G & T Show 255 – Kicked In The Complacency
G & T Show 255 – Kicked in the Complacency is now available to download. Check it out here. Nick, Terry, Mike, Janet, and Allen have returned for an all new episode of the G & T Show to discuss the latest news coming out of the Star Trek multi-verse. On this week’s agenda, they have Book, Television, Product, Gaming, General, Movie, Convention, and Technology News. They also offer an update on the Axanar case in Semantic Shenanigans and a fun Star Trek TOS trailer for their Unofficial Productions segments. Finally, this week’s show marks the return of Ask Dayton with a visitor’s guide to Florida for a displaced Klingon. Check out all of this and more in this week’s episode of the G & T Show.
After this week’s introductions, they get right into this week’s Coffee Klatch, starting with Mike. He has been working towards 24 hours of G & T. He even posted an article on their website that breaks down all of their costs and justifies the goal they are seeking for this year. It includes a wishlist as well. Mike also played his usual games: Star Trek Online, Star Trek Timelines, and Transformers: Earth Wars.
Janet has been busy going over the Motion, Declarations, and the new documents that came out this weekend. The first blog post about the Motion is currently available. And blog posts for the Declarations and the other documents will be out next week. She doesn’t remember doing anything fun this week. But she’s been preparing for NaNoWriMo, including researching how women in Victorian dresses used the toilet.
Nick worked. The film crew was back again this week. He also had to appear in court on Friday, and said that it went well. Then, he and his wife went to the National Apple Harvest Festival in Pennsylvania. He shares some of their impressions and experiences of the festival, especially the apple bakery that smelled like magic. Tonight, they will be seeing Brian Regan.
They have also been watching television. American Horror Story is dealing with the Lost Colony of Roanoke. Nick and Mike have been watching Timeless. They both want to see where they go with it. Allen missed most of it, but did catch the end of it. Nick describes the show as Quantum Leap and Sliders-esque. Mike says that they are time travelers trying to protect the timeline, but so far, they are doing a poor job of it, since they stopped one disaster only to come back to find that some things had changed.
Allen adds that he did see that there is a villain with a purpose to help drive the story. Nick compares it to DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, which Mike is looking forward to seeing. Mike introduced Terry to the show. Nick also watched the season premiere of Arrow and The Flash. Mike thinks that TV is almost good again.
Continuing with Coffee Klatch, Allen has been continuing with his exercise and weight loss regimen. His Facebook group (Body by Starfleet) has a number of challenges. He participated in the Work Week Hustle, which keyed into his competitive nature since it was to see who would get the most steps in a week. And Allen made sure he stayed at the top of the leaderboard for that event. He ended up with 25,000 more steps this week than usual. Furthermore, he was able to accomplish this by watching television while he walked on the treadmill.
Allen watched the premiere of WestWorld. Mike barely remembered the original, but he really is enjoying the series so far. Allen describes some of the differences between the movie and this series. It’s going to be interesting to see where it goes, but Allen likes the production value. It is ultra-violent, since it’s on HBO, but Allen thinks that most of it fits within the confines of the story. He particularly likes the soundtrack, which features covers of modern songs played orchestrally. Allen found it dramatic. Mike loves that and describes it as a means of pulling modern viewers into this almost alien (from his point of reference) world. Finally, the second episode is not as violent, Mike admits.
Terry has been very busy this week with work. She had their annual educational institute, where clients are taught about their coverage. Terry had to put on five presentations in two days. She gave them risk management tools to help them with liability claims. Then, she had to play catch up with her normal work. Yesterday was spent running errands to CostCo, where she got new waterproof boots and Sherpa Slipper Socks – what a tongue-twister!).
They officially kick off this week’s show with BLB announcements. 24 Hours of G & T is coming up at the end of the month. They are seeking to raise funds to help with their server and technology costs for the coming year. Not a penny of these donations gets spent on conventions appearances or marketing the show or for personal use. The funds benefit all BLB Productions, not just the G & T Show. They are trying to raise $3000 and Mike provides a blog post that breaks down exactly where the funds will go. Mike doesn’t think he missed anything in his breakdown, but admits that he also included a short wishlist of items that he would like to get for the site.
