The year 2006 marks the 40th
anniversary of Star Trek and since Paramount has accidentally fucked up
Star Trek for the time being, it's up to we the fans to make tribute to
the greatest science fiction legacy of the 20th century.
right, I didn't stutter. Star Trek is the science fiction that
Babylon 5, Battlestar Galactica, and all the series that came after it
dreams that they could be. So, today at the crap factory,
we're counting down the best 100 stories every to come from the final
frontier in the first four decades of Star Trek's existence. Read on
and see if you agree with our Crap Factory writer!
#100 - Future's End
Star Trek: Voyager
Airdate: November 6, 1996 and November 13, 1996
U.S.S. Voyager is fired upon by the 29th-century Federation "Timeship"
Aeon commanded by Captain Braxton, who has time-traveled through a spatial
rift to destroy Janeway's ship. Braxton claims that Voyager is responsible
for a temporal explosion that will obliterate Earth's solar system in his
era. Although equipped with only 24th-century technology, the crew manages
to deflect Braxton's blasts and damage his ship, but then both the
timeship and Voyager get sucked through the rift. The starship winds up in
orbit around Earth in 1996.
Braxton's ship holds the key to returning to their own era, the crew
begins searching for it, and an Away Team beams down to Los Angeles to
investigate subspace readings that seem out of place in the 20th century.
Meanwhile, at Griffith Observatory in the Hollywood Hills, astronomer Rain
Robinson picks up Voyager's warp emission on her instruments and reports
the finding to computer mogul Henry Starling, who funds her lab. Against
Starling's instructions, Rain transmits a greeting to Voyager, and the
crew tracks her to the Observatory. While Paris and Tuvok head for the
site, Chakotay and Janeway identify a homeless man as Captain Braxton. He
explains that he emerged from the time rift in 1967 and crash-landed in
the desert, where a young Henry Starling found the timeship and utilized
its technology to start a high-tech empire. Starling is now planning to
use Braxton's vessel to time travel, and, according to Braxton, that will
cause the explosion in the future.
Fearing that Rain is a security risk, Starling sends a henchman to kill
her. But Paris and Tuvok spirit her away before she can be harmed. When
Rain questions what they're up to, Paris tells her that they're secret
agents tracking a Soviet KGB spy operation. She sees through his story,
though, because the Soviet Union and the KGB no longer exist.
Chakotay and Janeway sneak into Starling's office, where they discover
Braxton's timeship just as Starling walks in and confronts them. Janeway
warns Starling not to launch the ship, explaining it will unleash
disaster. Undaunted, Starling tries to kill Chakotay and Janeway, but
they're transported to Voyager in the nick of time. They try to beam up
the timeship, but Starling uses their transporter beam to access Voyager's
computer and study its systems. Minutes later, the wily Starling steals
the Doctor's program from Sickbay. To complicate things even further,
Voyager's presence is disclosed on the evening news!
Janeway's attempts to beam up 20th-century computer mogul Henry Starling
and the timeship in his possession are stymied because Voyager's
long-range transporters aren't working. As a result, brilliant astronomer
Rain Robinson lures Starling to a meeting where the crew hopes to hijack
him. Starling shows up with the Doctor, whom he's supplied with a
29th-century portable holo-emitter that allows him to exist in
environments without standard holographic emitters.
reconfigured the shields on a shuttlecraft to disguise it from
20th-century radar, Chakotay and Torres try to beam up Starling from the
rendezvous. Starling has a device that interferes with the attempt, but
Voyager is able to redirect the transporter signal to beam him directly to
the starship. Unfortunately, Starling's attempt to disrupt the beam-out
damages the shuttle's controls. It goes down in the desert, where Chakotay
and Torres are taken hostage by a paramilitary group. Voyager traces the
crash site to Arizona, and the Doctor and Tuvok travel there to find them.
On Voyager, Starling admits to Janeway that he wants to travel into the
future to steal more advanced technology. Although Janeway thinks she's
put an end to those plans, one of Starling's henchmen uses his scavenged
29th-century technology to transport Starling back to his office. Outside
Starling's headquarters, Paris spots a truck that appears to be moving the
timeship to another location. In Arizona, Tuvok and the Doctor manage to
free Chakotay and Torres. Torres repairs the damaged shuttle, which they
use to track the truck and destroy it. However, they discover the truck
was a ruse; the timeship is back in Starling's office, and he's just
Retrieving Paris and Tuvok, the shuttle returns to Voyager, where Janeway
hails Starling, who refuses to abort his mission. She has no choice but to
destroy the timeship. Seconds later, a time rift opens and Braxton appears
in his timeship. With his previous timeline altered by the destruction of
Starling, this Braxton has come from the future to lead Voyager back to
the 24th century, where it belongs. Janeway implores Braxton to place them
at Earth, but Braxton cites the Temporal Prime Directive, which Janeway
cannot argue with. Back in the Delta Quadrant, the crew finds that they've
gained one particular advantage from their journey: the Doctor has
retained the 29th-century mobile holo-emitter, freeing him from the
confines of Sickbay.
