G & T Show 254 – Happy Bits
G & T Show 254 – Happy Bits is now available to download. Check it out here. Nick, Terry, Mike, Janet, and Allen return for an all new episode of the G & T Show to discuss the latest news emerging from the Star Trek multi-verse. This week, they mention Product News and discuss Gaming and General News. They also quickly go through some of the Unofficial Productions and what they have been up to lately. Finally, Janet gives us the lowdown on the latest 60-page motion filed this week in the Axanar infringement case for Semantic Shenanigans. You don’t want to miss out on fun and information contained within this episode of the G & T Show.
After introductions, they jump into Coffee Klatch. They are exhausted this morning. The chatroom mentions that they are getting some echo. Mike ran tests this week and they didn’t notice the echoing issues. Robert Reyes pre-recorded a little something for 24 Hours of G & T. According to the note he added for Nick, he wasn’t wearing his read sweater – it was blue. Mike mentions that there may be some retakes required but Steve will have that information.
Nick had a lot of work this week. They had a film crew in the office to create an army sexual harassment video. It is neither a how-to nor a musical. He also went to an old fashion butcher shop and got some great cuts of meat. Janet has been analyzing the latest motion from Axanar trial. Tonight she will be celebrating Jewish New Year. They talk about Chinese food and even share a story about having lunch during Mission New York and the Long Island accents they had heard.
Scheduling for the 24 Hours of G & T
Mike started working on the schedule for 24 Hours of G & T. He’s also worked on some questions for the games they will be playing with their guests. Mike also played Timelines, Transformers, and a little bit of STO. LEGO Dimensions released Wave 6 this week and half of it doesn’t work. The Jake the Dog toy tag doesn’t even work. And the Mission Impossible Level Pack won’t download. He contacted their support and received some instructions that required him to delete all content downloads and instead of fixing the issue, it has made it worse. He also added a new fundraising goal widget to the site after figuring out their fundraising goal for the year.
Nick and Mike have started watching Luke Cage, but Mike has been dealing with so much, he hasn’t been paying that much attention. Nick is still waiting for Marvel to screw up. The show is really good with some good surprises in the first few episode. It’s not as dark as Jessica Jones. Allen’s week went a bit differently. He was unhappy with his Hawks’ performance last week. He hopes they do better this week. Allen has also started losing weight. He’s lost ten pounds over the last five weeks. He’s joined a support group on Facebook: Body By Starfleet. Nick points out that Fitbits are hackable and people should be aware of it. Terry shares how her company provided their fitbits, their requirements, and the interoffice competition.
Nick and Terry mention the recent political movement. Nick doesn’t want to see it because that’s not what Trek is about for him. He would rather see Trekkies for Nam Bacco. They provide some better alternatives such Trekkies against talking in theaters and a few others. Terry spends a few minutes talking about the latest happenings in Critical Role. Last week, one of the characters were killed. This week, with one good roll, they were resurrected. The show is not scripted. Patrick Rothfuss is a fantasy author who joins the cast from time to time. He provided voice over in the latest episode. Nick recommends a podcast called Undisclosed which spun off around Serial.
G & T Show and BLB Productions News
Terry starts them off with G & T Show and BLB Productions News.
Product News, and Birthdays
First of all, the monthly Star Trek Product blog was released. From there, they quickly summarize some of the new products to be featured in next month’s Star Trek Product blog. ThinkGeek’s newest creations include necklaces, rings, scarves, slippers, and more. They squirrel for a moment to talk about the strange dreams they had last night. In addition, everyone sends some birthday shout outs to some of the many people they know with October birthdays. They apologize to their friends if they forgot to mention them. Returning to Product News, Mike mentions that he kinda likes Roddenberry’s Klingon Chain of Office, but it’s over $2000. Nick is pleased that Simplicity has a good Skant pattern. They talk about Simplicity briefly, mentioning that in addition to the Skant they have TNG, TOS, Kelvin, and Wrath of Khan uniforms available.
Semantic Shenanigans is up next. A big 60-page document was filed in the Axanar vs. CBS/Paramount lawsuit. It has appeared in numerous news sources, since it confirms the lawsuit isn’t going away. The document was contributed to by both sides. Janet says the attorneys snipe at each other in the document as they try to get the court to compel discovery on the plaintiffs (CBS/Paramount). As a result, Janet will be blogging about the document, but highlights some of its most notable aspects.
