Michael Piller, Part 2.
 
One of the most important contributors to the Star Trek franchise, Michael Piller was the showrunner for The Next Generation from seasons three to five and many credit him with helping to improve the overall quality of the show after a rocky first two seasons. Michael Piller was also a co-creator of Deep Space Nine and Voyager. Piller capped off his career with Star Trek by co-writing "Insurrection" and sadly passed away from cancer in November 2005.
In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Amy Nelson, Richard Marquez, and Justin Oser conclude their two-part series on Next Generation episodes and movies written by Michael Piller. The episodes and movies discussed are "Unification," "The Masterpiece Society," "The Perfect Mate," "Time's Arrow," "Rascals," and "Insurrection."

Chapters
Intro (00:01:19) 
Comments from the Babel Conference (00:02:03) 
iTunes Review Winner (00:04:28) 
List of Episodes (00:05:45) 
Unification Part One (00:07:09)
Unification Part Two (00:10:33)
Masterpiece Society (00:17:45) 
The Perfect Mate (00:23:26)
Time’s Arrow (00:31:31) 
Rascal’s (00:36:21) 
Insurrection (00:42:10) 
Final Thoughts (01:02:21) 
Closing (01:06:54) 
 
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: EG199.mp3
Category:Writers -- posted at: 2:30pm MDT

Michael Piller, Part 1.
 
One of the most important contributors to the Star Trek franchise, Michael Piller was the showrunner for The Next Generation from seasons three to five and many credit him with helping to improve the overall quality of the show after a rocky first two seasons. During that period, Piller is probably most famous for writing "The Best of Both Worlds" two-parter, a hugely influential set of episodes that took the show's popularity to new heights.

Michael Piller was also a co-creator of Deep Space Nine and Voyager and the showrunner for each of those shows during their first two seasons. Piller capped off his career with Star Trek by co-writing "Insurrection" and sadly passed away from cancer in November 2005.
In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Amy Nelson, Richard Marquez, and Justin Oser start a two-part series on Next Generation episodes and movies written by Michael Piller. The episodes discussed are "Evolution," "Booby Trap," "The Enemy," "The Best of Both Worlds," "First Contact," and "Ensign Ro." 

Chapters
Intro (00:01:24) 
Comments from Babel Conference (00:02:29) 
Tributes to Michael Miller (00:05:43) 
List of episodes for discussion (00:10:39) 
Evolution (00:11:04) 
Booby Trap (00:15:49) 
The Enemy (00:20:35) 
Best of Both Worlds Part One (00:27:52) 
Best of Both Worlds Part Two (00:33:53) 
First Contact (00:49:45) 
Ensign Ro (01:00:18) 
Final Thoughts (01:04:04) 
Closing (01:09:17) 
 
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: EG198.mp3
Category:Writers -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

"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 MDT

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.

Continue the Petty Bickering 
http://bit.ly/2iXd3F3
Burning the Midnight Oil 
Data, He Was Joking 
Picard and Q in Bed
http://bit.ly/2j9OULJ
Captain Picard Day 
http://bit.ly/2gHtcOm
Q's Mariachi Band
http://bit.ly/2vTrS1D
Drunk Troi 
Troi's Chocolate Love Affair 

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 http://bit.ly/2vQmWJc (00:35:50) 
Tractor Beam http://bit.ly/2vV7XvP (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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT



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