Enduring Popularity of TNG.
Star Trek: The Next Generation premiered on television in 1987 - almost 30 years later, the second live incarnation of Star Trek on television remains a vital part of the franchise and an enduring pop culture icon. Phillip, Daniel, and Darren have taken apart TNG for over three years on this podcast - discussing characters, story lines, technical aspects, themes, and everything else in between. This has led to one great question: What is behind the enduring popularity of Next Gen?
Earl Grey conducts a roundtable discussion that focuses on how TNG remains relevant, what characters and storylines fit in with today's world, and how new fans are "re-discovering" a thirty-year-old television show. They examine the reputation of Next Gen compared to the other Trek series, what the stereotypes are, and what the "popular opinion" is of Captain Picard and the crew of the 24th Century starship Enterprise. Join Earl Grey as they compress their 3 years worth of discussions into one retrospective episode about the enduring popularity of Star Trek: The Next Generation.
A SPECIAL TREK.FM EARL GREY EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT FOR STAR TREK LAS VEGAS
Listeners know #BridgeMates from Earl Grey episodes 82 (“When in Doubt Choose Data”), 109 (“He Hasn't Watched That One”), and 141 (“The Council of Mistresses”), as well as To the Journey 117 (“BridgeMates Rematch”) and Standard Orbit 102 (“Trying to Kill Zoolander”). There is even the original trivia panel show “Encounter at All Good Things” from Earl Grey 137.
Earl Grey is proud to announce a live presentation of “Super BridgeMates” at the Star Trek Las Vegas 50th Anniversary Convention on Friday, August 5 from 12:30 to 1:15 pm. It will be held on the Roddenberry Stage at Quark's Bar, hosted by Phillip Hunter Gilfus. Your favorite team of “Free Enterprise” (Darren Moser and Daniel Proulx) will attempt to escape defeat (again) against two rival BridgeMate Teams - “Team Lizard Babies” (Charlynn Schmiedt and Tristan Riddell) and “The Council of Mistresses” (Andi VanderKolk and Jarrah Hodge).
When it comes to celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek, regular BridgeMates simply won't do. That's why this game show will be “Super BridgeMates”- a fun-filled, comedic game show involving fans, cosplayers, and audience members. Not only will the teams compete in hilarious trivia, but those in the audience will participate by acting out selected scenes from our favorite Star Trek moments and cosplayers will help create puzzles for the teams to solve. It's all about the love of Star Trek! #roddenberry
Roundtable Questions (00:04:27)
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)
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.
Some Star Trek fans do not believe that Nemesis was an appropriate farewell to the crew of the Enterprise E. But what would that movie be like and could it live up what the fans desire? Each host will share their ideas on what they would want to see in a final movie - from plot lines to character stories.
Games of strategy play an important role in teaching and learning with Starfleet. In "Peak Performance," we see a simple game of Strategema played for ego to a simulated combat exercise to prepare for the Borg threat. Loss is a part of games and how you analyze failure is very telling of your character.
Season 4 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 four episodes and makes their case why their choices should be included as a fan favorite.
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.
The Salem witch hunts and McCarthy Communist hearings are suspicious times in the 17th and 20th centuries, respectively. But can suspicion raise its ugly head in the 24th century? Captain Picard must deal with it first hand with Admiral Satie in "The Drumhead".