G & T Show 249 – Guilty Pleasures
G & T Show 249 – Guilty Pleasures is now available to download. Check it out here. Nick, Terry, Mike, Janet, and Allen have returned this week to discuss the latest news from throughout the Star Trek multi-verse. They discuss the latest General, Television, and Gaming News.
Additionally, the crew talks about some of their guilty pleasure episodes from Star Trek TOS and TNG. They also debut their announcement teaser for 24 Hours of G & T 2016. And finally, they received some Listener Mail from Paul Olsen, one of the artists involved in the creation of the Enterprise model for Star Trek: The Motion Picture to pitch his new Kickstarter, Project Enterprise. It strives to recreate the Enterprise model. Tune in, kick back, and enjoy the latest episode of the G & T Show.
After this week’s introductions, they discuss bowties briefly before jumping into this week’s Coffee Klatch. Nick’s wife has finally arrived and they spent the week getting their house up to her standards. They went to the theater yesterday. Then he talks about the high end theater with reclining seats and all its perks before watching Suicide Squad. He talks about the film with Mike who has also seen the film. They comment on the disconnect between fans and critics in films this year and compares it to what Star Trek Beyond has been facing.
Janet wrestled with Comcast this week, since she had issues with an old cable modem. After some hiccups in getting things set up, she’s now up and running. She’s also been working at the wedding blog.
Mike has been working a lot this week to prepare for 24 Hours of G & T. They’ve got some great guests, prizes, games, and fun lined up. There is even have a teaser trailer. They play the new teaser trailer for 24 Hours of G & T. It featured Five Year Mission’s Givers of Pain and Delight. When it was over, Nick jokes and wonders if they can get Trek Geeks to do a cover of that song. Allen talks about the 1 percenter in the service industry where everything goes wrong. Terry and Allen are the opposite. They have never had a problem with Comcast. Yesterday, he did go hiking to Tent Rocks.
They move on to Television News since they didn’t get to a lot of it last week due to the convention wrap up.
Star Trek: Discovery
Bryan Fuller announced some new things about Discovery. The show will feature a female lead character but she wouldn’t be a Captain. Instead, she will be a Lieutenant Commander with caveats. The series will take place about ten years before TOS in the Prime Universe. It is supposed to cover a historical event in the Star Trek Universe.
However, Axanar deals with the end of the Klingon War, which was to have taken place ten years before this series, so it’s safe to say that it is not the Klingon War. They speculate a little about what it could be. Nick suggest the Vulcanian Expedition. Mike had seen a rumor that it could be the Sheliak, but based on what Fuller had said, it was mentioned in TOS and not TNG.
Some people are pleased with the new show, but are disappointed with the shorter seasons. However, the new norm is ten to Thirteen episodes. The writing and storytelling should be tighter and there shouldn’t be any bottle shows during the course of the season. However, Terry liked the bottle episodes as character studies. Nick points out that it opens up the actors to take on more projects between seasons. Terry mentions that Bryan Fuller will be at Mission New York along with Kirsten Beyer.
CBS All Access Editorial
Next, they discuss the editorial regarding CBS All Access from Trek Movie.
The article’s author used All Access for several months and looked at what they did well and what the service did poorly. First they want an Ad Free Option. Pay a little more and there are no commercials on the shows you view. Another issue they experienced was with the streaming service’s compression. There were times when the video and sound quality were poor due to the compression being used.
CBS All Access has time to resolve the issues in time for Star Trek Discovery. Terry plans to test it out locally to see how it performs for her. Paul and others in the chat room haven’t had an issue. Maybe it was that person’s local connection. Mike points out that CBS will want to deliver the best possible product, especially for Star Trek. He’s also all for the Ad Free Option. #AdFreeOption.
Nick has a new member to the household. He adopted a new kitten named Mochi.
They discuss the new documentary that premieres on September 4th on the Smithsonian Channel called Building Star Trek. G & T was sent screeners for the show. Mike has watched it.
Nick asks if everyone had seen the 50 Years of Star Trek documentary on the History Channel. Most of the people on the show have appeared on G & T. Nick attributes it to the G & T Bump. Nick talks about some of his favorite moments from the history channel documentary.
