Memorable Goodbyes.
 
Star Trek has had some very memorable goodbyes from main and secondary characters to series finales. Specifically speaking of The Next Generation, Tasha Yar, Data, and Wesley Crusher have very distinct and unique goodbyes within the series.

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Joe Keegan, Amy Nelson, Ria Papageorgiou, Kevin Scharf, and Pierre LaRocco discuss some of their favorite characters saying goodbye. We also say our own goodbyes to the listeners as we take our leave of hosting duties on Earl Grey.

Chapters
Intro (00:01:14)
Feedback (00:03:28)
Goodbyes (00:07:47)
Round 1 (00:15:40)
Round 2 (00:40:06)
Speed Round (00:58:03) 
Final Thoughts (01:01:39) 
Closing (01:04:02)

Hosts
Joe Keegan, Amy Nelson, Kevin Scharf, Ria Papageorgiou, Pierre LaRocco

Guests
[Names]

Production
Amy Nelson (Editor and Producer) Joe Keegan (Producer) Kevin Scharf (Producer) Ria Papageorgiou (Producer) Pierre LaRocco (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-333.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:30pm MST

Character's We Never Saw Again.

As a mostly episodic TV show, The Next Generation is full of rich and interesting characters that we unfortunately only got to see once. Nevertheless there is a plethora of characters that leave an indelible mark on Star Trek and on the crew of the Enterprise.
 
In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Pierre LaRocco, Joe Keegan and Kevin Scharf discuss some of the many characters we only ever saw once.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
One Off Characters (00:06:48)
Shelby (00:07:54)
Darren (00:13:53)
Jono (00:19:19)
Amanda Rodgers (00:21:48)
Roga Danar (00:24:25)
Yale (00:29:13)
Odan (00:33:03)
Tam Elbrun (00:40:41)
Ishara Yar (00:43:39)
Honorable Mentions (00:52:34)
Final Thoughts (01:00:36)
Closing (01:01:20)
End (00:01:09:53)

Runtime: 1 hour 9 minutes 53 seconds

Hosts
Pierre LaRocco
Joe Keegan
Kevin Scharf
 
Production
Pierre LaRocco (Editor and Producer) Kevin Scharf (Producer) Joe Keegan (Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Ria Papageorgiou (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-332.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am MST

Mismatched Episodes.
 
Kathryn Janeway, captain of the Enterprise?  Jadzia Dax and Sylvia Tilly serving side by side?  Jonathan Archer and Tom Paris at the Royale?  How would the 24th century be different if the crew of the NCC 1701-D were replaced with characters from the other Star Trek series?  Would anyone play with Wesley?

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Amy Nelson, Pierre LaRocco, and Ria Papageorgiou discuss what would happen if the characters from different Star Trek series were like a deck of cards, shuffled and dealt into various TNG episodes.  The hosts each come in with three mismatched episodes and discuss the implications of characters traversing space and time and creating alternate adventures aboard the Enterprise-D.

Chapters
Intro (00:01:17)
Feedback (00:04:43)
Mismatched Defined (00:07:21)
Round 1 (00:10:42)
Round 2 (00:20:27)
Round 3 (00:29:59) 
Final Thoughts (00:46:25) 
Closing (00:49:40)

Total Run Time: 57:04

Hosts
Amy Nelson, Pierre LaRocco, and Ria Papageorgiou

Production
Amy Nelson (Editor and Producer) Ria Papageorgiou (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-331.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:30am MST

Data's Hobbies

Being an android with no requirement to sleep would give you a lot of time to develop new skills and practice all your favorite pursuits. In The Next Generation we see Lieutenant Commander Data dabble in numerous hobbies including playing violin, painting, poetry, poker and holodeck adventures. His quest to understand the human condition and become more human himself is developed through his choice of leisure activities and entertainment choices.
 
In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Joe Keegan, Kevin Scharf, and Ria Papageorgiou discuss Lieutenant Commander Data's many and varied hobbies from The Next Generation.

