G & T Show 256 – The Man In The Red Sweater
G & T Show 256 – The Man In The Red Sweater 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 from all around the Star Trek multiverse. This week, Terry has to leave early, but they get through as much of the show as they can before she does. They manage to discuss Book, Movie, Product, Gaming, Conventions, and General News. Janet provides an update on the latest happenings in the Axanar case in Semantic Shenanigans. And, Mike shares a little bit about the fan film His Name Is Mudd by Starfleet Studios for Unofficial Productions. So tune in to this week’s show for all of this and more in the latest episode of the G & T Show.
As usual they begin this week’s show with introductions. They talk about Robert Reyes and his majestic red sweater which leads to this week’s Listener Mail from Robert. His question was for Janet regarding his copyright and trademark options for his red sweater. Janet explains that a red sweater can not be copyrighted. She claims that he might have a derivative claim, since Santa owns the copyright on the look. Janet goes onto a tangent when she talks about Rudolph’s harassment case, which sparks a series of squirrels involving Solar Power and Jerry Lewis.
They move onto Coffee Klatch. Mike starts them off. He installed Marvel Future Fight as per Nick’s recommendation. Mike also played Timelines, Transformers, and STO. His issues with LEGO Dimensions have been resolved. Their support sent instructions for getting the latest update installed and they shipped him a new Jake the Dog Toy Tag. He’s been having fun playing the Adventure Time level. He also worked on 24 Hours of G & T. They have received a few more items for prizes and a few more people scheduled. New posts should be coming out in the coming week.
Terry has had a few new claims come in at work that will be keeping her busy over the next couple of weeks. She’ll have to do some traveling for it. She tried to play some games but didn’t have a lot of time to do so.
Allen played Hotel all week. Mike thinks they need more fun in their lives. Allen will have the house to himself for a week. Nick suggests inviting Bill Murray over because what could be more fun than hanging out with Bill Murray for a week. Terry received a couple of emails. The first was an announcement from Amazon stating that her copy of the Star Trek Encyclopedia has been sent. The second was due to something Kevin Dilmore had turned her onto. La La Records has recently announced that they are now selling the complete Johnny Quest soundtrack. While Terry talks about that, Nick pens in his head a trailer for the upcoming BLB film: Thank you, Kevin Dilmore.
Fun from the East Coast
Nick had a day off on Monday. Nick celebrated Italian American day. For work, this week was the last issue of their newspaper. He and his wife went out and saw The Accountant. Nick was surprised by the film and hopes \they make a sequel to it. And he talks about the film briefly. Then, last night, they saw Kevin Hart: What Now?. He talks about the show and how much his wife laughed. Last week, he went to the Apple Harvest Festival.
Janet did some more research for her NaNo project. She hung out with some old friends and spent five hours in a restaurant, where she learned that German Autocorrect means everything you write is wrong. She also worked on Semantic Shenanigans, and she and Shanna will be recording their first episode tomorrow. They have opened up their Facebook page to the public and invited people to check it out and give them a like.
They hand the reigns over to Mike to pick the first segment of the show. After perusing the listing, he decides to go with Book News. The first item is an interview from Trek Movie with Paul Ruditis. Paul has worked on The Star Trek Book, Star Trek: The Visual Dictionary, and the Voyager Companion. It was an interesting interview. Paul states that his next Trek project will be a 2018 Star Trek Daily Calendar.
The next link was the reveal for David Mack’s next book in the Section 31 series. Control. Terry likes how Siddig is portrayed on the cover, which was an artist’s interpretation of several older Siddig images composited together to create the look of the older Bashir. In addition, Mike is intrigued by the subject matter of the cover. Nick doesn’t think Mack would kill Bashir. Furthermore, Mike praises Mack for his story telling ability and talks about how he was on the edge of his seat throughout the climatic event in Dave’s Legacies novel. He can’t wait to get his hands on this book to find out what’s going on. Terry doesn’t think Bashir is going to die, but is wondering who might. Nick doesn’t think it’s Ezri, but Mike points out that Bashir does have a love interest in the series.
They discuss Gaming News next. Mike begins with Star Trek Timelines. So in their latest update, they introduced the ability for squad leaders to share a crew member with their team in exchange for bonus victory points in their squad system. Nick is still having trouble with Timelines. It doesn’t load for him. Also, Disruptor Beam has also announced a new mobile game. They have acquired rights to another IP. In addition to Star Trek and Game of Thrones, they will be launching The Walking Dead: March To War next year. Sign up on the game’s website MarchToWar.com to get all of the latest news.