What makes this episode great:
It may have been an attempt to make the ratings go up, but the end result
is a fun romp through the present for the Voyager crew as they deal with a
Bill Gates wannabe and the trials and tribulations of the 20th century.
"Time travel - from my first day in the job as a Starfleet Captain, I
swore that I would never get myself caught in one of these god-forsaken
paradoxes, the future is the past, the past is the future, it all gives me
- Captain Janeway!
#99 - First Flight
Star Trek: Enterprise
Airdate: May 14, 2003
receives news that A.G. Robinson, his old rival in the early days of the
NX test program, has died. During a shuttlepod mission, Archer reminisces
to T'Pol about the time he and Robinson were pilots competing for the
honor of being the first to break the Warp 2 barrier.
Just as Enterprise is about to investigate what appears to be a dark
matter nebula, Archer receives word that his old rival A.G. Robinson has
died while climbing Mt. McKinley. Archer and T'Pol set off in a shuttlepod,
and while the captain is uncharacteristically quiet, T'Pol finally gets
him to open up about his complicated history with Robinson. Archer begins
to remember the days when he and Robinson were part of the NX test program
trying to break warp 2, while Admiral Forrest was a Commodore overseeing
the program at Starfleet Command...
Both Robinson and Archer want the first flight — the assignment is
particularly important to Archer, as his father designed the engine.
Ultimately, Forrest gives the mission to Robinson. Though Archer is
disappointed, he promises to give Robinson all the support he needs —
later, at the 602 Club, he even raises a toast to his rival. Robinson
confides that Archer didn't get the assignment because he's too
by-the-book. Archer is trying to be a great pilot, but Robinson knows that
Starfleet would rather have a great captain.
The next day,
Robinson goes up in the NX-Alpha. Archer and Forrest man mission control
as a few Vulcan advisors look on. The mission starts off well, but when
the vessel encounters some problems, Archer and Forrest tell Robinson to
abort. Robinson, however, is determined to break warp 2. He does, but the
NX craft is destroyed. Robinson manages to get out just in time via an
escape pod. The Vulcans are unimpressed with Robinson's stubbornness, and
believe the NX vessel is faulty. Later on, Archer has drinks at the 602
Club with Forrest and a new acquaintance — Lieutenant Trip Tucker. Forrest
reveals that the Vulcans have urged Starfleet to put the NX program on
hold for an indefinite period of time ... and Starfleet has agreed. When
Robinson shows up, he and Archer get into a heated argument about the
mission — Archer believes Robinson is at fault, while Robinson blames the
engine. The two men eventually come to blows, until Trip breaks up the
After he cools off, Archer realizes that Robinson's words ring a bit true
— there are problems with the engine. He and Trip run a few calculations
and realize that they can make it work. They enlist Robinson in a plan to
convince the Vulcans that the NX program is worth keeping on track.
Robinson, however, doesn't believe that just talking with the Vulcans will
work. He suggests they use the remaining NX vessel, the NX-Beta, to prove
their point. The trio plans a night launch — Trip runs things from the
ground while Robinson and Archer head up in the NX vessel. They succeed in
getting off the ground without being noticed, but it's not long before
they're found out. As Forrest orders them back to the ground, the two
officers manage to get to warp 2.5 without any disastrous technical
Back on the ground, Forrest is furious (if more than a little impressed)
and lectures his officers on their carelessness. Archer can't help but
respond. He gives an impassioned speech about the importance of their
actions, and how it will only help to further human exploration. The NX
program continues, and several years later, Archer is awarded command of
Back in the present day, T'Pol is intrigued by Archer's story. Just as
he's finishing up, they discover the elusive dark matter nebula they were
searching for. As it lights up the sky, even T'Pol can't help but be in
awe. Archer notes that a sight like this is one of the reasons he and
Robinson worked so hard to explore space. Back on Enterprise, T'Pol
mentions that it is a human custom to name something you've discovered.
She suggests dubbing the nebula "The Robinson Nebula." A moved Archer can
only nod in agreement.
What makes this episode great:
Coming only a couple of months after the Columbia's destruction, Star Trek
gave us an episode devoted to the bravery of people going where no one has
gone before. Some accused the later versions of Star Trek of not
being topical, but this episode proved that they were.
Archer: You remember what Buzz Aldrin said when he stepped on the moon?
Archer: Nobody does because Armstrong went first.
#98 - The Nth Degree
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Airdate: April 1, 1991
the U.S.S. Enterprise sets out to repair the Argus Array, a telescope that
has stopped relaying data for two months, the crew discovers an alien
probe near the telescope. Geordi takes Barclay, a notoriously shy crew
member, to investigate. As they near the probe, it emits an energy surge
that knocks Barclay unconscious, and he and Geordi are transported to
Sickbay. Meanwhile, the probe begins to follow the starship, emitting a
dangerously high energy level. When the crew is unable to evade it,
Barclay amazes everyone by taking charge of the situation and eliminating
the probe, saving the ship from destruction.
