Earl Grey 85: Harold of the Crystalline Entity

The Most Alien of Aliens.

Star Trek: The Next Generation, as well as the other Trek series, are often poked fun at for featuring the new "forehead" or "nose" of the week when encountering new alien species. However, there were many new strange lifeforms featured inTNG that fully embraced the concept of science fiction. In this episode of Earl Grey, the trio have a round robin discussion of their favorite examples of the most "alien" aliens encountered by the Enterprise-D. They discuss "space jellyfish" ("Encounter at Farpoint"), Gomtuu ("Tin Man"), the allasomorphs ("The Daupin"), and the crystalline entity ("Datalore"/"Silicon Avatar"). Phillip, Daniel, and Darren also talk energy beings, other space-dwelling life forms, and other antagonists that challenged our favorite crew. Activate your universal translator, refresh yourself on first contact protocols, and join in on this episode that examines Next Gen's most alien species. 

Hosts
Daniel Proulx, Phillip Gilfus, & Darren Moser

Editor / Producer
Darren Moser

Production Manager
Richard Marquez
 
Content Coordinator
Will Nguyen

Chapters

Celebration Anaheim Recap (00:01:46)
Star Trek Unique Aliens (00:07:57)
Phillip - Space Jellyfish - Encounter at Farpoint (00:08:53)
Daniel - Sheliak - The Ensigns of Command (00:13:08)
Darren - The Children of Tama (Tamarians) - Darmok (00:17:31)
 Phillip - Nagilum - Where Silence Has Lease (00:21:08)
Daniel - Allasomorphs - The Dauphin (00:25:31)
Darren -Space Dwelling Lifeforms - Galaxy's Child (00:29:28)
Phillip - The "Child" - The Child (00:33:05)
24th Century 90's Ads (00:34:17)
Daniel - Gomtuu - Tin Man (00:36:42)
Darren - Velara III Crystalline Sand Lifeforms - Home Soil (00:40:08)
Phillip - Memory-wiping space-lightning - Lonely Among Us (00:44:40)
Daniel - Crystalline Entity - Datalore /Silicon Avatar (00:51:03)
Darren - Parasitic Bug Creatures - Conspiracy (00:54:44)
Closing (01:00:32) 

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Direct download: eg-085.mp3
Category:Species Analysis -- posted at: 10:35pm MDT

Earl Grey 50: Y.O.K.O. You Only Klingon Once

Klingons on TNG.

From forehead ridges to bat'leths, from High Council politics to a Romulan-orchestrated civil war, the story of the Klingons was greatly expanded on The Next Generation. In this episode of Earl Grey, Daniel Proulx, Darren Moser, and Phillip Gilfus discuss how having a Klingon on the bridge led to a continuing exploration of the Klingon people and their society. We also examine reoccurring Klingon characters, story-lines, and what aspects of the Empire were expanded on in DS9, Voyager, and Enterprise.  

Direct download: eg-050.mp3
Category:Species Analysis -- posted at: 7:00am MDT

Earl Grey 45: Decorative Useless Helmets

Cardassians on TNG.

Galor-class warships. The occupation of Bajor. The Demilitarized Zone. Marc Alaimo in the armor uniform. These aspects of the Cardassians are seen throughout Deep Space Nine, but they all originated on The Next Generation. In this week's episode of Earl Grey, Phillip Gilfus, Darren Moser, and Daniel Proulx review all the TNG episodes featuring this species, how they rate as villains for the Enterprise-D crew, and whether the Cardassians stood on their own on TNG or were merely setup characters for future Deep Space Nine and Voyager storylines.

 

Chapters

First Impressions (3:30)

The Wounded 

Ensign Ro (16:23)

Chain of Command (21:40)

The Chase (28:10)

Parallels (30:08)

Lower Decks (31:20)

Journeys End (34:20)

Preemptive Strike (37:20)

Ranking (41:03)

Setup for DS9/VOY? (47:00)

Direct download: eg-045.mp3
Category:Species Analysis -- posted at: 7:00am MDT

Earl Grey 34: All Teeth and No Bark

Ferengi

When The Next Generation premiered, many people were surprised to see a Klingon on the bridge of the Enterprise. With the Klingons no longer positioned as the enemy of the Federation, the writers had to bring in a new foe for the crew to battle. Thus the infamous Ferengi were born—and buried within a few short engagements. In this episode of Earl Grey, hew-mon hosts Phillip Gilfus, Darren Moser, and Daniel Proulx take a close look at the fearful Ferengi, from ships to lobes to laser whips.

Direct download: eg-034.mp3
Category:Species Analysis -- posted at: 3:00am MDT

Earl Grey 4: Space Linebackers

The Romulans.

A minor player in The Original Series, the Romulans saw a new life start in the Season One episode "The Neutral Zone." From that point forward they have played an important role in the Star Trek mythos. In this episode of Earl Grey hosts Darren Moser, Phillip Gilfus, and Daniel Proulx discuss one of Star Trek's less-recognized—but vitally important—species including what they like, what they don't like, and the impact they had on The Next Generation. 

Direct download: eg-004.mp3
Category:Species Analysis -- posted at: 9:00pm MDT

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