Earl Grey: A Star Trek The Next Generation Podcast

Earl Grey: A Star Trek The Next Generation Podcast

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Earl Grey is a Trek.fm podcast dedicated entirely to Star Trek: The Next Generation. Not an episode review show, Earl Grey explores specific elements of TNG with hosts Trek.fm Phillip Gilfus, Darren Moser, and Daniel Proulx.

Episodes

154: Sky's the Limit  

Crew Finale.

"The trial never ended, captain.  We never reached a verdict. But now we have. You're guilty."

Daniel Proulx, Darren Moser, and Phillip Gilfus stood, provisionally, as representatives of Star Trek: The Next Generation fans for three years - never missing a week of giving testimony and evidence in defense of their favorite Star Trek series. But they now stand before Q one last time to receive their final verdict.

The trio ends their time on Earl Grey in this episode - remembering their favorite podcast moments, what kept them coming to the mics week after week, what they believe are the "essential" ingredients for doing a Trek podcast, and what they will keep with them as they move on to their next adventure together. Listen for a "Shades of Grey" experience, as clips from past shows are intermixed with Daniel, Darren, and Phillip's list of "thank you's" to those many people who helped made their time at Trek.fm something they will never forget. They also spend their last moments recognizing what they learned most from each other (though not holographically in front of a Windows 95 desktop background).

"You just don't get it, do you, Jean-Luc? The trial never ends. We wanted to see if you had the ability to expand your mind and your horizons. And for one brief moment, you did."

Earl Grey spent time exploring the best way to experience bij, the importance of the shift key, and why it's not important to remember Q-episode titles. More than that, they explored and exhibited the spirit of Next Gen - a utopian vision of the future where the ties of friendship ensures that a crew can survive any danger and improve themselves through shared missions of exploration.

Earl Grey remind all listeners to stay tuned and that a new crew will soon take their stations ... after all, there's still plenty of letters left in the alphabet.

"In any case, I'll be watching. And if you're very lucky, I'll drop by to say hello from time to time. See you ... out there!"
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CHAPTERS
Leaving (00:03:56)
Shades of Earl Grey Montage? (00:11:00)
Favorite Moments (00:16:13)
Thanking Guests (01:01:50)
Thanking the Lower Decks (01:17:59)
To the Future Hosts of Earl Grey (01:25:14)
Closing Statements (01:32:14)
The End (01:58:49)

HOSTS Daniel Proulx, Phillip Gilfus, & Darren Moser

PRODUCTION 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)
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153: Super Bridgemates  

Super BridgeMates STLV.

Star Trek. 50th Anniversary. Las Vegas. A once-in-a-lifetime gathering.

Phillip, Daniel, and Darren share their experiences of meeting each other for the first time -- in real life! -- and what it was like to celebrate Trek's 50th Birthday with several thousand fellow fans at the Rio Hotel/Casino/Convention Center, off the Las Vegas Strip.

The trio talks about meeting other trek.fm cohosts, Earl Grey listeners, celebrities, and even R2-D2. They describe how their hotel suite served as a "Ten Forward" (their room number was literally 17001) for the week, hosting a meetup for all Trek.fm hosts and listeners, as well as providing the ultimate gaming experience with "Star Trek: Scene-It?" and "Star Trek: The Next Generation Interactive VCR Board Game: A Klingon Challenge." Las Vegas is the ultimate place to experience Biij ... and Darren even gets the official endorsement from not-Gowron himself.

Their STLV experience also includes attending TNG-themed celebrity panels - Whoopi Goldberg (Guinan), in her first Star Trek convention appearance, as well as Jonathan Frakes (Willam T. Riker), Marina Sirtis (Deanna Troi, a previous Earl Grey special guest star!), and Michael Dorn (Worf). The Earl Grey team took up many photo opportunities dressed in their Next Gen uniforms, Daniel met Q, and Darren was excited to find a copy of a certain TNG novel, "Ship of the Line."