Turning back to
the task of repairing the telescope, Geordi estimates the job will take
three weeks. But Barclay, whose confidence and intelligence are continuing
to grow, claims he can complete the job in two days. Geordi's pride in
Barclay turns to concern, however, when he discovers his crewmate in the
Holodeck arguing scientific theory with a simulated Einstein. Geordi
insists to Barclay that the encounter with the probe must have
precipitated the change and drags him to Sickbay, where Beverly Crusher's
examination reveals an astounding change in Barclay's brain tissue that
has rendered him the most advanced human being who ever lived.
Although the crew is frightened by the change in Barclay, the fact that
they need him to repair the Array convinces them to leave him alone. As
the repairs progress, however, the ship's computer is unable to work fast
enough, creating the danger of a reactor failure in the telescope that
could cause a deadly explosion. Picard orders an immediate retreat, but is
informed that the Bridge has lost control of the computer. However, before
panic can set in, the computer comes back on line and the crew learns the
telescope has been saved. When Picard asks the computer to tell him how
the disaster was averted, he is shocked when Barclay's voice answers.
Barclay explains that since the computer was too slow, he connected his
brain to the computer to save the Array. Picard demands the engineer
disconnect himself, but Barclay replies that this will cause his death. As
the crew tries to devise a plan to regain control of the ship, Barclay
propels the U.S.S. Enterprise to a point thirty thousand light-years away.
Before the crew can stop Barclay an alien suddenly appears on the Bridge,
admitting that the probe transformed Barclay so he would bring the
starship to him. The alien goes on to explain that this is his
civilization's method of researching new races. Picard agrees to let him
scan the brains of crew members if the aliens will transfer their
knowledge of tens of thousands of civilizations into the starship's
computer. As they talk, Barclay arrives on the Bridge, having been
returned to normal by the aliens, but retaining a bit of the confidence
and intelligence his experience gave him.
What makes this episode great:
Barcaly had been pretty much a retarded background character up until this
point, but when he's suddenly given great intelligence, he goes from a
loveable doofus, to someone formidable and even dangerous. It's Flowers
for Algernon in reverse!
- Barcaly, back to his old doofy self, and asked how he feels.
#97 - Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
Airdate: June 1, 1984
U.S.S. Enterprise returns to spacedock for repairs following the battle
with Khan in 2285. Kirk continues to mourn Spock's death. McCoy suddenly
enters the Vulcan's sealed quarters, babbling incoherently. Upon reaching
Earth, McCoy is hospitalized. Scotty is reassigned to the U.S.S. Excelsior
and the newly formed Genesis Planet is decreed off-limits by Starfleet
Command. Kirk is then informed that the U.S.S. Enterprise is to be
quarters, Sarek, Spock's father, confronts the Admiral, saying that
Spock's body should have been returned to Vulcan so that his katra could
have been stored in an ancient Vulcan repository on Mount Seleya. Sarek
tells Kirk that he must retrieve the coffin from the Genesis planet and,
since Spock performed a last-minute Vulcan mind-meld with McCoy, thus
transferring his "katra" or spirit, the doctor must also return to Vulcan.
However, Starfleet refuses to allow the antiquated U.S.S. Enterprise to
leave spacedock. Released from the hospital and faced with this news,
McCoy tries to hire a craft to go back to the Genesis planet. He then
starts a brawl and is subsequently arrested, pending further psychiatric
examination. The arrest proves futile, though, when McCoy escapes with the
help of Kirk, Scott, Sulu, Uhura and Chekov. The crew then beams aboard
the deserted U.S.S. Enterprise. To avoid pursuit, Scotty removes an
integral engine part from the U.S.S. Excelsior and, knowing that they've
all probably destroyed their careers, the six friends take the Enterprise
out for one final voyage.
Meanwhile, the Klingons have learned of the new Genesis Device and planet,
and fear that it could be a new Federation weapon. Lead by the treacherous
Captain Kruge, the Klingons set out to either destroy or capture the
On board the U.S.S. Grissom, David Marcus and Lt. Saavik arrive at the
Genesis Planet for scientific observation. They quickly discover a
lifeform reading coming from the surface. Intrigued, the two beam to the
planet's surface to find Spock's empty coffin. Tracing the lifeform
reading, the two then find the living body of a child-Spock, aging with
erratic rapidity but lacking a consciousness or spirit.
Klingons arrive, destroying the Grissom and taking Saavik, Marcus, and the
young Spock prisoner. Shortly thereafter, the U.S.S. Enterprise arrives in
the Mutara Sector and is crippled by Kruge and his Klingon cohorts. With
the Klingons threatening the lives of their prisoners, Kirk tries a bluff
to regain control of the situation, but is unsuccessful. David Marcus is
killed by the Klingon landing party. Faced with no other choice, Kirk
surrenders the Enterprise to the Klingons, yet in a last-ditch effort to
gain the upper hand, activates the starship's self-destruct mechanism. The
small U.S.S. Enterprise crew then beams to the surface of the Genesis
Planet, watching as their historic starship is destroyed in a streak of
light, taking with it most of Kruge's nefarious crew.
