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Old July 14 2014, 02:35 PM   #1
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Most Underrated Episode?

We've had plenty of discussion here regarding Star Trek's most popular and well respected episodes. But what about those episodes of Star Trek that are high quality but are traditionally underrated?

What Star Trek episode do you think is most underrated and why?
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Old July 14 2014, 02:49 PM   #2
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Re: Most Underrated Episode?

I think Plato's Stepchildren is underrated and is one of my favourite episodes.

I know everyone complains about the 'horsey scene'. It doesn't worry me. They were supposed to be being tortured and embarrassed.
I thought there were some great performances in this episode and you could see how close Spock, Kirk and McCoy were.

Of course there were some bad parts as there are to all things - Uhura being frightened again, Kironide just being 'forgotten' after the end of the episode and aliens knowing about Plato. Sigh.

While I'm here I'll put in a vote for 'The Empath'. Again another great episode focusing on the relationship between Kirk, Spock and McCoy. McCoy was kick ass in this episode.
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Old July 14 2014, 06:24 PM   #3
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Re: Most Underrated Episode?

The Alternate factor. While not in my personal "top ten," the episode has some interesting moments and generally something to say. Yes, the execution could have been better, and replace antimatter with a different term, but there are far worse episodes.



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Old July 14 2014, 06:28 PM   #4
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Re: Most Underrated Episode?

"The Omega Glory"

Interesting story with great performances by Shatner and Woodward. I don't even mind the American flag and don't believe it is all that hard to explain.
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Old July 14 2014, 07:14 PM   #5
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Re: Most Underrated Episode?

Spectre of the Gun
The Return of The Archons
The Empath
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Old July 14 2014, 11:15 PM   #6
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"The Empath" was were my thoughts went first. But to be honest, I think amoung fan cirlces it is almost universally hailed as one of the best episodes of the third season. So I don't really think it's underrated all that much.

"This Side of Paradise" on the other hand gets almost no talk at all, while I'd easily rank it amoung the series' best. It's got a pretty setting, an out-of-the-norm story for Spock and great performances by Frank Overton, Shatner and Nimoy. So yeah, I think it's definitely underrated.
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Old July 15 2014, 01:39 AM   #7
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Re: Most Underrated Episode?

"Spock's Brain" is by far the most underrated episode. It's got good action, good pacing, good guest stars, and great music. Yet vast numbers of fans have dumped on it over the years.
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Old July 15 2014, 02:01 AM   #8
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ZapBrannigan wrote: View Post
"Spock's Brain" is by far the most underrated episode. It's got good action, good pacing, good guest stars, and great music. Yet vast numbers of fans have dumped on it over the years.
The best part of Spock's Brain is the group discussion on the bridge with Sulu, Uhura, Kirk and Chekov giving his powerpoint presentation on the Sigma Draconis system up on the main viewscreen, with a rare POV from behind the captain's chair. Great stuff.
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Old July 15 2014, 03:04 AM   #9
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"The Way to Eden"--fun and entertaining, and the concept behind the space hippies is valid for the setting.
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Old July 15 2014, 03:08 AM   #10
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I echo This Side of Paradise. It's great! Better than stilted snoozer Balance of Terror, which gets all the love. (flinches in anticipation of thrown object)

The acting is great, that Final Spock scene with Leila about self-made purgatories or whatnot: supersad!

I think Is There in Truth is highly underrated. No one seems to hate it, but it's got an interesting, character-driven story with a real alien life-form. The story is very Sturgeonesque to me.
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Old July 15 2014, 03:13 AM   #11
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plynch wrote: View Post
I echo This Side of Paradise. It's great! Better than stilted snoozer Balance of Terror, which gets all the love. (flinches in anticipation of thrown object)
I like them both. But then there aren't too many TOS episodes that I dislike.


The acting is great, that Final Spock scene with Leila about self-made purgatories or whatnot: supersad!
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Old July 15 2014, 03:27 AM   #12
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Re: Most Underrated Episode?

I can't see that "This Side of Paradise" counts, because I've always loved it and thought everybody else did.

So, true, it doesn't get a lot of threads (I posted one but can't find it now), but it wasn't underrated as in, people ever thought it was bad. It's a great episode and everyone says so.
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Old July 15 2014, 03:42 AM   #13
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I've heard people complain about The Savage Curtain, but I love it. It's one of my all time favorites.
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Old July 15 2014, 04:14 AM   #14
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The Galileo Seven, The Conscience of the King, and I, Mudd are among my favorites but not usually listed by others among the best episodes,

If the films count, The Final Frontier.
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Old July 15 2014, 05:54 AM   #15
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The Old Mixer wrote: View Post
"The Way to Eden"--fun and entertaining, and the concept behind the space hippies is valid for the setting.
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