The highlight of the Earl Grey STLV experience is, of course, Super BridgeMates - recorded live at the #Roddenberry Stage at Quark's Bar. Phillip hosted the three teams of Free Enterprise (Daniel and Darren), Team Lizard Babies (Charlynn Schmiedt and Tristan Riddell) and the Council of Mistresses (Andi Vanderkolk and Jarrah Hodge). Listeners get to experience what happens when three teams must answer random Trek trivia questions, guess episodes/movies as they are acted out by audience members, and stumble around with cosplayers. Phillip does warn listeners that there was a hiccup on his part that may leave the answer of who won this epic showdown entirely up to the listeners' decisions. Earl Grey thanks everyone who made this fun-filled panel possible.

Join Earl Grey as they drink a James Tea Kirk from the Rio Masquarade Bar, drop a few coins in the penny slot machines, and sing their hearts out at Klingon Karaoke, as they share their experience at Star Trek Las Vegas.

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Phillip, Darren, and Daniel wish to announce that this is their penultimate episode of Earl Grey - this bridge crew has decided now is the time to move on to another continuing mission. The next episode of Earl Grey will be their last episode - listeners are encouraged to share their favorite EG moments with the crew before the trio sits down for their last poker game. Earl Grey will soon continue with a new crew and new adventures, celebrating all things Star Trek: The Next Generation.

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CHAPTERS
Star Trek Las Vegas (00:00:41)
Super Bridgemates (00:41:03)
Closing (01:07:42)

HOSTS Daniel Proulx, Phillip Gilfus, & Darren Moser

PRODUCTION 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)

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152: Captain Proton's Revenge  

Elementary Dear Data Rewrite.
Live together at Star Trek Las Vegas in room 17001 Daniel, Darren & Phillip are joined by the hosts of To The Journey, Charlynn and Tristan. Taking a concept from Earl Grey Episode 147 "Square Root of Spock" they rewrite the episode Elementary Dear Data to take place on the holodeck of the USS Voyager. Instead of Professor Moriarty gaining sentience it is Tom's Captain Proton program. Five podcasters in one room, who knew talking trek could be this fun.

HOSTS Daniel Proulx, Phillip Gilfus, & Darren Moser

GUESTS
Charlynn Schmiedt & Tristan Riddell

PRODUCTION 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)

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151: TNG Forever  
Enduring Popularity of TNG.

Star Trek: The Next Generation premiered on television in 1987 - almost 30 years later, the second live incarnation of Star Trek on television remains a vital part of the franchise and an enduring pop culture icon. Phillip, Daniel, and Darren have taken apart TNG for over three years on this podcast - discussing characters, story lines, technical aspects, themes, and everything else in between. This has led to one great question: What is behind the enduring popularity of Next Gen?

Earl Grey conducts a roundtable discussion that focuses on how TNG remains relevant, what characters and storylines fit in with today's world, and how new fans are "re-discovering" a thirty-year-old television show. They examine the reputation of Next Gen compared to the other Trek series, what the stereotypes are, and what the "popular opinion" is of Captain Picard and the crew of the 24th Century starship Enterprise. Join Earl Grey as they compress their 3 years worth of discussions into one retrospective episode about the enduring popularity of Star Trek: The Next Generation. 


A SPECIAL TREK.FM EARL GREY EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT FOR STAR TREK LAS VEGAS
Listeners know #BridgeMates from Earl Grey episodes 82 (“When in Doubt Choose Data”), 109 (“He Hasn't Watched That One”), and 141 (“The Council of Mistresses”), as well as To the Journey 117 (“BridgeMates Rematch”) and Standard Orbit 102 (“Trying to Kill Zoolander”). There is even the original trivia panel show “Encounter at All Good Things” from Earl Grey 137.

Earl Grey is proud to announce a live presentation of “Super BridgeMates” at the Star Trek Las Vegas 50th Anniversary Convention on Friday, August 5 from 12:30 to 1:15 pm. It will be held on the Roddenberry Stage at Quark's Bar, hosted by Phillip Hunter Gilfus. Your favorite team of “Free Enterprise” (Darren Moser and Daniel Proulx) will attempt to escape defeat (again) against two rival BridgeMate Teams - “Team Lizard Babies” (Charlynn Schmiedt and Tristan Riddell) and “The Council of Mistresses” (Andi VanderKolk and Jarrah Hodge).

