G & T Show 246 – Beyond The News
G & T Show 246 – Beyond The News is now available to download. Check it out here. While Nick is away at Shore Leave, Terry, Mike, Janet, and Allen have returned to discuss the latest news from across the Star Trek multi-verse. This week they discuss Television, General, Product, Book, Movie, Convention, and Gaming News, They also briefly discussed the latest happening in the Axanar case with Semantic Shenanigans. For Unofficial Productions, they praise a stop-motion German fan film that took eight years to create. And for 50 for 50, since they finished the count down last week, next week they will discuss their favorite episodes that didn’t make the cut, guilty pleasure episodes, honorable mentions, and so much more. In the mean time, don’t miss out on this informative episode of the G & T Show.
First of all, with Nick at Shore Leave, Terry handles this week’s introductions before jumping into Coffee Klatch. They begin by talking about some of the things Nick has been posting and sharing from Shore Leave. Plus Janet has interviewed Baz for her capstone project. The video will be out next month.
Mike has been playing games but he’s not playing Pokemon Go. The games he plays has some events going on this weekend. And he’s been jumping from Transformers: Earth Wars to Star Trek: Timelines, and back to Star Trek Online. He mentions that he wants more story from the Temporal storyline and blames Daniels for it.
In addition, it’s day nine with no water in Terry and Allen’s house. They hope to have it repaired next week. They’ve been boiling water. Terry has been playing Neverwinter and has been enjoying her new toon, when she hasn’t been working dealing with the storm that passed through Oklahoma. She has been listening to a lot of Critical Role.
They start off with Television News. The first article is from the Inquisitor and states the new show will be both color- and gender-blind. Allen wonders how will the show be gender blind? Terry thinks that the characters will be written without a gender in mind, until auditions and the best actor will be assigned to the role, rather than seeking a specific gendered character.
Terry points out another quote from the article about how they can be more graphic with their show. It prompts them to discuss swearing and how they would like to see it used and not used in the show. They do like the idea of incorporating alien language curse words into the show and even imagine some Tellarite swear words.
Opinions and Speculation
Next, they discuss George Takei wanting a Muslim on the next Star Trek series. They discuss their opinions on the subject. They feel that it would be very token-like, especially since religion has never really been such an integral part of Star Trek. Terry would like to see a person of middle-eastern descent, as long as it could be done in a color- and gender-blind manner.
They loved seeing Faran Tahir in Star Trek 2009 and thought that his time on screen was much too short. They talk about some other people they would like to see potentially join the cast of the new show. Mike would like to see the fleet of robotic Roombas cleaning and repairing the ship. They also talk about seeing a toilet in Star Trek. Mike references the three sea shells in the film Demolition Man. Terry mentions Grog from Critical Role that spent one episode saying bidet rather than “Good Day”.
They move onto General News, beginning with the 1701 News article about the bidding war between Netflix and Sky1 over the new Star Trek television show. Netflix has the larger audience. But Sky1 can grab it if they throw enough money at CBS. This is how licensing works. Furthermore, this is cash upfront going straight into making more Star Trek. Next, Mike covers the Chasing Atlantis Documentary. Okuda, Wheaton, and Roddenberry appear in the documentary following the space shuttle Atlantis. Then Mike quickly reads the synopsis of the documentary. It also features many more notable names in science, space, and fandom.
Star Trek Bridge Tours
Then, there’s the big surprise news from Star Trek.com about James Cawley. He retired from fan films earlier this year. However, all of his hard work in recreating screen accurate Star Trek TOS sets won’t go to waste, since he has acquired a license from CBS to host Star Trek Bridge Tours. The sets are located in Ticonderoga, New York and the tour costs $22 a person. Allen notes it has been creating a kerfuffle within the fan film community, but James is not making a film. Plus he paid for the license to do this. Allen takes a jab at a “fan film producer” that tried to take credit for some of James’ hard work.
They touch on Semantic Shenanigans next. Janet talks about the new stipulation. Both parties have agreed to treat some items as secret. Therefore the public will only see these records if they become part of a motion or are entered into evidence during the trial. In addition, the court has already signed off on the stipulation. This will protect CBS / Paramount’s trade secrets, and it will protect Alec Peters against identity theft among other aspects by keeping some aspect private. A referee judge would be used during the process to oversee the confidentiality of some of this information. They joke about referee judges before getting back on topic. They suspect discovery may reveal Axanar and Alec’s funds were commingled.
