G & T Show 252 – Klingon Crushing It
G & T Show 252 – Klingon Crushing It is now available to download. Check it out here. Despite the technical issues that plagued the live show’s stream, Nick, Terry, Mike, Janet, and Allen were joined by Jen Usellis (The Klingon Pop Warrior) to discuss all of the latest happenings in and around the Star Trek multi-verse. They spend some time talking about the latest Axanar trial news and rumors for Semantic Shenanigans. Unofficial Productions warranted another mention of Star Trek: Continues’ Embracing The Winds as well as a fan-made super-cut that was released for Star Trek’s 50th Anniversary. Jen recounts some of the highlights from her visit to Creation’s Star Trek Chicago Convention. Additionally, they discuss the latest news in Gaming, Products, Books, Television, and Conventions. Tune in to hear join in the fun on this week’s G & T Show.
First of all, after this week’s introductions, they jump right in to Coffee Klatch. Mike has been playing a lot of games this week. When he finished AoY, he had two level 60 characters. He now has eight level 60 characters and all of his other characters have gained several levels as well this week. He’s also played a lot of Star Trek: Timelines and Transformers: Earth Wars.
Nick had Dayton Ward join him for a new episode of the Gettysburg Address to discuss the first installment in their “movies you may have not seen but should”. The episode featured the film Midnight Run. Mike produced the show and even helped Nick with some Timelines issues that he had. Nick also worked this week and to clean out his desk for some office construction and clean up work that is going to happen next week. He also took his wife on the Ghost Tour of Fredrick and they had a lot of fun. Nick talks about the tour and some of the highlights. He’s looking forward to doing the Antietam Ghost Tour next weekend. Janet mentions there are ghost tours in Boston as well.
News from the Midwest
Jen attended the Barley’s Angels Event, which is a local women’s beer appreciation group. They met at Cruise Blanca, a new brewery not far from her house, owned by Rick Bayless. She talks about her experience at the event. Jen also attended the Adler After Dark event at the Adler Planetarium, which is an adult only event that had a Star Trek themed event this time. She was there with the Klingon Assault Group and the Klingon Language Institute, where they taught attendees Klingon Your Mamma jokes. There were themed drinks, food, and talks about Star Trek. Since she was working as a volunteer, she didn’t get a chance to attend the talks.
Allen has been working hard on the budget for the coming year for his hotel. He has minions that worry about the tax portion. Allen then laments the issues that modern technology and software causes. He had a bout of work-related Tourette Syndrome. Jespah has worked on Semantic Shenanigans. She also got a new phone case. This one has a studded cheetah motif. Terry broke Janet during Star Trek Mission New York. Nick squirrels about Asian Kathy Bates. Janet has also been working this week.
Then Terry kicks off the show by passing the mic to Janet for Semantic Shenanigans to talk about the latest developments in the Axanar case. They are deep in discovery. Parties are being subpoenaed for deposition. Terry McIntosh was the Chief Technology Officer. While he has his own independent council, he still received an offer from Erin Ranahan for pro-bono representation at the deposition. This was a big red flag for Janet. It was a conflict of interest. Ranahan’s interest is with Axanar and Alec Peters. Janet believes they were trying to control the narrative by questioning McIntosh directly and telling him how to answer the questions.
Terry describes how testimony in a deposition works for those that may not be familiar with the process. They also discuss what a leading question is. Janet uses a car accident to help explain the process and some of the restrictions lawyers are under. Nick contrasts it to media bias and how they don’t have any restrictions on how they approach questioning people. Terry thinks Ranahan may have wanted to represent McIntosh in order to treat him as a hostile witness so she can use some leading questions when he testifies. Janet urges people if they are subpoenaed that they should have their own representation. McIntosh did things right in his response. Furthermore, he asked for everything in writing.
McIntosh also revealed that he would be suing Axanar and Alec for Ares Digital. Ares Digital is the software McIntosh created to handle perk fulfillment. What he created, he still owns, but Axanar recently launched Ares Digital 2.0 and he could be suing for copyright infringement and possibly trademark, assuming he had it properly registered.