Jen Usellis and ExtraLife
Also, Jen Usellis, their favorite Klingon Pop Warrior, announced her 24 Hour gaming marathon as part of ExtraLife to raise money for sick kids. In addition, Mike says if she reaches a certain goal, she’ll do half the show in Klingon make-up. And if she reaches a second goal, her musician friend will join her and she’ll perform a song or two on her stream. Her initial goal is $800.
Our friend Janice wrote a blog for G & T Show’s website and shared photos about her time at Hartford ComiCon. Mike threw them together into a post complete with a photo gallery. Be sure to check it out. Nick cryptically sends Fark a message about cheating on Bejeweled Blitz. Also, Ross of Live Love Play shared a video of him playing Worms with characters he named after the G & T Show crew. They all died horribly. Mike also reminds everyone that Janet’s blog with her analysis on the Axanar Motion to Compel Discovery has been posted as well.
National Hispanic Cultural Center
Terry takes a moment to talk about something she came across while she was at her conference pertaining to the National Hispanic Cultural Center. It’s a museum with a theater. The NHCC will be home to the first ever Indigenous Comic Con to be held on November 18-20 in Albuquerque. And it will focus on the artists and actors that are Native American in descent and their place in Geek Culture. Terry plans to attend and will be covering it for Live Love Play. They are currently signing their guests and hope to feature some of the people from the television series Longmire, which is filmed in the Albuquerque area.
Before getting to Book News, they get into this week’s Ask Dayton. In this installment, a displaced Klingon warrior ask our intrepid author friend for advice on what to look for at the Food and Wine Festival held at Disney World in Florida. With snark and hilarity, Dayton provides them with some highlights of festival and the surrounding attractions, while pointing out some helpful tips on how to avoid becoming a gator’s next meal. After the Ask Dayton, they discuss The Food and Wine Festival at EPCOT, Cuban Sandwiches and Craft Beer. Don’t miss out on the fun.
Nick quickly talks Baseball and Vince Scully. He hates the term “walk-off”. Nick blames ESPN for it. He and Allen talk about some of the things that irks them with the way the sport is reported on ESPN. It allows Nick and Terry to plug the O Sports Show. Nick volunteered to come on their show to talk about the things that really grinds his gears. Allen would join him.
They move onto Book News. The first article they discuss is a review of the first Waypoint #1 comic. And the second issue of Waypoint will feature a story written by Dayton and Kevin. Speaking of Dayton and Kevin, they have hit the #3 spot on the Barnes and Nobles BestSellers list in Science Fiction & Fantasy for September 2016 in the Gaming & Media category with their novel, Star Trek: Legacies #3: Purgatory’s Key. They congratulate Dayton and Kevin for their achievement.
In addition, the Strange New Worlds 2016 Edition has been released this week. Terry and Mike wanted the Shuttle cover, but the Enterprise cover won the contest. Terry mentions they will be talking with Derek Attico in the near future. Derek won the Strange New Worlds Contest.
Semantic Shenanigans (preliminary)
Nick mentions Semantic Shenanigans and the ugly comment someone left on the latest Axanar post. Mike mentions that Katie recorded some new bumpers and sweepers for Semantic Shenanigans. He thought it was very cute the way she struggled with the title of the new show.
Television News is up next. A kerfuffle erupted this week in Discovery because an announcement was made that suggested that there will be some changes made to some TOS-era alien physiology. There’s a lot of speculation but nothing concrete has been revealed yet. Mike is excited and would like to see modernized aliens. Nick points out that people from the same planet can look vast different from one another and selects people from four different regions on Earth to illustrate his point. Mike points out that it has happened before and uses the Andorians and Tellarites from Enterprise are different than those seen in TOS. They are just variations on a theme.
Terry says people can experience complacency and be hesitant to change, but may actually fall in love with the change. The technology used in prosthetics and computer graphics have evolved since TOS or even Enterprise. Nick wonders if Star Wars fans have the same trouble accepting changes as Trek fans. Allen talks about how jarring changes can be perceived in Star Trek which has over 700 episodes and certain ideas and aesthetics are ingrained when compared to Star Wars which has a handful of movies and aliens may only be seen briefly. Shran wouldn’t have come across in the same way if he looked like TOS Andorians, because his antenna helped convey his emotional state.
Janet states that some people could come to the realization that they always wanted Andorians to look like they appeared in Enterprise but never realized it until they first saw them updated. They are looking forward to seeing some non-bipedal aliens. If you have any comments, we want to hear them. Leave us voice mail, send us an email, or post it on our forums.