Star Trek Online
They move onto Star Trek Online. They have updated the Infinity lockbox. And STO has added items from the console lockboxes. And these featured the T6 Kelvin. They have also added T6 versions of the T5 ships that were originally included with the lockbox, such as the Dominion ships. Mike doesn’t know if the T5 version of those ships will remain in the lock box, or if they all have been updated to the T6 versions. They have also added the Na’kul ship. Terry wonders what will coming out next. Since the next story content will feature the return of the lost TOS starbase, so Mike thinks it may be a TOS-era lockbox.
New T6 Dreadnoughts have been added to Zen store as well. Terry praises Thomas and his team for all of their hard work. They quickly outline each of the new dreadnoughts. There’s also rumors of a T6 Sovereign class ship is available. And the chat room fills them in on how to get it. Attack Wing and STO have had a mutual promotional relationship. Not long ago, STO and Attack Wing had a contest. The Sovereign is only available if you purchase the USS Enterprise E Star Trek Table Top Expansion Pack. A code will be provided to claim the T6 Sovereign.
In October, the STO update will be released that will include updated lighting technology for the game. Terry is waiting to play until the lighting is in game. Finally, Mike mentions the Steamrunner bundle, and looks over the details. Terry got the Steamrunner Bundle when it was available through Steam and wonders how that is going to work. So Mike explains that this is the same bundle offered through Steam but it is now available to everyone. In addition, it was removed from Steam because people were manipulating the system to get the ship for free. This iteration of the bundle was initially available on consoles when the game launched there. And it features updated skins, which should be automatically updated to everyone that already has the old Steamrunner ship. Mike uses the Enterprise D skin update as an example.
The final bit of Star Trek Online news is regarding a fiction piece written by Jesse Heinig, called Conquests. Mike provides some highlights of the story with a spoiler. Even still, he highly recommends the story as it provides some insight into the possible future direction of the game.
STO’s 7th Anniversary is coming up soon. They can hardly believe it. Janet points out that the 7th Anniversary is the Desk set anniversary.
They take a brief detour to dive into this week’s Product News. ThinkGeek has an Exclusive TOS Star Trek Holiday Sweater (why isn’t this a red sweater? Science, get on that, stat!) that should be added to everyone’s ugly holiday sweater collection. This link and others will be part of the monthly Product News Roundup. And then they discuss some of the new editions this week, including the Borg Backpack. So this includes the backpack’s aesthetics. They also cover the new FanSets pins. Terry mentions that FanSets was our across-the-way neighbor at STLV. Some of their pins have a VR component. With their app, certain pins come alive. The Romulan Bird of Prey pin doesn’t have the VR component.
Nick takes a moment to talk about Mike’s nephew Myles. Mike recounts the story of how he failed his nephews, but also illustrates how cool of an uncle Mike is.
They move on to Movie News. So they discuss an article analyzing what Chris Pine said last week. And this article took one line and analyzed it to death. The only thing that is actually known about the next film is that Chris Hemsworth is in it as Kirk’s dad. They mention some possibilities. However, Mike believes the author was trying to find out why they would be drudging up Kirk’s daddy issues when in Star Trek Beyond they seemed to have been finally resolved. Why are they making the character seemingly take a step backwards. Nick tells them to stop it. Stop Being Fans. Nick hates being the voice of reason.
They shift gears to Semantic Shenanigans. Janet touches on the additional brief filed this week. Terry points everyone to the pair of blogs Janet wrote analyzing the latest batch of documents which emerged over the last few weeks. Janet goes over the highlights of the Supplemental Memoranda to Axanar Motion to Compel Discovery. While Janet finds an interesting section, Allen and Nick talk baseball. Allen’s Dodgers are doing well. The Giants game was also really good. And then when Janet is ready, she proceeds.
Because the defense had few options, they pushed to get CBS to prove chain of ownership of the Star Trek franchise. Well, CBS apparently has done that sufficiently enough that the defense has withdrawn that part of the motion. In a nutshell, this withdrawal proves CBS owns Star Trek. And this only leaves one viable defense left and it’s fair use. So the rest of discovery and possibly the trial will be used to prove market harm and to determine damages. However, once they lose at trial, Janet doesn’t think there will be anything that’s appealable, unless someone makes a heinous mistake. Nevertheless, defense may try to get an appeal despite the fact that they are running out of options.
