Earl Grey 126: Lwaxana Troi, daughter of the Fifth House, holder of the Sacred Chalice of Rixx, heir to the Holy Rings of Betazed

Lwaxana Troi.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard faced down Romulan warbirds, Cardassian guls, and Borg drones ... but he met his match when it came to Lwaxana Troi, the daughter of the Fifth House, holder of the Sacred Chalice of Rixx, and heir to the Holy Rings of Betazed. Ms. Troi, later named an ambassador representing her home planet of Betazed, provided moments of embarrassment for her daughter Deanna. However, she brought a unique mother-daughter relationship to The Next Generation, as well as portraying a "woman of a certain age" with a healthy sexual attitude. From her appearances in "Haven," "Manhunt," and "Ménage à Troi," Troi brought doses of humor and spontaneity.  

Lwaxana served more than comic relief, though - her struggles in "Half a Life," "Cost of Living," and "Dark Page," provided a more dramatic turn for her character. Daniel, Darren, and Phillip discuss this TNG character who appeared throughout the seven years of the Enterprise-D on television. Join Earl Grey as they hit a gong in appreciation for Lwaxana Troi, daughter of the Fifth House, holder of the Sacred Chalice of Rixx, and heir to the Holy Rings of Betazed.

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
First Lady of the Galaxy (00:02:43)
Relationships: Family (00:10:14)
Deanna Troi (00:13:47)
Ian Andrew Troi (00:20:51)
Relationships: Romantic (00:24:13)
Relationships: Friendship (00:37:22)
Dark Page (00:38:58)
Final Thoughts (00:47:21)

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Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 6:00am MDT

Earl Grey 125: Road Trip to the Delta Quadrant Bro!

Data and Geordi Relationship.

When it comes to #BridgeMates on Star Trek: The Next Generation, the first pair that comes to mind is the first season conn officer Lieutenant Junior Grade La Forge and second officer Lieutenant Commander Data. The jovial character of Geordi, with his "artificial sight" (VISOR), did not necessarily seem similar to the personality of the naive "artificial life form" at the operations stations. But whether it was Data playing the straight man to La Forge's joker or their first foray into the Holodeck as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, this duo developed a friendship that evolved through their promotions and developments on the Enterprise-D.

Daniel, Darren, and Phillip examine moments that feature the Data and Geordi relationship, from "11001001," "The Price," "Descent, Parts 1 and 2," and "Star Trek: Generations." They discuss how, while there may not have been episodes that spotlighted the duo, the android and the chief engineer became inseparable through their many trials and tribulations on the Federation's flagship. Join Earl Grey as they discuss the friendship between Geordi and Data.

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
Unlikely Bros or Destiny? (00:04:56)
Favorite Scenes (06:22)
The Most Toys (00:15:04)
Elementary Dear Data (00:16:05)
Times Arrow (00:22:26)
11001001 (00:29:30)
Nemesis (00:37:13) 
Final Thoughts (00:47:08)

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

Earl Grey 124: Hide and Trelane

Trek Switch - Season One.

Star Trek: The Next Generation offers 176 interesting episodes for fans to enjoy. The Enterprise-D enjoyed various adventures that either originated from TOS, were planned for the scrapped Star Trek: Phase II television series, or were developed more in subsequent Trek shows. In this week's podcast, Earl Grey asks the question - are there TNG episodes that belong in one of the other Star Trek series? The trio begins with season one of Next Gen in this episode and work their way, round-robin style, through Enterprise, The Original Series, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager.

Phillip take "Justice" and transports the story to the crew of the NX-01, as Porthos must now stand trial for being a bad dog. Darren has Captain Kirk and his intrepid NCC-1701 crew encountering the laser whip-cracking, hissing Ferengi for the first time with "The Last Outpost." Daniel turns "Arsenal of Freedom" into a Quark-centered DS9 episode, where the conniving Ferengi must make a deal to save the crew. Join Earl Grey as they take 20 season one TNG episodes and transport them into other Star Trek stories in this episode of Trek Switch - Season One. 

