Games have a tendency to bring out the best or worst behaviors in players. Competition is innate to human nature and challenges are difficult to resist. Riker challenges Kolrami, a grandmaster of Strategema, knowing he has no chance of winning. We see the USS Hathaway's hand picked crew led by Commander Riker take on the seasoned Captain Picard in a battle simulation to prepare them for the Borg. The strategies used range from predicable to unexpected, especially when they encounter the Ferengi.
In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Lee Hutchison and Amy Nelson with special guest Zachary Fruhling discuss "Peak Performance," a season two fan favorite episode. We relate different components of competition, challenge, reputation and failure to the game of life. It is possible to make no mistakes and still lose; that is life!
TNG Love (00:02:39)
Peak Performance (00:03:28)
War Games (00:06:57)
Alternate Season Finale? (00:09:23)
Dealing with Crisis (00:11:45)
Big Scary Ferengi (00:15:40)
Meta Treks (00:25:40)
Final thoughts (00:47:07)
Lee Hutchison and Amy Nelson
Richard Marquez (Editor and Producer) 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) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon 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.