G & T Show 221 – Real Trek Fans Park Here
G & T Show 221 – Real Trek Fans Park Here is now available to download. Check it out here. Nick, Terry, Mike, and Janet return this week for a new episode. They discuss a plethora of news topics emerging in and around the Star Trek Multiverse, including: Technology, General News, Products, Books, the STLV 2016 Convention, Television News, and Unofficial Productions. We also have our first Ask Dayton for the year. They also discuss ENT’s Azanti Prime and TNG’s Unification Part 1 for their 50 For 50 segment this week. You don’t want to miss out on all of the fun.
After introductions, they begin with this week’s Coffee Klatch. After a few moments of consideration, Mike talks about the new fun packs that came out for LEGO Dimensions. He found a Flintstones secret room to add to all of the great little references he had come across in the game. His niece stole the new Harley Quinn mini-figure in the DC Team Pack with Joker and Harley. The Cyberman and Dalek fun pack inspired his niece and nephew to run around the house saying EXTERMINATE as they tried to do just that to one another. Nick isn’t familiar with LEGO Dimensions. Mike and Terry talk about the game and how the Toys to Life game works. Mike reveals that in order to get to the Flinstones secret room, he had to use the Doctor Who Tardis to get there as well as the Jetsons secret room.
Janet has class starting tomorrow and has been reading in order to prepare. She’s studying Project Management and offers a spoiler for it. She’s also done some blogging this week, including a Fan Dance covering everything we need to know so far about the Axanar lawsuit. Check out Sound, Fury, & Axanar. Nick was snowed in this week. He got 30 inches so far and has not seen any snow plows yet. He’s been working keeping the people of his community informed about the latest happenings involving the blizzard hitting the east coast. During the show, he warns us that he will be working, answering emails, and updating their Facebook page. Terry worked this week. Allen had Friday and the first part of next week off. However, he’ll be dealing with household responsibilities.
Before jumping into Star Trek News, Nick asks if Terry had seen Legends of Tomorrow yet? She had not watched any television this week, including Agent Carter. Mike is pleased that almost every day this week, they have a new superhero show beginning with Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow. X-Files premieres tonight. They talk about X-Files. Terry was never much of a fan of the show. She didn’t like Duchovny. The stream experience a bit of trouble and continues to cut in and out of the chat room throughout the show.
They move onto this week’s news, beginning with Technology News and the Star Trek-like Tricorder device coming to smart phones in the form of Scion, which is a small, handheld spectrometer that can analyze the composition of foods, pills, and so much more by comparing what it scans with an online database. It can tell you the caloric, sugar, and fat content of the food you eat. Mike doesn’t know when they will start selling it, but they will be keeping an eye for it.
Terry wants to talk about a very special book that has been making news this week. Dayton Ward has a new book coming out in July called Hidden Universe: A Travel Guide To Vulcan. It’s a riff off the Lonely Planet Travel Guides. Terry asks everyone to support the G & T Show by using our links when making purchases through Amazon. Mike reads a few lines from Dayton’s post about the book that he found rather humorous. There wasn’t very any more book news to share, but Terry mentions that the first of the TOS 50th Anniversary books should be coming out soon. Dayton has several new books coming out this year.
They discuss General News next, beginning with the OMAZE fundraiser where you can win a private dinner with George Takei to benefit Inspire Change Broadway, which will send school children to watch plays such as George’s Allegiance. Terry’s dog knocks her microphone over. She talks about the charity and the grand prize. It may not be a Star Trek thing, it is a broadway thing. She takes a moment to squirrel on about the new Broadway streaming channel that launched recently. They go on to talk about the play, Misery, and how people living out west would never get a chance to see it, unless it is recorded an put on the Broadway channel. Mike describes what the charity does and the importance that a play like Allegiance offers to children. It was a lesson he never received in school and is pleased that children are going to learn and experience this bit of history.
Next, Mike talks about Cleveland’s support of the local chapter, the USS Challenger, of Star Trek and the Federation fan organization’s charitable activities with a resolution of appreciation. They raised $15,000 for charities ranging from annual food drives, animal shelters, Toys for Tots, March for Babies, Heartwalk, and Laura’s Home among others. Mike goes on to say that these are Real Star Trek Fans.