Terry mentions the rumor about Christian Gossett’s deposition has been postponed to mid-November. Janet confirms she heard the rumor as well. She thinks it was probably just a scheduling conflict that caused the delay.
Terry reminds everyone that Semantic Shenanigans will be spinning off from the show soon. The first episode will be recorded on October 17th and should be made available shortly afterwards. Their second show will happen during 24 hours of G & T. Terry talks about the spin off. They are describing it as being where Law, Scholarship, and Fandom Collide.
They are spinning off the show in order to keep G & T Show focused on Star Trek. Semantic Shenanigans will be joining some of the other productions under the Busy Little Beaver Productions umbrella. Janet and Terry try to give Mike all the credit. He’s merely the guy pushing the buttons. It takes a team. The guy pushing the buttons is only as good as the people giving the orders, planning and plotting, and sitting in front of the mic. All due credit where it is deserved. Terry praises Janet for her work in keeping them on the rails.
Terry passes the mic to Jen Usellis, the Klingon Pop Warrior, to share her experiences at Creation’s Star Trek Chicago to illustrate some of the differences between STLV (Creation’s biggest) and STC, one of their smaller conventions. STC was held last weekend. Although Jen lives in Chicago, she stayed in the hotel from Thursday until Monday. The programming was non-stop from Friday morning to Sunday evening. There was only one theater, whereas STLV had three and STMNY had four. She would have liked a second theater at STC with alternative content. Jen and her husband had a good time. They had gold badges. She spoke about how she used her Star Trek cookbook into an autograph book, with the actors signing their respective recipes.
Vendor Area in Chicago
The vendors’ room was the second biggest disappointment of the convention for her. MAC was not in attendance, since they are based on the west coast. They were also missing the fan created arts and crafts. Terry explains that Creation and CBS were approving all vendors. Jen missed some of the unique and fun items at the convention. Quite a few people were complaining about the price of some of the items being sold. It seems there wasn’t anything new or fun. However, she ended up picking up a Hallmark Janeway ornament.
Terry asked if Creation brought in any of the scenes and objects that littered the promenade at Vegas. Jen explains those were not present. Even more disappointing, the giant 50th Anniversary Delta wasn’t even there, either. Several guests cancelled on them. In their place, they got Robbie McNeil, JG Hertzler, and Robert O’Reilly. Chicago missed out on some of the flashier items from other conventions.
Music at the Convention
Jen talks briefly about the house band. It consisted of several members of the Creation team. When they got behind schedule, the band didn’t need to play full songs. They could have cut things short and tried to get things back on track. She thought it came across as awkward, especially when they were playing a little too long. They weren’t a bad band, but it wasn’t like Five Year Mission was up on stage. Those were the big disappointments of the convention, but there was so much to enjoy.
Panels at Chicago
She enjoyed many of the panels, especially those with the secondary characters. A lot of the main characters came across as jaded in her opinion. But the character actors had a different vibe than the main ones, because they played so many different roles. Terry agrees and uses Jeffrey Combs as an example. Terry added that TNG is about to celebrate their 30th Anniversary and for the last 30 years the actors have heard the same questions repeated ad nauseum. Trek fans know these actors and follow their careers. They know not only their Trek roles, but also other projects these people are involved with. Jen had a blast at the Q & A. Robbie McNeil answered a lot of questions about directing Chuck. Suzie Plaxson talked about Wag The Dog.
Jen enjoyed the Rat Pack show. They were hilarious and seemed to have a lot of fun. The Creation Supernatural Convention was going on at the same time at a different hotel across the street. Misha Collins, Castiel, did a Facebook Live and came to the Star Trek convention in Vulcan ears and Red Shirt during William Shatner’s Q & A. He even got to ask a question. Watch the video here. Jen talks about it.
Beverly Crushing It
On Saturday she also wore her Beverley Crusher cosplay costume. Jen documented the process online using the #BeverleyCrushingIt hashtag. She talks about the process of making the costume and the support from the community that was built around the project. Despite a few minor issues, it turned out better than expected. She even styled and dyed her hair the day before the convention.
