What episode do you watch the most?

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  1. Methuselah Flint

    Methuselah Flint Captain Captain

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    Or indeed have you watched the most, most recently?

    I do tend to get into a habit of sticking to a few particular episodes before moving onto others...

    Perhaps you watch an episode only once, before returning to it at a later date, or perhaps - like me - you may stick to a few you re-watch at a given time, before moving onto others.

    Currently, my favourite to watch is:

    The Lights of Zetar

    Catching up on many years I was too traumatised to watch as a kid!

    I could re-watch any episode for an infinite number of times...

    What are other people's viewing habits and patterns?
     
  2. Spock's Barber

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    Lately, for some dumb reason, it’s been Operation : Annihilate! Not my favorite episode, but it has its hooks in me. :ack:
     
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  3. Methuselah Flint

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    In a way it is reminiscent of the RTD era of Dr Who, with a massive alien threat being at the heart of the finale. It certainly is the best of the three season finales.
     
  4. Noname Given

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    The Corbomite Manuever

    IMO - It's the best STAR TREK episode of the entire 53 year franchise. All the best aspects of Trek in one 50 minute episode. :)
     
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    Agreed
     
  6. KeepOnTrekking

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    The Doomsday Machine
     
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  7. MiriMenagerie

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    “The Naked Time” is my favorite to rewatch. I love seeing all the characters out of character! Except for Kirk.. Kirk is still Kirk, lol. I can’t help but feel bad for him talking about feeling lonely as the captain of a star ship, he seems so genuine, but then he’s really just saying he wishes he could date all his subordinates so... never mind. It makes me wonder if this episode in particular inspired the Futurama character of Zapp Brannigan- there is a scene where he cries crocodile tears and talks about being so lonely. But, I digress. I love things that are a little over the top and this episode definitely offers that from all the characters!
     
  8. Henoch

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    I think I've seen Balance of Terror the most. It is up there as one of my favorite episodes, along with The Doomsday Machine.
     
  9. MrPicard

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    I've re-watched "The Cage" the most. I'm a huge fan of Christopher Pike, and "The Cage" is my favorite TOS episode, so... :)
     
  10. ssosmcin

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    Same. I watch this one a lot. It's my all time favorite Star Trek story. Ever. I never grow tired of it.
     
  11. RandyS

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    I generally re-watch the entire series every other year or so, but away from that, I usually watch my top two favorites, "Mirror Mirror" and "The Trouble With Tribbles".

    And if I don't feel like watching those, my picks then go to "Amok Time" "The Doomsday Machine" "Assingment Earth" and "The Ultimate Computer"
     
  12. Cutie McWhiskers

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    I always return to The Ultimate Computer, Doomsday Machine, Immunity Syndrome, Paradise Syndrome, Who Mourns for Adonis, Way to Eden, Day of the Dove, Tholian Web, and Enterprise Incident.

    My second-tier include Is There In Truth No Beauty, Taste of Armageddon, All Our Yesterdays, Space Seed, Charlie X, Squire of Gothos, both Mudd stories, Let That Be Your Last Battlefield, and Cloud Minders.
     
  13. Cutie McWhiskers

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    Not really. It's a staple sci-fi trope going back decades, long before even Jon Pertwee's era of Doctor Who, Quatermass, and so on. Trek just used the old "aliens are coming to take over, from the perspective of the Earth people" trope and applied it to an established human colony on some another world, innovating on the trope to a new level -- while sprinkling in an interesting mystery whose answer is hidden in plain sight at the very start but in a clever way. And with stereotyped caricatures of Kirk's family (very 1960s) too, but one can't have everything. I don't recall any RTD era story where we didn't get an alien POV the way "Annihilate" had and not all baddies need to have a big backstory, or even any dialogue. Like how "War of the Worlds" was.

    "Operation Annihilate" is certainly TOS's best season finale but in the end is that honestly saying all that much?? How it's produced, the lack of attempted levity, a neat (but a little dated) bit of real science (UV frying the fritters but leaving its human host cancer-free? But that aside, for the time, it's not that bad), and a simple tale well-told make this more than the sum of its parts. I also recognize what might be - in the location shoots - the IADC building filmed for Wonder Woman and the courtyard and steps used in Conquest of the Planet of the Apes. The area does have quite a good look for it.

    With "Assignment Earth" being a bit too hokey with its treasure hunt list of items like: Why kidnap humans from 4000BC to train them through the ages - inbreeding was already a known issue in the 1960s and too many documented cases of physical and psychological problems render the concept moot (at best). Why does the Enterprise need to time travel so often for historical research when any attempt to do so could easily alter the timeline significantly (this isn't high concept Doctor Who, this is a one-off episode of Trek that has its own set of rules and ST IV TVH used a proper reason ("if we don't risk this drastic step we're doomed") and not a silly throwaway one like ("Oh, we just went back in time for tea. You like that, right?"). Worse, imagine if the whale movie started with "Well there's this probe sucking energy from everything and there are no whales so we popped back in time because we heard a message and we were at a safe distance so here we are now, let's have fun." Ugh. Aren't we all lucky that Roberta was fiddling with Gary's knobs at just the right time so he wouldn't be captured by the Enterprise? There's also Gary's magic wand near-panacea had me thinking RTD in a few too many scenes to buy into it after a while. What doesn't it do, the laundry and dishes? (That's a $0.02 add-on, no doubt.) Never mind the pomposity of how the 1960s were Earth's most contentious time period (seriously, If the claim was even remotely sincere they'd hire a temporal taxi service to check out decade after decade, all while not scribbling their phone number on the bathroom stall wall), then add in some extremely lame attempts with comedy scenes with accompanying music because it must be a funny scene... amazingly they didn't opt for a laugh track... at least Spock pointed out the planet was loaded with crises, "Current Earth crises would fill a tape bank", when asked by Kirk for a historical report - even though their being there could risk changing history...)

