G & T Show 250 – Only Yourselves To Blame
G & T Show 250 – Only Yourselves To Blame is now available to download. Check it out here. Terry, Nick, Mike, Janet, and Allen return for another episode discussing all of the latest news from around the Star Trek Multi-verse. This week, they discuss Gaming, General, Television, Product, Movie, Technology, and Book News. They also mention the fan production Star Trek Wanderers. Additionally, for their 50 for 50 segment, they discuss guilty pleasure and other notable mention episodes from DS9 and Voyager. Finally, for Listener Mail, they read a press release from Renegades regarding the last days of their Indiegogo Campaign. With so much crammed into this episode of the G & T Show, you don’t want to miss a single moment.
They begin the show with a round of their usual introductions before moving on to this week’s Coffee Klatch. Allen begins with the announcement of his new toy. He got a new ultra-wide monitor with a built in KVM switch. It lets him share one screen between two computers.
Then Janet mentions she and Mike will have stories appearing in The Longest Night Watch anthology. It will be released next month and will benefit Alzheimer’s research. She and Mike both have edits to do.
Nick worked and got a cat. Mochi is adorable and very lovable. Today is also his bride’s birthday. They send her warm birthday greetings.
Mike did stuff and things this week, including edits from his anthology story. He’s still planning the 24 hours of G & T. He’s also played three games: Star Trek Timelines, Star Trek Online, and Transformers: Earth Wars.
Terry worked, but she’s also been getting ready for Mission New York. She arrives on Thursday with the convention running from Friday to Sunday. Nick has not received his press pass. She’s looking forward to some of the panels and meeting some of her favorite Trek authors.
Star Trek Timelines
First up, Terry asks what happened in Star Trek Timelines. Nick doesn’t know since he broke his phone last week and just got the replacement. When he finally got back in game, he was getting caught up on messages and doesn’t know what really happened. Mike explains that the latest event, a crafting event, featuring the Mirror Universe, Section 31, and the Ferengi was pulled. This was due to a bug that was causing the game to crash during the crafting of certain recipes. They pulled the event Thursday afternoon and launched the shuttle event with the same factions.
For the trouble, people were sent Chronitons. Terry accepted the chronitons but they didn’t register. Terry saves up Chronitons for the crafting event. The crafting event is Mike’s least favorite because he spends his Chronitons as soon as he gets them and doesn’t get very far in them. They discuss their play styles. Mike has started playing through Episode 7. Terry is sad that they converted the event to a shuttle event, but Mike says it will return in the future. She’s looking forward to talking with the Timelines crew at Mission New York. They have an appointment already. She likes how organized this convention is already compared to STLV.
Star Trek Online
They shift the discussion to Star Trek Online next. The rage didn’t wait long once the new T6 Constitution class ship was introduced. The only way to get the T6 Connie is with R & D packs. Nick loves his Kelvin Constitution. He talks about it briefly and how he has it outfitted with Chroniton weapons from the reputation system and how well it does in the temporal queued missions.
Woody shares STLV photos from the chatroom. Nick mentions how nice it was to meet Woody in person at STLV. Terry geeks out about Overwolf when a message comes in. The software is part of Teamspeak, but Terry got it as part of the software package with her new keyboard. Nick returns to the discussion of Woody and how much he appreciated Woody’s gift of Tim Tams to each of them. Mike didn’t get any Tim Tams. Terry thinks she might have stolen them.
They return to Star Trek Online discussion. The stats on the Connie are pretty awesome. Klingons get a D7. Romulans get a T’Liss. Mike compares it to the Jem Hadar ship that was part of the Duty Officer Promotion. The R&D pack promotion is infinitely better since R&D doesn’t really have any limits compared to the players’ 400 doffs slots. Those slots limit how many packs they can ultimately purchase. With R&D, players are not constrained by those limits and can purchase as many packs as they want. Mike doesn’t have room for any more crafting materials, plus he’s broke from playing three games.
Nick and Terry got the Kelvin ship from a lockbox. Mike doesn’t have that kind of luck, but he did get the Latinum Ferengi Maurader. He’s flying it right now and is really enjoying it. It’s tough, fast, and can turn on a dime. Mike may return to it once he gets more starship traits unlocked. Mike talks about the Agents of Yesterday device with the tasks that benefit other characters on the account. As of right now, he’s completed all but three. Terry is pleased she has her computer back. Caspian has a new partnership.
Nick had a problem with his XBox Live because of an issue with his Internet. After four months contacting support on multiple occasions, he finally got the issue resolved when his cable provider’s tech support guy came out to look at his television. This was because a recent storm burned out his television’s HDMI port. He is now online with XBox Live but the update on it was a big one. He’s been playing the Borderlands game. Mike hasn’t played it but he has it because XBox Live offered it as a Games On Gold promotion. In other gaming news, Mike is looking forward to the next wave from LEGO Dimensions.