Jen then shared putting the entire costume together for the first time. During the convention, she met Gates McFadden in the hallway between panels. Gates complimented her on her costume and left her speechless. Afterwards, she went down stairs and had her photo op with Gates. Jen never got a chance to tell Gates about the hashtag and the community that came up around it, but did get to tell Gates that she had made the costume. Terry praises her for her work.
Making the Cosplay Costume
Jen used an official pattern she found on eBay. It was made for costumers, but it had few instructions and had mislabeled pieces. She found a second pattern with more sizes and better instructions with proper labels. The shoulders alone consisted of nine different pieces. Terry shares a story of meeting a professional costumer and the team it takes to create a costume for a film.
The next day, Jen was Klingon Crushing It in her Klingon costume. She took her photo to Gates to have her sign it. Gates couldn’t believe it was the same person.
Jen’s overall thoughts on the convention were generally positive. The vendor’s room and the guest cancellations were disappointing, but the people who attended were enthusiastic. Small conventions allow people to spend a little more time with the actors. She talks about Klingon karaoke. Jen was planning to sing a Britney Spears song in Klingon, but was never called up, while others were called up multiple times. She ended up doing Proud Mary with JG and Robert O’Reilly along with one other person. Jen enjoyed it. Nick talks about the karaoke at Vegas and how bad the KJ was last year. Jen shares a few other stories as well, including meeting Robert O’Reilly while she was drunk.
Jen has Don’t Stop Believing in Klingon and sung a line from the chorus. She is planning a new EP with several new Klingon songs. More details should be revealed in the near future. Get the Klingon Pop Warrior’s first album from Amazon. She’s planning her next Kickstarter with cooler rewards and swag. Look for that soon.
They move onto Television News next. They weren’t surprised that Star Trek: Discovery has been pushed back to May to get more time to really get the show right. Terry mentions that there is a small segment of fans who believe that the reason for the delay is due to the Axanar trial. It is not true. Allen states that the Axanar lawsuit in the grand scheme of things is very unimportant. Fan creators are such a small part of any major IP.
Jen mentions that at STC, someone asked if there are any Axanar fans present. Two people raised their hands. Fan film supporters are such a tiny part of the fandom as a whole that they are practically meaningless. Mike returns to the Star Trek Discovery announcement. He thinks the delay gives them time to synchronize supplemental content such as the books and comics along with products from license holders such as Eaglemoss’ Starships with the launch of the new series. This extra time will benefit everyone. Terry points out that January has been a traditional mid-season break for new show premieres, but there is no reason that new shows need to follow that precedent when it comes to a streaming service.
Nick takes a jab at Axanar one last time before moving onto Unofficial Productions. He asks Terry if she’s had a chance to see the new episode of Star Trek: Continues. She has not, although they tried last weekend. But with her birthday, they were celebrating a little too hard to pay attention to anything going on. She’ll try watching it again soon. Terry was so drunk on Sunday that she woke up drunk on Monday. She called in to work and went to back to sleep. Terry shares the story of calling in to her office and talking to her boss. Nick has already scheduled to take his birthday off from work. Nick talks about the new episode of Continues a little bit.
Moving along with Unofficial Productions. They briefly discuss the Star Trek Super-cut a fan had created for Star Trek’s 50th Anniversary. Terry had not seen it. Mike has but he’s still dealing with the technical issues going on with the stream. But he mentioned that it was very touching and brought a tear to his eye.
Product News is next. All of the new products will be revealed in the monthly blog. But, they do touch on a few of the highlights added this week including the 50th Anniversary art prints from Bye Bye Robot, new Uniform T-Shirts, and the floating pen sets that got Mike all excited. The pen sets took Mike back to when he was 10 years old when he was digging through his grandmother’s purse looking for a pen and finding a souvenir pen from Monterey with boats that moved back and forth depending on the pen’s position. They come in a fencing Sulu, Gorn descending upon Kirk, the Kuna kali fee, and tribbles dropping on Kirk’s head. Mike is so excited he couldn’t contain it.
They move onto Book News. Sandra Piller reveals her late husband’s book on Insurrection. Mike points out that it appears to have been reworked into a text book on screenwriting. It is available now for pre-orders on MichaelPiller.net. Most of the hosts really enjoyed Insurrection because it feels like an expanded episode of the show. They don’t understand why people tend to rank the film so low.
