Earl Grey 76: This is Ceti Risa Five!

Sexuality and Relationships.

 

The Next Generation was not bashful about examining issues of sexuality and relationships during its seven seasons. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, episodes like "Justice" and "Captain's Holiday" portrayed a 24th Century where sexual expression was much more open and equal for both sexes. TNG also introduced alien species like the Betazed (in the forms of Lwaxana and Deanna Troi), the J'naii ("The Outcast"), and the Trill ("The Host") who have completely different perspectives on romantic relationships. Phillip. Daniel, and Darren examine how Gene Roddenberry's vision of futuristic sexual expression compares to modern day attitudes, and how people will view relationships 300 years from now. The Earl Grey trio attempt to explain how the Commander William T. Riker/Counselor Troi relationship best represents 24th Century mores. So set your coordinates for Risa, bring along your horga'hn, and join in on the discussion of sexuality and relationships in TNG.

 

Hosts

Daniel Proulx, Phillip Gilfus, & Darren Moser

 

Editor / Producer

Darren Moser

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

TNG is a Sexy Show (00:03:04)  

The Edo (00:04:40)  

Risa (00:12:50)  

J'nali (00:18:43)  

Trill (00:23:24)  

Betazeds (00:38:00)  

Human (00:44:10)  

Closing Thoughts (00:52:56)  

 

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Direct download: eg-076.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:34am MST

Earl Grey 75: The Woody Allen of Space

Reginald Barclay.

There are few characters who achieved success in more than one Star Trek series. Lieutenant Junior Grade Reginald Barclay was introduced in The Next Generation's season three episode "Hollow Pursuits" and would appear in four more episodes of TNG, in addition to a cameo in the feature film Star Trek: First Contact. 

However, when Mr. Barclay appeared in the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Projections," fans may have thought it was a one-time TNG special appearance on the sister show. However, Reg would eventually become an honorary member of the Voyager crew by establishing himself as their lifeline to the Alpha Quadrant. Darren, Daniel, and Phillip fire up the Pathfinder Project and beam aboard "To the Journey" co-host Charlynn Schmiedt to discuss Starfleet's most neurotic lieutenant. So pull yourself away from the Holodeck and join Earl Grey as they do an in-depth character profile of Mr. Broccoli.    

Hosts
Daniel Proulx, Phillip Gilfus, & Darren Moser

Guest
Charlynn Schmiedt

Editor / Producer
Darren Moser

Production Manager

Richard Marquez
 
Content Coordinator
Will Nguyen

Chapters
Barclay First Thoughts (00:04:00)
Geordi's Problem (00:10:41)
The Nth. Degree (00:14:42)
Realm of Fear (00:17:00)
Ship in a Bottle (00:20:52)
Genesis (00:22:21)
First Contact (00:29:03)
Voyager Barclay (00:31:07)
Holo-Addiction Relapse (00:35:03)
Fan Mail from Earth (00:41:39)
Author, Author (00:44:42)
Endgame (00:50:02)

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Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 11:29pm MST

Earl Grey 74: Philip and Darren on the Ocean

Season Five Overview.

The Next Generation peaked during its fifth season, featuring its highest viewer ratings and the long-anticipated return of a main cast member from the originalStar Trek. The season begins by completing the Klingon and Romulan-focused two-parter "Redemption," and then covers new ground with a metaphor-speaking alien species ("Darmok"), the introduction of a new featured character ("Ensign Ro"), and a multi-story episode in "Disaster." Fans of both Star Trek generations finally received their wish with the return of Spock to the television screen in the two-parter "Unification." 

This was unfortunately the same year that Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry died. However his legacy lived on in season five as it sought new perspectives on established TNG characters with the returns of Lwaxana Troi ("Cost of Living"), Wesley Crusher ("The Game" and "First Duty"), and the Borg ("I, Borg"). Captain Jean-Luc Picard was faced with one of his greatest challenges in the critically acclaimed "The Inner Light," while the season ended with fan-debated episode "Time's Arrow, Part 1." Join Daniel Proulx, Darren Moser, and Phillip Gilfus as they put on their brand new captain's jackets and examine the fifth season of Star Trek: The Next Generation

Hosts
Daniel Proulx, Phillip Gilfus, & Darren Moser

Editor / Producer
Darren Moser

Production Manager
Richard Marquez
 
Content Coordinator
Will Nguyen

Chapters
Season 5 Overall (00:04:00)
Ensign Ro (00:09:34)
Captain's Jacket (00:13:51)
Spock (00:15:49)
Returning - Wesley (00:19:20)
Favorite Episodes (00:25:31)
Darmok (00:25:34)
Cause and Effect (00:31:34)
Silicon Avatar (00:34:17)
I Borg  (00:36:52)
Power Play (00:41:36)
Violations (00:43:20)
Ethics (00:44:13)
The Outcast (00:45:35)
Hero Worship (00:46:12)
The Inner Light (00:47:09)
Weak Links (00:49:12)
Final Thoughts (01:00:53)
Closing (01:02:59)

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Category:Season Overviews -- posted at: 11:36pm MST

Earl Grey 73: Captain of the Play

The Arts in TNG.

