G & T Show STLV 2015 – Post Con Wrap Up
G & T Show STLV 2015 – Post Con Wrap Up is now available to download. Check it out here. Nick, Terry, and Mike relax at Chez Shull with Allen Shull, and Laurie and Jim of the Ferris Anomaly to reminisce on everything they had experienced from the Star Trek Las Vegas 2015 convention at the Rio Hotel and Casino, beginning with their road trip to and from Las Vegas.
They are recovering from the con. They begin with the havoc on the highway they caused east of Winslow, Arizona when the minivan they rented started breaking down. They were able to get to the rest area, where they made the best of the situation and had a picnic. They were traveling with Rianne. Allen suggested that the Meteor Crater was punishing them for not stopping as they have in the past. They eventually picked up a rental car at the Flagstaff airport. Terry recounts a story of an impatient person at the rental counter. Mike was a good samaritan. Laurie and Mike recount the story of a lost camera and its return to its rightful owner. The rest of the trip to Vegas was smooth and pleasant in the rented Dodge Charger.
They reached the hotel and checked in around 7pm. The Ferris Anomaly had issues with their rooms. Laurie tells them about it. Nick chimes in, saying he didn’t get his choice of towers, as he had requested. The Ferris’ issues were eventually resolved. The Ferris’ went on a tour the next day on the Pink Jeep to the Hoover Dam. She tells us about their experience. While the Ferris’ were on their tour, the G & T Show was setting up their booth for preview night. Mike had rented a scooter ahead of the convention to help with his mobility issues and was all over the convention.
They got their booth all set up by the time James Kerwin arrived with some Kipleigh Brown signage and other items for the booth. There was an embargo on unofficial productions at the con, so they had to cover up Star Trek: Continues on Kipleigh’s banner. Laurie mentions that Marina Sirtis didn’t adhere to it, when during her panel, she sent a shout out to Vic Mignogna, pitched Star Trek: Continues, and mentioned that she voiced the computer in the series.
The vendor’s room opened at 6pm for preview night. They were right next door to OMAZE that were taking donations for their charities. They missed being next to Geek Nation Tours and Garret Wang. Anovos and the G & T Show swapped booths from the previous year. The Star Trek Cruise was across the way. Terry talks about the Star Trek Cruise. Their theme for this year’s convention was ‘For Cardassia!” Mike went to the Masquerade bar around 9pm to get his drink on. Terry wondered why the Masquerade bar is so popular when the iBar is so much more comfortable. Allen offers an explanation. Laurie and Nick expound on it. That night was when Mike started hobnobbing with some very important people. Terry mentions Matt Hunt from Fifth Passenger. Terry called it a night early.
They move onto Thursday, the first day of the convention. It started off slow in the morning, but by the afternoon, they knew this was going to be the busiest and best con yet. It was on this day our booth was the hangout of choice for Vic, Michelle, Chris Doohan, Robert J. Sawyer, James and Kipleigh, Emo Phillips, and Pat Smith among others. They were next to the Eaglemoss Starships, which drew people and caused them to stop by our booth. Nick introduced us to Creepy Nick, who started photo-bombing them every time he got the chance.They talk about the raffle and some of the prizes they were giving away.
Thursday night was Karaoke. This year they did something different. They had invited Anthony Montgomery to MC the event for the first hour. Then, Connor Trinneer and Dominic Keating took his place. They were both drunk and were expecting awful performances. What they got, however, surprised them. The Karaoke was awesome. It kept getting better and better. They mention some of the standout performances.
Mike digresses back to Wednesday and explains that five minutes after the vendor’s room opened, they had met their first listener and fan. Over the course of the weekend, there were lots of people they had met that listened to the show and knew who they were. James was even mistaken for Karl Urban and they called him that for the rest of the weekend. The teasing became worse when the real Karl Urban cancelled his appearance on Saturday.
Returning to Thursday night’s Karaoke. When Terry had left, the show was ending. However, she was surprised to learn the next day that there were several more songs sung that night. They went to the Masquerade bar for a drink before going to bed for the night. Mike mentions that they had a couple of interviews on Thursday, which Terry corrected him, it was actually Friday. The interviews were with Federation of Beer and Anthony Montgomery. Jim wakes up from his nap and joins the conversation.
Before jumping to Friday’s happenings, Laurie talks about the panels they had watched during the convention. She begins with the Happy Days on Star Trek. They talk about directors and It’s Only A Paper Moon. While G & T was stuck at the booth, the Ferris’ attended panels. Nick managed to attend a couple of panels: The Nimoy Tribute and the STO Panel. Jim talks about the Klingons panel. Jim talks about his favorite question, which was the first question. Terry loves J.G. Hertzler. Mike mentions that he met J.G. at the Masquerade on Thursday. Terry mentions some of the other celebrities that were at the Masquerade on Thursday.