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
Enterprise
Darren - Code of Honor (00:03:55)
Daniel - 11001001 (00:08:42)
Phillip - Justice (00:11:54)

The Original Series
Daniel -Symbiosis (00:15:22)
Phillip - Hide and Q (00:18:46)
Darren - The Last Outpost (00:21:48)

Deep Space 9
Phillip - Conspiracy (00:24:24)
Darren - The Battle (00:26:53)
Daniel - The Arsenal of Freedom (00:31:32)

Voyager
Darren - 11001001 (00:34:51)
Daniel - Where No One Has Gone Before (00:38:49)
Phillip - Angel One (00:42:16)

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

Earl Grey 123: Hashtag Humblebrag

Favorite Earl Grey episodes.

Star Trek: The Next Generation has inspired, motivated, and entertained fans for almost thirty years -- especially three specific (and familiar) fans: Darren Moser, Daniel Proulx, and Phillip Gilfus. The trio of Earl Grey look back over the 122 Next Gen topics they have discussed for three years and pick their top three favorite shows, as well as some honorable mention podcast episodes.

Their choices include their crossovers with other trek.fm podcasts, like "Earl Grey 15: The Movie Should Write Itself," an in-depth look at the inaugural TNG film Star Trek: Generations with the co-hosts of "Standard Orbit," and "Earl Grey 100: All Ships Are Big Shuttles," a role-playing game celebrating TNG and the trekfm family. The trio remember their once-in-a-lifetime interview with Counselor Deanna Troi herself, Marina Sirtis ("Earl Grey 112: Troi, Goddess of Internity"), as well as one of their many signature game-playing adventures when, together, they defeated "Not Gowron" during "Star Trek: The Next Generation Interactive VCR Board Game: A Klingon Challenge" ("Earl Grey 69: Experience Bij").

The co-hosts also talk about the much-beloved game #BridgeMates ("Earl Grey 82: When In Doubt, Choose Data"), their first episode re-write of a TNG episode, "Masks" (Earl Grey 105: Snakebot: The Great Librarian), and discuss the origins, operations, and favorite aspects of this weekly Next Gen podcast. So enjoy a nice warm cup of Earl Grey and join Darren, Daniel, and Phillip as they reflect on their favorite episodes of this podcast.

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
Host Picks
DM - 15: The Movie Should Write Itself - Generations Crossover with Standard Orbit 12/24/13 (00:14:13)
PG - 93: Port Side Rules Starboard Drools - Darren's Single Use Sets 6/23/15 (00:08:54)
DP - 82: When in Doubt Choose Data - Bridgemates 4/7/15 (00:14:31)
DM - 69: Experience Bij - ST:TNG The Interactive VCR Board Game 1/6/15 (00:19:51)
PG - 43: What You Leave Behind - Daniel's TOS elements 7/8/14 (00:24:32)
DP - 105: Snakebot: The Great Librarian - Darren's Masks Rewrite 9/15/15 (00:28:57)
DM - 81: The Picard Conspiracy - Starfleet reading through reports 3/31/15 (00:32:17)
PG - 100: All Ships Are Big Shuttles - ENTNGRPG 8/10/15 (00:35:27)
DP - 112: Troi, Goddess of Internity - Marina Sirtis Interview 11/3/15 (00:41:08) 
Honorable Mentions
DP - 110: The Shift Key Is Your Friend - A Final Unity Video Game 10/20/15 (00:49:56)
PG - 32: The Magnificent Seven - 1 Episode Per Season 4/22/14 (00:52:22)
DM - 111: Bird-of-Prey Selfies - On the Ready Room 9/10/13 (00:54:41)
Closing (01:02:10)

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

Earl Grey 122: The Bald and the Beard

Picard/Riker Relationship.

The Kirk/Spock relationship dominates all other depictions between characters in Star Trek. That said, the captain/first officer dynamic of Captain Jean-Luc Picard and Commander William T. Riker created a unique and interesting command team for TNG fans. The beard-less, energetic, and fun-loving former first officer of the U.S.S. Hood that we met in "Encounter at Farpoint" was mentored by the senior commander, formerly of the starship Stargazer,  for seven years on television and throughout four motion pictures before earning the right to call him a fellow captain. Daniel, Darren, and Phillip discuss how Picard and his Number One learned to lead the Enterprise-D together, their ups and downs, and how a rocky introduction led to a wonderful relationship that would guide the ship and crew through several adventures.

