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Old July 30 2013, 03:25 AM   #1
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Trek.com's "Finale" poll

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StarTrek.com recently did a "Finale" poll and their results looked like this.

1.) ALL GOOD THINGS-TNG ..............................37%
2.) ENDGAME- VOYAGER ..............................34%
3.) WHAT YOU LEAVE BEHIND- DS9......................20%
4.) THESE ARE THE VOYAGES- ENTERPRISE............5%
5.) TURNABOUT INTRUDER- TOS..........................4%

In my view, TOS shouldn't even be in the poll as that wasn't a true finale. It was simply the last episode of the season before the show was canceled.

I'd also have to give the edge for best finale to DS9 as it was a great story that didn't require time travel or the holodeck . Thoughts?
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Old July 30 2013, 03:33 AM   #2
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Re: Trek.com's "Finale" poll

Despite Turnabout Intruder just being the last episode of the season it was in, it was still better than TATV.

That said, I'd put things in this order.

What You Leave Behind... great conclusion to the most epic story arc in Trek history, and actually had something of an epilogue for the series.
All Good Things... stunning single episode, definitely ended TNG on a high note.
Endgame... I don't even like it that much, but yeah... this is how comparatively weak the rest of the finales are.

And my thoughts on the other two are already on record.
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Old July 30 2013, 03:39 AM   #3
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All Good Things... - Incredible wrap up to the series.
Turnabout Intruder - Criminally underrated episode.
Endgame - Infuriating.
These are the Voyages - Jolene Blalock summed it up best.
What You Leave Behind - Zzzzzzzzzzzz
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Old July 30 2013, 04:01 AM   #4
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Re: Trek.com's "Finale" poll

I do agree, Turnabout Intruder isn't the same kind of narrative ("closing the book", as they say) as the others. It isn't a fair comparison, but it is TOS's finale, for better or worse. Personally I've come around to thinking of TAS as an extension of TOS... and therefore, I tend to think of The Counter-Clock Incident as being TOS's 'true' finale. It feels a lot more like one too, what with the Enterprise's very first captain coming back for a visit and all. Makes for a much more satisfying ending.
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Old July 30 2013, 04:28 AM   #5
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Yeah, I have nothing against the episode itself, just... the discussion is about best finale. Turnabout Intruder was just another episode that could've gone anywhere in the season, so.. not that good as a finale.
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Old July 30 2013, 05:18 AM   #6
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Re: Trek.com's "Finale" poll

What do you think about All Our Yesterdays as a potential replacement 'finale'? Sometimes I do think its hardcore exploration of the 'big three' as characters (seperating Kirk from the group and forcing McCoy and Spock into a survival situation) feels more fitting as a finale-of-sorts than Turnabout Intruder, which as you say feels a lot like it could have been any old episode in the middle of the season.

I've seen the theory suggested elsewhere on TrekBBS that, as well as being something of a 'new beginning' of Star Trek, The Motion Picture also feels a lot like the finale that TOS never got to have. Spock's character arc as seen throughout the original series (emotion vs logic) is basically wrapped up in a neat little bow in that movie.
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Old July 30 2013, 05:23 AM   #7
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I consider All of Our Yesterday's to be a finale worthy of TOS the series.

All Good Things a great end to TNG run.

What You Leave Behind had a powerful and tragic ending to the Dominion War. The Emissary, Prophets and Pah Wraiths parts i could do without.

Endgame felt like AGT and a quick fix to getting VOY home. I don't mind the Borg getting their teeth kicked in again. However I would've liked to have seen the crew actually make it back to Earth and see the Federation that haven't been apart of for 7 years. That's really all i wanted.

ENT ended with Demons and Terra Prime. TATV? I don't know what you mean.
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Old July 30 2013, 05:30 AM   #8
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ENT ended with Demons and Terra Prime. TATV? I don't know what you mean.


Whenever I give ENT a complete watch now I don't even watch These Are The Voyages anymore. I just stop with Terra Prime.
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Old July 30 2013, 06:23 AM   #9
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I would have ranked them like this:


1.) ALL GOOD THINGS-TNG
2.) WHAT YOU LEAVE BEHIND-DS9
3.) ENDGAME- VOYAGER
4.) THESE ARE THE VOYAGES- ENTERPRISE
5.) TURNABOUT INTRUDER- TOS
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Old July 30 2013, 07:06 AM   #10
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Lance wrote: View Post
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ENT ended with Demons and Terra Prime. TATV? I don't know what you mean.


Whenever I give ENT a complete watch now I don't even watch These Are The Voyages anymore. I just stop with Terra Prime.
I wish you were right. It would've been better that way. Le sigh.
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Old July 30 2013, 08:48 AM   #11
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All Good Things was a great double episode, but we all knew it wasn't the finale and didn't really feel like one. Endgame was pretty crap. Good SFX, the stuff set in the future was interesting, but then it all went downhill. Can't consider Turnabout Intruder a true finale. TATV..... never mind.

So, to me, that leaves What You Leave Behind. Yes, the episode had flaws, sure some thing felt a bit rushed. But I've seen it a few times now, and it still gets me. The
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Old July 30 2013, 08:50 AM   #12
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All Good Things was a great double episode, but we all knew it wasn't the finale and didn't really feel like one.
To be fair, they -knew- they'd have movies coming up. So they just ended on an epic episode rather than a conclusion. Which they accomplished well regardless of what you think about the TNG movies. None of the other episodes have this excuse. Might be an interesting poll if you replaced TUC with Turnabout Intruder.
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Old July 30 2013, 01:01 PM   #13
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I think All Good Things... was just about perfect. By far my favorite.

Endgame was not as bad as some people think, IMHO. I do think it was too abrupt, and did not deliver on Voyager's homecoming.

What You Leave Behind...by that time I was watching just to see how it ended. Meh.

These are the Voyages, well I think it might have made an interesting stand alone episode, but as a series finale it was poorly conceived.

Turnabout Intruder doesn't count, IMHO.
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Old July 30 2013, 01:06 PM   #14
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TATV isn't an Enterprise episode. It's a TNG episode where Riker goes onto the holodeck and plays with recreations of the NX01 crew. if TATV is an Enterprise episode, then Relics is an episode of TOS. Demons/ Terra Prime is the real finale of Enterprise.

And as for the finale of TOS? Star Trek 6.
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Old July 30 2013, 04:04 PM   #15
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For me it is:

TNG
TOS
ENT
VOY
DS9
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