They discuss the rumor that Disney may buy Netflix. Terry also mentioned the rumor that Disney may purchase Twitter. Disney is looking to buy to something. She doesn’t know if Netflix is willing to be sold, but Disney is looking to buy into a streaming service because of their struggling ESPN division. ESPN is losing subscribers because people are cutting the cord for streaming options. Since Twitter has the streaming capabilities, Disney has their eye on them.
Nick points out the relationship that Disney has with Netflix already through the Marvel series. It almost seems like a natural extension, but no one wants to see Netflix lose its charm and independence. Facebook has its own streaming feature and Twitch is owned by Amazon. Speaking of Amazon, there’s a free Twitch subscription included with an Amazon Prime Account. Nick mentions all of the benefits of the Amazon Prime subscription. He mentions Amazon Household, which sparks Terry’s interest.
They talk Product News next. Mike wants the Klingon mug that is currently an exclusive with the EMP Museum. Some of the highlights of this week’s products include: Walmart’s exclusive Beyond gift set, the new 50th Anniversary backpack, messenger, and duffel bag, apparel, repainted Enterprise E for Attack Wings, a Ferengi expansion for Star Trek Ascendency; new Eaglemoss ships, and more.
Moving swiftly, they touch on Gaming News next. Terry is waiting for the new lighting pass coming to Star Trek Online on October 25th. Star Trek Timelines has a new Expedition event: Holograms Are Forever going on this weekend with Waitress Ezri, Tuxedo Odo, and Secret Agent Bashir. Nick is having issues with Timelines. It keeps crashing on him. Returning to Star Trek Online, they are allowing players to buy more Account Bank Slots. Terry and Mike are pleased to hear it.
Sun suggests that top tier players are not able to get more slots, which if true is disappointing. There’s also a ship sale going on right now. Mike suggests people grab their dry dock slots during the sale. With the last bit of Gaming news out of the way, everyone is looking forward to playing through the game with the new lighting system. Terry will take it on with one of her Delta Recruits, while Mike will be taking one of his newly minted level 60 characters through them.
For General News, Mr. Doug Drexler will be appearing at the Original Series Set Tours on October 22nd. Mike thinks he can provide some interesting insights into the sets. Also, Roddenberry Foundation is launching the Building The Better Future challenge. They are looking for more than just a product. They are looking for ways to make the world a better place and move humanity forward.
Movie News is next up. They start discussing the article discussing JJ Abrams and why he stopped directing Star Trek. They talk about what was not in the article. He wanted to work on Star Wars, rather than Star Trek. Terry asks but why do we even care. Nick says that there are a lot of people that will see a movie because his name is attached. This has gone on for a long time.
Another article is a lengthy one from GQ that discusses how Star Trek created fandom as it exists today. The author attended STLV. It’s a fantastic article and is highly recommended.
Star Trek Beyond beams up to the International Space Station. Also, Screen Rant has a sample of the Star Trek Beyond Gag Reel. And, finally, Chris Hemsworth will be returning for Star Trek 4, but no one seems to know for sure in what role and in what way, though Terry thinks it will either be in a flash back or something similar. Mike wonders if its a red herring, but he is happy to hear that Hemsworth will be coming back to Trek.
Mike talks about Synthetic Alcohol for Technology News. A researcher has developed a hangover proof synthetic alcohol called alchosynth. Synthohol is supposed to allow people to snap out of it when needed. He wonders if this stuff will do the same thing. Mike points out that the researcher also happens to be a proponent of synthetic drugs and hallucinogens, such as LSD.
For Unofficial Productions, Mike refers to a fan made trailer for Star Trek TOS with the Star Trek Beyond trailer’s audio track laid over it. It’s a fun romp and it seems to work well enough to make Mike want to see THAT movie.
Convention News. They talk about the first day of Star Trek Destination Europe. Steve was supposed to attend, but he had some car issues and could not. Mike, therefore, asks any of our listeners that may have attended to leave us a voicemail, send us an email, write us a blog post, or join us on the air to talk about everything that happened at the convention.
Finally, they get to Semantic Shenanigans. Janet talks briefly about her post analyzing the Motion and the other things that came out recently. She repeats her offer to buy them a pie or donate to their charity of choice if they can satisfactorily explain what Grace Lee Whitney’s salary has anything to do with Axanar. Mike gives it the old college try but fails to meet Janet’s expectations for an explanation. It doesn’t help them at all.