The Next Generation arguably features the most concerts, play performances, poetry readings, and art works than any other Star Trek television series. Whether it was having every senior officer being musically inclined, having fun in the clay modeling room making a mask or an entry for "Captain Picard Day," or keeping Commander William T. Riker from the nude modeling painting class, TNG inserted cultural works into many episodes. The show's writers/producers made sure that noted Shakespearean performer Sir Patrick Stewart incorporated several references in the series' seven-year run, from the Bard's historical plays to his sonnets. Lt. Commander Data's development in humanity also included his exploration of artistic self-expression, leading to him playing the violin, painting his dreams, and being directed by Captain Jean-Luc Picard in his one-man performance of a "A Christmas Carol." 

Join co-hosts Phillip Gilfus, Darren Moser, and Daniel Proulx as they find the "sweet spot" of the NCC-1701-D, bust out their Ressikan flute and rolled-up piano keyboard, and talk about the great music, plays, and art of TNG. Try not to fall asleep as they reenact the most famous poetry reading in all of Trekdom!  

Hosts
Daniel Proulx, Phillip Gilfus, & Darren Moser

Editor / Producer
Darren Moser

Production Manager
Richard Marquez
 
Content Coordinator
Will Nguyen

Chapters
TNG as teacher of the arts (00:02:50)
Musician Characters (00:08:20)
Classical Music in TNG (00:13:30)
Singing (00:30:07)
Shakespeare (00:32:36)
A Christmas Carol (00:40:40)
Beverly's Theater (00:42:30)
Ode to Spot (00:47:51) 
Art (00:51:23)
Clay (00:55:06)
Ending (01:03:32)

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Direct download: eg-073.mp3
Category:Art -- posted at: 7:38pm MST

Earl Grey 72: What Would Riker Do?

"The Best of Both Worlds" Alternate Ending. 

One of the most memorable musical moments in The Next Generation was the final seconds of the season three cliffhanger episode, with the television screen displaying those fateful words, "...To Be Continued." TNG's "The Best of Both Worlds, Part II" opened with the Enterprise-D's deflector weapon being  rendered useless by the Borg Collective. But what if it had worked? The destruction of the Borg cube, along with Captain Jean-Luc Picard/Locutus would have shift the show to an almost entirely new series, led by Captain William T. Riker. Darren, Daniel, and Phillip discuss how all the characters would be affected by this change in circumstances, how the series would have radically changed, and if we would have ever seen Sir Patrick Stewart in TNG again. Join Earl Grey as they explore a parallel universe where season four set a new course for the crew of the NCC-1701-D.  

Hosts
Daniel Proulx, Phillip Gilfus, & Darren Moser

Editor / Producer
Darren Moser

Production Manager
Richard Marquez
 
Content Coordinator
Will Nguyen

Chapters
Picard's Death in The Best of Both Worlds (00:02:50)
Impact on Riker (00:05:12)
No Family (00:17:39)
Troi counseling Riker (00:24:10)
Impact on Data (00:31:17)
Impact on Geordi (00:44:44)
Conclusion (00:50:07)

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Category:Characters -- posted at: 12:52am MST

Earl Grey 71: What's She Doing On That Ship?

"Face of the Enemy" Commentary. 

Romulans. Vulcans. Tal Shiar. Conspiracies. In the sixth season episode of The Next Generation, "Face of the Enemy," a rare Troi-focused episode explores the consequences of Ambassador Spock's work with Romulans from the two-parter "Unification." Darren, Daniel, and Phillip provide their commentary for this episode that depicts the strengths and further potential of Counselor Deanna Troi, as she must play the part of a Tal Shiar agent aboard a Romulan warbird. This story also provides greater insight into the Romulan Imperial Fleet, as we see different uniforms, ranks, and the explanation of what it is like to live in such a police state. Add to that a Starfleet ensign with a blonde Romulan haircut and this episode will get you craving a plate of viinerine and a glass of Romulan ale. Put on your pointed ears and shoulder pads and enjoy Earl Grey's commentary to "Face of the Enemy." 

Hosts
Daniel Proulx, Phillip Gilfus, & Darren Moser

Editor / Producer
Darren Moser

Production Manager
Richard Marquez
 
Content Coordinator
Will Nguyen

Chapters
Commentary Start (00:02:08)
Conclusion (00:48:49)

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Category:Commentaries -- posted at: 10:34pm MST

Earl Grey 70: Comedy Gold Pressed Latinum

Comedic Episodes.