Building Star Trek
Mike returns them to Building Star Trek. That documentary followed the Smithsonian’s restoration of the Enterprise as well as the EMP Museum’s restoration of the Captain’s chair and other props from the original series. These scenes were intercut with cutting edge technologies currently being developed which were inspired by Star Trek. Mike appreciated how they balanced the preservation of what came before while exploring what is coming next all because of Star Trek. He enjoyed it and recommends everyone check it out, after following everything G & T does in New York.
50 Years of Star Trek
They return to the 50 Years of Star Trek documentary. Nick and Terry had forgotten about it, and were lucky enough to flip through the channels right as it was starting, otherwise they would have missed it. Terry wondered if the Griffith Observatory segments were recorded live because of some of the tweets she saw from people that appeared in the show. Nick wonders what Jeri Ryan’s secret is.
They talk about Kevin Pollak’s role on the show. His role may have been for comedic relief. He was respectful and probably in awe of everyone there. Terry mentions that they have feelers out and hopes to get some great interviews from Mission New York. Mike is still trying to secure an interview with Nick Meyers for Nick and this week probably came the closest he’s ever came to succeeding.
Upcoming DS9 Documentary
The next bit of Television News was misfiled under General News. During STLV, Ira Stephen Behr announced that a DS9 documentary is currently underway. They all are excited for it. Ronald D. Moore and Ira Behr’s both appeared in 50 Years of Star Trek.
Then the next bit of General News is about the Star Trek corn maze that will be popping up outside of Chicago. The Richardson Adventure Farm selected the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek as this year’s theme. The maze will be open on most week days and weekends. It’s got 11.5 miles of trails. There are five maze games that range from 20 minutes to 2 hours.
Star Trek Cruise II
Also, the Star Trek Cruise II will set sail in 2018. The 2017 cruise sold out quickly and those people get first crack at tickets for the 2018 cruise. The remaining tickets will go quickly, so act fast if you want to get in on this cruise. The Vegas interview with them will be out soon, so keep an eye out for it. Mike mentions that in his pre-interview conversation with them, he received some inside information that leads him to believe that the G & T Bump is real!
Then they move into Gaming News. Terry mentions that they have codes for Bridge Officers that were distributed at STLV. These will be given out during 24 Hours of G & T. Nick talks about some of the TOS crew he’s got on his away team and on his bridge. They still haven’t been able to dismiss their crew to make room for the new bridge officers. Nick is waiting to get some more slots first. They talk about the costumes their Temporal Agents are wearing.
Then they talk about Terry’s computer, which is in the shop. The water pump had died. Mike thought it was gunky build up that was clogging the system, but it turned out to be much worse than that. Nick asks about the status of Mike’s laptop. TSA had dropped it and broke it during an inspection. Mike says that the paperwork has been filed and it’ll be about six months before he hears back from them. There’s a good chance it will be resolved since there was a time-stamped and initialed document inside the laptop.
Returning to Terry’s computer, the shop is going to replace her power supply as well. Mike suggests all of the system fans should probably be replaced at the same time. Terry talks lovingly about her computer, an Alienware Aurora R4. Mike diagnosed Terry’s computer correctly from several thousand miles away.
Getting back on track, they talk about the console exclusives that will be coming out soon. XBox One players will get a free Steamrunner class. The ship is still available through Steam.
The P4 players will get an Andorian T1 ship. There is no T1 Andorian ship for PC, but it’s a tier one ship and most people will stop using it once they hit level 10.
Playstation Plus users will get a Wrath of Khan Uniform, which Arc players can claim for free on the PC. There will also be some new packs for Federation, Klingon, or Romulan with ships and uniforms.
Cryptic attended a gaming convention in Germany. There were two new pieces of Star Trek fiction released this week. Mike recommends them.
They discuss some of the progress their Temporal Agents have made and the missions they are currently on. Nick loves the Bonnie Kin mission. Terry has a mnemonic that helps her with the preceding mission where she has to repair Drozana Station. The Bonnie Kin mission still makes Nick jump.
Mike discusses the two STO Fiction stories. Nick talks about the Battle at Procyon V and the way Daniels keeps saying “Wait!”. Nick provides a tip for the mission. They also talk about another of the queue missions featuring the Doomsday Machine. Nick provides a strategy for it. Mike talks about covering the starbase in that mission. Nick loves to fly his Kelvin Constitution to the point where he’s forgotten about the Sovereign.