In their documents, the plaintiffs are asking for relevance and breadth along with trade secret or privacy on most of the defense’s requests. In the Supplements, they seek claim of title from Roddenberry onward. But Roddenberry wrote Star Trek as a work for hire and doesn’t own anything. Then, the Declarations came out. The blog post on that will be out on October 12th.
Then, the documents from this weekend will be analyzed and posted on the 14th. In the recent Supplement, the defense withdraws the chain of title claim from the motion, meaning they had received adequate information regarding the ownership of Star Trek to take it off the table. The fans do not own Star Trek. It was a Hail Mary that some of that documentation had gotten lost over the years. What is left in the Motion is the financial documentation and most likely that will be limited and the take down notices for other fan films.
24 Hours of G & T
They turn the discussion to 24 Hours of G & T. They discuss the Podcaster’s Feud poll. The questions are so broad that even if they take the poll they may not be able to guess the answers that the survey produced. They have already accumulated 87 responses and are looking for 100. If you have questions for Dayton Ward, email them to us and we’ll send them to him for a future installment of Ask Dayton. Terry goes over our guest list for 24 Hours of G & T. Mike clarifies that Gates of Sto’vo’kor may or may not be present. The negotiations are ongoing, but Blood of the Nie’rrh should be premiering. They are planning games and prizes as well. Semantic Shenanigans will also have an episode.
Nick sends get well soon messages to their friend Don Burrito, who has been under the weather.
Finally, they conclude this week’s episode with their announcement for 24 Hours of G & T. So the next post Mike makes about the 24 Hours of G & T will either be the prizes or the guest schedule. Furthermore, Semantic Shenanigans has a blog post coming out on October 14th and will be recording their first episode on October 17th. They have a channel trailer on YouTube. It won’t be long. That’s it for this episode of the G & T Show. Join us next week for more G & T Show fun.
G & T Show, BLB Productions, & Friends News
- Jen Usellis’ Extra Life Fundraiser 2016 – http://www.extra-life.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.participant&participantID=198520
- 24 Hours of G & T – Announcement 2: Our Fundraising Goal – http://www.gandtshow.com/24-hours-g-t-2-fundraising-goal/
- G & T Show – Harford ComiCon 2016 blog post and Gallery from Janice – http://www.gandtshow.com/24-hours-g-t-2-fundraising-goal/
- G & T Show – Axanar Motion to Compel Discovery blog post by Janet – http://www.gandtshow.com/24-hours-g-t-2-fundraising-goal/
- Live Love Play – Tribute to Friends Goes So Very Wrong – Livestream Hightlight – http://www.iliveloveplay.com/tribute-friends-gone-wrong/
- National Hispanic Cultural Center’s website – http://www.nhccnm.org/
- Indigenous Comic Con 2016 – http://www.indigenouscomiccon.com/
- G & T Show Forums – What do you think about Star Trek: Discovery Updating TOS’s Aliens? – http://www.gandtshow.com/forums/index.php/topic,1434.0.html
- G & T Show’s 24 Hours of G & T Podcaster’s Feud Survey – https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Podcasters-Feud
- Trek Comics review: “Waypoint #1” – http://trekcore.com/blog/2016/10/trek-comics-review-waypoint-1/
- B&N BestSellers in Science Fiction & Fantasy: September 2016 – Dayton and Kevin hit #3 in Gaming & Media-Related – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/blog/sci-fi-fantasy/bn-bestsellers-science-fiction-fantasy-september-2016/
- Star Trek: Strange New Worlds 2016 Edition now available https://daytonward.wordpress.com/2016/10/03/star-trek-strange-new-worlds-2016-edition-now-available/
- IDW Publishing shows off covers of Star Trek Waypoint #2, which includes Dayton and Kevin’s GoldKey-esque comic – https://twitter.com/IDWPublishing/status/784146095169429504
- Star Trek: Discovery Timeline Will Alter TOS Alien Physiology, Cosplayers Take Note – http://www.idigitaltimes.com/star-trek-discovery-timeline-will-alter-tos-alien-physiology-cosplayers-take-note-552886#.V_CZkjyazgc.facebook
