First Contact Retrospective.
In 1996, Star Trek was celebrating its 30th anniversary, and the biggest event of that year was the release of First Contact. Through the big screen success of Star Trek Generations, the cast of The Next Generation proved it could carry a blockbuster movie. A sequel was guaranteed. With a brand new Enterprise, new uniforms, a bigger budget, and the Borg, anticipation for First Contact was at fever pitch.
In this episode of Earl Grey, new hosts Amy Nelson, Richard Marquez, and Lee Hutchison go back in time to 1996 to remember their experiences of the build up to First Contact, and how they felt when they came out of the cinema screens. Then they return to 2016 to examine the legacy and impact of this film that garnered universal praise from fans and critics, earned an Oscar nomination, landed in the box office top ten for 1996, and was the highest grossing Star Trek movie until 2009.
Continue the Voyages (00:00:39)
Welcome to Earl Grey 2.0 (00:01:37)
First Contact Anniversary (00:02:45)
Our Build-up to First Contact (00:04:45)
Response to First Contact (00:15:00)
Coming Out Of the Cinema (00:16:10)
I Love a Military Uniform (00:28:40)
Older, Greyer, Chubbier (00:30:50)
Goldsmith Road Trippin’ (00:34:55)
It’s Personal (00:38:20)
Our Future (00:45:40)
Hope and Utopia? (00:49:30)
Amy Nelson, Richard Marquez, and Lee Hutchison
Lee Hutchison (Editor) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E. Hueter (Associate Producer) Stephen Boyd (Associate Producer) Ron Saarna (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager)
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.