First Contacts in TNG.

To communicate with new life and new civilizations through first contact is one of the primary missions of a Starfleet crew and the crews of the Enterprise-D and Enterprise-E are no exception. The first contacts that we see rarely seem to be easy, whether with space-faring jellyfish, subspace aliens kidnapping the crew, or the malevolent collective consciousness of the Borg, but it does make for a great discussion topic.

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Joe Keegan and Justin Oser are joined by guest April Taylor to talk about first contacts in The Next Generation and what they tell us about one of Starfleet's most important missions. The discussion includes the episodes "Encounter at Farpoint," "Pen Pals," "Q Who," "Who Watches The Watchers," "First Contact," "Schisms," and "Phantasms" as well as the movie First Contact.

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Chapters 
Intro (00:00:00)  
Listener Feedback (00:02:51)  
Welcome, April! (00:07:06)  
April’s Star Trek Story (00:07:46)  
"Encounter at Farpoint" (00:12:25)  
"Pen Pals" (00:30:07) 
“Who Watches The Watchers” (00:42:10)
“First Contact” (episode) (00:46:57)
“Q Who” (00:55:24)
“Schisms” (01:02:18)
“Phantasms” (01:09:24)
First Contact (movie) (01:14:32)
Final Thoughts (01:22:28)
Closing (01:31:18)
 
Running Time: 1 hour 39 minutes 37 seconds

Hosts
Joe Keegan, Justin Oser

Guest
April Taylor
 
Production
Joe Keegan (Editor and Producer) Justin Oser (Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Thomas Appel (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Chris Tribuzio (Associate Producer) Joe Keegan (Associate Producer) Jim McMahon (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art)
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"Booby Trap."
 
"Booby Trap" is a season three episode of The Next Generation that is probably best-known for showing Geordi La Forge falling in love with a holographic version of engineer Leah Brahms. However, there's a lot more going on in this episode that can lead to conversations about war's long-lasting effects, how to solve an engineering problem, when people are needed instead of computers, and much more.

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Joe Keegan and Justin Oser are joined by guest Shoaib Mirza, Associate Producer of The Edge, to talk about the season three episode of The Next Generation, "Booby Trap." The discussion includes Geordi's love life, an ancient war, Picard's childhood hobbies, and the human element in problem-solving.

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Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
Listener Feedback (00:02:02) 
Initial Thoughts (00:12:22) 
Geordi's Love Life (00:16:40) 
An Ancient War (00:24:02) 
Picard's Childhood Hobbies (00:32:06) 
Solving Engineering Problems (00:38:47) 
The Human Element (00:50:19) 
Final Thoughts (01:12:24) 
Closing (01:19:50)

Runtime: 1 hour 29 minutes 47 seconds
 
Hosts
Joe Keegan, Justin Oser

Guest
Shoaib Mirza
 
Production
Joe Keegan (Editor and Producer) Justin Oser (Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Thomas Appel (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Chris Tribuzio (Associate Producer) Joe Keegan (Associate Producer) Jim McMahon (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art)
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Robin Curtis Interview.
 
Robin Curtis is well-known to fans for playing Lieutenant Saavik in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. She also played Tallera, a Vulcan posing as a Romulan, in "Gambit, Part I" and "Gambit, Part II" in season seven of The Next Generation.

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Joe Keegan and Justin Oser celebrate the 300th episode of the show by interviewing Robin Curtis about her roles as Saavik in Star Trek IIIand Star Trek IV and as Tallera on The Next Generation. The discussion includes the challenges of playing a Vulcan character, what it was like to work with the cast of The Original Series and to be directed by Leonard Nimoy, her experience working with Patrick Stewart in the "Gambit" two-parter, and much more!

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Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
Listener Feedback (00:03:01)
Robin's Acting Career Start (00:07:49)
Watching Star Trek (00:14:05)
Star Trek III and Star Trek IV (00:19:53)
Possible Return for Saavik in Star Trek VI (00:37:20)
Playing Tallera in the "Gambit" 2-Parter (00:45:27)
A Fan of the Fans (01:00:37)
Robin's One-Woman Show (01:00:37)
Favorite Real Estate Sale (01:06:22)
The Scottish Connection (01:08:56)
Final Thoughts (01:16:26)
Closing (01:24:12)

Runtime: 1 hour 28 minutes 12 seconds

Hosts
Joe Keegan
Justin Oser

Guest
Robin Curtis

Production
Justin Oser (Editor and Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Joe Keegan (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Thomas Appel (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Chris Tribuzio (Associate Producer) Joe Keegan (Associate Producer) Jim McMahon (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art)
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Favorite Badass Riker Moments.

Will Riker is known for being the first officer of the Federation flagship, Captain Picard's right-hand man, and Deanna Troi's beloved Imzadi. However, we think that Will has his share of badass moments throughout the course of The Next Generation episodes and movies. Beard or no beard, Riker's badassery knows no bounds.
  
In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Joe Keegan, Amy Nelson, and Justin Oser list their three favorite badass Riker moments from The Next Generation. Each choice is discussed and highlights Will Riker as tough and uncompromising.
 
Chapters 
Intro (00:00:00) 
Listener Feedback (00:03:19)
First Picks (00:13:41)
Second Picks (00:28:45)
Third Picks (00:39:36) 
Honorable Mentions and Final Thoughts (00:56:29)
Closing (01:10:07) 
 
Runtime: 1 hour 24 minutes 20 seconds
 
Hosts 
Joe Keegan
Amy Nelson
Justin Oser
  
Production 
Joe Keegan (Editor and Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Justin Oser (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Thomas Appel (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Chris Tribuzio (Associate Producer) Joe Keegan (Associate Producer) Jim McMahon (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art)

 

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Keiko O'Brien.
 
Keiko O'Brien first appears in "Data's Day," a season four episode of The Next Generation in which she marries Miles O'Brien. Over the course of the 8 episodes of The Next Generation and 19 episodes of Deep Space Nine in which she appears, we see Keiko as a wife, a mother, a botanist, and a primary school teacher and we even learn a little bit about her family history. Keiko is far from a fan favorite, but what do we think about her when discussing the episodes she appears in and the arc of her character?

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Amy Nelson and Justin Oser are joined by Jenn Tifft of the Snap Trek podcast to talk about Keiko O'Brien. The discussion includes Keiko's relationship with her husband, Miles O'Brien, on both The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine, her work as a botanist and school teacher, Keiko as a mother to her two children, what we think of her character overall in episodes spanning 10 seasons of Star Trek, and much more!

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Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
Listener Feedback (00:01:20) 
Initial Thoughts (00:09:11) 
Keiko as a Wife (00:17:34) 
Keiko as a Mother (00:25:52) 
Keiko's History (00:31:38) 
Keiko's Career (00:35:40) 
Keiko and Kira (00:43:13) 
Book References (00:47:01) 
Final Thoughts (00:49:41) 
Closing (00:59:35)
 
Hosts
Justin Oser  
Amy Nelson

Guest
Jenn Tifft
 
Production
Amy Nelson (Editor and Producer) Justin Oser (Producer) Joe Keegan (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Thomas Appel (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Chris Tribuzio (Associate Producer) Joe Keegan (Associate Producer) Jim McMahon (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art)
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Jennifer Gatti Interview.
 
Jennifer Gatti played the half-Klingon, half-Romulan character of Ba'el in "Birthright, Part I" and "Birthright, Part II" on The Next Generation as well as Harry Kim's girlfriend, Libby, in the Voyager episode "Non Sequitur." She also has many other acting credits, including roles on Doogie Howser, M.D., Cheers, ER, The Young and the Restless, NCIS, Vice Principals, Swamp Thing, and The Resident.