When it comes to celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek, regular BridgeMates simply won't do. That's why this game show will be “Super BridgeMates”- a fun-filled, comedic game show involving fans, cosplayers, and audience members. Not only will the teams compete in hilarious trivia, but those in the audience will participate by acting out selected scenes from our favorite Star Trek moments and cosplayers will help create puzzles for the teams to solve. It's all about the love of Star Trek! ‪#‎roddenberry‬



CHAPTERS
Roundtable Questions (00:04:27)
Closing (00:54:47)

HOSTS Daniel Proulx, Phillip Gilfus, & Darren Moser

PRODUCTION 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)


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150: Timeizard  
Timescape Commentary.

Time is a funny thing - especially when you draw an emoticon on a temporally-frozen warp core breach. Captain Jean Luc Picard reminds Data in a deleted scene in Star Trek: Nemesis that the presence of time is a chance for humans to perform certain rituals. In keeping with that tradition, Darren, Daniel, and Phillip celebrate their 150th episode of talking all things The Next Generation by providing a commentary to their favorite series' 150th episode.

In this season six, 25th episode - Timescape - the crew of the Enterprise-D find themselves more-or-less frozen in time while aiding a damaged Romulan warbird. Picard, Data, Troi, and Geordi, after perfecting some comedic impersonation skills, must find a way to fix this unique time travel puzzle, all while encountering a new alien species. Join the crew of Earl Grey as they beam aboard a high-definition Starfleet runabout, explore the interiors of a Romulan warbird, and find they have problems with the fast forward/reverse button on their time controllers in this commentary episode of "Timescape."     

A SPECIAL TREK.FM EARL GREY EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT FOR STAR TREK LAS VEGAS
Listeners know #BridgeMates from Earl Grey episodes 82 (“When in Doubt Choose Data”), 109 (“He Hasn't Watched That One”), and 141 (“The Council of Mistresses”), as well as To the Journey 117 (“BridgeMates Rematch”) and Standard Orbit 102 (“Trying to Kill Zoolander”). There is even the original trivia panel show “Encounter at All Good Things” from Earl Grey 137.

Earl Grey is proud to announce a live presentation of “Super BridgeMates” at the Star Trek Las Vegas 50th Anniversary Convention on Friday, August 5 from 12:30 to 1:15 pm. It will be held on the Roddenberry Stage at Quark's Bar, hosted by Phillip Hunter Gilfus. Your favorite team of “Free Enterprise” (Darren Moser and Daniel Proulx) will attempt to escape defeat (again) against two rival BridgeMate Teams - “Team Lizard Babies” (Charlynn Schmiedt and Tristan Riddell) and “The Council of Mistresses” (Andi VanderKolk and Jarrah Hodge).

When it comes to celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek, regular BridgeMates simply won't do. That's why this game show will be “Super BridgeMates”- a fun-filled, comedic game show involving fans, cosplayers, and audience members. Not only will the teams compete in hilarious trivia, but those in the audience will participate by acting out selected scenes from our favorite Star Trek moments and cosplayers will help create puzzles for the teams to solve. It's all about the love of Star Trek! ‪#‎roddenberry‬


HOSTS Daniel Proulx, Phillip Gilfus, & Darren Moser

PRODUCTION 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)   Send us your feedback!
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149: The Price Is Too High  

Essential Trek Season 3.

A returned Dr. Beverly Crusher and new pop-up collars on uniforms - these are some of the many additions that TNG's third season brings - but what are the essential episodes? Daniel, Darren, and Phillip comb through all 26 episodes in the "Earl Grey Supreme Court" to determine which episodes should be considered the Trek.fm essential episodes. The question of "essential-ness" is often tied to continuity in the Trek universe, but this episode brings up the difficult question of continuity in the Trek.fm universe.

