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
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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
Roundtable Questions (00:04:27)
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)
"Suspicions" Commentary. We provide a watch along commentary for the season six episode "Suspicions."
Fathers on TNG. Discussion on fathers on The Next Generation.
Favorite Character Moments Season 5. Each host brings their list of favorite character moments and why those moments are important to a specific character's development.
The Wounded. Discussion on the powerful and important episode that introduced the Cardassians.
Trek Movie Madness, Part 2. Part 2 of a crossover with Standard Orbit in which we discuss The Final Frontier and Nemesis.
Mothers on TNG. Discussion on mothers and mother figures on The Next Generation.
The Lost Episodes, Part 1. Discussion on two never-produced episodes of The Next Generation.
Romantic Relationships on TNG, Part 2. Discussion of more romances on The Next Generation.
Favorite Character Moments Season 4. Each host brings their list of favorite character moments and why those moments are important to a specific character's development.
Schisms. Discussion on the scary and funny elements of the episode Schisms.
Dwight Schultz Interview. Interview with Dwight Schultz, who played Lt. Barclay on The Next Generation and Voyager.
James L. Conway Interview. The director of eighteen episodes of Star Trek from 1987 to 2005 across four series is interviewed.
Trek Madness. Part 2 of a crossover with Standard Orbit comparing TNG Season 7 and TOS Season 3.
Games, Sports, and Hobbies on TNG. Discussion on the activities that the crew engages in on their free time.
Favorite Badass Picard Moments. We discuss our favorite moments showing Picard as a tough and uncompromising leader.
People from the Past Permanently in the Future. Discussion on episodes of The Next Generation where people from the past end up stuck in the 24th century.
Favorite Character Moments Season 3. Each host brings their list of favorite character moments and why those moments are important to a specific character's development.
Romantic Relationships on TNG. Valentine's Day episode on romances on The Next Generation.
Elizabeth Dennehy Interview. Interview with the actress who played Commander Shelby in "The Best of Both Worlds."
Gowron. Discussion on Gowron's appearances in The Next Generation and his importance to the show.
Favorite Character Moments Season 2. Each host brings their list of favorite character moments and why those moments are important to a specific character's development.
Loud As A Whisper. Discussion on the themes of communication, conflict, and disability brought up by the episode Loud As A Whisper.
Courtroom Dramas, Part 2. The conclusion of a two-part series about legal dramas onThe Next Generation.
Admiral Nechayev. Discussion on Nechayev's appearances and how her character develops over time.
Courtroom Dramas, Part 1. The start of a two-part series about legal dramas on The Next Generation.
Melinda Snodgrass Interview. Interview with the writer of "The Measure of a Man," Melinda Snodgrass.
Favorite Character Moments Season 1. Each host brings their list of favorite character moments and why those moments are important to a specific character's development.
Actors Who Got Their Starts on TNG, Part 2. The conclusion of a two-part series onThe Next Generation actors who had one of their first roles in film or TV on the show.
Actors Who Got Their Starts on TNG, Part 1. The start of a two-part series on The Next Generation actors who had one of their first roles in film or TV on the show.
"The Quality of Life" Commentary. We provide a watch along commentary for the season six episode "The Quality of Life."