The Game.

Most kids can relate to having favorite video games and playing these games for hours on end. It is easy to spend days and weeks trying to beat the game and take it to its end when you are young and have few responsibilities. However in this episode of "The Game," this premise is twisted around so the adults are chronically playing the game while Wesley is left to figure out why.

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Richard Marquez and Amy Nelson with special guest Bruce Gibson from Literary Trek, discuss season 5 "The Game". We all agree that Robin Lefler is amazing, Troi eating her chocolate fudge sundae is a serious endeavor, and addiction comes in many different forms. As a side note, "The Game" was the first episode to air after Gene Roddenberry's death on Oct 24, 1991.

Chapters
Introduction (00:00:39)  
Meet up (00:02:35)  
The Game (00:04:34)  
Lefler (00:06:41)  
Spacebook (00:12:25)  
Headsets (00:12:45)  
Google glass (00:16:35)  
Addiction (00:20:00)  
The perfect bite (00:23:53)  
Worf Poundcake (00:27:26)  
Geordi (00:31:48)  
Mother-son relationship (00:37:47)  
VR games (00:44:50)  
Rating (00:51:57)  
Closing (00:53:05)  
Patron (00:54:14)  
Contact (00:56:23)  

Duration
Running Time: 1 hour 00 minutes 19 seconds

Hosts
Amy Nelson and Richard Marquez

Guest
Bruce Gibson

Production
Richard Marquez (Editor) Lee Hutchison (Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E. Hueter (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: EG-174.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am MDT

Mix-n-Match.

The Next Generation has some amazing stories within its seven season run, but how would those stories look had they been on a different series? From Captain Archer to The Doctor, we explore how different characters would interact within a TNG episode and storyline. This thought experiment gets your hosts' creative juices flowing!
 
In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Richard Marquez, Lee Hutchison, and Amy Nelson combine different crews into TNG episodes. The stories remain the same, but the characters are different. The skies are the limit and there are no boundaries in which your hosts remain and no series that is exempt.

Chapters
Introduction (00:00:39)
Archer (00:03:23)
Rascals (00:06:47)
Rogue One (00:08:10)
Holograms (00:13:30)
Sherlock Holmes (00:16:46)
Stargate (00:20:00)
Friends Quiz (00:23:57)
Fraizer (00:33:10)
Closing (00:36:20)
Contact (00:37:53) 
 
Hosts
Amy Nelson, Lee Hutchison, and Richard Marquez

Production
Richard Marquez (Editor) Lee Hutchison (Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E. Hueter (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager) 
Direct download: EG-173.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am MDT

Nemesis.

Exhibit A: Star Trek Nemesis has its claim to fame for being the worst performing movie of the franchise with a mere $67 million in box office sales. Exhibit B: B4 is yet another family member for Data; haven't we seen this before? Exhibit C: Photo of bald Shinzon/Picard from his days in Starfleet Academy. This mountain of evidence is more than enough for many fans to despise this movie. 
 
In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Lee Hutchison, Richard Marquez, and Amy Nelson will hold Nemesis on trial for its acts against Star Trek fandom. With Lee as the prosecutor, Richard as the jury, and Amy as the defense attorney, Nemesis will answer for its crimes.
Chapters
First Contact Eve (00:00:00)  
Introduction (00:01:03)  
Opening Statement (00:01:33)  
Nemisis Fan? (00:02:10)  
Copying Wrath of Khan (00:06:00)  
Rape Scene Appropriate?(00:09:55)  
Too Much Action? (00:15:35)  
B4 (00:21:33)  
Argo and Prime Directive (00:28:33)  
Are the fans idiots? (00:38:22)  
A Good TNG Ending? (00:49:00)  
Have I Swayed You? (00:54:20)  
POTFM (00:59:36)  
Patreon (01:00:51)  
Closing (01:02:57)  
Hosts
Lee Hutchison, Amy Nelson, and Richard Marquez
 
Production
Richard Marquez (Editor) Lee Hutchison (Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E. Hueter (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager) 
Direct download: EG-172.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am MDT

With the launch and recent attention of Star Trek: Deep Space 9, the writers wanted to send a message that this show, The Next Generation, was alive and well and continuing to grow. So season 5 ended with a cliffhanger to prove this point. "Time's Arrow, Part II" was Emmy nominated for outstanding sound editing and received the Emmy Award for outstanding costume design and for outstanding hairstyling for a series in 1993.
 
