G & T Show 49 – Sex, Music, and Andrew
G & T Show 49 – Sex, Music, and Andrew is now available for downloading. Listen to it here. This week, Nick, Teri, Mike, and Oliver are joined by Andrew Wonders for a discussion about Star Trek Music as requested by Christopher13. Before getting to the discussion, they talked about Teri’s Voyager Watch, a Star Trek Las Vegas Update, Star Trek London Info, Listener Mail, and a new Ask Dayton.
This week’s show opens with the cast discussing the G&T show green-room, and it suspiciously glazed doughnuts and gentlemen’s relish, prompting a multitude of grossed responses from both Teri and the chat room.
Moving on from the subject of mysterious doughnuts glazing, Nicks informs us of his recent trip to the hospital after developing pain near his surgery scar and giving special shout outs to our own Cancergirl, Chris, who is undergoing a series of test in hospital this week. Teri takes the time to plug author and friend of the show Keith R. A. Decandido’s latest novel for the TV series, Leverage.
Moving back onto star trek news, Nick brings up the news coming out of Star Trek Phase II, a fan film production. James Cawley, executive producer on ST Phase II, has announced he’ll be standing down from the role of James Kirk and hiring a new, professional actor by the name of Brian Gross. Gross, who has had parts in NCIS, CSI, Saving Grace and Cold Case is said to be excited about working on the new project.
Moving on, Teri brings us news of a new TNG era comic book. Written by Brandon Braga, Star Trek: The Next Generation: Hive is being billed as “the final chapter in The Borg saga.” The news of this release is generally met with disappointment by the crew, all of whom firmly believe that the David Mack series Destiny to be true final word on the Borg story arc. Moving on from Braga, Nick recounts to the cast a resent dream involving an Aliens/TNG crossover and involving the gruesome death of Lieutenant Barclay. Sori also recounts to us a Chunk/G&T show crossover sparked by food poising.
As Nick pushes us towards STLV news, we take a quick squirrel tangent to Teri Voyager Rewatch, which has sadly made no new progress despite being pressured to from the rest of the G&T. As punishment, she has had to hand over her boots to Nick, with Lanny in the chat room threatening to get Ronnie Cox involved to make her watch more.
Back to STLV news, several new actors have been added to the rooster, including Virgian Madesan, Lois Jewel, Arlene Martel, Terence Thomas Evans and Stephen Manley. It has also emerged that John Billingsly and Jeffery Combs will not be attending STLV, both sadly having to decline their appearances after getting work. It’s during these announcements, that Xander and Cushmanzada in the chat room begin debating what Teri sounds like at night, earning them a reprimand from Nick.
While we are on the subject of conventions, Cerb takes the time to promote Star Trek London, providing us with an extensive guest list including all five captains as well as many fan favourites including John De Lancie, Casey Biggs and Robin Curtis.
With convention news complete, we move onto this weeks “Ask Dayton”, who’s subject this weeks is sex in the captain’s chair and where one could do it on the enterprise, daring our cast to discuss it and prompting an indent discussion, with suggests coming far and wide for ever series, from ready rooms and arboretum and Bajoran temples and the USS Sagittarius (“Where everyone can hear you moan” as Lanny in the chatroom helpfully suggests).
After an in-depth and frankly perverse discussion, we move onto the main topic of this week’s show, music in star trek, a topic we have long promised after a letter from listener Christopher13 many shows ago. Nick opens the discussion with an observation from an episode he recently watched, Scorpion, and how out of place the music seemed, distracting from the already emotional tense story. This prompts a discussion about Rick Berman’s views on music, viewing it as a distraction from story and character development, as “wallpaper” as Andrew describes it. Andrew also talks about how Berman fired composer Ron Jones after Best of Both Worlds and calling his music over the top and flamboyant. Berman would go on to hire composers for later seasons whose music was much more reserved.
This discussion of music in TNG prompts Nick to enquire about what are the cast’s favourite theme tunes, with Andrew, Cerb, Nick and Sori all rallying around the Deep Space 9 into while Teri holds up Voyager as her favourite. Andrew then gives us his opinions on the intro music to each of the series, believing that they encapsulate the idea behind each of the shows, from TNG optimism and bombastic march to DS9’s sparse and frontierish orchestral piece. During this discussion of into music, Sori puts forth a challenge to Andrew to write a theme tune for Star Trek Vanguard, a novel series both the cast and our listens thoroughly enjoy, as well as hinting at talks about new Reunion into.
With challenges laid down, the discussion soon moves to Enterprise. The opinions on Enterprise’s theme tune quickly become apparent, with both Andrew and Teri deeply disgusted by the use of Faith of the Heart, while Cerb simply feeling disappointed by it. The use of contemporize music quickly becomes a discussion point, with the crew quickly agreeing that its use severely dates and hurts a show. The use of comtempory music also allows our cast to Segway into music in JJ Abrams Star Trek 2009. Teri comments that while the new Star Trek into was good, it is severely hurt by the proceeding use of the Beastie Boys immediately after.
With time running short, the crew decide it is best to close up this discussion. Nick and sori remind our listers to get their entries in for both the G&T Audio drama and Allen’s fanfction challenge. This week’s show ends with Andrew’s entry to the All Things Trek competition playing us out.
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