Favorite Star Trek The Original Series episodes

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  1. Alf.

    Alf. Forum Resident

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    Just having a binge viewing of the DVDs. I remember being utterly enthralled when I first saw the series, on the BBC, fifty years ago. For me, no TV show has ever surpassed it.

    Favourite Five From Each Season:
    One
    City On The Edge Of Forever
    Taste Of Armageddon
    Menagerie
    Dagger Of The Mind
    Errand Of Mercy
    Two
    Mirror Mirror
    The Changeling
    Doomsday Machine
    Journey To Babel
    Wolf in The Fold
    Three
    The Enterprise Incident
    Turnabout Intruder
    Let That Be Your Last Battlefield
    All Our Yesterdays
    Empath

    There were a handful of outright rubbish episodes, as well. My 'worst', from each season:
    One - Mudd's Women
    Two - A Piece Of The Action
    Three - Mark Of Gideon
     
  2. m5comp

    m5comp Classic Rock Lover

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    Aw, "Mark of Gideon" wasn't totally bad--Kirk and Odona made a cute couple, I think. I agree with you about "A Piece of the Action", though.
     
  3. All of them except Deadly Years, Spock's Brain and Turnabout Intruder.
     
  4. malcolm reynolds

    malcolm reynolds Handsome, Humble, Genius

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    I like them all. Even "Spock's Brain" is entertaining.
     
  5. ggergm

    ggergm   If you want to   sing out, sing out

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    My favorite episode is Arena. The Corbomite Maneuver is a close second.

    The are polar opposites. Arena is one long fight, starting with our heroes getting nearly blown to bits during an alien bombardment on Cestus 3 and ending on an unnamed planet with Kirk in a fight to the death against a Gorn. The Corbomite Maneuver is a quiet game of wits, taking place on the Enterprise.

    Yet the two episodes are the same story. Both show the crew combating an alien race, only to make a friend in the end. In Arena, it's Kirk's humanity that impresses the all-powerful Metron. In the last scene of The Corbomite Maneuver, the crew shares a glass of tranya with a six year old Clint Howard, err, Balok. In each, Kirk's cleverness wins the contest while the Federation's morals cements the victory.

    They are classic Star Trek.
     
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  6. peteham

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    Turnabout Intruder is my favourite Trek episode. I’ve taken **** for that for years. Completely misunderstood piece of work - and the disdain for that is one of the few instances of Trek groupthink.
    Then City, Balance, Doomsday, Wolf, Ultimate, Changeling, Yesterdays, Paradise Syndrome, Mirror, Amok, Arena, Archons, Enemy Within, Devil and Tholian.
     
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  7. wayneklein

    wayneklein Forum Fool Thread Starter

    I never thought it was groupthink. When I saw it as a kid I thought it was hilariously bad way before I knew others knew it was bad. I just pretend that Trek didn’t have a final episode just like I pretend the final episode of enterprise doesn’t exist.

    My trash is Your treasure...
     
  8. wayneklein

    wayneklein Forum Fool Thread Starter

    I think that seas0n one had a host of terrific episodes and seas0n two as well.
    The dialog in Spock’s Brain would have made a great Marx Brothers science fiction movie.
     
  9. musicfan37

    musicfan37 Senior Member

    Probably today: Assignment Earth
     
  10. peteham

    peteham Forum Resident

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    Fair enough - it always resonated with me - some beautiful lines, really progressive moments for the times - when Lester as Kirk leans over Coleman’s shoulder and says, ‘We’ll both be exposed as murderers’, to me, that bit of homoeroticism was as brave for the 60s as the interracial kiss.
    Another great moment when Coleman says to Lester/Kirk, ‘You are insane, Dr. Lester’ - it is genuinely unnerving. Shatner’s performance at the court martial - and on and on. So many nuanced, measured pieces of acting, so many great lines. I find that people are generally incapable of changing their minds about Trek episodes they first saw when they were kids, for better or for worse.
     
