Desert Island Trek

Discussion in 'General Trek Discussion' started by Stoek, Jun 30, 2013.

  1. Stoek

    Stoek Commander Red Shirt

    Dec 10, 2008
    The Trekmate podcast Ten Forward has a really neat recurring feature called Desert Island Trek. I thought it would be fun to borrow it for a thread here.

    Basically you are allowed five episodes from any of the series to have with you to watch on a desert island. I'm not sure if they allow the movies but for this version I'm going to.

    Also there is a "gimme" list that are episodes that are generally so universally acclaimed that everyone is likely to want them.

    The gimme's are...

    TOS The City On The Edge Of Forever
    TOS The Trouble With Tribbles
    TAS Yesteryear
    TNG Yesterday’s Enterprise
    TNG The Best Of Both Worlds
    DS9 Trials And Tribble-ations
    DS9 The Visitor
    Voyager Message In A Bottle
    Voyager Scorpion
    Enterprise E2
    Enterprise In A Mirror Darkly

    So now I'm curious to hear people's five non gimme choices. Obviously you are free to just post a list and run but what I'd really love is if people will talk about why they've chosen what they've chosen.
  2. Bad Thoughts

    Bad Thoughts Commodore Commodore

    Jun 19, 2013
    Containment Area for Relocated Yankees
    Given the prospect of long-term isolation, I don't know if I'd want to be reminded that death may serve a greater purpose (City on the Edge) or that some absences are too difficult to get over (The Visitor), whatever the respective merits of the episode may be. On the other hand, I probably wouldn't choose, as the things I had with me, five hours of television. I would prefer several long, complex works of literature (like Musil's The Man Without Qualities or Jabès' Book of Questions), a telescope and a music instrument.

    However, if it must be five Trek episodes, I wouldn't pick my most favorite, but those that would occupy me best in that situation:

    The Omega Glory
    Chains of Command 1 & 2
    The Way of the Warrior
    The Forge (I'll have to use my imagination on the continuing episodes)
  3. Greg Cox

    Greg Cox Admiral Premium Member

    May 12, 2004
    Lancaster, PA
    Off the top of my head:

    Wrath of Khan
    The Voyage Home
    Star Trek (2009)
    First Contact
    The Undiscovered Country

    Chosen for rewatchability and entertainment value--and the fact that a two-hour feature film will pass more time than a forty-five minute long episode.

    If we're limiting ourselves to episodes, maybe:

    TOS: Journey to Babel
    TNG: Yesterday's Enterprise
    DS9: Little Green Men
    VOY: Future's End (can I cheat and choose both parts?)
    TOS: Amok Time

    A decent variety, I think.
  4. 1001001

    1001001 VERY STABLE GENIUS!!! Moderator

    Nov 3, 2001
    In a Bozo Nightmare
    Five total episodes? That's almost impossible!

    Balance of Terror
    All Good Things...
    The Year of Hell
  5. CaptPapa

    CaptPapa Commander Red Shirt

    Feb 15, 2009
    I really do not know . . .
    You're not kidding five-only would be nearly impossible :eek:.

    But, what the heck - I'll give it a shot . . .

    The Corbomite Maneuver
    Balance of Terror
    The Enterprise Incident
    The Voyage Home
  6. OBXTrekkie

    OBXTrekkie Lieutenant Red Shirt

    Jul 2, 2013
    North Carolina
    Hmm, interesting. Had to think about this one.

    TOS A Piece of the Action
    TOS Balance of Terror
    TOS This Side of Paradise
    TNG The Inner Light
    TNG Tin Man

    If movies were allowed, then I'd also include:

    Star Trek 2009
    Star Trek Into Darkness
    The Wrath of Kahn
    The Voyage Home
  7. BillJ

    BillJ Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Jan 30, 2001
    A Taste of Armageddon
    The Omega Glory
    Bread and Circuses
    Where No Man Has Gone Before
    The Corbomite Maneuver
  8. Third Nacelle

    Third Nacelle Captain Captain

    Apr 4, 2013
    The Denorios Belt
    Narrowing it down to five really is difficult!

    TOS: The Devil in the Dark
    TNG: First Contact (the episode)
    TNG: The Inner Light
    DS9: Call to Arms
    DS9: Sacrifice of Angels
  9. teacake

    teacake Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Jan 20, 2007
    inside teacake
    V, VI, VII, VIII, XI.
  10. Gov Kodos

    Gov Kodos Admiral Admiral

    Mar 23, 2004
    Gov Kodos on Mohammed's Radio, WZVN Boston
    A Piece of the Action, Spocks Brain, Balance of Terror, Galileo Seven, Court Martial
  11. Sector 7

    Sector 7 Vice Admiral Admiral

    Mar 27, 2008
    Rural North Carolina
    TOS- Balance of Terror -Mark Lenard makes the show, love the tension of not knowing what will happen
    TOS- Mirror, Mirror -it was such a novel concept, a classic
    TAS- Yesteryear -Spock's homeworld, Spock as a child, favorite Trek episode of all
    TNG: The Inner Light -this episode never gets old IMO, that haunting melody at the end
    DS9: Little Green Men -love the Roswell concept, no more crazy than current theories

    Star Trek (2009) -Trek Reborn!
    Star Trek: Into Darkness -gotta have the sequel
    Star Trek: The Voyage Home -the most fun Trek movie made, felt like the old TOS
    Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country -good story, worth rewatching
    Star Trek: First Contact -only good TNG movie, Cochrane & origin of warp drive