- Disney buying Netflix would give Star Wars and Marvel a new streaming home – http://www.techradar.com/news/television/disney-buying-netflix-would-give-star-wars-and-marvel-a-new-streaming-home-1329869
- Amazon Household – http://amzn.to/2dotnHS
- Brainstorm Gear – Star Trek Cycling Jerseys – https://brainstormgear.com/collections/cycling-jerseys/Star-Trek?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=US-Cycling-Star-Trek
- ThinkGeek – Timmy Spock Plush Monkey – http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/ivun/
- ThinkGeek – Star Trek 50th Anniversary Backpack – http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/iumn/
- and ThinkGeek – Star Trek 50th Anniversary Messenger Bag – http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/iumo/
- ThinkGeek – Star Trek 50th Anniversary Duffel Bag – http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/iumm/?rrec=true&pfm=Recs_Product_AlsoBought_iumm_1
- Walmart Exclusive – Star Trek Beyond Giftset with Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD, and 3 mini starships – https://www.walmart.com/ip/Star-Trek-Beyond-Giftset-Blu-ray-DVD-Digital-HD-3-Mini-Star-Trek-Ships-With-INSTAWATCH-Walmart-Exclusive/54058820
- Anovos Kicks off Trek Patch Program – http://www.startrek.com/article/anovos-kicks-off-trek-patch-program
- MegaBloks – Kubros – Worf – https://collectors.megabloks.com/en-us/kubros/playsets/worf-dtw68
- ThinkGeek – Star Trek NCC-1701 Long Sleeve Tech Shirt – http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/istr/
- EMP Museum Exclusive – Star Trek Klingon Replica Mug –http://shop.empmuseum.org/product/Star_Trek_Klingon_Replica_Mug_-_EMP_Exclusive!/
- First Look: New 50th Anniversary Apparel from ThinkGeek – http://www.startrek.com/article/first-look-new-50th-anniversary-apparel-from-thinkgeek
- Google Assistant Echoes Trek’s Talking Computer – http://www.startrek.com/article/google-assistant-echoes-treks-talking-computer
- Exclusive Preview: USS Enterprise E (Repaint) for Attack Wing – http://www.startrek.com/article/exclusive-preview-u-s-s-enterprise-e-repaint-for-attack-wing
- Exclusive: Eaglemoss’ New starships – http://www.startrek.com/article/exclusive-eaglemosss-new-starships
- Star Trek: Ascendancy Ferengi Expansion Coming Soon – http://www.startrek.com/article/ascendancy-player-expansion-coming-soon
- Star Trek: Timelines – New Expedition Event: Holograms Are Forever – http://www.disruptorbeam.com/blog/2016/10/4/new-expedition-event-holograms-are-forever
- and Star Trek Online: Account Shared Bank Slots – http://www.arcgames.com/en/games/star-trek-online/news/detail/10191363
- Star Trek Online – 20% off Ship Sale – http://www.arcgames.com/en/games/star-trek-online/news/detail/10181033-20%25-ship-sale
- Doug Drexler To Appear At The Star Trek: Original Series Set Tour – http://www.scifipulse.net/doug-drexler-to-appear-at-star-trek-series-tour/
- Rod Roddenberry Takes Father’s Vision to Next Level, Offers $1 Million Prize for a #BoldlyBetterFuture – http://trekmovie.com/2016/10/06/rod-roddenberry-takes-fathers-vision-to-next-level-offers-1000000-prize-for-a-boldlybetter-future/
- JJ Abrams On Why He Stopped Directing Star Trek – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/jj-abrams-star-trek_us_57f2d83ae4b0703f759092fc?
- Beyond Beams Up to the International Space Station – http://www.startrek.com/article/beyond-beams-up-to-international-space-station
- Star Trek Beyond Gag Reel is Here and it’s Hilarious – http://screenrant.com/star-trek-beyond-gag-reel/
- Pine Weighs In On George Kirk’s Return in Star Trek 4 – http://trekcore.com/blog/2016/10/pine-weighs-in-on-george-kirks-return-in-star-trek-4/
- Synthetic Alcohol Promises to End Hangovers for Good – https://www.inverse.com/article/21347-synthetic-alcohol-gaba-imperial-college?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=popmech&utm_campaign=swap&src=socialflowFB
- The 1960s Star Trek Series Gets and Updated Beyond Style Trailer – http://geektyrant.com/news/the-1960s-star-trek-series-gets-an-updated-beyond-style-trailer
- Destination Star Trek Europe- Day 1 – http://www.startrek.com/article/destination-star-trek-europe-day-1
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