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Amy Nelson, Joe Keegan, and Justin Oser interview Jennifer Gatti about her role as Ba'el in two episodes of The Next Generation - "Birthright, Part I" and "Birthright, Part II" - and as Libby in the Voyager episode "Non Sequitur." The discussion includes what it was like playing the first half-Klingon, half-Romulan character in Star Trek, the welcoming atmosphere on The Next Generation, how she almost landed the role of Kes in Voyager, and much more!

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Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
Listener Feedback (00:03:26)
Welcome, Jennifer! (00:09:37)
Starting a Career in Acting (00:09:53)
Jennifer's Star Trek Story (00:12:36)
Playing Ba'el in "Birthright, Parts I and II" (00:13:43)
Trek Character Would Like to Play (00:36:59)
Auditioning for Kes on Voyager (00:40:11)
Playing Libby in Voyager's "Non Sequitur" (00:43:13)
Work Outside of Star Trek (00:50:04)
Conventions, Hobbies, and Interests (01:00:37)
The Scottish Connection (01:08:45)
Final Thoughts (01:18:21)
Closing (01:24:12)

Runtime: 1 hour 33 minutes 47 seconds

Hosts
Amy Nelson
Joe Keegan
Justin Oser

Guests
Jennifer Gatti

Production
Justin Oser (Editor and Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Joe Keegan (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Thomas Appel (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Chris Tribuzio (Associate Producer) Joe Keegan (Associate Producer) Jim McMahon (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art)
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Science in TNG, Part 4.
 
Science is an essential part of Star Trek that has inspired generations of fans to learn more about science, to become scientists, and to make influential discoveries. The Next Generation is no exception and includes many episodes that showcase new inventions, the application of existing science, and important scientific questions.

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Joe Keegan, Amy Nelson, and Justin Oser talk about science in season 7 of The Next Generation. The discussion includes virtual reality, climate change, and robots. Science in TNG is a series that will cover all seven seasons and the four movies of The Next Generation.

Chapters 
Intro (00:00:00)  
Listener Feedback (00:03:04)  
Virtual Reality (00:14:26)  
Climate Change (00:30:49)  
Robots (00:39:50)  
Final Thoughts (01:01:22)  
Closing (01:09:38)  
 
Runtime: 1 hour 18 minutes 11 seconds

Hosts
Joe Keegan
Amy Nelson
Justin Oser
 
Production
Joe Keegan (Editor and Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Justin Oser (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Thomas Appel (Associate Producer) Chris Tribuzio (Associate Producer) Joe Keegan (Associate Producer) Jim McMahon (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art)
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Favorite Picard Inspirational Speeches.
 
In The Next Generation, Jean-Luc Picard is a captain, a diplomat, and an explorer, but he is also an inspiration to his crew, to many characters that we meet during the show and the movies, and to multiple generations of Star Trek fans. Picard's power and influence for good flows just as much from his words as from his actions.
  
In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Amy Nelson, Joe Keegan, and Justin Oser list their three favorite Picard inspirational speeches from The Next Generation. Each host talks about why their picks are meaningful to them and important to The Next Generation and its millions of fans.
 
Chapters 
Intro (00:01:14) 
Listener Feedback (00:04:01) 
First Picks (00:21:41) 
Second Picks (00:34:30) 
Third Picks (00:52:26) 
Speed Round (01:09:03) 
Final Thoughts (01:13:45) 
Closing (01:17:18) 
 
Runtime: 1 hour 28 minutes 10 seconds
 
Hosts 
Amy Nelson
Joe Keegan
Justin Oser
  
Production 
Amy Nelson (Editor and Producer) Justin Oser (Producer) Joe Keegan (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Thomas Appel (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Chris Tribuzio (Associate Producer) Joe Keegan (Associate Producer) Jim McMahon (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art)
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Favorite Non-human Species in TNG.
 
Non-human species have been important to Star Trek since its very beginning when viewers first saw the half-Vulcan Mr. Spock. There have been many non-human characters depicted in every series, from those that can be called humanoid to those that look and behave very differently from humans. Over the course of seven seasons and four movies, The Next Generation introduced us to both new non-human species that would become important across 24th century Star Trek as well as memorable non-human species that were only seen once.
  
In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Amy Nelson and Justin Oser are joined by guest Nicholas Paul Collinson to list their three favorite non-human species on The Next Generation. Each participant talks about why the species they have chosen are meaningful to them and important to The Next Generation.
 
Chapters 
Intro (00:00:00) 
Remembering Aron Eisenberg (00:01:37)
Listener Feedback (00:03:01)
Welcome, Nick! (00:06:39)
Nick's Star Trek and Science Story (00:09:11)
Favorite Non-human Species in TNG (00:11:27)
First Picks (00:12:51)
Second Picks (00:33:22)
Third Picks (00:51:20) 
Honorable Mentions and Final Thoughts (01:08:40)
Closing (01:16:44) 
 
Runtime: 1 hour 24 minutes 5 seconds
 
Hosts 
Amy Nelson
Justin Oser
 
Guest
Nicholas Paul Collinson
  
Production 
Justin Oser (Editor and Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Joe Keegan (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Thomas Appel (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Chris Tribuzio (Associate Producer) Joe Keegan (Associate Producer) Jim McMahon (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art)

 

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Deleted Scenes, Part 3.
 
Scenes that were filmed, but not seen by the audience in the final aired productions are available for every season and movies of The Next Generation. These deleted scenes can provide a fascinating window into what might have been, including some scenes that would have had a far-reaching impact on the show and the films.

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Joe Keegan, Amy Nelson, and Justin Oser talk about  deleted scenes from The Next Generation season 4 episodes "Best of Both Worlds, Part II," "Family," "Brothers," "Final Mission," and "The Wounded." All the deleted scenes that are discussed can be found on the season 4 Blu-ray release.

Deleted Scenes is a series that will cover all seven seasons and the four movies of The Next Generation.

Chapters
Intro (00:0:00) 
iTunes Reviews (00:02:53)   
Babel Conference Feedback (00:06:51)   
"Best of Both Worlds, Part II" (00:15:19) 
"Family" (00:21:11)
"Brothers" (00:29:57)
"Final Mission" (00:33:43)
"The Wounded" (00:37:34)
Final Thoughts (00:57:46)
Closing (01:04:12)

Runtime: 1 hour 13 minutes 13 seconds
 
Hosts
Joe Keegan, Amy Nelson, and Justin Oser
 
Production
Joe Keegan (Editor and Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Justin Oser (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Thomas Appel (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Chris Tribuzio (Associate Producer) Joe Keegan (Associate Producer) Jim McMahon (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Zach Moore (Show Art)
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Clyde Kusatsu Interview.
 
Clyde Kusatsu played Admiral Nakamura on three episodes of The Next Generation - "The Measure of a Man," "Phantasms," and "All Good Things..." He also has over 300 acting credits since the early 1970s, including Kung Fu, All in the Family, M*A*S*H, In the Line of Fire, America Pie, Boston Legal, and NCIS.

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Amy Nelson, Joe Keegan, and Justin Oser interview Clyde Kusatsu about his role as Admiral Nakamura in three episodes of The Next Generation. The discussion includes his experience starting out as an Asian-American actor in the 1960s and 1970s, what it was like playing an Admiral on some of the most important episodes in Star Trek, stories from his long acting career (including playing three different roles on M*A*S*H), and much more!

