G & T Show 253 – Three Quarters of A Show
G & T Show 253 – Three Quarters Of A Show is now available to download. Check it out here. Nick, Terry, Mike, Janet, and Allen have returned to discuss all of the latest news in and around the Star Trek multi-verse. This week they discuss Book, Product, Gaming, and Convention News. They also talk about the new television season, and shed some light on the guest list for their upcoming 24 Hours of G & T fundraiser. Don’t miss out on this week’s episode of the G & T Show.
After this week’s introductions, they get right into Coffee Klatch. Terry worked and was traumatized by a D & D game. She talks about Critical Role’s latest episode where a character died due to a bad roll. Their cleric, Ashley Johnson, was working on Blindspot and wasn’t available for this episode. Terry doesn’t know what will happen now. It’s not easy to resurrect someone in D & D assuming Ashley will be able to join them next week. This character could truly be dead. The technical issues that plagued them before the show started reared its ugly head once again as Terry began echoing. They take a few minutes to try to figure out what is going on. Eventually, they get back to the show.
Nick also worked. He took Friday off to take care of some legal issues. Then, he went down to the Frederick fair. The next day, he and his wife went to the National Museum of Civil War Medicine and did the Carroll Creek Walk. Then they had a dinner at a German restaurant that took them back to when they had first met. After the show today, they are going to see the Magnificent Seven. It was filmed in New Mexico. Allen can neither confirm or deny that the filmmakers stayed at his hotel. They don’t know why they chose to remake the film.
Nick asks everyone if they were aware that there’s a new show called the Exorcist. Mike mentions Lethal Weapon. MacGuyver is back. They discuss some of their first impressions on the new MacGuyver. It’s missing some of the charm of the original. Furthermore, it comes across as unrealistic and the actor’s portray makes him seem arrogant. Nick is pleased that the actress from Orphan Black has finally won an Emmy for her work on that show. Nick also talks about Trisha Helfer on Lucifer. Terry and Allen watched Designated Survivor. Keifer Sutherland is not Jack Bauer and plays the role of a reluctant hero. Terry and Allen share some of their thoughts on the show with Allen providing a synopsis.
Janet was supposed to go to Cape Cod, but her husband got sick and they cancelled their trip. They had a stay-cation instead. Next week, she’s going through medical hell. The dentist will be rearranging the furniture in her mouth. She’s got jello and good drugs to look forward to. Mike played a few games, but not as much as last week. He made a new additions to the website. There is now a count down clock for 24 hours of G & T along with the their tentative guest list.
The Longest Night Watch Anthology
The Longest Night Watch, Volume 2, the charity anthology for Alzheimer’s that Mike and Janet contributed a story too is now available for pre-order on Amazon. A press release for the anthology has also been issued, so they have been helping to spread the word. Janet shares some of background on the anthology. Mike wanted to challenge himself and wrote a non-sci-fi story that also happens to be bilingual. It’s Mike’s first time in print. Also, Terry and Mike had an interview with John Jackson Miller about his upcoming Prey series.
Nick points out that we also suffered a personal loss with the loss of Eric Cone to depression. Terry talks about Eric. He was a good friend but they had never met him person. They will miss him. We all send our love and deepest condolences to his friends and family. If you know anyone suffering from depression, reach out to them. If you suffer from depression, reach out to someone. Let’s not want to suffer any more losses to the community. Janet asks you to be kind to people as you might be the only kindness they see that day.
John Jackson Miller
Terry starts off by talking about the John Jackson Miller interview. Nick wasn’t present since he didn’t get the reminder. He thinks it had something to do with his new phone. Terry didn’t know what Prey was about, but remembers seeing the covers. The series has to do with Star Trek III, VI, and the modern TNG novel story line. It deals with the heir to Kruge enacting his revenge against the Federation 100 years after Kruge’s death. The crews involved in the story include: The Enterprise, The Aventine, and the Titan. Nick mentions that Dave Mack is working on a new Titan novel, which has all of them very excited. The first book in the Prey series comes out on October 27th with the rest of the series following in November and December respectively.
