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

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

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

Runtime: 1 hour 8 minutes 40 seconds

Hosts
Richard Marquez
Justin Oser
Amy Nelson
 
Production
Justin Oser (Editor and Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Richard Marquez (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Thomas Appel (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-256.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:30am MST

Favorite Badass Troi Moments.
 
Deanna Troi is often thought of for her counseling abilities and her empathy and not as often for her toughness in the different aspects of her character. However, Troi does have her share of badass moments throughout the course of The Next Generation episodes and movies. 

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

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

Runtime: 1 hour 22 minutes 35 seconds
 
Hosts
Amy Nelson, Richard Marquez, Justin Oser
 
Production
Amy Nelson (Editor and Producer) Richard Marquez (Producer) Justin Oser (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Thomas Appel (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-255.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am MST

The Lost Episodes, Part 4.
 
There are many scripts, script outlines, and episode and movie concepts that never made it onto the screen on The Next Generation. These lost episodes can provide a fascinating window into what might have been, what characters and concepts ended up being modified and used later, and into the behind-the-scenes writing process.
In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Richard Marquez, Amy Nelson, and Justin Oser discuss the never-produced episode "The Crystal Skull," which would have aired in season one. The Lost Episodes is a continuing series that will cover many unfilmed episodes and movie concepts over the course of the seven seasons and four movies of The Next Generation.

Chapters 
Intro (00:01:22)  
Babel Conference Feedback (00:03:15)  
Email (00:13:19)  
Crystal Skull  Guesses (00:16:09)  
Lost Episode: Crystal Skull (00:21:07)  
Thoughts? (00:47:55)  
Final Thoughts (01:00:23)  
 
1 hour 14 minutes 16 seconds
 
Hosts
Richard Marquez, Justin Oser, Amy Nelson
 
Production
Richard Marquez (Editor and Producer) Justin Oser (Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Thomas Appel (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-254.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am MST

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

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

Guests
Dan Gunther
Bruce Gibson

Production
Justin Oser (Editor and Producer) Richard Marquez (Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Thomas Appel (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-253.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am MST

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

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

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

Runtime: 1 hour 21 minutes 34 seconds

Hosts
Richard Marquez
Justin Oser
Amy Nelson
 
Production
Amy Nelson (Editor and Producer) Justin Oser (Producer) Richard Marquez (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Thomas Appel (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-252.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am MST

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

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

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

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

Guest
Hayley Stoddart
 
Production
Justin Oser (Editor and Producer) Richard Marquez (Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Thomas Appel (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-251.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am MST

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

Chapters 
ntro (00:01:25)  
Encounter at Shuttlecraft (00:21:09)  
Planetside (00:33:30)  
Romulans! (00:46:45)  
Bug Bites (00:53:15)  
Villagers (01:06:00)  
Spelunking (01:21:55)  
Sitrep (01:33:52)  
Closing (01:41:21)  
 
1 hour 53 minutes 34 seconds
 
Hosts
Richard Marquez, Justin Oser, Amy Nelson
 
Production
Richard Marquez (Editor and Producer) Justin Oser (Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Thomas Appel (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-250.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am MST

The Lost Episodes, Part 3.
 
There are many scripts, script outlines, and episode and movie concepts that never made it onto the screen on The Next Generation. These lost episodes can provide a fascinating window into what might have been, what characters and concepts ended up being modified and used later, and into the behind-the-scenes writing process.
In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Richard Marquez, Amy Nelson, and Justin Oser discuss two never-produced episodes of seasons one and two of The Next Generation. The script outlines discussed are "Return to Forever" (featuring two Spocks and the return of the Guardian of Forever!) and "The Immunity Syndrome" (not to be confused with The Original Series episode of the same name). The Lost Episodes is a continuing series that will cover many unfilmed episodes and movie concepts over the course of the seven seasons and four movies of The Next Generation.

Chapters 
Intro (00:01:12)  
Babel Conference Feedback (00:02:03)  
Email Feedback (00:10:56)  
Lost Episodes (00:17:14)  
Return to Forever (00:18:00)  
Discovery Talk (00:20:15)  
Immunity Syndrome (00:44:10)  
Final Thoughts (01:15:54)  
Closing (01:19:40)  

Runtime: 1 hour 29 minutes 53 seconds
 
Hosts
Richard Marquez, Justin Oser, Amy Nelson
 
Production
Richard Marquez (Editor and Producer) Justin Oser (Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Thomas Appel (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-249.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am MST

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

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

Favorite character moments is a series that will cover all seven seasons and the four movies of The Next Generation.

