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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Guest
Tim deZarn

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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