Nick moves us to Friday. When he got to the booth in the morning, he had no voice. Friday was difficult for everyone. That was the day they spoke with Anthony Montgomery and they were twenty minutes into the interview when she realized that she had forgotten to hit the record button. Nick ends up showing up in time to re-record the interview. Then, they had the interview with Federation Of Beer. Terry talks about some of the interviews and mentions that they had recorded a promo for Federation of beer that will be released later.
Terry asks about the panels the Ferris’ saw on Friday. Laurie starts off with the DS9 panel. Laurie’s favorite panel was the Alice Krige panel. Later in the day was the TNG panel with Marina Sirtis, Michael Dorn, and Denise Crosby. Terry and Mike came in towards the end of the panel, because they didn’t want to miss the STO panel that was following it. Nick talks about Denise Crosby’s desire to create Trekkies 3. While G & T was at the STO panel, the Ferris’ were on their way to the AMC theater to watch Star Trek: Renegades. They rewind a bit and talk about the STO panel and the Meet the Devs event at the iBar.
New Dawn was announced and the Iconian War is finally over. Terry tells Laurie about the Iconian War, as Laurie doesn’t play STO. Nick and Mike help sell the game to her as well. Returning to the STO panel, Nick mentions that Aron Eisenberg was present in his Nog makeup. “Play A Ferengi” was his mantra during the panel. Denise Crosby returned. G & T interviewed Al Rivera the next day. Chase Masterson was there and it was revealed that she will be playing Mirror Leeta in Season 11. Mike mentions that the new episode, Butterfly, was released on Thursday (Aug. 13th).
After the STO panel, Nick changed into his leopard wear before attending the iBar for the Meet the Devs event. He shares a story about how drunk he got during the event because he slammed two drinks on an empty stomach and in such a short amount of time. He had dinner with Kipleigh and Emo to sober up, while Terry and Mike hung out with STO developers.
Jim starts telling them about the Star Trek: Renegades showing and Q & A at the AMC panel. He shares the premise of the film. He thinks that it ends in such a way that it could go on as a continuing series. They praised Adrianne Wilkenson. Allen mentions the production quality in some of these unofficial productions, specifically Axanar, Continues, and Renegades. Terry talks about Axanar‘s Kickstarter. Laurie jumps ahead and mentions a comment George Takei made during his panel that a portion of ticket sales for his stage show Allegiance will be donated to Axanar.
After the meet the devs event, G & T went to the Continues panel, since James had gotten them VIP seats for the showing. Nick talks about how Vic wanted the show to sound like the Avengers. Then, after the showing, they saw the teaser for the next episode. During the Q & A, Vic revealed how he got so many extras in the right costumes with the right props and with all of the pyrotechnics required for next to nothing.
Terry mentioned that G & T had spoken with Rico Anderson, who had played an alien in Renegades. Jim and Laurie talk about the elaborate prosthetic he wore. Jim said the Archer was his favorite Starfleet ship. It spurs some debate about which ship is the Icarus and which is the Archer. They clear it up. Terry was glad that the Ferris’s enjoyed it, because they were concerned about the project, since it was the first major fan film that requested a massive budget. She goes on to describe the numerous times, they had to launch a Kickstarter or Indiegogo in order to complete the film. It’s an issue that Axanar is experiencing now. The group discusses it.
They move onto ST:C. The Ferris’s were there for it as well. Nick was eager to get to his next story and glanced over The White Iris. Everyone cried. They discuss how many times Star Trek made them cry. Mike thought the Q & A was very informative. Mike had asked a few good questions, including where the Engineering room was being built. They discuss the highlights of the Q & A. Laurie was happy to hear that Continues didn’t just want to create sequels to existing episodes. They wanted to tell new stories as well. Terry once described The White Iris as showing the weight of loss that people in Kirk’s position carry when they lose people.
Nick finally gets to his story. After seeing Star Trek: Continues, they got lost driving back to the Rio. They share their thoughts and how they finally made it back to the hotel. When they did get there, they saw Dave Chappelle get out of the limousine with the rest of the Continues cast and crew. Mike offers a story next about hanging out with the Ferris’ and Dave Chappelle at Evening Call, the Rio’s Slushie bar, when Vic and Michelle come in. Mike spoke with them. They complimented him on his questions. He used his marketing background to offer them some advice on how to increase their exposure. Mike and Terry called it the day at three am, while Nick went over to the Masquerade. Nick shares a story about hanging out with the guys from Five Year Mission and two girls.
The Ferris talk about the panels they watched, including Joan Collins.
