Shuttle Pod: The Podcast Episode 11 – The Wrath of Con


Convention season is nearly upon us, and 2016 is shaping up to be one of the biggest years ever for Trek events. From Creation’s blow-out 50th anniversary bash in Vegas to CBS’s own Mission New York. In this installment of the Shuttle Pod, Kayla, Brian, and Jared talk Star Trek conventions and what you can look forward to this year.

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Awesome events all year long!
If you’ve never been to a convention before, of even if you have, 2016 is the year to go. It’s only the 50th anniversary once, and with a new movie and new TV* series coming out, we’re expecting to see some big announcements at some of these events.









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Thanks guys, interesting. LLAP

This could be a good place to work it cost 100 million but you don’t have to wear the uniform. Its a corporate HQ in the shape of the enterprise

I guess another way of looking at it is you could take the budgets of the last two ST movies and build a couple of these to have conventions in. You would still have 110 million left over so why not build 3 of them while your at it

already have tickets for Vegas, now I’ll have to go to NYC as well, great year!

Please post some of these GIFs?!?!

I went and saw ‘Star Trek The Ultimate Voyage’ in Norfolk this week.

Absolutely FANTASTIC!!

If you have a chance to see this you must go. Worth every penny!


#7 We went to the Norfolk show as well! Very awesome performance. Can not describe how cool it was to see this music played live! Was a Great turn out, have been wearing my Ultimate Voyage Hoodie ever since.

Brian Drew, I’ll tell you why the binge model works.

Because most of these new TV shows for Netflix, etc… are serials. And, while making audiences wait a week does give them motivation to tune in the following week, it’s also annoying and constantly interrupts the potency of the experience.

Being that the format we’re talking about doesn’t rely on ads, there’s obviously no business reason for wanting people to watch the episodes on a certain schedule. And the serial format, in terms of writing, tends to postpone or string out gratification differently than the commercial-TV model wherein each episode (think serial shows, like “Lost”) had to end with some sort of cliffhanger, or shows like DS9 where most episodes (excepting two-parters, three-parters, etc…) ended with some sort of resolution. Those rules are now unnecessary for writers of shows like “House of Cards.” They can space out the highs and lows, tensions and resolutions, with the binge-watching option in mind. So, they can have episodes, for example, that are sort of grey in tone throughout as opposed to being black followed by white—tension/resolution.

And the publicity doesn’t seem to be adversely impacted with binge-able shows, because subscribers have the freedom to watch them on their own schedule. So, you get the people who watch it immediately and buzz about it. Then, a week later, you have the next wave of people who binge it and buzz about it. Then the third week you get another wave of binge-viewing. And so on. I didn’t get around to watching Season 3 of “House of Cards” until it had been out for 6 months or so. And during that time, I got no shortage of buzz about the show spaced throughout the six months. And the quality of the buzz that I got was more potent, because it was from people who’d watched the whole season, which makes a stronger impact and leaves a more emotional impression than watching an episode, waiting a week, watching another episode, etc… It’s like eating a meal one bite at a time spread out over 9 months instead of all at once. The person who’s eaten the meal all at once will convey a more passionate recounting of the experience than the person who at one bite 5 days ago and is planning on eating another bite in 3 days. What did that bite taste like 5 days ago? I seem to recall that it was very tasty, but I’m not sure if it was as tasty as the bite I had two weeks ago. The person who gorged himself on the entire meal reports about the experience with much more gusto.

P.S. I’m speaking in short-hand, of course. I’m not implying that all binge-viewers watch the entire series in one sitting or even in one weekend, though I know people that do, and you probably do too. But, binge-viewing allows the viewer to take in as much as they desire and can deal with in large chunks, which obviously shortens the amount of time it takes to watch the entire series. Speaking only for myself, I wouldn’t watch some of these serial shows like “House of Cards” if I had had to wait a week in between episodes, because not all of the episodes are that strong on their own and I’d lose interest. But, being able to binge-watch makes the weaker episodes much easier to take because they add up to something good in the end, which you don’t have to wait 9 months for.

P.P.S. I should say, that’s why I think the binge-viewing model works. I don’t have any data in support of my theory.

Cygnus –

Agreed that the serialized format lends itself to binge-viewing, but I have to disagree with the idea that it doesn’t have any effect on buzz. When a new season of “House of Cards” premieres, it gets about a week’s worth of publicity as people plow their way through the season and react on social media. It then recedes from the public consciousness until either a new season or an awards show comes along.

I could be wrong, though – like you said, there isn’t a lot of data out there to support either theory.

12. Brian Drew – February 15, 2016

Both theories could be true.

I guess it’s a question of which marketing strategy generates more new subscriptions from the show—a shorter period of buzz about the season as a whole, or a longer period of buzz about individual episodes. I think the types of buzz corresponding to these two strategies would be different. When the whole season is binge-able, the buzz tends to be about the impact and quality of the story arc for the season. Whereas with the season strung out over 9 months, I imagine the buzz would be more of the What’s going to happen next on Lost? and Did you see what just happened on Breaking Bad? variety. Not all show concepts would necessarily lend themselves equally to either strategy.