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 MST

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 MST

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 MST

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 MST

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 MST

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 MST

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 MST

163: Snooping Around

Tin Man.  

Based on the 1976 short story “Tin Woodman” by Dennis Russell Bailey and David Bischoff, “Tin Man” was the first episode of The Next Generation that Earl Grey co-host Richard Marquez saw, and it is what launched his Star Trek fandom. Originally published in Amazing Science Fiction Stories and later as a novel in 1979, the original “Tin Woodman” story was nominated for a Nebula Award in 1977. Bailey and Bischoff are also credited with writing the TNG episode.  

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Richard Marquez, Lee Hutchison, and Amy Nelson discuss whether this is a good first episode for someone new to The Next Generation, how the name Tin Man correlates with the theme and characters of this episode, and certain sound effects that will make your stomach turn. We also debate if this is a Troi- or Data-centric episode and the social issues of mental health and disability.  

Chapters  
00:00:38 Introduction  
00:02:08 Episode Review  
00:02:40 History  
00:03:10 What did you think?  
00:06:05 Disability  
00:11:11 Jay Chattaway  
00:18:24 Mental health  
00:20:43 First contact issues  
00:24:03 Marina Sirtis  
00:26:54 Touch ups  

Hosts  
Lee Hutchison, Richard Marquez, 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: EG-163.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am MST

161: One with the Cloud, Man

Unsung Episodes: Season 1.  

Every season of The Next Generation has episodes that get overlooked or ignored. Well, not here and not today. Most fans will quickly identify "Encounter at Farpoint" as being their favorite episode from season one. So, if we set that one aside, which other episodes should we celebrate and recognize from this introductory season?  

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Lee Hutchison, Richard Marquez, and Amy Nelson list their three unsung episodes from season one. Each host puts up a good defense on why their chosen episodes should be among the fan favorites or at least viewed with a fresh perspective devoid of preconceived perceptions.  

Unsung Episodes is a series that will continue through 2017 highlighting each season in honor of the thirty-year anniversary of TNG.  

Chapters  
Opening (00:00:00)   
Unsung Episodes (00:01:02)   
Datalore (00:03:44)   
We'll Always Have Paris (00:06:14)   
Haven (00:07:50)   
Skin of Evil (00:14:15)   
Conspiracy (00:20:51)   
Angel One (00:21:50)   
Lonely Among Us (00:28:00)   
Code of Honor (00:32:50)   
The Arsenal of Freedom (00:42:04)   
Honorable Mentions (00:48:05)   
Closing (00:52:22)  

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: eg-161.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am MST

160: Grabbed It, Hugged It, and Paid for It

TNG 30th Anniversary.  

The first episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation aired on September 28, 1987. Still today, we are watching, enjoying, and discussing this incredible story—and after thirty years, we do it through rose-colored glasses.  

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Lee Hutchison, Richard Marquez, and Amy Nelson discuss possible future episode ideas and share our hope for this podcast. Hear Lee’s behind-the-scenes wishes, Richard’s hope to travel and meet the cast of TNG and other hosts of Trek.fm, and Amy’s desire to look at individual seasons with a twist. We take this opportunity to share our thoughts and invite everyone to listen throughout 2017.

Chapters   
Introduction (00:00:39)   
Lee's Ideas (00:01:20)   
TNG Memories (00:02:58)   
Amy's Ideas (00:04:17)   
STLV Interviews (00:04:51)   
Richard's Ideas (00:05:48)   
Focus on Panels (00:06:28)   
Behind the Scenes Writers (00:07:17)   
Episodes in Theaters (00:07:43)   
PEZ Sets (00:09:25)   
Closing (00:10:20)  

Hosts  
Lee Hutchison, Richard Marquez, and Amy Nelson

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

Direct download: EG-160.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00am MST



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