Chapters
Intro (00:01:15)
Data's Hobbies (00:02:47)
Performing Arts (00:08:02)
Visual Arts (00:24:08)
Holodeck Adventures (00:36:40)
Data and Sports (00:41:17)
Unseen Hobbies (00:43:35)
Closing (00:49:13)

Runtime: 56 minutes 34 seconds

Hosts
Joe Keegan
Kevin Scharf
Ria Papageorgiou
 
Production
Joe Keegan (Editor and Producer) Kevin Scharf (Producer) Ria Papageorgiou (Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Pierre LaRocco (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-330.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am MST

Season 7 Deleted Scenes, Part I.
 
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 Ria Papageorgiou, Joe Keegan and Amy Nelson talk about deleted scenes from The Next Generation season 7 episodes "Descent part II," "Liaisons," "Gambit part I," "Gambit part II," "Dark Page," "Inheritance." All the deleted scenes that are discussed can be found on the season 7 Blu-Ray release.

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

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
"Descent part II" (00:06:01)
"Liaisons" (00:10:53)
"Gambit Part I" (00:13:24)
"Gambit Part II" (00:24:43) 
"Dark Page" (00:27:39) 
"Inheritance" (00:34:54) 
Final Thoughts (00:49:08) 
Closing (00:51:32)

Hosts
Joe Keegan, Amy Nelson, Ria Papageorgiou

Production
Ria Papageorgiou (Editor and Producer) Joe Keegan (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)
Direct download: eg-329.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:30am MST

What if Series: Part 1

Every fan has their thoughts and every fan also wonders what if...

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Pierre LaRocco, Kevin Scharf, and Amy Nelson start a new series of what if scenarios.  They start with Yar, Locutus, and W. Thomas Riker.

Chapters
Intro (01:16:00)
Feedback (04:21:00)
Yar is Alive (07:10:00)
W.T.K. Stays (25:19:00)
Locutus of Borg Lives (37:17:00)
Final Thoughts (51:00:00) 
Closing (53:08:00)

Hosts
Pierre LaRocco, Amy Nelson, Kevin Scharf

Production
Pierre LaRocco (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)

Direct download: eg-328.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00am MST

Finding the Highs in the Low, Season 1

Every rose has its thorn, and every season has its episodes that are, well, not as highly rated by fans.  While there are usually good reasons why these episodes are poorly received, even the biggest clunkers have redeeming qualities.

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Joe Keegan, Amy Nelson, Pierre LaRocco, Kevin Scharf, and Ria Papageorgiou start a new series looking at the good that can be found in episodes that have been poorly reviewed. This series begins with a look at Season 1.

Chapters
Intro (00:01:20)
Feedback (00:02:38)
Low Rated Episodes (00:13:20)
Coming of Age (00:16:40)
Code of Honor (00:22:22)
Skin of Evil (00:36:54) 
The Last Outpost (00:44:11) 
Angel One (00:50:07) 
Justice (00:52:34) 
When the Bough Breaks (01:00:47)
Final Thoughts (01:08:10) 
Closing (01:10:35)

Hosts
Joe Keegan, Pierre LaRocco, Kevin Scharf, Ria Papageorgiou


Production
Kevin Scharf (Editor and Producer) Ria Papageorgiou (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)

Direct download: eg-327.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:30am MST

Introducing New Hosts
 
Usually, when one hosts leaves it's common for another host to be auditioned and recruited to share the vital tasks of editing and producing a professional sounding show. With Justin Oser leaving as host recently, we thought we'd shake things up and do something unique, so we've invited 3 new hosts to join us. They are Ria Papageorgiou, Kevin Scharf and Pierre LaRocco and this episode is their introduction.