Chapters
Intro (00:01:16) 
iTunes Winner (00:02:56) 
Babel Conference Feedback (00:05:07) 
Interview (00:12:52) 
Final Thoughts (01:10:52) 
Closing (01:13:45)
 
Hosts
Amy Nelson
Joe Keegan
Justin Oser
 
Guests
Clyde Kusatsu
 
Production
Amy Nelson (Editor and Producer) Justin Oser (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Thomas Appel (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Chris Tribuzio (Associate Producer) Joe Keegan (Associate Producer) Jim McMahon (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art)
Direct download: eg-292.mp3
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The Power of Words in TNG.
 
Star Trek has never shied away from taking advantage of the power of words, from Shakespeare to technobabble to inspirational speeches, and The Next generation is no exception. There have been many moments and episodes that have pushed our vocabulary, introduced us to works of literature, and taught us something new in the process.
  
In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Joe Keegan and Justin Oser are joined by guest Shoaib Mirza, Associate Producer of The Edge, to list their three favorite uses of words, language, and communication on The Next Generation. Each participant talks about why the moments discussed are meaningful to them and important to The Next Generation.
 
Chapters 
Intro (00:00:00)  
Babel Conference Feedback (00:02:06)
Welcome, Shoaib! (00:09:58)
First Picks (00:12:21)
Second Picks (00:35:19)
Third Picks (00:58:45) 
Honorable Mentions and Final Thoughts (01:21:28)
Closing (01:32:58) 
 
Runtime:  1 hour 41 minutes 5 seconds
 
Hosts 
Joe Keegan
Justin Oser
 
Guest
Shoaib Mirza
  
Production 
Justin Oser (Editor and Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Joe Keegan (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Thomas Appel (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Chris Tribuzio (Associate Producer) Joe Keegan (Associate Producer) Jim McMahon (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art)

 

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Undercover Missions.
 
Whilst Star Trek has always shown us a positive vision of the future, there have been times when stealth and disguise have been required. Through various planned and forced undercover missions, our heroes have deftly and secretly gone where no Romulan, Cardassian, Mintakan, or Malcorian has gone before - sometimes with mixed results.
  
In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Joe Keegan and Justin Oser are joined by guest Christos Giannaris to discuss some of the undercover missions in The Next Generation. The episodes discussed are “Who Watches the Watchers,” “First Contact,” “Unification I and II,” “Chain of Command, Parts 1 and 2,” and “Face of the Enemy."
 
Chapters 
Intro (00:00:00)  
Babel Conference Feedback (00:02:06)
Welcome, Christos! (00:05:34)
“Who Watches the Watchers” (00:10:36)
“First Contact” (00:25:15)
“Unification I and II”(00:38:10) 
“Chain of Command, Parts 1 and 2”(00:51:31) 
“Face of the Enemy” (01:04:07)
Final Thoughts (01:14:38)
Closing (01:19:34) 
 
Runtime: 1 hour 26 minutes 16 seconds   
 
Hosts 
Joe Keegan
Justin Oser
 
Guest
Christos Giannaris
  
Production 
Joe Keegan (Editor and Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Justin Oser (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Thomas Appel (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Chris Tribuzio (Associate Producer) Joe Keegan (Associate Producer) Jim McMahon (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-290.mp3
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TNG Episodes In The Alternate Realities Collective.

"Star Trek Fan Collectives" were a series of DVD collections released in the 2000s that featured episodes from across all the series that shared a common theme. Join the crews of Standard Orbit and Earl Grey as we have a great time discussing the episodes from The Next Generation that are included in the Alternate Realities collection.

In this episode of Earl Grey, join Amy Nelson, Zach Moore, Justin Oser, Ken Tripp, Joe Keegan, and Hayley Stoddart as we discuss four episodes of The Next Generation that were included on the Alternate Realities DVD collection. Enjoy part one on Standard Orbit 282, which released on Monday, September 2 and enjoy the conclusion here as we talk about "Yesterday's Enterprise," "The Inner Light," "Frame of Mind," and "Parallels!"
 
Chapters 
Intro (00:00:00)  
Welcome, Ken, Zach, and Hayley!  (00:03:21)  
Alternate Realities Crossover (00:04:51)  
"Yesterday's Enterprise" (00:05:26)  
"The Inner Light" (00:25:38)  
"Frame of Mind" (00:46:27)   
"Parallels" (00:59:49)  
Final Thoughts (01:15:38)  
Closing (01:21:02)  
 
Runtime: 1 hour 25 minutes 40 seconds
 
Hosts 
Joe Keegan, Amy Nelson, Justin Oser

Guests
Ken Tripp, Zach Moore, Hayley Stoddart
  
Production 
Justin Oser (Editor and Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Joe Keegan (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Thomas Appel (Associate Producer) Chris Tribuzio (Associate Producer) Joe Keegan (Associate Producer) Jim McMahon (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-289.mp3
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Favorite Villains
 
Since its beginning in 1966, Star Trek has always had a wealth of villainous characters confronting our heroes. The Next Generation is no different, with its plethora of scallywags and scoundrels that try to do harm to the crew.
  
In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Joe Keegan, Amy Nelson, and Justin Oser list their three favorite villains in The Next Generation. Each host talks about why the villains discussed are great foils for our beloved characters and how their appearances impact The Next Generation.
 
Chapters 
Intro (00:00:00)  
Babel Conference Feedback (00:05:24)
Defining Villains (00:05:43)
Villainy Round 1 (00:12:55)
Villainy Round 2 (00:24:10)
Villainy Round 3 (00:39.51) 
(Dis)Honorable Mentions (00:59:30) 
Final Thoughts (01:06:12)
Closing (01:13:55) 
 
Runtime: 1 hour 24 minutes 58 seconds   
 
Hosts 
Joe Keegan
Amy Nelson
Justin Oser
  
Production 
Joe Keegan (Editor and Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Justin Oser (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Thomas Appel (Associate Producer) Chris Tribuzio (Associate Producer) Joe Keegan (Associate Producer) Jim McMahon (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-288.mp3
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Science in TNG, Part 3.
 
Science is an essential part of Star Trek that has inspired generations of fans to learn more about science, to become scientists, and to make influential discoveries. The Next Generation is no exception and includes many episodes that showcase new inventions, the application of existing science, and important scientific questions.

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Joe Keegan, Amy Nelson, and Justin Oser talk about science in season 6 of The Next Generation. The discussion includes the origin of life, super shields, and cloning. Science in TNG is a series that will cover all seven seasons of The Next Generation.

Chapters 
Intro (00:00:00)  
Babel Conference Feedback (00:06:21)  
The Origins of Life (00:20:10)
Super Shields (00:31:15)
Dolly the Riker (00:36:25)
Final Thoughts (00:52:26)  
Closing (00:58:52) 
 
Runtime: 1 hour 9 minutes 14 seconds   

Hosts
Joe Keegan
Amy Nelson
Justin Oser
 
Production
Joe Keegan (Editor and Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Justin Oser (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Thomas Appel (Associate Producer) Chris Tribuzio (Associate Producer) Joe Keegan (Associate Producer) Jim McMahon (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-287.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00pm MST

Trek.fm Host Roundtable Discussion.

It's that time of year again, Star Trek Las Vegas! Several hosts from the network made the annual pilgrimage to STLV 2019: Ken Tripp and Zach Moore from Standard Orbit, Amy Nelson, Justin Oser and Joe Keegan from Earl Grey (plus The Edge for Amy and The Linefor Justin), and Mike Schindler from The Edge and The Line. This week on Earl Grey, we share our Trek.fm host roundtable discussion where we discuss our convention likes, dislikes and experiences! But stay tuned as we wrap up Sunday's panels and as a special treat, Joe Keegan brought some Scottish snacks for us to try. 

What were some of our favorite panels? Which show will come next from CBS All Access? Is the Section 31 series still going to happen? Who made those amazing Discovery skant costumes you might've seen at this year's STLV? All this and much more, boldly listen!

