Earl Grey 49: Beards, Sweaters, and Laser Eyes / by Darren Moser

Is TNG a Children's Show?

A lot of fans began their love of The Next Generation as children and continued their fandom into adulthood. In this episode of Earl Grey, Phillip Gilfus, Darren Moser, and Daniel Proulx examine their TNG experiences as children versus as adults. Special guest Andi Vanderkolk, aka @FirstTimeTrek, provides a different perspective as someone who began watching the series as an adult. Join us as we find what aspects of TNG speak specifically to children and what concepts remain universal, despite any fan's age.

Running Time: 1 Hour 6 Minutes 5 Seconds


Phillip Gilfus, Darren Moser, and Daniel Proulx



Andi Vanderkolk (@FirstTimeTrek)



Our first TNG experiences (2:33)
@FirstTimeTrek TNG background (6:24)
The show teaching concepts to viewers (12:50)
Wesley Crusher as ultimate child stand-in (23:28)
Other child characters in TNG and Trek (33:53)
Adult watching experience versus as a child (39:26)
Timelessness of stories (44:30)
Final thoughts (53:25)



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