Top Ten Worst Episodes?

Discussion in 'Star Trek - The Original & Animated Series' started by Frontier, Feb 23, 2012.

  1. Foxhot

    Foxhot Commodore Commodore

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    She wasn't declared dead. Esteban may have thought she was, since he left her unconscious body behind to rendexvous with Sulu and Barrows. It's moronic enough to run straight into a tree....but to die doing it??
     
  2. Mr_Homn

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    I couldn't narrow it down to only 10. I was left with 15. These 15 episodes of Star Trek are on my DO NOT WATCH list.

    My List in order of appearance, not rank:

    -Mudd's Women - Not horrible , has a couple fun elements, and the questioning of mudd is cool, but the corny end makes it unwatchable for me.

    -Miri - Hodgkin's retarded law of parallel planet theory bullshit is retarded bullshit. Can't stand the children actors in this, even the "good" ones.

    -The Alternative Factor - This episode will give you an Aneurysm. Stay away.

    -Catspaw - I like beginning until we meet the main villains and then it's really, really boring. The funny puppets at the end are worth a look.

    -Friday's Child- This episode just sucks. Dr. Mccoy hits a pregnant lady though, that was funny.

    -I, Mudd - This episode has really embarassing scenes. It's just very dated and lame feeling.

    -A Private Little War - Stupid Viet Nam war 60s propaganda.

    -A Piece of the Action - I've never been able to sit through the whole thing. It doesn't work as a comedy the way Trouble with Tribbles worked. I guess I just don't dig the whole 20's mob thing. Just seems like a cheap money saving decision, except without the creativity or subtlety normally used in making such decisions.

    Spock's Brain - Dumb

    -And the Children shall Lead - This episode is bad, but it isn't as bad as it's made out to be. But it's pretty meh. I actually enjoy it more than most, but it's pretty universally hated. I usually hate episodes with lots of child actors though.

    -The Empath - Gem the empath is annoying and stupid looking. This episode has some nice concepts, but fails in most of it's execution. Very boring to sit through.

    - That Which Survives - Not as bad as people say, but still cheap, stupid, and lazy.

    -The Mark of Gideon - Ridiculous concept and solution.

    -The Way To Eden - Cheesy and hard to sit through. More embarassing musical scenes.



    As for the worst episode.....

    Assignment: Earth -This doesn't even qualify as a Star Trek Episode and therefore automatically must be the worst episode of Star Trek ever. It might be entertaining TV, but it isn't Star Trek. It's Gary 7. Kirk and Spock make a cameo appearance.
     
  3. Frontier

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    400 quatlous to whomever gathers and tallies the combined results... lol
     
  4. Admiral Shran

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    ^ Okay, why not. :p

    9 VOTES
    And the Children Shall Lead

    7 VOTES
    The Alternative Factor
    The Omega Glory
    The Way to Eden


    6 VOTES
    Catspaw
    Plato's Stepchildren
    The Mark of Gideon


    5 VOTES
    Charlie X
    Spock's Brain


    4 VOTES
    Let That Be Your Last Battlefield
    Mudd's Women


    3 VOTES

    The Empath

    2 VOTES

    Assignment: Earth
    Metamophosis
    Shore Leave
    The Cloud Minders
    The Gamesters of Triskelion
    Turnabout Intruder


    1 VOTE
    All Our Yesterdays
    A Piece of the Action
    A Private Little War
    Elaan of Troyius
    For the World Is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky
    Friday's Child
    I, Mudd
    Is There in Truth No Beauty
    Miri
    Patterns of Force
    Requiem for Methuselah
    Spectre of the Gun
    That Which Survives
    The Apple
    The Enterprise Incident
    The Man Trap
    The Paradise Syndrome
    The Return of the Archons
    The Ultimate Computer
    Whom Gods Destroy
    Who Mourns for Adonais?
    Wink of an Eye
    Wolf in the Fold
     
  5. BillJ

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    While it is a commentary on Vietnam, I'd hardly call it propaganda. It was pretty bold statement about there being no perfect solution. :shrug:
     
  6. Josan

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    Well, my initial impression from reading Mr_Homn's criticisms is that he's not a TOS fan in general and rather missed the point of that episode (and a few others).
     
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  8. EEE

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    Interesting how over half of Star Trek is hated by Star Trek "fans." Times have changed.
     
  9. Mr_Homn

    Mr_Homn Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    you'd be wrong
     
  10. BillJ

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    Quite a response there. :techman:

    But you're definitely wrong about A Private Little War.
     
  11. Mr_Homn

    Mr_Homn Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    I can assure you that most of the episodes with more than 2 votes on that list have always been pretty universally disliked by most, not all, with an exception or two. times haven't really changed in that regard. good shows can have bad episodes, dont be so defensive
     
  12. john7865

    john7865 Cadet Newbie

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    I agree with you.
     
  13. Knight Templar

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    I think Spock's Brain, at least the first half isn't that bad.

    I think people remember it so much because when originally telecast, it was the Season 3 premier.
     
  14. TOSalltheway

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    Every bad episode had at least some element to it that made it worth watching, even Spocks Brain had camp appeal. One big exception...Alternative Factor. Horrible writing, horrible acting, even that stupid hair on Lazarus. It is the one episode that I turn off.
     
  15. Knight Templar

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    On the other hand, The Alternative Factor did have a nice perspective of the Enterprise firing its phasers that was never seen before or since.
     
  16. TOSalltheway

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    On the other hand, The Alternative Factor did have a nice perspective of the Enterprise firing its phasers that was never seen before or since.

    I forgot about that...I stand corrected. Plus it was filmed on location. Is it just me or does Trek look at its best filmed in natural outdoor settings and its worst on those horrible sets made to resemble planet exteriors.
     
  17. scotpens

    scotpens Vice Admiral Admiral

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    “The Alternative Factor” had both. Location scenes were shot at Vasquez Rocks . . .

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    . . . and the “antimatter universe” was a soundstage set.

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    I never minded the fake-looking planet exterior sets (and they did look pretty fake, even back in 1967). They were part of the look and style of TOS Trek. I accepted them as stylized representations of reality.
     
  18. Knight Templar

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    anyone know whatever happened to Lazarus's small ship?

    I could swear I saw it or parts of it in another series or movie somewhere.
     
  19. JimZipCode

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    Actually, there is an interesting point in there. I have been a Star Trek fan all my life
    (I mean Star Trek, not NextGen or Deep9 or any of the other spinoffs)
    but it is a fact that some of the original episodes were terrible. That fact came as something of a shock to me as I grew up and started to realize it, maybe around when I entered my teens. As I've grown older I've only become pickier, or maybe more sensitive/embarrassed about the flaws in even the above-average episodes. My list of episodes that are actually "good", good without reservation, grows shorter. Nowadays, I curmudgeonly might qualify less than a third or a fourth of the episodes as "good".

    And yet I love it.

    Why do I love it so much? What do I love about it?

    Our love for the series, the original series, is disproportionate to the quality of the episodes. What's another way to say this? We love TOS more than we love any individual episode. Somehow TOS is better than any of its episodes. Its crappiest episodes do not drag it down. How is that possible? What do we love about it?
     
  20. Captain McBain

    Captain McBain Captain Captain

    Problem is, some people might actually love the episodes that are on these lists. New fans should watch for themselves, instead of taking another person's word for it.