Actors Who Got Their Starts on TNG, Part 1
 
Star Trek has helped to launch many acting careers in its 51-year history. The Next Generation is no exception with a number of actors appearing on the show and in the movies in one of their first roles in film or television.
 
In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Amy Nelson, Richard Marquez, and Justin Oser start a two-part series on actors who got their starts on The Next Generation. Actors covered in this episode are Teri Hatcher, Michelle Forbes, Ken Jenkins, Robert Knepper, Brenda Strong, Nikki Cox, and Pamela Adlon.

Chapters
Intro (00:01:20) 
Emails (00:02:28) 
Comments from Babel (00:07:22) 
Contest (00:10:09) 
Robert Knepper (00:11:51) 
Brenda Strong (00:18:33) 
Teri Hatcher (00:23:15) 
Nikki Cox (00:28:56) 
Ken Jenkins (00:32:23) 
Pamela Segall Adlon (00:38:30) 
Michelle Forbes (00:44:40) 
Final Thoughts (00:54:40)  
Closing (00:57:28)
 
Hosts
Richard Marquez, Justin Oser, and Amy Nelson
 
Production
Richard Marquez (Editor and Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Justin Oser (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) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-204.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MST

The Next Generation has a number of episodes exploring the definition of life and the rights of different types of life forms. A memorable example of this type of episode is "The Quality of Life," in which versatile machines called exocomps demonstrate the ability for self-awareness and making decisions that affect their survival.

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Justin Oser and Richard Marquez are joined by Patrick Devlin of The Briar Patch to provide a commentary for the episode "The Quality of Life" from season six of The Next Generation. They discuss cute exocomps, orbital mining platforms, the definition of life, and why rocks seem to be everywhere.

Chapters
Intro (00:01:20) 
Listener Feedback (00:01:57) 
Commentary (00:06:16) 
Final Thoughts (00:51:10) 
Closing (00:57:23) 
 
Hosts
Justin Oser and Richard Marquez

Guest
Patrick Devlin
 
Production
Justin Oser (Editor and Producer) 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) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-203.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MST

Unsung Episodes Season 7.
 
Every season of The Next Generation has episodes that get overlooked or ignored. Well, not here and not today.  Most fans will quickly identify "Parallels" and "All Good Things..." as being their favorite episodes from season seven. So, if we set those episodes aside, which other episodes should we celebrate and recognize from this season?

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Amy Nelson, Richard Marquez, and Justin Oser list their three unsung episodes from season seven. 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
Intro (00:01:20) 
Email (00:02:26) 
Comments from Babel (00:05:45) 
Contest (00:07:56) 
First Choice (00:11:38) 
Second Choice (00:21:30) 
Third Choice (00:34:53) 
Honorable Mentions (00:47:47) 
Final Thoughts (00:54:45) 
Closing (00:58:44) 

Runtime 1 hours 6 minutes 10 seconds
 
Hosts
Richard Marquez, Justin Oser, Amy Nelson
 
Production
Richard Marquez (Editor and Producer) Justin Oser (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-202.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MST

Spooky Scenes.
 
Star Trek has had some very spooky moments and episodes throughout its 51 year history. The Next Generation has been no exception, ranging from entire episodes of gradually building psychological terror to brief but frightening scenes that seem to come out of nowhere.

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Justin Oser, Richard Marquez, and Amy Nelson discuss their top three scary scenes from The Next Generation. On this spooky Halloween, we are frightened by dead bodies sitting up, Skin of Evil, strange clicking sounds, and much more!

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
Listener Feedback (00:02:17)
Halloween Cosplay (00:07:32)
Scary Scene Picks (00:10:20)
Skin of Evil (00:11:29)
Frame of Mind (00:13:43)
Genesis (00:17:13)
Night Terrors (00:19:32)
Phantasms (00:26:59)
Conspiracy (00:28:52)
Schisms (00:30:23)
Scariest Outside TNG (00:33:12)
In Theory (00:36:55)
Remember Me (00:38:42)
Eye of the Beholder (00:40:02)
Final Thoughts (00:42:26)
Closing (00:47:22)

Runtime: 51 minutes and 36 seconds
 
Hosts
Richard Marquez, Justin Oser, Amy Nelson
 
Production
Justin Oser (Editor and Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer)  Richard Marquez (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) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: eg-201.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MST

Qpid.
 
