Based on the 1976 short story “Tin Woodman” by Dennis Russell Bailey and David Bischoff, “Tin Man” was the first episode of The Next Generation that Earl Grey co-host Richard Marquez saw, and it is what launched his Star Trek fandom. Originally published in Amazing Science Fiction Stories and later as a novel in 1979, the original “Tin Woodman” story was nominated for a Nebula Award in 1977. Bailey and Bischoff are also credited with writing the TNG episode.
In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Richard Marquez, Lee Hutchison, and Amy Nelson discuss whether this is a good first episode for someone new to The Next Generation, how the name Tin Man correlates with the theme and characters of this episode, and certain sound effects that will make your stomach turn. We also debate if this is a Troi- or Data-centric episode and the social issues of mental health and disability.
00:02:08 Episode Review
00:03:10 What did you think?
00:11:11 Jay Chattaway
00:18:24 Mental health
00:20:43 First contact issues
00:24:03 Marina Sirtis
00:26:54 Touch ups
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)
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.
Star Trek Las Vegas 2018. We provide tips for the upcoming Star Trek Las Vegas convention and share stories of our past experiences.
Favorite Character Moments Season 6. Each host brings their list of favorite character moments and why those moments are important to a specific character's development.
K'Ehleyr. Discussion on K'Ehleyr's appearances on The Next Generation and her importance to the show.
"Suspicions" Commentary. We provide a watch along commentary for the season six episode "Suspicions."
Fathers on TNG. Discussion on fathers on The Next Generation.