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Daikaiju

Rated Ages 6+
(He, Him)
S1E07: "The Infinite Vulcan" - It's wild to know that There's just a giant clone of Spock walking around the Galaxy like it's nbd
If Lower Decks is canon, he ain't walking anywhere now..

Also I'd think S1E04 "The Lorelei Incident" is noteworthy for showing off Uhura's command chops.
 

Patrick

Magic-User
(He/Him)
Thanks very much! I added The Return of the Archons, Errand of Mercy, and Spock's Brain to the list, and I started a list of Animated series episodes. I'll keep the rest of them in mind for when I'm ready for more.
 

FelixSH

(He/Him)
I'll second The Savage Curtain. If you want something that is just really dumb and stupid, in a fun way, give it a shot. Also, I'm glad to see Arena on the list.

But seriously, I think nearly all TOS episodes are good fun. Assignment Earth being one of the few exceptions for me, because backdoor pilot. Granted, it's over ten years since I watched the show, but that stuck in my memory as one of maybe five boring episodes of this show. There are other episodes that are bad, but they are at least entertaining, in some way.
 

YangusKhan

does the Underpants Dance
(He/Him/His)
I wouldn't remove any episodes from it, though I do think a handful of them are a tad overrated by fans.
I just happened to rewatch Amok Time the other day and like... yeah I know why it's an iconic episode, but at the same time it was heckin' boring for a good 30 minutes?? I don't remember it being that slow the first time I watched it.
 

Büge

Arm Candy
(she/her)
But seriously, I think nearly all TOS episodes are good fun. Assignment Earth being one of the few exceptions for me, because backdoor pilot. Granted, it's over ten years since I watched the show, but that stuck in my memory as one of maybe five boring episodes of this show. There are other episodes that are bad, but they are at least entertaining, in some way.
The Alternative Factor is a nothingburger of an episode wearing a really, really fake beard.
 
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Johnny Unusual

(He/Him)
Again, I want to stress how weird it is that in the original series, there are just parallel Earths. Not parallel realities, just... other Earths with nearly identical histories floating around in space.
 
If Lower Decks is canon, he ain't walking anywhere now..
That's the great thing about Star Trek: it's ALL canon! Especially the parts that make no sense/contradict itself.
Re: that specific spoiler though, the big Spock-2 skeleton might be Spock-2. But the rarities collector definitely had a bunch of fake/knock-off stuff in his collection as well, so who can say if that skeleton was real. But yes, I'm a big booster of TAS, more people should watch it. It's actually good!
But seriously, I think nearly all TOS episodes are good fun. Assignment Earth being one of the few exceptions for me, because backdoor pilot. Granted, it's over ten years since I watched the show, but that stuck in my memory as one of maybe five boring episodes of this show. There are other episodes that are bad, but they are at least entertaining, in some way.
Yeah. I think there's a lot of fans out there that take Star Trek so seriously that they don't like the silly/goofy/stupid episodes, but part of why TOS gained a following/became popular back-in-the-day was because people could laugh at/with it, just as much as take it seriously. I agree that the only really bad episodes are the boring ones. And also the racist/sexist ones, but ya.
I just happened to rewatch Amok Time the other day and like... yeah I know why it's an iconic episode, but at the same time it was heckin' boring for a good 30 minutes?? I don't remember it being that slow the first time I watched it.
It's remembered for the big fight at the end, but ya. The first thirty minutes are a bunch of "What's wrong with Spock!?" and consternation about breaking some rules in order to help him. Also Chapel being love-sick. It's still a good/iconic episode, but it takes its time getting there.
 
Once I finally watched the 1960s series I understood the silly core Star Trek sometimes expressed from the beginning, it helped a lot for everything after. So yes quality point WisteriaHysteria.
 
I am probably an outlier here but I honestly think basically every Animated Series episode might be worth watching for someone in this situation. There are only ~20 and they're ~30 minutes long, and the average episode is much tighter than TOS. Even the bad episodes are well paced and watchable in a way that is much less likely to make someone with a tight schedule feel like they wasted their limited TV watching time. (I like TOS too, but I am definitely sympathetic to how the slower episodes could feel like a chore when your entertainment time is limited. I never watched a TAS episode and started to feel bored, whereas I'd definitely take a break midway through a TOS episode when my attention started to wander.)
 
I love TAS too, I think it's worth a full watch for sure. (Everything in Star Trek is!) And you're spot-on about the show's watchability. I'm just a little more hesitant to recommend all of it, especially to someone who is looking to truncate their viewing time. As the show goes on, the tone of the episodes gets sillier/more kid-friendly which is not what everyone comes to for Star Trek and probably helped earn its bad reputation back in the day. Also, the show has been heavily mined for content by future Star Trek writers, to the point where nearly every episode has at least one other episode in Trek (or Orville lol) that is identical in plot/structure/theme, so it might feel redundant to some. (Which is why I would normally tell people to watch either The Cage, OR The Menagerie - not both; it's rough on the attention span to basically watch the same episode twice.)

And then there's the Harry Mudd episodes, or a handful of others that rely on you having knowledge of specific original series episodes as they are direct sequels that Patrick is skipping over. Which you can still totally watch absent their original context, but it is a thing.
 

YangusKhan

does the Underpants Dance
(He/Him/His)
Also, the show has been heavily mined for content by future Star Trek writers, to the point where nearly every episode has at least one other episode in Trek
Boy you weren't kidding. I just watched the first episode tonight. I can't remember which other Trek shows this was in specifically, but certainly mysterious alien entity takes over the Enterprise has been done more than once.
 