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Joe Keegan and Amy Nelson introduce not one, not two but three new hosts to join us and talk about all things TNG. Topics include introducing Ria Papageorgiou, Kevin Scharf and Pierre LaRocco, the new host's favorite things about Star Trek and a Scottish Lockdown Quiz with some wandering into a discussion on flags.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
Introducing Kevin Scharf! (00:06:28)     
Introducing Pierre LaRocco (00:07:57)
Introducing Ria Papageorgiou (00:09:12)
New Host Favorite Things (00:12:26) 
Why You? (00:35:13)
Scottish Lockdown Quiz (00:40:39)l
Final Thoughts (00:52:18) 
Closing (00:57:35)

Running time: 1 hour 2 minutes 27 seconds

Hosts
Joe Keegan, Amy Nelson, Ria Papageorgiou, Pierre La Rocco, Kevin Scharf

Guests
N/A

Production
Joe Keegan (Editor and Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Ria Papageorgiou (Producer) Pierre La Rocco (Producer) Kevin Scharf (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-326.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00am MST

Jack Crusher.
 
Best friend to Captain Jean-Luc Picard, husband to Dr Beverly Crusher and father to Wesley Crusher. We only get to see Jack Crusher in a few short appearances; in one of which he's a hologram, another he's an hallucination and in the third he's dead. In "Family" we see a holographic Jack Crusher with a message for Wesley from when he was a baby. Then, in "Violations" we see Beverly's painful memory of visiting Jack in the morgue after Captain Picard had return his body to Earth. Finally, Wesley receives another message in the form of an hallucination in "Journey's End."

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Joe Keegan and Amy Nelson discuss the character of Jack Crusher. The discussion includes his role as father, husband and best friend and we try to piece together the facts we have about him to give us an idea of what kind of man he was.

Chapters
Intro (00:01:16)
Feedback (00:03:25)
Jack Crusher (00:07:26)
Jack's Death (00:12:41)
Husband (00:18:44)
Father (00:36:51) 
Friend (00:51:10)   
Final Thoughts (00:57:10) 
Closing (00:59:56)

Total Run Time (01:12:35)

Hosts
Joe Keegan, Amy Nelson

Guests
N/A
 
Production
Amy Nelson (Editor and 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)

Direct download: eg-325.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00am MST

Aging and Death.
 
Death is a natural part of life and an unavoidable consequence of aging, even in the 24th century. As time marches on, so must we. We have seen many characters prematurely age due to outside influences or grow old gracefully. We see one alien culture declare old age as a burden and set rituals for death while Klingons send their fallen warriors to the great Sto'Vo'Kor.

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Joe Keegan and Amy Nelson have the pleasure of welcoming Ria Papageorgiou to discuss the idea of aging and death as perceived in the 24th century. We share our personal stories to growing older and our perceptions of death.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
Listener Feedback (00:05:03)
Welcome, Ria! (00:09:10)
Death and Aging (00:14:40)
Aging in TNG (00:23:08)
Death in TNG (00:44:03) 
Final Thoughts (01:01:54) 
Closing (01:07:27)

Runtime: 1 hour 15 minutes 27 seconds

Hosts
Joe Keegan, Amy Nelson

Guests
Ria Papageorgiou

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)

Direct download: eg-324.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am MST

Borg Collective Set.
 
"We are the Borg. Lower your shields and surrender your ships. We will add your biological and technological distinctiveness to our own. Your culture will adapt to service us. Resistance is futile." These immortals words were spoken by one of the Enterprise crews most relentless enemies - The Borg. We cover the topics of the evolution of the Borg from Q's first introduction in "Q Who" to Lore's mini-collective in "Descent" and continue the conversation on the next episode of To The Journey.

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Joe Keegan and Amy Nelson are joined by TrekFM's To The Journey hosts Liam Smart and Zachary Fruhling to discuss the Borg episodes from The Next Generation and Voyager included in the Borg Fan Collective set. The episodes discussed include, Enterprise's "Regeneration" and TNG's "Q Who," "Best of Both Worlds," "I, Borg," and "Descent."