After additional discussion, Janet winds up the segment with the announcement that they will be recording the first episode of Semantic Shenanigans on October 17th. Janet hopes to have the episode edited and released later in the week. Mike has made himself available to help. And for this first show, the recording will not be live. In addition, it will eventually be available on Google Play and iTunes.
Nick segues the show to this week’s Ask Dayton. But first of all, they spend a few minutes discussing a book Nick is reading called The Fifties by David Halberstam. And it sparks a discussion about the history of McDonalds, Holiday Inn, and many other things that began in the 1950s. Terry grew up a few blocks from the first McDonalds franchise. She talks about her home town and how it became the test market for many fast food franchises. Terry mentions all of the shows and films that Bob’s Big Boy Broiler was featured in, which is another popular restaurant chain that was in her area. Nick explains the reason behind mentioning the book, is that a lot of the influences that shaped Star Trek were established in the 1950s.
Terry reminds everyone that she has to go soon and says her farewells before they finally get to this week’s Ask Dayton regarding weather in storytelling. Dayton spins a yarn about a future story and sequel to The Apple featuring disastrous weather. With the Ask Dayton completed, Terry and Allen step out, leaving Nick, Janet, and Mike looking awkwardly at each other. A red sweater would have helped (just sayin’).
Mike quickly goes over some of the remaining links beginning with General News. Star Trek.com showcased a few more tidbits from the Roddenberry Vault, including photos documenting when Gene Roddenberry met Paul McCartney. President Obama made Star Trek News twice this week. Once with an interview discussing the true meaning of Star Trek and another about him being the First Trek fan in chief. George Takei criticized the Animated series and the new films for being so humanoid-centric when the animated series used a medium that allowed for more non-humanoid aliens to be used.
Then, the British Embassy in the US responded to a White House history tweet with a Star Trek gif. On that particular day in history, the British burned down the White House, which the Embassy responded to with a Picard Facepalm. The next exchange ended with a Harry Potter gif giving two thumbs up. And finally, Mike points out that Friday was Be Bald and Be Free Day and hopes that Nick celebrated it appropriately. However, neither of them found out about it until after the fact.
For Unofficial Productions, Mike talks about the new fan film produced by Starfleet Studios. His Name is Mudd. Mike doesn’t know when it was produced in regards to the guidelines, but follows it does selectively follow some of the guidelines. The story features Harry Mudd, his son, and Christine Chapel. He thought it was a fun story and recommends everyone check it out.
There isn’t much Convention News right now, but Mike discovered that ReedPop may be putting on another Mission event. There are no details other than to sign up for their newsletter so you can be informed when the 2017 Mission is announced. Mike also included links to Destination Star Trek Days two and three.
They wind down this week’s show with Announcements. Nick doesn’t have any announcements. Mike mentions Janet’s analyses for the Declarations and the Supplemental Memoranda to the Axanar Motion to Compel Discovery. Both blogs are now available on the website. Ross sat down with Manu Intiraymi for Live Love Play’s For the Love Of … Interview series to discuss The Circuit. Finally, Semantic Shenanigans has a Facebook page. So, give them a like so you’ll be notified when their first episode gets posted.
Mike finishes up with some details and announcements for 24 hours of G & T. The fundraiser benefits all of BLB Productions. People are getting a lot of bang for their buck, so please join them on October 29th beginning at 9 AM Pacific / noon Eastern as they will be on the air for 24 hours straight until 9 AM Pacific / noon Eastern on October 30th. They need your help. With nothing else to talk about, they awkwardly sign off. Join them next week for an all new episode of the G & T Show.
