Favorite Character Moments from Insurrection.
 
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 Insurrection. 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 will cover all seven seasons and the four movies of The Next Generation.
 
Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
Babel Conference Feedback (01:51:00)
First Picks (00:04:33)
Second Picks (00:25:03)
Third Picks (00:35:25) 
Honorable Mentions (00:39:33)
Final Thoughts (00:53:55)   
Closing (01:04:02) 

Runtime: 1 hour 8 minutes 40 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-256.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:30am MST

Favorite Badass Troi Moments.
 
Deanna Troi is often thought of for her counseling abilities and her empathy and not as often for her toughness in the different aspects of her character. However, Troi 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, Richard Marquez, and Justin Oser list their three favorite badass Deanna Troi moments from The Next Generation. Each choice is discussed and highlights Troi as tough and uncompromising.

Chapters
Intro (00:01:16) 
Listener Feedback (00:02:14) 
First Picks (00:10:55)
Second Picks (00:22:07) 
Third Picks (00:33:13) 
Honorable Mentions (00:53:08)
Final Thoughts (01:04:30)
Closing (01:11:41) 

Runtime: 1 hour 22 minutes 35 seconds
 
Hosts
Amy Nelson, Richard Marquez, Justin Oser
 
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-255.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am MST

The Lost Episodes, Part 4.
 
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 "The Crystal Skull," 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 (00:01:22)  
Babel Conference Feedback (00:03:15)  
Email (00:13:19)  
Crystal Skull  Guesses (00:16:09)  
Lost Episode: Crystal Skull (00:21:07)  
Thoughts? (00:47:55)  
Final Thoughts (01:00:23)  
 
1 hour 14 minutes 16 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-254.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am MST

Pets of TNG.
 
Pets are an important part of many people's lives in the 21st century here on Earth, but how important are they to the characters of The Next Generation in the 24th century?Many Star Trek fans would name Data's cat Spot, but there are a lot more pets on the show that also make appearances and have an impact on the characters of The Next Generation.
In this episode of Earl Grey, host Justin Oser is joined by special guests Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson of Literary Treks to talk about the pets of The Next Generation. This is a fun discussion that includes talking about Data's cat Spot, Picard's fish Livingston, Troi's childhood dog, Kirk's dog Butler, Lwaxana's pet vine, O'Brien's tarantula Christina, Worf's targ, and a number of other pets.

Chapters 
Intro (00:00:00)  
Welcome, Dan and Bruce! (00:01:31)  
Pets Named for Trek Characters (00:02:39)  
Pets of TNG (00:04:38)  
Spot (00:05:56)  
Data's Cats in All Good Things... (00:20:39)
Livingston (00:24:48)  
Dogs (00:34:50)
Lwaxana's Pet Vine (00:42:31)  
O'Brien's Tarantula Christina (00:46:06)  
Worf's Targ (00:49:55) 
Jil Orra's Wompat (00:53:29)
Jeremy Astor's Cat Patches (00:58:30)
Other Pets on Screen (01:00:27)
Pets in the Novels and Comics (01:04:00)
Final Thoughts (01:12:22)
Closing (01:23:11)
 
Runtime: 1 hour 25 minutes 39 seconds
 
Hosts
Justin Oser

Guests
Dan Gunther
Bruce Gibson

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-253.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am MST

Favorite Character Moments from First Contact.
 
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 First Contact. 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 will cover all seven seasons and the four movies of The Next Generation.
 
Chapters
Intro (00:01:14) 
Initial Thoughts (00:08:07) 
First Picks (00:13:11) 
Second Picks (00:29:07) 
Third Picks (00:42:50) 
Honorable Mentions (00:52:52) 
Final Thoughts (01:05:52)   
Preview of Next Week (01:12:43) 
Closing (01:13:59)

Runtime: 1 hour 21 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-252.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am MST

Favorite Badass Geordi Moments.
 
Geordi La Forge is often thought of primarily as the brilliant chief engineer of the Enterprise-D and the Enterprise-E who was born blind but can see with the help of his advanced VISOR. Geordi is also frequently remembered for his difficulty with romantic relationships. However, we think that Geordi does have his share of badass moments throughout the course of The Next Generation episodes and movies. 

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Richard Marquez and Justin Oser are joined by guest Hayley Stoddart of Standard Orbit to list their three favorite badass Geordi moments from The Next Generation. Each choice is discussed and highlights Geordi as tough and uncompromising.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Babel Conference Feedback (00:02:51)
Trekdocs Feedback (00:07:29)
Welcome, Hayley! (00:08:46) 
Hayley's Star Trek Story (00:09:27) 
Thoughts on Geordi (00:11:56) 
First Picks (00:18:11) 
Second Picks (00:31:28) 
Third Picks (00:42:55) 
Honorable Mentions (01:00:44) 
Final Thoughts (01:05:36) 
Closing (01:15:16) 

Runtime: 1 hour 20 minutes 33 seconds
 
Hosts
Richard Marquez, Justin Oser

Guest
Hayley Stoddart
 
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-251.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am MST

TNG Roleplaying Game.
 
The first official Star Trek roleplaying game (RPG), Star Trek: Adventure Gaming in the Final Frontier, was released in 1978 and there have been a number of official Star Trek RPGs since that time. The latest entry in this long tradition is Star Trek Adventures, which includes missions in the eras of The Original Series and The Next Generation.
In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Richard Marquez, Amy Nelson, and Justin Oser play a mission from The Next Generation era from the new Star Trek Adventures roleplaying game. Richard serves the role of gamemaster while Amy and Justin have created their own characters for the game. Richard has played many roleplaying games, but this is the first roleplaying game Amy and Justin have ever played. Find out how well they do and if their characters can survive the mission!

Chapters 
ntro (00:01:25)  
Encounter at Shuttlecraft (00:21:09)  
Planetside (00:33:30)  
Romulans! (00:46:45)  
Bug Bites (00:53:15)  
Villagers (01:06:00)  
Spelunking (01:21:55)  
Sitrep (01:33:52)  
Closing (01:41:21)  
 
1 hour 53 minutes 34 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-250.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am MST

The Lost Episodes, Part 3.
 
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 two never-produced episodes of seasons one and two of The Next Generation. The script outlines discussed are "Return to Forever" (featuring two Spocks and the return of the Guardian of Forever!) and "The Immunity Syndrome" (not to be confused with The Original Series episode of the same name). 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 (00:02:03)  
Email Feedback (00:10:56)  
Lost Episodes (00:17:14)  
Return to Forever (00:18:00)  
Discovery Talk (00:20:15)  
Immunity Syndrome (00:44:10)  
Final Thoughts (01:15:54)  
Closing (01:19:40)  

Runtime: 1 hour 29 minutes 53 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-249.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am MST

Favorite Character Moments from Generations.
 
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 Generations. 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 will cover all seven seasons and the four movies of The Next Generation.

Chapters 
Intro (00:00:00)
Pick One (00:09:44)
Pick Two (00:24:40)
Pick Three (00:34:21)
Honorable Mentions (00:49:38)
Final Thoughts (00:56:52)
Closing (01:05:00)
 
Runtime: 1 hour 12 minutes 2 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-248.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MST

"Lessons."
 
In the sixth season episode "Lessons," we're introduced to the head of Stellar Sciences on the Enterprise-D, Lieutenant Commander Nella Daren. In the course of this episode of The Next Generation, Picard and Daren fall in love, Picard shares with her the importance of his music from his experience in "The Inner Light," and the relationship eventually doesn't work out because of the worry of losing someone to the dangers of serving on a starship.

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Justin Oser and Amy Nelson are joined by special guest Rob Chapman, who runs the Trek Book Club on Twitter, to talk about The Next Generation episode "Lessons." The discussion includes talking about what we love about Nella Daren and the Picard-Daren relationship, the possible perils of workplace romance, what Picard's music means to him, and the various scenes and moments in the episode that we enjoy.

Chapters 
Intro (00:00:00)  
Babel Conference Feedback (00:02:03)  
Welcome, Rob! (00:02:22)  
Trek Book Club (00:07:33)  
Initial Thoughts on "Lessons" (00:10:19)  
Workplace Romance (00:14:47)  
Music (00:27:40)  
Crusher and Daren (00:38:29)  
Other Scenes We Enjoy (00:41:40)  
Dangerous Situation (00:45:45)  
Math Moment! (00:49:41)  
A Daren What If (00:51:46) 
Final Thoughts (00:54:41)
Closing (01:06:34)
 
 
Runtime: 1 hour 10 minutes 32 seconds
 
Hosts
Justin Oser, Amy Nelson, Richard Marquez

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-247.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MST

Jennifer Edwards Interview.
 
Jennifer Edwards appeared as Alexander's teacher, Ms. Kyle, in the fifth season episode of The Next Generation "New Ground." Even though Ms. Kyle only appears in a few scenes in the episode, she makes a very memorable impression as a realistically portrayed teacher navigating the difficulties of a troubled student, Alexander, and his stern father, Worf.
In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Justin Oser, Amy Nelson, and Richard Marquez interview Jennifer Edwards about her role as the teacher Ms. Kyle in The Next Generation episode "New Ground." The discussion includes what it was like working on the set of a Star Trek show, talking about her father, writer-director-producer-actor Blake Edwards, and discussing how her character has been an inspiration to teachers.

Chapters 
Intro (00:01:24)  
Babel Conference Feedback (00:02:22)  
Interview (00:03:49)  
Closing (00:46:17)
 
Runtime: 58 minutes 18 seconds
 
Hosts
Justin Oser, Amy Nelson, Richard Marquez

Guest
Jennifer Edwards

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) Zach Moore (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-246.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00pm MST

Picard's Family.
 
In the acclaimed fourth season episode of The Next Generation entitled "Family," we finally get to meet members of Jean-Luc Picard's family in the form of his brother Robert, his sister-in-law Marie, and his nephew Rene on the Picard family vineyard in La Barre, France. What does this encounter tell us about Picard's upbringing and what family means to him? How do the other references to his family and the illusory family that we see throughout the series and in the movie Generations shed light on Picard's experiences and his hopes for family relationships?

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Justin Oser and Amy Nelson are joined by special guest Joe Keegan to talk about the family (real and imaginary) of Jean Luc-Picard. Characters discussed include Robert Picard, Rene Picard, Marie Picard, Maurice Picard, Yvtette Picard, Picard's ancestors, Picard's Nexus family, Kamin's family, Beverly Picard from "All Good Things...," and Shinzon. We also touch upon what we would like to see of Picard's family in the new Picard series and what exactly defines family.

Chapters 
Intro (00:00:00)  
Listener Feedback (00:01:47)  
Welcome, Joe! (00:05:17)    
Joe's Star Trek Story (00:05:47)  
Joe's Experience at STLV (00:07:39)  
Robert (00:09:12)  
Rene (00:23:47)  
Marie (00:28:39)  
Maurice (00:32:40)  
Yvette (00:37:44)
Picard's Ancestors (00:42:44)
Kamin's Family (00:49:16)
Beverly in All Good Things... (00:55:08) 
Shinzon (00:56:09) 
Family in the Picard Series (01:01:46) 
Final Thoughts (01:07:42)  
Closing (01:19:09) 

Runtime: 1 hour 23 minutes 6 seconds
 
Hosts
Justin Oser, Amy Nelson

Guest
Joe Keegan
 
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-245.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MST

Tim DeZarn Interview.
 
Tim deZarn appeared as four different aliens across three different Star Trek series from 1993 to 2001. He appeared on The Next Generation episode "Starship Mine" as the alien mercenary Satler, in the Deep Space Nine episode "Wrongs Darker than Death or Night" as a Bajoran, in the Voyager episode "Initiations" as Haliz (leader of the Kazon-Ogla), and in the Voyager episode "Repentance" as the Nygean prison warden Yediq.
In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Justin Oser, Amy Nelson, and Richard Marquez interview actor Tim deZarn about his roles playing four alien species on The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager. The discussion includes talking about his experience on those four episodes, his extensive acting work outside of Star Trek, and what it was like working with Patrick Stewart on The Next Generation and Blunt Talk, Kate Mulgrew on Voyager, and Scott Bakula on Quantum Leap and NCIS: New Orleans.

Chapters 
Intro (00:01:10)  
Babel Conference Feedback (00:02:14)  
E-mail (00:06:44)  
Interview (00:08:35)  
Closing (01:08:43)  
 
Runtime: 1 hour 16 minutes 36 seconds
 
Hosts
Justin Oser, Amy Nelson, Richard Marquez

Guest
Tim deZarn

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-244.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00pm MST

Remember Me.
 
The fourth season episode "Remember Me" is a very memorable entry of The Next Generation. Beverly Crusher is trapped in a warp bubble and faced with the traumatic situation of people on the Enterprise-D gradually disappearing until she's the only one left on the ship and the warp bubble universe is collapsing around her. "Remember Me" is one of a handful of episodes to focus on Beverly Crusher and it showcases an amazing performance by Gates McFadden.
In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Justin Oser and Amy Nelson are joined by special guest Shashank Avvaru of the PoliTreks podcast to talk about The Next Generation episode "Remember Me." Topics discussed include Beverly Crusher as the focus of the episode, how she handles the difficult challenges presented to her, and how Beverly Crusher's experience trying to get attention for what she's going through relates to the #MeToo movement.

Chapters 
Intro (00:00:00)  
Babel Conference Feedback (00:01:46)  
Welcome, Shashank! (00:04:48)   
PoliTreks (00:06:18)  
Shashank's Star Trek Story (00:08:31)  
Initial Thoughts on "Remember Me" (00:12:05)  
Beverly Crusher as the Focus (00:17:27)  
More Thoughts on the Episode (00:24:39)  
The Traveler (00:30:53)  
Remember #MeToo (00:33:32)  
Final Thoughts (00:50:05)  
Closing (01:03:03) 

Runtime: 1 hour 7 minutes 18 seconds
 
Hosts
Justin Oser, Amy Nelson

Guest
Shashank Avvaru
 
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-243.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:30am MST

Favorite Character Moments Season 7.
 
The Next Generationhas 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 season seven. 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 will cover all seven seasons and the four movies of The Next Generation.

