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)
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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.
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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.
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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.