Salaries, Pie, and Grace Lee Whitney
For example, the defendant asked for the financial records including salaries paid to the actors, directors, and everyone ever involved in Star Trek. Janet will personally buy a person a pie of their choosing if they can satisfactorily explain to her why Grace Lee Whitney’s salary for appearing in TOS is applicable to this case. Terry thinks they are trying to make it too expensive for CBS / Paramount to continue with the case. The oral arguments on this motion are scheduled to occur on October 21st. If the motion is granted, it may affect some of the other dates on the case. Most of the requests are overly burdensome and irrelevant.
This motion is designed to protect the record because there’s an assumption that this case will go on to appeal. Nick asks if the defense can get in trouble for arguing about stuff that the judge has already ruled on. Janet believes that they are doing this on purpose for the appeal, in order to build a more thorough record. However, they could also be hoping to get the judge upset so that he rules inappropriately which would only help their case for appeal; this is unlikely as Klausner is not new to such shenanigans.
Chain of Title
The second seemingly ridiculous item from the document is in regards to the copyright. Defense wanted the chain of title, beginning with Gene Roddenberry and going forward to its current holders: CBS/Paramount. However, Gene Roddenberry never owned Star Trek, since it was created as a work for hire. The first owners of Star Trek were Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. Nick provides an example supporting work for hire as they occur in comics. Janet talks about her father and his patents. Mike provides a perspective from the Silicon Valley.
Axanar is a Commercial Enterprise
Janet also discusses a portion describing that the case is about a commercial enterprise designed to take money from Star Trek fans in order to pay themselves and their friends to create an Independent Star Trek film. The amount raised has been revised upwards to $1.5 million, since there apparently has been an accounting. The additional money was probably raised through the website and at convention appearances.
Also, the document states that Axanar used the money raised from Star Trek fans to build out a “studio”. In exchange for their donations, Axanar provided perks in the form of infringing Star Trek-branded merchandise. Peters paid himself and his girlfriend tens of thousands of dollars and used the donations on travel expenses, tires, car insurance, and gas rather than on the creation of a Star Trek film. Janet gets upset over it and swears a lot.
Meet and Confer
Janet explains what makes this motion expensive and unnecessary. Defendants should have just called to ask for the documents. If the request didn’t work, then a subpoena is issued. The motion is a supposed to be a last ditch effort to get the documents required. However, it seems the first two stages were skipped. The judge isn’t going to like this. It’s a waste of taxpayer money. It also shows that the lawyers aren’t getting along very well.
Another strange document request in the motion to compel had to do with the request seeking documents or the lack of them that demonstrates how Axanar’s actions have impacted the franchise’s financials negatively, beginning with 2009 onward. Janet gives the defense some credit for this. However, this is not where it should be requested. Terry thinks the defense is attempting to save some money on fees and hiring experts. Those expenses come out of Peters’s or the more specifically donors’ pockets.
Janet goes on to talk about privacy. Alec has a reputation for leaking information. Plaintiffs are wary of releasing some of this information, specifically the salary and financial documentation to avoid having it leaked onto the internet. Because this case has been heavily scrutinized online and on social media and the plaintiffs don’t want confidential information getting out there, especially if it could open themselves up to further litigation.
Fan Film or Independent Production?
The document goes on to request documents regarding other fan films in an attempt to ask why none of the others were being sued. However, by their own admission, Axanar is not a fan film.
Nick talks about Star Trek: Reunion, which was included in the list of fan films. Terry and Mike were involved with Reunion. She wonders if their views towards Axanar contributed to the production making the list, since some fan films that support Axanar did not make the list. Star Trek: Reunion was a machinima project. Mike wrote and created the assets for two episodes that were never produced. The project died after the first episode because the filming tool stopped working after the developer maintaining it passed away from cancer. They talk about some of the highlights and low-lights of Star Trek: Reunion. Terry praises Oliver, the creator of Reunion. They share some of their favorite memories of producing Reunion and it’s premiere.
Opinion and Happy Bits
Returning to the Motion to Compel, Janet is still working on the blog post and will make it available soon. Janet offers an opinion as to how she thinks Judge Klausner will rule on the motion. She finishes up by mentioning that Semantic Shenanigans, the spin off show, will be recording on October 17th with the episode getting released shortly thereafter. They are looking forward to the show.
