158: Cleveland Browns

The Road to Deep Space Nine.

By the time The Next Generation entered its fifth season, the series was enjoying such amazing success and popularity that the studio decided it was time for a third dip into the Star Trek well, and Deep Space Nine went into production in 1992. But what would this new show be about? Which characters would carry over? What species would be highlighted and developed further? The answers would come from specific episodes of The Next Generation.

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Lee Hutchison, Richard Marquez, and Amy Nelson look at the beginnings of Deep Space Nine through the lens of The Next Generation. We discuss how TNG set up Sisko’s introduction with “The Best of Both Worlds,” as well as how the Romulans and Bajorans were portrayed in “The Wounded,” “Ensign Ro,” and “Chain of Command.” This initial setup allowed for an incredible arc to be fleshed out more fully on DS9.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
(Christmas) Greetings (00:00:38)
The Road to Deep Space Nine (00:03:15)
“The Best of Both Worlds” (00:04:16)
“The Wounded” (00:09:37)
“Ensign Ro” (00:18:30)
“Chain of Command” (00:26:53)
Cardassian Nation (00:31:14)
Jellico (00:36:12)
Closing (00:40:07)

Hosts
Lee Hutchison, Richard Marquez, and Amy Nelson

Production
Lee Hutchison (Editor) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E. Hueter (Associate Producer) Stephen Boyd (Associate Producer) Ron Saarna (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager)

Direct download: eg-158.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:59am MST

157: See Elf Instead
New Crew Introductions.
 
Earl Grey has enjoyed 155 episodes with Daniel, Darren and Phillip. We encourage everyone to listen to the amazing work these three have contributed to Star Trek fandom. We are indebted to them and thank them.  We have a feeling of great joy and gratitude.
 
Star Trek is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, but our new hosts aren’t that old. So how did our new crew come to know Star Trek?  How did our new crew come to love The Next Generation?  
 
In this episode, you will get the chance to meet our new hosts, Lee, Richard and Amy.  Hear how each of us found Star Trek and why we love The Next Generation. We talk about our first influences and how our fandom grew so much so that we are now hosts on Trek.FM. We also discuss how Trek.FM has rejuvenated our passion for The Next Generation and Star Trek in general.
 
Enjoy our individual paths to Star Trek and hopefully you will think on your personal journey and fandom for Star Trek.
 
Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)  
Our Trek Stories (00:01:05) 
Fandom (00:05:33)  
Digital Versatile Disc (00:12:50)  
Literary (Star) Treks (00:16:00)  
Trek.FM (00:42:57)  
Hope For The Future (00:31:05)  
Lesson Plans (00:42:57)  
Previously On (00:42:57) 
Conclusion (00:49:16)
 
Hosts
Lee Hutchinson, Richard Marquez, and Amy Nelson
 
Production
Lee Hutchison (Editor) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E. Hueter (Associate Producer) Stephen Boyd (Associate Producer) Ron Saarna (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager)
Direct download: eg-157.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am MST

156: Peace in Our Time
The 24th Century Utopia.

Star Trek has been described as a show about a utopian future; but only The Next Generation really showcased this vision. The Original Series showed the Federation fighting many battles with the Klingons, Deep Space Nine brought war and an undermining of Federation principles by Section 31, Voyager had terrorists serving on the crew, and Enterprise found early explorers struggling with morality.

During The Next Generation, it truly was peace time and the Federation and the ideals of Roddenberry that it represented were explored in a way no other series could. In First Contact, Picard remarked to Lilly that money doesn't exist in the 24th century and that wealth is no longer the driving force. Instead humanity works to better itself.

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Amy Nelson, Richard Marquez, and Lee Hutchison explore Star Trek's vision of a utopian future, whether the society portrayed on The Next Generation is possible, how it could be achieved, and the consequences of a world without money. 

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)  
A Sequel (00:00:50)  
Richard on Utopia (00:02:30)  
Teachers on Utopia (00:04:30)  
Workhorse (00:07:07)  
The 1% (00:09:30)  
The Best (00:12:40)  
Insular Society (00:15:25)  
Stronger Together? (00:17:40)  
Enlist in Starfleet (00:23:16)  
Workers Rights and Jobs (00:26:30)  
Not Everyone Can Be a Poet (00:29:38)  
Intellectual Elitism (00:32:10)  
Unstoppable Progress (00:37:20)  
Money and Trade (00:40:20)  
Starfleet Socialism (00:44:31)  
What We've Learned (00:47:52)  
Closing (00:50:06) 
Hosts
Amy Nelson, Richard Marquez, and Lee Hutchison
Production
Lee Hutchison (Editor) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E. Hueter (Associate Producer) Stephen Boyd (Associate Producer) Ron Saarna (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager)

 

Direct download: eg-156.mp3
Category:Philosophy -- posted at: 5:00am MST

155: If We Can Dream It
First Contact Retrospective.

In 1996, Star Trek was celebrating its 30th anniversary, and the biggest event of that year was the release of First Contact. Through the big screen success of Star Trek Generations, the cast of The Next Generation proved it could carry a blockbuster movie. A sequel was guaranteed. With a brand new Enterprise, new uniforms, a bigger budget, and the Borg, anticipation for First Contact was at fever pitch.

In this episode of Earl Grey, new hosts Amy Nelson, Richard Marquez, and Lee Hutchison go back in time to 1996 to remember their experiences of the build up toFirst Contact, and how they felt when they came out of the cinema screens. Then they return to 2016 to examine the legacy and impact of this film that garnered universal praise from fans and critics, earned an Oscar nomination, landed in the box office top ten for 1996, and was the highest grossing Star Trek movie until 2009.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)  
Continue the Voyages (00:00:39)  
Welcome to Earl Grey 2.0 (00:01:37)  
First Contact Anniversary (00:02:45)  
1996 (00:03:10)  
Our Build-up to First Contact (00:04:45)  
Response to First Contact (00:15:00)  
Coming Out Of the Cinema (00:16:10)  
I Love a Military Uniform (00:28:40)  
Older, Greyer, Chubbier (00:30:50)  
Goldsmith Road Trippin’ (00:34:55)  
It’s Personal (00:38:20)  
Legacy (00:39:13)  
Our Future (00:45:40)  
Hope and Utopia? (00:49:30)  
Closing (00:58:05)

Hosts
Amy Nelson, Richard Marquez, and Lee Hutchison

Production
Lee Hutchison (Editor) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E. Hueter (Associate Producer) Stephen Boyd (Associate Producer) Ron Saarna (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager)
Direct download: eg-155.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 5:00am MST

154: Sky's the Limit
Crew Finale.

"The trial never ended, captain.  We never reached a verdict. But now we have. You're guilty."

Daniel Proulx, Darren Moser, and Phillip Gilfus stood, provisionally, as representatives of Star Trek: The Next Generation fans for three years - never missing a week of giving testimony and evidence in defense of their favorite Star Trek series. But they now stand before Q one last time to receive their final verdict.

The trio ends their time on Earl Grey in this episode - remembering their favorite podcast moments, what kept them coming to the mics week after week, what they believe are the "essential" ingredients for doing a Trek podcast, and what they will keep with them as they move on to their next adventure together. Listen for a "Shades of Grey" experience, as clips from past shows are intermixed with Daniel, Darren, and Phillip's list of "thank you's" to those many people who helped made their time at Trek.fm something they will never forget. They also spend their last moments recognizing what they learned most from each other (though not holographically in front of a Windows 95 desktop background).

"You just don't get it, do you, Jean-Luc? The trial never ends. We wanted to see if you had the ability to expand your mind and your horizons. And for one brief moment, you did."

Earl Grey spent time exploring the best way to experience bij, the importance of the shift key, and why it's not important to remember Q-episode titles. More than that, they explored and exhibited the spirit of Next Gen - a utopian vision of the future where the ties of friendship ensures that a crew can survive any danger and improve themselves through shared missions of exploration.

Earl Grey remind all listeners to stay tuned and that a new crew will soon take their stations ... after all, there's still plenty of letters left in the alphabet.

"In any case, I'll be watching. And if you're very lucky, I'll drop by to say hello from time to time. See you ... out there!"

CHAPTERS
Leaving (00:03:56)
Shades of Earl Grey Montage? (00:11:00)
Favorite Moments (00:16:13)
Thanking Guests (01:01:50)
Thanking the Lower Decks (01:17:59)
To the Future Hosts of Earl Grey (01:25:14)
Closing Statements (01:32:14)
The End (01:58:49)

HOSTS
Daniel Proulx, Phillip Gilfus, & Darren Moser

PRODUCTION
Darren Moser (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) Michael E Hueter  (Associate Producer) Stephen Boyd (Associate Producer) Ron Saarna (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager)
Direct download: eg-154.mp3
Category:List Shows -- posted at: 7:00am MST

153: Super Bridgemates
Super BridgeMates STLV.

