Joe Menosky Episodes. 
  
One of the most influential figures in 24th century Star Trek, Joe Menosky wrote or co-wrote 67 episodes of The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager, including a number of fan favorites. Menosky was also a producer on Season 5 of The Next Generation and Seasons 3-6 of Voyager. He is currently a writer on the newest Star Trek series, Discovery.
 
In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Justin Oser, Richard Marquez, and Amy Nelson each pick their three favorite Joe Mensoky episodes. The hosts also discuss what our review of Menosky's episodes may reveal about his approach to writing Discovery.
 
Chapters 
Intro (00:01:19)  
Justin's Trek Story (00:02:21)  
Joe Menosky (00:05:37)  
Masks (00:07:13)  
First Contact (00:12:10)  
Darmok (00:16:31) 
In Theory (00:21:14)  
The Chase (00:26:34)  
Nth Degree (00:31:30)  
Hero Worship (00:34:43)  
Suspicions (00:38:37)  
Time's Arrow (00:43:23)  
Emergence (00:47:17)  
Clues (00:50:39)  
Final Thoughts (00:52:39)  
Closing (01:00:51)  
Give-a-way (01:06:39)  
 
 
Hosts 
Richard Marquez, Justin Oser, Amy Nelson
  
 
Production 
Amy Nelson (Editor and Producer) Richard Marquez (Producer) Lee Hutchison (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: eg-189.mp3
Category:Writers -- posted at: 12:00am MDT

Yar and Vasquez Comparison.
 
Gene Roddenberry held a special screening of Aliens with his staff to show a different sci-fi that was currently being released. The effects of that viewing can be seen in the character of chief security officer Tasha Yar. Even though Yar only appeared in season one of The Next Generation, her presence is felt throughout the series. Her character was strong and impulsive as we would expect the head of security to be.

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Lee Hutchison, Richard Marquez, and Amy Nelson are joined with Justin Oser to compare TNG's Tasha Yar with Aliens' Vasquez. The similarities are striking as they both are very strong, confident, and loyal characters. Yet the differences are also notable from their layers of femininity to their degrees of obedience.

Lee will also pass the baton to Justin Oser as he steps down as co-host and invites Justin to a weekly cup of tea.

Chapters
Intro (00:01:19) 
Lee’s Exit (00:02:34) 
Vasquez (00:05:22) 
Aliens Love (00:10:45) 
LT. Hernandez (00:17:00) 
Vasquez compared to Yar (00:18:35) 
Code of Honor (00:22:46) 
Yar’s back story (00:24:44) 
Whose ending was better? (00:29:00) 
Star Trek Overload (00:34:05) 
Music of Aliens (00:37:00) 
Pink Blood (00:41:03) 
Milk for Blood (00:43:00) 
Closing (00:46:36) 
 
Hosts
Richard Marquez, Lee Hutchison, Amy Nelson
 
Guests
Justin Oser
 
Production
Richard Marquez (Editor and Producer) 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) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: EG-188.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am MDT

Wesley Crusher.
  
Wesley Crusher is an interesting character being the only teenager we see on the bridge of the Enterprise D. He is known for being a know-it-all and has been said to be very annoying. Yet he has quite the character arc throughout the seven seasons. We first learn of Wesley as Beverly's son who lost his father under Picard's command. He is anxious to please and tries to fit into the Starfleet mold. We see him training to be an officer and he eventually enters into Starfleet Academy. However, he begins to stray and decides that Starfleet is not the course for him.

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Amy Nelson and Lee Hutchison discuss the purpose of including Wesley as a main character into the crew of the Enterprise D. For many fans, especially the young viewers, Wesley was very relatable for things like first loves, facing your fears, leadership qualities, and for making your own choices. We discuss our top three Wesley moments that highlights his arc throughout the series.

Chapters
Into (00:01:17) 
Wesley (00:02:00) 
Babel Conference (00:05:53) 
Alexander/Wesley (00:09:13) 
Top Three Moments (00:13:11) 
First Duty (00:19:13) 
Politeness (00:24:34) 
Economics (00:27:08) 
Embracing Wesley (00:33:33) 
Closing (00:37:50) 

Runtime 42 minute 52 seconds
 
Hosts
Amy Nelson
Lee Hutchison

Production
Lee Hutchison (Editor and 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) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: EG-187.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:30am MDT

5th TNG Movie.
 
Captain Picard and his crew of the Enterprise E shall never be forgotten and hopes for another Next Generation movie seems to be desired by many fans. But what would this movie look like? The actors themselves have gotten older - can they do another movie justice? With Data dying in Nemesis, would he not appear in the next movie or does B4 return? Which alien species would they be fighting with and what is the conflict they must resolve?

