G & T Supplemental Log – Chase Masterson
G & T Supplemental Log – Chase Masterson is now available to download. Check it out here. Nick and Mike had the distinct pleasure to sit down with the beautiful and talented Chase Masterson to talk about her career, her time spent on DS9 as Leeta, her recent reprisal of the role of Leeta with a Mirror Universe twist, her noble charity Pop Culture Hero Coalition, and the fundraising drive Star Trek Online is launching on Thursday.
Nick handles the introductions. Terry is experiencing some car troubles and isn’t available to join us this time. Nick mentions that he’s not watching The Flash this evening in order to speak with the lovely Chase Masterson, who had appeared in an episode of the show last season.
They start off by talking about her time on The Flash. She praises the family-like atmosphere and welcoming environment the cast and crew created. The people creating the show do it for the love of the genre. And despite their talent, she doesn’t understand why more genre shows don’t win Emmy’s. Mike hopes she will return to The Flash or one of the other DC shows. Chase can’t say much, but hopes that it will happen because she enjoys working with that team of people.
Our audience is more familiar with Chase’s work as Leeta in Star Trek Deep Space Nine. Chase shares the story about how she got onto the show. She originally auditioned for the role of Marta and wrote the role of Leeta for her. She talks about ditching the handsome doctor for Rom, who was a truly beautiful soul on the inside. Leeta and Rom were used to show how a couple could be in love and still make for interesting storytelling.
Nick talks about his favorite episode, It’s Only A Paper Moon, and how it dealt with PTSD. They discuss the effects of violence and war on people, since we are not made to cope with it and how some people retreat into addiction and other problems in order to deal with the trauma. Nick thinks that this episode and In The Pale Moonlight are two episodes that should have been nominated for an Emmy. Chase shares her opinion why genre shows are not considered. She’d rather be a part of a show like Star Trek with enduring themes that the fans take to heart than an Emmy award winning show with no real substance.
Leeta was married to Rom, who had become the Grand Nagus in the prime universe, but in the Mirror Universe, we only got to see her once. Mirror Leeta was incredibly popular, because Leeta was so good in the prime universe and had so much potential to be bad. Star Trek Online has taken Mirror Leeta and ran with her. Chase had so much fun portraying Mirror Leeta and shares some of her motivation for the role. Leeta wants to rule the universe, but there is also a layer of insecurity that lies beneath that desire. Mike admits his surprised that she maintained the title of Captain and Admiral rather than adopting the title that matches her ambition: the role of Empress.
Nick asks about her thoughts on when she first saw Mirror Leeta. Chase wants that outfit and wants everyone to dress as Mirror Leeta at conventions. Mirror Leeta uses her beauty as another weapon in her arsenal, compared to Prime Universe Leeta was much more demure.
Chase has been involved with some fan productions. She played an Orion in Of Gods And Men. She talks about fan productions and praises Star Trek: Continues. More recently, she is going to be involved with Star Trek: Captain Pike because she wants to work with Ray Wise. Linda Park, Robert Picardo, Walter Koenig, and other great actors are involved with the project. Captain Pike is on Indiegogo and they are seeking funding for their production.
She shares a very cool story of how she got to work with Mel Brooks on Robin Hood: Men in Tights. They talk about Mel Brooks.
We change the subject to the fundraiser for Pop Culture Hero Coalition that Star Trek Online is hosting. She talks about her charity that uses pop culture like Star Trek, Star Wars, and more to stand against bullying in all its many forms and so much more. On Thursday, STO will be selling two exclusive ships through Groupees.com with all proceeds from their sale benefiting Chase’s Pop Culture Hero Coalition. They talk about the importance of her work especially with the advent of cyber-bullying. Chase shares some stagger stats about the number of suicides attributed to cyber-bullying alone. The message is that it’s ok to be yourself and to cherish everyone.
Nick mentions the WWE’s Be A Star Campaign, which prompts them to talk about the lasting effects of bullying and the importance of healing these wounds.
Returning to STO’s fundraiser, Chase talks about the Mirror Runabout players can pick up with a $1 donation and the 3 pack T6 ship bundle featuring a T6 Mirror Command Guardian Cruiser that’s available for only $10. When they hit $25,000, everyone that donates will receive a Gold quality Holo Admiral Leeta Duty Officer. The fundraiser goes live Thursday morning at 10am Pacific at Groupees.com/startrekonline/. The fundraiser may be open-ended, but there are a limited number of ships available, so once they sell out they are gone. Get yours quickly. 100% of the profits are going to the Pop Culture Hero Coalition to do their good works.
Nick talks about Chase’s work with James Kerwin in Yesterday Was A Lie and asked about the status of R.U.R.. Chase talks about Connecticut’s desire to implement a state wide anti-bully program based on Pop Culture Hero Coalition approach.
They talk about her upcoming convention appearances. She will be at the New Jersey Comic Expo on Nov. 21st and 22nd. This weekend, she will be at Long Island Who. Because she mentioned Long Island, Mike and Nick talk about the Klingons of Long Island. She will be hosting FedCon in Germany. She will be appearing at all of Creation’s conventions through out 2016 for Star Trek’s 50th Anniversary.
They wind up the interview. We wish her a lot of luck with her organization and with STO’s fundraiser. Mike extends her an invitation to have her back to talk about whatever other projects she’s working on and to give us an update on the progress of her organization.
Star Trek Online’s Groupees Fundraiser (Won’t go live until Thursday)
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He is the co-owner of Busy Little Beaver Productions and is the producer and co-host for G & T Show and Gates of Sto’vo’kor. He’s directed voice actors, and produced and edited audio podcasts and dramas because he doesn’t have the face for video. He plays well with others and is always on the look out for the next project, the next thing, the next next. If he wasn’t working on something with a half dozen other projects waiting in the wings, somebody please check to make sure he’s still breathing.
During the day, he’s a mild-mannered computer repair man who dabbles in web design in his small, rural, Central California community. He lives with his lovingly dysfunctional family and loyal canine companion and spends most of his time in the closet concocting some hair-brained scheme or another. He’s got an unhealthy obsession with Lego video games, Klingons, and Star Trek Online that borders on the neurotic.
Despite all this, he still finds the time to write the words. Find out what he's doing here.
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