G & T Show 55 – Nick goes to Shoreleave 34
G & T Show 55 – Nick Goes to Shoreleave 34 is now available for downloading. Check it out here! This week, Nick is at Shoreleave 34 convention, while Mike broadcasts live from Teri’s home in Albuquerque, where @Wilv79 (Wil) and @Nemesis9842 (Brandon) drop in to say “Hey!” as they prepare for Star Trek Las Vegas next week. Finally, Deyvid joins them over Skype to hear all of the latest news from Shoreleave 34, discuss an all new Ask Dayton, and Listener Mail. Next week, be sure to follow us on Twitter (@TerilynnS, @Gettyburg7,@SoriedemSTO) as we tweet live from STLV. I’d like to thank JonnyQ for providing us with the show notes this week.
First, introductions by Nick, who sounds like deep fried Hell. Nick, Teri, Mike and Dave are present, and a few jokes fly about Star Trek: Online and the fun bug in which ship cloaks deactivate when one of the your bridge officers talks to you. Nick was near Baltimore, attending Shore Leave 34, the largest fan-run con in the U.S., doing live updates for TrekRadio. He and Chris Doohan have a secret, but he won’t divulge on the air, but just in chat. (Those of us listening to the recording are left swinging in the wind. Don’t worry, you’re not alone.) Kevin Dilmore is absent from the con, and Kirsten Beyer as well. Nick laments not being able to chat with her about that. Keith DeCandido is there; had dinner with William Leisner, David R. George III, Marco Palmieri and David Mack. Interview with Keith is forthcoming.
Peter David has also agreed to come on, as has Greg Cox and Christopher Bennett. Teri’s looking forward to a lively discussion with Chris. Nick reminds us that the well-credentialed Chris Bennett will argue his point eloquently without personal attacks, and yet people take his arguments personally. Nick has seen some familiar faces and made new friends. Nick says Teri should have two Cox on one show… and the Cox comments fly in our faces. Nick also met author Kelly Meding, who he mistook for a teenage handler. 😀 Had a great talk with her, lots of obscure references flew back and forth. They both seemed to think each was far younger than they were. Nick finally left Saturday (night?) at 4AM, went home, woke up at 9:50AM. good times.
Chris Doohan does a good Scotty impression; apparently he needed practice. Teri points out that he plays Scotty in “Star Trek Continues” from the Starship Farragut folks. Special effects are good (even BETTER than Star Trek 5!!) 😀 Series picks up on the heels of “Turnabout Intruder.”
Nick tried to interview some of the less familiar authors, and he interviewed Bill Leisner, who looks good and healthy. Also, it turns out that Scott Pearson and his teenage daughter are starting an inter-generational geek podcast. He may yet do an interview w/ G&T. Dave wants to syndicate it with TrekRadio.
Back to Shore Leave- great Bane costume, and someone who looked like Sean Young. Also got to interview actress Musetta Vander, from various works, including MORTAL KOMBAT: ANNIHILATION. (Correction: @Teri, Jeri Ryan was in Mortal Kombat: Rebirth, not Annihilation.) This was the actress who played the character that Harry Kim aardvarked (Nick: “Oh my God, you fucked Harry!” Smooth, very smooth. Her response “But come on, wouldn’t you want to fuck me too?” I stand corrected. 😀 ), and was reprimanded for. Nick tried to get her live on the air, particularly with her South African accent. She wants to be on G&T show. Teri would love to talk to her about her craft. Nick says she spoke about last-minute script tweaks. Sori says he’d like to tweak her. Teri’s eyes continue their rolling. Anyhow, Nick continued to spill his life story to her, as well as one of several versions of the surgery story. Musetta invites Nick to her talk on holistic anxiety and depression treatment methods. All in all, she was very approachable.