Star Trek. 50th Anniversary. Las Vegas. A once-in-a-lifetime gathering.

Phillip, Daniel, and Darren share their experiences of meeting each other for the first time -- in real life! -- and what it was like to celebrate Trek's 50th Birthday with several thousand fellow fans at the Rio Hotel/Casino/Convention Center, off the Las Vegas Strip.

The trio talks about meeting other trek.fm cohosts, Earl Grey listeners, celebrities, and even R2-D2. They describe how their hotel suite served as a "Ten Forward" (their room number was literally 17001) for the week, hosting a meetup for all Trek.fm hosts and listeners, as well as providing the ultimate gaming experience with "Star Trek: Scene-It?" and "Star Trek: The Next Generation Interactive VCR Board Game: A Klingon Challenge." Las Vegas is the ultimate place to experience Biij ... and Darren even gets the official endorsement from not-Gowron himself.

Their STLV experience also includes attending TNG-themed celebrity panels - Whoopi Goldberg (Guinan), in her first Star Trek convention appearance, as well as Jonathan Frakes (Willam T. Riker), Marina Sirtis (Deanna Troi, a previous Earl Grey special guest star!), and Michael Dorn (Worf). The Earl Grey team took up many photo opportunities dressed in their Next Gen uniforms, Daniel met Q, and Darren was excited to find a copy of a certain TNG novel, "Ship of the Line."

The highlight of the Earl Grey STLV experience is, of course, Super BridgeMates - recorded live at the #Roddenberry Stage at Quark's Bar. Phillip hosted the three teams of Free Enterprise (Daniel and Darren), Team Lizard Babies (Charlynn Schmiedt and Tristan Riddell) and the Council of Mistresses (Andi Vanderkolk and Jarrah Hodge). Listeners get to experience what happens when three teams must answer random Trek trivia questions, guess episodes/movies as they are acted out by audience members, and stumble around with cosplayers. Phillip does warn listeners that there was a hiccup on his part that may leave the answer of who won this epic showdown entirely up to the listeners' decisions. Earl Grey thanks everyone who made this fun-filled panel possible.

Join Earl Grey as they drink a James Tea Kirk from the Rio Masquarade Bar, drop a few coins in the penny slot machines, and sing their hearts out at Klingon Karaoke, as they share their experience at Star Trek Las Vegas.

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Phillip, Darren, and Daniel wish to announce that this is their penultimate episode of Earl Grey - this bridge crew has decided now is the time to move on to another continuing mission. The next episode of Earl Grey will be their last episode - listeners are encouraged to share their favorite EG moments with the crew before the trio sits down for their last poker game. Earl Grey will soon continue with a new crew and new adventures, celebrating all things Star Trek: The Next Generation.

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CHAPTERS
Star Trek Las Vegas (00:00:41)
Super Bridgemates (00:41:03)
Closing (01:07:42)

HOSTS
Daniel Proulx, Phillip Gilfus, & Darren Moser

PRODUCTION
Darren Moser (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) Michael E Hueter  (Associate Producer) Stephen Boyd (Associate Producer) Ron Saarna (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager)

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Category:bridgemates -- posted at: 7:00am MST

152: Captain Proton's Revenge
Elementary Dear Data Rewrite.
Live together at Star Trek Las Vegas in room 17001 Daniel, Darren & Phillip are joined by the hosts of To The Journey, Charlynn and Tristan. Taking a concept from Earl Grey Episode 147 "Square Root of Spock" they rewrite the episode Elementary Dear Data to take place on the holodeck of the USS Voyager. Instead of Professor Moriarty gaining sentience it is Tom's Captain Proton program. Five podcasters in one room, who knew talking trek could be this fun.

HOSTS
Daniel Proulx, Phillip Gilfus, & Darren Moser

GUESTS
Charlynn Schmiedt & Tristan Riddell

PRODUCTION
Darren Moser (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) Michael E Hueter  (Associate Producer) Stephen Boyd (Associate Producer) Ron Saarna (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager)

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Category:Rewrite -- posted at: 7:00am MST

151: TNG Forever
Enduring Popularity of TNG.

Star Trek: The Next Generation premiered on television in 1987 - almost 30 years later, the second live incarnation of Star Trek on television remains a vital part of the franchise and an enduring pop culture icon. Phillip, Daniel, and Darren have taken apart TNG for over three years on this podcast - discussing characters, story lines, technical aspects, themes, and everything else in between. This has led to one great question: What is behind the enduring popularity of Next Gen?

Earl Grey conducts a roundtable discussion that focuses on how TNG remains relevant, what characters and storylines fit in with today's world, and how new fans are "re-discovering" a thirty-year-old television show. They examine the reputation of Next Gen compared to the other Trek series, what the stereotypes are, and what the "popular opinion" is of Captain Picard and the crew of the 24th Century starship Enterprise. Join Earl Grey as they compress their 3 years worth of discussions into one retrospective episode about the enduring popularity of Star Trek: The Next Generation. 


A SPECIAL TREK.FM EARL GREY EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT FOR STAR TREK LAS VEGAS
Listeners know #BridgeMates from Earl Grey episodes 82 (“When in Doubt Choose Data”), 109 (“He Hasn't Watched That One”), and 141 (“The Council of Mistresses”), as well as To the Journey 117 (“BridgeMates Rematch”) and Standard Orbit 102 (“Trying to Kill Zoolander”). There is even the original trivia panel show “Encounter at All Good Things” from Earl Grey 137.

Earl Grey is proud to announce a live presentation of “Super BridgeMates” at the Star Trek Las Vegas 50th Anniversary Convention on Friday, August 5 from 12:30 to 1:15 pm. It will be held on the Roddenberry Stage at Quark's Bar, hosted by Phillip Hunter Gilfus. Your favorite team of “Free Enterprise” (Darren Moser and Daniel Proulx) will attempt to escape defeat (again) against two rival BridgeMate Teams - “Team Lizard Babies” (Charlynn Schmiedt and Tristan Riddell) and “The Council of Mistresses” (Andi VanderKolk and Jarrah Hodge).

When it comes to celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek, regular BridgeMates simply won't do. That's why this game show will be “Super BridgeMates”- a fun-filled, comedic game show involving fans, cosplayers, and audience members. Not only will the teams compete in hilarious trivia, but those in the audience will participate by acting out selected scenes from our favorite Star Trek moments and cosplayers will help create puzzles for the teams to solve. It's all about the love of Star Trek! ‪#‎roddenberry‬



CHAPTERS
Roundtable Questions (00:04:27)
Closing (00:54:47)

HOSTS
Daniel Proulx, Phillip Gilfus, & Darren Moser

PRODUCTION
Darren Moser (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) Michael E Hueter  (Associate Producer) Stephen Boyd (Associate Producer) Ron Saarna (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager)


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Category:List Shows -- posted at: 7:00am MST

Timescape Commentary.

Time is a funny thing - especially when you draw an emoticon on a temporally-frozen warp core breach. Captain Jean Luc Picard reminds Data in a deleted scene in Star Trek: Nemesis that the presence of time is a chance for humans to perform certain rituals. In keeping with that tradition, Darren, Daniel, and Phillip celebrate their 150th episode of talking all things The Next Generation by providing a commentary to their favorite series' 150th episode.

In this season six, 25th episode - Timescape - the crew of the Enterprise-D find themselves more-or-less frozen in time while aiding a damaged Romulan warbird. Picard, Data, Troi, and Geordi, after perfecting some comedic impersonation skills, must find a way to fix this unique time travel puzzle, all while encountering a new alien species. Join the crew of Earl Grey as they beam aboard a high-definition Starfleet runabout, explore the interiors of a Romulan warbird, and find they have problems with the fast forward/reverse button on their time controllers in this commentary episode of "Timescape."     

A SPECIAL TREK.FM EARL GREY EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT FOR STAR TREK LAS VEGAS
Listeners know #BridgeMates from Earl Grey episodes 82 (“When in Doubt Choose Data”), 109 (“He Hasn't Watched That One”), and 141 (“The Council of Mistresses”), as well as To the Journey 117 (“BridgeMates Rematch”) and Standard Orbit 102 (“Trying to Kill Zoolander”). There is even the original trivia panel show “Encounter at All Good Things” from Earl Grey 137.