Next on the docket is Unofficial Productions. Mike came across a link that he described as amazing. He had talked about it about a month ago when it debuted at FedCon. It’s a German language stop-motion Enterprise Fan film called Enterprise II: The Beginning of the End using Diamond Select action figures. Allen describes it as Robot Chicken but without the jokes. Mike thought the story was pretty good. Terry said it was an extraordinary piece of fan film production. They SFX were high quality. Mike wasn’t distracted by the action figures. The story pulled him in. Mike could tell the story references other stories that the first time viewer may not be privy too.
The filmmaker’s YouTube Channel has other short videos. He’s also going to work on another stop motion video for a Ghostbusters story. Janet says he could do a shorter version meeting the fan film guidelines if he chose to create another video for Star Trek. Then Mike notes this film was allowed to be published because it had been in production prior to the guidelines, which JVC had said would not be an issue and won’t be pulled down or sued over.
They discuss Product News next. The Enterprise NX-O1 refit will be coming out from Eaglemoss in the near future. Doug Drexler had shared photos of the preliminary model of the Enterprise J that Eaglemoss is working on. The review of the model is linked below with photos. Mike thinks that the NX-01 is going to be one of the large models in their collection. It will be roughly the same size as DS9 and the Klingon Bird-of-prey from Star Trek Into Darkness. Terry has been subscribing for several years and is running out of room for them. She praises the company for their work and their service.
Then, they discuss the Hallmark Star Trek Ornaments, which features the Salt Vampire from The Man Trap. For Mike, this is extra special because The Man Trap was the first episode of Star Trek that he remembers seeing. It scared him so bad that he now has a special place in his heart for the episode, the Salt Vampire, and of course, Star Trek. Allen points out that nothing says Christmas like Captain Kirk fighting for his life against a creature. Terry and Allen shared how quickly their local Hallmark store sold out this year. They also talk about the other ornaments debuting this year. They mention some of the past ornaments as well. Janet blames Kevin Dilmore.
For our beer-drinking Trekkie friends, this year Comic-Con and STLV will have be debuting a new beer. Mike explains that Federation of Beer has the license and they subcontract to other small breweries to make new beers under their license. He compares it to Bye Bye Robot and their use of artists to create some of their Star Trek art pieces. Allen corrects Mike for incorrectly calling Bye Bye Robot, Bad Robot. Their new beer is the Golden Anniversary Ale: The Trouble With Tribbles.
But Terry is sad that she can’t attend SDCC and hopes everyone will take lots of pictures. Mike mentions that if you’re able to attend some of the Star Trek panels, send them a message and they may decide to interview you about your experiences at SDCC and the Star Trek stuff you encountered there. Terry talks about the Federation of Beer at STLV during previous STLV conventions.
They next discuss the Star Trek TNG uniform bedding sets. They come with Duvets and Sheets. Plus they all have Captain’s Pips. However, Mike thought the Twin set should have been an Ensign or Lieutenant; the Queen set a Lieutenant Commander or Commander, with the King set being the Captain. Terry describes the bedding set. It’s from ThinkGeek.
One of the many current Trek-related tours is at the EMP Museum, where they are selling an Isolinear Chip 8GB USB Drive. Plus it is a donation to support their non-profit organization. Finally, Big Bang Theory / Star Trek PinMate will debut at SDCC. Although Terry was disappointed to hear it, Mike points out that it will debut and should be available after the convention. The pen mates sit on the end of your pen as you write. The Big Bang Theory characters are dressed up in their Trek Uniforms. They’re very fun.
Book News is next on the agenda. Our friends at the Trek Collective has a new article with all of the latest book news, including: Star Trek: The Classic UK Comics: The Complete Series: Volume Two 1970-1972, Star Trek: DS9: Rules of Accusation, The Star Trek Encyclopedia, and Hidden Universe Travel Guide – Star Trek: Vulcan. They discuss each of the books. Terry praises Trek Collective’s efforts to report on everything happening in Star Trek. Terry talks about Amazon’s Prime Day. Mike didn’t miss it, but he chose to avoid Amazon all together since he’s saving up for Vegas. Terry, however, purchased a lot of fun stuff to giveaway at their booth at STLV, including a copy of Larry Nemecek’s Stellar Cartography book, along with so much more.
