Science in TNG, Part 3.
 
Science is an essential part of Star Trek that has inspired generations of fans to learn more about science, to become scientists, and to make influential discoveries. The Next Generation is no exception and includes many episodes that showcase new inventions, the application of existing science, and important scientific questions.

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

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

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

Trek.fm Host Roundtable Discussion.

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

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

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

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

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

Kurn.

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

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

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

Runtime: 1 hour 12 minutes 59 seconds   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Runtime: 1 hour 9 minutes 5 seconds

Hosts
Justin Oser
Amy Nelson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Runtime:  1 hour 8 minutes 46 seconds

Hosts
Justin Oser
Amy Nelson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Runtime: 1 hour 38 minutes 6 seconds

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

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

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


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

Runtime: 59 minutes 4 seconds

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

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

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

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

Runtime: 1 hour 5 minutes 27 seconds

Hosts
Justin Oser
Amy Nelson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Runtime: 1 hour 13 minutes 6 seconds

Hosts
Justin Oser
Amy Nelson

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Guest
Durinda Wood

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

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

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

Runtime: 1 hour 3 minutes 23 seconds

Hosts
Justin Oser
Amy Nelson

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

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

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

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

Runtime: 1 hour 21 minutes 53 seconds

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Captain Jellico.
 
Captain Edward Jellico comes in like a whirlwind in the season 6 "Chain of Command" two-parter of The Next Generation to take command of the Enterprise-D during an important confrontation with the Cardassians. Jellico moves to implement a number of changes very quickly that leads to conflict with the crew, especially Commander Riker. What do we think of Jellico's command style, his effectiveness, and how the crew reacts to him?

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Richard Marquez and Justin Oser are joined by guest Ken Tripp of Standard Orbit to talk about their thoughts on Captain Jellico and his appearances in The Next Generation episodes "Chain of Command: Part I" and "Chain of Command: Part II." Topics discussed include a comparison between the command styles of Captain Jellico and Captain Picard, Jellico's effectiveness, the resistance that he receives from the crew,  and his working relationship with his two first officer, Riker and Data.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome, Ken! (00:01:50) 
Ken's Star Trek Story (00:02:42) 
Initial Thoughts on Jellico (00:04:24) 
Jellico's Command Style (00:09:20) 
What If the Roles Were Reversed? (00:19:09) 
Resistance from the Crew (00:26:15) 
Jellico's Effectiveness (00:29:05) 
Preparing Us for Sisko? (00:40:11) 
Jellico's First Officers (00:45:53)
Final Thoughts (00:58:35) 
Closing (01:08:10) 

Runtime: 1 hour 11 minutes 51 seconds
 
Hosts
Richard Marquez, Justin Oser

Guest
Ken Tripp
 
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-258.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am MDT

Weapons of TNG, Part 1.
 
The primary mission of the crew of The Next Generation is one of exploration. However, they need the means to defend themselves from any danger or combat situations that they encounter. Just about every species that they interact with also has weapons of various kinds at their disposal. What kinds of weapons do we see and what do the types and abilities of those weapons say about both Federation and non-Federations species?

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Richard Marquez, Amy Nelson, and Justin Oser discuss the various weapons that are seen in the episodes and movies of The Next Generation and what insights we can gain from comparing Federation and non-Federation weapons. This episode focuses on hand weapons, including phasers, disruptors, and Klingon bladed weapons. There will be a second part in a future episode that discusses ship-based weapons.

Chapters 
Intro (00:01:14)  
The Big News (00:02:26)  
Babel Conference Feedback (00:06:18)  
Weapons of TNG (00:12:00)  
Non-Federation Weapons (00:29:34)  
Ferengi Whip (00:39:10)  
Bladed Weapons (00:41:20)  
Closing (00:48:15)
 
Runtime: 56 minutes 2 seconds
 
Hosts
Richard Marquez, Justin Oser, Amy Nelson
 
Production
Richard Marquez (Editor and Producer) Justin Oser (Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Thomas Appel (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-257.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00pm MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

"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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

"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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

"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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

"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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

"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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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.

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 (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 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

Joe Menosky Episodes. 
  
One of the most influential figures in 24th century Star Trek, Joe Menosky wrote or co-wrote 67 episodes of The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager, including a number of fan favorites. Menosky was also a producer on Season 5 of The Next Generation and Seasons 3-6 of Voyager. He is currently a writer on the newest Star Trek series, Discovery.
 
In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Justin Oser, Richard Marquez, and Amy Nelson each pick their three favorite Joe Mensoky episodes. The hosts also discuss what our review of Menosky's episodes may reveal about his approach to writing Discovery.
 
Chapters 
Intro (00:01:19)  
Justin's Trek Story (00:02:21)  
Joe Menosky (00:05:37)  
Masks (00:07:13)  
First Contact (00:12:10)  
Darmok (00:16:31) 
In Theory (00:21:14)  
The Chase (00:26:34)  
Nth Degree (00:31:30)  
Hero Worship (00:34:43)  
Suspicions (00:38:37)  
Time's Arrow (00:43:23)  
Emergence (00:47:17)  
Clues (00:50:39)  
Final Thoughts (00:52:39)  
Closing (01:00:51)  
Give-a-way (01:06:39)  
 
 
Hosts 
Richard Marquez, Justin Oser, Amy Nelson
  
 
Production 
Amy Nelson (Editor and 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: eg-189.mp3
Category:Writers -- posted at: 12:00am MDT

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 MDT



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