Earl Grey is proud to announce a live presentation of “Super BridgeMates” at the Star Trek Las Vegas 50th Anniversary Convention on Friday, August 5 from 12:30 to 1:15 pm. It will be held on the Roddenberry Stage at Quark's Bar, hosted by Phillip Hunter Gilfus. Your favorite team of “Free Enterprise” (Darren Moser and Daniel Proulx) will attempt to escape defeat (again) against two rival BridgeMate Teams - “Team Lizard Babies” (Charlynn Schmiedt and Tristan Riddell) and “The Council of Mistresses” (Andi VanderKolk and Jarrah Hodge).

When it comes to celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek, regular BridgeMates simply won't do. That's why this game show will be “Super BridgeMates”- a fun-filled, comedic game show involving fans, cosplayers, and audience members. Not only will the teams compete in hilarious trivia, but those in the audience will participate by acting out selected scenes from our favorite Star Trek moments and cosplayers will help create puzzles for the teams to solve. It's all about the love of Star Trek! ‪#‎roddenberry‬


HOSTS
Daniel Proulx, Phillip Gilfus, & Darren Moser

PRODUCTION
Darren Moser (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) Michael E Hueter  (Associate Producer) Stephen Boyd (Associate Producer) Ron Saarna (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager)
 
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Category:Commentaries -- posted at: 7:00am MST

Essential Trek Season 3.

A returned Dr. Beverly Crusher and new pop-up collars on uniforms - these are some of the many additions that TNG's third season brings - but what are the essential episodes? Daniel, Darren, and Phillip comb through all 26 episodes in the "Earl Grey Supreme Court" to determine which episodes should be considered the Trek.fm essential episodes. The question of "essential-ness" is often tied to continuity in the Trek universe, but this episode brings up the difficult question of continuity in the Trek.fm universe.

Join Earl Grey as they eagerly debate if the Great and Powerful Kevin will remain so great and powerful, whether the Leah Brahms storyline must remain in Next Gen, and if anyone actually remembers the episode "The Vengeance Factor." The third season of TNG is generally considered to have many of the most-watched episodes, but which stories will make the cut? Let us know if you agree with Earl Grey's essential episodes of season three. 
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CHAPTERS
Episodes (00:02:26)
Evolution (No)
The Ensigns of Command (Yes)
The Survivors (No)
Who Watches the Watchers (Yes)
The Bonding (Yes)
Booby Trop (Yes)
The Enemy (Yes)
The Price (Yes)  (00:28:31)
The Vengeance Factor (No)
The Defector (No)
The Hunted (No)
The High Ground (No)
Deja Q (Yes)
A Matter of Perspective (No)
Yesterdays Enterprise (Yes)
The Offspring (Yes)
Sins of the Father (Yes)
Allegiance (No)
Captains Holiday (Yes)
Tin Man (No)
Hollow Pursuits (Yes)
The Most Toys (No)
Sarek (Yes)
Menage a Troi (Yes)
Transfigurations (No)
The Best of Both World (Yes)
15 Yes / 11 No (57%)
Final Thoughts (01:03:44)

HOSTS
Daniel Proulx, Phillip Gilfus, & Darren Moser

PRODUCTION
Darren Moser (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) Michael E Hueter  (Associate Producer) Stephen Boyd (Associate Producer) Ron Saarna (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager)

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Category:Essential -- posted at: 7:00am MST

148: The Square Root of Spock
Trek Switch Season 2.

For a second time, Phillip, Daniel, and Darren explore a season's worth of Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes and decide which stories might be better explored in their sister Trek series. In Earl Grey 124 "Hide and Trelane," the trio delved into the inaugural season of Next Gen - this time it is season two's turn to be "Trek Switched." As usual, the co-hosts can choose to either rewrite an episode or make it a prequel/sequel story for Enterprise, The Original Series, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager.

This episode asks how would Captain Jonathan Archer and the NX-01 crew deal with the "explorer" Nagilum in the 22nd Century? Earl Grey re-visits controversial ground by setting "The Child" in the series it was originally meant for - the original NCC-1701. The threat of the Dominion War causes Captain Benjamin Sisko and his Starfleet crew to face off against their Bajoran militia co-workers in a version of "Peak Performance." Lastly, Captain's Assistant (or Assistant to the Captain) Naomi Wildman causes a great debate about the prime directive when she ends up with a new "pen pal."

Join Earl Grey as they "Trek Switch" season two of The Next Generation with all the other live action Trek TV series.

CHAPTERS
Enterprise (00:03:58)
Phillip - Loud as a Whisper
Daniel - The Outragous Okona
Darren -   Where Silence Has Lease

TOS (00:12:54)
Daniel - The Child
Phillip - Time Squared
Darren - Q Who

DS9 (00:21:18)
Darren - Peak Performance - May the Odds be in your favor
Phillip - The Royale
Daniel - The Icarus Factor

VOY (00:36:06)
Phillip - The Dauphin
Darren - Elementary, Dear Data / Captain Proton's Revenge (00:37:42)
Daniel - Pen Pals

Final Thoughts

HOSTS
Daniel Proulx, Phillip Gilfus, & Darren Moser

PRODUCTION
Darren Moser (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) Michael E Hueter  (Associate Producer) Stephen Boyd (Associate Producer) Ron Saarna (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager)


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Category:Season Overviews -- posted at: 7:00am MST

August 3 thru 7, 2016 is coming up at warp nine - soon Star Trek fans from across the world will converge on Las Vegas to celebrate the 50th anniversary of our favorite science fiction franchise. Darren, Daniel, and Phillip all plan to be in Vegas - in order to prepare themselves and all new (or veteran) Las Vegas con-goers, they are joined by Amy Imhoff, of the "Shoes and Starships" blog (http://www.shoesandstarships.com). 

Amy is a regular attendee of STLV - she has been featured on fan panels, from topics ranging from  "Literature in Star Trek" to "Trek Girl" (Feminism & Trek). She explains in this episode what to expect at STLV - from what you should pack before you leave to the best places to eat around the Rio Suites Hotel. Amy describes the rooms at the Rio, what the "unwritten rules" are when you spot a Trek celebrity, and how to avoid "con crud." 

Join Earl Grey as they share the best way to prepare for the upcoming 50th Anniversary Star Trek Las Vegas convention.

CHAPTERS
Everyone's Con Experience (00:03:37)
Packing (00:15:13)
Rooms at the Rio (00:25:28)
Meds (00:27:19)
Closing (00:54:22)

HOSTS
Daniel Proulx, Phillip Gilfus, & Darren Moser

GUEST
Amy Imhoff

PRODUCTION
Darren Moser (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) Michael E Hueter  (Associate Producer) Stephen Boyd (Associate Producer) Ron Saarna (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager)
Direct download: eg-147.mp3
Category:Interviews -- posted at: 7:00am MST

Religion in TNG.

The classic topics that are considered impolite to discuss with company are money, religion, and politics. Since Earl Grey already did an episode about money ("EG 58: Scarcity, Scarcity, Scarcity"), it is now time for them to discuss religion. Most fans know that Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry was an atheist who believed that humans would "outgrow" religion by the 23rd and 24th centuries. The Next Generation features a diverse crew who do not seem to display any beliefs that one would characterize as "religious." Phillip, Daniel, and Darren nevertheless examine Lieutenant Worf's Klingon culturalism and his battles with faith ("Rightful Heir"), Lt. Cmdr Data's search for self-actualization with his "creator" ("Brothers"), and Capt. Picard's role as a leader of a crew with various religious/non-religion beliefs.

The trio also examines the "guest star" aliens' religious beliefs, from Ensign Ro's "cultural Bajora-ism," the conflict in "Who Watches the Watchers?", to the enduring Native American spiritualism in "Journey's End,"; from Ardra's role as the Devil ("Devil's Due"), to the role of "doctrine" in "The Outcast." Join Earl Grey for a discussion about the nature of religion and personal beliefs in The Next Generation.


CHAPTERS
Intro (00:02:05)
Enterprise Crew religions/beliefs
Worf (00:03:42)
Data (00:14:26)
Ro (00:20:18)
Picard (00:27:53)
Riker/La Forge/Troi/Crusher - ???
Alien religion/beliefs
Ardra (00:35:27)
Journey's End (00:40:31)
The Outcast (00:44:21)
Closing (00:48:40)

HOSTS
Daniel Proulx, Phillip Gilfus, & Darren Moser

PRODUCTION
Darren Moser (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) Michael E Hueter  (Associate Producer) Stephen Boyd (Associate Producer) Ron Saarna (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager)
 
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Category:Philosophy -- posted at: 7:00am MST

145: It's Too Short A Season
Essential TNG Season 2.

