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NappyBuff Inactive Member20 Jun 2013 6:05 p.m. PST

In your opinion, what is the best Star Trek episode?

thosmoss20 Jun 2013 6:08 p.m. PST

"Balance of Terror" certainly ranks high on my personal list.

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP20 Jun 2013 6:16 p.m. PST

Always liked 'The Trouble With Tribbles' myself and
any episode with Harcourt Fenton Mudd !

Dynaman878920 Jun 2013 6:20 p.m. PST

Doomsday device, especially with the new FX they added for the HD version.

Mikasa Inactive Member20 Jun 2013 6:30 p.m. PST

DS9 Episode – In the Pale Moonlight

Wizard Whateley20 Jun 2013 6:31 p.m. PST

"Balance of Terror"

Mako11 Inactive Member20 Jun 2013 6:36 p.m. PST

Yea, Balance of Terror for me, but followed very closely by the one with the three Romulan cruisers that ambush the Enterprise, and they have to steal the cloaking device to escape.

The one with the combat between Kirk and the Gorn was excellent too, especially in the opening minutes of the show.

Chef Lackey Rich Fezian Inactive Member20 Jun 2013 6:40 p.m. PST

I, Mudd for me. A Piece of the Action comes close, if nothing else for the Fizzbin rules.

kallman20 Jun 2013 6:43 p.m. PST

Another vote for Balance of Terror, City on the Edge of Forever is a very close second. I do not feel any of the later Trek iterations were able to capture the spirit of the first run. Everyone in next generation was too well adjusted, Voyager was just dumb on more levels than I can count, DS9 had a lot of cool story arcs especially once things heated up with the Klingons, then the Cardassian/Dominion War. However, no one episode stands out to me as the best as they worked as a whole and DS9 like Generation and Voyager suffered from too much technobabel instead of just following real science to explain concepts. In many ways there was just too much deus ex machina.

SBminisguy20 Jun 2013 6:56 p.m. PST

Balance Of Terror, hands down!

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian20 Jun 2013 7:00 p.m. PST

Balance of Terror for the win! grin

TheCount Inactive Member20 Jun 2013 7:12 p.m. PST

Hmm, can't really argue with that. But "Mirror, Mirror" for the alternate win?

Personal logo mrwigglesworth Supporting Member of TMP20 Jun 2013 7:39 p.m. PST

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Amok time
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and just for fun.
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Personal logo Dr Mathias Supporting Member of TMP Fezian20 Jun 2013 7:52 p.m. PST

"I, Borg"

Jay Arnold Inactive Member20 Jun 2013 8:12 p.m. PST

All the candidates presented are good.

Personal logo Dances with Clydesdales Supporting Member of TMP20 Jun 2013 8:13 p.m. PST

"Balance of Terror"

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP20 Jun 2013 8:30 p.m. PST

"Balance of Terror" with "Mirror, Mirror" a very close 2nd.

Personal logo J Womack 94 Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member20 Jun 2013 9:38 p.m. PST

"Mirror, Mirror", "I, Mudd", and "The Trouble with Tribbles."

Fonthill Hoser Inactive Member20 Jun 2013 9:47 p.m. PST

"The Inner Light" from TNG. Very touching, and excellent SF.


richarDISNEY Inactive Member20 Jun 2013 9:58 p.m. PST

Wolf in the Fold

Brian Smaller20 Jun 2013 10:52 p.m. PST

There are so many. But I particularly liked the DS9 episode Honour Among Thieves. A different view of the Federation.

Meiczyslaw20 Jun 2013 11:00 p.m. PST

The top three in the pastel generation have been mentioned, and which one is #1 depends on my mood.

The best TNG episode, without question, is "Darmok".

Norrins20 Jun 2013 11:35 p.m. PST

Best of Both Worlds.

Jason O Mahony21 Jun 2013 2:04 a.m. PST

Balance of Terror

The Gray Ghost21 Jun 2013 4:13 a.m. PST

DS9s In the Pale Moonlight and The Conscience of the King from TOS
Moonlight, for me, was the defining episode of DS9 and Sisko.

fairoaks024 Inactive Member21 Jun 2013 5:05 a.m. PST

Mirror, mirror joint tie with the 2 mirror universe episodes
From enterprise that it inspired



Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP21 Jun 2013 5:33 a.m. PST

The best TNG episode, without question, is "Darmok".

That is true.

Old Slow Trot Inactive Member21 Jun 2013 6:54 a.m. PST

"A Piece Of The Action""Let That Be Your Last Batlefield"(TOS),"Rascals"(TNG)among others ,in all the series(TAS,TNG,DS9,Voyager,Enterprise)

Patrick Sexton Supporting Member of TMP21 Jun 2013 7:12 a.m. PST

• "Sokath, his eyes uncovered"

TheStarRanger21 Jun 2013 7:19 a.m. PST

"Yesterday's Enterprise" from TNG.
First look at the Enterprise-C, space battles, alternate timelines and more.

