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)
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.