Daniel, Darren and Phillip continue the proud Trek.fm "essential" tradition of breaking down a season of their favorite series, sorting through which episodes should be officially kept. The trio begins, reluctantly, with "The Child" and makes their way through Next Gen's too short a season, all the way to "Shades of Grey." There are quite a few 2-1 votes for whether an episode is considered "essential" in this installment - that is, whether it embodies the spirit of TNG or sets up much-needed elements for later Next Gen or later parts of the subsequent Trek series. Earl Grey discusses when Lwaxana Troi should "officially" show up, whether "Q Who?" should be "very essential" or "most essential," and if Worf's "two bridges?!?!" must officially be retired.

Season two of Star Trek: The Next Generation suffered from a series of writer strikes and bad plots, along with captivating stories ("The Measure of a Man"), new characters (e.g., Guinan and Dr. Pulaski), and promotions for our crew. Join Earl Grey as they hold up season two to the "essential" winnowing process.


CHAPTERS
Episodes (00:05:09)
The Child (Yes)
Where Silence Has Lease (No)
Elementary, Dear Data (Yes)
The Outrageous Okona (No)
Loud As A Whisper (Yes)
The Schizoid Man (No)
Unnatural Selection (No)
A Matter Of Honor (Yes)
The Measure Of A Man (No)
The Dauphin (No)
Contagion (Yes)
The Royale (No)
Time Squared (No)
The Icarus Factor (Yes)
Pen Pals (Yes)
Q Who (Yes)
Samaritan Snare (Yes)
Up The Long Ladder (No)
Manhunt (Yes)
The Emissary (Yes)
Peak Performance (Yes)
Shades of Gray (No)
12 Yes / 10 No
Final Thoughts (00:54:59)

HOSTS
Daniel Proulx, Phillip Gilfus, & Darren Moser

PRODUCTION
Darren Moser (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) Michael E Hueter  (Associate Producer) Stephen Boyd (Associate Producer) Ron Saarna (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager)
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Category:Essential -- posted at: 7:00am MST

Holodeck Tools.

It's a Star Trek cliche in the 24th Century - the Holodeck breaks down, threatening our favorite Starfleet crew members, and hijinx ensue. However, the concept of the Holodeck means more than just using it for off-hour recreational purposes. The use of holographic technology changes the way the crew of the NCC-1701-D approach their work and the way they view their lives. Darren, Daniel, and Phillip dissect The Next Generation's use of the Holodeck as a tool in the workplace.

The Federation flagship, like the modern office, must conduct employee training - but instead of tedious PowerPoint presentations, officers take tests in the Holodeck for promotion ("Thine Own Self"). Instead of researching documents on LexisNexis, crewmembers can call up holographic recreations of facilities and people who can directly give needed information ("Booby Trap"). Groups who need to reconstruct people's memories or eyewitness accounts can congregate in the Holodeck to see if they can create the same picture ("Schisms"/"A Matter of Perspective"). Join Earl Grey as they outline the many non-fantasy uses of the Holodeck.

CHAPTERS
Troi - Officers Exam Main Engineering (Thine Own Self) 7/16 (00:03:17)
Geordi - Utopia Planitia (Booby Trap) 3/6 (00:12:13)
Nikolai - Scenery and Caves (Homeward) 7/13 (00:16:19)
Geordi - Away Mission (Identity Crisis) 4/18 (00:21:38)
Enterprise - Train to New Vertiform City Simulation (Emergence) 7/23 (00:25:23)
Barcly - Interface Chair (The Nth Degree) 4/19 (00:31:16)
Picard - Covert Mission Training (Chain of Command) 6/10 (00:33:01)
Riker - Table Making (Schisms) 6/5 (00:35:00)
Picard - Science Station (A Matter of Perspective) 3/14 (00:37:17)
Daniel's Soap Box (00:42:00)

HOSTS
Daniel Proulx, Phillip Gilfus, & Darren Moser

PRODUCTION
Darren Moser (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) Michael E Hueter  (Associate Producer) Stephen Boyd (Associate Producer) Ron Saarna (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager)

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Category:List Shows -- posted at: 7:00am MST

143: La Forging His Own Tools
La Forge Character Moments.

Star Trek: The Next Generation features great characters, but there's no doubt that Captain Jean-Luc Picard and Lt. Commander Data get the bulk of fan attention. Chief Engineer Geordi La Forge does not often get the spotlight, so in this episode, Phillip, Darren, and Daniel showcase his best moments. The trio goes round-robin, discussing episodes like "The Arsenal of Freedom," "I, Borg," and "Interface."

Levar Burton embodied a memorable character for seven years on television and in four feature films - whether portraying a desire for sight, a strong friendship with an android, or a passion in his beliefs. His laughter and ability to emote behind the VISOR makes Lt. Commander La Forge a great member of the TNG family. Join Earl Grey as the discuss their favorite Next Gen moments featuring La Forge.

CHAPTERS
Intro (00:02:05)
Favorite Moments (00:03:00)
Honorable Mentions (00:46:50)
Conclusion (00:48:18)

HOSTS
Daniel Proulx, Phillip Gilfus, & Darren Moser

PRODUCTION
Darren Moser (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) Michael E Hueter  (Associate Producer) Stephen Boyd (Associate Producer) Ron Saarna (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager)
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Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 7:00am MST

142: Cocco, Semi-Sweet, Hot
Tracee Lee Cocco.

Star Trek: The Next Generation viewers may notice a frequent appearance of a buzz-cut Starfleet officer either manning the helm, walking down the corridor, or attending Ten-Forward performances. She is known as "Lt. Jae" and was played by Tracee Lee Cocco (http://www.ltjae.com) in seasons four thru seven, as well as the Star Trek: Generations, Star Trek: First Contact, and Star Trek: Insurrection. Tracee discusses with Daniel, Darren, and Daniel about her time aboard the NCC-1701-D, both as Jae and other roles.

Tracee performed many stunts on the series and movies, as well as appearing as several aliens on Deep Space Nine and Voyager. She has been an Antican, Borg, Tak Tak, and countless more. Tracee shares her experiences in Hollywood, as well as her many encounters with fans at conventions across the country. Her upcoming convention appearances include:

Phoenix Con, June 3rd – 5th
Hollywood Show, July 10th
Pride Con, July 29 - 30th
Classic Comic Con, October 1st – 2nd (http://www.steamhousecoffeeco.com/
SciFi and Beyond Cruise, October 5th - 9th

Join Earl Grey as they discuss exploding consoles, cosplaying, and life on the Enterprise with Tracee Lee Cocco.

CHAPTERS
Tracee Lee Cocco Interview (00:01:20)
Convention Appearances (00:21:29)
Star Trek Beyond Trailer Event (00:30:38)
Beyond Trailer Reactions (00:35:39)
Closing (00:46:00)

HOSTS
Daniel Proulx, Phillip Gilfus, & Darren Moser

PRODUCTION
Darren Moser (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) Michael E Hueter  (Associate Producer) Stephen Boyd (Associate Producer) Ron Saarna (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager)
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Category:Interviews -- posted at: 7:00am MST

141: The Council of Mistresses
BridgeMates - Women at Warp.

BridgeMates is a game that asks a team of two trek.fm co-hosts whether they really know their BridgeMate. Team Free Enterprise, comprised as always of Daniel and Darren, add another letter to their logo and attempt to win their first victory. This time, they are up against one half of trek.fm's Women of Warp show - Jarrah Hodge and Andi VanderKolk. This Council of Mistresses are ready to take on the wide variety of The Next Generation-based questions to ensure Daniel and Darren keep their losing streak.

Phillip hosts this popular trek.fm Earl Grey game show. The two teams must make it through three rounds of questions. In the first two rounds, each co-host team member "leaves" the mic, while their partner-in-crime answers questions about their co-host. We then see if BridgeMates can "match" answers when their co-host returns to answer the same question. The third round involves BridgeMates "matching" the answers of their co-hosts on previously e-mailed questions. Will Team Free Enterprise make it to the Bonus Round for the first time? Will the Council of Mistresses join the ranks of Team Lizard Babies and the Maroon Monsters? Join Earl Grey, and their Women at Warp guests, for the latest episode of BridgeMates.

CHAPTERS
Intro (00:01:27)
Round 1 (00:03:52)
Round 2 (00:18:51)
Round 3 (00:34:09)
Bonus Round (00:51:12)
Conclusion (00:58:14)

HOSTS
Daniel Proulx, Phillip Gilfus, & Darren Moser

GUESTS
Jarrah Hodge and Andi VanderKolk.