Chapters
Intro (00:01:12)
TTJ Intro (00:05:44)
"Regeneration" (00:09:41)
"Q Who" (00:22:28)
"Best of Both Worlds" (00:31:01)
"I, Borg" (00:46:01) 
"Descent" (00:55:05) 
Final Thoughts (00:59:46) 
Preview (01:07:35) 
Closing (01:10:19)

Hosts
Joe Keegan, Amy Nelson

Guests
Zachary Fruhling, Liam Smart

Production
Amy Nelson (Editor and 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)

Direct download: eg-323.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am MST

Season 6 Deleted Scenes.
 
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 and Amy Nelson talk about deleted scenes from The Next Generation season 6 episodes "Time's Arrow Part II", "Relics", "True Q", "Ship in a Bottle", "Face of the Enemy", "Tapestry", "Birthright Part I", "Birthright Part II", "The Chase", and "Rightful Heir". All the deleted scenes that are discussed can be found on the season 6 Blu-Ray release.

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

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
Listener Feedback (00:05:07)
"Time's Arrow Part II" (00:11:11)
"Relics" (00:14:42)
"True Q" (00:19:00)
"Ship in a Bottle" (00:21:34)    
"Face of the Enemy" (00:24:56) 
"Tapestry" (00:27:55)   
"Birthright Part II" (00:34:06) 
"The Chase" (00:51:43) 
"Rightful Heir" (00:54:01)   
Final Thoughts (01:04:21) 
Closing (01:07:34)

Total Run Time 1 hour 17 minutes 40 seconds

Hosts
Joe Keegan  
Amy Nelson

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)
Direct download: eg-322.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am MST

Trivia with Jim McMahon

Throughout Star Trek's history, human and alien competitive games have featured, including parrises squares, stratagema, tri-dimensional chess, hover ball, poker, dom-jot, kal toh and dabo. One thing we didn't see on screen was a good old fashioned quiz night, so we're giving you one on Earl Grey. Topics include TNG guest stars and Picard's history among others. Who wins?

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Amy Nelson and Joe Keegan are joined by guest and quizmaster Jim McMahon.  Amy and Joe are pitted against each other in a titanic battle that tests the depths of their Next Generation knowledge.

Chapters
Intro (00:01:14)
Trivia Intro (00:05:37)
Round 1 (00:09:39)
Round 2 (00:16:03)
Round 3 (00:21:51)
Round 4 (00:27:51) 
Bonus Round (00:36:42) 
Final Score (00:43:27)   
Closing (00:45:40)

Running Time (00:52:51)

Hosts
Joe Keegan and Amy Nelson

Guests
Jim McMahon

Production
Amy Nelson (Editor and 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)

Direct download: eg-321.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am MST

"Birthright Part I and II"
 
Worf and Data are both in search of their father in the season six episode "Birthright Part I and Part II". Data learns that his father created a dreaming program in hopes that he will learn more about humanity. Worf learns how to be a teacher of Klingon culture to a new generation of Klingons captured by Romulans from the Khitomer attack.

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Joe Keegan and Amy Nelson are joined by special guest Pierre LaRocco to discuss the parallel storylines of Worf and Data in search of their fathers. Both characters must learn about themselves in order to bring closure to their own father's life. We discuss the importance of dreams and our own personal family histories.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
Listener Feedback (00:05:46)
Welcome, Pierre! (00:09:43)
"Birthright" (00:10:55)   
Data's Experience (00:12:04)
Worf's News (00:19:40)   
Worf & Data's Interaction (00:24:22) 
Final Thoughts (00:50:27)   
Closing (00:54:52)

Running Time 1 hour 0 minutes 2 seconds

Hosts
Joe Keegan. 

Amy Nelson

Guests
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)

Direct download: eg-320.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am MST

Wesley's Starfleet.
 
