Episode from the podcastEarl Grey: A Star Trek The Next Generation Podcast

130: Surprise Party Universe

Released Tuesday, 8th March 2016
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Episodes That Never Happened.
We have all seen episodes (or entire seasons!) of television shows that end with, "It was all just a dream!" It can sometimes feel like such storytelling is a "cheat" or are a waste of time. This week, Phillip, Darren, and Daniel pick out episodes of "The Next Generation" that may not have "really" happened, as far as the crew of the Enterprise-D is concerned. The trio asks whether these episodes are still enjoyable or whether it would have been better to have a storyline that "actually" occurred instead.

Earl Grey examines episodes featuring amnesia, such as "Conundrum" and "Thine Own Self," as well as "It was all an illusion!" episodes like "Future Imperfect," "Remember Me," and "Frame of Mind." They also tackle "complicated" fan favorites such as "Inner Light," "Yesterday's Enterprise,""Tapestry," and "All Good Things..." They look at whether episodes that are "outside" reality help or hurt a story. Other episodes they look at include "Parallels," ""Tapestry," and "Cause and Effect." 

Join Earl Grey for this week's podcast about the "never happened" episodes ... which hopefully will not be considered a waste of time for listeners (though they may hit the reset button at the end).

Daniel Proulx, Phillip Gilfus, & Darren Moser

Editor / Producer
Darren Moser

Executive Producers
Norman C. Lao, Matthew Rushing, & C Bryan Jones

Production Manager Richard Marquez   Content Manager
Will Nguyen

Point 1 - No Memory  "Clues" (Everyone but Data) (00:03:44)
"Thine Own Self" (Just Data) (00:07:54)

Point 2 - It's Complicated (They did happen, but not really...) "Inner Light" (00:11:50)
"Yesterday's Enterprise" (00:15:37)
"Tapestry" (00:18:40)
"All Good Things" (00:23:09)
"Parallels" (00:28:07)
"Cause and Effect" (00:33:22)

Point 3 - It Was All An Illusion  "Conundrum" (00:36:10)
"Future Imperfect" (00:37:12)
"Remember Me" (00:41:04)
"Frame of Mind" (00:43:11)

Final Thoughts (00:45:23)
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