Chapters 
Intro (00:00:00)
Pick One (00:09:44)
Pick Two (00:24:40)
Pick Three (00:34:21)
Honorable Mentions (00:49:38)
Final Thoughts (00:56:52)
Closing (01:05:00)
 
Runtime: 1 hour 12 minutes 2 seconds
 
Hosts
Richard Marquez, Justin Oser, Amy Nelson
 
Production
Amy Nelson (Editor and Producer) Justin Oser (Producer) Richard Marquez (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Thomas Appel (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-248.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MST

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

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

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

Production
Justin Oser (Editor and Producer) Richard Marquez (Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Thomas Appel (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-247.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MST

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

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

Guest
Jennifer Edwards

Production
Richard Marquez (Editor and Producer) Justin Oser (Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Thomas Appel (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Zach Moore (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-246.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00pm MST

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

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

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

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

Guest
Joe Keegan
 
Production
Justin Oser (Editor and Producer) Richard Marquez (Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Thomas Appel (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-245.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MST

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

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

Guest
Tim deZarn

Production
Richard Marquez (Editor and Producer) Justin Oser (Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Thomas Appel (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-244.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00pm MST

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

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

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

Guest
Shashank Avvaru
 
Production
Justin Oser (Editor and Producer) Richard Marquez (Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Thomas Appel (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-243.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:30am MST

Favorite Character Moments Season 7.
 
The Next Generationhas a mostly episodic format, but over the course of the show and the movies, there are many great character moments. Those moments, both great and small, can enhance our experience of the show and lead to a new understanding of both regular and recurring characters.  

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

Favorite character moments is a series that will cover all seven seasons and the four movies of The Next Generation.

Chapters 
Intro (00:01:10)  
Pick One (00:03:00)  
Pick Two (00:17:44)  
Pick Three (00:39:33)  
Honorable Mentions (00:56:01)  
Closing (01:08:33)  
 
Runtime: 1 hour 19 minutes 29 seconds
 
Hosts
Richard Marquez, Justin Oser, Amy Nelson
 
Production
Richard Marquez (Editor and Producer) Justin Oser (Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Thomas Appel (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-242.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MST

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

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

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

Runtime: 1 hour 16 minutes 47 seconds
 
Hosts
Justin Oser, Amy Nelson
 
Production
Justin Oser (Editor and Producer) Richard Marquez (Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Thomas Appel (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-241.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MST

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

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

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

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

Guest
Tony Robinson
 
Production
Richard Marquez (Editor and Producer) Justin Oser (Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Thomas Appel (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-240.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MST

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

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

Guests
Zach Moore, Hayley Stoddart, Brandon-Shea Mutala, Bruce Gibson, Dan Gunther, Mike Schindler
 
Production
Richard Marquez (Editor and Producer) Justin Oser (Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Thomas Appel (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Zach Moore (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-239.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:47pm MST

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

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

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

Guest
John Krikorian
 
Production
Justin Oser (Editor and Producer) Richard Marquez (Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Thomas Appel (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-238.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MST

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

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

Guest
Mike Wong, Elise Cutts
 
Production
Richard Marquez (Editor and Producer) Justin Oser (Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Thomas Appel (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-237.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:27pm MST

The Lost Episodes, Part 2.
 
There are many scripts, script outlines, and episode and movie concepts that never made it onto the screen on The Next Generation. These lost episodes can provide a fascinating window into what might have been, what characters and concepts ended up being modified and used later, and into the behind-the-scenes writing process.

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Richard Marquez, Amy Nelson, and Justin Oser discuss two more never-produced episodes of season one of The Next Generation. The script outlines discussed are "The Neutral Zone" (featuring a different concept than the season one episode of the same name) and "Somewhen." The Lost Episodes is a continuing series that will cover many unfilmed episodes and movie concepts over the course of the seven seasons and four movies of The Next Generation.

Chapters 
Introduction (00:00:00)  
Babel Conference Feedback (02:11:00)  
"The Neutral Zone" (00:05:43)   
"Somewhen"  (00:36:15)   
Final Thoughts  (00:57:50)    
Closing (01:05:27)

Runtime: 1 hour 10 minutes 8 seconds
 
Hosts
Richard Marquez, Justin Oser, Amy Nelson
 
Production
Justin Oser (Editor and Producer) Richard Marquez (Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Thomas Appel (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-236.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:11am MST

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

Chapters 
Intro (00:01:10)  
Babel Conference Feedback (00:02:24)  
E-mail Feedback (00:04:21)  
STLV (00:06:49)  
Ticket Options (00:13:30)  
Autographs/Photo Ops (00:20:49)  
Hotels (00:25:16)  
Panels/ Vendor Room/ Events (00:29:14)  
Displays (00:43:23)  
Food (00:51:00)  
Tips (00:59:50)  
Final Thoughts (01:09:21)  
 
Runtime: 1 hour 23 minutes 15 seconds
 
Hosts
Richard Marquez, Justin Oser, Amy Nelson
 
Production
Richard Marquez (Editor and Producer) Justin Oser (Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Thomas Appel (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-235.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MST

Favorite Character Moments Season 6.
 