All Modern Trek save for Short Treks now on paramount plus Canada. Prodigy still AWOL, as we know. All the moves except Nemesis on there too
 
All Modern Trek save for Short Treks now on paramount plus Canada. Prodigy still AWOL, as we know. All the moves except Nemesis on there too
Really happy for all you Canadians. My understanding from a pair of friends was that Crave's streaming platform was incredibly garbage. And while Paramount+ isn't the best set of apps out there, you'll at least be able to watch the show with a bitrate above pixel-collage. SNW and PIC S3 look stunning in 4K.
 
Crave was actually awesome. The app performance was trash, and it was expensive... But had trek, HBO and good mix of new movies. I rewatched Crimes of the Future and Infinity Pool before cancelling. Ill get it again when the next HBO thing comes on, but with trek off it, Barry over, HOT D years away, and the high price, I'll move on
 

Patrick

Magic-User
(He/Him)
I watched a few more episodes.

The Balance of Terror - Holy cow, what a great episode! Best one yet. More of this, please.

The Galileo Seven - Interesting to see Spock in command, but it was mostly pretty boring and repetitive and the aliens/giants were cheesy.

The Squire of Gothos - This one was tons of fun. I was getting a strong Q vibe, so the ending surprised me a bit. (it's the Star Trek episode Futurama spoofed!)

Arena - Everything with Kirk and the Gorn was great, but the rest of the episode felt a bit padded. Still, very good overall.
 

FelixSH

(He/Him)
There is a Q episode in the first season of TNG (or second season? Very early), where Q gets taken away by the Continuum, similar to how Trelaine gets taken away. It's just that with Q, he can be more then the mean prankster.
 
I watched a documentary thing where some of the writers/producers on early TNG were like “Wait, Q is just Trelane. Why TF are we just doing Trelane again? But Gene insisted.”
 

Patrick

Magic-User
(He/Him)
The Return of the Archons - What a weird episode! I feel like they had a bunch of spare sets (western town, castle dungeon, computer room) that they really wanted to use somewhere and they fit them all in here. I also liked that the extra crewman they brought along was super annoyed at the whole situation.

Space Seed - I did not remember which one this was when I started it, but I've seen Star Trek II so this was a fun surprise. I can see why they brought back Kahn for the movie.

A Taste of Armageddon - I really liked the costume design here. The story was good too (classic 60's sci-fi), and they kept things moving. Real solid episode.
 

Patrick

Magic-User
(He/Him)
I'm not going to review each episode, but I have a few more comments:

The Devil in the Dark - I really liked this one! It seems like a solid premise for a short D&D campaign.

The City on the Edge of Forever - Any given episode has about a 50/50 shot whether the problem is caused by a powerful alien or a very old computer that was left on too long. At the start of this one they run into a strange object and Kirk asks it if it's an alien or a computer. It hilariously answers "both and neither" That alone explains why this is widely regarded as the best episode of the series. (no, it's actually really good)

Mirror, Mirror - I like Mirror universe episodes and I expected this to be good in a goofy way, but it surprised me by being straight up great. Also, it seems like a solid premise for a short Blades in the Dark campaign.
 

FelixSH

(He/Him)
Yeah, Mirror, Mirror is a classic for a good reason. I never cared much for the later Mirror Universe episodes. The original has a potent message, about how, no matter how horrible the situation, there is always a place for hope. The later ones not only undermine that message (Mirror Spock did something, but it made nothing better, in the long run), but they are essentially pointless, but goofy, episodes.

To be clear, the latter is fine. I enjoy goofy episodes (hence me suggesting The Savage Curtain), but we aren't even telling a story of our own universe. It always felt so pointless to me.

But more power to you (or anyone else), who enjoys them. I get that they can be good fun.
 
"City on the Edge of Forever" is good in that it's well made, the acting/script is solid, and it's essentially one of the Ur examples of an entire genre of stories in pop culture.

But I'm not a huge fan of the episode. Edith Keeler dying for man-pain could at least crafted a more airtight scenario where her death was more necessary. Like, if Kirk had saved her, but then brought her into the future, then the timeline should be the same. A point made even more obnoxious by the theme the episode hammers home that in spirit she is a woman displaced in time - born in the wrong era. Bring her to the future, Kirk!*

Also, this is just me being annoyed with the fandom at large, but the fan-fascination with Edith Keeler as Kirk's OTP is bizarre and kinda frustrating lol

*On a side note: It's my head-canon that regrets over Edith is why Kirk is so nonchalant about bringing Jillian Taylor to the future - since he is smart enough to realize he played that scenario wrong and she's a woman born in the wrong era as well.
 

FelixSH

(He/Him)
Do you guys know about the podcast Mission Log (I'm sure some at least do, I think we talked about it, some months ago?)? A Star Trek podcast (of course), going through each series, and talking about it, chronologically. I like it a lot (they are at DS9 at the moment), but the episodes I wanted to mention are the supplementals, where they do interviews with people from the shows. There is one with the actors of Troi, one with the actor of Wesley, of Q, of Crusher, and certainly more I am forgetting.

I just listened to the one with Mike McMahan, the guy who worked for Rick & Morty, and is the responsible guy behind Lower Decks. It's a really neat episode, I thought even people who don't care about the podcast itself might find it interesting. It's between regular episodes 372 and 373, supplemental number 62 (called "The One with Mike McMahan").
 
Speaking of Lower Decks, P+ just put all of S3 up to watch for free on YouTube:

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We're now less than one week away from S4's premier! Get hype!
 
This year marks the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek: The Animated Series. And to help celebrate this and in general animation in Star Trek (besides condescending and offensive Prodigy erasure) they commissioned a series of "Very Short Treks" animated shorts. They've released two so far, with more to come later:



They're fun, short, and overtly non-canon.
 
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