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Lee Hutchison and Richard Marquez are joined with special guest Justin Oser to discuss the possibilities of a 5th TNG movie. Each will share their ideas on what they would want to see in a final movie - from plot lines to character stories. Listen in as they describe their perfect ending to a mere perfect series.

Chapters
Into (00:01:17) 
Nemesis Fans (00:03:46) 
Exceptions (00:04:44) 
Q? (00:09:53) 
DS9? (00:15:17) 
Worf? (00:19:40) 
Parasites (00:23:18) 
Realistic Book Scenes (00:27:28) 
Beyond (00:36:48) 
Big Bang (00:41:15) 
Lee’s Thoughts (00:47:02) 
Closing (00:51:38)   


Hosts
Richard Marquez and Lee Hutchison
 
Guests
Justin Oser
 
Production
Richard Marquez (Editor and Producer) 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) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: EG-186.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:33am MDT

Peak Performance. 

Games have a tendency to bring out the best or worst behaviors in players. Competition is innate to human nature and challenges are difficult to resist. Riker challenges Kolrami, a grandmaster of Strategema, knowing he has no chance of winning. We see the USS Hathaway's hand picked crew led by Commander Riker take on the seasoned Captain Picard in a battle simulation to prepare them for the Borg. The strategies used range from predicable to unexpected, especially when they encounter the Ferengi.

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Lee Hutchison and Amy Nelson with special guest Zachary Fruhling discuss "Peak Performance," a season two fan favorite episode. We relate different components of competition, challenge, reputation and failure to the game of life. It is possible to make no mistakes and still lose; that is life!

Chapters
Into (00:01:19) 
TNG Love (00:02:39) 
Peak Performance (00:03:28) 
War Games (00:06:57) 
Alternate Season Finale? (00:09:23) 
Dealing with Crisis (00:11:45) 
Big Scary Ferengi (00:15:40) 
Strategema (00:20:12) 
Meta Treks (00:25:40) 
Competition (00:32:38) 
Final thoughts (00:47:07) 
Closing (00:51:12)

Hosts
Lee Hutchison and Amy Nelson
 
Guests
Zachary Fruhling
 
Production
Richard Marquez (Editor and Producer) 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) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: EG_185.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:30am MDT

Unsung Episodes Season 4. 
 
Every season of The Next Generation has episodes that get overlooked or ignored. Well, not here and not today.  Most fans will quickly identify "Best of Both Worlds Part II", "Family", and "Redemption Part I" as being their favorite episodes from season four. So, if we set those episodes aside, which other episodes should we celebrate and recognize from this season?

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Amy Nelson, Richard Marquez, and Lee Hutchison list their three unsung episodes from season four. 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
Into (00:01:19)  
Pick One (00:04:46)  
Pick Two (00:17:18)  
Pick Three (00:30:23)  
Honorable Mentions (00:43:40)  
Closing (00:52:14)  
 
Hosts
Richard Marquez, Lee Hutchison, Amy Nelson
 
Production
Richard Marquez (Editor and Producer) 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) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: EG_184.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am MDT

Conspiracy. 

Is it possible to follow the council given to not trust anyone? Isn't this the exact type of phrase given to breed mistrust? Friendship is built on trust and how can you take risks for your friends if you don't trust them? Picard takes a very calculated move to trust his crew and find evidence of this conspiracy within Starfleet Command. But his decisions nearly get his crew under the control of the alien invaders.

In this episode of Earl Grey, host Amy Nelson with special guest Justin Oser discuss "Conspiracy." This season one episode looks at a conspiracy that goes to the very top of Starfleet. We talk about the cost of friendship and how much risk are we willing to take for a friend, especially when we have a long and trusting relationship. Is it really feasible to believe that these scorpion-like creatures could get that far into Starfleet with the goal of overtaking the Federation? Is this a believable enemy?

Chapters
Into (00:01:16)   
Conspiracy (00:02:00) 
Scorpions (00:07:23) 
Trusting People (00:11:11) 
Coming of Age (00:17:58) 
Complaints (00:22:25) 
Write Out (00:26:52) 
Dirty Jokes (00:30:15) 
Android Conversations (00:33:07) 
Energy (00:38:46) 
Ending Scene (00:42:45) 
Final Thoughts (00:49:40) 
Closing (00:55:05)   

Runtime 1 hour 2 minutes 21 seconds
 
Hosts
Amy Nelson
 
Guests
Justin Oser
 
Production
Richard Marquez (Editor and Producer) 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) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: EG_183.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:14am MDT

The Drumhead. 
  