Chapters 
Intro (00:01:10)  
Pick One (00:03:00)  
Pick Two (00:17:44)  
Pick Three (00:39:33)  
Honorable Mentions (00:56:01)  
Closing (01:08:33)  
 
Runtime: 1 hour 19 minutes 29 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-242.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MST

Creatures and Monsters of TNG.
 
The Next Generation includes a number of episodes that have exotic species and unusual entities. These lifeforms that can be called creatures and monsters have the ability to bring out our sympathy or to frighten us, but they also often provide great storytelling opportunities.

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Justin Oser and Amy Nelson discuss the creatures and monsters of The Next Generation. Lifeforms discussed include Gagh, Targs, the parasites from "Conspiracy," the Space Jellyfish, the spaceborne species from "Galaxy's Child," Gomtuu from "Tin Man," Armus from "Skin of Evil," the Microbrain from "Home Soil," Nanites, the lifeforms from "Identity Crisis," the lifeforms from "Schisms," the Crystalline Entity, and the de-evolved crew in "Genesis."

Chapters 
Intro (00:00:00)  
Babel Conference Feedback (00:02:25)  
Creatures and Monsters of TNG (00:11:32)  
Gagh (00:12:50)  
Targs (00:15:27)  
Parasites from "Conspiracy" (00:18:14)    
Space Jellyfish (00:21:19)    
Spaceborne Species from "Galaxy's Child" (00:25:54)   
Gomtuu from "Tin Man" (00:29:48)   
Armus from "Skin of Evil" (00:33:54)
Microbrain from "Home Soil" (00:39:47)  
Nanites (00:43:49)   
Lifeforms from "Identity Crisis" (00:47:52)   
Lifeforms from "Schisms" (00:51:05)  
Crystalline Entity (00:54:22)  
De-evolved crew in "Genesis" (00:58:03)  
Final Thoughts (01:02:09)  
Closing (01:12:31)  

Runtime: 1 hour 16 minutes 47 seconds
 
Hosts
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-241.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MST

TNG Characters Who Play Music.
 
Music is an important element to the experience of watching episodes of The Next Generation, but there are also a number of characters on the show that play musical instruments themselves. What motivates them to play music and how might they use their talents as part of a music group?

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Justin Oser and Amy Nelson are joined by special guest Tony Robinson of Continuing Mission and Melodic Treks (Tony also creates the wonderful show art for Earl Grey) to talk about characters on The Next Generation that play music and the bands they might join or form. Characters discussed include Jean-Luc Picard, Will Riker, Data, Geordi La Forge, Miles O'Brien, Q, Keiko O'Brien, Nella Daren, and Jenna D'Sora.

Chapters 
Intro (00:01:11)  
Babel Conference Feedback (00:02:10)  
Special Guest (00:04:51)  
Music (00:08:49)  
Riker (00:10:55)  
Picard (00:18:50)  
Data (00:25:36)  
O’Brien (00:31:46)  
Q (00:37:39)  
Geordi (00:42:50)  
Keiko (00:46:36)  
Jenna D’Sora (00:52:12)  
Nella Daren (00:55:43)  
Final Thoughts (01:02:01)  

Runtime: 1 hour 18 minutes 48 seconds
 
Hosts
Justin Oser, Amy Nelson

Guest
Tony Robinson
 
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-240.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MST

New Picard Series.
 
On August 4, 2018, Patrick Stewart made a surprise appearance on the main stage at Star Trek Las Vegas to announce that Jean-Luc Picard will be returning in a new series set 20 years after Star Trek: Nemesis. Only a few other details have so far been given on the new series, but the reaction inside the hall during the announcement and throughout social media in the short time since has been one of incredible excitement and enthusiasm.
 
In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Justin Oser and Amy Nelson are joined by special guests Zach Moore and Hayley Stoddart of Standard Orbit, Brandon-Shea Mutala of Warp Five and Melodic Treks, Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther of Literary Treks, and Mike Schindler to give their reactions and thoughts on the big news that Patrick Stewart will be reprising his role as Jean-Luc Picard. This is an in-depth discussion on a very momentous announcement for Star Trek!

Runtime: 1 hour 21 minutes 3 seconds
 
Hosts
Justin Oser, Amy Nelson

Guests
Zach Moore, Hayley Stoddart, Brandon-Shea Mutala, Bruce Gibson, Dan Gunther, Mike Schindler
 
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) Zach Moore (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-239.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:47pm MST

Romulans in "The Enemy" and "The Defector."
 
The third season episodes "The Enemy" and "The Defector" aired within a few months of each other and provided the first episodes of The Next Generation to show Romulan characters in such depth. The Romulans appeared in The Next Generation in more episodes than in any other Star Trek series, but how much do we really know about this iconic species? 
In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Justin Oser, Amy Nelson, and Richard Marquez are joined by special guest John Krikorian of the Trek Profiles podcast to talk about "The Enemy" and "The Defector" to uncover what we learn about the Romulans from these episodes. Topics discussed include why the Romulans seem to prefer deception and elaborate plotting, what the range of characters we see in the episodes tell us about Romulan behavior under different circumstances, and what we may be able to determine about Romulan culture.

Chapters 
Introduction (00:00:00)  
Babel Conference Feedback (00:02:45)
Welcome, John! (00:06:23)
Trek Profiles (00:08:04)
John's Star Trek Story (00:10:24)
Thoughts About Romulans (00:13:51)
"The Enemy" (00:17:29)
"The Defector" (00:41:54) 
Final Thoughts (01:01:50) 
Closing (01:16:36)

Runtime: 1 hour 20 minutes 50 seconds
 
Hosts
Richard Marquez, Justin Oser, Amy Nelson

Guest
John Krikorian
 
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-238.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MST

"The Chase" and Panspermia.
 
"The Chase" is a sixth season episode of The Next Generation that answered a question many fans had wondered about over the years - why do so many of the species that we see in Star Trek look so similar? This question is answered when the pieces of a puzzle spanning many worlds and billions of years is revealed. A progenitor species found themselves alone in the galaxy four billions years ago and decided to seed many planets with life in the hope that the resulting intelligent species would one day connect and understand each other.
In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Justin Oser and Richard Marquez are joined by special guests Mike Wong and Elise Cutts of the Strange New Worlds: A Science and Star Trek Podcast to discuss "The Chase" and the science behind the idea of panspermia presented in the episode. Panspermia is the theory that life can be introduced in different environments because it was seeded from outer space, whether through natural objects (such as asteroids and comets) or through artificial means. We discuss the science behind panspermia, whether the idea presented in "The Chase" works from a scientific or a storytelling perspective, and how we could know if life on Earth was introduced from space.

Chapters 
Intro (00:01:09)  
Babel Conference Feedback (00:01:32)  
Strange New Worlds Podcast (00:04:02)  
The Chase (00:11:45)  
Panspermia (00:18:11)  
Evolution (00:29:03)  
DNA (00:35:34)  
Time (00:45:52)  
Outside Our Solar System (00:57:00)  
Final Thoughts (01:05:04)  
 
Runtime: 1 hour 20 minutes 10 seconds
 
Hosts
Richard Marquez, Justin Oser

Guest
Mike Wong, Elise Cutts
 
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-237.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:27pm MST

The Lost Episodes, Part 2.
 
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 two more never-produced episodes of season one of The Next Generation. The script outlines discussed are "The Neutral Zone" (featuring a different concept than the season one episode of the same name) and "Somewhen." 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 
Introduction (00:00:00)  
Babel Conference Feedback (02:11:00)  
"The Neutral Zone" (00:05:43)   
"Somewhen"  (00:36:15)   
Final Thoughts  (00:57:50)    
Closing (01:05:27)

Runtime: 1 hour 10 minutes 8 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-236.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:11am MST

Star Trek Las Vegas 2018.
 
For the past 17 years, thousands of fans have converged on Las Vegas every summer to see Star Trek actors and creatives, meet other fans, and celebrate what they love about the franchise. This is the largest Star Trek convention in the United States and is eagerly anticipated year after year.
 
In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Amy Nelson, Richard Marquez, and Justin Oser provide tips and insights for attendees and share stories of their past Star Trek Las Vegas experiences as the convention approaches. The discussion includes ticket and hotel options, guests and panels (with an emphasis on The Next Generation), events and parties, the vendor room, food, and more!

Chapters 
Intro (00:01:10)  
Babel Conference Feedback (00:02:24)  
E-mail Feedback (00:04:21)  
STLV (00:06:49)  
Ticket Options (00:13:30)  
Autographs/Photo Ops (00:20:49)  
Hotels (00:25:16)  
Panels/ Vendor Room/ Events (00:29:14)  
Displays (00:43:23)  
Food (00:51:00)  
Tips (00:59:50)  
Final Thoughts (01:09:21)  
 
Runtime: 1 hour 23 minutes 15 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-235.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MST

Favorite Character Moments Season 6.
 
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 season six. 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 will cover all seven seasons and the four movies of The Next Generation.

Chapters 
Intro (00:00:00)  
Listener Feedback (00:03:10)  
First Picks (00:09:00)  
Second Picks (00:28:17)  
Third Picks (00:44:14)    
Honorable Mentions (01:02:17)  
Final Thoughts (01:12:01)
Closing (01:19:05) 
 
Runtime: 1 hour 24 minutes 6 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-234.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MST

K'Ehleyr.
 
K'Ehleyr only appeared in the episodes "The Emissary" and "Reunion" on The Next Generation, but her half-Klingon, half-human character left an indelible impression for many Star Trek fans. With her strength of character, her sense of humor, and her diplomatic skills, K'Ehleyr is a unique and beloved character.

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Amy Nelson and Justin Oser are joined by special guest Bruce Gibson of Literary Treks to discuss their impressions and thoughts on K'Ehleyr's two appearances in The Next Generation and the importance of her character to the show. They talk about her service in Starfleet, what it's like for her to be caught between human and Klingon cultures, her relationship with Worf and Alexander, and her untimely death.
Chapters 
Intro (00:01:10)  
Babel Conference Feedback (00:01:50)  
Email (00:06:22)  
Special Guest (00:07:28)  
K'Ehleyr (00:09:00)  
Service in Starfleet (00:13:57)  
Family (00:23:35)  
Relationship with Worf (00:33:50)  
Death of K’Ehleyr (00:45:49)  
Final Thoughts (01:03:08)  
 
Runtime: 1 hour 16 minutes 39 seconds
 
Hosts
Justin Oser, Amy Nelson

Guest
Bruce Gibson
 
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-233.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MST

"Suspicions" Commentary.
 
Dr. Beverly Crusher has an interest in a new shielding technology developed by a Ferengi scientist and convenes a demonstration for other scientists aboard the Enterprise-D. However, what starts as an exchange of information turns into a murder mystery in the episode "Suspicions."

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Justin Oser and Richard Marquez are joined by special guest Patrick Devlin of Warp Five and The Edge to provide a commentary for the episode "Suspicions" from season six of The Next Generation. They discuss Beverly Crusher, metaphasic shielding, the unusual Takaran species, shuttle carpeting, and much more.

Chapters 
Intro (00:00:00)  
Patrick's Thoughts on Beverly Crusher (00:02:40)  
Commentary (00:05:01)    
Final Thoughts (00:49:00)  
Closing (00:55:50)  

Runtime: 59 minutes 50 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-232.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MST

Fathers on TNG.
 
The characters on The Next Generation, whether regular characters or guest stars are shaped by the important people in their lives, including their parents. On the show, we see a number of different fathers. Their interactions with their children and the crew help to reveal important aspects of their lives that we might not otherwise see and of parenting in the 24th century.

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Richard Marquez, Amy Nelson, and Justin Oser take the opportunity as Father's Day approaches in the United States to discuss the important fathers on The Next Generation and the impact that they have on their children and the show. The characters discussed are Kyle Riker, Data, Noonian Soong, Worf, Sergey Rozhenko, Ian Troi, Edward La Forge, Jack Crusher, and Gul Madred.

Chapters 
Intro (00:00:00)  
Listener Feedback (00:02:22)  
Kyle Riker (00:07:30)  
Data (00:21:37)  
Noonian Soong (00:28:51)  
Worf (00:34:17)  
Sergey Rozhenko (00:47:24)  
Ian Troi (00:49:13)    
Edward La Forge (00:51:30)  
Jack Crusher (00:53:33)    
Gul Madred (00:57:52)  
Final Thoughts (01:07:06)  
Closing (01:17:42)  

Runtime: 1 hour 22 minutes 13 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-231.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MST

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 season five. 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 will cover all seven seasons and the four movies of The Next Generation.

Chapters 
Intro (00:01:19)  
Babel Conference Feedback (00:02:07)  
First Pick (00:06:12)  
Second Pick (00:22:12)  
Third Pick (00:45:40)  
Honorable Mentions (01:02:20)  
Final Thoughts (01:13:15)  
 
Runtime: 1 hour 26 minutes 28 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-230.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MST

"The Wounded"

In the season four The Next Generation episode "The Wounded," we're introduced to the Cardassians, a species that has until recently been at war with the Federation and which will become very important in Deep Space Nine. Captain Benjamin Maxwell of the Phoenix has ordered his ship to carry out attacks inside Cardassian space and the Enterprise-D, along with Cardassian military observers on board the ship, pursue the Phoenix. We also learn more about Chief O'Brien's background and his involvement in the Cardassian War as he tries to deal with what he went through during a traumatic time.

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Richard Marquez, Amy Nelson, and Justin Oser discuss the powerful and important episode "The Wounded." We talk about our thoughts on the look of the Cardassian ships, uniforms, and the Cardassians themselves, O'Brien's struggle with his feelings toward a former enemy, and whether Maxwell is more motivated by exposing what the Cardassians are doing or by what happened to his family. We also discuss the theme of racism in the episode and what we learn about Picard's history and his diplomatic skills.

Chapters 
Introduction (00:01:23)
Babel Conference Feedback (00:02:07)  
The Wounded (00:06:56)  
Three Points of View (00:10:45)  
O’Brien (00:17:26)  
Diplomat (00:24:22)  
Maxwell Coming to Peace (00:31:12)  
Maxwell’s Mindset (00:40:39)  
Picard (00:45:41)  
Racism (00:52:12)  
Random Thoughts (01:10:50)  
Final Thoughts (01:13:46)  
 
Runtime: 1 hour 24 minutes 7 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-229.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MST

The Final Frontier vs. Nemesis.