Join Earl Grey as they eagerly debate if the Great and Powerful Kevin will remain so great and powerful, whether the Leah Brahms storyline must remain in Next Gen, and if anyone actually remembers the episode "The Vengeance Factor." The third season of TNG is generally considered to have many of the most-watched episodes, but which stories will make the cut? Let us know if you agree with Earl Grey's essential episodes of season three. 
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CHAPTERS
Episodes (00:02:26)
Evolution (No)
The Ensigns of Command (Yes)
The Survivors (No)
Who Watches the Watchers (Yes)
The Bonding (Yes)
Booby Trop (Yes)
The Enemy (Yes)
The Price (Yes)  (00:28:31)
The Vengeance Factor (No)
The Defector (No)
The Hunted (No)
The High Ground (No)
Deja Q (Yes)
A Matter of Perspective (No)
Yesterdays Enterprise (Yes)
The Offspring (Yes)
Sins of the Father (Yes)
Allegiance (No)
Captains Holiday (Yes)
Tin Man (No)
Hollow Pursuits (Yes)
The Most Toys (No)
Sarek (Yes)
Menage a Troi (Yes)
Transfigurations (No)
The Best of Both World (Yes)
15 Yes / 11 No (57%)
Final Thoughts (01:03:44)

HOSTS Daniel Proulx, Phillip Gilfus, & Darren Moser

PRODUCTION 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)

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148: The Square Root of Spock  

Trek Switch Season 2.

For a second time, Phillip, Daniel, and Darren explore a season's worth of Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes and decide which stories might be better explored in their sister Trek series. In Earl Grey 124 "Hide and Trelane," the trio delved into the inaugural season of Next Gen - this time it is season two's turn to be "Trek Switched." As usual, the co-hosts can choose to either rewrite an episode or make it a prequel/sequel story for Enterprise, The Original Series, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager.

This episode asks how would Captain Jonathan Archer and the NX-01 crew deal with the "explorer" Nagilum in the 22nd Century? Earl Grey re-visits controversial ground by setting "The Child" in the series it was originally meant for - the original NCC-1701. The threat of the Dominion War causes Captain Benjamin Sisko and his Starfleet crew to face off against their Bajoran militia co-workers in a version of "Peak Performance." Lastly, Captain's Assistant (or Assistant to the Captain) Naomi Wildman causes a great debate about the prime directive when she ends up with a new "pen pal."

Join Earl Grey as they "Trek Switch" season two of The Next Generation with all the other live action Trek TV series.

CHAPTERS
Enterprise (00:03:58)
Phillip - Loud as a Whisper
Daniel - The Outragous Okona
Darren -   Where Silence Has Lease

TOS (00:12:54)
Daniel - The Child
Phillip - Time Squared
Darren - Q Who

DS9 (00:21:18)
Darren - Peak Performance - May the Odds be in your favor
Phillip - The Royale
Daniel - The Icarus Factor

VOY (00:36:06)
Phillip - The Dauphin
Darren - Elementary, Dear Data / Captain Proton's Revenge (00:37:42)
Daniel - Pen Pals

Final Thoughts

HOSTS Daniel Proulx, Phillip Gilfus, & Darren Moser

PRODUCTION 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)


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147: Pack Leggings, Layers, and Lotion  

August 3 thru 7, 2016 is coming up at warp nine - soon Star Trek fans from across the world will converge on Las Vegas to celebrate the 50th anniversary of our favorite science fiction franchise. Darren, Daniel, and Phillip all plan to be in Vegas - in order to prepare themselves and all new (or veteran) Las Vegas con-goers, they are joined by Amy Imhoff, of the "Shoes and Starships" blog (http://www.shoesandstarships.com). 

Amy is a regular attendee of STLV - she has been featured on fan panels, from topics ranging from  "Literature in Star Trek" to "Trek Girl" (Feminism & Trek). She explains in this episode what to expect at STLV - from what you should pack before you leave to the best places to eat around the Rio Suites Hotel. Amy describes the rooms at the Rio, what the "unwritten rules" are when you spot a Trek celebrity, and how to avoid "con crud." 