Chapters 
Welcome to Earl Grey (00:01:27)
Trek.fm Hosts Roundtable Discussion (00:03:09)
Remembering El Paso (00:05:51)
Picard Panel (00:07:20)
Favorite Panels (00:11:05)
Picard Exhibit (00:15:55)
Upcoming Series, CBS/Paramount Merger (00:23:33)
Teaching Trek Panels (00:39:05)
Final Thoughts, Hopes For Future Conventions (00:42:58)
Sunday Panel Discussion (00:54:46)
Scottish Food Review (01:10:43)
Closing (01:25:50) 

Hosts
Ken Tripp
Zach Moore
Amy Nelson
Justin Oser
Joe Keegan
Mike Schindler

Production
Zach Moore (Editor & Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Thomas Appel (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Chris Tribuzio (Associate Producer) Joe Keegan (Associate Producer) Jim McMahon (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-286.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00pm MST

Kurn.

In "Sins of the Father," we're introduced to Kurn, a stern Klingon exchange officer boarding the Enterprise-D to temporarily serve as first officer. We find out in the course of the episode that Kurn is actually Worf's brother and has brought news of a judgment by the Klingon High Council that will change both of their lives forever. In the course of three episodes of The Next Generation and one episode of Deep Space Nine, Kurn is tested again and again by the dramatic events happening within the Klingon Empire and between the sons of Mogh.

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Justin Oser and Joe Keegan are joined by guest Pierre LaRocco to discuss the character of Worf's brother Kurn. The discussion includes his developing relationship to Worf, his changing place in Klingon society, and his development as a recurring character. Each participant talks about Kurn's four appearances with a view to having a deeper appreciation of the character and Klingon society in general.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Babel Conference Feedback (00:06:06) 
Welcome, Pierre! (00:11:52) 
Kurn (00:13:04) 
“Sins of the Father” (00:16:36)
“Redemption I & II” (00:25:27)
“Sons of Mogh” (00:35:13)
Final Thoughts (00:53:29) 
Closing (01:05:06)

Runtime: 1 hour 12 minutes 59 seconds   

Hosts 
Joe Keegan, Amy Nelson, Justin Oser    
 
Guest
Pierre LaRocco
 
Production
Joe Keegan (Editor and Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Thomas Appel (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Chris Tribuzio (Associate Producer) Joe Keegan (Associate Producer) Jim McMahon (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-285.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am MST

Deleted Scenes, Part 2.
 
Scenes that were filmed, but not seen by the audience in the final aired productions are available for every season and movies of The Next Generation. These deleted scenes can provide a fascinating window into what might have been, including some scenes that would have had a far-reaching impact on the show and the films.

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Amy Nelson, Joe Keegan, and Justin Oser talk about 11 deleted scenes from "Evolution," the season 3 opener of The Next Generation. Links to these deleted scenes (none of which are available on the Blu-rays) are included below.

Deleted Scenes is a series that will cover all seven seasons and the four movies of The Next Generation.

Video of first 6 deleted scenes from "Evolution": https://bit.ly/2XOcUD6
Video of 5 more deleted scenes from "Evolution": https://bit.ly/2LRGWDz

Chapters
Intro (00:01:12) 
Initial Thoughts (00:13:17)   
Part One (00:16:54)   
Part Two (00:39:49)     
Final Thoughts (00:54:50) 
Closing (01:01:44)

Runtime: 1 hour 16 minutes 30 seconds
 
Hosts
Joe Keegan, Amy Nelson, and Justin Oser
 
Production
Amy Nelson (Editor and Producer) Justin Oser (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Thomas Appel (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Chris Tribuzio (Associate Producer) Joe Keegan (Associate Producer) Jim McMahon (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-284.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:30am MST

Favorite Star Trek Memorabilia. 
  
Star Trek memorabilia is almost as old as Star Trek itself. Over the last nearly 53 years, there has been a huge variety of Star Trek items collected by fans the world over, from action figures to photos to collectible cards to screen-used props and costumes and everything in between.

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Joe Keegan, Amy Nelson, and Justin Oser talk about their three favorite pieces of Star Trek memorabilia that they own. Joe also introduces a new segment on Earl Grey, the Scottish Language Lesson, and the hosts then each choose a piece of Star Trek memorabilia that is tacky or tasteless.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Babel Conference Feedback (00:05:44) 
Star Trek Memorabilia (00:09:45) 
First Picks (00:10:40) 
Second Picks (00:21:09) 
Third Picks (00:30:31) 
Scottish Language Lesson (00:48:01) 
Fourth Picks (00:49:07) 
Final Thoughts (01:02:36) 
Closing (01:08:14)

Runtime: 1 hour 16 minutes 4 seconds
 
Hosts
Joe Keegan, Amy Nelson, Justin Oser
 
Production
Justin Oser (Editor and Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Thomas Appel (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Chris Tribuzio (Associate Producer) Joe Keegan (Associate Producer) Jim McMahon (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-283.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am MST

The Lost Episodes, Part 8.
 
There are many scripts, script outlines, and episode and movie concepts that never made it onto the screen on The Next Generation. These lost episodes can provide a fascinating window into what might have been, what characters and concepts ended up being modified and used later, and into the behind-the-scenes writing process.

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Amy Nelson, Justin Oser, and Joe Keegan discuss the never-produced season 1 episode "Genius Is Pain" by Tracy Tormé and a never-produced version of Generations by Maurice Hurley. The Lost Episodes is a continuing series that will cover many unfilmed episodes and movie concepts over the course of the seven seasons and four movies of The Next Generation.

Chapters
Intro (00:01:12) 
Babel Conference Feedback (00:03:08) 
"Genius Is Pain" (00:10:52) 
Generations: Take One (00:45:04) 
Closing (01:00:08)

Runtime: 1 hour 8 minutes 42 seconds
 
Hosts
Joe Keegan, Justin Oser, Amy Nelson
 
Production
Amy Nelson (Editor and Producer) Justin Oser (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Thomas Appel (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Chris Tribuzio (Associate Producer) Joe Keegan (Associate Producer) Jim McMahon (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-282.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am MST

Serialized TNG, Part 1.
 
Starting in 2006, a series of DVD collections were released under the name Star Trek: Fan Collective. These collections included episodes across all live action Star Trek series that had aired up to that time, centered around themes like Klingons, Q, and the Borg. We're starting a new series on Earl Grey to discuss episodes of The Next Generation included on these collections and to look at them as if they were serialized story arcs.
 
In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Amy Nelson, Justin Oser, and Joe Keegan, talk about four episodes of The Next Generation that were part of the Klingon-centered release of the Star Trek: Fan Collective DVD collections. The episodes discussed are "A Matter of Honor," "Sins of the Father," "Redemption," and "Redemption II." This is part of a continuing series on Earl Grey to talk about episodes from the Star Trek: Fan Collectiveand how we see those as part of a serialized storyline.
 
Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
iTunes Giveaway (00:01:47) 
Babel Conference Feedback (00:03:25) 
Serialized TNG (00:06:31) 
"A Matter of Honor" (00:13:50) 
"Sins of the Father" (00:23:28) 
"Reunion" Not Included (00:31:58) 
"Redemption" and "Redemption II" (00:33:22)
Final Thoughts (00:45:00) 
Closing (00:53:46)

Runtime: 1 hour 2 minutes 54 seconds
 
Hosts
Amy Nelson
Justin Oser
Joe Keegan
 
Production
Justin Oser (Editor and Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Thomas Appel (Associate Producer) Chris Tribuzio (Associate Producer) Joe Keegan (Associate Producer) Jim McMahon (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-281.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am MST

Enterprise-D Blueprints.
 