Trek Madness is back by popular demand and here we bring you the second part of Trek Movie Madness! Join the crews of Standard Orbit and Earl Grey as we debate the generally accepted worst of the TOS and TNG movies: The Final Frontier vs. Nemesis! Most Trek fans would agree that these two films are the worst of their respective film franchises, so how does do these two movies measure up against each other?

In this episode of Earl Grey, join Amy Nelson, Zach Moore, Justin Oser, Ken Tripp, Richard Marquez, and Hayley Stoddart as we discuss both what we like and what we don't like about The Final Frontier and Nemesis. Enjoy part one on Standard Orbit 221, which released on Monday, May 14 and enjoy the conclusion of Trek Movie Madness on Earl Grey!

Chapters 
Intro (00:00:00)  
Welcome, Ken, Zach, and Hayley!  (00:01:48)  
Initial Thoughts (00:03:20)  
What we love about Nemesis (00:12:59)  
What we love about The Final Frontier (00:21:58)
The Stories (00:29:40)  
Missed Opportunities (00:49:56)  
Other Thoughts on the Movies (01:02:09)  
Which is Worse/Final Thoughts (00:58:52)  
Closing (01:42:08)  
 
Runtime: 1 hour 46 minutes 30 seconds
 
Hosts
Richard Marquez, Justin Oser, Amy Nelson

Guests
Ken Tripp, Zach Moore, Hayley Stoddart
 
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-228.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MST

Mothers on TNG.
 
The characters on The Next Generation, whether regular characters or guest stars are shaped by the important people in their lives, including their parents. On the show, we see a number of different mothers and mother figures. Their interactions with their children and the crew help to reveal important aspects of their lives that we might not otherwise see and of parenting in the 24th century.

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Richard Marquez, Amy Nelson, and Justin Oser take the opportunity as Mother's Day approaches in the United States to discuss the important mothers on The Next Generation and the impact that they have on their children and the show. The characters discussed are Lwaxana Troi, Deanna Troi, Beverly Crusher, Helena Rozhenko, Julianna Tainer, K’Ehleyr, Keiko O'Brien, Silva La Forge, and Guinan.

Chapters 
Intro (00:01:14)  
Babel Conference Comments (00:02:05)  
Lwaxana Troi (00:13:23)  
Deanna Troi (00:23:51)  
Beverly Crusher (00:30:21)
Helena Rozhenko (00:38:58)  
K’Ehleyr (00:45:45)  
Julianna Tainer (00:53:47)  
Keiko O'Brien (00:58:52)  
Silva La Forge (01:02:38)  
Guinan (01:08:13)
Closing (01:20:47)  
 
Runtime: 1 hour 27 minutes 36 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-227.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:30am MST

The Lost Episodes, Part I.
 
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 two never-produced episodes of season one of The Next Generation. The script outlines discussed are "The Bonding" (featuring a different concept than the season 3 episode of the same name) and "Terminus." 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 
Introduction (00:00:00)  
Feedback from The Babel Conference (00:01:45)   
Lost Episodes Concept (00:06:58)   
"The Bonding" (00:09:03)  
"Terminus" (00:31:01)  
Final Thoughts (00:49:24)  
Closing (00:56:15) 

Runtime: 1 hour 1 second
 
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-226.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MST

Romantic Relationships on TNG, Part 2.
 
There are many romantic relationships on The Next Generation - some of them lasting only an episode and others spanning many episodes. Whether fleeting or long-lasting, romance on The Next Generation can reveal additional dimensions to the characters and show them in a different light.

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Richard Marquez, Amy Nelson, and Justin Oser talk about more relationships on TNG as they discuss a selection of important romances on The Next Generation (part 1 of the discussion was on Earl Grey 215). The relationships discussed are Geordi and Leah Brahms, Geordi and Aquiel, Data and Yar, Data and the Borg Queen, Data and Jenna D'Sora, Miles and Keiko, Beverly Crusher and Odan, and Riker and Soren.


Chapters 
Introduction (00:01:21)  
Feedback from Babel Conference (00:06:26)  
Romantic Relationships Intro (00:11:30)  
Geordi and Leah (00:12:00)  
Geordi and Aquiel (00:29:20)  
Data and Yar (00:34:00)  
Data and Borg Queen (00:37:44)  
Data and D’Sora (00:45:22)  
O’Brien and Keiko (00:52:43)  
Crusher and Odan (00:59:00)  
Riker Soren (01:07:00)  
Closing (01:22:25)  

Runtime: 1 hour 28 minutes 35 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-225.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MST

Favorite Character Moments Season 4.
 
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 season four. 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 will cover all seven seasons and the four movies of The Next Generation.


Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Babel Conference Feedback (00:02:28)
First Picks (00:08:22) 
Second Picks (00:17:22) 
Third Picks (00:30:40) 
Honorable Mentions (00:43:05) 
Final Thoughts (01:00:50) 
Closing (01:07:24) 

Runtime: 1 hour 12 minutes 37 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-224.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MST

"Schisms." 
  
Insomnia. Disturbing memories. Mysterious disappearances. Creepy aliens. The sixth season episode "Schisms" is a frightening hour of television that taps into the fear of being abducted for experimentation by aliens that we're unable to understand. 

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Amy Nelson and Justin Oser are joined by guest Clara Cook of Primitive Culture to discuss both the scary and the surprisingly funny parts of the episode "Schisms." From Riker's insomnia and bedhead to the creepy holodeck scene to alien clicking sounds to Data's hilariously dry poetry, we talk about what intrigues us about the episode and the many questions that it brings up.

Chapters 
Intro (00:01:13)  
Babel Conference Feedback (00:02:18)  
Clara Intro (00:05:42)  
Schisms (00:08:30)  
Troy’s Suggestion? (00:13:20)  
Subspace Messages (00:25:00)  
Data Poetry (00:28:30)  
Secondary Characters (00:42:10)  
The Ending (00:48:50)  
Pillow Talk (00:56:48)  
Final Thoughts (00:58:43)  
Closing (01:02:41)  
 
Runtime 1 hour 8 minutes 40 seconds
 
Hosts
Amy Nelson, Justin Oser

Guest
Clara Cook
 
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-223.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MST

Dwight Schultz Interview.
 
Lieutenant Reginald Barclay, played by Dwight Schultz, is well-known for being shy and struggling with addiction to the holodeck, but he also had the technical knowledge and ability to think outside the box that could be used to save the day. Dwight Schultz appeared as the popular and unforgettable Lieutenant Barclay over the course of 11 years in 5 episodes of The Next Generation, the movie First Contact, and 6 episodes of Voyager. 
In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Justin Oser, Amy Nelson, and Richard Marquez interview actor Dwight Schultz about his role as Lieutenant Barclay on The Next Generation and Voyager. The discussion includes talking about his longtime Star Trek fandom, sharing fascinating and funny behind-the-scenes stories about working in Star Trek and on The A-Team, and the inspiration that the character of Lieutenant Barclay continues to provide to many Star Trek fans 28 years after his first appearance in "Hollow Pursuits."

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Babel Conference Feedback (00:01:44)   
Welcome, Dwight! (00:06:14)    
Watching TV and Movies as a Child (00:06:52)   
Always a Star Trek Fan (00:09:51)   
Playing Barclay (00:11:39)   
Favorite Barclay TNG Episode (00:15:25)    
Working on the TNG Set (00:18:14)  
Barclay as an Inspiration (00:20:04)  
The Character's Popularity (00:28:05)  
First Contact (00:31:21)  
Working on Voyager (00:33:28)  
What Kept Him Coming Back to Star Trek (00:36:44)  
Recent Years (00:38:59)  
The Present and Future of Entertainment (00:41:58)  
Video Game and Animation Voice Work (00:49:54)  
The A-Team (00:54:02)  
Chowder (00:57:19). 
Conventions (01:00:11)  
More TNG Stories (01:04:58)  
More on The A-Team (01:07:32)  
Hobbies and Interests (01:08:52)  
Final Thoughts (01:17:19) 
Closing (01:23:01)  

Runtime: 1 hour 27 minutes 23 seconds
 
Hosts
Justin Oser, Amy Nelson, Richard Marquez

Guest
Dwight Schultz

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-222.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am MST

James L. Conway Interview.
 
James L. Conway directed eighteen episodes of Star Trek between 1987 and 2005 on The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise. His credits on The Next Generation include directing an episode that was in production before the show premiered ("Justice"), the season 1 finale ("The Neutral Zone"), and an acclaimed season 6 psychological thriller ("Frame of Mind"). He also directed a number of highly regarded episodes of Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise including "Duet," "The Way of the Warrior," "Death Wish," "Broken Bow: Parts I and II," and "In a Mirror, Darkly Part 1."

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Justin Oser, Amy Nelson, and Richard Marquez interview James L. Conway about his work directing Star Trek episodes across four series, including three episodes of The Next Generation. The discussion includes behind-the-scenes stories about his experience working on The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise, how he almost landed the job of directing a Star Trek movie, and what it was like directing The Orville episode "If the Stars Should Appear."

Chapters
Intro (00:01:20)  
Feedback from Babel Conference (00:02:03)  
Conway Interview (00:04:20)  
Final Thoughts (00:51:06)  
Closing (00:56:26)  

Runtime (01:02:41)
 
Hosts
Justin Oser, Amy Nelson, Richard Marquez

Guest
James L. Conway

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-221.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am MST

TNG Season 7 Vs. TOS Season 3, Part 2
 
In the spirit of March Madness, we bring you the second part of Trek Madness! The ship's company of Standard Orbit take on the mighty crew of Earl Grey in an epic battle, this time of the best of the best of Season 7 of The Next Generation versus Season 3 of The Original Series. The two teams complete their second crossover of their two episode adventure as they remove their biases and discuss which episodes were the best of the best.

Join Amy Nelson, Zach Moore, Justin Oser, Richard Marquez, and Ken Tripp for some bracketed competition between these two Star Trek series. Enjoy part one on Standard Orbit 213, which released on Monday, March 19th and enjoy the conclusion of the 24 round battle on this episode of Earl Grey. Boldly Listen!!

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Listener Feedback (00:01:49) 
Welcome, Ken and Zach!  (00:06:15)
That Which Survives vs. Homeward (00:07:35) 
Battlefield vs. Journey's End (00:11:45)
For the World is Hollow vs. Force of Nature (00:18:41) 
Beauty vs. Thine Own Self (00:25:04)
All Our Yesterdays vs. Attached (00:32:39) 
The Cloud Minders vs. Descent, Part II (00:38:44)
Wink of an Eye vs. Preemptive Strike (00:44:58)
The Savage Curtain vs. Parallels (00:50:31)
Whom Gods Destroy vs. The Pegasus (00:56:04)
The Enterprise Incident vs. Gambit (01:02:31)
The Tholian Web vs. Lower Decks (01:06:42)
Day of the Dove vs. All Good Things... (01:11:39)
Final Thoughts from Ken and Zach (01:17:48)
Final Thoughts from Amy, Richard, and Justin (01:19:49)
Closing (01:24:57)

Runtime: 1 hour 28 minutes 49 seconds
 
Hosts
Amy Nelson, Richard Marquez, Justin Oser

Guests
Ken Tripp
Zach Moore
 
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-220.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MST

Games, Sports, and Hobbies on TNG.
 
What does the crew of The Next Generation do to relax and spend their free time? What do the activities that they pursue when they're not on duty say about the main characters on the show?  

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Amy Nelson, Richard Marquez, and Justin Oser discuss a selection of games, sports, and hobbies that we see on The Next Generation. Activities covered include poker, fencing, acting, dancing, horseback riding, phaser target practice, Strategema, Dom-jot, Anbo-jyutsu, and Mok'bara.

Chapters
Intro (00:01:14) 
Feedback from Babel Conference (00:02:34) 
Poker (00:05:46)   
Fencing (00:13:50)   
Worf’s Calisthenics (00:18:35) 
Acting (00:24:02) 
Horseback Riding (00:29:50) 
Phaser Target Practice (00:35:06) 
Anbo-jyutsu (00:40:52) 
Strategema (00:44:36) 
Dom-jot (00:46:31) 
Honorable Mentions (00:49:50) 
Final Thoughts (00:56:23) 

Runtime: 1 hour 6 minutes 42 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-219.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MST

Favorite Badass Picard Moments.
 
Captain Jean-Luc Picard is often thought of first as an explorer and a diplomat. However, Picard does have his share of badass moments throughout the course of The Next Generation episodes and movies. 

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Richard Marquez and Justin Oser are joined by guest Nic Anastassiou to list their three favorite badass Picard moments from The Next Generation. Each choice is discussed and shows Picard as a tough and uncompromising leader, whether in his physical actions or his words.


Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome, Nic! (00:01:46) 
Listener Feedback (00:05:21)
Introducing the Topic (00:15:13)
First Picks (00:18:16) 
Second Picks (00:32:29) 
Third Picks (00:49:26) 
Honorable Mentions (01:02:46) 
Final Thoughts (01:10:31) 
Closing (01:20:16) 

Runtime: 1 hour 24 minutes 14 seconds
 
Hosts
Richard Marquez, Justin Oser

Guest
Nic Anastassiou
 
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-218.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am MST

People from the Past Permanently in the Future.
 
The Next Generation has a number of episodes involving time travel to the past or to the future. However, what happens when people from the past end up stuck in the future of  The Next Generation and have to adapt to a new century?

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Richard Marquez and Justin Oser are joined by guest Colin Higgins to discuss episodes of the The Next Generation where we find people from previous centuries ending up permanently in the 24th century. We discuss what we would do in their situations and how each group of people might adapt to their new lives in a new time period. Episodes covered include "The Neutral Zone," "The Emissary," "A Matter of Time," and "Cause and Effect."

Chapters
Intro (00:01:14)
Babel Confrence (00:11:57)
COLIN! (00:13:07)
Time Traveling (00:14:17)
Neutral Zone (00:16:48)
Temporal Incursion (00:33:31)
The Emissary (00:35:26)
A Matter of Time (00:49:06)
Cause and Effect (01:07:58)
Closing (01:19:55)

Runtime: 1 hour 30 minutes 16 seconds
 
Hosts
Richard Marquez, Justin Oser

Guest
Colin Higgins
 
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-217.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00am MST

Favorite Character Moments Season 3.
 