In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Richard Marquez and Amy Nelson are joined with Associate Producer Justin Oser to discuss Season 5 cliff hanger Time's Arrow Part I and season 6 opener Time's Arrow Part II. Data's story brings many issues to talk about like humanity with respect to mortality and the social make-up of the 24th century when compared to the 20th century. Yet again, Joe Menosky brings a fresh and interesting story to Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Chapters
Introduction (00:00:40)  
Times Arrow (00:01:35)  
Opinions (00:04:06)  
Mark Twain (00:08:50)  
47 (00:14:00)  
Guinan (00:15:54)  
Degraded Head (00:21:21)  
Terminal Illnesses (00:21:50)  
Becoming More Human (00:30:30)  
Reflecting Back (00:35:45)  
Dividians (00:39:00)  
Frenchmen (00:43:40)  
Favorite two parters (00:47:33)  
POTFM (00:53:29)  
Patron (00:54:39)  
Contact (00:56:47)  
 
Hosts
Amy Nelson and Richard Marquez

Guest
Justin Oser
 
Production
Richard Marquez (Editor) Lee Hutchison (Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E. Hueter (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-171.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am MDT

Star Trek Tech.

Currently in the 21st century, the doubling of computer processing speed every 18 months, known as Moore's Law, is just one manifestation of the greater trend that all technological change occurs at an exponential rate. If we continue at with this same growth rate, we just might realize some of the amazing technology found in the 24th century such as androids, replicators, and interstellar travel.

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Richard Marquez, Amy Nelson, and Lee Hutchison discuss the imaginative technology used on Star Trek. Science and technology are making tremendous gains in the fields of energy, neuroscience, genetics, and nanotechnology which only feeds the fire for every geek's fandom. We debate whether some of Star Trek's greatest technological fiction could actually be possible.

Chapters
Introduction (00:00:40)
Viewscreen (00:03:33)
Combadge (00:06:42)
Transporter (00:09:10)
Skynet (00:13:45)
Lt. Marquez (00:22:42)
Holodecks (00:27:23)
Video Calls (00:35:35)
Tractor Beams (00:39:46)
Closing (00:54:10)

Hosts
Richard Marquez, Amy Nelson, and Lee Hutchison

Production
Richard Marquez (Editor) Lee Hutchison (Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E. Hueter (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: eg-170.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am MDT

Star Trek in the UK.
 
Growing up in the U.K. as a Star Trek fan has its challenges from viewing the television show behind schedule from the United States to product placement within the department stores. Currently, viewing Star Trek is a lot easier than it was back when The Next Generation aired for the first time. Join us in a delightful conversation on the struggles of what it was like to be a Star Trek fan in the early 1990s.

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Lee Hutchison, Richard Marquez, and special guest Kay Elizabeth Shaw discuss what it was like to grow up in the U.K. Each provide their own perspective comparing Star Trek in the U.K. versus the U.S.

Chapters
Drawing (00:00:57)  
Intro (00:03:03)  
Something in Common (00:04:15)
Getting into Star Trek (00:05:28)  
BBC (00:08:25)
Conventions in UK (00:15:32)
Brits to Las Vegas (00:25:10)
Merchandise in the UK (00:32:57)
Ultimate Voyage (00:35:10)
Change in Star Trek Culture (00:42:15)
Grand Designs (00:51:43)
Closing (00:55:46)

Hosts
Lee Hutchison and Richard Marquez

Guest
Kay Elizabeth Shaw 
 
Production
Richard Marquez (Editor) Lee Hutchison (Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E. Hueter (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: EG_-_168.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:52pm MDT

Interview with Morgan Gendel.

Before The Next Generation's episode "The Inner Light," the only Star Trek episode to be awarded a Hugo award was the original series episode "City on the Edge of Forever." Join us as we talk to Morgan Gendel about what it was like to write episodes of The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine.

In this episode of Earl Grey, Richard Marquez interviews Morgan Gendel about his Hugo Award, writing "The Inner Light," and other Star Trek episodes.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:40)
Innter Light (00:02:35)
Music of Inner Light (00:05:57)
Hugo Award (00:14:28)
Harley Ellison (00:17:20)
Die Hard on the Enterprise (00:19:00)
Dr. Bashir and O'Brien Relationship (00:27:30)
Passengers (00:30:56)
Tekwar (00:32:38)
Future Work (00:34:15)
Closing (00:39:32)

Hosts
Richard Marquez

Guest
Morgan Gendel

Production
Richard Marquez (Editor) Lee Hutchison (Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E. Hueter (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: earl_grey_-_167.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am MDT

166: Space Kilts
Uniforms and Costumes.
 