Kirk and party rescue Spock and Saavik from the Klingons and learn that an
unstable element used in the Genesis Device threatens the stability of the
planet, which is likely to explode within minutes. One factor of this
instability, however, is the rejuvenating effect it had on Spock's body.
With the planet reaching critical mass, Spock finally achieves the age he
was just before his death on the U.S.S. Enterprise. Kruge, still alive on
the Klingon Bird-of-Prey and angry at the death of his comrades, beams
down to the planet. There, he fights one-on-one with Kirk, eventually
falling to his death. The Enterprise crew, Saavik, and Spock then escape
in the Bird-of-Prey, just as the planet violently explodes, a victim of
its own dangerous growth.
Under Sarek's diplomatic protection, the Klingon ship then speeds to
Vulcan. Once there, the risky ceremony fal-tor-pan is performed, fusing
Spock's katra, which resides in McCoy's mind, with the Vulcan's body. With
the ceremony seemingly successful, a revived Spock begins the long journey
of remembering his past and his friends. He questions why the Enterprise
crew risked their lives and careers to rescue him. As his friend Jim
reminds him, sometimes the "needs of the one outweigh the needs of the
What makes this movie great:
So many things. Watching the great Captain Kirk crumple to the floor of
the bridge when he hears that his son is dead... watching the Enterprise
blow itself to bits... seeing how this crew would willingly sacrifice all
they are and all they have for a friend, this is the movie that makes me
say "bullshit!" to everyone touting the "odd-numbered" curse.
"Forgive me... My logic is uncertain where my son is concerned."
- Spock's father, Sarek, when his logic on bringing Spock back is
questioned by a high priestess.
#96 - Journey to Babel
Airdate: November 17, 1967
U.S.S. Enterprise is appointed to transport ambassadors from many worlds
to the Babel Conferences. Among those aboard are Ambassador Sarek of
Vulcan and his human wife, Amanda — Spock's parents.
peace aboard his ship is complicated for Kirk by an unidentified vessel
following the U.S.S. Enterprise and high tensions running among delegates
on board. At a cocktail party, Ambassador Gav, a Tellarite, quarrels
openly with Sarek about the admission of Coridan into the Federation. When
Gav is later murdered, circumstantial evidence points to Sarek. The strain
of such an accusation causes Sarek's already existing heart condition to
worsen and he has the Vulcan equivalent of a heart attack. McCoy battles
with less familiar Vulcan physiology to try and correct the damage. Spock
is needed as a blood donor for the operation.
When Kirk is attacked by Thelev, an Andorian, Spock assumes command of the
Enterprise, and refuses to participate in McCoy's operation on his father.
The Vulcan insists that they identify and stop the vessel that is
following them. Kirk fakes recovery and returns to the bridge, freeing
Spock to go to the sickbay and assist in his father's surgery. On the
bridge, Kirk must deal with the unknown ship, now in contact with someone
on board the U.S.S. Enterprise. A search uncovers the fact that Thelev is
not Andorian, but a surgically altered Orion, put on board to disrupt the
The unknown ship attacks the U.S.S. Enterprise and is defeated. Rather
than be captured, it destroys itself and Thelev commits suicide. With
Spock available for the blood transfusion, Sarek's operation is a success
and he recovers. Father and son make peace, realizing they have a common
bond that transcends their differences. Kirk returns to sickbay for
treatment of the knife wound caused by Thelev and McCoy gets the last
What makes this episode great:
One of the things that I've loved about Star Trek though the years is its
ability to find a story about people in the midst of political intrigue.
In fact, I find the story of Spock and Sarek, son and father caught in a
fundamental disagreement, more interesting than the assassination plot.
Spock: Emotional, isn't she?
Sarek: She has always been that way.
Spock: Indeed. Why did you marry her?
Sarek: At the time it seemed like the logical thing to do.
#95 - Cold Front
Star Trek: Enterprise
Airdate: November 28, 2001
Enterprise navigates into a stellar nursery hoping to make contact with
some of the alien vessels detected among the colorful gases and protostars.
Finding a transport vessel escorting a group of alien pilgrims to the
"Great Plume of Agosoria," a protostar which emits an epic burst of energy
every 11 years, Captain Archer decides to caravan with the pilgrimage
ship, and invites the group for a social dinner onboard Enterprise.
