"Shades of Gray" Rewrite.
The second season finale of The Next Generation, "Shades of Gray," is often considered to be one of the worst episodes of the show, if not one of the worst episodes in all of Star Trek. A writers' strike, a strained budget at the end of the season, and a showrunner on his way out combined for an episode notorious for being Star Trek's only clip show.
In this episode of Earl Grey, host Justin Oser is joined by special guests Brandon-Shea Mutala (of Melodic Treks, Warp Five, and The Edge) and Star Trek author Una McCormack to do an episode rewrite of "Shades of Gray." They discuss what danger the crew should find, what the message of the episode should be, whether Dr. Pulaski and Dr. Crusher should team up together, and much more in their quest to improve upon the original episode.
Una McCormack Interview (00:02:52)
Brandon-Shea's Thoughts on Dr. Pulaski (00:13:21)
"Shades of Gray" Rewrite (00:19:38)
Final Thoughts (00:53:48)
Brandon-Shea Mutala and Una McCormack
Justin Oser (Editor and Producer) Richard Marquez (Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Lee Hutchison (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
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Remember Me. Discussion on Beverly Crusher in the season four episode "Remember me."
Favorite Character Moments Season 7. Each host brings their list of favorite character moments and why those moments are important to a specific character's development.
Creatures and Monsters of TNG. Discussion on exotic species and unusual entities on TNG.
TNG Characters Who Play Music. Discussion on TNG characters who play musical instruments and the bands they might form or join.
New Picard Series. Discussion on the news that Jean-Luc Picard will be returning in a new Star Trek series.
Romulans in "The Enemy" and "The Defector." Discussion on what we learn about Romulan behavior and culture from the season three episodes "The Enemy" and "The Defector."
"The Chase" and Panspermia. Discussion on the science behind the theory that life can be introduced from space as seen in the episode "The Chase."
The Lost Episodes, Part 2. Discussion on two more never-produced episodes of The Next Generation.