Join Earl Grey as they share the best way to prepare for the upcoming 50th Anniversary Star Trek Las Vegas convention.

CHAPTERS
Everyone's Con Experience (00:03:37)
Packing (00:15:13)
Rooms at the Rio (00:25:28)
Meds (00:27:19)
Closing (00:54:22)

HOSTS Daniel Proulx, Phillip Gilfus, & Darren Moser

GUEST
Amy Imhoff

PRODUCTION 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)

146: What Does God Need with a Geo-Political Governmental Body?  

Religion in TNG.

The classic topics that are considered impolite to discuss with company are money, religion, and politics. Since Earl Grey already did an episode about money ("EG 58: Scarcity, Scarcity, Scarcity"), it is now time for them to discuss religion. Most fans know that Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry was an atheist who believed that humans would "outgrow" religion by the 23rd and 24th centuries. The Next Generation features a diverse crew who do not seem to display any beliefs that one would characterize as "religious." Phillip, Daniel, and Darren nevertheless examine Lieutenant Worf's Klingon culturalism and his battles with faith ("Rightful Heir"), Lt. Cmdr Data's search for self-actualization with his "creator" ("Brothers"), and Capt. Picard's role as a leader of a crew with various religious/non-religion beliefs.

The trio also examines the "guest star" aliens' religious beliefs, from Ensign Ro's "cultural Bajora-ism," the conflict in "Who Watches the Watchers?", to the enduring Native American spiritualism in "Journey's End,"; from Ardra's role as the Devil ("Devil's Due"), to the role of "doctrine" in "The Outcast." Join Earl Grey for a discussion about the nature of religion and personal beliefs in The Next Generation.


CHAPTERS
Intro (00:02:05)
Enterprise Crew religions/beliefs
Worf (00:03:42)
Data (00:14:26)
Ro (00:20:18)
Picard (00:27:53)
Riker/La Forge/Troi/Crusher - ???
Alien religion/beliefs
Ardra (00:35:27)
Journey's End (00:40:31)
The Outcast (00:44:21)
Closing (00:48:40)

HOSTS Daniel Proulx, Phillip Gilfus, & Darren Moser

PRODUCTION 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)   Send us your feedback!
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145: It's Too Short A Season  

Essential Trek Season 2.

Daniel, Darren and Phillip continue the proud Trek.fm "essential" tradition of breaking down a season of their favorite series, sorting through which episodes should be officially kept. The trio begins, reluctantly, with "The Child" and makes their way through Next Gen's too short a season, all the way to "Shades of Grey." There are quite a few 2-1 votes for whether an episode is considered "essential" in this installment - that is, whether it embodies the spirit of TNG or sets up much-needed elements for later Next Gen or later parts of the subsequent Trek series. Earl Grey discusses when Lwaxana Troi should "officially" show up, whether "Q Who?" should be "very essential" or "most essential," and if Worf's "two bridges?!?!" must officially be retired.

Season two of Star Trek: The Next Generation suffered from a series of writer strikes and bad plots, along with captivating stories ("The Measure of a Man"), new characters (e.g., Guinan and Dr. Pulaski), and promotions for our crew. Join Earl Grey as they hold up season two to the "essential" winnowing process.


CHAPTERS
Episodes (00:05:09)
The Child (Yes)
Where Silence Has Lease (No)
Elementary, Dear Data (Yes)
The Outrageous Okona (No)
Loud As A Whisper (Yes)
The Schizoid Man (No)
Unnatural Selection (No)
A Matter Of Honor (Yes)
The Measure Of A Man (No)
The Dauphin (No)
Contagion (Yes)
The Royale (No)
Time Squared (No)
The Icarus Factor (Yes)
Pen Pals (Yes)
Q Who (Yes)
Samaritan Snare (Yes)
Up The Long Ladder (No)
Manhunt (Yes)
The Emissary (Yes)
Peak Performance (Yes)
Shades of Gray (No)
12 Yes / 10 No
Final Thoughts (00:54:59)

HOSTS Daniel Proulx, Phillip Gilfus, & Darren Moser

PRODUCTION 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)

144: Unconventional Tables  

Holodeck Tools.