Four months before the release of the movie First Contact and the introduction of a new Enterprise, Star Trek: The Next Generation USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D Blueprints was released. Featuring 13 beautifully detailed, large poster-sized blueprints covering all 42 decks, fans were delighted to finally see many of the spaces on their beloved Enterprise-D about which they had always wondered.
 
In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Amy Nelson, Justin Oser, and new host Joe Keegan, take an in-depth look at the amazing labor of love that is the Enterprise-D blueprints, which were released in 1996. The discussion includes the appeal of seeing blueprints, how the usage of space shows the ship is made for comfort, the incredible contributors to the blueprints and design of the Enterprise-D, and our excitement for seeing Cetacean Ops and so many more wonderful places!
 
Chapters
Intro (00:01:12) 
Initial Thoughts (00:09:28) 
Appeal of Blueprints (00:16:35) 
Hyatt Regency (00:26:30) 
The Contributors (00:39:00) 
Observations (00:46:21) 
Final Thoughts (00:52:27) 
Closing (00:57:22)

Runtime: 1 hour 8 minutes 38 seconds
 
Hosts
Amy Nelson
Justin Oser
Joe Keegan
 
Production
Amy Nelson (Editor and Producer) Justin Oser (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Thomas Appel (Associate Producer) Chris Tribuzio (Associate Producer) Joe Keegan (Associate Producer) Jim McMahon (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-280.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:30am MST

Favorite Conflict Resolution Moments in TNG.
 
Conflicts and how those conflicts are resolved are an essential part of storytelling. Gene Roddenberry famously said that in The Next Generation, there should be no conflict among the characters that we follow. The writers often expressed that this was a challenge in creating stories for the show. However, we do see plenty of conflicts with outside forces and even some between the characters on the Enterprise-D and the Enterprise-E. How those conflicts are resolved within the episodes and movies of The Next Generation are an important aspect of the show's enduring appeal.

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Amy Nelson and Justin Oser are joined by Shoaib Mirza, Associate Producer of The Edge, to list their three favorite conflict resolution moments from The Next Generation. Each participant talks about why the moments discussed are meaningful to them and important to understanding the characters on The Next Generation.
Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Babel Conference Feedback (00:01:34)   
Shoaib's Star Trek Story (00:05:35) 
Favorite Conflict Resolution Moments (00:07:41) 
First Picks (00:09:48) 
Second Picks (00:28:04) 
Third Picks (00:48:29) 
Final Thoughts (01:09:08)   
Closing (01:18:20)

Runtime: 1 hour 28 minutes 1 second
 
Hosts
Amy Nelson  
Justin Oser
 
Guest
Shoaib Mirza
 
Production
Justin Oser (Editor and Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Thomas Appel (Associate Producer) Chris Tribuzio (Associate Producer) Joe Keegan (Associate Producer) Jim McMahon (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-279.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:30am MST

Riker's Command Offers.
 
William T. Riker serves as first officer on the Enterprise-D and Enterprise-E for a total of 15 years during seven seasons of The Next Generation and four movies. In that time, he is offered command of a Starfleet ship three times and declines each time before finally accepting command of the USS Titan. Why does Riker keep turning down command offers and what do the times we do see him in command say about what he would be like in command of his own ship?

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Amy Nelson and Justin Oser are joined by Brian Meloche, Associate Producer of The Edge, to talk about Riker's command offers. The discussion includes talking about why he declines offers to command three different Starfleet ships, why he accepts command of the USS Titan, and the different times that we see Riker in command of the Enterprise-D and Enterprise-E.

Chapters
Intro (00:01:11) 
Brian's Trek Story (00:09:05)   
USS Drake (00:16:46) 
USS Aires (00:22:38) 
USS Melbourne (00:33:08) 
USS Voyager (00:40:09) 
Captain Riker Style (00:45:12) 
USS Titan (00:53:38) 
Final Thoughts (00:57:11)   
Closing (01:02:44)

Runtime: 1 hour 15 minutes 43 seconds
 
Hosts
Amy Nelson and Justin Oser
 
Guest
Brian Meloche
 
Production
Amy Nelson (Editor and Producer) Justin Oser (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Thomas Appel (Associate Producer) Chris Tribuzio (Associate Producer) Joe Keegan (Associate Producer) Jim McMahon (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-278.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am MST

"Gambit."
 
"Gambit, Parts I and II" are episodes toward the beginning of season 7 of The Next Generation that were unlike anything previously aired in a Star Trek series. After a nearly 30-year ban by Gene Roddenberry on episodes focusing on space pirates, here were two episodes that largely take place on a mercenary ship engaged in piracy. The space pirate ship, however, is really a means to explore how a number of the main characters deal with different roles and situations than we're used to seeing.

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Amy Nelson and Justin Oser are joined by Chris Tribuzio, Associate Producer of Earl Grey, to talk about the two-part "Gambit" episode. The discussion includes Picard's initial absence, space pirates, the Picard/Riker and Worf/Data dynamics, Robin Curtis as Tallera, and much more!

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
Listener Feedback (00:02:37) 
Welcome, Chris! (00:05:50)
Initial Thoughts on "Gambit" (00:06:55) 
Picard's Absence (00:10:18) 
Space Pirates (00:15:47) 
Picard/Riker Dynamic (00:24:19) 
Data/Worf Dynamic (00:31:29) 
Robin Curtis as Tallera (00:38:48)
Psionic Resonator (00:43:45)
Final Thoughts (00:50:02) 
Closing (00:58:49)

Runtime: 1 hour 9 minutes 5 seconds

Hosts
Justin Oser
Amy Nelson

Guest
Chris Tribuzio
 
Production
Justin Oser (Editor and Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Thomas Appel (Associate Producer) Chris Tribuzio (Associate Producer) Joe Keegan (Associate Producer) Jim McMahon (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: eg-277.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:03pm MST

TNG Roleplaying Game, Part 2.
 
Previously on Earl Grey: Richard served as gamemaster for Justin and Amy's first roleplaying game (RPG) and it was an exciting mission from The Next Generation era of Star Trek Adventures! Now Richard has brought a new Star Trek RPG along with two special guests and it's an epic continuation of the previous adventure!

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Richard Marquez, Amy Nelson, and Justin Oser play a new mission based on the Star Trek Adventures roleplaying game. This episode continues the previous roleplaying game that Amy and Justin played with Richard as gamemaster, but this time there are two special guests to help them with their quest. Find out how well they do and if their characters can accomplish their mission and survive once again!

Chapters 
Intro (00:01:16)  
Special Guests (00:03:14)  
Earl Grey 250 Recap (00:04:41)  
Adventure Begins (00:06:53)  
Final Thoughts (02:12:16) 
 
Runtime: 2 hours 25 minutes 56 seconds
 
Hosts
Richard Marquez
Justin Oser
Amy Nelson

Guests
Nathan Marquez
Alvin Schaff
 
Production
Richard Marquez (Editor and Producer) Justin Oser (Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Thomas Appel (Associate Producer) Chris Tribuzio (Associate Producer) Joe Keegan (Associate Producer) Jim McMahon (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-276.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am MST

Science in TNG, Part 2.
 
Science is an essential part of Star Trek that has inspired generations of fans to learn more about science, to become scientists, and to make influential discoveries. The Next Generation is no exception and includes many episodes that showcase new inventions, the application of existing science, and important scientific questions.

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Amy Nelson and Justin Oser are joined by science teacher Joe Keegan, Associate Producer of Earl Grey, to talk about science in seasons 4 and 5 of The Next Generation. The discussion includes cybernetics, dark matter, gene editing, 3D printing, and much more! Science in TNG is a series that will cover all seven seasons of The Next Generation.

