136: Captain Alan Ruck
First Time Generations.

After seven years on television, Star Trek: The Next Generation launched a second Trek movie franchise with the inaugural TNG movie, Star Trek: Generations. Star Trek fans, both Original Series and Next Gen-ers, have long discussed their feelings about the eagerly-awaited meeting between Captains Kirk and Picard, Data's emotions, the destruction of the NCC-1701-D, and the death of Kirk. However, one Trek fan just watched the movie last week - Andi VanderKolk, better known as FirstTimeTrekker.

Andi joins the Earl Grey crew and shares her thoughts about Captain Alan Ruck...er, John Harriman of the Enterprise-B, how Dr. Tolian Soran was able to speak great lines while sporting a great coat, and how the star of the entire movie is Spot the Cat. The crew talks the expectations of the first TNG movie, the role of Captain James T. Kirk, and how the story could have been improved. Join Earl Grey as they talk the high and low parts of Star Trek: Generations.

CHAPTERS
No Spock? (00:19:45)
Goodbye Enterprise (00:28:27)
Andi's Key Points (00:31:31)
Favorite Parts (00:40:45)

HOSTS
Daniel Proulx, Phillip Gilfus, & Darren Moser

GUEST
Andi VanderKolk

PRODUCTION
Darren Moser (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) Stephen Boyd (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager)
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Category:Movies -- posted at: 7:00am MDT

135: Fabio's Mirror
Mirror Episode Part 1.
One story type that didn't make its way into The Next Generation was the Mirror Universe. What will our favorite characters do when faced with their evil go-tee wearing counterparts? What if Data was a crazy red eyed robot controlled by Captain Riker? What if Picard had flowing locks of hair? This week Darren, Daniel and Phillip start rewriting "Parallels" to become the TNG chapter of the Mirror Universe.

CHAPTERS
State of the Mirror Universe? (00:03:19)
Core Setting / What season? (00:13:53
The Plot (00:33:00)
Final Thoughts (00:55:20)

HOSTS
Daniel Proulx, Phillip Gilfus, & Darren Moser

PRODUCTION
Darren Moser (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) Stephen Boyd (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager)
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Category:Rewrite -- posted at: 7:00am MDT

134: Who Shot Captain Picard?
TNG Two Parters. The Best of Both Worlds was one of the most pivotal cliff-hanger stories in Star Trek: The Next Generation. TNG created eight two part episodes that extended a single story into several plot layers and great character moments. Long before the "long format" approach to story telling, this was the best way to enhance suspense and draw out a characters arc. Join Darren, Daniel and Phillip as they compare the strong vs weaker halves of TNG's two parter's.

CHAPTERS
The Best of Both Worlds (00:03:49)
Season 3 Episode 26 / Season 4 Episode 1

Redemption (00:10:07)
Season 4 Episode 26 / Season 5 Episode 1

Unification (00:16:12)
Season 5 Episode 7 & 8

Time's Arrow (00:21:52)
Season 5 Episode 26 / Season 6 Episode 1

Chain of Command (00:27:47)
Season 6 Episode 10 & 11

Birthright (00:33:01)
Season 6 Episode 16 & 17

Descent (00:37:09)
Season 6 Episode 26 / Season 7 Episode 1

Gambit (00:40:56)
Season 7 Episode 4 & 5

Final Thoughts (00:47:41)


HOSTS
Daniel Proulx, Phillip Gilfus, & Darren Moser

PRODUCTION
Darren Moser (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) Stephen Boyd (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager)
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Category:List Shows -- posted at: 7:00am MDT

133: ENSiGNS

TNG Fan Film.

Free carpet samples. Lounge chairs. Lots of computer monitors. Some nice, polished wood. 

For some reason, no one has gathered these items for a Next Generation-based fan film production. Throughout the decades, amateur productions have been predominantly set on 23rd Century Constitution-class vessels. In more recent years, productions like "Star Trek Renegades" has reached past the shows of the 24th Century and "Star Trek: Horizon" has looked "back" into the 22nd Century. But there are no current fan web series based during the seven-year television run of TNG. 

Phillip, Daniel, and Darren put on their "fan production" hats and explore why there is this "gap" of fan productions for Next Gen. They discuss whether TNG has a unique fandom, whether there is a lack of enthusiasm for Enterprise-D based web series, and whether something like "Red Shirt Diaries" can be done for the "lower decks" of the NCC-1701-D. Join Earl Grey as they delve into what role they would play in a TNG fan film and how "ENSiGNS" can only be made possible through supporters like you.

Hosts
Daniel Proulx, Phillip Gilfus, & Darren Moser

Editor / Producer
Darren Moser

Executive Producers
Norman C. Lao, Matthew Rushing, & C Bryan Jones

Production Manager
Richard Marquez
 
Content Manager

Will Nguyen


Chapters
Origins (00:02:45)
Why No TNG? (00:05:46)
Production (00:14:10)
Story (00:18:40)
What Would You Do? (00:35:05)
Final Thoughts (00:43:35)

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Category:Reboot -- posted at: 7:00am MDT

132: Playing Fek'lhr's Advocate

Supernatural Elements.

