First Time Generations.
After seven years on television, Star Trek: The Next Generation launched a second Trek movie franchise with the inaugural TNG movie, Star Trek: Generations. Star Trek fans, both Original Series and Next Gen-ers, have long discussed their feelings about the eagerly-awaited meeting between Captains Kirk and Picard, Data's emotions, the destruction of the NCC-1701-D, and the death of Kirk. However, one Trek fan just watched the movie last week - Andi VanderKolk, better known as FirstTimeTrekker. @firsttimetrek
Andi joins the Earl Grey crew and shares her thoughts about Captain Alan Ruck...er, John Harriman of the Enterprise-B, how Dr. Tolian Soran was able to speak great lines while sporting a great coat, and how the star of the entire movie is Spot the Cat. The crew talks the expectations of the first TNG movie, the role of Captain James T. Kirk, and how the story could have been improved. Join Earl Grey as they talk the high and low parts of Star Trek: Generations.
No Spock? (00:19:45)
Goodbye Enterprise (00:28:27)
Andi's Key Points (00:31:31)
Favorite Parts (00:40:45)
Daniel Proulx, Phillip Gilfus, & Darren Moser
Darren Moser (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) Stephen Boyd (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager)
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.
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.
Funniest moments. Listen in as our hosts talk about their top three picks for impeccable comedic timing.
Professor Moriarty. Discussion on Moriarty's appearances in "Elementary, Dear Data" and "Ship in a Bottle."
Realistic and Unrealistic. We discuss our top picks for realistic and unrealistic elements of The Next Generation.
Season 5 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 five episodes and makes their case why their choices should be included as a fan favorite.
Star Trek Las Vegas. We recount our experiences at Star Trek Las Vegas 2017, with special emphasis on the celebration of The Next Generation’s 30th anniversary.
Joe Mensoky episodes. In this episode of Earl Grey, each host picks their three favorite Joe Menosky episodes. We also talk about what our review of Menosky's episodes may reveal about his approach to writing Discovery.
Tasha Yar serves aboard the Enterprise D as chief security officer. She shows her loyalty to the crew and to Picard. She is strong and confident - much like Vasquez from Aliens. In this episode of Earl Grey, we compare and contrast these two characters and the roles they play in their respective stories.
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.
80s TV Detective
In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Richard Marquez and Lee Hutchison are joined by Duncan Barrett from Trek.fm's Primitive Culture to discuss how The Next Generation views mental health and the role of the ships counsellor.