Chapters
Intro (00:01:13)
Babel Conference Feedback (00:02:09) 
Welcome, Joe! (00:05:33) 
Devil's Due (00:06:48) 
Galaxy's Child (00:16:10) 
In Theory (00:23:06) 
Silicon Avatar (00:29:59) 
Disaster (00:36:24) 
Masterpiece Society (00:41:45) 
Ethics (00:51:28) 
Final Thoughts (00:56:56) 
Closing (01:01:10)

Runtime:  1 hour 8 minutes 46 seconds

Hosts
Justin Oser
Amy Nelson

Guest
Joe Keegan
 
Production
Amy Nelson (Editor and Producer) Justin Oser (Producer) Richard Marquez (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Thomas Appel (Associate Producer) Chris Tribuzio (Associate Producer) Joe Keegan (Associate Producer) Jim McMahon (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: eg-275.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am MST

Dennis Madalone Interview.
 
Dennis Madalone was the stunt coordinator for seasons 3 through 7 of The Next Generation and all of Deep Space Nine and Voyager. He also did stunts and played many characters from the first season of The Next Generation all the way to the final season of Voyager. Dennis Madalone's work on episodes that required stunts had an important influence on hundreds of Star Trek episodes from 1987 to 2001. 

In this episode of Earl Grey, host Justin Oser interviews Dennis Madalone about his role as the stunt coordinator for 19 seasons of Star Trek, including 5 seasons of The Next Generation, all 7 seasons of Deep Space Nine and all 7 seasons of Voyager, as well as the many stunts and acting roles that he did on Star Trek from 1987 to 2001. The discussion includes his lifelong love of stunts, stories from the hundreds of Star Trek episodes that he worked on, which alien makeup that he wore was the greatest challenge, and much more!

Chapters 
Intro (00:00:00)  
Babel Conference Feedback (00:01:29)  
Welcome, Dennis! (00:04:39)  
Starting A Career in Stunts (00:05:29)  
Meeting James Cagney (00:07:43)  
Coordinating Stunts on Star Trek (00:11:38)
Acting Roles in Star Trek (00:29:34)
Conventions (00:33:39)
The Journey Continues (00:35:16)
Hobbies and Interests (00:38:25)
Current and Upcoming Work (00:39:39)
Stunts in TV vs. Films (00:41:37)
Final Thoughts (00:45:42)  
Closing (00:48:20)  
 
Total Run Time: 51 minutes 5 seconds
 
Host
Justin Oser

Guest
Dennis Madalone
 
Production
Justin Oser (Editor and Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Richard Marquez (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Thomas Appel (Associate Producer) Chris Tribuzio (Associate Producer) Joe Keegan (Associate Producer) Jim McMahon (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-274.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am MST

The Lost Episodes, Part 7.
 
There are many scripts, script outlines, and episode and movie concepts that never made it onto the screen on The Next Generation. These lost episodes can provide a fascinating window into what might have been, what characters and concepts ended up being modified and used later, and into the behind-the-scenes writing process.

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Richard Marquez, Amy Nelson, and Justin Oser discuss the never-produced season 5 episode "I.Q. Test" by Herb Wright. The Lost Episodes is a continuing series that will cover many unfilmed episodes and movie concepts over the course of the seven seasons and four movies of The Next Generation.

Chapters 
Intro (00:01:10)  
Babel Conference Feedback (00:01:45)  
Lost Episode Guesses (00:05:27)  
IQ Test (00:11:04)  
Development of IQ Test (00:33:24)  
Q Makes Two (00:36:58)  
Q Goes Insane Story (00:40:41)  
Quantum Leap Q Story (00:42:48)  
Final Thoughts (00:45:24)  
Preview (00:49:34)  
Closing (00:50:02)  
 
Total Run Time: 57 minutes 9 seconds
 
Hosts
Richard Marquez, Justin Oser, Amy Nelson
 
Production
Richard Marquez (Editor and Producer) Justin Oser (Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Thomas Appel (Associate Producer) Chris Tribuzio (Associate Producer) Joe Keegan (Associate Producer) Jim McMahon (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-273.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:30am MST

Favorite Badass Beverly Crusher Moments.
 
Beverly Crusher is known for being a Starfleet doctor dedicated to saving lives and avoiding harm for her patients and fellow crew. However, we think that Beverly does have her share of badass moments throughout the course of The Next Generation episodes and movies. 

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Amy Nelson and Justin Oser list their three favorite badass Beverly Crusher moments from The Next Generation. Each choice is discussed and highlights Beverly as tough and uncompromising.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Listener Feedback (00:02:48)
First Picks (00:09:48)
Second Picks (00:19:41) 
Third Picks (00:28:14)
Honorable Mentions (00:35:48) 
Final Thoughts (00:46:37) 
Closing (00:52:21) 

Runtime: 1 hour 52 seconds
 
Hosts
Amy Nelson, Justin Oser
 
Production
Justin Oser (Editor and Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Richard Marquez (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Thomas Appel (Associate Producer) Chris Tribuzio (Associate Producer) Joe Keegan (Associate Producer) Jim McMahon (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-272.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:30am MST

Deleted Scenes, Part 1.
 
Scenes that were filmed, but not seen by the audience in the final aired productions are available for every season and movie of The Next Generation. These deleted scenes can provide a fascinating window into what might have been, including some scenes that would have had a far-reaching impact on the show and the films.

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Amy Nelson, Richard Marquez, and Justin Oser talk about the deleted scenes from seasons 1 and 2 of The Next Generation. A total of 19 deleted scenes are discussed from the following episodes: "Coming of Age," "The Child," "The Measure of a Man," "The Icarus Factor," and "Up the Long Ladder." Links to scripts and videos of deleted scenes not available on the Blu-rays are included below.

Deleted Scenes is a series that will cover all seven seasons and the four movies of The Next Generation.

Script of deleted scene from "Coming of Age": https://bit.ly/2WTiHHF
Video of deleted scenes from "The Child": https://bit.ly/2G3HPFR


Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
Babel Conference Feedback (00:02:18)
Deleted Scenes Series (00:05:59)
"Coming of Age" (00:06:58)
"The Child" (00:16:54)
"The Measure of a Man" (00:33:12)
"The Icarus Factor" (01:09:06)
"Up the Long Ladder" (01:11:06)
Final Thoughts (01:23:29)
Closing (01:29:03)

Runtime: 1 hour 38 minutes 6 seconds

Hosts
Amy Nelson
Richard Marquez
Justin Oser
 
Production
Justin Oser (Editor and Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Richard Marquez (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Thomas Appel (Associate Producer) Chris Tribuzio (Associate Producer) Joe Keegan (Associate Producer) Jim McMahon (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-271.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am MST

Favorite Friendships in TNG.
 
From the very beginning, the friendships that we see in Star Trek have been a significant part of the show's appeal and The Next Generation is no exception. Over the course of seven seasons and four movies, we see many different moments that highlight the value of friendships and reveal important aspects of the characters.

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Amy Nelson and Justin Oser list their three favorite friendships from The Next Generation. Each host talks about why the friendships discussed are meaningful to them and to the development of the characters on The Next Generation.


Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
Listener Feedback (00:01:50) 
First Picks (00:11:24)
Second Picks (00:20:40)
Third Picks (00:28:34)
Honorable Mentions (00:36:43)
Toxic Friendships (00:41:19)
Final Thoughts (00:44:04)   
Closing (00:50:28) 

Runtime: 59 minutes 4 seconds

Hosts
Justin Oser
Amy Nelson
 
Production
Justin Oser (Editor and Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Richard Marquez (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Thomas Appel (Associate Producer) Chris Tribuzio (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-270.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:30am MST

Science in TNG, Part 1.
 