Terry is looking forward to checking out the Star Trek Virtual Reality game debuting at Mission New York. All of the games will be grouped together in a gaming row. Terry likes the idea of being able to play the game together without having to be in the same room. Lady Renegade drops into the chatroom. She shared with us her photos from STLV. Mike will be getting them posted to our website early next week, so keep an eye out for them. Nick compares the Trek VR game to the Aenar from Enterprise. Janet jumps in on the fun.
First, they begin with the CNN profile on Kayla Iacovino. Kayla is a vulcanologist — no, she doesn’t study Vulcans, but rather volcanoes. And Kayla is a great role model for kids. Mike notes she also appeared on Star Trek: Continues. Terry mentions that John Champion will soon make an appearance in the fan production as well. Then the next bit of news is about a $1.5 million TNG-inspired home theater with seating for eight that can be converted into beds. Plus there is a hydraulic controlled floor that responds to loud sounds, and over $1 million dollars in Star Trek memorabilia. Nick says this is the definition of eff-you money. Next, they discuss the Wil Wheaton interview regarding Star Trek’s 50th Anniversary. Mike mentions some of the article’s highlights.
First of all, Terry wants to be at the Nicholas Meyer and Kirsten Beyer panel. Variety posted an article about CBS All Access and the challenges they face. Discovery will be the first show they will have on the service. But some people are very upset that not only will the service cost them about $7 a month, but they will also have to sit through about 12 minutes of commercials on CBS All Access.
Therefore, Mike is willing to pay a few dollars more if they will introduce an ad-free option. However, Terry thinks they will need more content before they will create an ad-free option. Allen mentions that 12 minutes of ads is actually less than commercials shown during a regular television show. They talk about how many ads are in a regular show and compared it to the ads in a sporting event.
Steve in the chatroom asks what the problem is if people pay for cable and watch the ads there. Then Nick talks about game shows and how they are just one big commercial. Terry mentioned how much money Merv Griffin made on the Wheel of Fortune. Nick points out that the same people that are complaining about CBS All Access are the same people looking forward to Daredevil season 3 on Netflix. Mike asks since Netflix is the carrier of Discovery for the majority of the world, will that version also have ads on it. No one knew the answer to that, though Nick doesn’t think they will.
Next up in Television News is the ME.TV announcement. Svengoolie will have a special presentation of Star Trek’s original pilot: The Cage. Check your cable provider if you have ME.TV. The show will air on September 10th.
They move onto a quick run down of the latest product news, though Terry reminds everyone that more information about all of the products will be made available in a monthly fan dance article covering each of the products in more detail. So keep an eye out for it. Some of this week’s additions include: new Eaglemoss starships, new coloring books, new models from F-Toys, a collectible Kirk vinyl figure from Hallmark, and a TNG varsity hoodie. Janet mentions she tries to include sizes, price, and other pertinent information on the blog if available.
Nick talks about meeting people who know and remember them from before, but he doesn’t know who they are. It’s one of the fun things about conventions. You meet so many people, and it’s not easy to remember everyone from year after year. Janet likes to make up backstories for people. She provides some examples, which sparks Nick to spin off a squirrel about America’s Got Talent.
They touch upon Movie News next, but there wasn’t a lot of new stuff coming out about Beyond. However, there were a few interesting items Terry mentioned in passing. The film didn’t perform as well as everyone had hoped domestically, but it still hasn’t opened in China and a few other markets. Movies this year aren’t performing as well as hoped. Nick thinks Beyond’s marketing has sucked. But this is the movie Terry has always wanted. She’s already pre-ordered it on Blu-ray. And it is still playing in theaters. So do yourself a favor and go see it while you still can. Terry is going to watch it again today. Nick adds that any ‘Star Trek fan’ that wants this film to fail is not a real Star Trek fan.
The first article is about John Eaves and the props he created for Star Trek Beyond. Another article covers how Memory Alpha helped Star Trek Beyond. However, it was no surprise, since Memory Alpha has been an indispensable aid to all fan fiction writers for years. Then the final article is about friend of the show, Terry Erdmann. A photograph he had taken for Star Trek VI appeared in Star Trek Beyond.
Terry starts a squirrel by mentioning that it is David Soul’s birthday. Then they mention all of the films and television shows he appeared in, which included an episode of Star Trek and Doctor Who. Terry is excited for the panel at Mission New York with Kirsten Beyer and Nicholas Meyer discussing Star Trek Beyond. So she hopes for some news about it.
Then this week’s Book News is courtesy of Trek Collective. Nick finished reading the second book in the Legacies series. The third book will be released this coming week. It has already been seen in the wild, including Australia.
