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Old June 12 2011, 12:09 AM   #1
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Your favourite...title...

Favourite character? Done.
Favourite ship? Ditto.
Favourite guest character? Also done.
Favourite episode(s)? Done to death.

But...what is your favorite...episode title?

Candidly I find it hard to choose because TOS seemed to have a knack for evocative and even somewhat poetic episode titles. And it needn't have anything to do with whether you actually like the episode itself or not.

Some of my favourites:
"A Taste Of Armageddon"
"The City On The Edge Of Forever"
"A Private Little War"
"Spectre Of The Gun"
"Is There In Truth No Beauty"
"The Way To Eden"


Anyone else?
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Old June 12 2011, 12:51 AM   #2
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Old June 12 2011, 01:19 AM   #3
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Without a doubt one area where TOS has no peer in the ST universe. Even bad episodes have good titles. "Requiem for Methuselah" is one of my faves.

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Old June 12 2011, 03:49 AM   #4
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Re: Your favourite...title...

"For The World Is Hollow And I have Touched The Sky"
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Old June 12 2011, 01:54 PM   #5
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Re: Your favourite...title...

The Conscience of the King (great episode as well)

The Devil in the Dark
(great episode as well)

For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky (below average episode, but great title)

All Our Yesterdays (good episode, with a very poetic and emotive title)
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Old June 12 2011, 02:17 PM   #6
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Return of the Archons, for it's mythological kind of misnomer. For the World is Hollow sort of suggests that their asteroid is a holographic generator making the outside seem normal enough until you reach a perameter wall. Spectre of the gun is nice for it's duel meaning. The best titles were the ones I'm still trying to figure out today what their meaning is.
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Old June 12 2011, 05:28 PM   #7
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I was going to pick "For the World...", but seeing as it's already gone, how about "All Our Yesterdays". The speech that the title comes from is among some of Shakespeare's finest work, IMHO.
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Old June 13 2011, 02:26 AM   #8
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Probably "The City On The Edge of Forever." Harlan Ellison is GREAT at poetic, memorable titles. You'll notice that it's one of the few things that never changed in all the rewrites.
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Old June 13 2011, 02:30 AM   #9
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Nerys Myk wrote: View Post
"For The World Is Hollow And I have Touched The Sky"
Yes!
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Old June 13 2011, 05:33 AM   #10
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JonnyQuest037 wrote: View Post
Probably "The City On The Edge of Forever." Harlan Ellison is GREAT at poetic, memorable titles. You'll notice that it's one of the few things that never changed in all the rewrites.
Agreed. Too bad they made the set "ruins" instead of "runes" (as written), with appropriate backdrop, i.e., a City.

Consult your local Ellison if this makes little sense.
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Old June 13 2011, 05:48 AM   #11
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I like most of them. I think TOS came up with some of the best episode titles across the Star Trek franchise.
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Old June 13 2011, 03:49 PM   #12
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Nerys Myk wrote: View Post
"For The World Is Hollow And I have Touched The Sky"
That's my favorite, too.

The titles in subsequent series were usually so bland, e.g. "The Battle," "The Enemy," etc.

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Old June 13 2011, 05:22 PM   #13
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Who Mourns for Adonais. It just has so many layers. I wrote a short essay on it here on the board at some point.



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The titles in subsequent series were usually so bland, e.g. "The Battle," "The Enemy," etc.
That's because many of the later writers, and certainly both Berman and Braga, are illiterate.
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Old June 13 2011, 05:27 PM   #14
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A beaker full of death wrote: View Post

That's because many of the later writers, and certainly both Berman and Braga, are illiterate.


Seasons one and two of TNG had some nice titles like Too Short a Season, We'll Always Have Paris and Where Silence Has Lease.
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Old June 14 2011, 09:28 AM   #15
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Gary7 wrote: View Post
I like most of them. I think TOS came up with some of the best episode titles across the Star Trek franchise.
Yes, TOS has a lot of candidates for "favorite episode title". I think in general TOS was more poetic both in the choice of episode titles and in the content of the scripts themselves. That's one of the things I was most impressed with when it comes to the Original Series, the highly literary quality of the language they used.

I think my favorite title right now is "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield". I also love "For The World Is Hollow And I have Touched The Sky", "The Devil in the Dark", "Dagger of the Mind", "The Cloud Minders" and "Operation: Annihilate!".
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