Free Giveaways are Coming!
And CBS licensing will also be providing some items to give away. Come on down to the booth during the convention and pick up a ticket and get a chance to win a lot of free stuff. One of the winners from last year was in the chatroom this morning. They thank CBS and Allen for the stuff. In other book news, Star Trek: The Movies, Vol. 1 by Titan Magazines is now available. It features information about the original movies through Star Trek Into Darkness.
Movie News is up next. With the film due out next week, there’s alot of movie news. Some of our friends have already seen it. People can talk about their impressions but they are not allowed to talk about the specifics of the film. The Engage Podcast however discussed the film in a round table episode with Spoilers. Mike is saving it for after he watches the film. They talk about Simon Pegg’s response to Takei’s comments. This isn’t the same Sulu Takei had portrayed. It was a different universe. Cho’s character is gay.
Mike mentions everything after the Kelvin’s destruction is different which includes many of their births. Terry doesn’t agree. She thinks it’s a different universe altogether since Kirk was born in Iowa and not in space as it had been portrayed in 2009. Terry is fine with the idea of an alternate universe rather than a different Timeline. Allen agrees. They should have been in a completely different universe from the get-go.
There is a new vignette on the making of Rihanna’s Sledgehammer video. Terry explains the difference between a score and soundtrack and the use of the song as a means to get the film recognized for a possible Emmy nod. They, then, discuss the Star Trek dubsmash video a fan compiled of Chris Pine and crew lip-syncing to various songs similar to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter actors had recorded. Mike appreciated scenes with Cho and Yelchin.
Next up, the actor who played the security officer known as ‘Cupcake’ was surprised he was going to be in Star Trek Beyond. In Into Darkness, he had died, but the scene had been cut from the film and wasn’t even included in the deleted scenes on the DVD. It allowed him to appear in Beyond. Allen thinks it would be interesting to promote Cupcake to the bridge in place of Yelchin. Plus another article mentions they will not be recasting Chekov. Hence Mike is hoping for an Arex or some other CGI alien on the bridge.
Reviews of Star Trek Beyond
Next, they gloss over the article saying response to the new film has been overwhelmingly positive. Additionally, Mike quickly talks about one of his friends who had attended the premiere of Beyond for ScienceFiction.com and some of her impressions of the film. She had joined SuperGeeks with Mike to talk about her feeling of the film and she said she would definitely see the film again. Then, JJ Abrams said another film is likely. Pine and Quinto have already signed off on it and a Chinese company already pre-paid for it.
Rumors About the Next Film
Mike doesn’t know why Abrams is talking about the next film since Beyond and the next film have already been subcontracted to another company. Terry has been hearing good things about Beyond which was written by Pegg, but she hated Orci and company’s writing efforts.
Then the chatroom shared a link saying Chris Hemsworth will be in the next film. Terry and Allen thinks it will probably be in a flashback. Mike hopes so and not some alternate universe / timeline / whatever. They talk about the B-Roll video. There’s a moving scene with Yelchin and Cho. It doesn’t spoil anything but towards the end, it does provide a peek at some of the aliens appearing in the film. It worth checking out.
Who Stays? Who Goes?
The article said they won’t be recasting Chekov’s role; this tells Mike something about the Beyond. They know someone is supposed to die in the film. Pine and Quinto have signed contracts already, and since they’re not going to recast Chekov implies his character lives through the film, which leaves McCoy, Sulu, and Uhura. One of them will die and they hope it’s not Sulu since it would be very old trope. They will have to wait until next week to find out.
Then they move onto Convention News . G & T Show will be at STLV. Everything is falling into place. They will be there beginning Tuesday night throughout the entire weekend.Their guests are Terry Erdmann and Paula Block, Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore, and JK Woodward. Woodward will be selling his work and taking commissions. Mike is looking forward to hearing the amazing things to be dreamed up when all five of them are together. STLV announced another new guest. Karl Urban will be their 101st guest along with a few others. Terry goes over some of them. They also go over some of the events Creation will be holding during STLV.