Terry talks about the Scottish Nation Party’s hope to establish Europe’s first spaceport in the UK with William Shatner and George Takei throwing in their support behind the group. Terry wonders if its a Virgin Galactic space port. Mike explains that it’s probably going to be a general purpose space port, but Virgin will probably be one of the first commercial providers to take advantage of it. He goes on to state that right now, the only way the EU can get materiel into orbit is by outsourcing it to either Russia if there are people involved or somewhere in the Southern Hemisphere (incorrectly, he thought it was in Africa, but it’s actually French Guiana in South America) for everything else. Terry talks about Virgin Galactic’s ability to launch.
They talk about Television News next and the revelation that Star Trek will be pulled from Amazon’s streaming service in February. It may be also be leaving Netflix once it’s contract is up. It is currently available on CBS All Access. Nick sarcastically rages against the idea. Terry talks about a la cart streaming. The article also mentions that CW is also launching a streaming service as well. They try to figure out who is the company behind CW. They discover that it’s a join venture between CBS and Warner Brothers. Nick is pleased to learn that CBS is involved with nearly some of the best superhero shows currently on television. Terry goes on to talk about that it’s the wave of the future and talks about the problems ESPN are facing with more and more people cutting cable. It may change once ESPN goes to streaming service. Several of the sports have their own streaming service such as MLB and NFL networks. The new Star Trek series will be an anchor for CBS All Access. They talk about the savings involved with cutting cable and switching to all of these streaming services and getting only the streaming channels and services that you want and none of the excess fluff included with cable to increase your bill.
They move onto Product News next. Terry talks about the Mezco’s action figures. The second one in the series is Sulu. The first one in the series was Spock. They each include a second head with a different facial expression with each one and several hand options with accessories, such as Sulu’s Sword. The Spock figure will be released in June and can be pre-ordered through Entertainment Earth. Quickly, Mike talks about an article he came across about a Star Trek product. A guy went to a Walmart’s Clearance section and found a new in box Playmates Defiant playset from the 90s for sale. No one know what to charge for it, so he walked away with it for only $20. He got a great deal, since on Amazon they cost $250.
They move to this week’s Unofficial Productions News starting with Starbase Studios. They have a GoFundMe going to build new sets. They are making their sets available to anyone that wants to use them and all they ask in return are donations to cover the cost of cleaning the sets after use. They are only trying to raise a few thousand dollars and last time Mike checked, they were only $500 away from their goal. Terry wants to talk about Red Shirt Diaries. Their latest episode, 29 Operation Annihilate, features Larry Nemecek as drunk McCoy. Nick wishes Larry a happy birthday. The ending was a kick in the balls. They praise their work.
Mike talks about a couple more. First, a new clip and a release date for Star Trek: Horizons have been set. The web release date will be February 28th 2016 with a private showing at the Royal Oak Main in Royal Oak, Michigan on February 25th. There are 140 seats available and those that donated at the proper level will receive tickets that will guarantee them a seat to the premiere. There’s a new clip but Mike isn’t sure if it’s gone public for everyone or if it’s still only available to donors. Mike praises the quality of the project and is looking forward to seeing it. The second piece that Mike has is in regards to Dark Armada. They are finishing up their 10 year long run. They are going to be starting up Star Trek Batavia. Mike wonders if this a fan production reboot? or if they are moving forward with the story by refocusing it on the hero ship. Terry draws a parallel to Farragut with their choice to move forward with their production.
Nick takes us into the latest news coming out of the Axanar lawsuit. The show has been gaining attention and was contacted by Alec Peters. They had asked Alec several times to be on the show and he failed to appear for the interview three times with the most recent being a couple of weeks ago. Axanar has obtained legal representation and they have filed and extension to file the lawsuit. Nick reads the exchange between Mike and Alec that occurred this week. He goes on to talk about the emergency staff meeting that they held. Nick passes it to Terry to talk about our response to Alec, but first he clarifies that G & T is not a news show. They are an opinion podcast and talk about what they like about Star Trek and Star Trek storytelling. Terry explains that what the show wants to talk about is in regards to the litigation. They are concerned fans with questions and are not haters. They are looking for truthful answers to the questions and concerns they have. The concerns are based on the things they’ve read from the legal paperwork as well as other places in addition to things that other fans and donors have brought to their attention. In light of the fact that Axanar has legal representation, Terry requested that they get written clearance from their lawyer so they can ask some very specific questions. Their request was not only to inform the lawyer of the interview, but also to discuss the facts of the case. They didn’t want anyone to think that they were trying to trap Alec or make things uncomfortable for him. They were trying to protect his legal interests as well as their own. When they made their conditions known to Alec, he was not happy to hear them.
