I've made it known on here that I'm not a social person at all, but I wanted to post this question to the STO community, including devs and moderators. It was a question posed to me by my brother and I thought I'd ask the STO community. What, in your opinion, is the single best Star Trek episode ever? Considering ALL the Star Trek series...original, TNG, DS9, Voyager and Enterprise? Now I don't mean an episode from each series...I mean just one episode. For me it would have to be, hands down, the episode "In A Mirror, Darkly" (both parts) from season four of Enterprise. In my opinion, the single best Star Trek episode, ever, EVER!!! Now I'm not really a huge fan of the Enterprise series, but this episode...all I can say is...WOW!!! For those who haven't seen it, all I'm going to say is the entire episode takes place in the mirror universe...with just mirror universe characters. They even changed the title sequence to reflect the mirror universe.
Now I should say I have been a Trek fan all my life, literally. I remember watching the original series with my dad when I was little and I have seen every episode of every series at least two or three times. But "In A Mirror, Darkly"...the best ever, again in my opinion.
So which episode do you think is the best one?
"Did anyone hear something back there that sounded like there was something back there?"
'City on the Edge of Forever' from TOS. A great episode but part of me wishes they'd tried filming the original screenplay. Roddenberry's rewrite didn't do it justice.
'The Trouble With Tribbles' from TOS. Another great episode, very fun and humourous.
'Best of Both Worlds' great episodes. Unforgettable climax at the end of part 1. Part 2 was weaker but had great moments as well.
'Darmok' and 'The Inner Light' from TNG. Incredible episodes and good science fiction stories.
'Tapestry' from TNG. A fantastic episode with Q playing a non-antagonistic role for once (he literally does nothing but help Picard in this episode). It says a lot about life and how we get to where we are. It really speaks to me.
'The Visitor' from DS9. I dare anyone to watch this and not cry at the end.
'In the Pale Moonlight' from DS9. This was a really good episode and had a unique style to it - Sisko's confession and elements that had him almost-but-not-quite break the fourth wall (his confession takes place in his quarters as he's making a personal log, but he keeps looking at the camera and at 'us' as he's doing it).
'Meld' from VOY. A really good episode that says a lot of interesting things about how senseless violence is and how hard it is to rationalise it away.
'Living Witness' from VOY. Another really good episode about how the truth is often sacrificed by history when people have a stake in it. Seeing the crew of the Voyager wear black hats was awesome and fun, but there was a seriousness about the theme how history can and will be rewritten by people for their own ends. The Doctor's impact on society is important as he really was a living witness to the events that had become grotesquely misshapen. And the climax of the show really is everything I love about Star Trek.
I don't know which of the above to choose if I only had one choice. Maybe 'Living Witness' as I said above, the climax of that episode is really everything I love about Star Trek.
no contest: "The Wounded" is the best Trek episode ever IMO.
It deals with far-reaching political intrigue, several very human and personal issues and heavy stuff like prejudice (I know Gene didn't like things like that, but I think it far more likely that humans will always harbor prejudices), and the lingering after effects of war, something that we often as a society shy away from.
It introduced the Cardassians, one of my favorite races.
It has the warden from Shawshank Redemption, that guy is money in the bank.
It was just about the first starring episode for Colm Meaney and he knocked it out of the park.
But most of all because of that scene between the two. They start singing and the camera just slowly pans around them, no cutting away. Then they stop and the song starts up very feint in the background music and you see Maxwell come to the realization of everything he's done and everything he is, just with a look. Man it makes the hair stand up on the back of your neck. That's just absolute perfection in drama, acting, writing, sound design, set design. Everything comes together in that scene.
And to top it off, Picard's "We'll be watching" to Gul Macet at the end. Picard ain't no fool.