PRODUCTION
Darren Moser (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) Michael E Hueter  (Associate Producer) Stephen Boyd (Associate Producer) Ron Saarna (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager)
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Category:Game -- posted at: 7:00am MST

140: Essential Coin Flips
Essential Trek Season 1.

Daniel, Darren and Phillip begin a journey through Star Trek: The Next Generation to determine which episodes are "Essential" to the Trek viewing experience. Battle lines will be drawn, Justice will be debated, and coins will be flipped. Season 1 has been a contentious point in past episodes, how will it fare under the scrutiny of the Earl Grey Team?

CHAPTERS
Episodes (00:09:56)
Encounter at Farpoint (Yes)
The Naked Now (Yes)
Code of Honor (No)
The Last Outpost (No)
Where No One Has Gone Before (Yes)
Lonely Among us (No)
Justice (Yes)
The Battle (Yes)
Hide and Q (Yes)
Haven (No)
The Big Goodbye (Yes)
Datalore (Yes)
Angel One (No)
11001001 (Yes)
Too Short a Season (No)
When the Bough Breaks (No)
Home Soil (No)
Coming of Age (Yes)
Heart of Glory (Yes)
The Arsenal of Freedom (Yes)
Symbiosis (No)
Skin of Evil (Yes)
We'll Always Have Paris (No)
Conspiracy (Yes)
The Neutral Zone (Yes)
15 Yes / 11 No
Final Thoughts (01:07:29)

HOSTS
Daniel Proulx, Phillip Gilfus, & Darren Moser

PRODUCTION
Darren Moser (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) Michael E Hueter  (Associate Producer) Stephen Boyd (Associate Producer) Ron Saarna (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager)
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Category:Essential -- posted at: 7:00am MST

139: The Q and the A
Earl Grey AMA

It's time to turn the table on the three co-hosts - instead of them talking about their chosen topic, the trio answers listener-submitted questions in the first "Ask Me Anything, Earl Grey Edition." Through e-mail and Babel Conference comments, Darren, Daniel, and Phillip reveal their non-Trek-based hobbies, favorite podcasts, and how they got start with the trek.fm network. Daniel is put on the spot about his feelings on "Time's Arrow (Parts 1 and 2)" and Commander Flipper's career track. Darren explains his many Star Wars-based real life adventures. Phillip talks about creating his many "Star Trek: The Next Generation"-based games.

This AMA also reveals a hidden talent of Daniel's, as well as almost stumping the hosts about what non-TNG episodes should be placed in Next Gen. The co-hosts end up "submitting" questions of their own to be answered, takes some questions for future episode ideas, and drop hints about upcoming episode topics. Join Earl Grey as they answer your questions in their first ever "Ask Me Anything" episode. 


CHAPTERS
Questions (00:01:47)
Conclusion (00:47:16)

HOSTS
Daniel Proulx, Phillip Gilfus, & Darren Moser

PRODUCTION
Darren Moser (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) Michael E Hueter  (Associate Producer) Stephen Boyd (Associate Producer) Ron Saarna (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager)
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Category:List Shows -- posted at: 7:00am MST

138: Mirrored Flying Toaster Eyes
Mirror Episode Part 2.
Every Next Generation episode that has a part one mustconcludethestory in part two - so it goes with Earl Grey'soriginal"mirror"Next Gen episode. In Earl Grey 135 "Fabio'sMirror,"LieutenantsWorf and Barclay, along with Ensign Ro,foundthemselvesunexpectedly trapped in a universe where CaptainWillRiker leadsthe crew of the Enterprise V, along with hisfirstofficer DeannaTroi and Terminator-like enforcer Data. At theend ofthe laststory, Reg was attempting to impersonate hismirrorcounterpart, aninjured Worf was guarding the PrimeUniverseshuttlecraft, Ro wascrawling through the ship  in herblackpajamas , andIntendant Jean-Luc Picard was teaming up withDukat tofurtheroppress the Bajora.

In the epic conclusion, Darren, Daniel, and Phillip endthestorywith an engineering crew that will kill their crew matesassoon asrepair an EPS conduit, Reg finding a way to use Dataintheandroid's seldom used "danger mode," and asurprisingappearancefrom the Enterprise V's chief medical officer.Join EarlGrey on a"mirror" adventure that will either have youhungering formorestories from this "parallel" universe or else makeyou gladTNGnever attempted this story on their own.  

CHAPTERS
Previously on Earl Grey (00:00:39)
Ro (00:06:40)
Worf (00:16:32)
Barclay (00:20:52)
Dr. Crusher (00:29:14)
Keys to Data (00:35:28)
Getting Home (00:41:25)
Ending (00:52:30)

HOSTS
Daniel Proulx, Phillip Gilfus,&DarrenMoser

PRODUCTION
Darren Moser (Editor and Producer) CBryanJones(Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (ExecutiveProducer)Norman C.Lao (Executive Producer) Stephen Boyd (AssociateProducer)RonSaarna (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez(ProductionManager)Will Nguyen (ContentManager)
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Category:Rewrite -- posted at: 7:00am MST

137: Encounter at All Good Things
Panel Show.

BridgeMates, shridgeMates ... there's a new game in town on trek.fm! In this inaugural production of "Encounter at All Good Things," Phillip hosts the newest trivia panel show about all things Star Trek: The Next Generation. Darren is team captain of #soLA, featuring "To the Journey" co-host Charlynn Schmiedt and "Saturday Morning Trek" co-host/graphic designer Aaron Harvey. They battle Daniel's team, representing the East Coast, comprised of "Women at Warp" co-host Sue Kisenwether and "Shoes & Starships" blogger Amy Imhoff.

"Encounter at All Good Things" combines clips from Next Gen episodes, acting out scenes from other episodes, knowing Netflix episode summaries, and testing everyone's knowledge of little-known Memory Alpha factoids. Will Team Darren best Team Daniel? Or will Team Daniel defeat Team Darren in this Earl Grey - Civil War? Join the crew of Earl Grey, along with their special guests, as they laugh, speak in Muppet voices, and have as much fun as seven people are allowed to have on one podcast for "Encounter at All Good Things," the official trek.fm trivia panel show.

CHAPTERS
Intro (00:02:28)
Round 1 - "Don't look this up on Memory Alpha" (00:04:35)
Round 2 - Scene Reenactments (00:18:26)
Round 3 - Character Details  (00:28:10)
Round 4 - The Netflix Summary (00:37:10)
Conclusion (00:43:20)

HOSTS
Daniel Proulx, Phillip Gilfus, & Darren Moser

GUESTS
Charlynn Schmiedt, Aaron Harvey, Sue Kisenwether, & Amy Imhoff

PRODUCTION
Darren Moser (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) Stephen Boyd (Associate Producer) Ron Saarna (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager)
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136: Captain Alan Ruck
First Time Generations.

After seven years on television, Star Trek: The Next Generation launched a second Trek movie franchise with the inaugural TNG movie, Star Trek: Generations. Star Trek fans, both Original Series and Next Gen-ers, have long discussed their feelings about the eagerly-awaited meeting between Captains Kirk and Picard, Data's emotions, the destruction of the NCC-1701-D, and the death of Kirk. However, one Trek fan just watched the movie last week - Andi VanderKolk, better known as FirstTimeTrekker.

Andi joins the Earl Grey crew and shares her thoughts about Captain Alan Ruck...er, John Harriman of the Enterprise-B, how Dr. Tolian Soran was able to speak great lines while sporting a great coat, and how the star of the entire movie is Spot the Cat. The crew talks the expectations of the first TNG movie, the role of Captain James T. Kirk, and how the story could have been improved. Join Earl Grey as they talk the high and low parts of Star Trek: Generations.

CHAPTERS
No Spock? (00:19:45)
Goodbye Enterprise (00:28:27)
Andi's Key Points (00:31:31)
Favorite Parts (00:40:45)

HOSTS
Daniel Proulx, Phillip Gilfus, & Darren Moser

GUEST
Andi VanderKolk

PRODUCTION
Darren Moser (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) Stephen Boyd (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager)
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Category:Movies -- posted at: 7:00am MST

135: Fabio's Mirror
Mirror Episode Part 1.
One story type that didn't make its way into The Next Generation was the Mirror Universe. What will our favorite characters do when faced with their evil go-tee wearing counterparts? What if Data was a crazy red eyed robot controlled by Captain Riker? What if Picard had flowing locks of hair? This week Darren, Daniel and Phillip start rewriting "Parallels" to become the TNG chapter of the Mirror Universe.

