What are the best Star Trek episodes
The 10 Most Hated Star Trek Episodes That Deserve A Second Chance
In time, however, you will see the same episodes over and over again that I like to call "the not-so-terrible ones." That means that you, dear friend, are neglecting half of the Star Trek franchise. Because Star Trek is @ # $ ing awful most of the time.
However, I am different, I love the bad episodes. For MANY different reasons. Some have a kind of goofy charm and some just don't deserve their bad reputation - and some are so horrible that you just have to watch them to be thankful that Star Trek survived and even has a new series coming out soon.
Also, bad episodes are funny.
The following list is not exhaustive. Honestly, I think every single Star Trek episode, regardless of quality, deserves to be seen multiple times. However, I picked a couple of infamous episodes from each season, some because I enjoyed them in all their awfulness, others because they were recommended to me and some I could barely remember, but they sounded interestingly embarrassing.
Do you need good reasons to watch these hated hours of television history? Sure, why not? Here are the reasons why you should watch the following ten episodes instead of spending hours in porn.
TOS - The Omega Glory
Fun fact, this script was one of three for the second pilot in the original series. The decision was made between “The Omega Glory”, “Mudd's Women” and the chosen “Where No Man Has Gone Before”. But even though this script was written so early, it wasn't released until the end of season two. This is how you recognize a real gem of a Star Trek book - when it is produced because Roddenberry is getting bored, he's leaving Star Trek and no one else has a better idea.
If you think, "How much worse can it be than Mudd's Women," the answer is, "Kirk is saving the world by reading the United States Constitution with dramatic pauses." This makes it clear "The Omega Glory" is stupid and great and you should watch Shatner pretend not to be Canadian forever.
To put it on record (just in case you forgot), in "The Omega Glory" Kirk has to fight a rival captain who takes on him while Kirk, Spock and Bones are trapped on a planet the war between two major factions is raging. Oh, and as it turns out, the two descendants of communists and "Yankees" of the earth, neither party can remember why they actually started fighting.
What conceited nonsense: two groups cling doggedly to their centuries-old ideologies and legal documents until they no longer even understand the words or concepts they are fighting for. Then a crazy outsider joins in and obviously intensifies the aggression to benefit himself. Absurd! That would never happen in real life!
Exactly, comes because of the depressing parallels to reality and remains for Shatner's worst exaggeration of all time.
TOS - Spock's Brain
After nearly five decades, this is still one of the worst episodes in television history, and not just from Star Trek. But, just like the Eymorgs steal Spocks brains to get their age-old technology working, this episode is a giver of pain and pleasure. Pain because it's awful and joy because ... well, it's awful.
Long before William T. Riker, little Kirk got a ship called the Enterprise in trouble. So it is in "Spock's Brain", where a beautiful woman beams onto the ship and effortlessly steals the contents of Spock's pear because Kirk gives in to his instincts and lets himself into a flirtation with danger.
But without this mighty stupidity we couldn't watch Leonard Nimoy Frankenstein for an hour. We'd never see Shatner's laughable face of pain, or the brilliant words, “Brain, brain! What is that? ”Listen. The very thought of living without one of these things is unbearable.
I'm joking here, but this episode is just a joke. And although "Spock's Brain" wasn't out to make the seers laugh the entire time, it is the glorious result. The only thing missing from the original script is how McCoy repackages Spock's brain wrongly, making him laugh every time he tries to sneeze. Because people usually choose to sneeze. It's something we do on purpose. Fascinating.
TNG - The Naked Now
I blame George Takei for putting this episode on the list of the Most Hated. Sulu was pretty obviously taking advantage of The Naked Now, and in retrospect it's pretty clear that he did it because he was pissed off that TNG was stalling his style. Yes, the TOS original version "The Naked Time" is better. And yes, there you can see Takei topless swinging his sword.
But “The Naked Now” also offers some great highlights. For example, the drunken engineer Shimoda, who puts the Enterprise in absolutely unnecessary danger. Shimoda, acting like a drunk baby, is not only dangerous in a funny way, it also inspired one of the best TNG podcasts ever (take this, Mission Log): Greatest Gen. There is a part in that called “Drunk Shimoda “and in which characters are analyzed week after week who behaved in a similarly embarrassing manner. Wow, that paragraph has kind of turned into advertising. Let's talk about something else quickly.
Data and Yar are having sex! Without “The Naked Now” we wouldn't have “fully functional” jokes. This is a dark timeline that no one can want to live in. This episode also begins to simmer between Picard and Beverly.