Earl Grey discusses moments of Picard versus Riker in episodes like "The Best of Both Worlds," "Peak Performance," and "The Measure of a Man," as well as times the two officers "pranked" one another in "Captain's Holiday" and "Gambit, Parts 1 and 2." The trio focus on Riker's pursuits of the Enterprise's center chair and Picard's mentoring of Will in order for him to finally evolve into the seasoned Captain Riker of the U.S.S. Titan.

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
Relationship Overview (00:03:30)
Milestones (00:18:48)
Picard vs. Riker (00:33:15)
Pegasus (00:46:22)
Final Thoughts (00:56:13)

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

Earl Grey 121: U.S.S. Love Handles

1701-B.

Viewers of Star Trek: The Next Generation often spotted those golden Enterprise models in the Observation Lounge over the years - but what was the story behind them? We knew the 1701 and would get to know the Enterprise-A in the TOS-era films; the heroic sacrifice of the Enterprise-C was eventually told in the season three episode "Yesterday's Enterprise." However, there was an Excelsior-class-sized hole in the Enterprise legacy.

It was not until TNG's inaugural motion picture, Star Trek Generations, that fans witnessed the christening of the first "Kirk-less" U.S.S. Enterprise - the NCC-1701-B. Earl Grey discusses the ship itself - a modification of the Excelsior-class design (one that remained dormant for several generations!), that had some "extra fat" in its "dad bod," from nacelles that go on for light years to the "love handles" around the main deflector. The trio also discusses the members of the maiden crew - from the much aligned Captain John Harriman to the plucky Ensign Demora Sulu, whose story would be expounded on in the novel-verse. They also try to untangle the timeline of when the third Starfleet vessel named Enterprise entered and left the scene of the Trek verse.

So don't sit down in your chair - instead make time for the important things, like this week's discussion of the starship Enterprise, NCC-1701-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
First Impressions (00:03:12)
Design & Stats (00:11:27)
Enterprise B Timeline (00:19:36)
Captain Harriman (00:27:13)
Gambit Tie In (00:32:31)
Captain Johnson (00:35:45)
Enterprise Lineage Timeline (00:40:58)
Other Excelsior Ships (00:42:21)
Final Thoughts (00:46:57)

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

Earl Grey 120: Rebel Without a Clause

Cardassian/Maquis Conflict.

The Next Generation often introduced "aliens of the week" that may be referenced one or two more times before being forgotten about entirely. The episode "The Wounded" introduced a strange, new alien species, the Cardassians, who apparently were at war with the Federation for a significant amount of time. A controversial peace treaty finally brought peace between the two powers, leading to an uneasy alliance. However, the price of that peace was unhappy Federation colonists ("Journey's End") that would eventually lead to the rise of the Maquis ("Preemptive Strike").

Phillip, Daniel, and Darren discuss Next Gen's culmination of a story line that would be developed by Deep Space Nine ("The Maquis, Parts 1 and 2") and serve, essentially, as springboards for both the creation of DS9 and Voyager. From the origins of the memorable Bloody, Bloody Cardassian War to the political turmoil of the Demilitarized Zone to raiders attacking Federation and Cardassian targets - the Maquis storyline certainly showed that it was not all one "happy, shiny, perfect Federation" in TNG. Join Earl Grey as they tackle this ever-present storyline of the Cardassian-Maquis conflict. 

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 Bloody Bloody Cardassian War ("The Wounded") (00:05:50)
DMZ - Demilitarized Zone (00:11:23)
Preemptive Strike & The Maquis, Parts 1 and 2 (00:28:34)
TNG/DS9/VOY - Was the Maquis conflict handled similarly among all the series? (00:37:52)

Final Thoughts (00:49:24)

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

Earl Grey 119: You Can't Handle The Truth

The First Duty Commentary.

In The Original Series, their movies, and early The Next Generation, Star Trek continually referenced Starfleet Academy, the training ground for our favorite officers. However, fans did not get their first introduction to the San Francisco-based Academy until the nineteenth episode of TNG's fifth season, "The First Duty." Daniel, Darren, and Phillip fire up this memorable episode and provide a commentary.