Janet chimes in and provides a point of view from her legal experience. She doesn’t want to undermine his relationship with his attorneys or to his defense. That is the reason why they requested written permission from his attorneys. They are trying to be responsible. Although some people say that G & T Show deals with lies, they have never attacked him personally and have only questioned the facts of the case. Terry provides some background on the G & T Show and their long-standing relationship supporting fan productions. They don’t want to see fan productions suffer because of the ramifications of this case. Terry would love to get one of CBS’ lawyers on the show to talk about the case, but doubts that it would ever happen. Nick talks about the fan films that people are creating for other genres and wonders what would happen if Fox, Warner, and all of the other companies with IPs to protect decide to jump in with CBS. It could spell bad news for all fan productions. That is something they definitely don’t want to see happen. They will keep discussing the case until it has been resolved. They once again invite Alec to come on the show, and even invite his lawyer to join him in order to clarify the concerns that they and other fans have about the case. In addition to the hate that has been directed at them, they have also been getting a lot of support from the fan community.
Nick talks about another case that is underway that people are concerned about revolving around Copyright and Cosplay. Terry explains her background once more as a Corporate Insurance Adjuster. They take NDAs very seriously despite the humor they try to inject into the discussion. Terry continues to talk about the copyright issues as they pertain to cosplay. Mike asks about impersonators and uses Terry’s friend as a Whoopi Goldberg impersonator as an example. Janet talks about some specific examples and some of the major points that could bring unwanted attention. However, for the general cosplay community, no one has anything to worry about. Nick asks about some of the famous cosplayers. A person selling photos of herself as Harley Quinn is walking a fine line because the question arises are people buying the photo of her or of the character.
The conversation degenerates into slash fan fiction before getting to the first Ask Dayton of the year. After several attempts, Nick manages to read Ask Dayton 114 – What’s on Roddenberry’s Floppy Disks. This is one Ask Dayton you have to hear for yourself. They thank Dayton Ward for answering the Ask Dayton this week. They remind everyone that Dayton has several books coming out this year, so be sure to pick them up. He will also be at STLV 2016 this year. Also, if you have a question for Dayton, please send them to us and we’ll read his responses out on the show.
They move onto this week’s 50 For 50. This week they discuss ENT’s Azati Prime and TNG’s Unification Part 1. They begin with Azati Prime. The teleplay was written by Manny Coto, who is credited for improving Enterprise before it was finally canceled. They provide a synopsis of the episode and some of their respective highlights. It’s a lynch-pin episode for the third season. Mike appreciated the episode for establishing why some of the rules that were established to govern the Federation the future. Terry talks about the future when Archer and Daniels are on the Enterprise J. Mike mentions that scene also demonstrates the scope of the threat that the Sphere Builders offers not only to Earth but to the Xindi and everyone else in that region of the galaxy. Nick appreciate the way the episode looked. It was some of the best looking Trek so far. Janet talks about the shock value of seeing crewmen ejected from the ship through the damage the ship received. One of those crewmen was the character Kipleigh Brown was supposed to portray.
They move on to TNG’s Unification Part 1. Ambassador Spock has gone missing and they suspect that he defected to Romulus. Sarek passes away by the end of the episode and was sick with a version of Vulcan Alzheimer’s in the beginning when Picard goes to see him. Mike appreciated seeing the Vulcans as a fragile species that suffers with infirmity and age. Nick appreciated the other stories going on in the episode, with Gowron and Picard and Data aboard the Klingon ship as well as the Riker going to the junk yard checking out what happened to the Vulcan ship. Then, at the end, there was a single week cliffhanger. The first part was a lot more mysterious and enjoyable than the second part. Next week, they will be discussing ENT’s Terra Prime and TNG’s Inner Light.
They move onto this week’s Listener Mail. Three messages were received but we’re choosing to only play two since one of them seemed rather private and decided to keep it that way in order to avoid embarassing or drawing unwanted attention to the individual. Mike thanks everyone that sent us a voice mail and mentions that voice mail may be used on the show. We address the third message in general terms.
