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.
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)
Captains Holiday (Yes)
Tin Man (No)
Hollow Pursuits (Yes)
The Most Toys (No)
Menage a Troi (Yes)
The Best of Both World (Yes)
15 Yes / 11 No (57%)
Final Thoughts (01:03:44)
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)
Deleted Scenes, Part 2. Deleted scenes from The Next Generation season 3 episode "Evolution" are discussed.
Favorite Star Trek Memorabilia. The hosts talk about their three favorite pieces of Star Trek memorabilia.
The Lost Episodes, Part 8. Discussion on a never-produced season 1 episode of The Next Generation and a never-produced version of Generations.
Serialized TNG, Part 1. Discussion on Klingon TNG episodes included on the Star Trek: Fan Collective DVD collection.
Enterprise-D Blueprints. Discussion on the beautifully detailed Enterprise-D blueprints.
Favorite Conflict Resolution Moments. Each participant lists their three favorite conflict resolution moments in The Next Generation.
Riker's Command Offers. Discussion on the times Riker is offered command of his own ship.
"Gambit." Discussion on the "Gambit" two-parter.
TNG Roleplaying Game, Part 2. The hosts play a new mission from the Star Trek Adventures roleplaying game.
Science in TNG, Part 2. Discussion on the science in TNG seasons 4 and 5.
Dennis Madalone Interview. Interview with the stunt coordinator for 19 seasons of Star Trek.
The Lost Episodes, Part 7. Discussion on a never-produced season 5 Q episode of The Next Generation.
Favorite Badass Beverly Crusher Moments. We discuss our favorite moments showing Beverly as tough and uncompromising.
Deleted Scenes, Part 1. Deleted scenes from seasons 1 and 2 of The Next Generation are discussed.
Favorite Friendships in TNG. Each host lists their three favorite friendships in The Next Generation.
Science in TNG, Part 1. Discussion on the science in TNG seasons 1 through 3.
Section 31 in TNG. Discussion on what Section 31 might looked like on The Next Generation.
Death in TNG. Discussion of how death is shown and what impact that it has on The Next Generation.
The Lost Episodes, Part 6. Discussion on three never-produced episodes of The Next Generation.
"Masks." Discussion on the episode "Masks" that we think you'll enjoy, whether or not you're a fan of the episode.
Troi's Dishonor. Discussion on Counselor Troi's assaults and how they were portrayed on The Next Generation.
Durinda Wood Interview. Interview with TNG season 2 costume designer Durinda Wood.
Best and Worst Will Riker Moments. Amy, Justin, and guest Wes Huntington list their choices for best and worst Riker moments.
Favorite Character Moments from Nemesis. Each host lists their three favorite character moments from Nemesis.
The Lost Episodes, Part 5. Discussion on the never-produced episode of The Next Generation called "Blood and Fire."
Weapons of TNG, Part 2. Discussion on ship weapons, both Federation and non-Federation.
Captain Jellico. Discussion on Jellico's command style and effectiveness in the "Chain of Command" two-parter.
Favorite Character Moments from Insurrection. Each host lists their three favorite character moments from Insurrection.
Favorite Badass Troi Moments. We discuss our favorite moments showing Deanna Troi as tough and uncompromising.
The Lost Episodes, Part 4. Discussion on the never-produced episode of The Next Generation called "The Crystal Skull."