Top Ten Worst Episodes?

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  1. Maurice

    Maurice Vice Admiral Admiral

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    So the saying goes. Truth is, he didn't.
     
  2. Ssosmcin

    Ssosmcin Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    Truth is, nobody can make the damned trains run on time. Or when it rains, or is below 70 degrees.
     
  3. Nacluv

    Nacluv Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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    12 votes:
    And the Children Shall Lead

    9 votes:
    The Way to Eden
    Spock's Brain

    8 votes:
    Plato's Stepchildren
    The Mark of Gideon

    7 votes:
    The Alternative Factor
    The Omega Glory
    Catspaw

    6 votes:
    Let That Be Your Last Battlefield

    5 votes:
    Charlie X
    Mudd's Women

    4 votes:
    The Empath

    3 votes:
    Turnabout Intruder
    Shore Leave
    The Cloud Minders
    That Which Survives
    For the World Is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky

    2 votes:
    Metamorphosis
    Who Mourns for Adonais
    Assignment: Earth
    Whom Gods Destroy
    Elaan of Troyius
    Patterns of Force
    Spectre of the Gun
    The Apple
    The Gamesters of Triskelion
    A Piece of the Action
    The Lights of Zetar
    Miri
    I, Mudd

    1 votes:
    Return of the Archons
    The Paradise Syndrome
    The Ultimate Computer
    Wolf in the Fold
    The Man Trap
    Wink of an Eye
    All Our Yesterdays
    Is There in Truth No Beauty?
    Requiem for Methuselah
    Friday's Child
    A Private Little War
    This Side of Paradise
    Return to Tomorrow
     
  4. Captain Checkov

    Captain Checkov Cadet Newbie

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    1. The Children Shall Lead. This is something my 2nd grader would have written. Pump your fist a few times to induce hallucinations and take over a spaceship. Yeah right.
    2. Mark of Gideon. This episode makes no sense on so many levels I don't even know where to begin. So I'll just end it here.
    3. The Way to Eden. We all know the issues here.
    4. Miri. When you wish the kids to be vaporized by phasers, there is a serious problem.
    5. Shore Leave. The segment with Finnegan was unbearable. Why didn't the keeper show up at the beginning to explain what was going on? I mean, WTF?
    6. Requiem for Methuselah. A whole episode so they could reuse Nomad again. Also, about the 5th episode they need to transport drugs for some outbreak. Kirk blows off how many women, but finally falls in love with an android. You can't make this stuff up---oh but someone obviously did.
    7. Plato's stepchildren. I'd rather spend time in an Iraqi prison than watch Spock sing and dance to tweedledee again.
    8. Squire of Gothos. Star Trek's Jar Jar Binks.
    9. For the World Is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky. Rehash of the Paradise syndrome except McCoy marries instead of Kirk.
    10. The Apple. Dumb and unwatchable.
    11. Operation Annihilate. They didn't bother testing a different spectrum??? Spock deserved to be blinded if he is that stupid. (Not to mention, their solution contradicts an earlier statement in which they did try "radiation.")
    12. The Enemy Within. I thought Kirk was about to have sex with his opposite.
    13. By Any Other Name. They run out of that cave knowing Rojan is standing right there? What a bunch of idiots. After Rojan is defeated, Kirk calls him a friend even though Rojan just dehydrated to death a female crew member?
    14. Light of Zetar. Bad, bad, bad, bad.
     
  5. erastus25

    erastus25 Commodore Commodore

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    My list (in no particular order):
    Alternative Factor
    Catspaw
    Metamorphasis
    Friday's Child
    Deadly Years
    Spock's Brain
    And the Children Shall Lead
    Plato's Stepchildren
    Lights of Zetar
    Turnabout Intruder
     
  6. T'Bonz

    T'Bonz Romulan Curmudgeon Administrator

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    In no particular order:

    And the Children Shall Lead
    Way to Eden
    Plato's Stepchildren
    Spock's Brain
    This Side of Paradise
    The Paradise Syndrome
    The Cloud Minders
    The Omega Glory
    Elaan of Troyius
    Is There in Truth No Beauty
     
  7. lurok

    lurok Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    Loathe to say these are 'the worst', but episodes only ever had interest in seeing once:

    The Corbomite Manuever
    The Man Trap
    Charlie X
    Miri
    Shore Leave
    The Conscience Of The King
    Arena
    Court Martial
    Devil In The Dark
    Altenative Factor
    The Apple
    Fridays Child
    Wolf In The Fold
    And The Children Shall Lead
    Requiem For Methuselah
    The Savage Curtain

    A lot of the popular 'bad' episodes I find quite entertaining, unlike many of above.
     
