Essential Trek Season 3.
A returned Dr. Beverly Crusher and new pop-up collars on uniforms - these are some of the many additions that TNG's third season brings - but what are the essential episodes? Daniel, Darren, and Phillip comb through all 26 episodes in the "Earl Grey Supreme Court" to determine which episodes should be considered the Trek.fm essential episodes. The question of "essential-ness" is often tied to continuity in the Trek universe, but this episode brings up the difficult question of continuity in the Trek.fm universe.
Join Earl Grey as they eagerly debate if the Great and Powerful Kevin will remain so great and powerful, whether the Leah Brahms storyline must remain in Next Gen, and if anyone actually remembers the episode "The Vengeance Factor." The third season of TNG is generally considered to have many of the most-watched episodes, but which stories will make the cut? Let us know if you agree with Earl Grey's essential episodes of season three.
The Ensigns of Command (Yes)
The Survivors (No)
Who Watches the Watchers (Yes)
The Bonding (Yes)
Booby Trop (Yes)
The Enemy (Yes)
The Price (Yes) (00:28:31)
The Vengeance Factor (No)
The Defector (No)
The Hunted (No)
The High Ground (No)
Deja Q (Yes)
A Matter of Perspective (No)
Yesterdays Enterprise (Yes)
The Offspring (Yes)
Sins of the Father (Yes)
Captains Holiday (Yes)
Tin Man (No)
Hollow Pursuits (Yes)
The Most Toys (No)
Menage a Troi (Yes)
The Best of Both World (Yes)
15 Yes / 11 No (57%)
Final Thoughts (01:03:44)
Daniel Proulx, Phillip Gilfus, & Darren Moser
Darren Moser (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Stephen Boyd (Associate Producer) Ron Saarna (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager)
Favorite Character Moments Season 3. Each host brings their list of favorite character moments and why those moments are important to a specific character's development.
Romantic Relationships on TNG. Valentine's Day episode on romances on The Next Generation.
Elizabeth Dennehy Interview. Interview with the actress who played Commander Shelby in "The Best of Both Worlds."
Gowron. Discussion on Gowron's appearances in The Next Generation and his importance to the show.
Favorite Character Moments Season 2. Each host brings their list of favorite character moments and why those moments are important to a specific character's development.
Loud As A Whisper. Discussion on the themes of communication, conflict, and disability brought up by the episode Loud As A Whisper.
Courtroom Dramas, Part 2. The conclusion of a two-part series about legal dramas onThe Next Generation.
Admiral Nechayev. Discussion on Nechayev's appearances and how her character develops over time.
Courtroom Dramas, Part 1. The start of a two-part series about legal dramas on The Next Generation.
Melinda Snodgrass Interview. Interview with the writer of "The Measure of a Man," Melinda Snodgrass.
Favorite Character Moments Season 1. Each host brings their list of favorite character moments and why those moments are important to a specific character's development.
Actors Who Got Their Starts on TNG, Part 2. The conclusion of a two-part series onThe Next Generation actors who had one of their first roles in film or TV on the show.
Actors Who Got Their Starts on TNG, Part 1. The start of a two-part series on The Next Generation actors who had one of their first roles in film or TV on the show.
"The Quality of Life" Commentary. We provide a watch along commentary for the season six episode "The Quality of Life."
Unsung Episodes Season 7. Each host brings their list of neglected season seven episodes and makes their case why their choices should be included as a fan favorite.
Spooky Scenes. To celebrate Halloween, the hosts talk about their top three scary scenes.
Qpid. The hosts celebrate Earl Grey's two hundredth episode by discussing the two hundredth Star Trek production, "Qpid."
Michael Piller, Part 2. The conclusion of a two-part series on episodes of The Next Generation and TNG movies written by showrunner Michael Piller.
Michael Piller, Part 1. The start of a two-part series on episodes of The Next Generation and TNG movies written by showrunner Michael Piller.
Unsung Episodes Season 6. Each host brings their list of neglected season six episodes and makes their case why their choices should be included as a fan favorite.
The Next Generation's 30th Anniversary. The hosts discuss what TNG means to them and share interviews with actors and fans.
"Shades of Gray" Rewrite. Episode rewrite of what's often considered to be one of the worst episodes of The Next Generation.
Funniest moments. Listen in as our hosts talk about their top three picks for impeccable comedic timing.
Professor Moriarty. Discussion on Moriarty's appearances in "Elementary, Dear Data" and "Ship in a Bottle."
Realistic and Unrealistic. We discuss our top picks for realistic and unrealistic elements of The Next Generation.
Season 5 Unsung Episodes. Every fan has their favorite episodes, but what about the ones that get overlooked and disregarded? Each host brings their list of neglected season five episodes and makes their case why their choices should be included as a fan favorite.
Star Trek Las Vegas. We recount our experiences at Star Trek Las Vegas 2017, with special emphasis on the celebration of The Next Generation’s 30th anniversary.
Joe Mensoky episodes. In this episode of Earl Grey, each host picks their three favorite Joe Menosky episodes. We also talk about what our review of Menosky's episodes may reveal about his approach to writing Discovery.
Tasha Yar serves aboard the Enterprise D as chief security officer. She shows her loyalty to the crew and to Picard. She is strong and confident - much like Vasquez from Aliens. In this episode of Earl Grey, we compare and contrast these two characters and the roles they play in their respective stories.
Wesley Crusher has an interesting character arc throughout the seven seasons that makes him very relatable, especially to young viewers. We enjoy watching him grow from being the annoyance intrusive child to Picard on the Enterprise D bridge to entering Starfleet Academy and culminating in his disillusionment of Starfleet life and taking off with the Traveller. We discuss favorite Wesley moments that highlight his time on The Next Generation.