In the season four The Next Generation episode "Qpid," Q makes an appearance on the Enterprise-D for the first time since having his powers taken away and then restored in the season three episode "Déjà Q." Picard's love interest from "Captain's Holiday," Vash, is also on the ship and Q decides to transport Picard, the crew, and Vash into a Robin Hood adventure.

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Amy Nelson, Richard Marquez, and Justin Oser celebrate Earl Grey's two hundredth episode by discussing the two hundredth Star Trek production, "Qpid." They talk about Q's role, Picard's relationship with Vash, and their favorite moments in the episode.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
200th Episode Concept (00:05:33) 
A Q Story (00:07:16) 
Initial Thoughts (00:08:36) 
Vash (00:15:10)  
Q's Privacy Issues (00:25:25)  
Q's Role (00:27:52) 
Favorite Moments (00:34:51)  
Vash's Interactions (00:41:30) 
Final Thoughts (00:45:37) 
Closing (00:52:55) 

Runtime: 58 minutes 19 seconds
 
Hosts
Richard Marquez, Justin Oser, Amy Nelson
 
Production
Justin Oser (Editor and Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Richard Marquez (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) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-200.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am MST

Michael Piller, Part 2.
 
One of the most important contributors to the Star Trek franchise, Michael Piller was the showrunner for The Next Generation from seasons three to five and many credit him with helping to improve the overall quality of the show after a rocky first two seasons. Michael Piller was also a co-creator of Deep Space Nine and Voyager. Piller capped off his career with Star Trek by co-writing "Insurrection" and sadly passed away from cancer in November 2005.
In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Amy Nelson, Richard Marquez, and Justin Oser conclude their two-part series on Next Generation episodes and movies written by Michael Piller. The episodes and movies discussed are "Unification," "The Masterpiece Society," "The Perfect Mate," "Time's Arrow," "Rascals," and "Insurrection."

Chapters
Intro (00:01:19) 
Comments from the Babel Conference (00:02:03) 
iTunes Review Winner (00:04:28) 
List of Episodes (00:05:45) 
Unification Part One (00:07:09)
Unification Part Two (00:10:33)
Masterpiece Society (00:17:45) 
The Perfect Mate (00:23:26)
Time’s Arrow (00:31:31) 
Rascal’s (00:36:21) 
Insurrection (00:42:10) 
Final Thoughts (01:02:21) 
Closing (01:06:54) 
 
Hosts
Richard Marquez, Justin Oser, and Amy Nelson
 
Production
Richard Marquez (Editor and Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Justin Oser (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) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: EG199.mp3
Category:Writers -- posted at: 2:30pm MST

Michael Piller, Part 1.
 
One of the most important contributors to the Star Trek franchise, Michael Piller was the showrunner for The Next Generation from seasons three to five and many credit him with helping to improve the overall quality of the show after a rocky first two seasons. During that period, Piller is probably most famous for writing "The Best of Both Worlds" two-parter, a hugely influential set of episodes that took the show's popularity to new heights.

Michael Piller was also a co-creator of Deep Space Nine and Voyager and the showrunner for each of those shows during their first two seasons. Piller capped off his career with Star Trek by co-writing "Insurrection" and sadly passed away from cancer in November 2005.
In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Amy Nelson, Richard Marquez, and Justin Oser start a two-part series on Next Generation episodes and movies written by Michael Piller. The episodes discussed are "Evolution," "Booby Trap," "The Enemy," "The Best of Both Worlds," "First Contact," and "Ensign Ro." 

Chapters
Intro (00:01:24) 
Comments from Babel Conference (00:02:29) 
Tributes to Michael Miller (00:05:43) 
List of episodes for discussion (00:10:39) 
Evolution (00:11:04) 
Booby Trap (00:15:49) 
The Enemy (00:20:35) 
Best of Both Worlds Part One (00:27:52) 
Best of Both Worlds Part Two (00:33:53) 
First Contact (00:49:45) 
Ensign Ro (01:00:18) 
Final Thoughts (01:04:04) 
Closing (01:09:17) 
 
Hosts
Richard Marquez, Justin Oser, and Amy Nelson
 
Production
Richard Marquez (Editor and Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Justin Oser (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) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: EG198.mp3
Category:Writers -- posted at: 1:00am MST

Unsung Episodes Season 6.
 
