Trek Legacies have been revealed by Trek Collective. The third book in the series by Dayton and Kevin has not yet been revealed yet. Mike adds that the Star Trek: The Classic Episodes is all of the James Blish books with an introduction by Norman Spinrad. It’s all in one massive volume. The article also has the Star Trek: Encyclopedia, in addition to the mini light and sound communicator and shuttlecraft Galileo. Speaking of Dayton and Kevin, they have announced that they will be at STLV. G & T Show is confirming with CBS that Dayton and Kevin are authorized to sit our booth during the convention. The only issue they foresee is if one of the book publishers that they have written for may have a booth at the con, and Dayton and Kevin will have to split their time between us and the other booth(s).
(1:07:45) Nick launches into this week’s Ask Dayton. This week’s question is about the videos of people in the T-Rex costumes. Dayton’s answer is as humorous as ever. You can check out the text of Dayton’s response on his website.
(1:12:05) They move onto this week’s Convention News next. Destination Europe in Birmingham, UK. They have several new guests and events. The Rat Pack will be there along with Shatner’s World. They will have bridges and Borg Alcoves and more. Mike loves the idea of the bridge photo shoots. Terry says they will be doing the same at STLV this year. Mark Allen Shepperd is the gentleman that played Morn in DS9. He has not been invited to STLV, so a group of fans have put together a GoFundMe that will fly him out from his home in Europe to the US, put him up in a hotel room, and provide him food and other amenities so they can have Morn present in Quark’s Bar during STLV. If you want Morn at Quark’s Bar, support the GoFundMe campaign to bring Mark Allen Shepperd to the convention.
(1:16:00) They temporarily depart from the Convention News to talk about the new Star Trek series since Shore Leave broke story that Kirsten Beyer had to cancel her appearance at Shore Leave in order to write for the new Star Trek: All Access series. They were very pleased to hear the news. Then, two more writers had been revealed that will be joining the Star Trek: All Access writing team. Joe Menosky who has over 50 writing credits in Star Trek spanning TNG, DS9, and Voyager has been added along with Heroes writer, Aron Coleite. They are pleased that they have added more Trek veterans. They admit that they do not yet know what universe or time period the show will take place in. Mike mentions that 1701 News had posted an article not long ago with Michael Hinman’s speculation that the new series will take place in the JJ-Trek Universe and not in the Prime Universe. When other people picked up on the story and started running with it, he came out that the story was just his opinion and that he did not have an insider source that information to him and that it should be treated as rumor and gossip.
(1:19:15) They return to convention news with the latest coming out of STLV. Some new guests have been revealed. They are up to 97 guests. Adam Nimoy will be there and he will be showing his documentary at the convention. Larry Nemecek, Eric Stillwell, and Evan English and many others. There are a lot of people from TOS. They will have the TOS bridge and on certain days, Shatner, Nichols, Koenig, and Takei will take their original seat on the bridge and will be available for photo ops.
(1:21:46) They move onto this week’s 50 For 50. This week marks the last time TOS will be part of the list. Allen goes over the top 10 TOS episodes, only 6 of which made the top 50 episodes. Mike loves the episodes but he doesn’t agree with the order of the list and reminds everyone that our listeners only have themselves to blame. Only a few tenths of a percent separated the episodes in the TOS’s top ten. They begin discussing episode 8 on the 50 for 50 which was TOS’s Mirror, Mirror. They breakdown the episode with a summary before going into their respective opinions. Then, for #7 they discuss DS9’s What You Leave Behind. Again, they begin with a summary before going into their opinions.
Next week’s 50 For 50 will be adjusted slightly. They are skipping #6 since it’s a two parter with another episode in the top ten. They will also be revisiting #13 next week, since it was skipped for the same reason. Their next 50 For 50 will revolve around both parts of Voyager’s The Year of Hell, which came in at #13 and #5.