24 Hours of G & T News
Terry pulls Allen in to mention the new survey he’s put together. This will be used for the 24 hours of G & T event. They are doing Podcaster’s Feud, their version of the Family Feud game. The survey will allow them to play the game. They’ve gotten 80 responses, but need more. There are sixteen questions, each requiring three answers. Allen has kicked out surveys that appear fraudulent, where they originate from the same IP address and are posted within a few seconds of each other.
They move onto General News. First of all, there are the rumors that CBS and Viacom may be getting closer to merging. CBS may be purchasing Viacom. Because the latter is hurting financially. In addition, Paramount and other Viacom holdings are suffering. Terry offers some background on the split and discusses what it could mean if they do merge, especially for Star Trek. Janet thinks something has to happen soon, since Mr. Redstone is getting older and may not have much time left. If he passes before this goes through, it could cause issues within probate court. Furthermore, the boards for both companies have to agree. They suspect the company would be organized as originally but with new management. Finally, from what they understand, Les Moonves of CBS would be in charge of the new company.
First of all, Mike starts with LootCritter’s post about the first look at the upcoming Fleet Holding on Tribble. In addition, the article includes some great photos of the space around the space station. And this includes several Easter eggs. He shares the map and interiors. And the rewards include new traits, modules, and more. Mike mentions the Kligat, Nomad, Staff of Landru, and other items available through the new system.
Mike mentioned a rumor that they will also be getting the ability to upgrade kits when the new patch comes out on October 25. Some kits pieces will not be upgradable but will change to gold quality at launch. Also the new graphic pass will be going live with the upcoming Artifacts update. It’s the same graphic pass the consoles have. Nick didn’t see what the lighting changes look like so they exchange some before and after posts with him.
Mike also complaints about recent website upgrades to Star Trek Online’s site. Most importantly, the Share buttons were removed. Rather than allowing visitors to share posts, the social media buttons all take visitors to their social media pages. So he would like the share option returned.
First of all, Star Trek Renegades’ episode one soundtrack is being made available as a free download from the composer’s website. This is the soundtrack from when they were still a Star Trek fan film (pre-guidelines). They have since gone independent and removed the Star Trek elements from their production. Who can argue with a free soundtrack? Farragut released the first episode of their Trek Isolation spin off series. Mike talks about the story and how the episode fits within the time constraints set forth in the guidelines.
Finally, they start winding down this week’s show. However, Mike interrupts to jump into Announcements and mentioned a BLB Production link he had missed from the beginning of the show.
Furthermore, Live Love Play recently interviewed the Hollywood Sci-Fi Museum for their For The Love Of ... series. So be sure to check it out. Ross with Live Love Play is attending Twitch Con. He’s been posting photos and other interesting stuff from the convention.
Nick asks if there’s any news from Tales From Ten Forward. While Mike hasn’t heard anything, they will be part of Nick’s Match game for 24 Hours of G & T. They talk about 24 Hours of G & T and some of the things planned. Mike plays their announcement. Sunseahl reminds Mike about Straight Outta Gallifrey. They recorded a new episode last week. Terry reminds everyone to check out the O Sports Show. Finally, with no other announcements, they invite everyone to join them next week for an all new episode of the G & T Show.