Mike has started reading the first book in the series but is looking forward to picking up the other books in the series. Terry speaks quickly about the upcoming IDW comics, the new book in the DTI series, as well as the Prey series by John Jackson Miller. That one has some very unusual art created by Doug Drexler. They are looking forward to picking up the Prey series when it comes out.
Finally, they wish Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore a happy book birthday for the upcoming release of the third book in the Legacies trilogy. Nick talks about the Legacies series generally and how the series shifts gears from one book to another.
Mike talks about some of the latest Technology News.
First of all, NASA recently announced they trialed an engine that could take us to Mars in 10 weeks. It uses Electromagnetic waves to generate thrust. During the experiment, they shot a laser into the vacuum chamber and discovered light traveled faster within the chamber than it should have otherwise. Hence this led them to believe they may have inadvertently created a warp bubble within the chamber.
Nick wonders what the applications for that technology would be here on Earth. Mike theorizes that it’s electricity, creating electromagnetic waves to generate thrust and get objects into the air. So, he suspects it may not be far-fetched to use the technology couldn’t be used for hover cars and to get payloads into space. More electric vehicles would be a result, but he’s not sure if cars would be nuclear powered. However, the results have not been peer-reviewed yet. Hence they are still in the process, but the initial test indicated some interesting and optimistic results and very surprising results with the possible warp bubble.
Then they discuss creating and containing antimatter. We could find out in our lifetime whether we can travel faster than life. Therefore, someone who witnessed man landing on the moon could also witness man traveling at warp speeds. They are surprised that promised science fiction technologies so far haven’t been revealed. The chat room provides science for everyone. And Terry asks everyone to check out and like Universe Today on Facebook.
BLB and G & T Show News
Before moving onto this week’s 50 for 50 discussion, they quickly go over some of the BLB and G & T Show news from this week. From STLV there are a lot interviews that are still coming up. And the interviews posted this week include: Al Rivera, Evie Vincent from Tales from Ten Forward, Dane Butcher with Entertainment Cruises about the Star Trek cruise, and Stefan Rubnicki and Gabrielle de Cuir about Harlan Ellison’s City on the Edge of Forever audio book.
Live Love Play also released an interview from STLV with EJ Del la Pena. The Smithsonian Channel has sent more press materials about their upcoming documentary, Building Star Trek, which will air on September 4th at 8 PM. Mike took that material and created a Fan Dance article with some of his thoughts on the program along with the press release, a couple of video clips, and a photo gallery of the provided images. So be sure to check it out.
Terry quickly mentions for Unofficial Productions the fan video Star Trek Wanderers. It’s tribute to Carl Sagan and celebrates Star Trek’s 50th Anniversary with clips from the various series. Check it out. It’s beautifully made. The link is below.
Fifty for Fifty
They move onto this week’s 50 for 50. And you only have yourselves to blame if you don’t like our choices!
They once again discuss their favorite and guilty pleasure episodes of DS9 and Voyager that didn’t make the cut. And they blame the listeners for not voting these episodes into the top 50. They start with DS9. There are so many that made their lists that didn’t make the top 50. Most of the episodes in their lists are fun episodes, since a lot of the episodes in the top 50 from DS9 are darker episodes.
They move onto Voyager next. Some of these episodes inspired fan fiction. Although Enterprise was mentioned, they are saving most of the Enterprise discussion for their next episode. They also will be giving the Animated series an honorable mention in their next episode on September 11th — there is no show next week because everyone will be at Mission New York.
Since they had discussed most of their announcements earlier in the show, Mike mentions they received a message from one of the Associate Producers of Renegades. It was a little press release about the final hours of their Indiegogo Fundraiser. Then Mike read the announcement on the air.
Mike also puts out a call for questions for Dayton. Terry mentions Kevin Dilmore’s videos that he makes for Hallmark. They congratulate Kevin for his colonoscopy. And he’s also going to be the moderator on the Star Trek Medicine panel. Terry mentions some of the panels they are planning to attend at Mission New York.
You can follow Terry, Nick, and Janet’s progress from the convention on Twitter. Mike will be running the home team and trying to coordinate everything they are doing. Mike asks listeners to make him feel like part of the team by asking Nick, Terry, and Janet, “Where the hell is Mike?” whenever they see them. Mike, meanwhile will be sitting on their bail money just in case things go awry.
Their next episode will be on Terry’s birthday on September 11th. They wind down their 250th episode. The 24 hours of G & T will be crazy and we hope that everyone will join us live for it. Mike’s sanity depends upon it. Join them in a couple of week for their next episode of G & T Show.