LeVar Burton on stage: Nick apologizes for some of the audience’s ridiculous questions. Apparently, during the run of the show, the VISOR had to be almost literally screwed onto his head. Not fun. There was adhesive over his nose and cheeks; wore one VISOR for all seven years. That VISOR is in a box in his office in his house. Joke that Aaron Sorkin got his WEST WING walk-&-talks from watching Geordi on ST:TNG. (Olympic squirrel about world records being broken.) There was a girl dressed as an attractive Borg, asking about Patrick Stewart’s balls, a question that LeVar said made conventions totally worth it. (See FRESH HELL, Season 2, episode 2. Trust me, it’s hilarious.) LeVar was engaging and even talked about READING RAINBOW. Audience sang along. Talked about his mother, and the importance of reading.
Squirrel: Zombie preparedness panel. Nick hears a group of teenagers argue about one of them being a “brony” and that the series creator hates Bronies, though Teri has heard otherwise.
Nick met Tiffany, a smart and well-endowed young woman from Homeland Security dressed as “Sweat Pea” from SUCKER PUNCH, who invites Nick to head to Baltimore ComicCon with her. Nick plans to go as Professor X, as she’ll return as Emma Frost. Deyvid reminds us that these cons are like annual reunions of people you’ve met. Teri cites “Porno Picard” as an example of a fan-recognized regular at the convention. Nick floats DragonCon as a possible G&T venue, Deyvid reminds us of all the non-Creation fan-run conventions out there. There are so many genre conventions all of over the country almost every weekend. It’s refreshing to have teenagers “reignite their geekdom,” especially w/ JJ Trek 2 next year. And they’re a burgeon to the lodging industry (e.g. DragonCon spread over six hotels.). Teri says ComicCon thought about moving San Diego to Anaheim for space issues, but San Diego’s city council bent over backwards to accommodate ComicCon to not lose the massive revenue. Nick compares that situation to The Mark of Gideon. Nick worries about Shore Leave having the same issues someday, e.g. the bar is too diminutive for the growing crowd.
Teri: Any news on upcoming novels? Nick: William Leiter is writing a new TOS novel. Piracy squirrel; Teri quotes Neil Gaiman has softened his stance on pirating, as it allows people to be exposed to new authors whose works are then supported. David R. George (III) thinks differently about piracy, because ~50000 copies of “Rough Beasts of Empire” are being pirated, which is more than it has sold. On the flip side, Nick points out that it’s good to be a well-sought author.
Nick also spoke with David Mack about his non-Trek book “The Calling” where a man who can hear people’s wishes overhears a little girl wish “please, don’t let them kill me.” He’s remolding the story for the screenplay because of its heavy dependence on secondary characters. 20th anniversary DS9 book is upcoming. How about DS9: The Sky’s The Limit? Answer: wry smile. Teri: we are a readership that’s limited in number, but we persevere. Cerb wants to know if book production has increased/decreased since back in the day. Answer: very decreased, and things changed when they introduced a unity to the majority of the 24th-century storylines.
Teri is in the middle of ST:Titan;’s “Falling Gods” and (spoiler!!) the secession of the Andorians. All Andorians are being recalled, particularly from sensitive areas.”
…and now a lot of people are pissed off. Nick and Teri opine that Cranky Riker is the best Riker. Nick shouts out to Lanny’s “sensitive positions.”
Nick bore witness to a fun conversation between Dave Galanter and Scott Pearson about “These Are the Voyages,” as they wonder why it wasn’t set during a better TNG episode than Pegasus; aboard Titan, perhaps?
Teri recommends the Titan books, although they show the UFP’s political side and may conflict with some fans’ expectations. Cerb says the political espionage in Typhon Pact I is what made it great. The forthcoming parallels to Japanese internment camps makes a great literary setting.
Nick’s CO’s sister went to Shore Leave as well, where some of the authors were exasperated from having to keep track of each others’ overlapping story arcs. Deyvid recalls the back and forth that Dayton Mack and Kevin Dilmore would have with their writing. Teri likes learning about other species through Trek literature, like the Tholians in ST:Vanguard. Nick will take an Andorian female over a Klingon one. Suzie Plakson played a key Andorian.