In any organization, it is good to fix what is broken. But what if nothing is broken and you are still looking for a problem? Captain Picard must find the saboteur after an explosion in engineering and information leaks to the Romulans. Starfleet sends in Admiral Satie to assist Picard. Her determination is relentless. She continues her search even after the resolution of the problems have been found and ends up calling Captain Picard a traitor to the Federation.
In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Richard Marquez and Amy Nelson with special guest Patrick Devlin discuss "The Drumhead." This profound episode reveals the true nature of witch hunts. We explore the background of drumhead trials which adds to the meaning of this story. We can see their effects portrayed in Worf as he gets caught up in the frenzy of suspicion. We recognize the need to be ever diligent against extreme suspicion as Picard warns throughout the entire episode.

Chapters
Intro (00:01:18)
The Drumhead (00:02:56)
Witch Hunt (00:04:31)
Emotional Admiral (00:06:45)
Worf (00:10:15)
Enterprise Connection (00:15:20)
Betazoid Investigator (00:18:35)
Guilty Until Proven Innocent (00:25:15)
Pigeon Hole (00:29:18)
Drumhead Meaning (00:33:22)
Fancy Dresses (00:36:17)
Power Play (00:40:45)
POTFM (00:47:45)
Patron (00:49:04)
Closing (00:51:24)

Runtime 53 minute 53 seconds
 
Hosts
Richard Marquez
Amy Nelson
 
Guests
Patrick Devlin
 
Production
Richard Marquez (Editor and Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Lee Hutchison (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E. Hueter (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: EG_182.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:36am MDT

Ensign Ro.

Ensign Ro Laren was introduced in season 5 of The Next Generation and was a recurring role until the end of the series. She came on in part to replace Wesley Crusher at the conn station, but also to be at odds with the main characters. Her character definitely pushed the envelope with each of the main characters and she proves to be an irreplaceable character.
 
In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Richard Marquez and Amy Nelson with special guest Justin Oser discuss Ensign Ro's character and personality within the Enterprise-D. We highlight each episode she appears in and how she interacts with the crew. By looking at the span of episodes over a three year period, we recognize her character's growth and development and how she adds a richness to the series.
Chapters
Into (00:01:19)  
First Impressions (00:03:00)  
Ensign Ro (00:09:05)  
Disaster (00:17:10)  
Conundrum (00:24:54)  
Power Play (00:34:04)  
Cause and Effect (00:41:59)  
The Next Phase (00:48:02)  
Rascals (00:54:58)  
Pre-Emptive Strike (01:02:00)
Final Thoughts (01:11:35)  
POTFM (01:16:39)
Patreon (01:17:57)
Contact (01:20:20)

Duration
Running Time: 1 hour 27 minutes 57 seconds
 
Hosts
Amy Nelson and Richard Marquez

Guest
Justin Oser
 
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) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager) 
Direct download: EG_181.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am MDT

Parallels.

The ideas of alternate timelines and multiverses are fantastically combined in "Parallels." Worf goes through a quantum fissure on his return from a bat'leth tournament causing him to quantum flux between several parallel universes. It is only through the matching of his RNA that allows him to be returned to his correct universe.
 
In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Richard Marquez, Lee Hutchison, and Amy Nelson discuss the seventh season episode "Parallels." We identify the different sets and uniforms used to differentiate between parallel universes, the exponential nature of parallel universes based on choices made, and what choices warrant a break from the timeline. We also comment on the validity of the Worf/Troi relationship introduced so late in the series.
Chapters  
Into (00:00:17)  
Parallels (00:02:48)  
Favorite Scenes (00:03:43)  
Other Realities (00:06:45)  
Commentaries (00:09:26)  
Cause and Effect (00:16:45)  
Classwork (00:20:22)  
Worf’s Confidence (00:24:38)  
Worf and Troy (00:27:00)  
How are we wrong Amy? (00:29:47)  
Troy and Riker (00:37:46)  
Brandon Braga (00:40:06)  
Budget Savings (00:43:20)  
Cardassians (00:44:29)  
Closing Thoughts (00:46:45)  
POTFM (00:55:15)  
Patreon (00:56:36)  
Contact (00:58:57)  
Hosts
Lee Hutchison, Amy Nelson, and Richard Marquez
Production
Richard Marquez (Editor and Producer) 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) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager) 
Direct download: EG_180.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am MDT



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