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)
Spock's Brain vs Shades of Grey. The idea of worst episode is subjective, yet most would agree that "Spock's Brain" and "Shades of Grey" are some of Trek's worst episodes within The Original Series and The Next Generation, respectively. With the help of Ken Tripp from Standard Orbit, your hosts of Earl Grey discuss the plot lines, the writing staff, and extenuating circumstances around the release of these two episodes.
80s TV Detective
In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Richard Marquez and Lee Hutchison are joined by Duncan Barrett from Trek.fm's Primitive Culture to discuss how The Next Generation views mental health and the role of the ships counsellor.
Picard as Captain. Each captain portrays their own style of leadership. Leaders can be autocratic, laissez-faire, or transformational, just to name a few. From Archer to Janeway, we compare the captains of Star Trek to Picard.
Season 3 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 three episodes and makes their case why their choices should be included as a fan favorite.
The Game. The crew of the Enterprise become addicted to a game brought back by Riker from Risa. Trust is a powerful trait that can be used as a tool to gain control as expertly shown by the Ktarian's plot of expansion.
Mix-n-Match. The hosts of Earl Grey delve into a fun thought experiment that really get their creative juices flowing! Take a regular TNG episode, but switch out the characters with different characters from other series and let your mind go crazy. The number of combinations are plentiful and the different possibilities are extensive!
Nemesis. This Star Trek movie is famed for as the lowest box office sales in the history of Star Trek movies. For most fans, they either hate it or it's not their favorite. However, Earl Grey is setting the record straight on why this movie should be a fan favorite. Nemesis goes on trial to answer the many crimes it commits against Star Trek fandom.
Times Arrow. Deep Space 9 was ready to launch yet the writers wanted to make sure that The Next Generation wouldn't be forgotten. Time's Arrow cliff hanger would accomplish their goal. One only needs to mention the name and fans will either love it or hate it. However, it is a very memorable episode that keeps TNG relevant.
Star Trek Tech. Currently in the 21st century, the doubling of computer processing speed every 18 months, known as Moore's Law, is just one manifestation of the greater trend that all technological change occurs at an exponential rate. If we continue at with this same growth rate, we just might realize some of the amazing technology found in the 24th century such as androids, replicators, and interstellar travel.
In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Richard Marquez, Amy Nelson, and Lee Hutchison discuss the imaginative technology used on Star Trek. Science and technology are making tremendous gains in the fields of energy, neuroscience, genetics, and nanotechnology which only feeds the fire for every geek's fandom. We debate whether some of Star Trek's greatest technological fiction could actually be possible.
Season 2 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 2 episodes and makes their case why their choices should be included as a fan favorite.
Star Trek in the UK. Star Trek is a world-wide phenomenon in part because of the various ways to view the six different series and thirteen different movies. However, it wasn't always easily accessible. Join our hosts and guest as they discuss the struggles of what it was like to be a Star Trek fan in the early 1990s in the U.K.
Interview with Morgan Gendel. In this episode, Richard interviews Morgan Gendel about his work as a writer for The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and post Star Trek.
Uniforms and Costumes. The outrageous costumes of Lwaxana and Q do not go unnoticed in this episode of Earl Grey. What you wear is a glimpse into who you are and we see first hand how the Federation is portrayed on and off duty juxtaposed with how the Klingons are shown with their warrior-like clothing.
The Outcast. Star Trek does not shy away from complex issues or discussions, as seen in "The Outcast". This episode tackles the difficult issues of gender equality and sexuality. By the 24th century, have the roles of male and female progressed to be completely equal or do we still have a ways to go?
Road to Voyager. The Next Generation is the starting point of the 24th century in Star Trek. Although Voyager is the second series to follow TNG, we recognize the impact it has on Voyager.
Tin Man. Does the title of this TNG episode refer to just Gomtuu or to Data and Tam as well? We discuss how all three characters play into the story, touch on Jay Chattaway’s score, and look at the social issues of mental health and disability.
Recast TNG. Jean-Luc Picard and Patrick Stewart are almost interchangeable names with most TNG fans. But, a simple thought experiment of a reboot series might change your mind. Each host brings their list of actors to recast the main characters of The Next Generation.
Unsung Episodes: Season 1. Every fan has their favorite episodes, but what about the ones that get overlooked and disregarded? Each host brings their list of neglected season 1 episodes and makes their case why their choices should be included as a fan favorite.
TNG 30th Anniversary. Thirty years after the premier of "Encounter at Farpoint," we look back through rose-colored glasses at the series that we all love, sharing our thoughts and ideas for future Earl Grey episodes.
Holiday cheer begins with your questions for our new hosts of Earl Grey. Let us dig into our bag of answers and grant your wishes. Listen to the jingle of our answers in this new episode of Earl Grey.
The Road to Deep Space Nine. Every story has a beginning. We explore how key episodes of The Next Generation provided DS9 with its beginnings.
Everyone has their story on how they came to love Star Trek and in this episode you will hear how the hosts of Earl Grey found Star Trek and how The Next Generation holds a special place in their hearts.
The 24th Century Utopia. We explore Star Trek's vision of a utopian future, whether the society portrayed on The Next Generation is possible, how it could be achieved, and the consequences of a world without money.
First Contact Retrospective. November 2016 marks the 20th anniversary of First Contact, and the new Earl Grey team reflects on their experiences with the movie in 1996, and examine its legacy is in 2016.
Crew Finale. Daniel, Darren, and Phillip disembark from Earl Grey in their last episode, recounting memorable moments from three years of adventures. They give thanks to listeners and those who made the show possible, as well as sending best wishes to the next hosts to take their stations.
Super BridgeMates STLV. Phillip, Daniel, and Darren recount their adventures at Star Trek Las Vegas - 50th Anniversary Convention. This includes the much-anticipated #SuperBridgeMates, featuring Team Free Enterprise, Team Lizard Babies, and the Council of Mistresses.
Elementary Dear Data Rewrite. Live together at Star Trek Las Vegas in room 17001 Daniel, Darren & Phillip are joined by Charlynn and Tristan to rewrite the episode Elementary Dear Data to take place on the holodeck of the USS Voyager.
Enduring Popularity of TNG. For three years, Earl Grey has discussed their love for Next Gen; in this episode Phillip, Darren, and Daniel do a roundtable discussion about why this series has endured for almost 30 years.
Timescape Commentary. Darren, Daniel, and Phillip celebrate their 150th episode of Earl Grey with a commentary of TNG's 150th episode from the sixth season, "Timescape."
Essential Trek Season 3. Darren, Phillip, and Daniel pick out the "must-see" essential episodes from the third season of Star Trek: The Next Generation.