Next, they discuss Gaming News. Kate Bankson has a new piece of fiction at Star Trek Online called Of Hawks and Doves. The writers at STO are great. These stories add to the game experience and can sometimes provide hints at what is coming to the game next. This weekend is the Junior Officer Weekend. Players can get a unique purple quality duty officer as well as scan particles to earn additional high quality boffs. There’s also a commendation weekend going on as well. And STO posted a Temporal Summary Infographic displaying the game’s complete Star Trek timeline. Furthermore, this timeline infographic outlines some of what the game references in its own missions.
Games and Canon
Nick asks about Star Trek Online’s place in canon. STO is similar to the books in terms of canon. However, there are some key things that transcend it and allow it to be considered as part of the official canon. The Enterprise F is one of those. For Mike, STO is part of his own canon. He thinks that some major events will be acknowledged if they ever create a series going forward from here.
Star Trek Timelines
Star Trek Timelines has a new Easter egg. The TNG episode The Game is an Easter egg in the game. Only one person in the game has currently unlocked the item. Mike believes he may have unlocked it as well. However, because he used the item immediately upon crafting it, he didn’t get a chance to play it. He believes that the game headpiece is part of Ensign Crusher’s leveling path. If its not equipped on him, this will allow players to enter the game. Mike hopes to grab another Ensign Crusher and level him up to find out for sure. If a listener has an Ensign Crusher, he hopes they will not equip the game once they craft it and contact us to tell us about it.
Steve says that the game only works on iOS. Mike disagrees. The part of the game that will not work with Android is the Hybrid Reality feature. It enables the camera during game play. People on Android will still be able to play the game but not the hybrid reality version. They greet Steve before continuing with Gaming News.
Star Trek: Ascendancy
The next item, Mike wasn’t sure if it should have been place in gaming news or in product news. Star Trek: Ascendency is getting ready to release their next expansion for the Cardassian Union. The game comes with Federation and Klingon game play. Furthermore, the Romulan expansion is currently available. Jen looked for it at Star Trek Chicago. She would have bought it if it was there. Terry is looking forward to getting it soon. Terry mentions Modiphius’ upcoming Star Trek RPG game Star Trek: Adventures. Scott Pearson is editing and contributing to the game. Scott is a friend of the show. He’s a great editor, a Star Trek writer, and fellow podcaster with his daughter for Generations Geek. Look for the new Star Trek: Adventures RPG game soon.
They return to Convention News really quick to mention that Alice Krige and Connor Trineer among others have been added to the guest list for Star Trek: Destination Europe.
Fifty for Fifty
Terry confirms with Allen that 50 for 50 is complete. They will be posting the full spreadsheet will all of the Star Trek episodes. Allen goes on to mention a new survey he is developing for 24 Hours of G & T. They will be playing a game with another podcast group during the fundraising event. All of our listeners can help by answering the survey questions. Hence this will allow us to play Podcasters’ Family Feud. Nick wants to kick the asses of those TrekGeeks guys, but Mike is thinking that it should be a podcast with an equal number of hosts. To that end, he is leaning more towards Priority One Podcast.
24 Hours of G & T
Nick suggested another game for 24 Hours of G & T. G & T Show Match Game. Trek Geeks could appear on the panel for that game as long as Dan appears as Guy Fieri. Mike plays their 24 Hours of G & T advertisement that Terry loves so much with music provided by Five Year Mission.
Then they move into this week’s announcements. Terry’s interview from Mission New York with Star Trek: Timelines is out. Live Love Play has a new entry in their For the Love Of Interview Series with author EA Channon. The O Sports Show is back after a short hiatus with episode 19. Starfinder has a short story called Meaure of the Stars.
Semantic Shenanigans is starting to come together and is looking forward to recording their first episode on October 17th. Like their Facebook page and look for their website soon. The Gettysburg’s Address recently released their third episode with Dayton Ward discussing Movies that you may not have seen but really should with this week’s installment focused on Midnight Run. And finally, our very own Janet wrote an article for Fandom.wikia about her Star Trek Mission New York experiences. Check out all of these links and more below.
