Earl Grey 207: Like Doing a High-wire Act / by Richard Marquez

Melinda Snodgrass Interview.


Running Time: 1 hour 5 minutes 57 seconds

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Melinda Snodgrass is the writer of one of the most acclaimed episodes in the entire Star Trek franchise, "The Measure of a Man." This was her first experience writing for television and her background as a lawyer informed one of Star Trek's most famous legal dramas. The episode also landed Snodgrass a spot on The Next Generation writing staff in seasons two and three of the show and helped to launch a successful career as a writer for television and novels.

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Amy Nelson, Richard Marquez, and Justin Oser interview writer Melinda Snodgrass about writing "The Measure of a Man," her experience on the writing staff in seasons two and three of The Next Generation, and her novels and upcoming projects. There are fascinating stories and behind-the-scenes insights into the writing process and the making of The Next Generation throughout the interview.


Intro (00:00:00)
Welcome, Melinda! (00:02:05)
Writing Career Start (00:02:27)
"The Measure of a Man" (00:05:40)
Other TNG Episodes and Characters (00:18:06)
24th Century Storytelling (00:25:48)
After TNG (00:31:40)
"The Tears of the Singers" Novel (00:35:35)
Other Interests and Novels (00:38:01)
Technobabble (00:44:27)
Conventions (00:47:46)
RPGs and Wild Cards (00:50:51)
Current and Upcoming Projects (00:54:32)
Final Thoughts from the Hosts (00:56:51)
Closing (01:01:36)


Richard Marquez, Justin Oser, Amy Nelson


Melinda Snodgrass


Justin Oser (Editor and Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Richard Marquez (Producer) Tony Robinson (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)