Earl Grey 127: Daniel's Technicolor Dream Uniform

Starfleet Career Path, Part 2.

The Next Generation, and the other 24th Century Star Trek series, can sometimes be inconsistent with how they show a career path in Starfleet. Phillip, Daniel, and Darren finish their focus on the "colors" of careers by looking at the gold shirts of the Enterprise-D and Enterprise-E: the engineering/operations and security officers. They go from the rank of ensign to the upper ranks, examining life as a yellow shirt on the flagship - as well as the need to create more colors to better describe one's job.

Earl Grey also focuses on the crewmen who do the real work on the ship, to include the very important transport chiefs (other than Chief O'Brien). The trio take turns discussing what their own career paths would be on TNG if they began as young, fresh-from-the-Academy ensigns. Join Earl Grey as they go into the "lower decks" and talk Starfleet Career Paths, Part 2. 

Hosts
Daniel Proulx, Phillip Gilfus, & Darren Moser

Editor / Producer
Darren Moser

Executive Producers
Norman C. Lao, Matthew Rushing, & C Bryan Jones

Production Manager
Richard Marquez
 
Content Manager

Will Nguyen


Chapters
Golden Opportunities in Ops/ENG (00:03:04)
LT  (00:25:57)
LTCMDR  (00:29:37)
The Gold Team/Red Shirts TNG (Security) (00:32:13)
Saturday Morning Trek (00:40:34)
We work for a living/Enlist (00:49:03)
Your Career Path (00:53:02)

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Direct download: eg-127.mp3
Category:Federation -- posted at: 6:00am MDT

Earl Grey 120: Rebel Without a Clause

Cardassian/Maquis Conflict.

The Next Generation often introduced "aliens of the week" that may be referenced one or two more times before being forgotten about entirely. The episode "The Wounded" introduced a strange, new alien species, the Cardassians, who apparently were at war with the Federation for a significant amount of time. A controversial peace treaty finally brought peace between the two powers, leading to an uneasy alliance. However, the price of that peace was unhappy Federation colonists ("Journey's End") that would eventually lead to the rise of the Maquis ("Preemptive Strike").

Phillip, Daniel, and Darren discuss Next Gen's culmination of a story line that would be developed by Deep Space Nine ("The Maquis, Parts 1 and 2") and serve, essentially, as springboards for both the creation of DS9 and Voyager. From the origins of the memorable Bloody, Bloody Cardassian War to the political turmoil of the Demilitarized Zone to raiders attacking Federation and Cardassian targets - the Maquis storyline certainly showed that it was not all one "happy, shiny, perfect Federation" in TNG. Join Earl Grey as they tackle this ever-present storyline of the Cardassian-Maquis conflict. 

Hosts
Daniel Proulx, Phillip Gilfus, & Darren Moser

Editor / Producer
Darren Moser

Executive Producers
Norman C. Lao, Matthew Rushing, & C Bryan Jones

Production Manager
Richard Marquez
 
Content Manager

Will Nguyen


Chapters
The Bloody Bloody Cardassian War ("The Wounded") (00:05:50)
DMZ - Demilitarized Zone (00:11:23)
Preemptive Strike & The Maquis, Parts 1 and 2 (00:28:34)
TNG/DS9/VOY - Was the Maquis conflict handled similarly among all the series? (00:37:52)

Final Thoughts (00:49:24)

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Category:Federation -- posted at: 7:00am MDT

Earl Grey 118: Blue Shirts Win The House Cup

Starfleet Career Path.

Many fans of Star Trek: The Next Generation and all other Trek incarnations continually imagine what life is like as a Starfleet officer. Phillip, Daniel, and Darren decide to play "guidance counselor" and explore the actual Starfleet career track. They begin with Next Gen's debut of Starfleet Academy in "The First Duty," as well as the multiple references to various crew member's experiences, including their application process to the Academy or their life as cadets.

Earl Grey then goes through the ranks step-by-step, exploring what life is like as a "blue" (science/medical) or "red" (command) shirt. What does a science lieutenant junior grade do on the Enterprise-D? Do red shirt ensigns do anything else other than pilot the ship? How can you be in command of anything when you are the lowest rank? The trio also reveals the "secret" behind the post-grad school blue shirt experience and spends time with the "Lower Decks," discussing life as a junior officer on the flagship. So put on the Academy sorting hat to determine your hous-...color uniform and enjoy this episode that analyzes the Starfleet career path.  

Hosts
Daniel Proulx, Phillip Gilfus, & Darren Moser

Editor / Producer
Darren Moser

Executive Producers
Norman C. Lao, Matthew Rushing, & C Bryan Jones

Production Manager
Richard Marquez
 
Content Manager

Will Nguyen


Chapters
Starfleet Cadet (00:05:25)
Blue Shirt (Science/Medical) (00:13:13)
Ensign - Wes' team in "Pen Pals"
LTJG - Ogawa, Nightmare Picard (00:16:52)
LT - Dr. Selar (00:18:52)
LTCMDR - Darren, Troi (00:24:25)
CMDR - Bruce Maddox, Crusher, Pulaski, (00:27:08)
Red Shirt (Command) (00:33:12)
LTJG - Worf, LaForge (00:35:56)
LT - Hawk (00:38:02)
LTCMDR - Shelby, Dexter Remmick (00:41:32)
CMDR - Riker (00:43:21)
CAPTAIN - Picard, Louvois (00:45:17)
ADMIRAL - (00:47:09)

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Direct download: eg-118.mp3
Category:Federation -- posted at: 7:00am MDT

Earl Grey 115: Mr. President, Tear Down This Neutral Zone

Debate: Is Starfleet Military or Exploration? 

There are fan arguments that have been debated since Star Trek: The Next Generation first aired on television - Who is the better Enterprise captain? Which starship would win in a fight? Is Starfleet a military or exploratory organization? Earl Grey tackles this last question for this week's episode and attempts to explore (or militarize!) the answer.

Phillip moderates the debate that examines the origins of Starfleet in the 22nd and 23rd Century, as well as how it is portrayed in the 24th century. Darren powers up the phaser array and loads the torpedo tubes for his arguments that Starfleet is a military organization. From its use of naval ranks, a chain of command, weapons, patrols of Federation space, and the use of Starfleet personnel as soldiers in the "bloody, bloody" Cardassian War, we see an organization that is similar to the armed services of the 21st Century. Daniel, Mr. Blue Shirt himself, explains how Starfleet is a futuristic NASA, with its focus on scientific missions, a Starfleet Academy that instructs its people on science and enginnering principles, and how its mantra is literally to "explore strange, new worlds."

Join this episode of Earl Grey, as these #BridgeMates name drop Zefram Cochrane at the drop of a tequila glass in order to prove their points, and finally put to rest whether Starfleet is a military or exploratory organization.

Hosts
Daniel Proulx, Phillip Gilfus, & Darren Moser

Editor / Producer
Darren Moser

Executive Producers
Norman C. Lao, Matthew Rushing, & C Bryan Jones

Production Manager
Richard Marquez
 
Content Manager

Will Nguyen


Chapters
The Fan Debate (00:03:13)
Bolian Contingent (00:06:57)
24th Century Starfleet/TNG (00:09:23)
23rd Century Starfleet (00:20:27)
Military Starlet (00:23:54)
Exploration Starfleet (00:35:30)
Admirals? (00:48:27)
Final Thoughts (00:50:70)

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Direct download: eg-115.mp3
Category:Federation -- posted at: 7:00am MDT

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