Ever since we met Wesley Crusher, he has always wanted to join Starfleet and become an officer. What is it about Starfleet that has Wesley so enamored? With the number of tests to enter the academy and the peer pressure of doing well, does this discourage Wesley to leave Starfleet before graduating?

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Justin Oser, Joe Keegan, and Amy Nelson are joined with Kevin Scharf to discuss the testing procedures and courses taken at Starfleet Academy. The mere entrance exams of written, oral, and psych tests are enough to sway the faint of heart but Welsey endures only to drop out before his graduation.

Chapters
Intro (00:01:19)
Starfleet Academy (00:07:56)
Entrance Exams (00:12:36)
Attending the Academy (00:36:52)
Disciplinary Actions (00:49:04) 
Leaving Starfleet (00:58:04)   
Final Thoughts (01:09:50) 
Closing (01:17:03)

Hosts
Joe Keegan and Amy Nelson

Guests
Kevin Scharf

Production
Amy Nelson (Editor and 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)

Direct download: eg-319.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am MST

Time Travel Fan Set.
 
As Deanna Troi says best in First Contact, "Timeline? This is no time to talk about time. We don't have the time!" Well, we do have the time and we do talk about the selected episodes from the Fan Collective Set covering The Next Generation episodes. We discuss time loops, going back in time, alternate-reality timelines and many other things including hot dogs.

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Joe Keegan and Amy Nelson discuss "Cause and Effect", "Time's Arrow", " and "All Good Things". These three episodes were highlighted in the Fan Collective Set for The Next Generation and all deal with the concept of time travel.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
Listener Feedback (00:03:30)
The Scots Language Section (00:05:19)
Time Travel Fan Collective (00:10:26)
"Cause and Effect" (00:10:56)
"Time's Arrow" (00:22:04) 
All Good Things (00:35:35) 
Final Thoughts (00:43:42) 
Closing (00:48:45)

Runtime  1 hour 0 minutes and 32 seconds

Hosts
Joe Keegan, Amy Nelson

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)

Direct download: eg-318.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am MST

Favorite Badass Guinan Moments.

Guinan first appeared at the start of the second season of The Next Generation and she quickly became a fan favorite character. Through appearances in twenty-eight episodes and two movies, Guinan dispensed important wisdom as Ten Forward's bartender while keeping the history of her long life mostly a mystery. With Guinan set to appear in the second season of Star Trek: Picard, we thought it was the perfect time to choose her most badass moments that we've seen so far. We also have an important announcement after the discussion.
  
In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Joe Keegan, Amy Nelson, and Justin Oser list their three favorite badass Guinan moments from The Next Generation. Each choice is discussed and highlights Guinan as tough and uncompromising.
 
Chapters 
Intro (00:01:15) 
First Picks (00:16:33) 
Second Picks (00:33:47) 
Third Picks (00:47:11) 
Honorable Mentions (01:03:09) 
Final Thoughts (01:12:08) 
Announcement (01:16:56) 
Closing (01:27:30)  
 
Runtime: 01:41:28
 
Hosts 
Joe Keegan
Amy Nelson
Justin Oser
  
Production 
Amy Nelson (Editor and Producer) Joe Keegan (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-317.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:30am MST

Favorite Exoplanets in TNG.
 
Exoplanets are planets outside Earth's solar system and they have been very important to Star Trek from the first time that the crew of the Enterprise on The Original Series startedexploring strange new worlds. There have been many exoplanets depicted in every series, from familiar M-class planets like Vulcan and Betazed to gas giants to even more exotic planets. Over the course of seven seasons and four movies, The Next Generation introduced us to many amazing exoplanets that have been fueling our imaginations for more than three decades.
  
In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Joe Keegan and Justin Oser are joined by guest Mike Wong of the Strange New Worlds: A Science and Star Trek Podcast to list their three favorite exoplanets on The Next Generation. Each participant talks about why the exoplanets they have chosen are meaningful to them and important to The Next Generation.
 