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.

CHAPTERS
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)

HOSTS Daniel Proulx, Phillip Gilfus, & Darren Moser

PRODUCTION 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)

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143: La Forging His Own Tools  

La Forge Character Moments.

Star Trek: The Next Generation features great characters, but there's no doubt that Captain Jean-Luc Picard and Lt. Commander Data get the bulk of fan attention. Chief Engineer Geordi La Forge does not often get the spotlight, so in this episode, Phillip, Darren, and Daniel showcase his best moments. The trio goes round-robin, discussing episodes like "The Arsenal of Freedom," "I, Borg," and "Interface."

Levar Burton embodied a memorable character for seven years on television and in four feature films - whether portraying a desire for sight, a strong friendship with an android, or a passion in his beliefs. His laughter and ability to emote behind the VISOR makes Lt. Commander La Forge a great member of the TNG family. Join Earl Grey as the discuss their favorite Next Gen moments featuring La Forge.

CHAPTERS
Intro (00:02:05)
Favorite Moments (00:03:00)
Honorable Mentions (00:46:50)
Conclusion (00:48:18)

HOSTS Daniel Proulx, Phillip Gilfus, & Darren Moser

PRODUCTION 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)
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142: Cocco, Semi-Sweet, Hot  

Tracee Lee Cocco.

Star Trek: The Next Generation viewers may notice a frequent appearance of a buzz-cut Starfleet officer either manning the helm, walking down the corridor, or attending Ten-Forward performances. She is known as "Lt. Jae" and was played by Tracee Lee Cocco (http://www.ltjae.com) in seasons four thru seven, as well as the Star Trek: Generations, Star Trek: First Contact, and Star Trek: Insurrection. Tracee discusses with Daniel, Darren, and Daniel about her time aboard the NCC-1701-D, both as Jae and other roles.

Tracee performed many stunts on the series and movies, as well as appearing as several aliens on Deep Space Nine and Voyager. She has been an Antican, Borg, Tak Tak, and countless more. Tracee shares her experiences in Hollywood, as well as her many encounters with fans at conventions across the country. Her upcoming convention appearances include:

Phoenix Con, June 3rd – 5th Hollywood Show, July 10th Pride Con, July 29 - 30th Classic Comic Con, October 1st – 2nd (http://www.steamhousecoffeeco.com/)  SciFi and Beyond Cruise, October 5th - 9th
Join Earl Grey as they discuss exploding consoles, cosplaying, and life on the Enterprise with Tracee Lee Cocco.

CHAPTERS
Tracee Lee Cocco Interview (00:01:20)
Convention Appearances (00:21:29)
Star Trek Beyond Trailer Event (00:30:38)
Beyond Trailer Reactions (00:35:39)
Closing (00:46:00)

HOSTS Daniel Proulx, Phillip Gilfus, & Darren Moser

PRODUCTION 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)
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141: The Council of Mistresses  
BridgeMates - Women at Warp.

BridgeMates is a game that asks a team of two trek.fm co-hosts whether they really know their BridgeMate. Team Free Enterprise, comprised as always of Daniel and Darren, add another letter to their logo and attempt to win their first victory. This time, they are up against one half of trek.fm's Women of Warp show - Jarrah Hodge and Andi VanderKolk. This Council of Mistresses are ready to take on the wide variety of The Next Generation-based questions to ensure Daniel and Darren keep their losing streak.

Phillip hosts this popular trek.fm Earl Grey game show. The two teams must make it through three rounds of questions. In the first two rounds, each co-host team member "leaves" the mic, while their partner-in-crime answers questions about their co-host. We then see if BridgeMates can "match" answers when their co-host returns to answer the same question. The third round involves BridgeMates "matching" the answers of their co-hosts on previously e-mailed questions. Will Team Free Enterprise make it to the Bonus Round for the first time? Will the Council of Mistresses join the ranks of Team Lizard Babies and the Maroon Monsters? Join Earl Grey, and their Women at Warp guests, for the latest episode of BridgeMates.