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 season three. 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 will cover all seven seasons and the four movies of The Next Generation.


Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Listener Feedback (00:02:02)
First Picks (00:06:50) 
Second Picks (00:16:10) 
Third Picks (00:25:21) 
Honorable Mentions (00:34:30) 
Final Thoughts (00:40:54) 
Closing (00:47:33) 

Runtime: 52 minutes 17 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-216.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MST

Romantic Relationships on TNG.
 
There are many romantic relationships on The Next Generation - some of them lasting only an episode and others spanning the course of the entire show and the movies. Whether fleeting or long-lasting, romance on The Next Generation can reveal additional dimensions to the characters and show them in a different light.

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Richard Marquez, Amy Nelson, and Justin Oser take the opportunity as Valentine's Day approaches to discuss a selection of important romances on The Next Generation. The relationships discussed are Troi and Riker, Troi and Worf, Worf and K'Ehleyr, Crusher and Picard, Vash and Picard, Picard and Daren, and Picard and Anij.

Chapters
Intro (00:01:15) 
Comments from the Babel Conference (00:02:50) 
Riker and Troi (00:07:41) 
Worf and Troi (00:19:41) 
Worf and K'Ehleyr (00:30:18) 
Picard and Crusher  (00:37:07) 
Picard and Vash  (00:42:36) 
Picard and Daren  (00:47:45) 
Picard and Anij  (00:52:47) 
Closing (00:57:00)   

Runtime: 1 hour 9 minutes 54 seconds
 
Hosts
Richard Marquez, Amy Nelson, Justin Oser
 
Production
Richard Marquez (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) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-215.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MST

Elizabeth Dennehy Interview. 
  
Elizabeth Dennehy played Commander Shelby in two of the most important episodes in all of Star Trek, "The Best of Both Worlds" and "The Best of Both Worlds: Part II." This was one of her first TV roles and she made an immediate impression with fans for portraying Commander Shelby as an ambitious, no-nonsense expert on the Borg who frequently clashes with Commander Riker. 

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Justin Oser, Amy Nelson, and Richard Marquez interview Elizabeth Dennehy about playing Commander Shelby in "The Best of Both Worlds" two-parter, including how she prepared for the role, what it was like to work with the cast, and which scene was the most difficult to do. We also discuss how the reception of Shelby has changed over time, her convention appearances, her many non-Star Trek roles, and her father - actor Brian Dennehy. 

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Listener Feedback (00:01:58) 
Welcome, Elizabeth! (00:06:25) 
Acting Influences (00:06:40) 
Brian Dennehy (00:08:32) 
Preparing for the Role (00:15:16) 
Criticism and Backlash (00:18:25) 
"The Best of Both Worlds" (00:21:24) 
Technobabble (00:27:31) 
The Poker Scene (00:30:15) 
Possible Return as Shelby (00:32:18) 
The Cast Dynamic (00:34:40) 
Seth MacFarlane (00:35:57) 
Too Many Shows to Watch (00:37:46) 
Shelby as a Role Model (00:40:43) 
Conventions and the Novels (00:43:28) 
Non-Star Trek Roles (00:47:28) 
Other Activities (00:49:45)
Closing (00:57:49) 

Runtime: 1 hour 2 minutes 2 seconds
 
Hosts
Justin Oser, Amy Nelson, Richard Marquez

Guest
Elizabeth Dennehy

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) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-214.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MST

Gowron.
 
Although he only appeared in four episodes of The Next Generation, Gowron is one of the most unforgettable Klingon recurring characters that we see in the show. With his bulging eyes, threatening smile, and fighting prowess, Gowron becomes the Klingon Chancellor and appears during some of the most important moments in this period of the Klingon Empire. 

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Richard Marquez, Amy Nelson, and Justin Oser discuss their impressions and thoughts on Gowron's appearances in The Next Generation and the importance of his character to the show. The Next Generation episodes discussed are "Reunion," "Redemption," "Redemption II," and "Rightful Heir." Although Gowron goes on to appear in seven episodes of Deep Space Nine, only his appearances in The Next Generation are discussed in this episode.

Chapters
Intro (00:01:22) 
Comments from Babel Conference (00:02:41) 
First Impressions (00:04:56) 
Reunion (00:10:02) 
Redemption (00:20:47) 
Rightful Heir (00:46:15) 
Final Thoughts (01:02:54) 

Runtime: 1 hour 16 minutes 6 seconds
 
Hosts
Richard Marquez, Amy Nelson, Justin Oser
 
Production
Richard Marquez (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) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-213.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MST

Favorite Character Moments Season 2.
 
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 season two. 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 will cover all seven seasons and the four movies of The Next Generation.


Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Listener Feedback (00:01:43)
First Picks (00:06:36) 
Second Picks (00:19:09) 
Third Picks (00:32:36) 
Honorable Mentions (00:50:49) 
Final Thoughts (01:01:17) 
Closing (01:08:09) 

Runtime 1 hour 12 minutes 16 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) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-212.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MST

Loud As A Whisper. 
 
In the season two The Next Generation episode "Loud As A Whisper," the Enterprise-D transports a renowned mediator named Riva to help end a planet's centuries-old civil war. Riva is deaf and has an unusual method of communication through a chorus representing different aspects of his personality.

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Amy Nelson, Richard Marquez, and Justin Oser discuss "Loud As a Whisper." They talk about the significance of Riva's Chorus, the nature of conflict, and what the episode says about disability. The hosts also reflect on their personal experiences in the context of the questions brought up by the episode.

Chapters
Intro (00:01:26)   
Feedback from Babel Conference (00:02:04) 
Synopsis (00:06:55) 
Chorus (00:10:41) 
Passion (00:12:35) 
Harmony (00:13:25) 
Conflict (00:24:32) 
Mediator (00:34:03) 
Disability (00:43:55) 
Final Thoughts (00:51:11) 

Runtime: 1 hour 2 minutes 15 seconds
 
Hosts
Richard Marquez, Justin Oser, Amy Nelson
 
Production
Richard Marquez (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) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-211.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MST

Courtroom Dramas, Part 2
 
Star Trek has a long history of episodes with courtroom dramas, going back to the first season episode "Court Martial" in The Original Series. The Next Generation continued that tradition with no fewer than nine examples of trials, hearings, or some sort of legal proceeding, with many of those episodes putting an unusual twist on the idea of the courtroom drama. 

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Richard Marquez, Amy Nelson, and Justin Oser conclude a two-part series about courtroom dramas on The Next Generation.Episodes covered in Part 2 are "Devil's Due," "The Drumhead, "The First Duty," and "All Good Things..."

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
iTunes Contest Winner (00:02:15) 
Listener Feedback (00:02:58) 
Courtroom Dramas Overview (00:07:56)
"Devil's Due" (00:09:54) 
"The Drumhead" (00:22:29) 
"The First Duty" (00:31:47) 
"All Good Things..." (00:46:11) 
Final Thoughts (00:54:52)   
Closing (01:01:30)   

Runtime: 1 hour, 5 minutes, and 58 seconds.
 
Hosts
Richard Marquez, 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) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-210.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am MST

Admiral Nechayev.
 
Admiral Alynna Nechayev appears in four episodes of seasons 6 and 7 of The Next Generation and two episodes of seasons 2 and 3 of Deep Space Nine. One of the most prominent female admirals in Star Trek, Nechayev is a strong and memorable character who is often seen clashing with Captain Picard. 
In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Justin Oser and Richard Marquez are joined by special guest Brandi Jackola of Live from the Edge to discuss their impressions and thoughts on Admiral Nechayev's appearances and how her character develops over time. The Next Generation episodes discussed are "Chain of Command, Part I," "Descent," "Journey's End," and "Preemptive Strike." 

Chapters
Intro (00:01:20) 
Feedback from Babel Conference (00:02:00) 
Special Guest (00:04:02) 
Initial thoughts of Admiral Nechayev (00:08:24) 
Chain of Command Part 1 (00:12:48) 
Descent Part 1 (00:25:42) 
Journey’s End (00:38:40) 
DS9 Appearances (00:54:10) 
Preemptive Strike (01:09:38) 
The Search Part 2 (01:16:30)  
Final Thoughts (01:25:05) 
Closing (01:30:17) 

Runtime: 1 hour 35 minutes 36 seconds
 
Host
Justin Oser, Richard Marquez
 
Guest
Brandi Jackola
 
Production
Richard Marquez (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) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-209.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MST

Courtroom Dramas, Part 1
 
Star Trek has a long history of episodes with courtroom dramas, going back to the first season episode "Court Martial" in The Original Series. The Next Generation continued that tradition with no fewer than nine examples of trials, hearings, or some sort of legal proceeding, with many of those episodes putting an unusual twist on the idea of the courtroom drama. 

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Richard Marquez, Amy Nelson, and Justin Oser start a two-part series about courtroom dramas on The Next Generation. Episodes covered in Part 1 are "Encounter at Farpoint," "Justice, "The Measure of a Man," "A Matter of Perspective," and "Sins of the Father."

Chapters
Intro (00:01:18)  
Comments from Babel Conference (00:02:18)  
Courtroom Dramas (00:06:48)  
Encounter at Farpoint (00:07:14)  
Justice (00:19:56)  
Measure of a Man (00:33:35)  
A Matter of Perspective (00:44:50)  
Sins of the Father (00:51:29)  
Final Thoughts (01:01:28)   

Runtime: 1 hour 12 minutes 16 seconds
 
Hosts
Richard Marquez, Amy Nelson, Justin Oser
 
Production
Richard Marquez (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) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-208.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:30am MST

Melinda Snodgrass Interview.
 
Melinda Snodgrass is the writer of one of the most acclaimed episodes in the entire Star Trek franchise, "The Measure of a Man." This was her first experience writing for television and her background as a lawyer informed one of Star Trek's most famous legal dramas. The episode also landed Snodgrass a spot on The Next Generationwriting staff in seasons two and three of the show and helped to launch a successful career as a writer for television and novels.
In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Amy Nelson, Richard Marquez, and Justin Oser interview writer Melinda Snodgrass about writing "The Measure of a Man," her experience on the writing staff in seasons two and three of The Next Generation, and her novels and upcoming projects. There are fascinating stories and behind-the-scenes insights into the writing process and the making of The Next Generationthroughout the interview.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome, Melinda! (00:02:05) 
Writing Career Start (00:02:27) 
"The Measure of a Man" (00:05:40) 
Other TNG Episodes and Characters (00:18:06) 
24th Century Storytelling (00:25:48) 
After TNG (00:31:40) 
"The Tears of the Singers" Novel (00:35:35) 
Other Interests and Novels (00:38:01) 
Technobabble (00:44:27) 
Conventions (00:47:46) 
RPGs and Wild Cards  (00:50:51) 
Current and Upcoming Projects (00:54:32)
Final Thoughts from the Hosts (00:56:51) 
Closing (01:01:36) 

Runtime: 1 hour 5 minutes 57 seconds
 
Hosts
Richard Marquez, Justin Oser, Amy Nelson

Guest
Melinda Snodgrass

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) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-207.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MST

Favorite Character Moments Season 1.
 
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 season one. 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 will cover all seven seasons and the four movies of The Next Generation.


Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
First Choices (00:02:56) 
Second Choices (00:11:11) 
Third Choices (00:27:35) 
Honorable Mentions (00:42:33) 
Final Thoughts (00:58:39) 
Closing (01:04:48) 

Runtime 1 hour 9 minutes 54 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) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-206.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am MST

Actors Who Got Their Starts on TNG, Part 2
 
Star Trek has helped to launch many acting careers in its 51-year history. The Next Generation is no exception with a number of actors appearing on the show and in the movies in one of their first roles in film or television. 

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Amy Nelson, Richard Marquez, and Justin Oser conclude a two-part series on actors who got their starts on The Next Generation.Actors covered in this episode are Ashley Judd, Famke Janssen, Kirsten Dunst, Terry O’Quinn, Adam Scott, Bryan Singer, and Tom Hardy.

Chapters
Intro (00:01:20) 
Babel Conference Comments (00:02:50) 
Ashley Judd (00:09:03) 
Famke Janssen (00:18:26) 
Kirsten Dunst (00:26:03) 
Terry O’Quinn (00:37:10)   
Adam Scott (00:46:37)   
Bryan Singer (00:50:20)   
Tom Hardy (00:53:30)   
Final Thoughts (01:07:40)   
Closing (01:10:19) 

Runtime: 1 hour 17 minutes 41 seconds
 
Hosts
Richard Marquez, Justin Oser, Amy Nelson
 
Production
Richard Marquez (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) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-205.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MST

Actors Who Got Their Starts on TNG, Part 1
 
Star Trek has helped to launch many acting careers in its 51-year history. The Next Generation is no exception with a number of actors appearing on the show and in the movies in one of their first roles in film or television.
 
In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Amy Nelson, Richard Marquez, and Justin Oser start a two-part series on actors who got their starts on The Next Generation. Actors covered in this episode are Teri Hatcher, Michelle Forbes, Ken Jenkins, Robert Knepper, Brenda Strong, Nikki Cox, and Pamela Adlon.

Chapters
Intro (00:01:20) 
Emails (00:02:28) 
Comments from Babel (00:07:22) 
Contest (00:10:09) 
Robert Knepper (00:11:51) 
Brenda Strong (00:18:33) 
Teri Hatcher (00:23:15) 
Nikki Cox (00:28:56) 
Ken Jenkins (00:32:23) 
Pamela Segall Adlon (00:38:30) 
Michelle Forbes (00:44:40) 
Final Thoughts (00:54:40)  
Closing (00:57:28)
 
Hosts
Richard Marquez, Justin Oser, and Amy Nelson
 
Production
Richard Marquez (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) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-204.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MST

The Next Generation has a number of episodes exploring the definition of life and the rights of different types of life forms. A memorable example of this type of episode is "The Quality of Life," in which versatile machines called exocomps demonstrate the ability for self-awareness and making decisions that affect their survival.

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Justin Oser and Richard Marquez are joined by Patrick Devlin of The Briar Patch to provide a commentary for the episode "The Quality of Life" from season six of The Next Generation. They discuss cute exocomps, orbital mining platforms, the definition of life, and why rocks seem to be everywhere.