The Next Generation gives us with a very detailed look at fashion for its time. Not only do we see the dress for those serving in the Federation but of other planets and species. The use of red, blue and yellow in Star Trek uniforms mirror the US Navy's use of color to specify different responsibilities and tasks performed on an aircraft carrier.

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Richard Marquez, Lee Hutchison, and Amy Nelson discuss uniforms and costumes seen in the 24th century. We cover uniforms from season one through First Contact, highlight costumes of Q and Lwaxana, and cosplay ideas and inspirations. These uniforms and costumes are what Star Trek conventions are known for and your hosts reveal which uniforms they have worn and will wear.
Chapters
00:00:35 Intro
00:01:10 Contest
00:02:08 Blu Ray features
00:04:15 Uniform Surprise
00:05:18 TNG uniforms
00:10:24 Cosplay
00:18:05 Embarrassing Photos
00:22:25 Troi Wardrobe
00:27:50 First Contact Uniform
00:35:22 Klingon Accessories
00:42:10 Lwaxana Troi
00:48:57 Klingon Costume
00:57:02 POTFM
01:00:52 Closing
 
Hosts
Richard Marquez, Lee Hutchison, and Amy Nelson
 
Production
Richard Marquez (Editor) Lee Hutchison (Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E. Hueter (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: earl_grey_-_166.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am MDT

165: Paint the Universe with a Rainbow

Star Trek is known for making forward thinking and social commentaries on today's issues. "The Outcast" is no exception. In The Next Generation's fifth season, we experience first hand the writers' take on gender issues and equality. These issues are just as relevant today as they were in 1992.  

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Lee Hutchison, Richard Marquez, and Amy Nelson discuss the J'naii, an androgynous race. The J'naii consider identifying as male or female as a sickness and as such, must be treated. We learn of this species' treatment of those who are different and reflect upon how we now treat those who are sexually different from ourselves.  

http://trekcore.com/blog/2014/07/reflections-on-lgbt-themes-in-tngs-the-outcast/  

Chapters    
Opening (00:00:00)   
Valentines Day (00:00:38)   
Looking Back To 1992 (00:02:24)   
The Sexes (00:09:22)   
Gender Neutral (00:22:21)   
Bullying and Childhood (00:29:12)   
The Outcast in 2017 (00:32:03)   
Gay Characters in Star Trek (00:39:25)   
I Love You (00:52:15)   
Riker and Troi (00:58:13)   
Individuality (01:00:07)   
This is Star Trek (01:02:00)   
Competition (01:03:15)   
Closing (01:05:44)  

Hosts  
Lee Hutchison, Richard Marquez, and Amy Nelson

Production  
Lee Hutchison (Editor) Richard Marquez (Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E. Hueter (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: earl_grey_-_165.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:17am MDT

164: Royalties...Again
The Road to Voyager.
 
The 24th century begins with The Next Generation and continues through Voyager. As an audience, we see particular themes, characters and species introduced in The Next Generation and continued in the other Star Trek series. 

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Richard Marquez and Amy Nelson discuss how Voyager continues the Borg and Q stories, how the Maquis and Cardassian conflict started and paralleled the conflict on Dorvan V, and if there were any missed crossover opportunities. 
 
Chapters
Introduction  (00:00:00)
Letters And Community (00:00:39)
The Road to Voyager (00:04:15)
Descent, Part II (00:05:53)
Journey's End (00:15:57)
Preemptive Strike (00:24:22)
The First Duty (00:33:31)
The Price (00:36:50)
Q (00:37:50)
Lt Barclay (00:41:22)
Lower Decks (00:44:06)
Final Thoughts (00:46:16)
Closing (00:54:12)
 
Hosts
Richard Marquez and Amy Nelson
 
Production
Lee Hutchison(Editor) Richard Marquez (Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E. Hueter (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Road to Voyager. The Next Generation is the starting point of the 24th century in Star Trek. Although Voyager is the second series to follow TNG, we recognize the impact it has on Voyager.
Direct download: Earl_Grey_-_164_.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:30am MDT



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