Fifty for Fifty
Next, they move onto 50 For 50. Terry thanks our listeners for participating. The 50 for 50 countdown is done, but now they will discuss some of their favorite episodes that didn’t make the list. These are their honorable mentions and guilty pleasure episodes.
Allen provides some background on the 50 for 50. He also provides the each mentioned episode’s position on the survey. They start with TOS and eventually get to TNG. Sunseahl jumps onto the show during the TNG segment to share her guilty pleasure episodes. However, they decide to save the discussion of DS9, Voyager, Enterprise, and TAS for next week. Tune in next week to see what our guilty pleasure and honorable mention episodes are.
They start winding down the show with Announcements, but first they get to some Listener Mail from last week. The messages are a pair of voice mails from Paul Olsen, one of the creators of the Enterprise Model for Star Trek: The Motion Picture. They have a Kickstarter to build a new Enterprise model for prosperity. Check out their website and Kickstarter: Project Enterprise.
Continuing with Announcements. The G & T Show has a new syndication partner. They are now being syndicated on Kirtang Pirate Radio. The link is below. Check them out. Terry, Nick, and Janet will be at Star Trek: Mission New York. They are working on scheduling some interviews. Terry says that the convention is very organized.
Follow Terry, Nick, Janet 1, 2, 3, and Mike on Twitter and Facebook to stay informed about the latest happening at STMNY. Mike will be running the Mission New York support team from home. Nick challenges everyone to follow and engage Allen on Twitter. Sunseahl shares where people can listen to her on Tribbles in Ecstasy.
Then they rage against the Little Rascals before moving onto the final announcement. Mike finishes up the show with another play through of the new 24 Hours of G & T 2016 teaser trailer they have created. Finally, they conclude this week’s show. They will be back next week for episode 250. But there will not be an episode the following week because they will be at Mission New York. Join them next week for more G & T Show fun.
G & T Show / BLB Productions News
- 24 Hours of G & T 2016 Announcement – http://www.gandtshow.com/24-hours-g-t-2016-announcement/
- G & T’s New Syndication Partner is Kirtang Pirate Radio – http://www.kirtangpirateradio.com
- Smithsonian Channel: Building Star Trek Premieres September 4th – http://www.smithsonianchannel.com/shows/building-star-trek/0/3436402
- Bryan Fuller Reveals Discovery Details – http://www.startrek.com/article/bryan-fuller-reveals-discovery-details
- Trek Movie: Editorial: CBS All Access: The Good, The Ads, and The Over-Compressed – http://trekmovie.com/2016/08/19/editorial-cbs-all-access-the-good-the-ads-and-the-over-compressed/
- There’s going to be a Star Trek Corn Maze in the Suburbs This Year – http://chicagoist.com/2016/08/09/out_of_this_world_corn_maze_planned.php
- Star Trek Cruise II Set for 2018 – Takei to Host – http://www.startrek.com/article/cruise-ii-set-for-2018-takei-to-host
- Ira Behr Says Deep Space Nine Documentary underway – http://trekcore.com/blog/2016/08/ira-behr-says-star-trek-deep-space-nine-documentary-underway/
- Star Trek Online Console Exclusives – http://www.arcgames.com/en/games/star-trek-online/news/detail/10124323-star-trek-online-console-exclusives
- STO Fiction: Winter of Discontent – http://www.arcgames.com/en/games/star-trek-online/news/detail/10110493-winter-of-discontent
- Star Trek Online Fiction: The Cousin’s War – http://www.arcgames.com/en/games/star-trek-online/news/detail/10121203-the-cousins%E2%80%99-war
- STO: Mission New York Ticket Giveaway – http://www.arcgames.com/en/games/star-trek-online/news/detail/10127773-star-trek-mission-new-york-ticket-giveaway%21
- Table Top Game – Attack Wing Wave 26 Features Voyager (Repaint) – http://www.startrek.com/article/attack-wing-wave-26-voyager-repaint-preview
- Project Enterprise Homepage – http://projectenterprise.space/
- Project Enterprise – Phase Two of Three on Kickstarter – https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/512439678/project-enterprise-phase-two-of-3?ref=nav_search
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