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)

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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.
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Category:general -- posted at: 6:30am MDT

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 MDT

162: Grr... Yeah

Earl Grey 162: Grr... Yeah  

Recast TNG.  

James T. Kirk and Spock are arguably the most beloved and well-known characters in Star Trek. With the newest movies released, does one prefer William Shatner over Chris Pine or Leonard Nimoy over Zachary Quinto? What will happen if we reboot The Next Generation? As it stands now, Patrick Stewart and Brent Spiner are the names associated with Jean-Luc Picard and Data, respectively. But, who would play these characters now?  

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Lee Hutchison, Richard Marquez, and Amy Nelson look at a recast of The Next Generation. We decide if our interpretation of a reboot series would be in the Prime or Kelvin timeline, or if this reboot takes place now versus the 1980's. Each host prepares and defends their choice of actors that would play the main characters of TNG.  

Chapters  
00:00:39 - Introduction (00:00:39)   
Prime or Kelvin Timeline (00:02:39)   
Wesley Crusher (00:03:52)   
Geordi LaForge (00:06:23)   
Beverly Crusher (00:10:05)   
William Riker (00:12:23)   
Worf (00:17:07)   
Data (00:23:01)   
Deanna Troi (00:27:15)   
Jean-Luc Picard (00:30:57)   
Full List Review (00:35:52)  
Closing (00:40:40)  

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-162.mp3
Category:List Shows -- posted at: 3:00am MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

159: Hilton in the Stars

Q&A Session.

As the holiday season comes to a close, we have a special gift for you: a chance to unwrap the new hosts of Earl Grey. We are more than just pretty paper and ribbons; we have a great passion for The Next Generation and Star Trek as a whole.

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Lee Hutchison, Richard Marquez, and Amy Nelson open themselves up to questions posed in The Babel Conference, our listeners group on Facebook. How would we handle a reboot? What are our top three episodes? Who are our favorite secondary characters? Each question is like a gift waiting to be unwrapped.

We thank you for participating in The Babel Conference, and for making this episode possible. We believe our listeners are the ornaments on the tree that allow our fandom to shine. Enjoy this Q&A wonderland with another cup of Earl Grey.

Chapters
Introduction (00:00:00)
Favorite Season and Episode (00:01:50)
Future Episodes (00:04:29)
Ethics (00:05:34)
Set Design and Music (00:08:28)
Top Three Episodes (00:16:35)
Skip Generations? (00:19:20)
Top Three Secondary Characters (00:24:03)
Admirals (00:29:07)
Outside of Trek (00:29:07)
Closing (00:37:35)

Hosts
Lee Hutchison, Richard Marquez, and Amy Nelson

Production
Lee Hutchison (Editor) 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) Stephen Boyd (Associate Producer) Ron Saarna (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager)

Direct download: eg-159.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am MDT

158: Cleveland Browns

The Road to Deep Space Nine.

By the time The Next Generation entered its fifth season, the series was enjoying such amazing success and popularity that the studio decided it was time for a third dip into the Star Trek well, and Deep Space Nine went into production in 1992. But what would this new show be about? Which characters would carry over? What species would be highlighted and developed further? The answers would come from specific episodes of The Next Generation.

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Lee Hutchison, Richard Marquez, and Amy Nelson look at the beginnings of Deep Space Nine through the lens of The Next Generation. We discuss how TNG set up Sisko’s introduction with “The Best of Both Worlds,” as well as how the Romulans and Bajorans were portrayed in “The Wounded,” “Ensign Ro,” and “Chain of Command.” This initial setup allowed for an incredible arc to be fleshed out more fully on DS9.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
(Christmas) Greetings (00:00:38)
The Road to Deep Space Nine (00:03:15)
“The Best of Both Worlds” (00:04:16)
“The Wounded” (00:09:37)
“Ensign Ro” (00:18:30)
“Chain of Command” (00:26:53)
Cardassian Nation (00:31:14)
Jellico (00:36:12)
Closing (00:40:07)

Hosts
Lee Hutchison, Richard Marquez, and Amy Nelson

Production
Lee Hutchison (Editor) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E. Hueter (Associate Producer) Stephen Boyd (Associate Producer) Ron Saarna (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager)

Direct download: eg-158.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:59am MDT

157: See Elf Instead
New Crew Introductions.
 
Earl Grey has enjoyed 155 episodes with Daniel, Darren and Phillip. We encourage everyone to listen to the amazing work these three have contributed to Star Trek fandom. We are indebted to them and thank them.  We have a feeling of great joy and gratitude.
 
Star Trek is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, but our new hosts aren’t that old. So how did our new crew come to know Star Trek?  How did our new crew come to love The Next Generation?  
 
In this episode, you will get the chance to meet our new hosts, Lee, Richard and Amy.  Hear how each of us found Star Trek and why we love The Next Generation. We talk about our first influences and how our fandom grew so much so that we are now hosts on Trek.FM. We also discuss how Trek.FM has rejuvenated our passion for The Next Generation and Star Trek in general.
 
Enjoy our individual paths to Star Trek and hopefully you will think on your personal journey and fandom for Star Trek.
 
Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)  
Our Trek Stories (00:01:05) 
Fandom (00:05:33)  
Digital Versatile Disc (00:12:50)  
Literary (Star) Treks (00:16:00)  
Trek.FM (00:42:57)  
Hope For The Future (00:31:05)  
Lesson Plans (00:42:57)  
Previously On (00:42:57) 
Conclusion (00:49:16)
 
Hosts
Lee Hutchinson, Richard Marquez, and Amy Nelson
 
Production
Lee Hutchison (Editor) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E. Hueter (Associate Producer) Stephen Boyd (Associate Producer) Ron Saarna (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager)
Direct download: eg-157.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am MDT

156: Peace in Our Time
The 24th Century Utopia.

Star Trek has been described as a show about a utopian future; but only The Next Generation really showcased this vision. The Original Series showed the Federation fighting many battles with the Klingons, Deep Space Nine brought war and an undermining of Federation principles by Section 31, Voyager had terrorists serving on the crew, and Enterprise found early explorers struggling with morality.

During The Next Generation, it truly was peace time and the Federation and the ideals of Roddenberry that it represented were explored in a way no other series could. In First Contact, Picard remarked to Lilly that money doesn't exist in the 24th century and that wealth is no longer the driving force. Instead humanity works to better itself.

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Amy Nelson, Richard Marquez, and Lee Hutchison explore Star Trek's vision of a utopian future, whether the society portrayed on The Next Generation is possible, how it could be achieved, and the consequences of a world without money. 

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)  
A Sequel (00:00:50)  
Richard on Utopia (00:02:30)  
Teachers on Utopia (00:04:30)  
Workhorse (00:07:07)  
The 1% (00:09:30)  
The Best (00:12:40)  
Insular Society (00:15:25)  
Stronger Together? (00:17:40)  
Enlist in Starfleet (00:23:16)  
Workers Rights and Jobs (00:26:30)  
Not Everyone Can Be a Poet (00:29:38)  
Intellectual Elitism (00:32:10)  
Unstoppable Progress (00:37:20)  
Money and Trade (00:40:20)  
Starfleet Socialism (00:44:31)  
What We've Learned (00:47:52)  
Closing (00:50:06) 
Hosts
Amy Nelson, Richard Marquez, and Lee Hutchison
Production
Lee Hutchison (Editor) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E. Hueter (Associate Producer) Stephen Boyd (Associate Producer) Ron Saarna (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager)

 

Direct download: eg-156.mp3
Category:Philosophy -- posted at: 5:00am MDT



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