Least favorite type of episode

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  1. maneth

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    I really dislike most of the episodes that turn into musicals. The hippie TOS episode is dowright painful to watch. I admit I'm not a fan of the Vic Fontaine DS9 episodes either.

    I'm not too fond of time travel episodes or movies either, although I'll overlook it if the story is otherwise decent. Some exceptions include Doctor Who, where the whole show is built around the concept and the Babylon 4 plotline on B5.
     
  2. gazomg

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    Glad you enjoyed it, wish I liked it as much.
    Despite liking Bashir, and Garak being one of my all time characters, this just felt weak. I would watch it in full on a ds9 binge but was far from a season highlight for me.
     
  3. kkt

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    TOS "The Deadly Years", DS9 "Distant Voices". Both good episodes, I think, despite treknobabble to get into the bad situation and to get out again.
     
  4. gazomg

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    didnt polaski in season 2 of tng get it

    And troi as well in some later season ?
     
  5. Swedish Borg

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    Yes and yes. Plus Troi in addition to getting old was becoming nasty and stabbed Picard.
     
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  6. Vger23

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    Honestly, you hit it all. I don’t have much to add or that’s different.
     
  7. Xhiandra

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    Good points, forgot about those. That Pulaski episode was pretty good, though!
     
  8. Nyotarules

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    where main character falls in love for the week and then forgets all about the lover by the next episode
     
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  9. Farscape One

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    Of those 'aging quickly' episodes, only "DISTANT VOICES" did not have a character actually age, since it was all in Bashir's head.
     
  10. Brennyren

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    I'm not a huge fan of "girl (or more rarely, guy) of the week" episodes, though I'll readily concede there have been some good ones on the various Treks. (TOS's "This Side of Paradise," TNG's "In Theory" and VOY's "Counterpoint" come to mind.) To me, they often seem like not much more than a way to give a main character something to do, and a writing shortcut to explain why we should actually care what happens to the guest character. ("Lights of Zetar," are your ears burning?) And sometimes, they just straight-up suck. (I would say, "Think of 'Sub Rosa,'" but asking you to do that would just be mean.)
     
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  11. 1001001

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    Yes, Counterpoint is a fantastic episode.
     
  12. Oddish

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    I don't particularly like episodes where a character has a one-episode romance. And yes, I'm tired of the "holodeck safeties off" trope. The holodeck's safety protocols should pretty much always work, period.
     
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  13. Farscape One

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    Until it doesn't work...
     
  14. at Quark's

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    I think a lot depends on whether you like the franchise it's alluding to. For example, I've never had anything with Westerns, and for that reason, to me, a Fistful of Datas always was a yet-another-lame-holodeck-malfunction episode. Yet, I've seen several people on this board describe it as a great nod to Westerns. I like James Bond to a certain (modest) extent because it's all so ridiculous and over the top and therefore, I could also appreciate Take Me Out to the Holosuite, but only to that same degree.

    I think her becoming nasty was the primary effect, channeling all those negative emotions, and her growing old as well merely a concomitant effect, as the result of the extreme stresses she was subjected to.

    I think one of the best episodes using that trope was Facets, DS9. Gave a lot of the main cast the opportunity to play a different role for once, and not of the cartoonish villain variety, and not done in the old tired 'hey, x is acting weird .... wait, x is not being herself!' way.
     
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  15. Finn

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    One type I don't care of- When Beverly is on her high horse.
     
  16. Vger23

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    One of my most disliked episodes of the entire series. So mind-numbingly boring.
     
  17. Vger23

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    One of the reasons I don't like S2 of TOS as much as the other two is that I actually don't usually like the "parallel Earth" stories.

    It's all relative, as I'll take S2 of TOS over most other seasons in the franchise...but in terms of episode types that don't resonate with me, that category is one to take note of.
     
  18. dupersuper

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    I don't even like this in sitcoms. I like The Goldbergs, but I'd like it A LOT more if it wasn't the same characters (mostly the mom) learning the same lesson over and over and over and over and over and over...

    Um...huh?

    It also cements the fact that every one in the Federation should be ageless and practically immortal.
     
  19. Lord Garth

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    Usually episodes that are about children, 12 or under.
     
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  20. at Quark's

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    My bad. Where I said Take Me Out to the Holosuite I meant Our Man Bashir.