Relations fare well among the starship crew and the pilgrims culminating
with Commander Trip Tucker giving a guided tour of the Enterprise
engineering bay. As the group listens attentively to Trip's oversimplified
explanation of the warp engines, one pilgrim silently slips behind a
bulkhead unnoticed. He opens a panel and dislocates his limb in order to
disconnect a conduit within — he is a Suliban. After the disguised invader
rejoins the group, the entire ship is suddenly rocked by a powerful plasma
storm within the stellar nursery. Unsuccessfully attempting to steer clear
of the storm, Enterprise is repeatedly hit with plasma lighting, severely
damaging the warp manifold and starting a disastrous antimatter cascade
traveling towards the reactor. Instead of completely destroying the ship,
though, the cascade is suddenly stopped dead at the very console the
Suliban tampered with moments before.
After the jostled
pilgrims return to their ship, Trip informs Archer of the recently
discovered separated conduit, and that although it's what saved the ship,
no one is taking responsibility for its disconnection. Perplexed, a sullen
Archer is approached by Crewman Daniels, a steward in the Mess Hall, who
reveals he is not really a member of Starfleet, but a soldier from 900
years in the future. Taking Archer to his quarters, Daniels uses a
futuristic device to project a holographic "temporal observatory." Daniels
claims he was sent to track and stop Silik — the same Suliban whom Archer
fought on the Helix during the ship's first mission — from altering
history, but he requires a portion of the Enterprise's power and equipment
to operate his futuristic tracking technology. Archer discusses Daniel's
proposal with a stunned Trip and the ever-skeptical T'Pol, ultimately
deciding that in case a "Temporal Cold War" actually does exist, it would
be best to give Daniels the aid he needs.
Trip and T'Pol help Daniels set up his tracking devices in Engineering and
are amazed at his futuristic technology, particularly a device that allows
its operator to literally walk through walls. Meanwhile a suspicious
Archer attempts to seek out Silik from the group of pilgrims, who have
returned to the Enterprise Mess Hall in order to gain a better view of the
rapidly approaching Plume of Agosoria. But when Archer returns to his
quarters he is ambushed by the awaiting Silik. Insisting someone else is
actually the one trying to alter history, Silik claims to be there to stop
whomever it might be and needs Archer's help in identifying the unknown
soldier. In an attempt to gain Archer's trust Silik confesses to having
disconnected the conduit and saving Enterprise, but while Archer denies
knowing who Silik is referring to, T'Pol announces over the com that
Daniels' modifications in Engineering are complete, which unwittingly
provides Silik with the information he required. No longer needing him,
Silik stuns Archer into unconsciousness.
While waiting for Archer to arrive, Daniels' tracking device alerts him to
Silik's presence within Engineering, and he insists Trip and T'Pol
immediately leave to bring reinforcements to help contain Silik. As the
two comply and leave Engineering, they witness Silik murder Daniels
without hesitation, then use his genetically enhanced camouflaging ability
to disappear from sight. Awakened by Dr. Phlox, a sore Archer orders every
outer door and hatch sealed, and security posted on all decks to prevent
Silik's escape. Then confirming his suspicion, Archer takes T'Pol into
Daniels' quarters and discovers that the device Daniels used to project
the Temporal Observatory has been stolen, deducing it was probably Silik's
mission in the first place. Silik is detected by Ensign Hoshi Sato as he
attempts to bypass the lockout codes for Launch Bay One, while Trip helps
Archer by giving him the phasing device he witnessed Daniels use earlier.
Archer uses it to walk through a bulkhead wall, catching Silik by
surprise, when suddenly both men are violently rocked as Enterprise
experiences heavy plasma turbulence from the much anticipated Plume of
Agosoria. Silik seizes the moment to escape inside the Launch Bay, quickly
followed by Archer, who, rather than letting Silik have it, opts to shoot
Daniels' device out of Silik's clutched grasp. Seeing the device is
destroyed, Silik camouflages himself and flees, gaining enough time to
open the Launch Bay doors. Holding on to a handrail as the ensuing vacuum
decompresses the bay of air, Archer watches as Silik steps to the edge of
the opening and jumps out of the ship headlong into the cloudy depths of
the stellar nursery. Saving himself from being sucked into space after
Silik, Archer climbs into a control room and repressurizes it so he can
breathe again. T'Pol comes over the com, requesting to follow Silik who
has just been picked up from space by a Suliban cell ship. Archer denies
T'Pol's request, opting to let the conniving Silik go as he failed to get
what he came for anyway. Before retiring to bed, the exhausted Archer
orders Daniels' quarters to be sealed off indefinitely, as a safeguard
against any other unknown powerful and mysterious devices that may lie
What makes this episode great:
Ignoring the fact that Enterprise allowed the whole Temporal Cold War
story to crash and burn without resolution or payoff, "Cold Front" is the
ultimate testament to just how cool (no pun intended) this story could
have been as, in one episode, an enemy saves the ship and a trusted
crewmember turns out to be nothing like he appears. Everything the
Enterprise crew assumed to know about the war is turned on its ear.
Trip: It's good to know Earth will still be around in 900 years.
Daniels: That depends on how you define Earth.
