Earl Grey 28: All Great Things

All Good Things…

It's the episode that was the ultimate sign-off for a show that grew from an iffy proposition that no one thought would succeed to one of the most influential dramas—science fiction or otherwise—of its time. "All Good Things…" brought the TNG story full circle by tying everything back to the pilot, "Encounter at Farpoint."

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Phillip Gilfus, Darren Moser, and Daniel Proulx discuss "All Good Things…" and how the series changed throughout the seven seasons of the show. We take a trip through time with the characters from before "Farpoint," past Voyager and beyond to find out what we enjoyed and what didn't work quite so well.

Direct download: eg-028.mp3
Category:Episode Discussions -- posted at: 9:00pm MDT

 Earl Grey 27: King of the Blind Dates

Geordi La Forge.

In the first season of The Next Generation, we came to know a wise-cracking blind pilot named Geordi. But over the course of seven seasons he became much, much more than just a guy at the helm. In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Phillip Gilfus, Darren Moser, and Daniel Proulx discuss the man who would finally stop the Enterprise-D's revolving door of chief engineers. We take a look at Geordi La Forge's career in Starfleet—from gold to red—as well as his VISOR and cybernetic enhancements, his strikeouts with the ladies, and more.

Direct download: eg-027.mp3
Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 9:00pm MDT

Earl Grey 26: Joy and Gratitude

Encounter at Farpoint.

After a 20-year absence on the small screen, Star Trek returned in 1987 with the two-hour pilot "Encounter at Farpoint." Though it was a drastic shift from what we had seen on TOS, it is often considered a weak pilot. In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Phillip Gilfus, Darren Moser, and Daniel Proulx discuss Farpoint, what it establishes properly in-universe, as well as its shortcoming and our ideas to make it better. So join us as we sip that very first cup of Earl Grey.

Direct download: eg-026.mp3
Category:Episode Discussions -- posted at: 9:00pm MDT

 Earl Grey 25: A Side of Broccoli

Hollow Pursuits Commentary.

Cliff Bole was one of the most prolific contributors to The Next Generation, having directed 25 episodes of the series. His recent passing is a great loss to the franchise, and in this episode of Earl Grey we take a moment to recognize his work through a commentary for "Hollow Pursuits." Join hosts Phillip Gilfus, Darren Moser, and Daniel Proulx as they take you through the very first appearance of Barclay, which is also one of Cliff Bole's finest moments on TNG.

Direct download: eg-025.mp3
Category:Commentaries -- posted at: 8:00pm MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT



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