Chapters
Intro (00:01:20) 
Listener Feedback (00:01:57) 
Commentary (00:06:16) 
Final Thoughts (00:51:10) 
Closing (00:57:23) 
 
Hosts
Justin Oser and Richard Marquez

Guest
Patrick Devlin
 
Production
Justin Oser (Editor and Producer) Richard Marquez (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) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-203.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MST

Unsung Episodes Season 7.
 
Every season of The Next Generation has episodes that get overlooked or ignored. Well, not here and not today.  Most fans will quickly identify "Parallels" and "All Good Things..." as being their favorite episodes from season seven. So, if we set those episodes aside, which other episodes should we celebrate and recognize from this season?

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Amy Nelson, Richard Marquez, and Justin Oser list their three unsung episodes from season seven. Each host puts up a good defense on why their chosen episodes should be among the fan favorites or at least viewed with a fresh perspective devoid of preconceived perceptions.

Unsung Episodes is a series that will continue through 2017 highlighting each season in honor of the thirty-year anniversary of TNG.


Chapters
Intro (00:01:20) 
Email (00:02:26) 
Comments from Babel (00:05:45) 
Contest (00:07:56) 
First Choice (00:11:38) 
Second Choice (00:21:30) 
Third Choice (00:34:53) 
Honorable Mentions (00:47:47) 
Final Thoughts (00:54:45) 
Closing (00:58:44) 

Runtime 1 hours 6 minutes 10 seconds
 
Hosts
Richard Marquez, Justin Oser, Amy Nelson
 
Production
Richard Marquez (Editor and Producer) Justin Oser (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) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-202.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MST

Spooky Scenes.
 
Star Trek has had some very spooky moments and episodes throughout its 51 year history. The Next Generation has been no exception, ranging from entire episodes of gradually building psychological terror to brief but frightening scenes that seem to come out of nowhere.

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Justin Oser, Richard Marquez, and Amy Nelson discuss their top three scary scenes from The Next Generation. On this spooky Halloween, we are frightened by dead bodies sitting up, Skin of Evil, strange clicking sounds, and much more!

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
Listener Feedback (00:02:17)
Halloween Cosplay (00:07:32)
Scary Scene Picks (00:10:20)
Skin of Evil (00:11:29)
Frame of Mind (00:13:43)
Genesis (00:17:13)
Night Terrors (00:19:32)
Phantasms (00:26:59)
Conspiracy (00:28:52)
Schisms (00:30:23)
Scariest Outside TNG (00:33:12)
In Theory (00:36:55)
Remember Me (00:38:42)
Eye of the Beholder (00:40:02)
Final Thoughts (00:42:26)
Closing (00:47:22)

Runtime: 51 minutes and 36 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) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: eg-201.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MST

Qpid.
 
In the season four The Next Generation episode "Qpid," Q makes an appearance on the Enterprise-D for the first time since having his powers taken away and then restored in the season three episode "Déjà Q." Picard's love interest from "Captain's Holiday," Vash, is also on the ship and Q decides to transport Picard, the crew, and Vash into a Robin Hood adventure.

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Amy Nelson, Richard Marquez, and Justin Oser celebrate Earl Grey's two hundredth episode by discussing the two hundredth Star Trek production, "Qpid." They talk about Q's role, Picard's relationship with Vash, and their favorite moments in the episode.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
200th Episode Concept (00:05:33) 
A Q Story (00:07:16) 
Initial Thoughts (00:08:36) 
Vash (00:15:10)  
Q's Privacy Issues (00:25:25)  
Q's Role (00:27:52) 
Favorite Moments (00:34:51)  
Vash's Interactions (00:41:30) 
Final Thoughts (00:45:37) 
Closing (00:52:55) 

Runtime: 58 minutes 19 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) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-200.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am MST

Unsung Episodes Season 6.
 
Every season of The Next Generation has episodes that get overlooked or ignored. Well, not here and not today.  Most fans will quickly identify "Chain of Command Part I and II," "Face of the Enemy," and "Tapestry" as being their favorite episodes from season six. So, if we set those episodes aside, which other episodes should we celebrate and recognize from this season?

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Amy Nelson, Richard Marquez, and Justin Oser list their three unsung episodes from season six. Each host puts up a good defense on why their chosen episodes should be among the fan favorites or at least viewed with a fresh perspective devoid of preconceived perceptions.

Unsung Episodes is a series that will continue through 2017 highlighting each season in honor of the thirty-year anniversary of TNG.


Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
"Shades of Gray" Rewrite Titles (00:02:18) 
Unsung Ground Rules (00:03:53) 
Starship Mine (00:05:02) 
Lessons (00:07:49) 
Timescape (00:14:09)
Frame of Mind (00:19:51)
Realm of Fear (00:23:38)
Aquiel  (00:29:50)
A Fistful of Datas  (00:33:35)
The Quality of Life (00:40:08)
Man of the People (00:43:09)
Schisms (00:51:54)
Final Thoughts (00:52:40)
Closing (00:57:39) 

Runtime: 1 hour and 2 minutes
 
Hosts
Richard Marquez, Justin Oser, Amy Nelson
 
Production
Justin Oser (Editor and Producer) Richard Marquez (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) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-197.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MST

The Next Generation's 30th Anniversary.
 
On September 28, 1987, a new Star Trek show premiered in the United States. The Next Generation featured a new crew and a new ship boldly going on adventures in a new century. Although met with some initial resistance, The Next Generation would become a huge hit, helping to keep Star Trek on TV for 18 straight seasons and spawning multiple spin-off series and four feature films. The show also introduced a whole new generation of fans to Star Trek and The Next Generation's strong popularity and cultural influence continue to this day.

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Amy Nelson, Richard Marquez, and Justin Oser celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Next Generation by sharing their thoughts on what the show has meant to them. Also included are interviews with Next Generation actors Denise Crosby, Natalija Nogulich, Daniel Davis, Spencer Garrett, and Margot Rose as well as interviews with fans on how The Next Generation has positively influenced their lives.

Chapters
Intro (00:01:18)  
Amy’s love letter to TNG (00:02:41)  
Denise Crosby (00:06:14)  
Natlija Nogulich (00:13:31)  
Richard’s love letter to TNG (00:21:40)  
Daniel Davis (00:24:51)  
Spencer Garrett (00:31:49)  
Justin’s love letter to TNG (00:43:11)  
Margot Rose (00:47:21)  
Fan interviews (01:03:30)  
More love (01:13:41)  
One liners (01:19:18)  
Contest (01:21:05)  
Closing (01:22:15)  

Runtime: 1 hour 28 minutes 36 seconds
 
Hosts
Amy Nelson
Richard Marquez
Justin Oser
 
Production
Richard Marquez (Editor and Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Justin Oser (Producer) Lee Hutchison (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: EG-196.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am MST

"Shades of Gray" Rewrite.
 
The second season finale of The Next Generation, "Shades of Gray," is often considered to be one of the worst episodes of the show, if not one of the worst episodes in all of Star Trek. A writers' strike, a strained budget at the end of the season, and a showrunner on his way out combined for an episode notorious for being Star Trek's only clip show.

In this episode of Earl Grey, host Justin Oser is joined by special guests Brandon-Shea Mutala (of Melodic Treks, Warp Five, and The Edge) and Star Trek author Una McCormack to do an episode rewrite of "Shades of Gray." They discuss what danger the crew should find, what the message of the episode should be, whether Dr. Pulaski and Dr. Crusher should team up together, and much more in their quest to improve upon the original episode.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Una McCormack Interview (00:02:52) 
Brandon-Shea's Thoughts on Dr. Pulaski (00:13:21) 
"Shades of Gray" Rewrite (00:19:38) 
Final Thoughts (00:53:48) 
Closing (01:00:28)


Host
Justin Oser
 
Guests
Brandon-Shea Mutala and Una McCormack
 
Production
Justin Oser (Editor and Producer) Richard Marquez (Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Lee Hutchison (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-195.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30pm MST

Funniest Moments. 
  
Star Trek is well-known for its great storylines and character development, but the interplay between the characters can be just as important. At times, they are witty and downright hilarious. Although Star Trek is classified as sci-fi and not comedy, there are countless scenes that are very humorous.
In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Amy Nelson, Richard Marquez, and Justin Oser pick some of their favorite funniest moments of The Next Generation. We recount the simple one-liners to entire scenes or even entire episodes that tickle our funny bone. From the series to the movies, comedic timing is in full force throughout The Next Generation.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Continue the Petty Bickering (00:02:11) 
Justice (00:05:19) 
Burning the Midnight Oil (00:09:00) 
Data, He Was Joking (00:12:28)
Picard and Q in Bed (00:15:06)
Happier in Another Job (00:17:27)
One-liners (00:19:29)
Captain Picard Day (00:20:57)
Q's Mariachi Band (00:27:47)
Drunk Troi (00:32:31)
Troi's Chocolate Love Affair  (00:39:54)
Begone!...Sir  (00:42:39)
That Was Seven Years Ago (00:45:09)
Final Thoughts (00:48:47)
Closing (00:54:12)

Runtime: 58 minutes and 48 seconds
 
Hosts
Amy Nelson
Richard Marquez
Justin Oser
 
Production
Justin Oser (Editor and Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Richard Marquez (Producer) Lee Hutchison (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg194.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am MST

Professor Moriarty.
 
The character of Professor Moriarty, Sherlock Holmes' arch-enemy, appears in two episodes of The Next Generation - "Elementary, Dear Data" and "Ship in a Bottle." The character is only a holographic representation of Moriarty and yet is among the most memorable and well-liked recurring characters in Star Trek.

In this episode of Earl Grey, host Justin Oser is joined by special guest Lee Hutchison to discuss their impressions and thoughts on Professor Moriarty in The Next Generation. They also talk about sentience, consciousness, and the use of characters from Sherlock Holmes in Star Trek.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Lee's Connection (00:02:35) 
Elementary, Dear Data (00:8:28) 
Holodeck Safeguards (00:13:49) 
Mastermind Character (00:15:17) 
Sherlock Holmes in Star Trek (00:15:17) 
Ship in a Bottle (00:19:00) 
Differing Opinions (00:26:42) 
Moriarty in the Novels (00:28:02) 
Final Thoughts (00:31:02) 
Give-a-way (00:33:11)
Closing (00:38:42)

Runtime: 41 minutes and 51 seconds
 
Host
Justin Oser
 
Guest
Lee Hutchison
 
Production
Justin Oser (Editor and Producer) Richard Marquez (Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Lee Hutchison (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: EG193.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MST

Realistic and Unrealistic.
 
Have you ever watched The Next Generation and thought that a scene showed exactly how things will work in the future? Or have you ever watched The Next Generation and wondered what the writers were thinking when they wrote a certain element into the script?

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Richard Marquez, Justin Oser, and Amy Nelson choose their top 3 picks for both realistic and unrealistic elements in The Next Generation. Their choices include technology, ideas, relationships, Federation policy, and more.

Chapters
Intro (00:01:20) 
Shuttlecraft (00:02:00) 
Bouncing Barrels (00:07:38) 
Excess time to finish projects (00:09:44) 
Bluetooth (00:14:00) 
Families onboard (00:17:13) 
Energy Reserves (00:23:16) 
Time traveling (00:25:30) 
Transporting troubleshooting (00:28:42) 
Conference time (00:32:29) 
Prime Directive (00:35:50) 
Tractor Beam (00:39:10) 
Geordi and Data relationship (00:41:29) 
Wesley (00:46:00) 
Site to Site Transporting (00:52:00) 
Centralizing Starfleet Academy (00:55:30) 
Hypospary (01:00:05) 
Culinary Arts (01:03:41) 
Stellar Cartography (01:07:20) 
Closing (01:09:07) 
Contest (01:13:49)   

Hosts
Richard Marquez, Justin Oser, Amy Nelson
 

Production
Richard Marquez (Editor and Producer) Lee Hutchison (Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Justin Oser (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: EG-192.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm MST

Unsung Episodes Season 5.
 
Every season of The Next Generation has episodes that get overlooked or ignored. Well, not here and not today!  Most fans will quickly identify "Darmok", "Cause and Effect", and "The Inner Light" as being their favorite episodes from season five. So, if we set those episodes aside, which other episodes should we celebrate and recognize from this season?

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Amy Nelson, Richard Marquez, and Justin Oser list their three unsung episodes from season five. Each host puts up a good defense on why their chosen episodes should be among the fan favorites or at least viewed with a fresh perspective devoid of preconceived perceptions.

Unsung Episodes is a series that will continue through 2017 highlighting each season in honor of the thirty-year anniversary of TNG.

Chapters
Intro (00:01:19) 
Banned Episodes (00:02:05) 
Perfect Mate (00:03:00) 
Disaster (00:06:15) 
Masterpiece Society (00:09:25) 
The Game (00:19:10) 
Power Play (00:21:30) 
Silicon Avatar (00:26:35) 
Math Lesson (00:30:10)
Conundrum (00:34:10) 
The Cost of Living (00:37:00) 
A Matter of Time (00:41:00) 
Robin Williams (00:43:15) 
Ethics (00:46:25) 
Outcast (00:50:00)
Closing (00:52:25)

Runtime: 59 minutes 2 seconds
 
Hosts
Amy Nelson, Richard Marquez, Justin Oser
 
Production
Richard Marquez (Editor and Producer) Lee Hutchison (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) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: EG_-_191.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MST

Star Trek Las Vegas.
 
For the past 16 years, thousands of fans have converged on Las Vegas every summer to see Star Trek actors and creatives, meet other fans, and celebrate what they love about the franchise. This is the largest Star Trek convention in the United States and is eagerly anticipated year after year.  
 
In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Amy Nelson and Justin Oser are joined by Bruce Gibson of Literary Treks to talk about their experiences at this year’s gathering. The discussion includes panels, exhibits, cosplay, musical performances, and general impressions, with special emphasis on the celebration of The Next Generation’s 30th anniversary!  
 
Chapters 
Intro (00:01:35)  
STLV (00:04:18)  
Convention Area (00:05:11)  
Sets (00:09:59)  
Props & Uniforms (00:13:37)  
Art (00:15:51)  
Roddenberry Vault (00:17:19)  
Panels (00:21:11)  
Music & Concerts (00:34:38)  
Cosplay (00:37:34)  
Vendor Room (00:45:51)  
Overall Experience (00:59:01)  
TrekFM Family (01:02:40)  
Closing (01:04:46)  
 
Hosts 
Justin Oser and Amy Nelson  
 
Guest
Bruce Gibson  
 
Production 
Amy Nelson (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)  

Direct download: EG-190.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:30am MST

Yar and Vasquez Comparison.
 
