It's a Star Trek cliche in the 24th Century - the Holodeck breaks down, threatening our favorite Starfleet crew members, and hijinx ensue. However, the concept of the Holodeck means more than just using it for off-hour recreational purposes. The use of holographic technology changes the way the crew of the NCC-1701-D approach their work and the way they view their lives. Darren, Daniel, and Phillip dissect The Next Generation's use of the Holodeck as a tool in the workplace.
The Federation flagship, like the modern office, must conduct employee training - but instead of tedious PowerPoint presentations, officers take tests in the Holodeck for promotion ("Thine Own Self"). Instead of researching documents on LexisNexis, crewmembers can call up holographic recreations of facilities and people who can directly give needed information ("Booby Trap"). Groups who need to reconstruct people's memories or eyewitness accounts can congregate in the Holodeck to see if they can create the same picture ("Schisms"/"A Matter of Perspective"). Join Earl Grey as they outline the many non-fantasy uses of the Holodeck.
Troi - Officers Exam Main Engineering (Thine Own Self) 7/16 (00:03:17)
Geordi - Utopia Planitia (Booby Trap) 3/6 (00:12:13)
Nikolai - Scenery and Caves (Homeward) 7/13 (00:16:19)
Geordi - Away Mission (Identity Crisis) 4/18 (00:21:38)
Enterprise - Train to New Vertiform City Simulation (Emergence) 7/23 (00:25:23)
Barcly - Interface Chair (The Nth Degree) 4/19 (00:31:16)
Picard - Covert Mission Training (Chain of Command) 6/10 (00:33:01)
Riker - Table Making (Schisms) 6/5 (00:35:00)
Picard - Science Station (A Matter of Perspective) 3/14 (00:37:17)
Daniel's Soap Box (00:42:00)
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) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Stephen Boyd (Associate Producer) Ron Saarna (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager)
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.
Picard as Captain. Each captain portrays their own style of leadership. Leaders can be autocratic, laissez-faire, or transformational, just to name a few. From Archer to Janeway, we compare the captains of Star Trek to Picard.
Season 3 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 three episodes and makes their case why their choices should be included as a fan favorite.
The Game. The crew of the Enterprise become addicted to a game brought back by Riker from Risa. Trust is a powerful trait that can be used as a tool to gain control as expertly shown by the Ktarian's plot of expansion.
Mix-n-Match. The hosts of Earl Grey delve into a fun thought experiment that really get their creative juices flowing! Take a regular TNG episode, but switch out the characters with different characters from other series and let your mind go crazy. The number of combinations are plentiful and the different possibilities are extensive!
Nemesis. This Star Trek movie is famed for as the lowest box office sales in the history of Star Trek movies. For most fans, they either hate it or it's not their favorite. However, Earl Grey is setting the record straight on why this movie should be a fan favorite. Nemesis goes on trial to answer the many crimes it commits against Star Trek fandom.
Times Arrow. Deep Space 9 was ready to launch yet the writers wanted to make sure that The Next Generation wouldn't be forgotten. Time's Arrow cliff hanger would accomplish their goal. One only needs to mention the name and fans will either love it or hate it. However, it is a very memorable episode that keeps TNG relevant.
Star Trek Tech. Currently in the 21st century, the doubling of computer processing speed every 18 months, known as Moore's Law, is just one manifestation of the greater trend that all technological change occurs at an exponential rate. If we continue at with this same growth rate, we just might realize some of the amazing technology found in the 24th century such as androids, replicators, and interstellar travel.
In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Richard Marquez, Amy Nelson, and Lee Hutchison discuss the imaginative technology used on Star Trek. Science and technology are making tremendous gains in the fields of energy, neuroscience, genetics, and nanotechnology which only feeds the fire for every geek's fandom. We debate whether some of Star Trek's greatest technological fiction could actually be possible.
Season 2 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 2 episodes and makes their case why their choices should be included as a fan favorite.
Star Trek in the UK. Star Trek is a world-wide phenomenon in part because of the various ways to view the six different series and thirteen different movies. However, it wasn't always easily accessible. Join our hosts and guest as they discuss the struggles of what it was like to be a Star Trek fan in the early 1990s in the U.K.
Interview with Morgan Gendel. In this episode, Richard interviews Morgan Gendel about his work as a writer for The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and post Star Trek.
Uniforms and Costumes. The outrageous costumes of Lwaxana and Q do not go unnoticed in this episode of Earl Grey. What you wear is a glimpse into who you are and we see first hand how the Federation is portrayed on and off duty juxtaposed with how the Klingons are shown with their warrior-like clothing.
The Outcast. Star Trek does not shy away from complex issues or discussions, as seen in "The Outcast". This episode tackles the difficult issues of gender equality and sexuality. By the 24th century, have the roles of male and female progressed to be completely equal or do we still have a ways to go?
Road to Voyager. The Next Generation is the starting point of the 24th century in Star Trek. Although Voyager is the second series to follow TNG, we recognize the impact it has on Voyager.
Tin Man. Does the title of this TNG episode refer to just Gomtuu or to Data and Tam as well? We discuss how all three characters play into the story, touch on Jay Chattaway’s score, and look at the social issues of mental health and disability.
Recast TNG. Jean-Luc Picard and Patrick Stewart are almost interchangeable names with most TNG fans. But, a simple thought experiment of a reboot series might change your mind. Each host brings their list of actors to recast the main characters of The Next Generation.
Unsung Episodes: Season 1. Every fan has their favorite episodes, but what about the ones that get overlooked and disregarded? Each host brings their list of neglected season 1 episodes and makes their case why their choices should be included as a fan favorite.
TNG 30th Anniversary. Thirty years after the premier of "Encounter at Farpoint," we look back through rose-colored glasses at the series that we all love, sharing our thoughts and ideas for future Earl Grey episodes.
Holiday cheer begins with your questions for our new hosts of Earl Grey. Let us dig into our bag of answers and grant your wishes. Listen to the jingle of our answers in this new episode of Earl Grey.
The Road to Deep Space Nine. Every story has a beginning. We explore how key episodes of The Next Generation provided DS9 with its beginnings.
Everyone has their story on how they came to love Star Trek and in this episode you will hear how the hosts of Earl Grey found Star Trek and how The Next Generation holds a special place in their hearts.
The 24th Century Utopia. We explore Star Trek's vision of a utopian future, whether the society portrayed on The Next Generation is possible, how it could be achieved, and the consequences of a world without money.
First Contact Retrospective. November 2016 marks the 20th anniversary of First Contact, and the new Earl Grey team reflects on their experiences with the movie in 1996, and examine its legacy is in 2016.