G & T Show & BLB Productions Links
- G & T Show: Star Trek Product News – September 2016 – http://www.gandtshow.com/star-trek-product-news-september-2016/
- Live Love Play – For the Love Of … Interview with Hollywood Sci-fi Museum – http://www.iliveloveplay.com/hollywood-sci-fi-museum/
- Straight Outta Gallifrey E11 – Funny Little Human Brains – http://straightouttagallifrey.com/2016/09/23/ep-11-funny-little-human-brains/
- G & T Show’s 24 Hours of G & T Podcaster’s Feud Survey – https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Podcasters-Feud
- Trek Comics Review: New Visions #12 – http://trekcore.com/blog/2016/09/trek-comics-review-new-visions-12/
- Hell’s Heart Novel Out Now – http://www.startrek.com/article/hells-heart-novel-out-now
- ThinkGeek – Star Trek Trillion Necklaces (Division Colors) – http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/jhol/
- ThinkGeek – Star Trek Trillion Rings (Division Colors) – http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/jhot/
- Roddenberry.com’s Vulcan IDIC Prop Replica – https://shop.roddenberry.com/products/vulcan-idic-prop-replica?variant=28699759046
- ThinkGeek – Star Trek TNG Uniform Boot Slippers – http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/immo/
- ThinkGeek – Picard’s Painting Maxi Dress – http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/irpr/
- Roddenberry.com’s Klingon Chain of Office – https://shop.roddenberry.com/collections/prop-replicas/products/klingon-chain-of-office?variant=12700519366
- ThinkGeek – Star Trek Captain Kirk Bookend – http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/isho/
- and ThinkGeek – Star Trek: TNG Scarf – http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/htnv/
- ThinkGeek – Exclusive One: 12 Mirror Mirror Spock debuted at SDCC booth – http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/iukr/
- Explore the Smithsonian in Klingon – http://www.startrek.com/article/explore-the-smithsonian-in-klingon
- CBS-Viacom merger may be closer to reality, thanks to Redstones and National Amusements – http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-viacom-cbs-merger-20160928-snap-story.html
- Star Trek cast and crew say no to Donald Trump – Never has there been a presidential candidate who stands in complete opposition to the ideals of the Trek Universe – http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/star-trek-cast-crew-no-donald-trump-article-1.2812310
- Stewart Back On Stage, Screen, and TV – http://www.startrek.com/article/stewart-back-on-stage-screen-tv
- Latest Projects for Shatner, McNeill, Woodward, and Meaney – http://www.startrek.com/article/latest-projects-for-shatner-mcneill-woodard-and-meaney
- Vol 2 of Enterprise Music out Today – http://www.startrek.com/article/vol-2-of-enterprise-music-out-today
- Takei’s Allegiance Playing Movie theaters in December – http://www.startrek.com/article/takeis-allegiance-playing-movie-theaters-in-december
- Star Trek Renegades Episode One’s Soundtrack is now a free download from Composer’s website – http://www.justindurban.com/projects/star-trek-renegades-2015/
- Starship Farragut – Trek Isolation: Out of the Fire – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-H-M1mmhyIQ&feature=youtu.be
- Star Trek: Discovery News: Why Wrath of Khan Director Nicholas Meyer Will Bring A Much Needed Skepticism to the Franchise – http://www.idigitaltimes.com/star-trek-discovery-news-why-wrath-khan-director-nicholas-meyer-will-bring-much-557811#.V-s5eNKbyO8.twitter
- Star Trek: Discovery Could Create A Third Trek Timeline – https://www.inverse.com/article/21550-star-trek-discovery-timeline-issues?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=on_site&utm_campaign=mobile
- Fleet Holding First Look: K-13 Consoles, Kit Modules, Traits, Androids, and TOS-Themed Weapons – https://lootcritter.com/2016/09/28/fleet-holding-first-look-k-13-consoles-kit-modules-traits-and-tos-themed-weapons/
- Star Trek Online: Agents of Yesterday: Artifacts Coming October 25th – https://www.arcgames.com/en/games/star-trek-online/news/detail/10178963
- Trek Apps at your fingertips – http://www.startrek.com/article/trek-apps-at-your-fingertips
- Arc Games https://www.arcgames.com/en/games/star-trek-online/news/detail/10075563-before-and-after
- Star Trek Online: Weekly Before & After – https://www.arcgames.com/en/games/star-trek-online/news/detail/10025363-star-trek-online%3A-weekly-before-and-after
- STO: Weekly Before & After – https://www.arcgames.com/en/games/star-trek-online/news/detail/10116063-weekly-before-and-after
- Star Trek Lawsuit Heats Up as Fan Co. Seeks Paramount’s JJ Abrams, Justin Lin Communications – http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/star-trek-lawsuit-heats-up-934130
- Plus Star Trek, Axanar, and the future of fan fiction – http://www.blastr.com/2016-9-30/star-trek-axanar-and-future-fan-fiction
- Star Trek Axanar Fan Film lawsuit Continues – http://www.denofgeek.com/us/tv/star-trek/258864/star-trek-axanar-fan-film-lawsuit-continues
- 9 Things You Need to Know about Destination Star Trek Europe – http://www.startrek.com/article/9-things-you-need-to-know-about-destination-star-trek-europe
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