Gene Roddenberry held a special screening of Aliens with his staff to show a different sci-fi that was currently being released. The effects of that viewing can be seen in the character of chief security officer Tasha Yar. Even though Yar only appeared in season one of The Next Generation, her presence is felt throughout the series. Her character was strong and impulsive as we would expect the head of security to be.

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Lee Hutchison, Richard Marquez, and Amy Nelson are joined with Justin Oser to compare TNG's Tasha Yar with Aliens' Vasquez. The similarities are striking as they both are very strong, confident, and loyal characters. Yet the differences are also notable from their layers of femininity to their degrees of obedience.

Lee will also pass the baton to Justin Oser as he steps down as co-host and invites Justin to a weekly cup of tea.

Chapters
Intro (00:01:19) 
Lee’s Exit (00:02:34) 
Vasquez (00:05:22) 
Aliens Love (00:10:45) 
LT. Hernandez (00:17:00) 
Vasquez compared to Yar (00:18:35) 
Code of Honor (00:22:46) 
Yar’s back story (00:24:44) 
Whose ending was better? (00:29:00) 
Star Trek Overload (00:34:05) 
Music of Aliens (00:37:00) 
Pink Blood (00:41:03) 
Milk for Blood (00:43:00) 
Closing (00:46:36) 
 
Hosts
Richard Marquez, Lee Hutchison, Amy Nelson
 
Guests
Justin Oser
 
Production
Richard Marquez (Editor and Producer) Lee Hutchison (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) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: EG-188.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am MST

Wesley Crusher.
  
Wesley Crusher is an interesting character being the only teenager we see on the bridge of the Enterprise D. He is known for being a know-it-all and has been said to be very annoying. Yet he has quite the character arc throughout the seven seasons. We first learn of Wesley as Beverly's son who lost his father under Picard's command. He is anxious to please and tries to fit into the Starfleet mold. We see him training to be an officer and he eventually enters into Starfleet Academy. However, he begins to stray and decides that Starfleet is not the course for him.

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Amy Nelson and Lee Hutchison discuss the purpose of including Wesley as a main character into the crew of the Enterprise D. For many fans, especially the young viewers, Wesley was very relatable for things like first loves, facing your fears, leadership qualities, and for making your own choices. We discuss our top three Wesley moments that highlights his arc throughout the series.

Chapters
Into (00:01:17) 
Wesley (00:02:00) 
Babel Conference (00:05:53) 
Alexander/Wesley (00:09:13) 
Top Three Moments (00:13:11) 
First Duty (00:19:13) 
Politeness (00:24:34) 
Economics (00:27:08) 
Embracing Wesley (00:33:33) 
Closing (00:37:50) 

Runtime 42 minute 52 seconds
 
Hosts
Amy Nelson
Lee Hutchison

Production
Lee Hutchison (Editor and 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) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: EG-187.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:30am MST

5th TNG Movie.
 
Captain Picard and his crew of the Enterprise E shall never be forgotten and hopes for another Next Generation movie seems to be desired by many fans. But what would this movie look like? The actors themselves have gotten older - can they do another movie justice? With Data dying in Nemesis, would he not appear in the next movie or does B4 return? Which alien species would they be fighting with and what is the conflict they must resolve?

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Lee Hutchison and Richard Marquez are joined with special guest Justin Oser to discuss the possibilities of a 5th TNG movie. Each will share their ideas on what they would want to see in a final movie - from plot lines to character stories. Listen in as they describe their perfect ending to a mere perfect series.

Chapters
Into (00:01:17) 
Nemesis Fans (00:03:46) 
Exceptions (00:04:44) 
Q? (00:09:53) 
DS9? (00:15:17) 
Worf? (00:19:40) 
Parasites (00:23:18) 
Realistic Book Scenes (00:27:28) 
Beyond (00:36:48) 
Big Bang (00:41:15) 
Lee’s Thoughts (00:47:02) 
Closing (00:51:38)   


Hosts
Richard Marquez and Lee Hutchison
 
Guests
Justin Oser
 
Production
Richard Marquez (Editor and Producer) Lee Hutchison (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) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: EG-186.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:33am MST

Peak Performance. 

Games have a tendency to bring out the best or worst behaviors in players. Competition is innate to human nature and challenges are difficult to resist. Riker challenges Kolrami, a grandmaster of Strategema, knowing he has no chance of winning. We see the USS Hathaway's hand picked crew led by Commander Riker take on the seasoned Captain Picard in a battle simulation to prepare them for the Borg. The strategies used range from predicable to unexpected, especially when they encounter the Ferengi.

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Lee Hutchison and Amy Nelson with special guest Zachary Fruhling discuss "Peak Performance," a season two fan favorite episode. We relate different components of competition, challenge, reputation and failure to the game of life. It is possible to make no mistakes and still lose; that is life!

Chapters
Into (00:01:19) 
TNG Love (00:02:39) 
Peak Performance (00:03:28) 
War Games (00:06:57) 
Alternate Season Finale? (00:09:23) 
Dealing with Crisis (00:11:45) 
Big Scary Ferengi (00:15:40) 
Strategema (00:20:12) 
Meta Treks (00:25:40) 
Competition (00:32:38) 
Final thoughts (00:47:07) 
Closing (00:51:12)

Hosts
Lee Hutchison and Amy Nelson
 
Guests
Zachary Fruhling
 
Production
Richard Marquez (Editor and Producer) Lee Hutchison (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) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: EG_185.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:30am MST

Unsung Episodes Season 4. 
 
Every season of The Next Generation has episodes that get overlooked or ignored. Well, not here and not today.  Most fans will quickly identify "Best of Both Worlds Part II", "Family", and "Redemption Part I" as being their favorite episodes from season four. So, if we set those episodes aside, which other episodes should we celebrate and recognize from this season?

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Amy Nelson, Richard Marquez, and Lee Hutchison list their three unsung episodes from season four. Each host puts up a good defense on why their chosen episodes should be among the fan favorites or at least viewed with a fresh perspective devoid of preconceived perceptions.

Unsung Episodes is a series that will continue through 2017 highlighting each season in honor of the thirty-year anniversary of TNG.


Chapters
Into (00:01:19)  
Pick One (00:04:46)  
Pick Two (00:17:18)  
Pick Three (00:30:23)  
Honorable Mentions (00:43:40)  
Closing (00:52:14)  
 
Hosts
Richard Marquez, Lee Hutchison, Amy Nelson
 
Production
Richard Marquez (Editor and Producer) Lee Hutchison (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) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: EG_184.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am MST

Conspiracy. 

Is it possible to follow the council given to not trust anyone? Isn't this the exact type of phrase given to breed mistrust? Friendship is built on trust and how can you take risks for your friends if you don't trust them? Picard takes a very calculated move to trust his crew and find evidence of this conspiracy within Starfleet Command. But his decisions nearly get his crew under the control of the alien invaders.

In this episode of Earl Grey, host Amy Nelson with special guest Justin Oser discuss "Conspiracy." This season one episode looks at a conspiracy that goes to the very top of Starfleet. We talk about the cost of friendship and how much risk are we willing to take for a friend, especially when we have a long and trusting relationship. Is it really feasible to believe that these scorpion-like creatures could get that far into Starfleet with the goal of overtaking the Federation? Is this a believable enemy?

Chapters
Into (00:01:16)   
Conspiracy (00:02:00) 
Scorpions (00:07:23) 
Trusting People (00:11:11) 
Coming of Age (00:17:58) 
Complaints (00:22:25) 
Write Out (00:26:52) 
Dirty Jokes (00:30:15) 
Android Conversations (00:33:07) 
Energy (00:38:46) 
Ending Scene (00:42:45) 
Final Thoughts (00:49:40) 
Closing (00:55:05)   

Runtime 1 hour 2 minutes 21 seconds
 
Hosts
Amy Nelson
 
Guests
Justin Oser
 
Production
Richard Marquez (Editor and Producer) Lee Hutchison (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) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: EG_183.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:14am MST

The Drumhead. 
  
In any organization, it is good to fix what is broken. But what if nothing is broken and you are still looking for a problem? Captain Picard must find the saboteur after an explosion in engineering and information leaks to the Romulans. Starfleet sends in Admiral Satie to assist Picard. Her determination is relentless. She continues her search even after the resolution of the problems have been found and ends up calling Captain Picard a traitor to the Federation.
In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Richard Marquez and Amy Nelson with special guest Patrick Devlin discuss "The Drumhead." This profound episode reveals the true nature of witch hunts. We explore the background of drumhead trials which adds to the meaning of this story. We can see their effects portrayed in Worf as he gets caught up in the frenzy of suspicion. We recognize the need to be ever diligent against extreme suspicion as Picard warns throughout the entire episode.

Chapters
Intro (00:01:18)
The Drumhead (00:02:56)
Witch Hunt (00:04:31)
Emotional Admiral (00:06:45)
Worf (00:10:15)
Enterprise Connection (00:15:20)
Betazoid Investigator (00:18:35)
Guilty Until Proven Innocent (00:25:15)
Pigeon Hole (00:29:18)
Drumhead Meaning (00:33:22)
Fancy Dresses (00:36:17)
Power Play (00:40:45)
POTFM (00:47:45)
Patron (00:49:04)
Closing (00:51:24)

Runtime 53 minute 53 seconds
 
Hosts
Richard Marquez
Amy Nelson
 
Guests
Patrick Devlin
 
Production
Richard Marquez (Editor and Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Lee Hutchison (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E. Hueter (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: EG_182.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:36am MST

Ensign Ro.

Ensign Ro Laren was introduced in season 5 of The Next Generation and was a recurring role until the end of the series. She came on in part to replace Wesley Crusher at the conn station, but also to be at odds with the main characters. Her character definitely pushed the envelope with each of the main characters and she proves to be an irreplaceable character.
 
In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Richard Marquez and Amy Nelson with special guest Justin Oser discuss Ensign Ro's character and personality within the Enterprise-D. We highlight each episode she appears in and how she interacts with the crew. By looking at the span of episodes over a three year period, we recognize her character's growth and development and how she adds a richness to the series.
Chapters
Into (00:01:19)  
First Impressions (00:03:00)  
Ensign Ro (00:09:05)  
Disaster (00:17:10)  
Conundrum (00:24:54)  
Power Play (00:34:04)  
Cause and Effect (00:41:59)  
The Next Phase (00:48:02)  
Rascals (00:54:58)  
Pre-Emptive Strike (01:02:00)
Final Thoughts (01:11:35)  
POTFM (01:16:39)
Patreon (01:17:57)
Contact (01:20:20)

Duration
Running Time: 1 hour 27 minutes 57 seconds
 
Hosts
Amy Nelson and Richard Marquez

Guest
Justin Oser
 
Production
Richard Marquez (Editor) Lee Hutchison (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) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager) 
Direct download: EG_181.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am MST

Parallels.

The ideas of alternate timelines and multiverses are fantastically combined in "Parallels." Worf goes through a quantum fissure on his return from a bat'leth tournament causing him to quantum flux between several parallel universes. It is only through the matching of his RNA that allows him to be returned to his correct universe.
 
In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Richard Marquez, Lee Hutchison, and Amy Nelson discuss the seventh season episode "Parallels." We identify the different sets and uniforms used to differentiate between parallel universes, the exponential nature of parallel universes based on choices made, and what choices warrant a break from the timeline. We also comment on the validity of the Worf/Troi relationship introduced so late in the series.
Chapters  
Into (00:00:17)  
Parallels (00:02:48)  
Favorite Scenes (00:03:43)  
Other Realities (00:06:45)  
Commentaries (00:09:26)  
Cause and Effect (00:16:45)  
Classwork (00:20:22)  
Worf’s Confidence (00:24:38)  
Worf and Troy (00:27:00)  
How are we wrong Amy? (00:29:47)  
Troy and Riker (00:37:46)  
Brandon Braga (00:40:06)  
Budget Savings (00:43:20)  
Cardassians (00:44:29)  
Closing Thoughts (00:46:45)  
POTFM (00:55:15)  
Patreon (00:56:36)  
Contact (00:58:57)  
Hosts
Lee Hutchison, Amy Nelson, and Richard Marquez
Production
Richard Marquez (Editor and Producer) Lee Hutchison (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) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager) 
Direct download: EG_180.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am MST

Movie Trailer Reviews.

The Star Trek franchise has both TV series and movies. With each movies comes great anticipation and furthers the story of our beloved crews. Standard Orbit has previously reviewed the movie trailers for Star Trek movies I - VII and for the reboot movies, which can be found here: http://trek.fm/standard-orbit/127, http://trek.fm/standard-orbit/128.

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Richard Marquez, Lee Hutchison, and Amy Nelson discuss the movie trailers for Generations, First Contact, Insurrection, and Nemesis. We look at each theatrical trailer of each movie and decide if it still holds up after all these years.

Generations: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=mfBbpyiK7ds
First Contact: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxyZQR2d6yw
Insurrection: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rg43U_kySLo
Nemesis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjBZXX9ME3k

Chapters
Introduction (00:01:07)
Trailer Park Boys (00:02:15)
Generations (00:04:06)
First Contact (00:15:46)
Insurrection (00:28:00)
Nemesis (00:37:02)
Grease Is The Word (00:44:20)
Ranking The Trailers (00:45:39)
Closing (00:53:27)
Patron (00:55:37)
Contact (00:57:58)

Hosts
Lee Hutchison, Amy Nelson, and Richard Marquez


Production
Lee Hutchison (Editor and Producer) Richard Marquez (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) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: earl_grey_-_179.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am MST

Spock's Brain vs Shades of Grey.

"Spock's Brain" has gone down in history as one of the worst hours of genre television ever made, and one that Leonard Nimoy himself said was the first time he's ever felt embarrassed while playing the character. "Shades of Grey" is not that far behind as being considered one of the worst of TNG. The writing for both shows is lacking creativity and ingenuity as evidenced by the use of the word "brain" being said 37 times and a clip show that uses a flimsy medical excuse to cover 17 episodes over a two season run.
 