Chapters 
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome, Mike! (00:02:42)
Exoplanets (00:04:24)
First Picks (00:19:12)
Second Picks (00:38:14)
Third Picks (00:59:29)
Honorable Mentions (01:13:48)
Closing (01:28:10) 
 
Runtime: 1 hour 37 minutes 24 seconds
 
Hosts 
Joe Keegan
Justin Oser
 
Guest
Mike Wong
  
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)

 

Direct download: eg-316.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am MST

Picard's Best Partner.

Over the course of seven seasons and four movies, Captain Picard has his share of love interests, from the romantic tension with Dr. Beverly Crusher that begins in the very first episode to his love affair with Anij in Insurrection. How should we judge who would make the best partner for Picard and what does that say about how we see his character?
  
In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Justin Oser and Joe Keegan are joined by guest Rob Chapman, who runs the Trek Book Club on Twitter, to discuss who they think is the best romantic partner for Picard in The Next Generation. The partners discussed include Dr. Beverly Crusher, Vash, Kamala, Lt. Commander Nella Daren, and Anij.
 
Chapters 
Intro (00:00:00) 
Listener Feedback (00:03:14) 
Welcome, Rob! (00:11:30) 
Beverly Crusher (00:13:18)
Vash (00:21:59)
Kamala (00:29:16)
Nella Daren (00:37:57)
Anij (00:48:54)
Final Thoughts (00:56:35) 
Closing (01:57:58) 
 
Runtime: 1 hour 16 minutes 47 seconds

Hosts 
Joe Keegan
Justin Oser

Guest
Rob Chapman
  
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)
Direct download: eg-315.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am MST

"Balance of Terror" and "The Neutral Zone."
 
The Romulans are one of the most important and recognizable species in Star Trek. They were introduced in the classic season 1 episode of The Original Series "Balance of Terror" on December 15, 1966. We learn in the episode that the Romulans have re-appeared on the galactic stage after more than a century of isolation that followed a war with Earth. On May 16, 1988, the Romulans made their first appearance on The Next Generation in the season 1 finale episode, "The Neutral Zone." We see an echo of "Balance of Terror" as we learn that the Romulans have once again isolated themselves (this time for 53 years) and have returned again to exert their influence on events in the galaxy.

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Amy Nelson and Joe Keegan are joined by guest Tim Robertson, Associate Producer of Standard Orbit and host of the Observers Notebook podcast to discuss the introduction of the Romulans in The Original Series and The Next Generation. We talk about the striking similarities and differences between the season 1 episodes "Balance of Terror" and "The Neutral Zone."

Chapters
Intro (00:01:15) 
Listener Feedback (00:03:30) 
Episode Summaries (00:07:41) 
Submarine-like (00:19:11) 
Strategies of War (00:24:25) 
Warbirds (00:28:48) 
Stereotypes (00:36:42) 
Final Thoughts (00:47:41) 
Closing (00:53:37)
 
Hosts
Amy Nelson
Joe Keegan
 
Guest
Tim Robertson
 
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)
Direct download: eg-314.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am MST

AI in TNG.

Humanity in the 21st century is embarking on a path that includes more and more uses of artificial intelligence (AI) to enhance our lives. In The Next Generation, we see examples in the 24th century of many different kinds of advanced artificial intelligence that can help us to examine where our current AI journey is taking us.

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Justin Oser and Joe Keegan are joined by guest Jenn Tifft of the Snap Trek podcast to discuss artificial intelligence in The Next Generation. The discussion includes Data and his android family as well as the episodes "Elementary, Dear Data," "Evolution," "The Quality of Life," "Emergence," and "11001001."