Star Trek: The Next Generation is a show that tackles serious issues, including life and death, morality, mortality, and the meaning of existence. However, TNGalso features many comedic episodes and moments showing that it does not take itself too seriously. Comedy features in Q's many appearances (either showing up naked on the bridge or as the Sheriff of Nottingham) to Lwaxana Troi chasing Captain Picard around the Enterprise. Phillip, Daniel, and Darren discuss their favorite comedic episodes, from "Captain's Holiday" to "A Fistful of Datas," as well as the lines and moments that made them laugh just like Data at the end of "Deja Q." Join in the laughter as Earl Grey initialize The Comic Holodeck program and talk comedy in TNG.

Hosts
Phillip Gilfus, Daniel Proulx, & Darren Moser

Editor / Producer
Darren Moser

Production Manager
Richard Marquez
 
Content Coordinator
Will Nguyen

Chapters

Deja Q (00:04:39)
QPid (00:10:15)
Manhunt (00:19:25)
Captain's Holiday (00:26:19)
A Fistful of Datas (00:30:56)
TNG Funny Highlights (00:36:15)
Closing (00:45:05)

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Direct download: eg-070.mp3
Category:List Shows -- posted at: 5:19am MST

Earl Grey 69: Experience Bij

Interactive TNG VCR Game.

The Next Generation has inspired the development of many games on various platforms. A board game released during the live run of TNG was the cutting-edge technological feat of "Star Trek: The Next Generation - Interactive VCR Game - A Klingon Challenge." Darren, Daniel, and Phillip choose their characters, press "play" on the VCR, and set their wits against the Klingon Kavok who has hijacked the Enterprise-D. The Earl Grey trio must cooperate, and compete, to ensure they earn computer access levels, gain access to a phaser, and avoid being paralyzed by stasis fields. The timer speeds up as they crawl through Jefferies tubes to the bridge in their attempt to stun Kavok. Tune in and see if they are successful or if Kavok is manages to use the flagship to take over the Klingon Empire.

Hosts
Daniel Proulx, Phillip Gilfus, & Darren Moser

Editor / Producer
Darren Moser

Production Manager
Richard Marquez
 
Content Coordinator
Will Nguyen

Chapters
Instructions (00:03:08)
Finale (00:37:40)
Thoughts (00:45:55)
Conclusion (00:51:15)

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Category:Game -- posted at: 11:49pm MST

Earl Grey 68: Secret Shipyards Are All The Rage

Nemesis.

Star Trek Nemesis is generally considered one of the weaker entries of The Next Generation feature films, as well as the entire Star Trek movie franchise. The story mixed together action sequences, the idea of "dark mirrors" for Captain Jean-Luc Picard and Lt. Cmdr. Data, and attempted to send off the Enterprise-Echaracters to their next stage of life (or death, in the case of one android). Daniel, Darren, and Phillip examine the multiple aspects that did not work in the film, what parts they enjoyed, and how this movie predicted the look and feel of J.J. Abrams' Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek into Darkness. Pour a glass of Romulan Ale or Chateau Picard, and join Earl Grey for Next Gen's final journey. 

Hosts
Daniel Proulx, Phillip Gilfus, & Darren Moser

Editor / Producer
Darren Moser

Production Manager
Richard Marquez
 
Content Coordinator
Will Nguyen

Chapters

Finale to TNG? (00:03:02)  
Issues (00:10:30)  
Deleted Scenes (00:22:25)  
TNG Movies (00:28:30)  
Being Positive (00:33:34)  
Conclusion (00:47:16)  

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Direct download: eg-068.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 11:54pm MST

Earl Grey 67: 500 Lt. Commanders Can't Be Wrong

TNG Ranks & Promotions. 

Star Trek has created a universe where Starfleet personnel have recognizable ranks and positions. The Next Generation promoted several characters and moved others to various ship positions, while at the same time left certain officers in the same rank through all seven seasons and four feature films. Darren, Daniel, and Phillip examine the career paths of the TNG crew, how the Starfleet promotion system on the Enterprise fits into the greater canon of the 22nd, 23rd, and 24th centuries, and discover a surprising conspiracy concerning those with full commander rank.

Hosts
Daniel Proulx, Phillip Gilfus, & Darren Moser

Editor / Producer
Darren Moser

Production Manager
Richard Marquez
 
Content Coordinator
Will Nguyen

Chapters

Geordi La Forge (00:04:00)  
The Red/Gold Shift (00:12:18)  
Worf (00:21:50)  
The Commander Paradox (00:27:00)  
Troi (00:38:15)  
O'Brien (00:44:17)  
Data (00:50:57)  
Closing (00:52:51)  

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Direct download: eg-067.mp3
Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 5:39pm MST



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