The Next Generation has a mostly episodic format, but over the course of the show and the movies, there are many great character moments. Those moments, both great and small, can enhance our experience of the show and lead to a new understanding of both regular and recurring characters.  

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

Favorite character moments is a series that will cover all seven seasons and the four movies of The Next Generation.

Chapters 
Intro (00:00:00)  
Listener Feedback (00:03:10)  
First Picks (00:09:00)  
Second Picks (00:28:17)  
Third Picks (00:44:14)    
Honorable Mentions (01:02:17)  
Final Thoughts (01:12:01)
Closing (01:19:05) 
 
Runtime: 1 hour 24 minutes 6 seconds
 
Hosts
Richard Marquez, Justin Oser, Amy Nelson
 
Production
Justin Oser (Editor and Producer) Richard Marquez (Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Thomas Appel (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-234.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MST

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

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

Guest
Bruce Gibson
 
Production
Richard Marquez (Editor and Producer) Justin Oser (Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Thomas Appel (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-233.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MST

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

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

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

Runtime: 59 minutes 50 seconds
 
Hosts
Richard Marquez, Justin Oser, Amy Nelson
 
Production
Justin Oser (Editor and Producer) Richard Marquez (Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Thomas Appel (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-232.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MST

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

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

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

Runtime: 1 hour 22 minutes 13 seconds
 
Hosts
Richard Marquez, Justin Oser, Amy Nelson
 
Production
Justin Oser (Editor and Producer) Richard Marquez (Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Thomas Appel (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-231.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MST

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

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

Favorite character moments is a series that will cover all seven seasons and the four movies of The Next Generation.

Chapters 
Intro (00:01:19)  
Babel Conference Feedback (00:02:07)  
First Pick (00:06:12)  
Second Pick (00:22:12)  
Third Pick (00:45:40)  
Honorable Mentions (01:02:20)  
Final Thoughts (01:13:15)  
 
Runtime: 1 hour 26 minutes 28 seconds
 
Hosts
Richard Marquez, Justin Oser, Amy Nelson
 
Production
Richard Marquez (Editor and Producer) Justin Oser (Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Thomas Appel (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-230.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MST

"The Wounded"

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

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

Chapters 
Introduction (00:01:23)
Babel Conference Feedback (00:02:07)  
The Wounded (00:06:56)  
Three Points of View (00:10:45)  
O’Brien (00:17:26)  
Diplomat (00:24:22)  
Maxwell Coming to Peace (00:31:12)  
Maxwell’s Mindset (00:40:39)  
Picard (00:45:41)  
Racism (00:52:12)  
Random Thoughts (01:10:50)  
Final Thoughts (01:13:46)  
 
Runtime: 1 hour 24 minutes 7 seconds
 
Hosts
Richard Marquez, Justin Oser, Amy Nelson
 
Production
Richard Marquez (Editor and Producer) Justin Oser (Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Thomas Appel (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-229.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MST

The Final Frontier vs. Nemesis.

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

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

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

Guests
Ken Tripp, Zach Moore, Hayley Stoddart
 
Production
Justin Oser (Editor and Producer) Richard Marquez (Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Thomas Appel (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-228.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MST

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

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

Chapters 
Intro (00:01:14)  
Babel Conference Comments (00:02:05)  
Lwaxana Troi (00:13:23)  
Deanna Troi (00:23:51)  
Beverly Crusher (00:30:21)
Helena Rozhenko (00:38:58)  
K’Ehleyr (00:45:45)  
Julianna Tainer (00:53:47)  
Keiko O'Brien (00:58:52)  
Silva La Forge (01:02:38)  
Guinan (01:08:13)
Closing (01:20:47)  
 
Runtime: 1 hour 27 minutes 36 seconds
 
Hosts
Richard Marquez, Justin Oser, Amy Nelson
 
Production
Richard Marquez (Editor and Producer) Justin Oser (Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Thomas Appel (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-227.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:30am MST

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

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Richard Marquez, Amy Nelson, and Justin Oser discuss two never-produced episodes of season one of The Next Generation. The script outlines discussed are "The Bonding" (featuring a different concept than the season 3 episode of the same name) and "Terminus." The Lost Episodes is a continuing series that will cover many unfilmed episodes and movie concepts over the course of the seven seasons and four movies of The Next Generation.