Science is an essential part of Star Trek that has inspired generations of fans to learn more about science, to become scientists, and to make influential discoveries. The Next Generation is no exception and includes many episodes that include new inventions, the application of existing science, and important scientific questions.

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Amy Nelson and Justin Oser are joined by science teacher Joe Keegan to talk about science in seasons 1 through 3 of The Next Generation. The discussion includes holography, the definition of life, the special theory of relativity, premature aging syndromes, nanotechnology, and much more! Science in TNG is a series that will cover all seven seasons of The Next Generation.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
Babel Conference Feedback (00:01:52) 
Welcome, Joe! (00:04:50)
Holography (00:06:59)
How Do We Define Life? (00:12:38)
Special Theory of Relativity (00:17:09)
Premature Aging Syndromes (00:22:27)
Neutronium (00:27:03)
Nanotechnology (00:30:19)
Technological Implants (00:32:36)
Spaceborne Lifeforms (00:37:19)
The Periodic Table (00:41:41)
Final Thoughts (00:47:47)   
Closing (00:57:38) 

Runtime: 1 hour 5 minutes 27 seconds

Hosts
Justin Oser
Amy Nelson

Guest
Joe Keegan
 
Production
Justin Oser (Editor and Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Richard Marquez (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Thomas Appel (Associate Producer) Chris Tribuzio (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: eg-269.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00pm MST

Section 31 in TNG.
 
Section 31 first appeared in the Deep Space Nine season 6 episode "Inquisition," which aired in April 1998. Section 31 appeared in 2 more episodes of Deep Space Nine, 4 episodes of Enterprise, the movie Into Darkness, and 5 episodes of Discovery (so far).
What would Section 31 have looked like if it had been introduced on The Next Generation instead of Deep Space Nine? In the episodes and movies of The Next Generation that we did get, are there hints of Section 31 that we can find?

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Richard Marquez, Amy Nelson, and Justin Oser discuss Section 31 and what it may have looked like on The Next Generation. Topics discussed include our thoughts on how Section 31 has been portrayed in Star Trek, how Section 31 might have been different if it were first introduced on The Next Generation, and the clues that we see in several episodes and movies that we think may point to Section 31's involvement.

Chapters 
Intro (00:01:24)  
Babel Conference Feedback (00:02:17)  
Section 31 (00:06:49)  
Face of the Enemy (00:28:05)  
The Pegasus (00:33:14)  
Insurrection (00:41:56)  
The Drumhead (00:48:33)  
Reunification (00:53:02)  
Yesterdays Enterprise (00:54:39)  
The Maquis (00:56:33)  
Final Thoughts (01:10:52)   
 

Total Run Time: 1 hour 21 minutes 51 seconds
 
Hosts
Richard Marquez, Justin Oser, Amy Nelson
 
Production
Richard Marquez (Editor and Producer) Justin Oser (Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Thomas Appel (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-268.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00am MST

Death in TNG.
 
Although we don't see deaths on The Next Generation very often, when a character does die, it can have a profound impact on the viewer. How are the effects of death portrayed on the show and what does it mean in our own lives?

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Richard Marquez, Amy Nelson, and Justin Oser discuss death on The Next Generation. Topics discussed include how religion and death are shown, how mourning is depicted, deaths we wish hadn't happened, and how the age and importance of the character who dies may affect how we feel about it.

Chapters 
Intro (00:00:00)  
Babel Conference Feedback (00:02:53)  
What is Death? (00:05:24)  
Religion and Death in TNG (00:08:37)
Mourning in TNG (00:26:46)
Deaths We Wish Hadn't Happened (00:33:09)
"Lower Decks" (00:41:34)
The Impact of Command Decisions (00:44:30)
Cheating Death (00:47:35)
Age's Effect on How We View Death (00:50:51)
Not of Equal Importance? (00:53:13)
Final Thoughts (00:55:53)  
Closing (01:04:17)
 

Total Run Time: 1 hour 14 minutes 56 seconds
 
Hosts
Richard Marquez, Justin Oser, Amy Nelson
 
Production
Justin Oser (Editor and Producer) Richard Marquez (Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Thomas Appel (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-267.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:30am MST

The Lost Episodes, Part 6.
 
There are many scripts, script outlines, and episode and movie concepts that never made it onto the screen on The Next Generation. These lost episodes can provide a fascinating window into what might have been, what characters and concepts ended up being modified and used later, and into the behind-the-scenes writing process.

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Richard Marquez, Amy Nelson, and Justin Oser discuss the never-produced episodes "Ferengi Gold" by Gene Roddenbery, “See Spot Run" by Michael Halperin and “The Legacy" by Paul Aratow. The Lost Episodes is a continuing series that will cover many unfilmed episodes and movie concepts over the course of the seven seasons and four movies of The Next Generation.

Chapters 
Intro (00:01:11)  
Babel Conference Feedback (00:02:16)  
Lost Episode “See Spot Run” Guesses (00:04:31)  
Lost Episode “See Spot Run” (00:12:36)  
Lost Episode “The Legacy” (00:27:06)  
Lost Episode “Ferengi Gold” (00:35:29)  
Preview for Next Week (00:51:07)  
Closing (00:52:06)
 

Total Run Time: 1 hour 4 minutes 2 seconds
 
Hosts
Richard Marquez, Justin Oser, Amy Nelson
 
Production
Richard Marquez (Editor and Producer) Justin Oser (Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Thomas Appel (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-266.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30pm MST

"Masks."
 
The season seven episode "Masks" is often seen as one of the worst episodes of The Next Generation, but it does have its fans that love its unorthodox storytelling style.  Written by Joe Menosky, who is well-known for his frequently unusual Star Trek episodes, "Masks" has a lot of layers and interpretations to explore.

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Amy Nelson and Justin Oser are joined by guest Christopher D. Littlefield to talk about The Next Generation episode "Masks." The discussion includes talking about Joe Menosky's original concept, Data as a conduit for multiple characters, how we interpret the story being told, whether the episode is actually like a video game, and much more! This is an in-depth conversation and we think you'll enjoy the discussion, whether or not you're a fan of "Masks."
 
Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
Listener Feedback (00:01:57) 
Welcome, Chris! (00:07:17)
Chris' Star Trek Story (00:07:41)
Initial Thoughts on "Masks" (00:09:37)
Joe Menosky and the Original Concept (00:14:37)
Very Old Archive (00:20:44)
Ship Transformation (00:24:43)
Data as a Character Conduit (00:29:27)
The Story Being Played Out (00:33:33)
Video Games, Picard, Troi, and Art Classes (00:40:34)
The Masks That We Wear (00:51:20)
Final Thoughts (00:58:41)   
Closing (01:07:28) 

Runtime: 1 hour 13 minutes 6 seconds

Hosts
Justin Oser
Amy Nelson

Guest
Christopher D. Littlefield
 
Production
Justin Oser (Editor and Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Richard Marquez (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Thomas Appel (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: eg-265.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am MST

Troi's Dishonor.
 
Star Trek never shies away from an issue - usually tackling things such as racism, sexism, the evils of war, and human rights violations, with assault and rape being no exception. The way Counselor Troi's assaults were portrayed on The Next Generation as a psychic rape instead of a physical rape brings the issue to the forefront of conversation of the issue.

In this episode of Earl Grey, host Amy Nelson is joined by Zach Moore of Standard Orbit to discuss the character of Troi and her violations within specific episodes as well as the movie Nemesis. We debate the issues of consent and intent of a perpetrator. We also consider if Troi's empathic ability is a vulnerability or disadvantage which therefore makes her a victim. 