They start winding down the show, but first Terry talks about the Convention News coming out of STLV 2016. Vendors waiting to hear from Creation should expect delays since she was told that all vendors are being vetted approved by CBS first. Patience is required during this time because of the extra steps involved with the approval process. Also, Creation has released the final set of General Admission Packages for the full five days of the convention. Terry doesn’t know if they have sold out yet, but they were on sale as of yesterday. Mike adds that some new guests have been added, including Kate Mulgrew. Nick quickly mentions some of the fun listeners can expect from our coverage of STLV, which includes the STLV Road trip and caravan, Dinner with G & T, the actual convention, and the post-con-wrap-up. It’s their biggest event of the year. They will be arriving at the Rio on Monday evening and will be live tweeting most of the roadtrip, convention, and more. With that, they wind up this week’s show.
- Video of Scion in action – http://futurism.com/videos/star-trek-like-tricorder-tells-exactly-whats-food/
- Star Trek stars endorse SNP’s bid to establish Europe’s first spaceport – http://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/jan/15/star-trek-william-shatner-george-takei-snp-scotland-spaceport?CMP=share_btn_fb
- Cleveland celebrates Star Trek’s roots with thank you to the Federation – http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2016/01/cleveland_mayor_declares_jan_1.html
- Omaze – Have a private dinner in NYC with George Takei – https://www.omaze.com/experiences/george-takei?utm_source=email-omaze&utm_medium=link-experiencepreview&utm_content=2&utm_campaign=arts-domestic&oa_h=qhsixj
- 10 Important Things that made star trek an International Success – http://entertain-o-rama.com/10-things-star-trek-got-bang-on-1/
- The Best of Both Worlds could have been a much longer story-arc – http://www.thetrekcollective.com/2016/01/the-best-of-both-worlds-could-have-been.html
- Starbase Studios Set Construction: GoFundMe – https://www.gofundme.com/mccbq798
- Starbase Studios Website – http://www.starbasestudios.net/
- Red Shirt Diaries – 29 – Operation: Annihilate! – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymhNr2EoByA&list=PLIPYu8RdPGbeBS5Ze3DNNEMHtNhswdgkd&index=24
- Star Trek Horizon – Clip and Release Date – https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/startrekhorizon/star-trek-horizon/posts/1468933?ref=backer_project_update
- Star Trek: Dark Armada Ends, but Star Trek Batavia begins – http://darkarmada.nl/dark-armada-ends-but-see-what-comes-next.php
- Cosplay, copyright, and fair use – http://www.cospuree.com/2016/01/21/cosplay-copyright-and-fair-use/
- Star Trek Beyond – Plot, Trailer, Cast, release Date, and Everything you need to know – http://www.digitalspy.com/movies/star-trek/news/a779877/star-trek-3-beyond-plot-trailer-cast-release-date-and-everything-you-need-to-know/
- Beyond Time: Karl Urban Discusses Time Gap Between Star Trek Beyond and Into Darkness – http://sciencefiction.com/2016/01/21/beyond-time-karl-urban-discusses-time-gap-between-star-trek-beyond-and-into-darkness/
- Star Trek Online: Fiction: Gentle Repose – http://www.arcgames.com/en/games/star-trek-online/news/detail/9750243
- Star Trek Online: Anniversary Event – http://www.arcgames.com/en/games/star-trek-online/news/detail/9752713
- Star Trek Timelines: GameGuide – http://www.disruptorbeam.com/games/star-trek-timelines-game-guide
- Star Trek Timelines: Message From Executive Producer Rich Gallup regarding the game and first update – https://www.disruptorbeam.com/forums/stt/viewthread/47855/
- Raiders of the Lost Walmart Have No Idea How Much Star Trek: DS9 Toy Costs – http://consumerist.com/2016/01/19/raiders-of-the-lost-walmart-have-no-idea-how-much-star-trek-ds9-toy-costs/?platform=hootsuite
- Mezco’s second Star Trek action figure is Sulu – http://www.thetrekcollective.com/2016/01/mezcos-second-star-trek-action-figure.html
- STLV 2016 – Important News: Tickets and New Guests – http://www.creationent.com/ads/stlv165.htm
- com’s first look at my Vulcan Travel Guide! – https://daytonward.wordpress.com/2016/01/23/startrek-coms-first-look-at-my-vulcan-travel-guide/
- Star Trek might be leaving Amazon Video on February 15th – http://trekcore.com/blog/2016/01/star-trek-might-be-leaving-amazon-video-on-february-15/
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