(1:52:10) They get into this week’s announcements. Mike starts with Gates of Sto’vo’kor. They released a teaser and their episode Vengeance is Life will be out next weekend. The O Sports Show has released their tenth episode. They send their congratulations to them. Nick asks a question about the 50 for 50 which prompts Terry to remind everyone that the incomplete list of 50 for 50 episodes had been posted to the site. Mike continues that Straight Outta Gallifrey will be recording a new episode soon. They are just waiting to hear back from their guest. Mike mentions that Super Geeks interviewed Michael Hinman and G & T Show got a mention. Hinman had challenged Peters to a debate with the G & T Show moderating. Finally, Nick will be attending Shore Leave soon to see Karen Gillan. Anthony Montgomery will be at Shore Leave. Also, pre-registration closes on June 15th and tickets will be sold at the door for a slightly higher price, so if you’re planning to attend Shore Leave make sure to get your tickets early.
Terry reminds everyone of the Supplemental Log with Al Rivera. She discusses the interview and all of the things discussed. Agents of Yesterday and the Console game were among the major topics. It prompts Nick to complain about STO that spurs them into a discussion of Star Trek Online. Mike talks about the Schrodinger’s Cat situation with the last episode released to the game regarding the status of Federation President Okeg and Klingon Chancellor Jm’Pok. Are they alive? Are they dead? Al does provide an answer during the interview, but Mike would have preferred to have seen it in the episode rather than hearing about it in the interview. They also discuss the problem with rolling yet another alt character in STO, since we will be creating a new character for the TOS expansion. There will be some new content for existing players, but not all of it. Nick is displeased and complains about the number of alts that people have and the difficulty of getting all of those characters the equipment from various events. Mike suggests replicating the Summer and Winter Event with a single character grinding the event and then unlocking the special piece of equipment through the event store. Terry suggested adding the item to the Lobi store instead. The conversation shifts to the problems with the R & D system for people with multiple alts and the dilithium costs involved.
With their discussion of STO and it’s alt problem complete, they wind the show down until next week. Next week’s show will take place on Mike’s Birthday. Dayton Ward will be celebrating his birthday in the coming week. And Janet will be celebrating the day she quit being a lawyer. It happened on D Day.
G & T Show / Busy Little Beaver Productions
- G & T Show SL – Al Rivera And The Agents of Yesterday – http://www.gandtshow.com/g-t-sl-al-rivera-agents-yesterday/
- Nick’s Vine Video from Awesome Con with the Muppets – https://twitter.com/Gettysburg7/status/739179576954355712
- Gates Of Sto’vo’kor 3-2 Vengance is Life Teaser – http://www.gatesofstovokor.com/?p=1211
- O Sports Show 010 – Warriors In Five – http://osportsshow.com/o-sports-show-010-warriors-five/
- Star Trek Shuttlecraft Tent – https://davesgeekyideas.com/2016/05/22/star-trek-shuttlecraft-tent/
- Star Trek 2017 Wall Calendar: Ships of the Line – http://www.amazon.com/Star-Trek-2017-Wall-Calendar/dp/0789331969/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&qid=1464138988&sr=8-1&keywords=star+trek+ships+of+the+line+2017&linkCode=sl1&tag=gts-21-20&linkId=9769b22c60c29670e97ca95707e80248
- ThinkGeek Star Trek: TNG Trekini – http://www.thinkgeek.com/star-trek-tng-trekini-swimwear/
- Star Trek Beyond Funko Pop! Vinyls Coming In July – http://trekcore.com/blog/2016/05/star-trek-beyond-funko-pop-vinyls-coming-in-july/