The Next Generation introduces several individuals, including some "re-shaping" of our own favorite characters, who are seen as supernatural characters. This can mean that they are either all-powerful, mysterious, tricksters, or "flim-flams." Darren, Daniel, and Phillip create their own originally named "Q Continuum" of supernatural beings, from the scary "Kevin" ("The Survivors") on one end to Ardra ("Devil's Due") on the other. 

Supernatural characters can be shrouded in the cloak of religious worship like the Edo Guardian ("Justice") and "The Picard" ("Who Watches the Watchers?") or they could be just a different scale of lifeform like Nagilum ("Where Silence Has Lease") and Q. Join Earl Grey as they seek out new lifeforms who go beyond the realm of human beings and explore supernatural beings in Next Gen.

Hosts
Daniel Proulx, Phillip Gilfus, & Darren Moser

Editor / Producer
Darren Moser

Executive Producers
Norman C. Lao, Matthew Rushing, & C Bryan Jones

Production Manager
Richard Marquez
 
Content Manager

Will Nguyen


Chapters

Justice - Edo God (00:03:42)
Devils Due - Audra / Fek'lhr (00:12:05)
Who Watches the Watchers - The Picard (00:20:51)
Encounter at Farpoint - Q (00:25:18)
Where Silence Has Lease - Nagilum (00:37:19)
Honorable Mentions (00:41:34)

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Category:Philosophy -- posted at: 7:00am MDT

131: Countdown to Farpoint

TNG Season Zero Prequel.

We all know and love the trials and tribulations of our beloved TNG crew throughout seven seasons and four feature films ... but how did it all begin for them? Daniel, Darren, and Phillip sit down and create an outline for a "Countdown to 'Encounter' [at Farpoint]" comic book series. The trio imagines a comic book run, similar to IDW'S "Star Trek: Countdown" and "Star Trek: Countdown to Darkness" for the JJ-verse movies, that picks up our characters' lives years before they joined the ranks of the Galaxy-class Enterprise-D. 

Earl Grey begins issue one with the dramatic court martial of Captain Jean-Luc Picard, following the disastrous loss of his first command, U.S.S. Stargazer. Picard must deal with an overzealous prosecutor, Phillipa Louvois, as well as a visit from recent widow, Dr. Beverly Crusher. The next issues focus on young baby-face Lieutenant William T. Riker and Deanna Troi on Betazed, as the gold-suited Starfleet officer finds himself choosing between love and career promotion (along with a new color uniform). Other issues follow a recently discovered and reactivated android, named Data, who finds his life choices continually challenged by a Lieutenant Bruce Maddox. The trio also creates issues focusing on the Cardassian War, with a young Natasha Yar and Miles O'Brien teaming up to defend Starfleet, as well as a time jump forward to the U.S.S. Hood as Ensign Geordi LaForge continually tries to escape the attention of his meddlesome first officer, Lieutenant Commander Riker.  

Join Earl Grey as they tell these prequel stories and more of the early adventures of the soon-to-be-infamous crew of the Federation's flagship, U.S.S. Enterprise, NCC-1701-D in Season Zero of The Next Generation.


Hosts
Daniel Proulx, Phillip Gilfus, & Darren Moser

Editor / Producer
Darren Moser

Executive Producers
Norman C. Lao, Matthew Rushing, & C Bryan Jones

Production Manager
Richard Marquez
 
Content Manager

Will Nguyen


Chapters
The Phantom Farpoint Menace (00:02:53)
Picard (00:11:40) 
Riker (00:18:00)
Data (00:23:36)
Worf (00:31:55)
The Crushers: Bev, Wes, Jack (00:37:15)
Troi (00:42:59)
Geordi (00:47:23)
Yar (00:50:41)
Birth of the Enterprise (00:58:31)

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Category:Season Overviews -- posted at: 7:00am MDT

130: Surprise Party Universe

Episodes That Never Happened.

We have all seen episodes (or entire seasons!) of television shows that end with, "It was all just a dream!" It can sometimes feel like such storytelling is a "cheat" or are a waste of time. This week, Phillip, Darren, and Daniel pick out episodes of "The Next Generation" that may not have "really" happened, as far as the crew of the Enterprise-D is concerned. The trio asks whether these episodes are still enjoyable or whether it would have been better to have a storyline that "actually" occurred instead.

Earl Grey examines episodes featuring amnesia, such as "Conundrum" and "Thine Own Self," as well as "It was all an illusion!" episodes like "Future Imperfect," "Remember Me," and "Frame of Mind." They also tackle "complicated" fan favorites such as "Inner Light," "Yesterday's Enterprise,""Tapestry," and "All Good Things..." They look at whether episodes that are "outside" reality help or hurt a story. Other episodes they look at include "Parallels," ""Tapestry," and "Cause and Effect." 

Join Earl Grey for this week's podcast about the "never happened" episodes ... which hopefully will not be considered a waste of time for listeners (though they may hit the reset button at the end).