In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Richard Marquez, Lee Hutchison, and Amy Nelson with special guest Ken Tripp from Standard Orbit discuss these two episodes. We look into what makes these two infamously maligned episodes so very interesting to talk about. From uniforms, lazy writing, and acting, we delve into both episodes to uncover the positive attributes of ideas and morals.
Chapters
Intro (00:01:16)  
Ken! (00:02:14)  
Standard Orbit good new (00:03:10)  
Spock’s Brain (00:04:30)  
Riker’s Brain (00:08:57)  
Pulaski (00:11:04)  
Brains? (00:13:43)  
Wigs (00:19:12)  
Spock’s Brain rewatch (00:20:34)  
Thinking for themselves (00:23:38)  
Clip Art Show (00:26:34)  
Angry Troi? (00:36:00)  
Writing a Doctor (00:37:56)  
Closing (00:41:01)  
POTFM (00:41:20)  
Patron (00:43:37)  
Contact (00:45:58)    

Duration
Running Time: 49 minutes 12 seconds
 
Hosts
Lee Hutchison, Amy Nelson, and Richard Marquez

Guest
Ken Tripp
 
Production
Richard Marquez (Editor) Lee Hutchison (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) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: EG_178.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am MST

Mental Health and Counselling.  

One of the stand out additions to the Enterprise-D bridge crew when Star Trek returned to television was a ships counsellor . The addition of a counsellor to the crew was a very bold step and reflected the attitudes of the 1980s towards therapy and sharing your feelings. Did The Next Generation's use of a counsellor and episodes tackling mental health help tackle the taboo of discussing mental health? Or did the use of Guinan as a confidenant with a cocktail reflect the type of therapy that many would prefer.  

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Richard Marquez and Lee Hutchison are joined by Duncan Barrett from Trek.fm's Primitive Culture to discuss how The Next Generation views mental health and the role of the ships counsellor. The team discuss their views and experiences of counselling and if the approach used in the series actually would help the Enterprise crewmembers. Richard looks at how counselling is used in the Armed Forces and if it echoes how it is used on a starship.  

Note: There is a minor audio issue in the first nine minutes of this episode.  

Feature  
Introduction - (00:01:07)   
Duncan Barrett - (00:01:37)  
Mental Health and Troi - (00:09:50)  
Sign of the Times - (00:14:17)  
Jarhead - (00:18:39)  
Picard and Troi - (00:31:40)  
Too Familiar - (00:33:56)  
Troi on Voyager - (00:37:54)  
Coming Back (00:39:35)  
I Tend Bar and Listen - (00:42:50)  
Life Experience - (00:47:00)  
Empathy and Skills - (00:53:37)  
Mental Health in Trek - (00:57:35)  
Plugs and Closing - (01:06:22)  
POTFM - (01:10:51)  
Patron (01:12:22)   
Contact (01:45:00)  

Hosts  
Lee Hutchison and Richard Marquez  

Guest  
Duncan Barrett  

Production  
Lee Hutchison (Editor and Producer) Richard Marquez (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) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: earl_grey_-_177_.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am MST

Picard as Captain.

Leadership styles come in many different forms and types and each captain adds their own flare to this job. So, how does Captain Picard rate? He tends to be more distant and professional until the very last episode when he joins the crew for a game of poker. However, we learn more about Picard's hobbies, talents and interests than we do the other captains. But, does this make him more personable or relatable? Picard pushes his crew to be their best, yet is this his only responsibility as captain?
 
In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Richard Marquez and Amy Nelson are joined with Patrick Devlin to discuss Jean Luc Picard as a captain. We look at the other captains within the franchise and discuss their leadership styles. When following a commanding officer, boss or principal, which is type of leadership is preferred? One who is task-oriented or one who is more social?

Chapters
Introduction (00:00:38)  
Captain Picard (00:01:22)  
Comparing Captains (00:04:20)  
Caring for a crew (00:06:30)  
Hotel Enterprise (00:12:38)  
Relationships on a Starship (00:17:00)  
Favorite Commander (00:21:37)  
Mature Captains (00:35:00)  
Growing Captains (00:38:00)  
All Good Things (00:49:15)  
Closing (00:57:45)  
Patron (00:59:35)  
Contact (01:01:44)  

Duration
Running Time: 1 hour 3 minutes 18 seconds
 
Hosts
Amy Nelson and Richard Marquez

Guest
Patrick Devlin
 
Production
Richard Marquez (Editor) Lee Hutchison (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) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: EG_176.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am MST

Unsung Episodes: Season 3.
 
Every season of The Next Generation has episodes that get overlooked or ignored. Well, not here and not today.  Most fans will quickly identify "Who Watches the Watchers," "Yesterday's Enterprise," and "Best of Both Worlds Part I" as being their favorite episodes from season three. So, if we set those episodes aside, which other episodes should we celebrate and recognize from this season?

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Amy Nelson, Richard Marquez, and Lee Hutchison list their three unsung episodes from season three. Each host puts up a good defense on why their chosen episodes should be among the fan favorites or at least viewed with a fresh perspective devoid of preconceived perceptions.

Unsung Episodes is a series that will continue through 2017 highlighting each season in honor of the thirty-year anniversary of TNG.

Chapters
Introduction - (00:00:38)  
Brainstorming - (00:02:08)  
First Choice - (00:04:00)  
Second Choice - (00:09:17)  
Terrorism - (00:10:45)  
Allegiance - (00:20:47)  
TOS Crossover - (00:24:00)  
Klingons - (00:26:45)  
Q vs Kevin - (00:32:23)  
Closing - (00:44:56)  
POTFM - (00:45:05)  
Patreon - (00:46:29)  
Contact - (00:48:36)  
Closing - (00:49:55)    

Hosts
Amy Nelson, Richard Marquez, and Lee Hutchison
 
Production
Richard Marquez (Editor) Lee Hutchison (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) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: EG_-_175.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am MST

The Game.

Most kids can relate to having favorite video games and playing these games for hours on end. It is easy to spend days and weeks trying to beat the game and take it to its end when you are young and have few responsibilities. However in this episode of "The Game," this premise is twisted around so the adults are chronically playing the game while Wesley is left to figure out why.

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Richard Marquez and Amy Nelson with special guest Bruce Gibson from Literary Trek, discuss season 5 "The Game". We all agree that Robin Lefler is amazing, Troi eating her chocolate fudge sundae is a serious endeavor, and addiction comes in many different forms. As a side note, "The Game" was the first episode to air after Gene Roddenberry's death on Oct 24, 1991.

Chapters
Introduction (00:00:39)  
Meet up (00:02:35)  
The Game (00:04:34)  
Lefler (00:06:41)  
Spacebook (00:12:25)  
Headsets (00:12:45)  
Google glass (00:16:35)  
Addiction (00:20:00)  
The perfect bite (00:23:53)  
Worf Poundcake (00:27:26)  
Geordi (00:31:48)  
Mother-son relationship (00:37:47)  
VR games (00:44:50)  
Rating (00:51:57)  
Closing (00:53:05)  
Patron (00:54:14)  
Contact (00:56:23)  

Duration
Running Time: 1 hour 00 minutes 19 seconds

Hosts
Amy Nelson and Richard Marquez

Guest
Bruce Gibson

Production
Richard Marquez (Editor) Lee Hutchison (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) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: EG-174.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am MST

Mix-n-Match.

The Next Generation has some amazing stories within its seven season run, but how would those stories look had they been on a different series? From Captain Archer to The Doctor, we explore how different characters would interact within a TNG episode and storyline. This thought experiment gets your hosts' creative juices flowing!
 
In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Richard Marquez, Lee Hutchison, and Amy Nelson combine different crews into TNG episodes. The stories remain the same, but the characters are different. The skies are the limit and there are no boundaries in which your hosts remain and no series that is exempt.

Chapters
Introduction (00:00:39)
Archer (00:03:23)
Rascals (00:06:47)
Rogue One (00:08:10)
Holograms (00:13:30)
Sherlock Holmes (00:16:46)
Stargate (00:20:00)
Friends Quiz (00:23:57)
Fraizer (00:33:10)
Closing (00:36:20)
Contact (00:37:53) 
 
Hosts
Amy Nelson, Lee Hutchison, and Richard Marquez

Production
Richard Marquez (Editor) Lee Hutchison (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) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager) 
Direct download: EG-173.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am MST

Nemesis.

Exhibit A: Star Trek Nemesis has its claim to fame for being the worst performing movie of the franchise with a mere $67 million in box office sales. Exhibit B: B4 is yet another family member for Data; haven't we seen this before? Exhibit C: Photo of bald Shinzon/Picard from his days in Starfleet Academy. This mountain of evidence is more than enough for many fans to despise this movie. 
 
In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Lee Hutchison, Richard Marquez, and Amy Nelson will hold Nemesis on trial for its acts against Star Trek fandom. With Lee as the prosecutor, Richard as the jury, and Amy as the defense attorney, Nemesis will answer for its crimes.
Chapters
First Contact Eve (00:00:00)  
Introduction (00:01:03)  
Opening Statement (00:01:33)  
Nemisis Fan? (00:02:10)  
Copying Wrath of Khan (00:06:00)  
Rape Scene Appropriate?(00:09:55)  
Too Much Action? (00:15:35)  
B4 (00:21:33)  
Argo and Prime Directive (00:28:33)  
Are the fans idiots? (00:38:22)  
A Good TNG Ending? (00:49:00)  
Have I Swayed You? (00:54:20)  
POTFM (00:59:36)  
Patreon (01:00:51)  
Closing (01:02:57)  
Hosts
Lee Hutchison, Amy Nelson, and Richard Marquez
 
Production
Richard Marquez (Editor) Lee Hutchison (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) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager) 
Direct download: EG-172.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am MST

With the launch and recent attention of Star Trek: Deep Space 9, the writers wanted to send a message that this show, The Next Generation, was alive and well and continuing to grow. So season 5 ended with a cliffhanger to prove this point. "Time's Arrow, Part II" was Emmy nominated for outstanding sound editing and received the Emmy Award for outstanding costume design and for outstanding hairstyling for a series in 1993.
 
In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Richard Marquez and Amy Nelson are joined with Associate Producer Justin Oser to discuss Season 5 cliff hanger Time's Arrow Part I and season 6 opener Time's Arrow Part II. Data's story brings many issues to talk about like humanity with respect to mortality and the social make-up of the 24th century when compared to the 20th century. Yet again, Joe Menosky brings a fresh and interesting story to Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Chapters
Introduction (00:00:40)  
Times Arrow (00:01:35)  
Opinions (00:04:06)  
Mark Twain (00:08:50)  
47 (00:14:00)  
Guinan (00:15:54)  
Degraded Head (00:21:21)  
Terminal Illnesses (00:21:50)  
Becoming More Human (00:30:30)  
Reflecting Back (00:35:45)  
Dividians (00:39:00)  
Frenchmen (00:43:40)  
Favorite two parters (00:47:33)  
POTFM (00:53:29)  
Patron (00:54:39)  
Contact (00:56:47)  
 
Hosts
Amy Nelson and Richard Marquez

Guest
Justin Oser
 
Production
Richard Marquez (Editor) Lee Hutchison (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) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-171.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am MST

Star Trek Tech.

Currently in the 21st century, the doubling of computer processing speed every 18 months, known as Moore's Law, is just one manifestation of the greater trend that all technological change occurs at an exponential rate. If we continue at with this same growth rate, we just might realize some of the amazing technology found in the 24th century such as androids, replicators, and interstellar travel.

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Richard Marquez, Amy Nelson, and Lee Hutchison discuss the imaginative technology used on Star Trek. Science and technology are making tremendous gains in the fields of energy, neuroscience, genetics, and nanotechnology which only feeds the fire for every geek's fandom. We debate whether some of Star Trek's greatest technological fiction could actually be possible.

Chapters
Introduction (00:00:40)
Viewscreen (00:03:33)
Combadge (00:06:42)
Transporter (00:09:10)
Skynet (00:13:45)
Lt. Marquez (00:22:42)
Holodecks (00:27:23)
Video Calls (00:35:35)
Tractor Beams (00:39:46)
Closing (00:54:10)

Hosts
Richard Marquez, Amy Nelson, and Lee Hutchison

Production
Richard Marquez (Editor) Lee Hutchison (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) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: eg-170.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am MST

Star Trek in the UK.
 
Growing up in the U.K. as a Star Trek fan has its challenges from viewing the television show behind schedule from the United States to product placement within the department stores. Currently, viewing Star Trek is a lot easier than it was back when The Next Generation aired for the first time. Join us in a delightful conversation on the struggles of what it was like to be a Star Trek fan in the early 1990s.

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Lee Hutchison, Richard Marquez, and special guest Kay Elizabeth Shaw discuss what it was like to grow up in the U.K. Each provide their own perspective comparing Star Trek in the U.K. versus the U.S.

Chapters
Drawing (00:00:57)  
Intro (00:03:03)  
Something in Common (00:04:15)
Getting into Star Trek (00:05:28)  
BBC (00:08:25)
Conventions in UK (00:15:32)
Brits to Las Vegas (00:25:10)
Merchandise in the UK (00:32:57)
Ultimate Voyage (00:35:10)
Change in Star Trek Culture (00:42:15)
Grand Designs (00:51:43)
Closing (00:55:46)

Hosts
Lee Hutchison and Richard Marquez

Guest
Kay Elizabeth Shaw 
 
Production
Richard Marquez (Editor) Lee Hutchison (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) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: EG_-_168.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:52pm MST

Interview with Morgan Gendel.

Before The Next Generation's episode "The Inner Light," the only Star Trek episode to be awarded a Hugo award was the original series episode "City on the Edge of Forever." Join us as we talk to Morgan Gendel about what it was like to write episodes of The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine.

In this episode of Earl Grey, Richard Marquez interviews Morgan Gendel about his Hugo Award, writing "The Inner Light," and other Star Trek episodes.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:40)
Innter Light (00:02:35)
Music of Inner Light (00:05:57)
Hugo Award (00:14:28)
Harley Ellison (00:17:20)
Die Hard on the Enterprise (00:19:00)
Dr. Bashir and O'Brien Relationship (00:27:30)
Passengers (00:30:56)
Tekwar (00:32:38)
Future Work (00:34:15)
Closing (00:39:32)

Hosts
Richard Marquez

Guest
Morgan Gendel

Production
Richard Marquez (Editor) Lee Hutchison (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) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: earl_grey_-_167.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am MST

166: Space Kilts
Uniforms and Costumes.
 