CHAPTERS
Intro (00:01:27)
Round 1 (00:03:52)
Round 2 (00:18:51)
Round 3 (00:34:09)
Bonus Round (00:51:12)
Conclusion (00:58:14)

HOSTS Daniel Proulx, Phillip Gilfus, & Darren Moser

GUESTS
Jarrah Hodge and Andi VanderKolk.

PRODUCTION 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)
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140: Essential Coin Flips  

Essential Trek Season 1.

Daniel, Darren and Phillip begin a journey through Star Trek: The Next Generation to determine which episodes are "Essential" to the Trek viewing experience. Battle lines will be drawn, Justice will be debated, and coins will be flipped. Season 1 has been a contentious point in past episodes, how will it fare under the scrutiny of the Earl Grey Team?

CHAPTERS
Episodes (00:09:56)
Encounter at Farpoint (Yes)
The Naked Now (Yes)
Code of Honor (No)
The Last Outpost (No)
Where No One Has Gone Before (Yes)
Lonely Among us (No)
Justice (Yes)
The Battle (Yes)
Hide and Q (Yes)
Haven (No)
The Big Goodbye (Yes)
Datalore (Yes)
Angel One (No)
11001001 (Yes)
Too Short a Season (No)
When the Bough Breaks (No)
Home Soil (No)
Coming of Age (Yes)
Heart of Glory (Yes)
The Arsenal of Freedom (Yes)
Symbiosis (No)
Skin of Evil (Yes)
We'll Always Have Paris (No)
Conspiracy (Yes)
The Neutral Zone (Yes)
15 Yes / 11 No
Final Thoughts (01:07:29)

HOSTS Daniel Proulx, Phillip Gilfus, & Darren Moser

PRODUCTION 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)
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The Q and the A  

Earl Grey AMA

It's time to turn the table on the three co-hosts - instead of them talking about their chosen topic, the trio answers listener-submitted questions in the first "Ask Me Anything, Earl Grey Edition." Through e-mail and Babel Conference comments, Darren, Daniel, and Phillip reveal their non-Trek-based hobbies, favorite podcasts, and how they got start with the trek.fm network. Daniel is put on the spot about his feelings on "Time's Arrow (Parts 1 and 2)" and Commander Flipper's career track. Darren explains his many Star Wars-based real life adventures. Phillip talks about creating his many "Star Trek: The Next Generation"-based games.

This AMA also reveals a hidden talent of Daniel's, as well as almost stumping the hosts about what non-TNG episodes should be placed in Next Gen. The co-hosts end up "submitting" questions of their own to be answered, takes some questions for future episode ideas, and drop hints about upcoming episode topics. Join Earl Grey as they answer your questions in their first ever "Ask Me Anything" episode. 


CHAPTERS
Questions (00:01:47)
Conclusion (00:47:16)

HOSTS Daniel Proulx, Phillip Gilfus, & Darren Moser

PRODUCTION 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)
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138: Mirrored Flying Toaster Eyes  

Mirror Episode Part 2.
Every Next Generation episode that has a part one mustconcludethestory in part two - so it goes with Earl Grey'soriginal"mirror"Next Gen episode. In Earl Grey 135 "Fabio'sMirror,"LieutenantsWorf and Barclay, along with Ensign Ro,foundthemselvesunexpectedly trapped in a universe where CaptainWillRiker leadsthe crew of the Enterprise V, along with hisfirstofficer DeannaTroi and Terminator-like enforcer Data. At theend ofthe laststory, Reg was attempting to impersonate hismirrorcounterpart, aninjured Worf was guarding the PrimeUniverseshuttlecraft, Ro wascrawling through the ship  in herblackpajamas , andIntendant Jean-Luc Picard was teaming up withDukat tofurtheroppress the Bajora.