G & T Show & BLB Productions
- Fan Dance – Building Star Trek Press Release with clips – http://www.gandtshow.com/fan-dance-building-star-trek-press-release-clips/
- G & T Show STLV 2016 – Stefan Rudnicki and Gabrielle de Cuir Interview – http://www.gandtshow.com/stlv-2016-stefan-rudnicki-gabrielle-decuir-interview/
- The G & T Show STLV 2016 – Dane Butcher with Entertainment Cruises Interview – http://www.gandtshow.com/g-t-show-stlv-2016-dane-butcher-entertainment-cruises/
- G & T Show STLV 2016 – Evie Vincent of Tales From Ten Forward Interview – http://www.gandtshow.com/g-t-show-stlv-2016-evie-vincent-tales-ten-forward-interview/
- Check out G & T Show STLV 2016 – Al Rivera – Captain Geko From STO Interview – http://www.gandtshow.com/stlv-2016-al-rivera-captain-geko-sto-interview/
- Live Love Play – For the Love of … Television: EJ Del la Pena Interview – http://www.iliveloveplay.com/love-television-e-j-del-la-pena-interview/
- Universe Today on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/universetoday/
- Renegades’ Indiegogo page – www.igg.me/at/renegadestherequiem
- Star Trek Wanderers (Carl Sagan) – Inspired by Erik Wernquist’s Wanderers – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wEUKo1sHzc
- Star Trek Online: R&D Pack Promotion has a chance to win a T6 Constitution Class Starship – http://www.arcgames.com/en/games/star-trek-online/news/detail/10131073-r%26d-pack-promotion
- Meet the Trekkie who became a real-life vulcanologist – http://money.cnn.com/2016/08/22/technology/trekkie-volcanologist-kayla-iacovino/index.html
- Geek Out Over This 1.5 Million Star Trek Home Theater – http://www.cepro.com/article/look_inside_a_1_5_million_star_trek_home_theater/?utm_source=FB_Traffic&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=startrek
- Wil Wheaton Talks Growing up on Star Trek, as an actor and man – http://www.cnet.com/news/star-trek-at-50-wil-wheaton-talks-growing-up-on-set-as-actor-and-man/
- Svengoolie Presents the original Star Trek Pilot “The Cage” on September 10 – http://metv.com/stories/svengoolie-presents-the-original-star-trek-pilot-the-cage-on-september-10
- Challenges Ahead for New Star Trek Series on CBS All Access – http://variety.com/2016/voices/columns/new-star-trek-on-cbs-all-access-1201843135/
- Star Trek TNG Varsity Hoodie – http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/ipgr/?cpg=fbl_ipgr
- Starships Collection’s Holoship and Gorn, and other Eaglemoss News – http://www.thetrekcollective.com/2016/08/starships-collections-holoship-and-gorn.html?
- Be sure to pre-order Star Trek: TNG Adult Coloring Book from Amazon – http://amzn.to/2bX4F1q
- Pre-order Star Trek: TOS Adult Coloring Book from Amazon – http://amzn.to/2c53Rul
- Kelvin Timeline USS Enterprise joins the F-Toys model ship range – http://www.thetrekcollective.com/2016/08/kelvin-timeline-uss-enterprise-joins-f.html?
- Star Trek Captain Kirk 50th Anniversary Edition Collectible Vinyl Figure – http://www.hallmark.com/gifts/toys/star-trek-captain-kirk-50th-anniversary-edition-collectible-vinyl-figure-1KDD1173.html
- NASA has trialed an engine that would take us to Mars in 10 weeks and may have inadvertently created a warp drive in the process – http://www.sciencealert.com/nasa-has-trialled-an-engine-that-would-take-us-to-Mars-in-10-weeks
- How Memory Alpha Helped Star Trek Beyond – http://trekcore.com/blog/2016/08/how-memory-alpha-helped-star-trek-beyond/
- John Eaves prop designs for Star Trek Beyond – http://www.thetrekcollective.com/2016/08/john-eaves-prop-designs-for-star-trek.html?
- Longtime Trek Author and Publicist Terry Erdmann Recognizes His 27-Year Old work in Star Trek Beyond – http://trekmovie.com/2016/08/24/longtime-trek-author-and-publicist-terry-erdmann-recognizes-his-27-year-old-work-in-star-trek-beyond/
- Star Trek Beyond tie-In Adverts – http://www.thetrekcollective.com/2016/08/star-trek-beyond-tie-in-adverts.html?
- Non-fiction updates: Beyond Book, Picard and Klingon blurbs, and more – http://www.thetrekcollective.com/2016/08/non-fiction-updates-beyond-book-picard.html?
- IDW’s November Star Trek comics – http://www.thetrekcollective.com/2016/08/idws-november-star-trek-comics.html?
- DTI and Prey covers and details of future books – http://www.thetrekcollective.com/2016/08/book-bits-dti-and-prey-covers-and.html?
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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.
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