Yes, in “The Naked Now” everyone acts like Riker. It might not have been the best idea to show this episode right after the pilot, but after seven seasons it's just too weird to watch the often stiff TNG characters sweat and embarrassingly flirt with each other. If the Enterprise had a human resources department, it would be a busy day.
TNG - Rascals
Hair. That's what this episode is about. "Rascals" is not about Picard, Keiko, Ro and Guinan being transported onto the ship and unintentionally turning into children, nor about Ro and Guinan jumping around on beds, nor about Ferengi taking the ship of the born loser and temporary Captain Riker, steals. It's about hair.
You can say what you want about child actors, but the scene of rejuvenated Picard playing with his hair will make anyone cry who struggles with thinned hair or a bald head.
It's true that “Rascals” falls into the “oops, we found a cure for aging and now nobody has to worry about death” trap (which is quite common in poorly written fiction), but it's funny nonetheless and doesn't deserve its bad reputation.
There are real laughs (Picard calls Riker his # 1 dad before we see the most embarrassing hug in television history), there are tears (at least one for young Guinan, whose voice has clearly been dubbed), and there are even a few well-written ones and played spots.
Yeah, I said it. The young Ro Laren is well portrayed and also has an emotional story. After all, Ro was a refugee child, so it's easy to understand why it's hard for her to go back to that phase of her life when she had absolutely no control. And it's just as impressive that she stays longer than any other child because, yes, it means something to finally be able to be a child after having been forced to grow up much too early due to war, invasion, occupation and genocide. It is a strong story indeed.
And besides, the Ferengi are idiots and funny.
TNG - Sub Rosa
When I write Star Trek lists, there is usually one episode that inspires me. Congratulations "Sub Rosa", you finally conjured up more than the feeling of being ashamed of others.
So that was Brannon Braga's attempt to shoot a hot, romantic episode. Beverly Crusher has sex with an alien ghost candle thing and Picard gets pissed off about it.
"Sub Rosa" plays on something like the planet Scotland, where the Enterprise lands, so that Dr. Crusher can say goodbye to her recently deceased grandmother who, as ingeniously, was the previous mistress of the aforementioned ghost candle.
Finally there is an episode that makes you wonder if space doctors can get pregnant from ghost candles. I've been waiting a long time for a Maury Povich episode in which a magical, enlightened, "vibrating masseur" finds out that he is the father.
But here's the question that deserves a closer look at the episode: If the candle has been cheating on Howard women for generations, did it ever make any of them pregnant? Is that why Wesley is so special? In the end, does he unintentionally carry a lot of extraterrestrial spirit candles DNA, which would make the phrase "burn the candle at both ends" very appropriate?
“Sub Rosa” dares to venture into terrain that no man has ever dared to venture into before. Except for Wesley's dad. And maybe Picard. Oh and this guy who dies and then becomes a woman.
"Sub Rosa": the episode that goes where three men (and now an alien ghost candle) have already been.
DS9 - Profit and Lace
The Ferengi are as minimalist as they are morally dead and wonderfully self-centered. “Profit and Lace” shows all these characteristics well enough.
After literally breaking his mother's heart, Quark had to take her place and therefore secretly change his gender in order to convince the Ferengi that women should have the right to wear clothes and make money. Who came up with this idea, please?
Is it offensive? Yes. At least at first glance. But if you watch Star Trek over and over again, you realize that there is almost something progressive in “Profit and Lace”. After all, the gist of the plot is that Quark has to be more than good at his business to be a woman - and he also has to walk, sit, dress, look and flirt like a woman.
All of the things we tacitly (and sometimes not quite as tacitly) expect from women, in addition to their jobs, are shown on Profit and Lace, and it's just as embarrassingly touching as it should be.
It's also fun to watch Quark fail to cope with what his mother had to manage on a daily basis. Armin Shimmerman makes more of the material than it deserves.
I also think it's smart that Quark is selling the idea of respecting women by stating that women spend money, make money, and thus make the Ferengi more successful. In a fascinating way, the incredibly sexist Ferengi seem, for a moment, less sexist than us Earthlings.
The writers, as well as the actors, agree that the episode did not turn out to be what it could have been. At the end of the day, however, Ferengi Tootsie deserves better than being labeled "Spock's Brain" by Deep Space Nine.
Voyager - Tsunkatse
This is almost going to be a message to my younger self and to everyone who felt like me then and still feel.