Every season of The Next Generation has episodes that get overlooked or ignored. Well, not here and not today.  Most fans will quickly identify "Chain of Command Part I and II," "Face of the Enemy," and "Tapestry" as being their favorite episodes from season six. So, if we set those episodes aside, which other episodes should we celebrate and recognize from this season?

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Amy Nelson, Richard Marquez, and Justin Oser list their three unsung episodes from season six. 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
Intro (00:00:00) 
"Shades of Gray" Rewrite Titles (00:02:18) 
Unsung Ground Rules (00:03:53) 
Starship Mine (00:05:02) 
Lessons (00:07:49) 
Timescape (00:14:09)
Frame of Mind (00:19:51)
Realm of Fear (00:23:38)
Aquiel  (00:29:50)
A Fistful of Datas  (00:33:35)
The Quality of Life (00:40:08)
Man of the People (00:43:09)
Schisms (00:51:54)
Final Thoughts (00:52:40)
Closing (00:57:39) 

Runtime: 1 hour and 2 minutes
 
Hosts
Richard Marquez, Justin Oser, Amy Nelson
 
Production
Justin Oser (Editor and Producer) 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) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-197.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MST

The Next Generation's 30th Anniversary.
 
On September 28, 1987, a new Star Trek show premiered in the United States. The Next Generation featured a new crew and a new ship boldly going on adventures in a new century. Although met with some initial resistance, The Next Generation would become a huge hit, helping to keep Star Trek on TV for 18 straight seasons and spawning multiple spin-off series and four feature films. The show also introduced a whole new generation of fans to Star Trek and The Next Generation's strong popularity and cultural influence continue to this day.

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Amy Nelson, Richard Marquez, and Justin Oser celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Next Generation by sharing their thoughts on what the show has meant to them. Also included are interviews with Next Generation actors Denise Crosby, Natalija Nogulich, Daniel Davis, Spencer Garrett, and Margot Rose as well as interviews with fans on how The Next Generation has positively influenced their lives.

Chapters
Intro (00:01:18)  
Amy’s love letter to TNG (00:02:41)  
Denise Crosby (00:06:14)  
Natlija Nogulich (00:13:31)  
Richard’s love letter to TNG (00:21:40)  
Daniel Davis (00:24:51)  
Spencer Garrett (00:31:49)  
Justin’s love letter to TNG (00:43:11)  
Margot Rose (00:47:21)  
Fan interviews (01:03:30)  
More love (01:13:41)  
One liners (01:19:18)  
Contest (01:21:05)  
Closing (01:22:15)  

Runtime: 1 hour 28 minutes 36 seconds
 
Hosts
Amy Nelson
Richard Marquez
Justin Oser
 
Production
Richard Marquez (Editor and Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Justin Oser (Producer) Lee Hutchison (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-196.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am MST

"Shades of Gray" Rewrite.
 
The second season finale of The Next Generation, "Shades of Gray," is often considered to be one of the worst episodes of the show, if not one of the worst episodes in all of Star Trek. A writers' strike, a strained budget at the end of the season, and a showrunner on his way out combined for an episode notorious for being Star Trek's only clip show.

In this episode of Earl Grey, host Justin Oser is joined by special guests Brandon-Shea Mutala (of Melodic Treks, Warp Five, and The Edge) and Star Trek author Una McCormack to do an episode rewrite of "Shades of Gray." They discuss what danger the crew should find, what the message of the episode should be, whether Dr. Pulaski and Dr. Crusher should team up together, and much more in their quest to improve upon the original episode.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Una McCormack Interview (00:02:52) 
Brandon-Shea's Thoughts on Dr. Pulaski (00:13:21) 
"Shades of Gray" Rewrite (00:19:38) 
Final Thoughts (00:53:48) 
Closing (01:00:28)


Host
Justin Oser
 
Guests
Brandon-Shea Mutala and Una McCormack
 
Production
Justin Oser (Editor and Producer) Richard Marquez (Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Lee Hutchison (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-195.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30pm MST



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