ASK DAYTON: (See Ask Dayton post.) Dayton’s favorite films: APOLLO 13, JAWS, THE RIGHT STUFF, L.A. CONFIDENTIAL, SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION, etc. Also, THE GREAT ESCAPE, DIRTY DOZEN, STALAG 17, etc.. Teri laments the lack of BRIDGE OVER RIVER KWAI and others. Westerns: MAGNIFICENT SEVEN, TOMBSTONE, HIGH NOON, Clint Eastwood films, etc. Comedies: CLERKS, BULL DURHAM, ZOMBIELAND, etc. Ultimate film: SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT.
THE ITALIAN JOB and the BOURNE films have sadly not been seen by some in the room. Guilty Pleasure films follow. Deyvid: LETHAL WEAPON (Interrupted by Will and Brandon crashing the room), ENTER THE DRAGON. Nick gives his three: CANNONBALL RUN, CRUEL INTENTIONS , DIRTY DANCING. Sori: Has no TV, so claims an exemption. Sori ponders, Teri proceeds. Teri: CANNONBALL RUN, (Nick adds DEFINITELY MAYBE to his list), FIFTY FIRST DATES, and CRULL. Nick and Teri bond over that film, which was LIAM NEESON’S first movie. ”
BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM is another common guilty pleasure among the hosts. Deyvid cites the Kosugi Ninja films of the 80s as his choice. Teri: THE LAST STARFIGHTER and ENEMY MINE. THE LAST STARFIGHTER has both Marc Alaimo and Wil Wheaton in it. PRETTY IN PINK, SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL and GOONIES all make the list. AIRPLANE and KENTUCKY FRIED MOVIE, thought they’re a class of their own, are classic. REAL GENIUS is another choice, though a remake is in the works. Deyvid invokes FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH. SUMMER SCHOOL gets added to the list, as we roll into viewer mail.
VIEWER MAIL – “Calling Teri out” by Lanny. Remember when Teri c hewed out the EMH for not watching his daughter die? Lanny is hurt (wounded, even) at Teri for passing judgment on what the EMH can and cannot do and endure, in terms of personal pain. (Nick reads the letter with a Shakespearean intensity.) Teri clarifies that the EMH opting out of the pain (an option unavailable to all the rest of us) momentarily derailed his path to being human. Nick expresses his delight at Lanny’s letter.
Somehow, a squirrel came up and announced that there should be a fan-made version of “Fifty Shades of Grey” featuring Riker. Yikes. Teri wants people to get photoshopping. “Riker” and “ball-gag” were used in the same sentence.
The conversation turns to avoidance of pain; Data’s emotion chip in FIRST CONTACT, and Harry’s heartbreak in THE DISEASE.
“Another Circle of Geekdom” by Gingy. Teri’s comic book subscription; are the hosts familiar with any of the Trek franchise comics from the past? Yes, Teri has the CD-ROM ST comic collection, and so does Nick.
Datalogan’s email is too long to read this week, but stay tuned.
“Urgent reponse is needed ASAP” by Ms. Benita Tung, Hong Kong. She wants Nick to take care of millions of dollars of funds that need to be ushered into this country. (*COUGHSPAM*) Nick will reply with Mike’s contact info.
Last thoughts: Nick saw an actual American Express Black card. Epic. Stay tuned for live streaming from sunny Las Vegas next week. Also ponder: how to cast musicals with the aliens of Star Trek. Discuss. (Klingons and Romulans as Jets and the Sharks; Vulcans in SOUTH PACIFIC; Cardassians in GREASE; Tholians in LES MIS; Caitians in CATS; Ferengi in STARFLIGHT EXPRESS; Bajorans in THE SOUND OF MUSIC.)
Even laster thoughts: Nick suspected that his computer had been stolen while he was giving blood. His fears were unfounded.”
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