In the epic conclusion, Darren, Daniel, and Phillip endthestorywith an engineering crew that will kill their crew matesassoon asrepair an EPS conduit, Reg finding a way to use Dataintheandroid's seldom used "danger mode," and asurprisingappearancefrom the Enterprise V's chief medical officer.Join EarlGrey on a"mirror" adventure that will either have youhungering formorestories from this "parallel" universe or else makeyou gladTNGnever attempted this story on their own.  

CHAPTERS
Previously on Earl Grey (00:00:39)
Ro (00:06:40)
Worf (00:16:32)
Barclay (00:20:52)
Dr. Crusher (00:29:14)
Keys to Data (00:35:28)Getting Home (00:41:25)
Ending (00:52:30)

HOSTSDaniel Proulx, Phillip Gilfus,&DarrenMoser

PRODUCTIONDarren Moser (Editor and Producer) CBryanJones(Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (ExecutiveProducer)Norman C.Lao (Executive Producer) Stephen Boyd (AssociateProducer)RonSaarna (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez(ProductionManager)Will Nguyen (ContentManager)
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Earl Grey 137: Encounter at All Good Things  

Panel Show.

BridgeMates, shridgeMates ... there's a new game in town on trek.fm! In this inaugural production of "Encounter at All Good Things," Phillip hosts the newest trivia panel show about all things Star Trek: The Next Generation. Darren is team captain of #soLA, featuring "To the Journey" co-host Charlynn Schmiedt and "Saturday Morning Trek" co-host/graphic designer Aaron Harvey. They battle Daniel's team, representing the East Coast, comprised of "Women at Warp" co-host Sue Kisenwether and "Shoes & Starships" blogger Amy Imhoff.

"Encounter at All Good Things" combines clips from Next Gen episodes, acting out scenes from other episodes, knowing Netflix episode summaries, and testing everyone's knowledge of little-known Memory Alpha factoids. Will Team Darren best Team Daniel? Or will Team Daniel defeat Team Darren in this Earl Grey - Civil War? Join the crew of Earl Grey, along with their special guests, as they laugh, speak in Muppet voices, and have as much fun as seven people are allowed to have on one podcast for "Encounter at All Good Things," the official trek.fm trivia panel show.

CHAPTERS
Intro (00:02:28)
Round 1 - "Don't look this up on Memory Alpha" (00:04:35)
Round 2 - Scene Reenactments (00:18:26)
Round 3 - Character Details  (00:28:10)
Round 4 - The Netflix Summary (00:37:10)
Conclusion (00:43:20)

HOSTS Daniel Proulx, Phillip Gilfus, & Darren Moser

GUESTS
Charlynn Schmiedt, Aaron Harvey, Sue Kisenwether, & Amy Imhoff

PRODUCTION Darren Moser (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) Stephen Boyd (Associate Producer) Ron Saarna (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager)
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Earl Grey 136: Captain Alan Ruck  

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.

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.

CHAPTERS
No Spock? (00:19:45)
Goodbye Enterprise (00:28:27)
Andi's Key Points (00:31:31)
Favorite Parts (00:40:45)

HOSTS Daniel Proulx, Phillip Gilfus, & Darren Moser

GUEST
Andi VanderKolk

PRODUCTION 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)
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Earl Grey 135: Fabio's Mirror  

Mirror Episode Part 1.
One story type that didn't make its way into The Next Generation was the Mirror Universe. What will our favorite characters do when faced with their evil go-tee wearing counterparts? What if Data was a crazy red eyed robot controlled by Captain Riker? What if Picard had flowing locks of hair? This week Darren, Daniel and Phillip start rewriting "Parallels" to become the TNG chapter of the Mirror Universe.

CHAPTERS
State of the Mirror Universe? (00:03:19)
Core Setting / What season? (00:13:53
The Plot (00:33:00)
Final Thoughts (00:55:20)
HOSTS Daniel Proulx, Phillip Gilfus, & Darren Moser

PRODUCTION 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)
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