#94 - The High Ground
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Airdate: January 29, 1990
delivering medical supplies to a planet involved in a lengthy civil war,
Dr. Crusher is taken hostage by Finn, the leader of a radical separatist
organization. Although at first fearful for her life, Beverly soon learns
that she has been kidnapped to provide expert medical care for terrorists
dying from the effects of an interdimensional transporter. Although the
nuclear-powered device allows the rebels to move at high speeds and to
escape detection by Rutian sensors, its end result is fatal internal
Certain that Finn and his followers will use Beverly as a bargaining chip
for their cause, Picard asks Riker to rescue Dr. Crusher with the help of
Alexana Devos, the leader of the Rutian police. Alexana, determined not to
compromise her hard-line position with the terrorists, is furious when
Riker tells one of Finn's men that the Federation is willing to negotiate
for Beverly's release.
skepticism is justified when Finn, certain that the U.S.S. Enterprise has
joined forces with the Rutians against his people, launches a deadly
assault on the U.S.S. Enterprise. Although Geordi is able to remove a bomb
from the vessel before it detonates, several crew members are killed in
the skirmish and Captain Picard is taken hostage with Beverly.
At his hideout, Finn tells Picard that he welcomes Federation involvement
in his cause, since that will force the Rutian government to make
important concessions. On board the U.S.S. Enterprise, Riker plots a
surprise attack on Finn's underground headquarters.
But when Riker, Worf and Alexana show up in the hideout, Alexana shoots
Finn to death after the terrorist leader appears ready to execute Picard.
Riker chides Alexana for her actions, but she tells him that Finn's death
will result in less bloodshed than if he had been taken prisoner and his
followers attempted to free him. With Beverly and Picard safely released
from captivity, the U.S.S. Enterprise leaves the outcome of the Rutian
conflict to Alexana and her advisers.
What makes this episode great:
Star Trek usually takes on socially relevant issues by science fiction
analogy, so it was rather unexpected and refreshing to see terrorism
confronted as terrorism. Plus, it gave the painfully underused Dr. Crusher
a chance to strut her stuff.
"this is a war for independence and I'm no more than your George
Beverly Crusher "Washington was a military general, not a terrorist!"
#93 - What You Leave Behind
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Airdate: June 2, 1999
Dukat and Winn enter the Fire Caves, the first power outage strikes on
Cardassia. The Female Shapeshifter realizes that the Cardassian people are
rising up against the Dominion — and she promises severe retaliation.
events from their basement hideout, Kira, Damar and Garak are horrified
when Weyoun announces that, as punishment for every act of sabotage
committed by rebel forces, one Cardassian city will be leveled. Reacting
to the decree, Kira decides they must attack Dominion headquarters.
Entering Cardassian space aboard the Defiant, Sisko prepares his crew to
engage the Dominion-Cardassian-Breen fleet in battle.
As the Federation forces strike, the Defiant is rocked by enemy fire. Back
on Cardassia, Jem'Hadar soldiers burst into Damar's hideout. Suffering
heavy losses in space, Sisko, Admiral Ross and Chancellor Martok
strategically realign their attack. Meanwhile, word of Damar's capture
reaches the Female Shapeshifter, who orders Weyoun to have Damar, Kira and
Before the order can be carried out, Cardassian soldiers revolt and rescue
the rebel trio. Meanwhile, in the heat of battle, the Defiant crew is
elated when Cardassian ships switch sides and attack the Dominion fleet.
In retaliation, the Female Shapeshifter orders the complete extermination
of the Cardassian race — and a Dominion retreat to Cardassia Prime.
Emboldened by the Cardassian about-face, Sisko, Ross and Martok decide to
press forward in an attempt to end the war once and for all. On Bajor,
Winn chants from the Kosst Amojan, brings the Fire Caves to life, and
attempts to release the Pah-wraiths. And back on Cardassia, Kira, Damar
and Garak lead an invasion of Dominion headquarters. Damar is killed by
Jem'Hadar guards, but inspired by his leadership, the rest of the
resistance presses on.
While Sisko, Ross and Martok plan a final assault in space, Kira and Garak
lead the Cardassian resistance on the ground into Dominion headquarters
and overtake the Briefing Room. Kira orders the Female Shapeshifter to
surrender, but she refuses; soon after, the defiant Weyoun is killed by
When Kira alerts Sisko to the situation on Cardassia, Odo asks to meet
with the Female Shapeshifter. In the Fire Caves, Winn poisons Dukat with a
glass of wine — and presents his body as a religious sacrifice to the Pah-wraiths.
Hoping to commune with the Female Shapeshifter, Odo links with her and
heals the Shapeshifter of the disease that has ravaged their people.