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
Listener Feedback (00:02:09)
Welcome, Jenn! (00:07:32)
Data and his family (00:09:09)
"Elementary, Dear Data" (00:31:15)
"Evolution" (00:44:42)
"The Quality of Life" (00:54:22)
"Emergence" (01:03:19)
"11001001" (01:12:06)
Final Thoughts (01:17:15)  
Closing (01:24:15)
 
Running time: 1 hour, 29 minutes, 23 seconds

Hosts
Justin Oser, Joe Keegan
 
Guest
Jenn Tifft
 
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)

Direct download: eg-313.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am MST

The Lost Episodes, Part 9.
 
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 are joined by guest Brian Meloche to discuss the scripts he submitted and story ideas he pitched to Paramount for The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager. 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 (00:00:00) 
Listener Feedback (00:04:01) 
Welcome, Brian! (00:06:46) 
Scripts and Pitches for Star Trek (00:07:47) 
Closing (01:01:33)

Runtime: 1 hour 10 minutes 31 seconds
 
Hosts
Amy Nelson
Joe Keegan
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)
Direct download: eg-312.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am MST

Science in TNG, with Dr. Erin MacDonald.
 
Dr Erin Macdonald is an astrophysicist, aerospace engineer, and host of the online series "Dr Erin Explains the Universe." She's also a huge Star Trek fan who was recently announced as a science consultant for the Star Trek franchise.

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Joe Keegan, Amy Nelson, and Justin Oser are joined by Dr. Erin MacDonald to talk about the science in Star Trek and her work as a scientist, an engineer, a science fiction consultant, and a science communicator. The discussion includes the excitement of being a Star Trek science consultant, our favorite science moments in TNG, which advanced Star Trek technology (replicators, transporters, or warp drives) we're most likely to see within a hundred years, and much more!

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http://itunes.com/trekfm
http://www.trek.fm/earl-grey/311
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Chapters
Intro (00:01:14)
Listener Feedback (00:02:55) 
Welcome, Erin! (00:06:55) 
Speed Round (00:17:40) 
Class M Planets (00:21:14) 
Betelgeuse (00:25:08) 
Replicators Coming (00:32:51)
Phaser Rifles (00:38:18) 
Spore Drive (00:41:35) 
Science Fails (00:48:26) 
Science in TV (00:54:17) 
Favorite Science in TNG (01:03:53)  
New Discoveries (01:09:49)   
Final Thoughts (01:13:33) 
Closing (01:19:30) 

Runtime: 01:30:22

Hosts
Joe Keegan
Amy Nelson
Justin Oser

Guest
Dr. Erin MacDonald

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)
Direct download: eg-311.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am MST

"The Most Toys.”
 
"The Most Toys" is a season three episode of The Next Generation which shows Data's death being faked in a shuttlecraft explosion and Data being kidnapped by Zibalian trader Kivas Fajo. Quirkily and malevolently played by Saul Rubinek, Fajo collects unique items from across the galaxy and wants to add Data to his collection.

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Joe Keegan, Justin Oser, and Amy Nelson discuss "The Most Toys," an episode in season three of The Next Generation in which Data is kidnapped by a nefarious collector of unique items, Kivas Fajo. The discussion includes the character of Kivas Fajo, ruling by fear, Geordi's quest for the truth, and the question of whether Data pulled the trigger.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
Listener Feedback (00:06:45)
Initial Thoughts (00:12:01)
Kivas Fajo (00:16:16) 
Ruling By Fear (00:25:27)
Geordi (00:34:17)
Did Data Do It? (00:42:44)
Final Thoughts (00:53:46) 
Closing (01:02:33)
 
Running time: 1 hour, 19 minutes, 38 seconds

Hosts
Joe Keegan, Justin Oser, Amy Nelson
 
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)

Direct download: eg-310.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30pm MST

Favorite Badass Data Moments.

Data is a fan favorite character on The Next Generation and now Star Trek: Picard. He's known for being the operations officer and second officer on the Federation flagship, for his limitless curiosity, and for being an android on a quest to understand what it means to be human. However, we think that Data also has his share of badass moments throughout the course of The Next Generation episodes and movies. 
  
