James T. Kirk and Spock are arguably the most beloved and well-known characters in Star Trek. With the newest movies released, does one prefer William Shatner over Chris Pine or Leonard Nimoy over Zachary Quinto? What will happen if we reboot The Next Generation? As it stands now, Patrick Stewart and Brent Spiner are the names associated with Jean-Luc Picard and Data, respectively. But, who would play these characters now?
In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Lee Hutchison, Richard Marquez, and Amy Nelson look at a recast of The Next Generation. We decide if our interpretation of a reboot series would be in the Prime or Kelvin timeline, or if this reboot takes place now versus the 1980's. Each host prepares and defends their choice of actors that would play the main characters of TNG.
00:00:39 - Introduction (00:00:39)
Prime or Kelvin Timeline (00:02:39)
Wesley Crusher (00:03:52)
Geordi LaForge (00:06:23)
Beverly Crusher (00:10:05)
William Riker (00:12:23)
Deanna Troi (00:27:15)
Jean-Luc Picard (00:30:57)
Full List Review (00:35:52)
Lee Hutchison, Richard Marquez, and Amy Nelson
Richard Marquez (Editor) 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) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
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.