Transformed by the experience, she orders a cease-fire. Eager to cure the
rest of the ailing Shapeshifters, Odo informs a deeply saddened Kira that
he is returning to his homeworld.
the signing of surrender documents, the war officially ends. Later, Worf
agrees to become the Federation Ambassador to Kronos and O'Brien announces
that he's returning to Earth to teach. The crew holds a farewell party for
Worf, O'Brien and Odo. Meanwhile, the Pah-wraiths bring Dukat, as a
Cardassian, back to life in the Fire caves, and Sisko abruptly leaves the
party — after a vision from the Sarah Prophet — to visit the site. Sisko
confronts Dukat, and Winn is sacrificed to the Pah-wraiths; Sisko tackles
Dukat and, along with the text of the evil Kosst Amojan, they plunge into
the fiery abyss. Sisko "awakes" in a great vision: the Sarah Prophet
assures him that he has completed his task by returning the Pah-wraiths to
the Fire Caves; she then informs Sisko that he must now join the Prophets.
Back on the space station, Kasidy has a vision of Sisko in which he
explains his reason for remaining with the Prophets — and he promises to
return someday. In the meantime, Jake Sisko grapples with his father's
departure; Bashir and O'Brien bid a fond farewell; Ezri Dax says goodbye
to Worf; and Kira leaves Odo on the Changeling planet where a sea of
ailing Shapeshifters awaits his curative link. At Deep Space Nine, Kira
takes command of the Captain's chair, Ezri and Bashir plan their future,
and, despite her own feelings of loss, Kira reaches out to comfort a
What makes this episode great:
Aside from the end of the epic war that consumed the final few years of
Deep Space Nine's run, this final episode was full of endings... something
that Trek was not generally known for. Loose ends were tied up and, at the
end, we were left with a moment to contemplate. The final scene of the
episode where Deep Space Nine shrinks back into space until it becomes a
single star is freakin' beautiful.
hundred years ago a victorious General spoke the following words at the
end of another costly war: 'Today the guns are silent. A great tragedy has
ended. We have known the bitterness of defeat and the exhalation of
triumph. From both we have learned... there can be no going back. We must
move forward, to preserve in peace what we've won in war'.
- Admiral Ross"
#92 - Unification
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Airdate: November 4, 1991 and November 11, 1991
Picard is disturbed to learn that the legendary Vulcan, Mr. Spock, has
gone on an unauthorized mission to the planet Romulus. He immediately
travels to Vulcan to speak with Spock's father Sarek, a close friend with
whom he shared a mind meld the year before. Sarek's wife, Perrin, informs
Picard that her husband is gravely ill, and confides to Picard the details
of the strained relationship between Spock and his father. Despite Sarek's
illness, Picard is able to see him, and the Vulcan tells Picard that his
son may be in touch with the Romulan senator Pardek. He also asks Picard
to convey his love to his son. Back on board the U.S.S. Enterprise, Riker
and La Forge inspect several metal fragments, identified as Vulcan,
recovered from a downed Ferengi ship. When the Vulcans claim to know
nothing about the materials, Riker and Geordi assume the Ferengi have
return to the Enterprise, Picard summons the help of the Klingons in hopes
of receiving an undetectable ship to use to travel to Romulus. After
several days, Picard finally reaches Gowron, who provides the vessel after
a great deal of prodding. Meanwhile, covert reports from Romulus confirm
Spock's meeting with Senator Pardek, who Data learns has been an advocate
for peace, and reunification of the Vulcan and Romulan states, for many
Disguised as Romulans, Picard and Data make their way toward the planet in
the Klingon ship. At the same time, Riker and Troi work together to find
out how the metal material, now identified as a disassembled Vulcan
deflector array, ended up in the hands of the Ferengi.
During a difficult night aboard the Klingon ship, Picard is informed that
Sarek has died. While investigating the mysterious Vulcan deflector array,
the Enterprise encounters an unidentified alien warship. When the ship
refuses to answer Riker's hails and prepares to attack, Riker orders Worf
to fire a warning shot. Although the firepower used is small, the hostile
ship explodes into space.
Picard and Data transport down to Romulus where disguised, they stop at a
cafe across from Senator Pardek's office. They see Pardek and begin to
move toward him when suddenly they are kidnapped by several Romulan
soldiers. Later, however, they are approached by Senator Pardek, who
explains that he had them kidnapped for their own protection. As Picard
briefs the Senator on the reasons behind his mission, Spock suddenly
appears before him.
Picard and Data meet Spock on the planet Romulus. Spock is initially
uncooperative when Picard questions him as to the details of his mission.
However, the tension is lifted when Picard shares the unhappy news of
Spock's father's death and attempts to fulfill his friend's last request
by telling Spock of his father's love. Spock then reveals to Picard that
the purpose of his mission is to reunify the Romulans and the Vulcans. The
revelation shocks Picard, who does not trust the intentions of the Romulan
government. After learning this, Data transports back to the disguised
Klingon ship that brought him and Picard to Romulus and attempts to access
the Romulans' computer system.