    But as finales go, "Assignment Earth" is ultimately on par with "Turnabout Intruder" -- not a good story but for very differing reasons. The latter at least had a new way to use body swapping in an attempt to commandeer the ship all while the crew go on edge over their commander acting increasingly different, but the "Assignment Earth" finale goes in more directions than any of my posts do. It'd actually be worse than "Turnabout Intruder" except that when applying a belief that the episode acts as a "time capsule", it's almost tolerable. The problem with that is that the episode was officially used as a backdoor pilot (thus robbing a standalone TOS episode as a result): Consider the last five minutes or so, forget the preceding forty five minutes of awesome hi-jinx: Kirk and Spock stand around, pretend they know nothing to ramp up phony melodrama, then one scene later - without looking anything up - all grin and say how everything happened precisely as it's supposed to (What, they didn't change anything? They wouldn't know if they had!) and how Gary and Roberta are in for lots of groovy adventures together... It's an atrociously bad script, and given it wasn't picked up as a series it's not too difficult to guess as to who felt insulted by the script as presented the most.

    On the plus side, the computer countdown stopping after 140 and to the point of the bright flash felt very much in continuity (stopping at 104, I was keeping time... that's impressive since Doomsday Machine and others didn't sync up various timer counts with the moment of impending dramatic demise... yet Doomsday Machine, et al, are pretty much all better stories, told better.)

    On the minus side, I was also keeping track of various loudspeaker and computer voices and wondering how many might not have been done by Doohan or Babcock (who were genuinely great but after a while, the cadence can become a giveaway. It's a lot easier to figure out who plays who on The Simpsons and in the same way too... the point is, the moment one is drawn out of the story... like wondering how all those glass wine glasses didn't fall off when the wall opened up and being the 1960s when boozing was as common as smoking and yet nobody every tried to pick one up and find out "IT'S A FAAAAAAAAAAAAKE!"... Sorry, had to inject something from "In The Pale Moonlight" of DS9 fame...)
     
  14. Donald G

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    I've never kept a tally, but "The Doomsday Machine" is probably the one I've watched (or in the pre-VCR days when I used to audiotape episodes, listened to) the most.

    My other go-to episodes include (in no particular order): The Ultimate Computer, the Tholian Web, Journey to Babel, Mirror, Mirror, Where No Man Has Gone Before, The Corbomite Maneuver, Court-Martial, The Menagerie, Tomorrow is Yesterday, The Conscience of the King, The Day of the Dove, The Trouble With Tribbles, I, Mudd, A Piece of the Action, the Immunity Syndrome, By Any Other Name, and Assignment: Earth.

    When I was younger, The Enemy Within, the Naked Time, and Shore Leave used to feature higher in my preferred watches.
     
  15. Methuselah Flint

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    I agree. I wasn't suggesting that RTD's era of Dr Who started up the big finale pieces - of course this has been happening for a long time - rather I was applying my experience of viewing 'Operation: Annihilate' in contrast to the RTD era. My point was that with the alien invasion threat, and indeed the added Kirk family subplot, we got the best of the three finales. Granted, I suspect OH wasn't deliberately held back until the end, rather probably production reasons meant it naturally was broadcast last. Still, the death of Kirk’s brother was hard-hitting, and aside from Spock, we never encounter any of the rest of the crew's families in TOS (not counting love interests).
     
  16. ssosmcin

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    In regards to best "season finales" you gotta remember, in the 60's, American networks viewed the end of the season a lot differently than we do now. Usually, that was the worst time, ratings wise, for shows. People were dropping off. The weather gets warmer, the sun shines longer. The term "buried at the end of the season" referred to episodes the networks or the production didn't have confidence in. ABC did this with weaker episodes of The Fugitive and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (which is really saying something about some of those episodes held back).

    It wasn't until the 80's, with the season ending cliffhangers of the prime time soaps, that the landscape changed. Until then, the season premieres and then sweeps weeks were when they tried to air their strongest episodes. Star Trek was a notable exception in its first year because they aired many episodes based on availability. However, the second season kicked off with Amok Time because it was a strong Spock episode. Catspaw, filmed first, was held back for Halloween. And if if it wasn't specifically considered a holiday show, it wasn't strong enough to kick off the year. Bread and Circuses was held way back and aired as the penultimate episode of the season, even though it was ready to go much sooner, presumably because it would be burned off at the end of the year where it could do less ratings damage. Apparently it was held in even less regard than The Omega Glory. Assignment: Earth belonged where it was: at the back end. Season three kicked off with Spock's Brain probably because it had "Spock" in the title, even though The Enterprise Incident would have made a much better choice.

    Nowadays, everything builds to the the season finale. Back then, that was the dumping ground for crap episodes.
     
  17. MiriMenagerie

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    Ok, I’ve heard a lot of buzz around The Carbomite Maneuver. I’ve never seen this one, just watched it and I gotta say it was not one of my favorites. The story was a bit convoluted and the little kid alien with the deep voice was a bit perturbing. The episode had its moments though, I liked the plot Kirk came up with about the Carbomite and I really liked the dinner between Bones and Kirk, that scene alone made the time worth it. Did anyone else think it was weird Kirk was eating salad with his hands?... did anyone else catch that? Just me? Ok....never mind, lol.
     
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  18. Spock's Barber

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    Yeah, even as a youth I thought using a kid as an alien was pretty lame. There were a couple of times Clint Howard laughed/smiled and my first thought was, “That alien still has his baby teeth.”

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    The Menagerie Parts I and II. I love how compassionate and loyal Spock is in this episode.
     
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    Hahahahaha! Ok good. I’m glad I’m not the only one
     
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