Ross with Live Love Play had an opportunity to interview their friend Marc Cushman about his new book on Lost In Space for Busy Little Beaver Productions. Nick has been reading the book and has been enjoying it. Mike mentions that a little birdie has told him that a Lost In Space rewatch and collaboration project may be in the works. Nick says he does not want to hear or receive messages from people talking trash about Marc Cushman. Marc does a lot of research and has access the actual documents that he uses in his books.
Longest Night Watch (additional information)
Mike shared a post over on his blog discussing the inspiration and some of the behind the scenes stuff that went into the story he submitted to The Longest Night Watch anthology. He places blame where it deserves with Janet and Lacey, the project’s editor. The book is currently available for pre-order on Amazon.
Star Trek Book News
They move onto Star Trek Book News next. The new Star Trek Encyclopedia will be out on October 18th. It’s a two volume, hardcover set. This is the penultimate and final all inclusive set. Mike explains that they will be adding to this set in the future and will not be rebooting it ever again. Terry talks about the winner to the Strange New Worlds Contest. She got to meet him at Mission New York. Strange New Worlds has launched a new contest letting people choose which book cover they want to see the anthology to have. Terry, Janet, and Mike voted for the cover with the Shuttlecraft on it.
Mike discusses Waypoint next. It’s a comic book series created to celebrate Star Trek’s 50th Anniversary. For it, they team up a pair of writers and artists for each issue. Furthermore, Mike thinks this is the same series Dayton and Kevin wrote a story for. The first installment features a story with Captain Geordi LaForge and his crew of Datas. They discuss the possibilities and the ramifications of having a crew full of Datas. In the story, the ship meets up a ship from Starfleet’s distant future. The ship is a smooth cube. Mike is intrigued. Nick mentions another new comic coming out soon that features the Borg in the Kelvin Universe. Terry is skeptical.
Terry talks about how when they created the Kelvin Universe, they wanted to tell new stories without the weight of canon dragging it down. Yet, with the exception of the new film, they have yet to tell any new stories. They just keep rehashing old stories in different ways. Mike thinks they are picking through canon and choosing what they want to tell a story about in a different way. If they truly wanted to tell new stories, they didn’t need to create a new universe for that.
Nick mentions that Ghost Rider is going to be on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. There will also be a Justice League Dark animated film coming out soon. They take a few minutes to squirrel about television and chocolate.
They move onto Product News. The Animated Series will be coming out on Blu-Ray, in November. Next, they discuss Simplicity’s costume patterns. They share the pattern for the Skant.
Terry asks Nick if he has seen the new Diamond Select Bird of Prey. It features light up windows. It’s one of the prettiest models Terry has seen in a long time. Terry says that it’s going on Amazon for around $60. It’s your last chance to pick up products from Star Trek Mission New York.
Hallmark’s Star Trek 50th Anniversary was discussed next. Terry shares a story of getting this year’s ornaments in July. She talks about the gold-plated Enterprise. Mike points out that the article refers to the table top ornament with Kirk, Spock, and McCoy on the bridge. It debuts in October. Mike geeks out over the Kirk and Spock Bluetooth speakers. You only get one, but they are cute caricatures of Kirk and Spock. Everyone in the immediate area can listen to the show while you’re out and about with these Bluetooth speakers. Mike wants all of them. They ship on November 22nd. The TNG Bluetooth Communicator Badge is now available. Last time we talked about them, they were only available for pre-order.
Convention News is next on the agenda. Star Trek Destination Europe has announced some new guests. And they will have a Crusher reunion with Gates McFadden and Wil Wheaton making appearances. The convention will be held on October 7th – 9th in Birmingham, England. Nick doesn’t have any conventions going on until February. Mike points out that Janice is representing the G & T Show at Hartford ComiCon. She’ll be providing a report and photos of her adventures next week. Terry sends Jen Usellis a big thank you for joining them last week to talk about Creation’s Star Trek Chicago convention.
