Top Five Favorite Episodes

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  1. Stroudarian

    Stroudarian Lieutenant Commander Premium Member

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    Well, I was just discussing this topic with my wife last night as we are re-watching Star Trek: TNG via Netflix. We got on the topic of favorite episodes, and I thought that I would post the question here to get your feedback. I am curious to know what are your top five favorite episodes from TNG? In case anyone was wondering, mine are listed below, as are my wife's.

    Mine:

    5. The Inner Light
    4. Family
    3. Lower Decks
    2. Clues
    1. Cause & Effect


    Wife:

    5. The Best of Both Worlds: 1&2
    4. Tin Man
    3. The Offspring
    2. Captain's Holiday
    1. The Inner Light
     
  2. JesterFace

    JesterFace Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    Let me be the first to say, 5 is not enough...
     
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  3. Stroudarian

    Stroudarian Lieutenant Commander Premium Member

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    I completely agree. I can sympathize. There are a lot of great episodes to chose from, I had to leave about 20 of some of my favorites off the list, but my wife limited me to only five. It was really tough selecting only five.
     
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  4. Stroudarian

    Stroudarian Lieutenant Commander Premium Member

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    One episode I really wanted in include was "I Borg". I was torn between "I Borg" and "The Inner Light". It really was agonizing trying to make a selection.
     
  5. JesterFace

    JesterFace Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    The lady gets what the lady wants...

    Here's my top 5, but it's only for today, tomorrow it might be something different.
    - All Good Things...
    - Who Watches The Watchers
    - Evolution
    - The Bonding
    - The Nth Degree

    There might be some sentimental attachment involved.
     
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  6. Armus

    Armus Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    Here are five episodes that I remember liking when they originally aired back in the 1980's. Back then I didn't watch anything religiously and there were a lot of great episodes that I missed until I saw them during TNG's syndicated reruns after 1991. These are the episodes that made me a fan in the first place, before I saw the syndicated reruns and before I got my hands on VHS. Having rewatched them recently I still think they hold up.

    1. When The Bough Breaks
    2. Conspiracy
    3. The Neutral Zone
    4. The Dauphin
    5. The Enemy
     
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  7. Vger23

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    In no particular order:

    The Inner Light
    Darmok
    Best of Both Worlds
    Lower Decks
    Conspiracy
     
  8. Cutie McWhiskers

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    Count me in as "Only 5?" :)

    In no order:
    The Measure of a Man
    Conspiracy
    11001001
    All Good Things
    The Pegasus

    Runners up:
    Q Who (opens up the show to the Borg, great way to expand on Guinan while revealing nothing)
    When the Bough Breaks (a mature theme, robust sci-fi, handled well)
    Contagion (a slice of great sci-fi/fantasy)
    The Dauphin (a great coming of age story to begin with, made in an era when most movies and TV just raunched it up shallowly)
    The Best of Both Worlds (pt 2 holds up a lot better)
     
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  9. Lynx

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    This is an almost hopeless task because there are so many which are excellent.

    But these are the ones I think about immediately:
    Conundrum
    Conspiracy
    Chain Of Command
    Darmok
    Preemptive Strike
     
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  10. STEPhon IT

    STEPhon IT Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    Same here, there's so many episodes I enjoy I can see myself changing my stance on any of what were produced.

    For now:
    Measure of a Man
    Encounter at Farpoint
    Lessons
    Tapestry
    Ethics
     
  11. Mutai Sho-Rin

    Mutai Sho-Rin Crusty Old Bastard Moderator

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    I won't make a list, simply because I can't. There are more than a dozen that can be among my top five depending on how much coffee I've had or how my cars are all running that day. Most of mine have already been mentioned so I'll just watch how the rest of you all react.
     
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  12. Vger23

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    Contagion is a great episode. Really fun.
     
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    The Pegasus
    The Next Phase
    Datalore
    The Best Of Both Worlds 1 & 2
    Yesterday’sEnterprise
     
  14. Sakonna

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    It is hard to reduce down to 5, so I was framing it in my mind as: "which 5 have you rewatched the most? Because that will tell you what the favorites are." And that's easy, because I immediately know the 5 episodes I've watched many, many, many times more than any of the others:

    The Big Goodbye
    Conspiracy
    Yesterday's Enterprise
    Best Of Both Worlds, Part 1
    Sub Rosa

    What can I say, I know it's bad, but it's such purely absurd trash, I can't get enough of it. A comedy classic!
     
  15. Nakita Akita

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    In no particular order:
    Captain's Holiday :devil:
    We'll Always Have Paris(Picard Fencing):luvlove:
    Matter of Perspective(Picard Painting and just a fun episode)

    Yesterday's Enterprise

    Gambit I&II (Picard in a Cute outfit)
     
  16. Xhiandra

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    0. Who watches the watchers
    1. The measure of a man
    2. The drumhead
    3. Darmok
    4. The inner light

    So hard to leave Lower Decks off, though.
     
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  17. Stroudarian

    Stroudarian Lieutenant Commander Premium Member

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    Great list.
     
  18. Stroudarian

    Stroudarian Lieutenant Commander Premium Member

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    Seriously, as a philosopher, I am forced to concur with your list. It is great. Really excellent episodes that have a tremdnous depth of meaning to them.
     
  19. Xhiandra

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    Well, I'm no philosopher (computer scientist), but those episodes + some other TNG/TOS episodes really helped me when I was a teenager:

    I'd been fooled into thinking that morality could only derive from god(s), and since I never could believe in gods (not for lack of wanting, back then, just never was convinced by the arguments), I was caught in a bit of a nihilistic rut (which isn't quite what the movies portray it as - no violence nor even voiced angst, just silent depression), but TNG/TOS exposed me to a more humanist worldview and guided me to a more positive path.

    Which is my main issue with the decisively "action" orientaiton of DSC, I feel that in the TOS and TNG days, Trek fulfilled a purpose greater than mere entertainment, and hoped the new series could do that for a new generation.

    Back to nerdy lists: out of curiosity, I took the liberty of adding the lists of everyone together, according to the following methodology:

    - Assigning points to positions: first -> 5 points, second -> 4 points,... last -> 1 point.
    - If "no order" was specified, all entries were given the average & median number of points (3).
    - I counted Stroudarian's comment, so my own list was counted twice.
    - 2-parters counted as a single episode.

    Here goes:

    Points - Episode(s)
    17 - Conspiracy
    16 - The Measure of a Man
    12 - Who Watches The Watchers
    11 - The Inner Light
    10 - Darmok
    8 - The Pegasus, All Good Things, The Best of Both Worlds
    6 - The Drumhead, Lower Decks, Yesterday's Entreprise
    5 - Captain's Holiday, Cause & Effect, When The Bough Breaks, The Big Goodbye
    4 - We'll Always Have Paris, Encounter at Farpoint, The Next Phase, Captain's Holiday, Clues
    3 - A Matter of Perspective, Datalore, Lessons, Conundrum, Preemptive Strike, Chain Of Command, The Neutral Zone, 11001001, Evolution, The Offspring
    2 - Tapestry, The Dauphin, The Bonding, Family, Tin Man
    1 - Gambit, Sub Rosa, The Enemy, Ethics

    Feel free to keep adding to it, for shits'n'giggles.
     
  20. Stroudarian

    Stroudarian Lieutenant Commander Premium Member

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    WOW! You really went out of your way to do this. I have to say, I am impressed. Thanks for all the hard work.