CHAPTERS
State of the Mirror Universe? (00:03:19)
Core Setting / What season? (00:13:53
The Plot (00:33:00)
Final Thoughts (00:55:20)

HOSTS
Daniel Proulx, Phillip Gilfus, & Darren Moser

PRODUCTION
Darren Moser (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) Stephen Boyd (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager)
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134: Who Shot Captain Picard?
TNG Two Parters. The Best of Both Worlds was one of the most pivotal cliff-hanger stories in Star Trek: The Next Generation. TNG created eight two part episodes that extended a single story into several plot layers and great character moments. Long before the "long format" approach to story telling, this was the best way to enhance suspense and draw out a characters arc. Join Darren, Daniel and Phillip as they compare the strong vs weaker halves of TNG's two parter's.

CHAPTERS
The Best of Both Worlds (00:03:49)
Season 3 Episode 26 / Season 4 Episode 1

Redemption (00:10:07)
Season 4 Episode 26 / Season 5 Episode 1

Unification (00:16:12)
Season 5 Episode 7 & 8

Time's Arrow (00:21:52)
Season 5 Episode 26 / Season 6 Episode 1

Chain of Command (00:27:47)
Season 6 Episode 10 & 11

Birthright (00:33:01)
Season 6 Episode 16 & 17

Descent (00:37:09)
Season 6 Episode 26 / Season 7 Episode 1

Gambit (00:40:56)
Season 7 Episode 4 & 5

Final Thoughts (00:47:41)


HOSTS
Daniel Proulx, Phillip Gilfus, & Darren Moser

PRODUCTION
Darren Moser (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) Stephen Boyd (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager)
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Category:List Shows -- posted at: 7:00am MST

133: ENSiGNS

TNG Fan Film.

Free carpet samples. Lounge chairs. Lots of computer monitors. Some nice, polished wood. 

For some reason, no one has gathered these items for a Next Generation-based fan film production. Throughout the decades, amateur productions have been predominantly set on 23rd Century Constitution-class vessels. In more recent years, productions like "Star Trek Renegades" has reached past the shows of the 24th Century and "Star Trek: Horizon" has looked "back" into the 22nd Century. But there are no current fan web series based during the seven-year television run of TNG. 

Phillip, Daniel, and Darren put on their "fan production" hats and explore why there is this "gap" of fan productions for Next Gen. They discuss whether TNG has a unique fandom, whether there is a lack of enthusiasm for Enterprise-D based web series, and whether something like "Red Shirt Diaries" can be done for the "lower decks" of the NCC-1701-D. Join Earl Grey as they delve into what role they would play in a TNG fan film and how "ENSiGNS" can only be made possible through supporters like you.

Hosts
Daniel Proulx, Phillip Gilfus, & Darren Moser

Editor / Producer
Darren Moser

Executive Producers
Norman C. Lao, Matthew Rushing, & C Bryan Jones

Production Manager
Richard Marquez
 
Content Manager

Will Nguyen


Chapters
Origins (00:02:45)
Why No TNG? (00:05:46)
Production (00:14:10)
Story (00:18:40)
What Would You Do? (00:35:05)
Final Thoughts (00:43:35)

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Category:Reboot -- posted at: 7:00am MST

132: Playing Fek'lhr's Advocate

Supernatural Elements.

The Next Generation introduces several individuals, including some "re-shaping" of our own favorite characters, who are seen as supernatural characters. This can mean that they are either all-powerful, mysterious, tricksters, or "flim-flams." Darren, Daniel, and Phillip create their own originally named "Q Continuum" of supernatural beings, from the scary "Kevin" ("The Survivors") on one end to Ardra ("Devil's Due") on the other. 

Supernatural characters can be shrouded in the cloak of religious worship like the Edo Guardian ("Justice") and "The Picard" ("Who Watches the Watchers?") or they could be just a different scale of lifeform like Nagilum ("Where Silence Has Lease") and Q. Join Earl Grey as they seek out new lifeforms who go beyond the realm of human beings and explore supernatural beings in Next Gen.

Hosts
Daniel Proulx, Phillip Gilfus, & Darren Moser

Editor / Producer
Darren Moser

Executive Producers
Norman C. Lao, Matthew Rushing, & C Bryan Jones

Production Manager
Richard Marquez
 
Content Manager

Will Nguyen


Chapters

Justice - Edo God (00:03:42)
Devils Due - Audra / Fek'lhr (00:12:05)
Who Watches the Watchers - The Picard (00:20:51)
Encounter at Farpoint - Q (00:25:18)
Where Silence Has Lease - Nagilum (00:37:19)
Honorable Mentions (00:41:34)

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Category:Philosophy -- posted at: 7:00am MST

131: Countdown to Farpoint

TNG Season Zero Prequel.

We all know and love the trials and tribulations of our beloved TNG crew throughout seven seasons and four feature films ... but how did it all begin for them? Daniel, Darren, and Phillip sit down and create an outline for a "Countdown to 'Encounter' [at Farpoint]" comic book series. The trio imagines a comic book run, similar to IDW'S "Star Trek: Countdown" and "Star Trek: Countdown to Darkness" for the JJ-verse movies, that picks up our characters' lives years before they joined the ranks of the Galaxy-class Enterprise-D. 

Earl Grey begins issue one with the dramatic court martial of Captain Jean-Luc Picard, following the disastrous loss of his first command, U.S.S. Stargazer. Picard must deal with an overzealous prosecutor, Phillipa Louvois, as well as a visit from recent widow, Dr. Beverly Crusher. The next issues focus on young baby-face Lieutenant William T. Riker and Deanna Troi on Betazed, as the gold-suited Starfleet officer finds himself choosing between love and career promotion (along with a new color uniform). Other issues follow a recently discovered and reactivated android, named Data, who finds his life choices continually challenged by a Lieutenant Bruce Maddox. The trio also creates issues focusing on the Cardassian War, with a young Natasha Yar and Miles O'Brien teaming up to defend Starfleet, as well as a time jump forward to the U.S.S. Hood as Ensign Geordi LaForge continually tries to escape the attention of his meddlesome first officer, Lieutenant Commander Riker.  

Join Earl Grey as they tell these prequel stories and more of the early adventures of the soon-to-be-infamous crew of the Federation's flagship, U.S.S. Enterprise, NCC-1701-D in Season Zero of The Next Generation.


Hosts
Daniel Proulx, Phillip Gilfus, & Darren Moser

Editor / Producer
Darren Moser

Executive Producers
Norman C. Lao, Matthew Rushing, & C Bryan Jones

Production Manager
Richard Marquez
 
Content Manager

Will Nguyen


Chapters
The Phantom Farpoint Menace (00:02:53)
Picard (00:11:40) 
Riker (00:18:00)
Data (00:23:36)
Worf (00:31:55)
The Crushers: Bev, Wes, Jack (00:37:15)
Troi (00:42:59)
Geordi (00:47:23)
Yar (00:50:41)
Birth of the Enterprise (00:58:31)

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Category:Season Overviews -- posted at: 7:00am MST

130: Surprise Party Universe

Episodes That Never Happened.

We have all seen episodes (or entire seasons!) of television shows that end with, "It was all just a dream!" It can sometimes feel like such storytelling is a "cheat" or are a waste of time. This week, Phillip, Darren, and Daniel pick out episodes of "The Next Generation" that may not have "really" happened, as far as the crew of the Enterprise-D is concerned. The trio asks whether these episodes are still enjoyable or whether it would have been better to have a storyline that "actually" occurred instead.

Earl Grey examines episodes featuring amnesia, such as "Conundrum" and "Thine Own Self," as well as "It was all an illusion!" episodes like "Future Imperfect," "Remember Me," and "Frame of Mind." They also tackle "complicated" fan favorites such as "Inner Light," "Yesterday's Enterprise,""Tapestry," and "All Good Things..." They look at whether episodes that are "outside" reality help or hurt a story. Other episodes they look at include "Parallels," ""Tapestry," and "Cause and Effect." 

Join Earl Grey for this week's podcast about the "never happened" episodes ... which hopefully will not be considered a waste of time for listeners (though they may hit the reset button at the end).

