Earl Grey 178: Hope He Has a Blanket / by Richard Marquez

Spock's Brain vs Shades of Grey.

Running Time: 49 minutes 12 seconds

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"Spock's Brain" has gone down in history as one of the worst hours of genre television ever made, and one that Leonard Nimoy himself said was the first time he's ever felt embarrassed while playing the character. "Shades of Grey" is not that far behind as being considered one of the worst of TNG. The writing for both shows is lacking creativity and ingenuity as evidenced by the use of the word "brain" being said 37 times and a clip show that uses a flimsy medical excuse to cover 17 episodes over a two season run.

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Richard Marquez, Lee Hutchison, and Amy Nelson with special guest Ken Tripp from Standard Orbit discuss these two episodes. We look into what makes these two infamously maligned episodes so very interesting to talk about. From uniforms, lazy writing, and acting, we delve into both episodes to uncover the positive attributes of ideas and morals.


Intro (00:01:16)
Ken! (00:02:14)
Standard Orbit good new (00:03:10)
Spock’s Brain (00:04:30)
Riker’s Brain (00:08:57)
Pulaski (00:11:04)
Brains? (00:13:43)
Wigs (00:19:12)
Spock’s Brain rewatch (00:20:34)
Thinking for themselves (00:23:38)
Clip Art Show (00:26:34)
Angry Troi? (00:36:00)
Writing a Doctor (00:37:56)
Closing (00:41:01)
POTFM (00:41:20)
Patron (00:43:37)
Contact (00:45:58)


Lee Hutchison, Amy Nelson, and Richard Marquez


Ken Tripp


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) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)