The Next Generation gives us with a very detailed look at fashion for its time. Not only do we see the dress for those serving in the Federation but of other planets and species. The use of red, blue and yellow in Star Trek uniforms mirror the US Navy's use of color to specify different responsibilities and tasks performed on an aircraft carrier.

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Richard Marquez, Lee Hutchison, and Amy Nelson discuss uniforms and costumes seen in the 24th century. We cover uniforms from season one through First Contact, highlight costumes of Q and Lwaxana, and cosplay ideas and inspirations. These uniforms and costumes are what Star Trek conventions are known for and your hosts reveal which uniforms they have worn and will wear.
Chapters
00:00:35 Intro
00:01:10 Contest
00:02:08 Blu Ray features
00:04:15 Uniform Surprise
00:05:18 TNG uniforms
00:10:24 Cosplay
00:18:05 Embarrassing Photos
00:22:25 Troi Wardrobe
00:27:50 First Contact Uniform
00:35:22 Klingon Accessories
00:42:10 Lwaxana Troi
00:48:57 Klingon Costume
00:57:02 POTFM
01:00:52 Closing
 
Hosts
Richard Marquez, Lee Hutchison, and Amy Nelson
 
Production
Richard Marquez (Editor) Lee Hutchison (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) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: earl_grey_-_166.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am MST

165: Paint the Universe with a Rainbow

Star Trek is known for making forward thinking and social commentaries on today's issues. "The Outcast" is no exception. In The Next Generation's fifth season, we experience first hand the writers' take on gender issues and equality. These issues are just as relevant today as they were in 1992.  

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Lee Hutchison, Richard Marquez, and Amy Nelson discuss the J'naii, an androgynous race. The J'naii consider identifying as male or female as a sickness and as such, must be treated. We learn of this species' treatment of those who are different and reflect upon how we now treat those who are sexually different from ourselves.  

http://trekcore.com/blog/2014/07/reflections-on-lgbt-themes-in-tngs-the-outcast/  

Chapters    
Opening (00:00:00)   
Valentines Day (00:00:38)   
Looking Back To 1992 (00:02:24)   
The Sexes (00:09:22)   
Gender Neutral (00:22:21)   
Bullying and Childhood (00:29:12)   
The Outcast in 2017 (00:32:03)   
Gay Characters in Star Trek (00:39:25)   
I Love You (00:52:15)   
Riker and Troi (00:58:13)   
Individuality (01:00:07)   
This is Star Trek (01:02:00)   
Competition (01:03:15)   
Closing (01:05:44)  

Hosts  
Lee Hutchison, Richard Marquez, and Amy Nelson

Production  
Lee Hutchison (Editor) Richard Marquez (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) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: earl_grey_-_165.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:17am MST

164: Royalties...Again
The Road to Voyager.
 
The 24th century begins with The Next Generation and continues through Voyager. As an audience, we see particular themes, characters and species introduced in The Next Generation and continued in the other Star Trek series. 

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Richard Marquez and Amy Nelson discuss how Voyager continues the Borg and Q stories, how the Maquis and Cardassian conflict started and paralleled the conflict on Dorvan V, and if there were any missed crossover opportunities. 
 
Chapters
Introduction  (00:00:00)
Letters And Community (00:00:39)
The Road to Voyager (00:04:15)
Descent, Part II (00:05:53)
Journey's End (00:15:57)
Preemptive Strike (00:24:22)
The First Duty (00:33:31)
The Price (00:36:50)
Q (00:37:50)
Lt Barclay (00:41:22)
Lower Decks (00:44:06)
Final Thoughts (00:46:16)
Closing (00:54:12)
 
Hosts
Richard Marquez and Amy Nelson
 
Production
Lee Hutchison(Editor) Richard Marquez (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) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Road to Voyager. The Next Generation is the starting point of the 24th century in Star Trek. Although Voyager is the second series to follow TNG, we recognize the impact it has on Voyager.
Direct download: Earl_Grey_-_164_.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:30am MST

163: Snooping Around

Tin Man.  

Based on the 1976 short story “Tin Woodman” by Dennis Russell Bailey and David Bischoff, “Tin Man” was the first episode of The Next Generation that Earl Grey co-host Richard Marquez saw, and it is what launched his Star Trek fandom. Originally published in Amazing Science Fiction Stories and later as a novel in 1979, the original “Tin Woodman” story was nominated for a Nebula Award in 1977. Bailey and Bischoff are also credited with writing the TNG episode.  

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Richard Marquez, Lee Hutchison, and Amy Nelson discuss whether this is a good first episode for someone new to The Next Generation, how the name Tin Man correlates with the theme and characters of this episode, and certain sound effects that will make your stomach turn. We also debate if this is a Troi- or Data-centric episode and the social issues of mental health and disability.  

Chapters  
00:00:38 Introduction  
00:02:08 Episode Review  
00:02:40 History  
00:03:10 What did you think?  
00:06:05 Disability  
00:11:11 Jay Chattaway  
00:18:24 Mental health  
00:20:43 First contact issues  
00:24:03 Marina Sirtis  
00:26:54 Touch ups  

Hosts  
Lee Hutchison, Richard Marquez, and Amy Nelson  

Production  
Richard Marquez (Editor) Lee Hutchison (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) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: EG-163.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am MST

161: One with the Cloud, Man

Unsung Episodes: Season 1.  

Every season of The Next Generation has episodes that get overlooked or ignored. Well, not here and not today. Most fans will quickly identify "Encounter at Farpoint" as being their favorite episode from season one. So, if we set that one aside, which other episodes should we celebrate and recognize from this introductory season?  

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Lee Hutchison, Richard Marquez, and Amy Nelson list their three unsung episodes from season one. Each host puts up a good defense on why their chosen episodes should be among the fan favorites or at least viewed with a fresh perspective devoid of preconceived perceptions.  

Unsung Episodes is a series that will continue through 2017 highlighting each season in honor of the thirty-year anniversary of TNG.  

Chapters  
Opening (00:00:00)   
Unsung Episodes (00:01:02)   
Datalore (00:03:44)   
We'll Always Have Paris (00:06:14)   
Haven (00:07:50)   
Skin of Evil (00:14:15)   
Conspiracy (00:20:51)   
Angel One (00:21:50)   
Lonely Among Us (00:28:00)   
Code of Honor (00:32:50)   
The Arsenal of Freedom (00:42:04)   
Honorable Mentions (00:48:05)   
Closing (00:52:22)  

Hosts  
Lee Hutchison, Richard Marquez, and Amy Nelson

Production  
Lee Hutchison (Editor) Richard Marquez (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) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: eg-161.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am MST

160: Grabbed It, Hugged It, and Paid for It

TNG 30th Anniversary.  

The first episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation aired on September 28, 1987. Still today, we are watching, enjoying, and discussing this incredible story—and after thirty years, we do it through rose-colored glasses.  

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Lee Hutchison, Richard Marquez, and Amy Nelson discuss possible future episode ideas and share our hope for this podcast. Hear Lee’s behind-the-scenes wishes, Richard’s hope to travel and meet the cast of TNG and other hosts of Trek.fm, and Amy’s desire to look at individual seasons with a twist. We take this opportunity to share our thoughts and invite everyone to listen throughout 2017.

Chapters   
Introduction (00:00:39)   
Lee's Ideas (00:01:20)   
TNG Memories (00:02:58)   
Amy's Ideas (00:04:17)   
STLV Interviews (00:04:51)   
Richard's Ideas (00:05:48)   
Focus on Panels (00:06:28)   
Behind the Scenes Writers (00:07:17)   
Episodes in Theaters (00:07:43)   
PEZ Sets (00:09:25)   
Closing (00:10:20)  

Hosts  
Lee Hutchison, Richard Marquez, and Amy Nelson

Production  
Richard Marquez (Editor) Amy Nelson (Producer) Richard Marquez (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E. Hueter (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager)

Direct download: EG-160.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00am MST

159: Hilton in the Stars

Q&A Session.

As the holiday season comes to a close, we have a special gift for you: a chance to unwrap the new hosts of Earl Grey. We are more than just pretty paper and ribbons; we have a great passion for The Next Generation and Star Trek as a whole.

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Lee Hutchison, Richard Marquez, and Amy Nelson open themselves up to questions posed in The Babel Conference, our listeners group on Facebook. How would we handle a reboot? What are our top three episodes? Who are our favorite secondary characters? Each question is like a gift waiting to be unwrapped.

We thank you for participating in The Babel Conference, and for making this episode possible. We believe our listeners are the ornaments on the tree that allow our fandom to shine. Enjoy this Q&A wonderland with another cup of Earl Grey.

Chapters
Introduction (00:00:00)
Favorite Season and Episode (00:01:50)
Future Episodes (00:04:29)
Ethics (00:05:34)
Set Design and Music (00:08:28)
Top Three Episodes (00:16:35)
Skip Generations? (00:19:20)
Top Three Secondary Characters (00:24:03)
Admirals (00:29:07)
Outside of Trek (00:29:07)
Closing (00:37:35)

Hosts
Lee Hutchison, Richard Marquez, and Amy Nelson

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

Direct download: eg-159.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am MST

158: Cleveland Browns

The Road to Deep Space Nine.

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

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

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

Hosts
Lee Hutchison, Richard Marquez, and Amy Nelson

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

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

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

Earl Grey 81: The Picard Conspiracy

The Picard Conspiracy.

An adventure in Sherwood Forest? A temporal anomaly that repeats every 14 hours? The accidental creation of sentient life in the Holodeck? Viewers of The Next Generation realize that many of our favorite (and not-so-favorite) episodes contain plots that sound crazy when summarized. Darren, Daniel, and Phillip discover that they do not sound any saner when sent as log entries to Starfleet Command. The trio goes on a comic romp this episode and attempts to explain the logical reaction of Starfleet Headquarters to Captain Jean-Luc Picard's trek through space. Whether the good captain is suffering early from early symptoms of his neurological disease or whether he is the lead conspirator among his crew in covering up a range of ghastly serial killings, Earl Grey goes through seven years and the feature films. They explain how the U.S.S. Enterprise's mission logs paint a disturbing picture of our favorite Starfleet officers ... and may have, in fact, never happened.  

Hosts
Daniel Proulx, Phillip Gilfus, & Darren Moser

Editor / Producer
Darren Moser

Production Manager
Richard Marquez
 
Content Coordinator
Will Nguyen

Chapters

Season 1 (00:05:54)
Season 2 (00:18:10)
Season 3 (00:22:06)
Season 4 (00:30:00)
(00:40:00) Arnold
Season 5 (00:40:45)
Season 6 (00:46:00)
Movies (00:48:55)
Season 7 (00:58:37)
Closing (01:04:23)


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Direct download: eg-081.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:21pm MST

Earl Grey 76: This is Ceti Risa Five!

Sexuality and Relationships.

 

The Next Generation was not bashful about examining issues of sexuality and relationships during its seven seasons. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, episodes like "Justice" and "Captain's Holiday" portrayed a 24th Century where sexual expression was much more open and equal for both sexes. TNG also introduced alien species like the Betazed (in the forms of Lwaxana and Deanna Troi), the J'naii ("The Outcast"), and the Trill ("The Host") who have completely different perspectives on romantic relationships. Phillip. Daniel, and Darren examine how Gene Roddenberry's vision of futuristic sexual expression compares to modern day attitudes, and how people will view relationships 300 years from now. The Earl Grey trio attempt to explain how the Commander William T. Riker/Counselor Troi relationship best represents 24th Century mores. So set your coordinates for Risa, bring along your horga'hn, and join in on the discussion of sexuality and relationships in TNG.

 

Hosts

Daniel Proulx, Phillip Gilfus, & Darren Moser

 

Editor / Producer

Darren Moser

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

TNG is a Sexy Show (00:03:04)  

The Edo (00:04:40)  

Risa (00:12:50)  

J'nali (00:18:43)  

Trill (00:23:24)  

Betazeds (00:38:00)  

Human (00:44:10)  

Closing Thoughts (00:52:56)  

 

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Direct download: eg-076.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:34am MST

Earl Grey 58: Scarcity Scarcity Scarcity

Money.

There are many aspects of The Next Generation that put the "fiction" in "science fiction." One of those futuristic concepts that boggles the 21st-century viewer is imagining a world without money. What does it mean to live in a time when, as Captain Jean-Luc Picard explains in Star Trek: First Contact, "the acquisition of wealth is no longer the driving force in our lives"? Does the existence of replicators and seemingly endless energy destroy any modern concept of economics?

In this episode of Earl Grey, Daniel, Darren, and Phillip attempt to suppress their Ferengi capitalistic instincts and try to explain how Federation society works without any identifiable currency. They also tackle how Starfleet exists in the same galaxy as other species who use latinum, leks, darseks, and other forms of money in their pursuit of trade agreements and resource exchange. Get your bitcoin account ready to accept Federation credits as Earl Grey tackles money—or the lack thereof—in the 24th century. 

 

Hosts

Phillip Gilfus, Daniel Proulx, and Darren Moser

 

Editor and Producer

Darren Moser

 

Associate Producers

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Money in TOS-TNG (4:02)

Federation Interactions with Species with Currency (13:17)

Menial Jobs (16:09)

Why Work? (29:16)

No Personal Wealth (40:02)

Is This Possible? (45:20)

 

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Direct download: eg-058.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am MST

Earl Grey 1: A Little Imzadi Relationship

The Next Generation.

In 1987, Star Trek got another shot at television with The Next Generation. A risky move at the time, Gene Roddenberry's attempt to recapture the magic of The Original Series replaced the famous crew and ship with brand new characters and an all new Enterprise. In the premiere episode of Trek.fm’s new TNG podcast, Earl Grey, hosts Daniel Proulx, Darren Moser, and Phillip Gilfus introduce themselves and their love for Picard's crew, the impact the series has had on them, and the importance of TNG to the franchise.

Direct download: eg-001.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00pm MST

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