Hosts
Daniel Proulx, Phillip Gilfus, & Darren Moser

Editor / Producer
Darren Moser

Executive Producers
Norman C. Lao, Matthew Rushing, & C Bryan Jones

Production Manager
Richard Marquez
 
Content Manager

Will Nguyen


Chapters
Point 1 - No Memory
 "Clues" (Everyone but Data) (00:03:44)
"Thine Own Self" (Just Data) (00:07:54)

Point 2 - It's Complicated (They did happen, but not really...)
"Inner Light" (00:11:50)
"Yesterday's Enterprise" (00:15:37)
"Tapestry" (00:18:40)
"All Good Things" (00:23:09)
"Parallels" (00:28:07)
"Cause and Effect" (00:33:22)

Point 3 - It Was All An Illusion 
"Conundrum" (00:36:10)
"Future Imperfect" (00:37:12)
"Remember Me" (00:41:04)
"Frame of Mind" (00:43:11)

Final Thoughts (00:45:23)

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Category:List Shows -- posted at: 7:00am MST

129: The Day Before Yesterday's Enterprise

The Chase Rewrite.

Fans do not generally regard the sixth season episode "The Chase" as a classic TNG story. However, it offered Captain Jean-Luc Picard a chance to embrace his archaeological passions and embark on an "Indiana Jones"-like adventure including many Alpha Quadrant aliens. "Earl Grey" decides to re-write this episode with the additional challenge of making a new "Yesterday's Enterprise" -- but, this time, with the U.S.S. Enterprise, NCC-1701-B.

In this telling of "The Chase," Darren, Daniel, and Phillip keep much of the beginning of the episode, but instead create a new planet, familiar aliens on this adventure, and a voice from the history books. Look for Picard, Data, and La Forge, along with some strange bedfellows, to meet a storied captain ... and she may make the ultimate sacrifice. Join "Earl Grey" as they re-write "The Chase" to include the Excelsior-class Enterprise-B.  

Hosts
Daniel Proulx, Phillip Gilfus, & Darren Moser

Editor / Producer
Darren Moser

Executive Producers
Norman C. Lao, Matthew Rushing, & C Bryan Jones

Production Manager
Richard Marquez
 
Content Manager

Will Nguyen


Chapters
Original Plot (00:07:18)
On the Trail (00:08:18)
Where was it? (00:16:50)
The Crew (00:34:24)
The Reveal (00:39:58)
The Star Trek Resolution (00:46:39)
Closing (00:58:50)

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Category:Rewrite -- posted at: 7:00am MST

128: Star TreXtreme!

The Animated Next Generation.

In a laugh out loud roundtable pitch session Phillip, Daniel, and Darren are joined by Aaron Harvey to create the Star Trek: The Next Generation Animated Series. Set in the late 90's after Generations this series will be animated TO THE EXTREME!

Delving deep into 90's nostalgia the story, characters and merchandising  opportunities all align in this crazy pitch session. Imagine Commander Flipper on a skateboard, soccer moms buying Ketracel-white cooler pouches and John de Lancie being a live action character. Premiering next summer on UPN kids, Star TreXtreme!

 


Hosts
Daniel Proulx, Phillip Gilfus, & Darren Moser

Guest
Aaron Harvey

Editor / Producer
Darren Moser

Executive Producers
Norman C. Lao, Matthew Rushing, & C Bryan Jones

Production Manager
Richard Marquez
 
Content Manager

Will Nguyen


Chapters
Era (00:04:29)
Story (00:19:29)
Characters (00:30:10)
Q's Clues (00:39:59)
Style (00:43:12)
Merchandising (00:46:36)
Final Thoughts (00:56:52)

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Category:Season Overviews -- posted at: 7:00am MST

Earl Grey 127: Daniel's Technicolor Dream Uniform

Starfleet Career Path, Part 2.

The Next Generation, and the other 24th Century Star Trek series, can sometimes be inconsistent with how they show a career path in Starfleet. Phillip, Daniel, and Darren finish their focus on the "colors" of careers by looking at the gold shirts of the Enterprise-D and Enterprise-E: the engineering/operations and security officers. They go from the rank of ensign to the upper ranks, examining life as a yellow shirt on the flagship - as well as the need to create more colors to better describe one's job.

Earl Grey also focuses on the crewmen who do the real work on the ship, to include the very important transport chiefs (other than Chief O'Brien). The trio take turns discussing what their own career paths would be on TNG if they began as young, fresh-from-the-Academy ensigns. Join Earl Grey as they go into the "lower decks" and talk Starfleet Career Paths, Part 2. 

Hosts
Daniel Proulx, Phillip Gilfus, & Darren Moser

Editor / Producer
Darren Moser

Executive Producers
Norman C. Lao, Matthew Rushing, & C Bryan Jones

Production Manager
Richard Marquez
 
Content Manager

Will Nguyen


Chapters
Golden Opportunities in Ops/ENG (00:03:04)
LT  (00:25:57)
LTCMDR  (00:29:37)
The Gold Team/Red Shirts TNG (Security) (00:32:13)
Saturday Morning Trek (00:40:34)
We work for a living/Enlist (00:49:03)
Your Career Path (00:53:02)

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Category:Federation -- posted at: 6:00am MST

Earl Grey 126: Lwaxana Troi, daughter of the Fifth House, holder of the Sacred Chalice of Rixx, heir to the Holy Rings of Betazed

Lwaxana Troi.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard faced down Romulan warbirds, Cardassian guls, and Borg drones ... but he met his match when it came to Lwaxana Troi, the daughter of the Fifth House, holder of the Sacred Chalice of Rixx, and heir to the Holy Rings of Betazed. Ms. Troi, later named an ambassador representing her home planet of Betazed, provided moments of embarrassment for her daughter Deanna. However, she brought a unique mother-daughter relationship to The Next Generation, as well as portraying a "woman of a certain age" with a healthy sexual attitude. From her appearances in "Haven," "Manhunt," and "Ménage à Troi," Troi brought doses of humor and spontaneity.  

Lwaxana served more than comic relief, though - her struggles in "Half a Life," "Cost of Living," and "Dark Page," provided a more dramatic turn for her character. Daniel, Darren, and Phillip discuss this TNG character who appeared throughout the seven years of the Enterprise-D on television. Join Earl Grey as they hit a gong in appreciation for Lwaxana Troi, daughter of the Fifth House, holder of the Sacred Chalice of Rixx, and heir to the Holy Rings of Betazed.

Hosts
Daniel Proulx, Phillip Gilfus, & Darren Moser

Editor / Producer
Darren Moser

Executive Producers
Norman C. Lao, Matthew Rushing, & C Bryan Jones

Production Manager
Richard Marquez
 
Content Manager

Will Nguyen


Chapters
First Lady of the Galaxy (00:02:43)
Relationships: Family (00:10:14)
Deanna Troi (00:13:47)
Ian Andrew Troi (00:20:51)
Relationships: Romantic (00:24:13)
Relationships: Friendship (00:37:22)
Dark Page (00:38:58)
Final Thoughts (00:47:21)

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Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 6:00am MST

Earl Grey 125: Road Trip to the Delta Quadrant Bro!

Data and Geordi Relationship.

When it comes to #BridgeMates on Star Trek: The Next Generation, the first pair that comes to mind is the first season conn officer Lieutenant Junior Grade La Forge and second officer Lieutenant Commander Data. The jovial character of Geordi, with his "artificial sight" (VISOR), did not necessarily seem similar to the personality of the naive "artificial life form" at the operations stations. But whether it was Data playing the straight man to La Forge's joker or their first foray into the Holodeck as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, this duo developed a friendship that evolved through their promotions and developments on the Enterprise-D.

Daniel, Darren, and Phillip examine moments that feature the Data and Geordi relationship, from "11001001," "The Price," "Descent, Parts 1 and 2," and "Star Trek: Generations." They discuss how, while there may not have been episodes that spotlighted the duo, the android and the chief engineer became inseparable through their many trials and tribulations on the Federation's flagship. Join Earl Grey as they discuss the friendship between Geordi and Data.

Hosts
Daniel Proulx, Phillip Gilfus, & Darren Moser

Editor / Producer
Darren Moser

Executive Producers
Norman C. Lao, Matthew Rushing, & C Bryan Jones

Production Manager
Richard Marquez
 
Content Manager

Will Nguyen


Chapters
Unlikely Bros or Destiny? (00:04:56)
Favorite Scenes (06:22)
The Most Toys (00:15:04)
Elementary Dear Data (00:16:05)
Times Arrow (00:22:26)
11001001 (00:29:30)
Nemesis (00:37:13) 
Final Thoughts (00:47:08)

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Category:Relationships -- posted at: 6:00am MST

Earl Grey 124: Hide and Trelane

Trek Switch - Season One.

Star Trek: The Next Generation offers 176 interesting episodes for fans to enjoy. The Enterprise-D enjoyed various adventures that either originated from TOS, were planned for the scrapped Star Trek: Phase II television series, or were developed more in subsequent Trek shows. In this week's podcast, Earl Grey asks the question - are there TNG episodes that belong in one of the other Star Trek series? The trio begins with season one of Next Gen in this episode and work their way, round-robin style, through Enterprise, The Original Series, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager.

