"The trial never ended, captain. We never reached a verdict. But now we have. You're guilty."
Daniel Proulx, Darren Moser, and Phillip Gilfus stood, provisionally, as representatives of Star Trek: The Next Generation fans for three years - never missing a week of giving testimony and evidence in defense of their favorite Star Trek series. But they now stand before Q one last time to receive their final verdict.
The trio ends their time on Earl Grey in this episode - remembering their favorite podcast moments, what kept them coming to the mics week after week, what they believe are the "essential" ingredients for doing a Trek podcast, and what they will keep with them as they move on to their next adventure together. Listen for a "Shades of Grey" experience, as clips from past shows are intermixed with Daniel, Darren, and Phillip's list of "thank you's" to those many people who helped made their time at Trek.fm something they will never forget. They also spend their last moments recognizing what they learned most from each other (though not holographically in front of a Windows 95 desktop background).
"You just don't get it, do you, Jean-Luc? The trial never ends. We wanted to see if you had the ability to expand your mind and your horizons. And for one brief moment, you did."
Earl Grey spent time exploring the best way to experience Bij, the importance of the shift key, and why it's not important to remember Q-episode titles. More than that, they explored and exhibited the spirit of Next Gen - a utopian vision of the future where the ties of friendship ensures that a crew can survive any danger and improve themselves through shared missions of exploration.
Earl Grey remind all listeners to stay tuned and that a new crew will soon take their stations ... after all, there's still plenty of letters left in the alphabet.
"In any case, I'll be watching. And if you're very lucky, I'll drop by to say hello from time to time. See you ... out there!"
Shades of Earl Grey Montage? (00:11:00)
Favorite Moments (00:16:13)
Thanking Guests (01:01:50)
Thanking the Lower Decks (01:17:59)
To the Future Hosts of Earl Grey (01:25:14)
Closing Statements (01:32:14)
The End (01:58:49)
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)
Michael Piller, Part 1. The start of a two-part series on Next Generation episodes and 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".
Ensign Ro. Up until season 5, there has not been much contention among the crew of the Enterprise-D, as per Roddenberry's directive. However, Ensign Ro Laren's character is designed to add conflict to the crew. We look at the span of episodes Ro Laren appears in and discuss her contributions to The Next Generation.
Parallels. What choices have you made that change the course of your life? Worf lives this question in the episode "Parallels" as he continues to quantum flux between several alternate universes. Through identifying his RNA, he is returned to his "correct" universe.
Movie Trailer Reviews. Thankfully, The Next Generation has four movies along with its seven seasons on television. With each movies comes the anticipation of seeing the best writing, acting, and special effects for our beloved crew. The movie trailers whet our appetite and renew our desire to see the movies again.
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.