While "Tsunkatse" was the most-watched episode of Voyager's sixth season, it also created defense against the first time a popular wrestler appeared on Star Trek. Of course, Dwayne Johnson is more today than just The Rock he was in 2000. And that's exactly how “Tsunkatse” got older.
Not only does this episode showcase Jeri Ryan and Johnson's talent, it also features two other Trek heavyweights: Jeffrey Combs and J.G. Hertzler, both jointly responsible for the success of Deep Space Nine.
The plot tests Seven's hesitant strides in rediscovering her humanity after decades of her Borg existence, and manages to incorporate a significant twist while still remaining a classic Trek episode.
Sorry, I can't think of any good jokes. If, like me, you hated this episode when it came out, you should give it a second chance - in fact, I'd say it's one of the better Voyager episodes.
Voyager - Fairhaven
It is noticeable that the episodes that are scolded the most are the ones that contain the least science fiction. Without malicious aliens with crusty foreheads or time travel or what-ifs.
But variety can also be fun and “Fairhaven”, unlike its sequel “Spirit Folk”, is pretty funny. On the one hand, the story looks like that of an Irish village that was created by Paris and Kim to please the crew. But just like "Sub Rosa", the plot revolves mainly around a lady desperately looking for a bit of excitement. But that's not supposed to be a bad thing. In fairness it has to be said that even Captain Kirk struggled to be the leader while having the same needs as the rest of the crew.
And yes, while Seven and Janeway unofficially got together every time the camera wasn't looking, Janeway officially had a bad prospect. And that just can't be. Katey Janeway has a right to some fun as well.
While there is the minor story of traveling through a spatial abnormality, what really matters is that the captain had to learn how to handle his gentleman.
And if that sounds too boring, please let me remind you that at one point Janeway is rewriting her boyfriend to remove his wife! I bet some of you would love to delete my wife now to get a little bit of the guy who writes cheesy Star Trek lists, right? Janeway, you are so predictable ...
Ok, well, at one point there is the question of whether a hologram is actually real enough to love, which I guess is quite interesting. In certain circumstances.
Save your hatred for "Spirit Folk" and watch Janeway how she makes her own love doll. It's better than you remembered. And while you're at it, you can enjoy the fact that the trailer for this episode doesn't reveal the actual "Fairhaven" plot at a single word.
Enterprise - Unexpected
Kirk got away with sexing female aliens, Riker got himself into some trouble, but the story of Charles "Trip" Tucker III should be a real warning against being careless in alien relationships. And no, it's not about the fact that he accidentally killed himself or that he made Archer angry when he taught a slave girl to consider her own needs. I'm talking about the time he grew extra nipples.
Yes, you should watch this "Trip Gets Pregnant" episode again.
In this episode, you also learn that you shouldn't trust a stranger ... or put your hands in some strange, alien crystals just because it feels nice.
But more importantly, more importantly than the pregnancy jokes, this episode is well worth it just to hear a Klingon say, "I can see my house from here."
Enterprise - A Night in Sickbay
For many, this episode is the most hated episode in Star Trek history. I guess people just don't like to see their characters act like adults? Because on “A Night in Sickbay” everyone (even Archer, in the end) admitted that it is hard to be locked in tight spaces while traveling through unknown space.
And this is about something - Porthos could die! Now can we be honest and admit that we like the dog more than about half of the crew? Personally, I would willingly kick Archer, Reed, Mayweather, and Hoshi out if I could keep Porthos alive.
Then there's the best doctor in Starfleet history in the sequel: Phlox! Once again, he gracefully and wisely leads through a series of risky and unknown treatments just to save a dog. Plus, he exposes Archer's animosity towards T'Pol for the obvious sexual tension that it is.
In addition to saving Portho's life and getting Archer to acknowledge but not act out his attraction to T'Pol, Phlox also represents the polygams out there by explaining the complex but rewarding aspects of having multiple partners and a large family to have. Not something you get to see on TV a lot, so it's pretty cool.
Archer is somehow learning his lesson. He apologizes for being an idiot, even with strange, insulted aliens for whom he has to cut a tree? It's strange but funny.
Yes, I admit that the sexual fantasy with the nude T'Pol may not be the most appropriate scene, and if Jolene Blalock wasn't happy about it, no one can blame her. But I laughed at the end when Archer admitted in a certain way that he likes T'Pol and she shoots him very professionally, leaving open whether something could have happened under other circumstances. That's more than I would do.
So yeah, I think the reviewers should apologize on this episode. So dig out your chainsaws and admit that you want to have sex with the Enterprise. It's only natural!
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