Chapters 
Introduction (00:00:00)  
Feedback from The Babel Conference (00:01:45)   
Lost Episodes Concept (00:06:58)   
"The Bonding" (00:09:03)  
"Terminus" (00:31:01)  
Final Thoughts (00:49:24)  
Closing (00:56:15) 

Runtime: 1 hour 1 second
 
Hosts
Richard Marquez, Justin Oser, Amy Nelson
 
Production
Justin Oser (Editor and Producer) Richard Marquez (Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Thomas Appel (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-226.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MST

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

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


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

Runtime: 1 hour 28 minutes 35 seconds
 
Hosts
Richard Marquez, Justin Oser, Amy Nelson
 
Production
Richard Marquez (Editor and Producer) Justin Oser (Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Thomas Appel (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-225.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MST

Favorite Character Moments Season 4.
 
The Next Generation has a mostly episodic format, but over the course of the show and the movies, there are many great character moments. Those moments, both great and small, can enhance our experience of the show and lead to a new understanding of both regular and recurring characters.  

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

Favorite character moments is a series that will cover all seven seasons and the four movies of The Next Generation.


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

Runtime: 1 hour 12 minutes 37 seconds
 
Hosts
Richard Marquez, Justin Oser, Amy Nelson
 
Production
Justin Oser (Editor and Producer) Richard Marquez (Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Thomas Appel (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-224.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MST

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

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

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

Guest
Clara Cook
 
Production
Richard Marquez (Editor and Producer) Justin Oser (Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Thomas Appel (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-223.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MST

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

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

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

Guest
Dwight Schultz

Production
Justin Oser  (Editor and Producer) Richard Marquez (Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Thomas Appel (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-222.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am MST

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

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

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

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

Guest
James L. Conway

Production
Richard Marquez  (Editor and Producer) Justin Oser (Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Thomas Appel (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-221.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am MST

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

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

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

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

Guests
Ken Tripp
Zach Moore
 
Production
Justin Oser (Editor and Producer) Richard Marquez (Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Thomas Appel (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-220.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MST

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

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

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

Runtime: 1 hour 6 minutes 42 seconds
 
Hosts
Richard Marquez, Justin Oser, Amy Nelson
 
Production
Richard Marquez (Editor and Producer) Justin Oser (Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Thomas Appel (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-219.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MST

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

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


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

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

Guest
Nic Anastassiou
 
Production
Justin Oser (Editor and Producer) Richard Marquez (Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Thomas Appel (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-218.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am MST

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

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

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

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

Guest
Colin Higgins
 
Production
Richard Marquez (Editor and Producer) Justin Oser (Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Thomas Appel (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-217.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00am MST

Favorite Character Moments Season 3.
 
The Next Generation has a mostly episodic format, but over the course of the show and the movies, there are many great character moments. Those moments, both great and small, can enhance our experience of the show and lead to a new understanding of both regular and recurring characters.  

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

Favorite character moments is a series that will cover all seven seasons and the four movies of The Next Generation.


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

Runtime: 52 minutes 17 seconds
 
Hosts
Richard Marquez, Justin Oser, Amy Nelson
 
Production
Justin Oser (Editor and Producer) Richard Marquez (Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Thomas Appel (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-216.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MST

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

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

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

Runtime: 1 hour 9 minutes 54 seconds
 
Hosts
Richard Marquez, Amy Nelson, Justin Oser
 
Production
Richard Marquez (Editor and Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Justin Oser (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Thomas Appel (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-215.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MST

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

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

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

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

Guest
Elizabeth Dennehy

Production
Justin Oser (Editor and Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Richard Marquez (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-214.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MST

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

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

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

Runtime: 1 hour 16 minutes 6 seconds
 
Hosts
Richard Marquez, Amy Nelson, Justin Oser
 
Production
Richard Marquez (Editor and Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Justin Oser (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-213.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MST

Favorite Character Moments Season 2.
 
The Next Generation has a mostly episodic format, but over the course of the show and the movies, there are many great character moments. Those moments, both great and small, can enhance our experience of the show and lead to a new understanding of both regular and recurring characters.  

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

Favorite character moments is a series that will cover all seven seasons and the four movies of The Next Generation.


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

Runtime 1 hour 12 minutes 16 seconds
 
Hosts
Richard Marquez, Justin Oser, Amy Nelson
 
Production
Justin Oser (Editor and Producer) Richard Marquez (Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-212.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MST

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

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

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

Runtime: 1 hour 2 minutes 15 seconds
 
Hosts
Richard Marquez, Justin Oser, Amy Nelson
 
Production
Richard Marquez (Editor and Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Justin Oser (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-211.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MST

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

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

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

Runtime: 1 hour, 5 minutes, and 58 seconds.
 
Hosts
Richard Marquez, Amy Nelson, Justin Oser
 
Production
Justin Oser  (Editor and Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Richard Marquez (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-210.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am MST

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

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

Runtime: 1 hour 35 minutes 36 seconds
 
Host
Justin Oser, Richard Marquez
 
Guest
Brandi Jackola
 
Production
Richard Marquez (Editor and Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Justin Oser (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-209.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MST

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