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.
'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.
I honestly believe that the dialogue between Picard and Sarek is the single greatest piece of theater in the history of mankind. Brilliant writing, amazing acting and so much emotional and moral depth on so many levels.
The scenes where Picard and Riker deal with situations in their own ways, with wisdom and insight, the development of the plot - that's real sci-fi drama, not just blowing up stuff in space.
"TNG: "Family" is a close second. Picard visits his home village. It hasn't been attacked by aliens or possessed by demons or something. It's pure drama. And it's fascinating to see how in the 24th century the French are still French - focused on enjoying life and celebrating their bonds to other people.
TNG: "Inner Light" is another underrated episode. Very emotional. That is how I see MMOs. When I show it to MMOers who have never watched Trek they are always amused and encouraged by it.
Other series...TOS: "A Taste of Armageddon". Honestly most TOS sucked. A Taste of Armageddon is brilliant and also very prescient. If we adopted that model today we would all be speaking Korean <_<
I didn't care much for DS9/VOY and refuse to watch ENT. Best are probably "Improbable Cause" and "Scorpion", for the same reason.
Trek is about human drama and socialist idealism and too many JJ-Trekers don't get that.
TOS: The Doomsday Machine Episode (dont remeber the name)
TNG: Best of Both Worlds I-II
VOY: Message in a Bottle (The 2 EMH Doctors were hilarious in this one)
ENT: The Romulan arc episodes
DS9; The House of Quark (Gowron's face when Quark is explaining finance makes this episode worth it!!)
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-Roach, when asked about Klingon extinction!