Back on the U.S.S. Enterprise, Riker continues to investigate the theft of
surplus Vulcan ships and materials. He makes contact with Amarie, the
ex-wife of a smuggler killed when the Enterprise destroyed the unmarked
enemy warship that interrupted their investigation. Meanwhile, Senator
Pardek brings Picard and Spock to meet with Neral, the Romulan Proconsul,
who claims to support reunification. However, after Picard and Spock
leave, Sela appears in Neral's office. Later, Picard tells Spock that he
doesn't trust the fact that Neral has offered his support so quickly,
without the support of Romulan traditionalists. Spock also feels
skeptical, but decides it is in the Federation's best interest to proceed
whether the Romulans have an ulterior motive or not.
the Klingon vessel, Spock offers Data his help in trying to access the
Romulan computer system. At the same time, Amarie puts Riker in touch with
a Ferengi arms trader, who, after a threat from Riker, reveals that the
Romulans are involved in the theft of Vulcan ships.
Riker immediately contacts Picard with the news, and both wonder how the
stolen Vulcan ship fits into the picture. The two agree to meet, and Riker
steers the Enterprise towards Romulan territory. Data finally manages to
access the Romulan computer system, and he and Picard transport back to
the Romulan surface to inform Spock of their findings. Spock immediately
deduces that Pardek and Neral have double-crossed him, a fact that becomes
even clearer when Sela appears and takes the group prisoner, informing
them that she plans to take over Vulcan.
On the Enterprise, Riker worries when he is unable to reach Picard.
Meanwhile, Sela declares her plan to force Spock to deliver a speech, in
which he will announce the arrival of the stolen Vulcan ships. The ships,
disguised as a peace envoy, are actually manned by Romulans and have been
dispatched to seize control of the Vulcan government. When Spock refuses
to cooperate, Sela shows him a holographic image of himself, Picard and
Data, which she will use instead if she is forced to kill them. When Sela
leaves the room, Picard and Data work furiously on the computer and
provide themselves with an escape route. They also send an emergency
signal to the Enterprise, which, already suspecting foul play, intercepts
the Romulan "peace envoy" and destroys the ships. Enraged, Sela returns to
kill Spock, Picard and Data, but is instead tricked into firing at their
holographic images, giving the real Data an opportunity to subdue her with
an imitation of Spock's legendary Vulcan nerve pinch. The three escape,
and Spock decides to remain on Romulus to continue to work towards peace.
What makes this episode great:
Aside from the political intrigue, and one of the few Star Trek character
deaths who actually stayed dead... This episode, airing one week before
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, was the official passing of the
torch between Classic Trek and Next Generation. Forget that Generations
Spock: "I will not read this, or any other statement."
Sela: "If you do not, you will die. All of you will die!"
Spock: "Since it is logical to assume you intend to kill us in any event,
I choose not to cooperate."
Sela (seething): "I HATE Vulcans!"
#91 - Conspiracy
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Airdate: May 9, 1988
journeying to Pacifica, the U.S.S. Enterprise receives an emergency
message for Captain Picard from Starfleet Captain Walker Keel, who
requests a secret meeting.
At a rendezvous on an uninhabited planet, Captain Keel and two other
Starfleet officers tell Picard that they suspect a growing conspiracy in
the upper ranks of Starfleet.
Alarmed by Keel's accusations, Picard orders Lieutenant Commander Data to
review all Starfleet directives during the past six months. Picard's
concern escalates when Keel's vessel mysteriously explodes, killing all
aboard, and Data's research reveals abnormalities in the highest levels of
the Starfleet command.
Federation's security is at risk, Picard steers the Enterprise toward
Earth to confront Starfleet's top admirals. After requesting a meeting
with the officers, Picard and Riker are invited to dinner to discuss the
Prior to dinner, Admiral Quinn, who several months earlier had warned
Picard that subversive elements had invaded Starfleet, visits the U.S.S.
Enterprise. Suspicious of the admiral, Picard orders Riker to watch him
closely before joining him on Earth. Picard's instincts turn out to be
correct: as soon as Picard beams down to join the other admirals, Quinn
attacks Riker, rendering him unconscious.
After Lt. Worf and Dr. Crusher join forces to subdue the incredibly
powerful Admiral Quinn, they discover that a parasitic being has invaded
Quinn's body and it is controlling all of his brain functions. When Riker
regains consciousness, he beams down to Earth, pretending to be one of the
At the dinner, Riker realizes that the Starfleet command is controlled by
the parasites. Fortunately, he and Picard are able to kill the
parasitic-infested admirals, as well as the species' mother creature.
However, Data later discovers that the mother creature sent a homing
beacon to an unexplored region of our galaxy before being destroyed.
What makes this episode great:
Many people whine and complain about Voyager and Enterprise being bad
trek, but the truth is that the first season of The Next Generation was
absolute rubbish and, with the exception of maybe five episodes tops, the
worst Star Trek has been... ever! In fact, it was during this season that
I stopped watching the series. What brought me back? This episode did with
it's exciting and terrifying tale of the Federation being brought down
from within. It was also the first time that new Trek managed to pull of a
story arch as the strange fleet movements hinted at earlier in the season
finally get explained. And damn... exploding head.
"You don't understand... we seek peaceful coexistence!"
- Commander Remmick, alien momma.