Earl Grey 24: HogQwarts

Q.

From the very first episode of The Next Generation to the very last, we were periodically visited by a very interesting character—the omnipotent Q. In a special episode of Earl Grey, Phillip Gilfus, Darren Moser, and Daniel Proulx are joined by fellow Trek.fm hosts Tristan Riddell and Charlynn Schmiedt of To The Journey to discuss all things Q. We delve into the character as a villain vs. companion, his relationships with the crew, and our favorite Q moments. So join us for this excellent cup of Earl Grey with two scoops of To The Journey.

Direct download: eg-024.mp3
Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 8:00pm MST

Earl Grey 23: Secret Garden of the Enterprise-E

First Contact.

After the release of Generations, TNG fans got their next dose of big screen adventure in 1996's First Contact. With an all new ship and uniforms, the crew is once again faced with an invasion by their biggest foe. In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Phillip Gilfus, Darren Moser, and Daniel Proulx discuss this heavily praised film. From the Enterprise-E and Zefram Cochrane to the Borg and beyond. Prepare to be assimilated!

Direct download: eg-023.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 8:00pm MST

Earl Grey 22: Canon Locked

TNG Reboot.

While Star Trek fans eagerly await the franchise's return to the small screen, some have suggested this take the form of a Next Generation reboot. In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Phillip Gilfus, Darren Moser, and Daniel Proulx discuss what a TNG reboot might look like. Should it be Prime Universe or Abramsverse? Should it take on a more serialized format? What are some of the possible storylines? We discuss all of these questions and more to decide wether or not we think a TNG reboot is a good idea. Oh… and what about casting?! 

Direct download: eg-022.mp3
Category:Reboot -- posted at: 8:00pm MST

Earl Grey 21: BA in Barberism

Civilians.

Throughout The Next Generation, we were occasionally introduced to characters who were not among Starfleet's best and brightest. These were average people who were onboard in some occupation not requiring graduation from the Academy, or who were brought onboard for an adventure. The civilians on The Next Generation are often overlooked characters, but in this episode of Earl Grey Phillip Gilfus, Darren Moser, and Daniel Proulx discuss the bartenders and barbers, the teachers and passengers, and all of the other people we see who aren't wearing red, blue, or gold.

Direct download: eg-021.mp3
Category:Civilians -- posted at: 8:00pm MST

The Borg.

First introduced in the second-season episode "Q Who", the Borg grew to become one of Star Trek's scariest and most important villains. In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Phillip Gilfus, Darren Moser, and Daniel Proulx talk about the Borg as portrayed on The Next Generation. We discuss how they evolved over the course of the series, the changes that took place, and compare how they were used on Voyager. We also explore various episodes that deal with development of the Borg as a credible—and maybe not always so credible—threat. So prepare to be assimilated!

Direct download: eg-020.mp3
Category:Borg -- posted at: 8:00pm MST

Earl Grey 19: Soulmates with Benefits

William T. Riker.

Commander Riker went through a long and interesting development process, from the beardless version in Season One all the way through to captain of the Titan at the end of Nemesis. In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Phillip Gilfus, Darren Moser, and Daniel Proulx discuss the 24th-century ladies’ man and all around charming second-in-command, William T. Riker. From relationships to career aspirations and pitfalls, we discuss all aspects of the character. We also consider his future, and find out just what it is about him that we all like so much.

Direct download: eg-019.mp3
Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 8:00pm MST

Earl Grey 18: Yar Who

Season One Recap.

Season One of The Next Generation is frequently maligned and considered inferior to most of Trek. However, not all is bad and in this episode of Earl Grey hosts Phillip Gilfus, Darren Moser, and Daniel Proulx talk about a few episodes that go against the preconceived notions of the first season. From “Where No One Has Gone Before” all the way through the penultimate episode “Conspiracy” and a few in between, the crew discusses some of the highlights of Season One and what makes some of the season not only worth watching, but a vital piece of Star Trek.

Direct download: eg-018.mp3
Category:Season Overviews -- posted at: 8:00pm MST

Missing 24th-century Technology.

When creating the technology used in Star Trek: The Next Generation, the creators had impressively good vision of what the future might bring. They were not perfect, however, and on this episode of Earl Grey hosts Phillip Gilfus, Darren Moser, and Daniel Proulx discuss the tech that seems to be missing—or at least used sparingly—in the 24th century. We take a look at more than a dozen types of technology ranging from seat belts to hypospray guns and more!

Direct download: eg-017.mp3
Category:Technology -- posted at: 8:00pm MST

Earl Grey 16: Forging the First Link

TNG Philosophy.

The Next Generation took a lot from The Original Series—including the general outlook and philosophy of the show. As TNG grew from its initial conception, it gradually evolved a unique identity and started exploring issues all its own. In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Phillip Gilfus, Darren Moser, and Daniel Proulx talk TNG philosophy. What has changed since TOS? How is “the Roddenberry Vision” represented? We debate these questions and more to decide whether or not TNG represents an accurate vision of the future.

Direct download: eg-016.mp3
Category:Philosophy -- posted at: 8:00pm MST

Star Trek Generations with Standard Orbit.

In this special episode of Earl Grey, hosts Phillip Gilfus, Darren Moser and Daniel Proulx are joined by the crew of Standard Orbit—Mike Schindler and Drew Stewart—for a special holiday analysis of Star Trek Generations. Continuing on from Part I of our discussion on Standard Orbit, the super-sized crew looks at the remainder of Generations from a TNG perspective including Kirk vs. Picard, Data’s character development, the Christmas scene, and much more. So join in as the two crews come together for the first time and make an episode to cross the generations.

Direct download: eg-015.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 8:00pm MST



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