For Movie News, the Star Trek Beyond Blu-Ray gets released on November 1st. Terry pre-ordered it the moment after watching the film in the theater. Each retailer will have an exclusive version. And each version comes with a unique model. Amazon will have the Enterprise model. There also is a Franklin and drone ship model as well. However, these will be made available through other retailers. PFDennis in the chatroom mentioned the iTunes version will be released in October, a full month early.
Nick has a conversation with Janice in the chatroom about Hartford Comicon.
They discuss Gaming News next. There wasn’t a lot of news coming out of Star Trek Timelines this week, considering everything they have done over the past couple of weeks. Terry has too many chronitons in the game, but she has to level her characters up. They need the equipment and the numbers to succeed at the elite level. She has to actually play the game. Mike is doing well on the current event. It’s a super grind. Your characters have to complete a set of five missions without recharging or healing between rounds or missions. It’s a tough one, especially at the epic levels. Mike’s biggest complaint is how they handle critical successes, which are required to pass certain nodes. Nick still doesn’t understand how a 98% chance of succeeds leads to failure. As of this morning, Mike was ranked 400 over all in the event.
Star Trek Online
Star Trek Online just announced a new fleet holding for all factions. In the Agents of Yesterday expansion, a mission revealed that K-13 was lost in time. So we’re going to find and refurbish it as part of the fleet holding system. Mike mentions the short story included with the announcement. In another blog, they discuss some of the rewards. Terry talks about the fleet system and the fleet holdings. It’s been a long time since a new holding came out, so she thinks people will have a lot of resources to dump into it. TOS engineering coveralls will be one of the costume unlocks with it. There will also be TOS-era equipment as well as alien artifacts that the station’s former crew were studying before getting lost. And you’ll be able to get TOS-era crew from the new starbase system.
Key Ring Bundle
Finally, they discuss the Key Ring Bundle which features 20 Master Keys. The bundle also includes an Ultimate Tech upgrade with will upgrade one piece of equipment to its maximum. It’s a good value. Mike thinks this will be a big time seller. They are only available for a limited amount of time.
Poll for 24 Hours of G & T
They finish up this week’s Star Trek News. Allen talks about the new poll they have put up for 24 Hours of G & T. The answers will be used in a game of Podcaster’s Feud during the fundraiser. He’s collating the data. We are looking for more participants to provide the best sample for the game. Nick is working on questions for the Match Game. They post the survey link and Nick decides to fill it out live on the air.
Nick mentions that his cat is sick. It has a parasitic infection.
For Semantic Shenanigans, nothing really new has been going on this week in the Axanar case. However, they are moving closer towards the debut of the new show. Mike has been working on a few bumpers for the show featuring Katie. Janet and Shanna will be the show’s hosts. It is where law, society, scholarship, and fandom collide. Janet describes some of the topics they will be covering. People have been sending links to them asking that they look at it and discuss it on the show. They have a lot of content waiting to produce. Janet thinks this is a niche that isn’t being explored well. It will debut after October 17th.
Then they start reaching for something to talk about. They haven’t had a show in a while where this happened. Nick fills out his survey. Janice in the chat room asks if G & T will be doing something in honor of TNG’s 30th Anniversary. They may. Nick has questions about the survey and they end up helping him with it. Terry asks listeners to send them your ideas for what they should do to honor TNG’s 30th Anniversary. Nick suggests using the survey. Allen will look into it.
Casey Biggs has a new Paso Robles Wine advertisement.
Related News and Ideas
The topics move fast and furiously. They mention Jeffrey Combs as Edgar Allen Poe; resurrecting the Book Club and try to figure out where they should begin if they do start it back up. It seems the newer books would be better than some of the older ones. Then they debate whether to begin with Legacies or Prey. Nick talks about Legacies and especially some of the third book which was written by Dayton and Kevin. He then uses it as a reason to mention his recent Gettysburg’s Address episode with Dayton Ward. Nick finishes his survey on the air. As a result, Legacies will be used for the first Book Club. They also request Ask Dayton questions.