  11. Doug_B

    Doug_B Time Traveler (using a telescope)

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    My top tier of favorite episodes, split by season, and with my favorite of each season listed first (the remainder in no particular order):

    Season 1
    The City on the Edge of Forever
    Balance of Terror
    Errand of Mercy
    Arena
    This Side of Paradise

    Season 2
    Mirror, Mirror
    Wolf in the Fold
    Assignment: Earth

    Season 3
    All Our Yesterdays
    The Enterprise Incident
    The Tholian Web

    Doug
     
  12. evillouie

    evillouie Forum Resident

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    Balance Of Terror, The Enterprise Incident and Amok Time.
     
  13. RayS

    RayS A Little Bit Older and a Little Bit Slower

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    In college back in the day we rarely used the real titles, so for half the real titles I scratch my head or have to look them up.

    I loved "The Vietnam Planet" and "The Amusement Park Planet". And c'mon, "Spock's Beard" was such an obvious title that a band named themselves after it. :)
     
  14. Scooterpiety

    Scooterpiety Current operator of the Freedonia peanut stand

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    The Doomsday Machine is my very favorite episode and is the only one I can actually recall seeing during the original NBC run.
    William Windom was simply outstanding as Commodore Decker and should have earned an Emmy nod for his performance.
    There are a handful of episodes that I found dull as a kid and never paid much attention to until I was older and upon watching them and paying attention, discovered were actually pretty good.
    One such episode is Requiem for Methuselah, which I always changed the channel on as a kid. It was shown on ME TV this past Saturday night and it is definitely a decent episode. One reason I didn't give it much of a chance originally is that is features James Daly, an actor whom I have never really liked. On the other hand, it also stars the beautiful and very underrated actress Louise Sorel, whom I have long had something of a crush on.
    As I said, a decent episode, especially during the hit or miss third season.
     
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  15. John Moschella

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    I grew up with the show. My parents let me stay up late to watch it when it originally aired. Then in the 70s it was a staple of late-night tv on channel 11 in New York after the Honeymooners.

    I've seen all the episodes countless times (like many) and the most enjoyable for me are City and Mirror, Mirror.

    But I have to put in a word for A Taste of Armageddon. This is a great episode and focuses on how a civilization has made warfare "painless" without destruction of infrastructure, just loss of life. Thus, a state of war has existed for hundreds of years. Then things get dicey when Kirk violates the prime directive.

    I think of this episode often because warfare is moving in that direction. Today was have people in Arizona who push a button to kill other people halfway across the world via drone. A good film was made about this; Andrew Niccol's Good Kill with Ethan Hawke.
     
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  16. RayS

    RayS A Little Bit Older and a Little Bit Slower

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    You guys are not alone. :)

     
  17. wayneklein

    wayneklein Forum Fool Thread Starter

    Hard choice but I think most of the first season is perfect. Likewise, part of season two.
     
  18. Scopitone

    Scopitone Inveterate Skipper

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    Balance of Terror is probably my favorite, closely followed by Amok Time and The Menagerie. (The Cage is great to me, too, but I like the Spock mutiny plot.)

    I have a secret love for Way to Eden. That ep and I, we reach.

    Gideon is another pleasure. The premise falls apart instantly you consider it. But she is lovely, the faces at the window are creepy, and Spock getting twisted into knots by politicians is amusing.
     
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  19. Scopitone

    Scopitone Inveterate Skipper

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    “We’re not going to kill today.”

    so good
     
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  20. budwhite

    budwhite Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.

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    Nobody delivers a good speach like Captain Kirk (Shatner)!
     
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  21. Fahzz

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    The one with the green chick.
     
  22. elaterium

    elaterium Forum Resident

    That’s The Menagerie.
     
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  23. razerx

    razerx Who me?

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    The Menagerie. I’ll have to rewatch the Cage again from the box set to compare.
     
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  24. Edgard Varese

    Edgard Varese Royale with Cheese

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    Started watching when Season 3 was airing originally, sitting up late with my mother, and never stopped watching. Faves:

    Season 1

    The Naked Time
    The Corbomite Maneuver
    The Menagerie
    Balance of Terror
    The Galileo Seven
    Space Seed
    Errand of Mercy
    The City on the Edge of Forever


    Season 2

    Amok Time
    The Changeling
    Mirror, Mirror*
    The Doomsday Machine
    The Ultimate Computer


    Season 3

    The Enterprise Incident
    Day of the Dove
    The Tholian Web
    Whom Gods Destroy
    Requiem for Methuselah


    * indicates all time favorite.
     
  25. Scopitone

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