Be sure to join us next week for an all new episode of the G & T Show. Mike hopes to have all of the technical issues with the streaming page and chatroom worked out by then.
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- First of all, 24 Hours of G & T – Game Survey for Podcaster’s Family Feud – https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Podcasters-Feud
- G & T Show – Mission New York – Star Trek Timelines Interview – http://www.gandtshow.com/mission-new-york-star-trek-timelines/
- Live Love Play – For The Love Of: EA Channon Interview – http://www.iliveloveplay.com/ea-channon-interview-flesh-of-the-blood/
- The O Sports Show is back after a short hiatus with episode 19 – http://www.iliveloveplay.com/ea-channon-interview-flesh-of-the-blood/
- Starfinder – Short Story – Measure Of the Stars – http://www.iliveloveplay.com/ea-channon-interview-flesh-of-the-blood/
- Semantic Shenanigans is starting to come together starting with their Facebook page and website – https://www.facebook.com/semanticshenanigans/?fref=ts
- The Gettysburg’s Address – Episode 3 with Dayton Ward talk about Movies that you may not have seen but should – http://www.gbaddress.com/2016/09/gettysburgs-address-3-dayton-ward/
- On the Ground at Star Trek: Mission New York Convention by Janet – http://fandom.wikia.com/articles/star-trek-mission-new-york-convention
- Tom Hanks Talks about sneaking onto the set of Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan – http://geektyrant.com/news/watch-tom-hanks-talks-about-sneaking-onto-the-set-of-star-trek-ii-the-wrath-of-khan
- Familiar Trek Faces Flock to Stewart’s Blunt Talk – http://www.startrek.com/article/familiar-trek-faces-flock-to-stewarts-blunt-talk
- This Star Trek 50th Anniversary Supercut Will Give you Goosebumps – https://www.wheretowatch.com/2016/09/star-trek-50th-anniversary-supercut-will-give-you-goosebumps?pk_campaign=Facebook&pk_kwd=Star+Trek
- Star Trek Continues E07 Embracing the Winds – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMasSzFXaKQ
- The Galaxy’s Most Addictive Game Is Hidden In Star Trek Timelines – http://kotaku.com/the-galaxys-most-addictive-game-is-hidden-in-star-trek-1786571450
- Star Trek Online: Temporal Summary Infographic – http://www.arcgames.com/en/games/star-trek-online/news/detail/10159922
- STO: Junior officer Weekend – http://www.arcgames.com/en/games/star-trek-online/news/detail/10158882-junior-officer-weekend
- Star Trek Online: Ficition: Of Hawks and Doves by Kate Bankson – http://www.arcgames.com/en/games/star-trek-online/news/detail/10154352-of-hawks-and-doves
- Then Star Trek Ascendancy – Cardassian Union Player Expansion Out Soon – http://www.startrek.com/article/cardassian-union-player-expansion-for-ascendancy-out-soon
- Scott Pearson link about his work on the d20 dice game –
- Star Trek: Discovery Premiere pushed, The Good Wife Spinoff to debut moved up on CBS All Access – http://deadline.com/2016/09/star-trek-discovery-premiere-date-pushed-the-good-wife-spinoff-cbs-all-access-1201819639/
- The NetFlix Backlash – Why Hollywood Fears a Content Monopoly – http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/features/netflix-backlash-why-hollywood-fears-928428
- New TOS 50th Anniversary Art Prints Available Now – http://www.startrek.com/article/new-tos-50th-anniversary-art-prints-available-now
- Uniform T-Shirts Ready for Action – http://www.startrek.com/article/uniform-t-shirts-ready-for-action
- Floating Pen Sets Ready to Beam up – http://www.startrek.com/article/floating-pen-sets-ready-to-beam-up
- Sandra Piller Reveals Her Late Husband’s Insurrection Book – http://www.startrek.com/article/sandra-piller-reveals-her-late-husbands-insurrection-book
- Krige, Trineer, & More Join Destination Star Trek Europe – http://www.startrek.com/article/krige-trinneer-more-join-destination-star-trek-europe
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