Phillip take "Justice" and transports the story to the crew of the NX-01, as Porthos must now stand trial for being a bad dog. Darren has Captain Kirk and his intrepid NCC-1701 crew encountering the laser whip-cracking, hissing Ferengi for the first time with "The Last Outpost." Daniel turns "Arsenal of Freedom" into a Quark-centered DS9 episode, where the conniving Ferengi must make a deal to save the crew. Join Earl Grey as they take 20 season one TNG episodes and transport them into other Star Trek stories in this episode of Trek Switch - Season One. 

Hosts
Daniel Proulx, Phillip Gilfus, & Darren Moser

Editor / Producer
Darren Moser

Executive Producers
Norman C. Lao, Matthew Rushing, & C Bryan Jones

Production Manager
Richard Marquez
 
Content Manager

Will Nguyen


Chapters
Enterprise
Darren - Code of Honor (00:03:55)
Daniel - 11001001 (00:08:42)
Phillip - Justice (00:11:54)

The Original Series
Daniel -Symbiosis (00:15:22)
Phillip - Hide and Q (00:18:46)
Darren - The Last Outpost (00:21:48)

Deep Space 9
Phillip - Conspiracy (00:24:24)
Darren - The Battle (00:26:53)
Daniel - The Arsenal of Freedom (00:31:32)

Voyager
Darren - 11001001 (00:34:51)
Daniel - Where No One Has Gone Before (00:38:49)
Phillip - Angel One (00:42:16)

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Category:Season Overviews -- posted at: 7:00am MST

Earl Grey 123: Hashtag Humblebrag

Favorite Earl Grey episodes.

Star Trek: The Next Generation has inspired, motivated, and entertained fans for almost thirty years -- especially three specific (and familiar) fans: Darren Moser, Daniel Proulx, and Phillip Gilfus. The trio of Earl Grey look back over the 122 Next Gen topics they have discussed for three years and pick their top three favorite shows, as well as some honorable mention podcast episodes.

Their choices include their crossovers with other trek.fm podcasts, like "Earl Grey 15: The Movie Should Write Itself," an in-depth look at the inaugural TNG film Star Trek: Generations with the co-hosts of "Standard Orbit," and "Earl Grey 100: All Ships Are Big Shuttles," a role-playing game celebrating TNG and the trekfm family. The trio remember their once-in-a-lifetime interview with Counselor Deanna Troi herself, Marina Sirtis ("Earl Grey 112: Troi, Goddess of Internity"), as well as one of their many signature game-playing adventures when, together, they defeated "Not Gowron" during "Star Trek: The Next Generation Interactive VCR Board Game: A Klingon Challenge" ("Earl Grey 69: Experience Bij").

The co-hosts also talk about the much-beloved game #BridgeMates ("Earl Grey 82: When In Doubt, Choose Data"), their first episode re-write of a TNG episode, "Masks" (Earl Grey 105: Snakebot: The Great Librarian), and discuss the origins, operations, and favorite aspects of this weekly Next Gen podcast. So enjoy a nice warm cup of Earl Grey and join Darren, Daniel, and Phillip as they reflect on their favorite episodes of this podcast.

Hosts
Daniel Proulx, Phillip Gilfus, & Darren Moser

Editor / Producer
Darren Moser

Executive Producers
Norman C. Lao, Matthew Rushing, & C Bryan Jones

Production Manager
Richard Marquez
 
Content Manager

Will Nguyen


Chapters
Host Picks
DM - 15: The Movie Should Write Itself - Generations Crossover with Standard Orbit 12/24/13 (00:14:13)
PG - 93: Port Side Rules Starboard Drools - Darren's Single Use Sets 6/23/15 (00:08:54)
DP - 82: When in Doubt Choose Data - Bridgemates 4/7/15 (00:14:31)
DM - 69: Experience Bij - ST:TNG The Interactive VCR Board Game 1/6/15 (00:19:51)
PG - 43: What You Leave Behind - Daniel's TOS elements 7/8/14 (00:24:32)
DP - 105: Snakebot: The Great Librarian - Darren's Masks Rewrite 9/15/15 (00:28:57)
DM - 81: The Picard Conspiracy - Starfleet reading through reports 3/31/15 (00:32:17)
PG - 100: All Ships Are Big Shuttles - ENTNGRPG 8/10/15 (00:35:27)
DP - 112: Troi, Goddess of Internity - Marina Sirtis Interview 11/3/15 (00:41:08) 
Honorable Mentions
DP - 110: The Shift Key Is Your Friend - A Final Unity Video Game 10/20/15 (00:49:56)
PG - 32: The Magnificent Seven - 1 Episode Per Season 4/22/14 (00:52:22)
DM - 111: Bird-of-Prey Selfies - On the Ready Room 9/10/13 (00:54:41)
Closing (01:02:10)

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Category:List Shows -- posted at: 7:00am MST

Earl Grey 122: The Bald and the Beard

Picard/Riker Relationship.

The Kirk/Spock relationship dominates all other depictions between characters in Star Trek. That said, the captain/first officer dynamic of Captain Jean-Luc Picard and Commander William T. Riker created a unique and interesting command team for TNG fans. The beard-less, energetic, and fun-loving former first officer of the U.S.S. Hood that we met in "Encounter at Farpoint" was mentored by the senior commander, formerly of the starship Stargazer,  for seven years on television and throughout four motion pictures before earning the right to call him a fellow captain. Daniel, Darren, and Phillip discuss how Picard and his Number One learned to lead the Enterprise-D together, their ups and downs, and how a rocky introduction led to a wonderful relationship that would guide the ship and crew through several adventures.

Earl Grey discusses moments of Picard versus Riker in episodes like "The Best of Both Worlds," "Peak Performance," and "The Measure of a Man," as well as times the two officers "pranked" one another in "Captain's Holiday" and "Gambit, Parts 1 and 2." The trio focus on Riker's pursuits of the Enterprise's center chair and Picard's mentoring of Will in order for him to finally evolve into the seasoned Captain Riker of the U.S.S. Titan.

Hosts
Daniel Proulx, Phillip Gilfus, & Darren Moser

Editor / Producer
Darren Moser

Executive Producers
Norman C. Lao, Matthew Rushing, & C Bryan Jones

Production Manager
Richard Marquez
 
Content Manager

Will Nguyen


Chapters
Relationship Overview (00:03:30)
Milestones (00:18:48)
Picard vs. Riker (00:33:15)
Pegasus (00:46:22)
Final Thoughts (00:56:13)

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Category:Characters -- posted at: 7:00am MST

Earl Grey 121: U.S.S. Love Handles

1701-B.

Viewers of Star Trek: The Next Generation often spotted those golden Enterprise models in the Observation Lounge over the years - but what was the story behind them? We knew the 1701 and would get to know the Enterprise-A in the TOS-era films; the heroic sacrifice of the Enterprise-C was eventually told in the season three episode "Yesterday's Enterprise." However, there was an Excelsior-class-sized hole in the Enterprise legacy.

It was not until TNG's inaugural motion picture, Star Trek Generations, that fans witnessed the christening of the first "Kirk-less" U.S.S. Enterprise - the NCC-1701-B. Earl Grey discusses the ship itself - a modification of the Excelsior-class design (one that remained dormant for several generations!), that had some "extra fat" in its "dad bod," from nacelles that go on for light years to the "love handles" around the main deflector. The trio also discusses the members of the maiden crew - from the much aligned Captain John Harriman to the plucky Ensign Demora Sulu, whose story would be expounded on in the novel-verse. They also try to untangle the timeline of when the third Starfleet vessel named Enterprise entered and left the scene of the Trek verse.

So don't sit down in your chair - instead make time for the important things, like this week's discussion of the starship Enterprise, NCC-1701-B.

Hosts
Daniel Proulx, Phillip Gilfus, & Darren Moser

Editor / Producer
Darren Moser

Executive Producers
Norman C. Lao, Matthew Rushing, & C Bryan Jones

Production Manager
Richard Marquez
 
Content Manager

Will Nguyen


Chapters
First Impressions (00:03:12)
Design & Stats (00:11:27)
Enterprise B Timeline (00:19:36)
Captain Harriman (00:27:13)
Gambit Tie In (00:32:31)
Captain Johnson (00:35:45)
Enterprise Lineage Timeline (00:40:58)
Other Excelsior Ships (00:42:21)
Final Thoughts (00:46:57)

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