They really enjoyed what she had to say about Star Trek. They talk about it. They watched Shatner after that. Shatner addressed the Takei controversy and talked about the compromises he had made during Star Trek V. Jim went to get his new tattoo of the Vulcan from STO’s marketing material that some people refer to as T’Boobs. The funny thing about it was that Jim doesn’t even play STO, which the STO devs got a good laugh about. Jim talks about his decision to get the tattoo.
Nick talks about a goth couple that came by wearing pleather Starfleet uniforms. While Jim was getting his tattoo, Laurie went to the Voyager panel. She talks about some of the highlights from the panel. She had a lot of fun with it.
Saturday night, they found a place to eat. They tried getting into the Italian place, but they had a large party and couldn’t get seated. They ended up at the buffet, which was overpriced and not that great. Laurie loaded up on shrimp to get the most value for the money, but Mike didn’t know there was shrimp. Nick had a full Thanksgiving dinner. Mike had the roast beef. They talk about dinner. After dinner, they ended up at the Masquerade bar once again. They talk about some of the problems that the Masquerade and the Starbucks has during the convention. Terry went to bed early for the final day of the convention.
Sunday was just as busy as Saturday. The vendor’s room was quiet until the panels let out and you could hear the people coming. They had a few more interviews on Friday. They mention them quickly. Mike had the Timelines panel. They also interviewed John Radoff, the CEO of Disruptor Beam, immediately after interviewing Fark. Terry thinks they may have scared John because of the way they were talking with Fark. The interview with John was back in professional mode.
After the vendor’s room closed, they broke down the booth and had to wait for a long time to get the truck from valet in order to put away their stuff. They learned some lessons. While G & T was putting way their booth, Laurie and Jim went to upgrade their tickets for next year, which turned out to be a long adventure all of its own. They talk about the process, and reveal that Gold tickets have already sold out. They think that everything, including the vendor booths will sell out long before the convention comes around. Terry recommends everyone grabs their tickets sooner than later, because Captain’s Chair and Copper will sell out and General Admission will be limited. They talk about the limitations that Creation imposes on themselves. She would like to see the convention moved to a convention center rather than being held at the hotel.
Laurie talks about the panels they saw on Sunday, which included the DS9, the George Takei, the TNG panel with Sir Patrick Stewart. They talk about the various panels they attended. Mike mentioned the good news that G & T Show received on Sunday. They got permission from Vaughn Armstrong to use music from the Enterprise Blues Band in our show. Mike then mentions that they attended the Rat Pack event at the end of the con. He loved it. Terry reveals that they will be closing out the show for every Creation Star Trek convention in 2016. Jim mentioned his autograph and his conversation with James Darren. Terry also grabbed a James Darren autograph.
Monday was the drive home. As they were packing, the power went out in the hotel, twice. The bell desk was busy and couldn’t pick up Terry’s stuff in a timely manner, so she carried it all downstairs herself. Meanwhile, Mike had sent his stuff down two hours earlier to the bell desk. Because of the power outage, Terry neglected to follow her checkout checklist. The elevators stopped working. Mike shares the issues he had getting on the elevators when they did start working again. When he got downstairs, he watched everyone’s stuff and never once thought about his own stuff. The valet rushed Terry and Mike out of the area, so they could get people moving through the line. They were about an hour down the road, when they realized that Mike didn’t have his walker or his luggage. They had to turn around and go back to get his stuff. It was a perfect counterbalance to what Mike had done when he arrived in Albuquerque. Even though they had returned to the Rio, Terry didn’t realize that she had forgotten her iPad. They had made it to Flagstaff before Terry realized that she didn’t have it. Allen was notified and he took care of it by calling the Rio and making arrangements to have the iPad located and shipped back to her.
Jim shares a Flagstaff story when they stopped at Del Taco. Nick mentions the issues he had on the flight out to Albuquerque, as there was a prolonged delay in Dallas due to a broken radio. Nick received a credit for his trouble, which prompts Allen to share his experience dealing with the Rio’s customer support regarding Terry’s iPad. He praised them for their service.
Mike takes a minute to talk about the roommate he shared his room with on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night. Paul, Spock Vegas, was looking for a place to crash during the con, and Mike gladly volunteered the second bed in his room. He was glad to help a fellow Trekkie and sends a shoutout to Paul. Terry sends shout outs Markie Mark, Brandon Felczer, Starfleet Mom, Priority One Podcast, and others. Mike thanks the people from Star Trek: Timelines, OMAZE, and Star Trek Online for hanging out with them during the convention. There were too many people to thank. It was a great convention. Nick thanks their sponsor: alcohol.
They talk about the people briefly who got hit with the con-crud. With that they wind up the post STLV wrap up.
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