They wind up the show with the advertisement for 24 Hours of G & T. Mike goes over their tentative guest list for the 24 Hours of G & T. They discuss some of their guests. With no other announcements, they conclude this week’s show. Join them next week for an all new episode of G & T Show.
G & T Show & BLB Productions Links
- G & T Show SL – John Jackson Miller’s Prey – http://www.gandtshow.com/g-t-show-sl-john-jackson-millers-prey/
- Live Love Play’s For the Love Of: Marc Cushman Interview – http://www.iliveloveplay.com/marc-cushman-lost-in-space/
- Mike’s Blog about his story Treasured Memories in The Longest Night Watch, Volume 2 Anthology – http://www.certifiedpcdoctor.com/treasured-memories-the-longest-night-watch/
- Pre-order The Longest Night Watch, Volume 2 on Amazon – http://amzn.to/2cVl1MT
- 24 hours of G & T Survey – https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Podcasters-Feud
- The Gettysburg’s Address E03 Dayton Ward – http://www.gbaddress.com/2016/09/gettysburgs-address-3-dayton-ward/
- Straight Outta Gallifrey Ep 11 – Funny Little Human Brains – http://straightouttagallifrey.com/2016/09/23/ep-11-funny-little-human-brains/
- Revised Expanded Star Trek Encyclopedia Out on October 18 – http://www.startrek.com/article/revised-expanded-trek-encyclopedia-out-oct-18
- Cast Your Vote for Star Trek Strange New Worlds Book Cover – http://www.startrekbooks.com/blog/strangenewworldscoverpoll
- Geordi La Forge has a Ship Full of Datas in This first look at Star Trek: Waypoint – http://io9.gizmodo.com/geordi-la-forge-has-a-ship-full-of-datas-in-a-first-loo-1786994832
- New Star Trek Comic Will Have Borg Invade the Kelvin Universe – http://io9.gizmodo.com/the-new-star-trek-comic-will-have-borg-invade-the-kelvi-1786891491
- Animated Series Blu-Ray Set Coming This November – http://trekcore.com/blog/2016/09/star-trek-animated-series-release-coming-november-15/
- Simplicity Pattern 100001 Unisex Star Trek Skant Costume – http://www.simplicity.com/simplicity-pattern-100001-unisex-star-trek-skant-costume/100001.html
- DST’s Romulan Bird of Prey, Khan Select Figure, and more – http://www.thetrekcollective.com/2016/09/dsts-romulan-bird-of-prey-khan-select.html?
- Last Call: Mission New York Merchandise – http://www.startrek.com/article/mission-ny-merch-still-available
- Hallmark’s Trek 50th Ornament ready to beam up – http://www.startrek.com/article/hallmarks-trek-50th-ornament-ready-to-beam-up
- Star Trek Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock Figural Bluetooth Speakers – http://shop.startrek.com/?v=bluetooth-speakers&icid=hp-slider_bluetooth-speakers_09222016
- Star Trek TNG Bluetooth Communications Badge – http://shop.startrek.com/star-trek-the-next-generation-bluetooth-communications-badge/detail.php?p=1043213
- Crusher Reunion set for Destination Star Trek Europe – http://www.startrek.com/article/crusher-reunion-set-for-dste
- Star Trek Beyond Blu-Ray Release set for November 1st – http://trekcore.com/blog/2016/09/star-trek-beyond-blu-ray-release-set-for-november-1/
- Star Trek Online: Fleet Station K-13 Returns! – http://www.arcgames.com/en/games/star-trek-online/news/detail/10168313
- and Star Trek Online: Fleet Station K-13 Holding – http://www.arcgames.com/en/games/star-trek-online/news/detail/10168323
- Star Trek Online: Key Ring Bundle – http://www.arcgames.com/en/games/star-trek-online/news/detail/10170363-key-ring-bundle%21
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