Geek Nation Tours
Plus Geek Nation Tours should be beginning their tour this coming week which will take them from San Francisco to LA and culminate at STLV. Then, they note Entertainment Earth will be hosting Brent Spiner and Nichelle Nichols at their booth to sign autographs and meet fans. Then, they talk about Critericon. It will be held at the Rio Hotel during STLV but it will not interfere with the conventions’ events since their activities will be held after hours. Terry will be hosting a Podcaster Summit during Critericon late on Saturday night. She quickly mentions some of the other events they will be holding. Critericon is looking for some help with the convention and is trying to raise some money to help cover the cost of their space. Help if you can.
Then they discuss Gaming News, beginning with a Star Trek Online Fiction story titled: Aftershocks. Mike talks about the story. He describes it as the first stages of how Mirror Universe got her groove back and became the Empress. He really enjoyed it. He didn’t see a credit for the story other than Laughing Trendy, so he blames her for the wonderful story. Next week, Star Trek Online in honor of the release of Star Trek Beyond will be giving away to everyone the Kelvin Admiral Uniform. Log into the game, go to the Zen Store and pick it up from the Promotions tab. Terry hasn’t played a lot of STO this week.
Also, there is a lifetime subscription sale for STO going on right now. Terry goes over some of the benefits of the lifetime subscription, including the free 500 zen and 8 Foundry slots. There was some confusion about the new cruisers part of the AoY pack. The 26th century ships can swap skins with their 23rd century counterparts.
However, Mike had an issue with the 26th century ships and had to contact support for help. Because he claimed the ships early on and deleted the 26th century ships, he didn’t have the room to store them. But when he wanted to reclaim them, he found a ship bundle for the 31st century ships. However, he couldn’t find one for the 26th century ships. After speaking with support, he realized they are not bundled but are individual ships and are located at the bottom of the list. They don’t know what STO will be doing at STLV but G & T Show still has codes for Leeta Doff and Doctor Boff.
Star Trek Timelines
Furthermore Star Trek Timelines just announced John DeLancie will be at their booth at STLV. Plus Mike has heard as a rumor that Timelines will be giving away a free exclusive item at their booth at STLV. Mike is very excited about it.
Fifty for Fifty Aftermath
They don’t have a 50 for 50 this week since they completed the list last week. However, next week, they will talk about their personal favorites, guilty pleasures, and honorable mentions which did not make it into the top 50 episodes. And they want to know what episodes do YOU think should have made the list but didn’t. Share your thoughts with us on social media, via email, or by posting on their forums here.
Then they wind down the show with announcements. Mike quickly mentions The O Sports Show and Live Love Play. Terry watched Ross Twitch the other night and enjoyed it. Ross does twitch, SuperGeeks will also appear there. The episode with Janice Kay Cantano will be up soon talking about Star Trek Beyond. The audio productions (Starfinder, Gates of Sto’vo’kor, and Blood of the Nei’rrh) are moving forward. They need more voices to help them with Blood of the Nei’rrh so contact Mike if you are interested.
Support These Projects
It’s been a while since Terry has mentioned the charities they support. She points everyone to the links near the bottom of their page, which features the Antaeus Theater Company, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund, Enterprise In Space, and Pilot N Paws.
Then Terry talks about each of the charities briefly. And she moves on to thank all of bands, groups, and musicians who have graciously allowed us to use their music for our productions. They include: Five Year Mission, Andrew Allen, Warp 11, Enterprise Blues Band, and Grethor. Mike adds there is a new one that hasn’t been included in the list. BLB has permission to use Invocation Array. But these are not sponsors. Instead, they allow us to use their music. Finally, they conclude this week’s episode of the G & T Show.