Chapters
Intro (00:01:14) 
Cleavage Character (00:05:31) 
"Hollow Pursuits" (00:10:25) 
"The Survivors" (00:15:02) 
"The Loss" (00:21:27) 
"Man of the People" (00:24:24) 
Definition of Rape (00:29:37) 
"The Child" (00:34:07) 
"Violations" (00:43:07) 
Nemesis (00:48:47) 
Final Thoughts(00:58:41) 
Closing (01:03:40)


Runtime: 1 hour 11 minutes 15 seconds
 
Host
Amy Nelson
 
Guest
Zach Moore
 
Production
Amy Nelson (Editor and Producer) Richard Marquez (Producer) Justin Oser (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Thomas Appel (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-264.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am MST

Durinda Wood Interview.
 
Durinda Wood was the costume designer for the second season of The Next Generation, a pivotal season that saw the introduction of Guinan and the Borg (among a number of other changes) and a huge range of costumes for the 22 episodes of the season. Durinda Wood is an award-winning costumer designer who was also nominated for an Emmy for Best Costume Design for the episode "Elementary Dear Data."

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Justin Oser, Amy Nelson, and Richard Marquez interview Durinda Wood about her role as the costume designer for the second season of The Next Generation. The discussion includes the process of designing costumes for Guinan, the Borg, K'Ehleyr, and the episode "Elementary Dear Data" as well as re-designing Worf's sash, and much more!

Chapters 
Intro (00:00:00)  
Babel Conference Feedback (00:02:07) 
Welcome, Durinda! (00:06:41)  
Starting in Costume Design (00:07:34) 
Designing TNG Costumes (00:11:39) 
The Work Schedule (00:13:28) 
Designing The Borg (00:15:01)
Creative Control and Worf's Sash (00:20:28)
Uniforms, Cast, and Crew (00:23:37)
Guinan (00:29:51)
Conventions (00:33:26)
Deanna Troi (00:35:08)
"Elementary Dear Data" (00:37:14)
Seeing the Episodes Now (00:40:43)
K'Ehleyr (00:42:49)
Chris Guest Movies (00:46:06)
Leaving Star Trek and Bob Blackman (00:47:57)
Hobbies and Interests (00:51:03)
Final Thoughts (00:57:21) 
Closing (01:04:08) 
 

Runtime: 1 hour 12 minutes 50 seconds
 
Hosts
Justin Oser, Amy Nelson, Richard Marquez

Guest
Durinda Wood

Production
Justin Oser (Editor and Producer) Richard Marquez (Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Thomas Appel (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-263.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am MST

Best and Worst Will Riker Moments.
 
For 15 years, Will Riker is Captain Picard's loyal first officer before being promoted to captain of the Titan in Nemesis. Throughout that long association as part of the crew of the Enterprise-D and the Enterprise-E on The Next Generation, we see Riker being part of many of the best moments of the show as well as some of the worst moments.

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Amy Nelson and Justin Oser are joined by guest Wes Huntington of The Minnesota Star Trek Nerd podcast to list their picks for the three best and three worst Will Riker moments. Each participant discusses their choices and the reasons why the selected moments show Riker in a favorable or unfavorable light.
 
Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
Listener Feedback (00:02:13) 
Welcome, Wes! (00:05:22)
The Minnesota Star Trek Nerd Podcast (00:05:56) 
Wes' Star Trek Story (00:07:09)
The Concept and How We Chose (00:08:20)
First Best Moments Picks (00:10:37)
First Worst Moments Picks (00:15:20)
Second Best Moments Picks (00:20:16)
Second Worst Moments Picks (00:25:43)
Third Best Moments Picks (00:31:37)
Third Worst Moments Picks (00:37:50)
Honorable Mentions (00:44:03)
Final Thoughts (00:52:25)   
Closing (00:58:43) 

Runtime: 1 hour 3 minutes 23 seconds

Hosts
Justin Oser
Amy Nelson

Guest
Wes Huntington
 
Production
Justin Oser (Editor and Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Richard Marquez (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Thomas Appel (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-262.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am MST

Favorite Character Moments from Nemesis.
 
The Next Generation has a mostly episodic format, but over the course of the show and the movies, there are many great character moments. Those moments, both great and small, can enhance our experience of the show and lead to a new understanding of both regular and recurring characters.  

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Amy Nelson, Richard Marquez, and Justin Oser list their three favorite character moments from Nemesis. Each host discusses why their chosen moments are important to them and to the development of characters on The Next Generation.

Favorite character moments is a series that has covered all seven seasons and the four movies of The Next Generation.
 
Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
Babel Conference Feedback (00:01:58)
First Picks (00:04:39)
Second Picks (00:19:14) 
Third Picks (00:35:19)   
Honorable Mentions (00:51:49) 
Final Thoughts (01:05:05)   
Closing (01:14:26)

Runtime: 1 hour 21 minutes 53 seconds

Hosts
Richard Marquez
Justin Oser
Amy Nelson
 
Production
Justin Oser (Editor and Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Richard Marquez (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Thomas Appel (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-261.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:11am MST

The Lost Episodes, Part 5.
 
There are many scripts, script outlines, and episode and movie concepts that never made it onto the screen on The Next Generation. These lost episodes can provide a fascinating window into what might have been, what characters and concepts ended up being modified and used later, and into the behind-the-scenes writing process.

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Richard Marquez, Amy Nelson, and Justin Oser discuss the never-produced episode "Blood and Fire" by David Gerrold, which would have aired in season one. The Lost Episodes is a continuing series that will cover many unfilmed episodes and movie concepts over the course of the seven seasons and four movies of The Next Generation.

Chapters
Intro (00:01:12) 
Feedback (00:02:37) 
Blood and Fire Synopsis (00:05:50) 
Thoughts and Comments (00:39:07) 
David Gerrold Comments (00:44:05) 
Herb Wright Comments (00:58:05) 
Final Thoughts (01:00:36) 
Preview (01:02:54) 
Closing (01:05:34)

Total Run Time: 1 hour 15 minutes 34 seconds
 
Hosts
Richard Marquez, Justin Oser, Amy Nelson
 
Production
Amy Nelson (Editor and Producer) Justin Oser (Producer) Richard Marquez (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Thomas Appel (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-260.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MST

Weapons of TNG, Part 2.
 
The primary mission of the crew of The Next Generation is one of exploration. However, they need the means to defend themselves from any danger or combat situations that they encounter. Just about every species that they interact with also has weapons of various kinds at their disposal. What kinds of weapons do we see and what do the types and abilities of those weapons say about both Federation and non-Federations species?
In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Richard Marquez, Amy Nelson, and Justin Oser discuss the various weapons that are seen in the episodes and movies of The Next Generation and what insights we can gain from comparing Federation and non-Federation weapons. This episode focuses on ship weapons, including phasers, photon torpedoes, disruptors, and bombs. This is Part 2 in a two part series - Part 1 covered hand weapons on Earl Grey 257.

Chapters 
Intro (00:01:21)  
Picard News (00:04:30)  
Babel Conference Feedback (00:10:13)  
Phasers and Photon Torpedoes (00:20:30)  
Federation vs Non (00:30:36)  
Favorite Weapons (00:37:15)  
Tractor Beam a weapon? (00:39:28)  
Weapon placements (00:41:45)  
Bombs/Mines (00:48:32)  
Final Thoughts (00:56:20)
Runtime:  1 hour 11 minutes 50 seconds
 
Hosts
Richard Marquez, Justin Oser, Amy Nelson
 
Production
Richard Marquez (Editor and Producer) Justin Oser (Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Thomas Appel (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-259.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:01am MST

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