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  8. KeepOnTrekking

    KeepOnTrekking Commodore Commodore

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    Spock's Brain ("Brain and brain! What is brain?")
    The Way to Eden ("Herbert! Herbert! Herbert!")
    And the Children Shall Lead ("Busy. Busy. Busy.")
    Miri ("Blah. Blah. Blah.")
    Catspaw ("Go back! Go back! Go back!")
    The Alternative Factor ("What of Lazarus? What of Lazarus?")
    Patterns of Force ("Hail, Fuhrer! Hail, Fuhrer!")
    The Mark of Gideon ("Yes, You Excellency. Yes, Your Excellency.")
    Wolf in the Fold ("Die! Die! Everybody die!")
    The Omega Glory ("We....The....People")
     
  9. JiNX-01

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    Charlie X
    The Alternate Factor
    Catspaw
    And The Children Shall Lead
    Spock's Brain
    Plato's Stepchildren
    Turnabout Intruder
    The Way to Eden
    Miri
    Patterns of Force
     
  10. Josan

    Josan Commodore Commodore

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    Charlie X seems to be on a few lists. I'm curious. What's so bad about it?

    I find it an interesting story. A boy struggling with becoming a man plus the added complications of having been completely removed with his own people so he has no socialization skills and godlike powers to boot. Makes adolescence damned hard indeed.
     
  11. Delta Vega

    Delta Vega Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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    I`m sorry, I wasnt going to truly partake in this Trek bash thread, but today I watched what I absolutely believe to be Star Treks worst episode.

    The Apple

    Incredibly stupid, incredbly insensitive to the loss of 4 crew members, and I kept waiting for David Soul to burst into song :wtf:
     
  12. CaptPapa

    CaptPapa Commander Red Shirt

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    I really don't care for 'worst' lists, but I can give the last 10 of my favorite 79 episodes:p.

    70 - Let That Be Your Last Battlefield - just too blatant
    71 - The Man Trap - not what I would have picked for a premiere
    72 - Spock’s Brain - actually, it's so ugly it's cute
    73 - The Alternative Factor - why?
    74 - Miri - kids, yechhh
    75 - And The Children Shall Lead - ditto
    76 - Mudd’s Women - I preferred Mudd's other appearances
    77 - The Way To Eden - too '60s
    78 - Plato’s Stephchildren - other than the kiss, :rolleyes:
    79 - The Omega Glory - even though it has Morgan Woodward
     
  13. Chris_Johnston

    Chris_Johnston Captain Captain

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    Well, if given a choice between any of the episodes you people have listed, and an episode from an Irwin Allen show, I'll take the Trek any day of the week.

    EDIT: And I find it kinda sad that a forum search for "Top Ten Best Episodes" yields no matches.
     
  14. Admiral Buzzkill

    Admiral Buzzkill Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    "Charlie X" is one of the best TOS episodes.
     
  15. ZapBrannigan

    ZapBrannigan Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    76th: Plato's Stepchildren. This episode is deliberately embarrassing and that's hard to take.

    77th: The Savage Curtain. Lincoln comes aboard? And then we fight weirdos for the edification of a rock monster? I'm stunned at how few others here have listed it.

    78th: And the Children Shall Lead. The children are annoying, and the story uses a fantasy plot device to rationalize having characters behave in ways that real people never would.

    79th: The Alternative Factor. The actor cast to play Lazarus went to lunch on day one and never came back. The producers had to scramble like crazy to bring in Robert Brown to play the part with no prep whatsoever, not knowing his lines, and no time to put together a decent look for his character-- and it showed. The whole episode was a trainwreck in production and it's hard to follow with all the Lazarus-switching.

    If they'd had another week to iron things out, "The Alternative Factor" could have been a lousy episode like "Let that be Your Last Battlefield" or "That Which Survives." But there was simply no time to solve the problems, and the result was a wooden, jumbled, terrible episode.
     
  16. ZapBrannigan

    ZapBrannigan Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    I forgot to mention, I'm surprised at how many episodes I love are being listed in this thread. It really goes to show you, different ST fans like different things.
     

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