- LootCrate LVLUP+ Star Trek Socks offered this month – https://www.lootcrate.com/level_up/socks
- Mega Bloks Bridge Set is out now and features NOMAD – http://www.thetrekcollective.com/2016/05/mega-bloks-bridge-set-out-now.html
- New USA Postage stamps celebrate NASA, Pluto, The Planets, and Star Trek – http://www.sfgate.com/local/science/article/New-postal-stamps-celebrate-NASA-Pluto-the-7955272.php
- Barbie Collector Star Trek 50th Anniversary Captain Kirk Doll shows a Uhura doll instead – http://m.target.com/p/barbie-collector-star-trek-25th-anniversary-captain-kirk-doll/-/A-50797532
- Review: I had a lot of fun repeatedly crashing this flying USS Enterprise (Don’t Tell Starfleet) – http://gizmodo.com/i-had-a-lot-of-fun-repeatedly-crashing-this-flying-uss-1780100785
- Spock, Kirk, and Uhura get the Barbie Treatment for the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek – http://www.metv.com/stories/spock-kirk-and-uhura-get-the-barbie-treatment-for-the-50th-anniversary-of-star-trek
- Editorial: The Future of Star Trek (an open letter to Bryan Fuller and Alex Kurtzman) – http://trekmovie.com/2016/05/24/editorial-the-future-of-star-trek-an-open-letter-to-bryan-fuller-and-alex-kurtzman/
- Voyager Novelist Kirsten Beyer Joins Trek 2017 Writing Team – http://trekcore.com/blog/2016/05/voyager-novelist-kirsten-beyer-joins-trek-2017-team/
- Breaking: Trek Vet Joe Menosky and Heroes Writer Aron Coleite Join Star Trek All Access Writing Staff – http://trekmovie.com/2016/06/03/breaking-trek-vet-joe-menosky-and-heroes-writer-aron-coleite-join-star-trek-all-access-writing-staff/
- Destination Star Trek Europe – http://www.destinationstartrek.com/
- Don’t Let Morn’s Chair Be Empty: Go Fund Me to get Mark Allen Sheperd to STLV – https://www.gofundme.com/269yej8
- Shoreleave Announces Kirsten Beyer canceling appearance to write for New Trek Series – https://www.facebook.com/ShoreLeaveCon/posts/1301827499831852
- DS9 Stars Trekking to Mission New York – http://www.startrek.com/article/ds9-stars-trekking-to-mission-new-york
- Shore-leave Convention News – http://www.shore-leave.com/
- Houston’s Space City Comic Con plagued with problems, fans unhappy – http://www.chron.com/entertainment/celebrities/article/Houston-s-Space-City-Comic-Con-plagued-with-7954991.php
- Space City Comic Con – Thousands Swindled, Contracts broken, and many still looking for answers – http://www.officialavajade.com/comic-con/space-city-comic-con-thousands-swindled-contracts-broken-and-many-still-looking-for-answers
- SCCC’s Official Site – http://spacecitycomiccon.com/
- Comic-palooze sued SCCC for trademark infringement – http://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/article/Convention-bureau-sues-comic-convention-over-6875631.php
- Police allegedly called re SOA actors: http://www.bleedingcool.com/2016/05/30/police-called-on-cast-of-sons-of-anarchy-after-demanding-space-city-comic-con-pay-them/
- SCCC post-con issues: http://www.houstonpress.com/arts/space-city-comic-con-official-says-charlie-hunnam-strong-armed-them-updated-8447215
- Charlie Hannan apologies to SCCC attendees – http://www.bleedingcool.com/2016/06/03/sons-of-anarchys-charlie-hannan-apologies-to-space-city-comic-con-attendees/
- SCCC: Yelp reviews: http://www.yelp.com/biz/space-city-comic-con-houston
- Johnny Steverson Resigns from SCCC and Mythic Events LLC – http://www.webtekpro.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Press-Release-2016-Johnny-Steverson.pdf
- Angry SoA VIPs Facebook Group – https://www.facebook.com/angrysoavips/timeline?ref=page_internal&__mref=message_bubble
- Latest Star Trek Book covers: Legacies, novelizations, Encyclopedia, and more – http://www.thetrekcollective.com/2016/06/latest-star-trek-book-covers-legacies.html#more
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