Caesar Inactive Member21 Jun 2013 7:48 a.m. PST

Two quatloos on Balance of Terror!

kallman21 Jun 2013 7:48 a.m. PST

Yea Yesterday's Enterprise was memorable and for once did not do stupid stuff with alternate time lines.

Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP21 Jun 2013 8:18 a.m. PST

Doomsday device by far

Greywing Inactive Member21 Jun 2013 8:48 a.m. PST

"Balance of Terror" getting a lot of love here. It's great, to be sure, but I think you have to dock it a lot for McCoy's irrational, bordering on loony, opposition to action against the Romulan.

"Based on what?" (paraphrase) he demands at one point in the staff meeting. I don't know, Bones, based maybe on the fact that they just murdered several hundred Starfleet personnel? Without any kind of provocation? I'll go with that as a basis for action.

It feels like the script got changed or something, and they didn't update McCoy's lines to account for it.

mad monkey 121 Jun 2013 9:01 a.m. PST

"Balance of Terror"

jpattern221 Jun 2013 9:39 a.m. PST

"Balance of Terror" here, too.

leidang21 Jun 2013 11:02 a.m. PST

Wolf in the Fold

isdblues Inactive Member21 Jun 2013 11:32 a.m. PST

TOS: Balance of Terror
TNG: Conspiracy – "Watch your back, Picard"…
DS9: The Jem'Hadar / In the pale moonlight
VOY: Possibly "The Raven"

EagleFarm Inactive Member21 Jun 2013 2:19 p.m. PST

"Yesterday's Enterprise" for me.

And I say that despite it having both Whoopi Goldberg and Tasha Yar in it!

SgtPain Inactive Member21 Jun 2013 10:29 p.m. PST

Balance of Terror

(Major Disaster) Inactive Member21 Jun 2013 11:32 p.m. PST

DS9's "In The Pale Moonlight" hands down the best!



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Ben Sisko is also the BEST captain!

Jim Selzer22 Jun 2013 9:50 a.m. PST

Yesterdays Enterprise and Balance of Terror in a dead heat

IMHO Yesterday's Enterprise was the script that should have been made into the tos/tng movie we could have seen the battle after the return what a shame they did it on the small screen . Far and away the better choice then the sclock we got instead

it coulda been a contender

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP23 Jun 2013 11:58 p.m. PST

The one I pick: Balance of Terror

The one that convinced my wife that TOS had some merit: The City on the Edge of Forever

Others of note:
A Wolf in the Fold
The Doomsday Device
The Devil in the Dark
The Naked Time
Amok Time

Okay, that list is gonna get long.

Of the other series, TNG's Yesterday's Enterprise, the original Borg two-parter, and The Inner Light are exceptionally well done. I also like Lower Decks and The First Duty (the lone Wesley episode to truly rise into excellence).

DS9's In the Pale Moonlight is justly praised— one of the best episodes of the Dominion War arc, and one that raises real questions of ethics and what is justified in a time of war. I also like a lot of the DS9 "fun" episodes like Our Man Bashir and The Magnificent Ferengi. Silly, but the cast has a great time, and the viewer does too.

The other series never quite reached those heights, though Arachnia, Queen of the Spider People is fun (Voyager), as is the episode in which the Doctor "wakes up" 300 years in the future. For poignancy, the Voyager episode where the crew and ship begin to apparently spontaneously dissolve is well done, with an excellent twist that hearkens back to an earlier episode, and an extremely effective and affecting ending.

Enterprise's best episodes don't really match up, but the Mirrorverse two-parter is good, and the episode that reveals the true power behind the Orion Syndicate is a fun one. Best line: "Save it… You're sweet-talking the wrong guy."

Gearhead Inactive Member28 Jun 2013 9:40 p.m. PST

I'm with The Commander: Sisko was the ABSOLUTE best, once he shaved his head.

And Garak is one of my absolute favorite characters.

Dammit, now WHY don't I have DS9 on DVD??

Part time gamer29 Jun 2017 5:16 p.m. PST

Yes this Thread is a 'bit old', but after reading over, "best episode of Season One'thread.
I had to find one regarding "Fav Episodes" over all, mainly TOS.

Parzival is Absolutely correct when he said;

Okay, that list is gonna get long.
Heres a few of mine as well, all from TOS.
Balance of Terror
A Wolf in the Fold
The Doomsday Device
The Devil in the Dark

I was never a "great' fan of any of the latter ST' shows, however the 'confrontation' scene between Sisko & Garak w/out a doubt, one of the best of any ST episode.

Intense, Emotional.. best of all it asks.
If you were Sisko. "Would you have done any different?"

thedrake Supporting Member of TMP08 Jul 2017 12:05 a.m. PST

"Balance of Terror" and "Doomsday Machine" in TOS,with "City On the Edge of Forever" close behind (my wife even enjoyed that episode.)

Do like Enterprise "In A Mirror Darkly" two-parter--the scene where they steal the Defiant out of Tholian spacedock is great.

DS9 is my fave series, so hard to pick single episode as have binge-watched entire series three times.Sisko is the best captain (the fact his character is from my hometown helps also;even mentioned the name of the real high school he went to!)

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