G & T Show & BLB Productions News
- O Sports Show – http://www.osportsshow.com
- Live Love Play – http://www.iliveloveplay.com
- Starfinder – http://www.ussstarfinder.com
- Gates of Sto’vo’kor – http://www.gatesofstovokor.com
- Blood of the Nei’rrh – http://www.bonromshow.com
- Bryan Fuller promises new series will be gender- and color-blind – http://www.inquisitr.com/3245178/star-trek-ep-bryan-fuller-promises-new-series-will-be-genderblind-as-well-as-colorblind/
- Takei: It would be important to have a muslim on Star Trek – http://13thdimension.com/takei-it-would-be-important-to-have-a-muslim-on-star-trek/
- Netflix and Sky1 compete for UK Trek Rights – http://1701news.com/node/1270/netflix-sky-1-compete-uk-trek-rights.html
- The Original Series Set Tour to Open in Ticonderoga, New York – http://www.startrek.com/article/the-original-series-set-tour-to-open
- Star Trek: Bridge Tours – http://startrektour.com/
- Okuda, Wheaton, & Roddenberry in Chasing Atlantis Doc – http://www.startrek.com/article/okuda-wheaton-roddenberry-in-chasing-atlantis-doc
- Eaglemoss Starship Collection: Enterprise NX-01 Refit Review – https://startrekstarships.wordpress.com/2016/03/27/enterprise-nx-01-refit/
- Hallmark has outdone itself with its new Star Trek Keepsake Ornaments – http://io9.gizmodo.com/hallmark-has-truly-outdone-itself-with-this-new-star-tr-1783376413
- Tribbles-inspired beer at comic-con and STLV – http://www.startrek.com/article/tribbles-inspired-beer-at-comic-con-trek-vegas
- Star Trek TNG Uniform Bedding Set – http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/ipsj/
- EMP Museum Shop: Isolinear Chip USB Drive – http://shop.empmuseum.org/product/Star_Trek_Isolinear_Chip_USB_Drive
- Big Bang Theory/T)OS Pin Mat figures to Debut at Comic-Con – http://www.startrek.com/article/big-bang-theory-tos-pin-mate-figures-to-debut-at-comic-con
- Someone spent eight years making a stop-motion Star Trek film – http://motherboard.vice.com/en_uk/read/star-trek-stop-motion-film
- Jurgen Kaiser’s Stop Motion Studio YouTube Channel – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjL3cOA-mj64wIMs2pCezZQ
- TrekCollective: Latest Star Trek prose, comics, and non-fiction – http://www.thetrekcollective.com/2016/07/book-bits-latest-star-trek-prose-comics.html
- Star Trek: The Movies Book Out Now – http://www.startrek.com/article/star-trek-the-movies-book-out-now
- Simon Pegg Expands Comments on Sulu Revelation – http://trekcore.com/blog/2016/07/simon-pegg-expands-comments-on-sulu-revelation/
- The Making of Sledgehammer – http://www.startrek.com/article/the-making-of-sledgehammer
- Star Trek Beyond: Dubsmash – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VlqJaZRagg
- “Cupcake” Actor surprised he got to Trek Beyond – http://trekcore.com/blog/2016/07/cupcake-actor-surprised-he-got-to-trek-beyond/
- First Reactions to Star Trek Beyond Overwhelmingly Positive – http://trekmovie.com/2016/07/13/first-reactions-to-star-trek-beyond-overwhelmingly-positive/
- JJ Abrams Says Fourth Star Trek Film is Very Likely – http://www.treknews.net/2016/07/14/jj-abrams-fourth-star-trek-film-is-happening/
- Abrams Teases Chris Hemsworth’s return for Star Trek 4 – http://www.ew.com/article/2016/07/16/jj-abrams-teases-star-trek-4-chris-hemsworth-return
- Behind-the-scenes b-roll footage from Star Trek Beyond – http://www.treknews.net/2016/07/15/star-trek-beyond-behind-the-scenes-b-roll-video/
- Chekov Won’t Be Recast After Yelchin’s Death – http://1701news.com/node/1294/chekov-wont-be-recast-after-yelchin-death.html
- Star Trek Online: Fiction: Aftershocks – http://www.arcgames.com/en/games/star-trek-online/news/detail/10069563-aftershocks
- Star Trek Online: Kelvin Admiral uniform giveaway – https://www.arcgames.com/en/games/star-trek-online/news/detail/10073423
- Star Trek Online: Lifetime Subscription Sale – http://www.arcgames.com/en/games/star-trek-online/news/detail/10067173-star-trek-online%3A-lifetime-subscription-sale
- Star Trek Timelines: De Lancie Joining Timelines at STLV – http://www.startrek.com/article/de-lancie-joining-timelines-at-trek-vegas
- Brent Spiner and Nichelle Nichols signing at Entertainment Earth’s booth at SDCC – http://www.startrek.com/article/nichols-spiner-signing-at-comic-con
- STLV Panels & Events Page – http://www.creationent.com/cal/st_lasvegas_events.html
- Critericon Schedule of Activities on Indiegogo – https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/critericon-2016-prequel-event#/
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