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)
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.