G & T Show & BLB Productions
- Declarations Accompanying the Axanar Motion to Compel Discovery – http://www.gandtshow.com/declarations-axanar-motion-compel-discovery/
- Supplemental Memoranda to Axanar Motion to Compel Discovery – http://www.gandtshow.com/supplemental-memoranda-axanar-compel-disc/
- Live Love Play – For the Love Of … The Circuit Interview with Manu Intiraymi – http://www.iliveloveplay.com/the-circuit-interview-manu-intiraymi/
- Semantic Shenanigans on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/semanticshenanigans/?fref=ts
- Star Trek Beyond Sequel: Chris Pine Explains Problem with Plan to Bring Back Kirk’s Dad – http://www.idigitaltimes.com/star-trek-beyond-sequel-chris-pine-explains-problem-plan-bring-back-kirks-dad-562025
- Roddenberry & McCartney and More From Roddenberry Vault – http://www.startrek.com/article/roddenberry-mccartney-and-more-from-roddenberry-vault
- President Obama Speaks About the True Meaning of Star Trek – http://trekcore.com/blog/2016/10/president-obama-speaks-about-the-true-meaning-of-star-trek/
- Obama Is America’s Trek Fan-in-Chief – http://www.startrek.com/article/obama-is-americas-trek-fan-in-chief
- George Takei Slams Star Trek Animated Series And New Movies – http://comicbook.com/2016/10/13/george-takei-slams-star-trek-animated-series-and-new-movies/
- British Embassy Hilariously Responded With A Star Trek Gif to White House History Tweet – http://www.hitfix.com/the-dartboard/the-british-embassy-hilariously-responded-with-a-star-trek-gif-to-white-house-history-tweet
- Star Trek.com – Be Bald and Be Free Day … Trek style was on October 14th – http://www.startrek.com/article/be-bald-and-be-free-day-trek-style
- Star Trek.com – Alien Races without Faces – http://www.startrek.com/article/alien-races-without-faces
- Star Trek: Discovery Has Plenty of Room to Exist in the Prime Timeline – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/star-trek-discovery-has-plenty-of-room-to-exist-in_us_57facaf7e4b090dec0e71699?
- His Name Is Mudd – A Star Trek Fan Production by Starfleet Studios – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oaHPfM1pCvs&feature=share
- Attack Wing Wave 27: I.K.S. Gr’oth Repaint Preview – http://www.startrek.com/article/attack-wing-wave-27-i-k-s-grundefinedoth-repaint-preview
- Star Trek Romulan Collector’s Pin by Fansets – http://shop.startrek.com/star-trek-romulan-collectors-pin/detail.php?p=1042031&v=startrek_new-arrivals
- Star Trek Galileo Shuttle Collector’s Pin – http://shop.startrek.com/star-trek-galileo-shuttle-collectors-pin/detail.php?p=1042026&v=startrek_new-arrivals
- ThinkGeek – Star Trek Cloaked Klingon Bird of Prey T-Shirt – http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/itgq/
- ThinkGeek – Star Trek TNG Borg Backpack – http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/jngn/
- and ThinkGeek – 2017 Star Trek Ships of the Line Calendar – http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/iuok/
- ThinkGeek Exclusive – Star Trek TOS Ships Holiday Sweater (but not a red sweater, damn!) – http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/ivnv/
- Star Trek Online: Updated Infinity Lock Box – http://www.arcgames.com/en/games/star-trek-online/news/detail/10199593-infinity-lock-box
- Star Trek Online: Fiction: Conquests – http://www.arcgames.com/en/games/star-trek-online/news/detail/10203393-conquests
- and Star Trek Online’s New Tier 6 Dreadnoughts – http://www.startrek.com/article/stos-news-dreadnoughts
- Star Trek Online’s Steamrunner Bundle – http://www.arcgames.com/en/games/star-trek-online/news/detail/10197883-steamrunner-bundle
- Disruptor Beam announced a new mobile game Walking Dead: March To War – http://www.disruptorbeam.com/blog/announcing-the-walking-dead-march-to-war
- TrekMovie – Catching Up With Star Trek Author Paul Ruditis – http://trekmovie.com/2016/10/14/catching-up-with-star-trek-author-paul-ruditis/
- Star Trek.com – First Look at The Cover of David Mack’s Upcoming Section 31 novel Control – http://www.startrek.com/article/first-look-cover-of-new-upcoming-control
- Destination Star Trek Europe – Day 2 – http://www.startrek.com/article/destination-star-trek-europe-day-2
- Destination Star Trek Europe – Day 3 – http://www.startrek.com/article/destination-star-trek-europe-day-3
- ReedPoP – Star Trek Mission 2017 may be happening. Signup for their newsletter – http://www.startrekmissions.com/
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