In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Joe Keegan, Amy Nelson, and Justin Oser list their three favorite badass Data moments from The Next Generation. Each choice is discussed and highlights Data as tough and uncompromising.
 
Chapters 
Intro (00:01:12) 
First Picks (00:09:00) 
Second Picks (00:21:07) 
Third Picks (00:32:55) 
Honorable Mentions (00:49:27) 
Final Thoughts (00:55:32) 
Closing (00:59:18) 
 
Runtime: 01:16:58
 
Hosts 
Joe Keegan
Amy Nelson
Justin Oser
  
Production 
Amy Nelson (Editor and Producer) Joe Keegan (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-309.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:30am MST

Deleted Scenes, Season 5.
 
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  deleted scenes from The Next Generation season 5 episodes "New Ground,” "Ethics,” "The Outcast,” The First Duty,” "Cost of Living,” The Perfect Mate,” and "The Inner Light.” All the deleted scenes that are discussed can be found on the season 5 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)   
Listener Feedback (00:06:50) 
Season 5 Deleted Scenes (00:15:21) 
"New Ground" (00:18:34) 
"Ethics" (00:24:39)
"The Outcast" (00:27:27)
"The First Duty" (00:33:51)
"Cost of Living" (00:44:53)
"The Perfect Mate" (00:55:20)
"The Inner Light" (01:02:57)
Final Thoughts (01:21:34)
Closing (01:32:31)

Runtime: 1 hour 40 minutes 29 seconds
 
Hosts
Amy Nelson, Joe Keegan 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) Tony Robinson (Show Art)
Direct download: eg-308.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am MST

Genetically Designed People.
 
Genetic engineering has been a thread throughout Star Trek ever since the classic first season episode of The Original Series, "Space Seed," which introduced Khan Noonien Singh. The Next Generation has its own share of thought-provoking episodes that focus on genetic engineering and genetically designed people.

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Justin Oser, Joe Keegan, and Amy Nelson talk about episodes of The Next Generation featuring genetically designed people and what their portrayal tells us about the show's perspective on different types of genetic engineering. The episodes discussed include "Unnatural Selection," "Up the Long Ladder," "The Hunted," and "The Masterpiece Society."

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
Babel Conference Feedback (00:02:58)
Genetically Designed People (00:08:17)
"Unnatural Selection" (00:09:54)
"Up the Long Ladder" (00:19:29)
"The Hunted" (00:29:02)
"The Masterpiece Society" (00:40:32)
"Loud As a Whisper" (00:54:02)
"The Perfect Mate" (00:56:54)
Final Thoughts (01:04:15) 
Closing (01:12:34)

Hosts
Joe Keegan, Justin Oser, Amy Nelson

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)

Direct download: eg-307.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am MST

High Culture in TNG.
 
When The Next Generation had a cultural reference or an artistic performance, it was often part of what would be called high culture, such as Shakespeare, classical music, or painting. Although cultural references and performances considered to be among the highest accomplishments of Earth culture go back as far as the first season of The Original Series, The Next Generation seems to bring this type of culture into the lives of its characters more than any other Star Trek series.

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Joe Keegan and Amy Nelson are joined by guest Duncan Barrett of Primitive Culture to discuss high culture in The Next Generation and its effect on the show. The topics discussed include literature, the performing arts (including classical music and poetry), and the visual arts (including painting and pottery).

Chapters
Intro (00:01:13) 
High Culture in TNG (00:17:23) 
Shakespeare Influences (00:23:50) 
Visual Arts (00:43:45) 
Performing Arts (00:50:40) 
Great Literature (00:58:00) 
The Most Utopian (01:09:06) 
Final Thoughts (01:22:55) 
Closing (01:30:49)
 
Hosts
Joe Keegan, Amy Nelson
 
Guest
Duncan Barrett
 
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)

Direct download: eg-306.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00pm MST

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