This episode focuses on Cadets Wesley Crusher, Sito Jaxa ("Lower Decks") and Tom Par-, um, Nicholas Locarno, as their poor choices lead to the death of a fellow cadet, and an investigation forces Wesley to make a life-altering decision. This episode also introduces the Academy groundskeeper Boothby ("In the Flesh" [VOY]), who has mentored many future Starfleet commanders. So open the door (with a handle!) to a great Captain Jean-Luc Picard speech, put on your cadet uniform, and join Earl Grey for this commentary on "The First Duty." 

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
Commentary Start (00:06:44)
Final Thoughts (00:51:31)

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

Earl Grey 118: Blue Shirts Win The House Cup

Starfleet Career Path.

Many fans of Star Trek: The Next Generation and all other Trek incarnations continually imagine what life is like as a Starfleet officer. Phillip, Daniel, and Darren decide to play "guidance counselor" and explore the actual Starfleet career track. They begin with Next Gen's debut of Starfleet Academy in "The First Duty," as well as the multiple references to various crew member's experiences, including their application process to the Academy or their life as cadets.

Earl Grey then goes through the ranks step-by-step, exploring what life is like as a "blue" (science/medical) or "red" (command) shirt. What does a science lieutenant junior grade do on the Enterprise-D? Do red shirt ensigns do anything else other than pilot the ship? How can you be in command of anything when you are the lowest rank? The trio also reveals the "secret" behind the post-grad school blue shirt experience and spends time with the "Lower Decks," discussing life as a junior officer on the flagship. So put on the Academy sorting hat to determine your hous-...color uniform and enjoy this episode that analyzes the Starfleet career path.  

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
Starfleet Cadet (00:05:25)
Blue Shirt (Science/Medical) (00:13:13)
Ensign - Wes' team in "Pen Pals"
LTJG - Ogawa, Nightmare Picard (00:16:52)
LT - Dr. Selar (00:18:52)
LTCMDR - Darren, Troi (00:24:25)
CMDR - Bruce Maddox, Crusher, Pulaski, (00:27:08)
Red Shirt (Command) (00:33:12)
LTJG - Worf, LaForge (00:35:56)
LT - Hawk (00:38:02)
LTCMDR - Shelby, Dexter Remmick (00:41:32)
CMDR - Riker (00:43:21)
CAPTAIN - Picard, Louvois (00:45:17)
ADMIRAL - (00:47:09)

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

TNG Guest Stars.

The Next Generation was not accepted as official "Star Trek" during its first episodes and seasons, but it did not take long for TNG to become a pop culture phenomena. Every Trek series attracts guest stars, but there are also celebrities who, as Trekkies themselves, would love a chance to appear on the starship Enterprise. Darren, Daniel, and Phillip talk about those cameos and special appearances in this episode.

Actors from other famous TV shows and movies, including Kelsey Grammer ("Cause and Effect"), Kirsten Dunst ("Dark Page"), and Ashley Judd ("Darmok," "The Game"), appeared on the flagship in various episodes. However, there are those from the fields of science, e.g., astronaut Mae Jamison ("Second Chances") and Stephen Hawking ("Descent, Part 1"), and music, e.g., Michelle Phillips ("We'll Always Have Paris") and Mick Fleetwood ("Manhunt"), who wish to appear on their favorite television show. Join Earl Grey as they tour all the guests star of Next Gen who added a spark of celebrity of our favorite Trek series. 

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
Guest Stars (00:02:50)
Ken Jenkins -  Dr. Paul Stubbs “Evolution” (00:12:07)
Ashley Judd - Robin Lefler “Darmok” and “The Game.” (00:17:00)
Teri Hatcher - Lieutenant B.G. Robinson “The Outrageous Okona”. (00:20:30)
James Cromwell - Zefram Cochrane “Star Trek: First Contact” (00:22:37)
Stephen Hawking - Himself "Decent" (00:27:49)
Mae Jamison - Lt. JG Palmer "Second Chances" (00:34:10)
Terry O'Quinn -  Admiral Eric Pressman "The Pegasus." (00:47:10)
Saul Rubinek -  Kivas Fajo "The Most Toys" (00:50:56)

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



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