Based on the 1976 short story “Tin Woodman” by Dennis Russell Bailey and David Bischoff, “Tin Man” was the first episode of The Next Generation that Earl Grey co-host Richard Marquez saw, and it is what launched his Star Trek fandom. Originally published in Amazing Science Fiction Stories and later as a novel in 1979, the original “Tin Woodman” story was nominated for a Nebula Award in 1977. Bailey and Bischoff are also credited with writing the TNG episode.
In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Richard Marquez, Lee Hutchison, and Amy Nelson discuss whether this is a good first episode for someone new to The Next Generation, how the name Tin Man correlates with the theme and characters of this episode, and certain sound effects that will make your stomach turn. We also debate if this is a Troi- or Data-centric episode and the social issues of mental health and disability.
00:02:08 Episode Review
00:03:10 What did you think?
00:11:11 Jay Chattaway
00:18:24 Mental health
00:20:43 First contact issues
00:24:03 Marina Sirtis
00:26:54 Touch ups
Lee Hutchison, Richard Marquez, and Amy Nelson
Richard Marquez (Editor) Lee Hutchison (Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E. Hueter (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
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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.
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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.
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