Hosts
Daniel Proulx, Phillip Gilfus, & Darren Moser

Editor / Producer
Darren Moser

Executive Producers
Norman C. Lao, Matthew Rushing, & C Bryan Jones

Production Manager
Richard Marquez
 
Content Manager

Will Nguyen


Chapters
Point 1 - No Memory
 "Clues" (Everyone but Data) (00:03:44)
"Thine Own Self" (Just Data) (00:07:54)

Point 2 - It's Complicated (They did happen, but not really...)
"Inner Light" (00:11:50)
"Yesterday's Enterprise" (00:15:37)
"Tapestry" (00:18:40)
"All Good Things" (00:23:09)
"Parallels" (00:28:07)
"Cause and Effect" (00:33:22)

Point 3 - It Was All An Illusion 
"Conundrum" (00:36:10)
"Future Imperfect" (00:37:12)
"Remember Me" (00:41:04)
"Frame of Mind" (00:43:11)

Final Thoughts (00:45:23)

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Category:List Shows -- posted at: 7:00am MDT

129: The Day Before Yesterday's Enterprise

The Chase Rewrite.

Fans do not generally regard the sixth season episode "The Chase" as a classic TNG story. However, it offered Captain Jean-Luc Picard a chance to embrace his archaeological passions and embark on an "Indiana Jones"-like adventure including many Alpha Quadrant aliens. "Earl Grey" decides to re-write this episode with the additional challenge of making a new "Yesterday's Enterprise" -- but, this time, with the U.S.S. Enterprise, NCC-1701-B.

In this telling of "The Chase," Darren, Daniel, and Phillip keep much of the beginning of the episode, but instead create a new planet, familiar aliens on this adventure, and a voice from the history books. Look for Picard, Data, and La Forge, along with some strange bedfellows, to meet a storied captain ... and she may make the ultimate sacrifice. Join "Earl Grey" as they re-write "The Chase" to include the Excelsior-class Enterprise-B.  

Hosts
Daniel Proulx, Phillip Gilfus, & Darren Moser

Editor / Producer
Darren Moser

Executive Producers
Norman C. Lao, Matthew Rushing, & C Bryan Jones

Production Manager
Richard Marquez
 
Content Manager

Will Nguyen


Chapters
Original Plot (00:07:18)
On the Trail (00:08:18)
Where was it? (00:16:50)
The Crew (00:34:24)
The Reveal (00:39:58)
The Star Trek Resolution (00:46:39)
Closing (00:58:50)

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Category:Rewrite -- posted at: 7:00am MDT

128: Star TreXtreme!

The Animated Next Generation.

In a laugh out loud roundtable pitch session Phillip, Daniel, and Darren are joined by Aaron Harvey to create the Star Trek: The Next Generation Animated Series. Set in the late 90's after Generations this series will be animated TO THE EXTREME!

Delving deep into 90's nostalgia the story, characters and merchandising  opportunities all align in this crazy pitch session. Imagine Commander Flipper on a skateboard, soccer moms buying Ketracel-white cooler pouches and John de Lancie being a live action character. Premiering next summer on UPN kids, Star TreXtreme!

 


Hosts
Daniel Proulx, Phillip Gilfus, & Darren Moser

Guest
Aaron Harvey

Editor / Producer
Darren Moser

Executive Producers
Norman C. Lao, Matthew Rushing, & C Bryan Jones

Production Manager
Richard Marquez
 
Content Manager

Will Nguyen


Chapters
Era (00:04:29)
Story (00:19:29)
Characters (00:30:10)
Q's Clues (00:39:59)
Style (00:43:12)
Merchandising (00:46:36)
Final Thoughts (00:56:52)

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Category:Season Overviews -- posted at: 7:00am MDT

Earl Grey 127: Daniel's Technicolor Dream Uniform

Starfleet Career Path, Part 2.

The Next Generation, and the other 24th Century Star Trek series, can sometimes be inconsistent with how they show a career path in Starfleet. Phillip, Daniel, and Darren finish their focus on the "colors" of careers by looking at the gold shirts of the Enterprise-D and Enterprise-E: the engineering/operations and security officers. They go from the rank of ensign to the upper ranks, examining life as a yellow shirt on the flagship - as well as the need to create more colors to better describe one's job.

Earl Grey also focuses on the crewmen who do the real work on the ship, to include the very important transport chiefs (other than Chief O'Brien). The trio take turns discussing what their own career paths would be on TNG if they began as young, fresh-from-the-Academy ensigns. Join Earl Grey as they go into the "lower decks" and talk Starfleet Career Paths, Part 2. 

Hosts
Daniel Proulx, Phillip Gilfus, & Darren Moser

Editor / Producer
Darren Moser

Executive Producers
Norman C. Lao, Matthew Rushing, & C Bryan Jones

Production Manager
Richard Marquez
 
Content Manager

Will Nguyen


Chapters
Golden Opportunities in Ops/ENG (00:03:04)
LT  (00:25:57)
LTCMDR  (00:29:37)
The Gold Team/Red Shirts TNG (Security) (00:32:13)
Saturday Morning Trek (00:40:34)
We work for a living/Enlist (00:49:03)
Your Career Path (00:53:02)

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Category:Federation -- posted at: 6:00am MDT



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