Your favorite Trek moments


There are lots of topics for great EPISODES... but this one is about MOMENTS, brief snippets in what might have been a good episode, or an average one, or even a poor one. Moments that you search YouTube for, or run an episode on P+ and immediately fast forward to this part because it's so awesome.

These brief snippets might be seconds or minutes in duration. They might make you laugh, they might make you cry, they might just make you feel warm and toasty inside... here are some of mine.

My Top 10 Greatest Trek Moments, in no particular order

1. Star Trek IV - Enter the Bounty

The whaling ship closes in on George and Gracie, the whales surface, the harpoon fires, and... KLONG! And a moment later, the HMS Bounty decloaks and the single baleful eye of the Klingon warship stares down at the hapless vessel, and the whalers flee. And probably have to change their pants afterward. Made doubly satisfying due to the gruesome video of whale butchery that we were shown before.

2. "Encounter at Farpoint" - The Star Jellies

This two-parter was not Trek's strongest entry, and was one of its weakest premieres. Many of the actors did not seem to have quite figured out who their characters were yet. But despite the difficulties, I have to say that I am a sucker for the sweet wordlessness of this scene, where the restored "station" resumes its true form, and rejoins its mate, and the two happily touch tentacles. And of course, Deanna tells us how they're feeling... but she didn't really have to, did she?

3. "Menage a Troi" - Full Ensign Wesley Crusher

The turbolift opens, and out comes Wes with a huge grin on his face, absolutely rocking the hell out of that red uniform. He assumes his station, and we see the whole main cast together on the bridge. There's no cake, no balloons, no streamers... but the mood is still celebratory. I haven't seen every promotion scene in Trek, but this one if my favorite by far.

4. "The Drumhead" - The Admiral is Silent

We might wonder why Adm. Thomas Henry said nothing, just rose to his feet and walked silently out of the courtroom... maybe it was originally a cost-saving measure; actors who say nothing cost less than actors with lines. But whether the reason was brilliance or budget, his swift and silent departure delivered a devastating finisher to Admiral Satie, who had already been completely undone by Picard's use of her father's words to show the error of her ways. Despite her deplorable actions, I almost feel sorry for her at the end. I still quote his "..." any time a "Trek's greatest lines" topic pops up.

5. "The Inner Light" - Picard's Gift

This one's perfection is in how leisurely it proceeds. Alone in his quarters with his thoughts, Picard opens the box, finds the flute, and fiercely clutches this last tangible remnant of his incredible experience to his chest. And then, he perfectly plays the melody that he stuttered at for so long in another life, and the only other sound is the thrum of the ship's engines as she sails through the starlit void... and then the credits roll.

6. "The Visitor" - Sisko in the Morning Sun

Melanie is gone. The storm has blown over, the night is past. Jake has fallen asleep in his chair. And we don't see Ben rematerialize in his living room for their final moments together, he's just... there, watching his son sleep, and maybe remembering doing the same thing when Jake was in his crib, almost a century ago. It's a brilliant way to start the absolutely riveting and heartrending scene that follows, ending what I still regard as the greatest Trek episode ever.

7. "Accession" - Keiko the Matchmaker

Keiko and Molly are back, and Miles, the devoted husband and father, is determined to be there for them. But Keiko, the person who knows him best, understands that he still has the need in his life for his best mate. And with some deft persuasion, she convinces Miles and Julian to resume their holodeck fun. Keiko might have a bad reputation among some Trekkies, but her actions in this episode put me solidly in her corner.

(As an aside, this episode also has one of my favorite Kira moments, when she stares at all of her badly made clay birds, then smooshes one. No words are said, and as with Adm. Henry, none are required. Nana Visitor's dark, expressive eyes say it all)

8. "Shadows and Symbols" - Triumphant Return

To understand why I like this one, remember how Vedek Bareil arrived on the station, at the end of Season 1, as Ben the skeptic watched from a distance: mobbed by crowds, shaking hands, giving a random kid pickie-uppies. And when Ben returns to the station after finding the Orb of the Emissary, he does the exact same thing. The rich symbolism of this moment shows that Ben has not just accepted his place as Emissary ("Accession" did that), but fully embraced it, found joy in it. He is home in more ways than one.

9. "Year of Hell" - Janeway and Tuvok's Goodbye

Tuvok doesn't understand why Janeway is remaining on Voyager, but he accepts her decision, with the traditional Vulcan farewell, though of course they both know she will neither live long nor prosper. Janeway responds by hugging him, and after a moment (Vulcans are not the touchy-feeliest of people) he returns it. Then, it's over, and she gently hands him off to Seven, who guides him out. And Janeway stands on the deserted ruins of the bridge, adjusts the watch still dangling on her waist. She is alone, dirty, disheveled, scarred, but still unbroken.

And of course, the scene where she rams Voyager into the Krenim ship and blasts herself and two centuries of temporal genocide into oblivion is also awesome. But I figured I wouldn't need to point that out!

10 "Subspace Rhapsody" - "Crew of the Enterpriiiiiise!" PFOOOM!

I'm a musical theater guy, and I always enjoy watching a number begun as a lone voice swell and gather strength until the whole cast is belting it out together ("Consider Yourself" in the 1968 version of "Oliver!" is a great example). Add in an enormously talented cast of singers, great characters, and watching the power level grow until the final note pushes it over the edge and the technobabble-improbability-whatever seals itself shut with a final explosion... I shouldn't enjoy this one half as much as I do... but that doesn't stop me.


1. "The Measure of a Man" - That Action Injured You... and Saved Me

One thing that knocks "Peak Performance" off my list of top episodes is that it sets up captain and first officer having to go toe to toe... and the Ferengi ruin it. Not so here, though. Picard and Riker are forced into a high-stakes legal battle by circumstance, and Riker has no choice but to do his best... or rather his worst. And, he does just that, proving beyond question that Data is a mere machine. And so, it's easy to see why he excuses himself from the celebration, until Data comes to him and points out an ironic but completely correct observation: Riker's actions in that courtroom, far from a betrayal, were a quintessential act of friendship.

2. "Warlord" - Neelix Goes with the Flow

Neelix has set up a luxurious but rather staid Talaxian resort program on the holodeck, which is suited to his tastes... but Tom has his own ideas. Add in some bright clothes, flowery drinks, sexy volleyballers, and a cruise ship band, and the program is completely different from what Neelix envisioned, as we can see on his face. But despite this, he gets over his surprise and quickly calls for more drinks and some hors d'oerves, and joins the dancing. Voyager's crew are his family, and their happiness is his, and if this is how they like the Paxau Resort... well, that's good enough for him. I know Neelix isn't popular, but I like him, and this scene is part of my reason why.

3. "Tuvix" - A Physician Must Do No Harm

Tuvix's fate has been decided, and no one on the bridge has even spoken on his behalf. Whether their actions are out of cowardice, indifference, genuine agreement with Janeway, or just unwillingness to oppose the decree of their cult mistress, we cannot say for sure (though we all have our theories). However, as the death march procession enters sickbay, the Doctor turns, looks Janeway in the eye, and utterly refuses to perform the procedure. And Janeway, as hard and implacable as she is, knows there's no point in ordering him. Whether Tuvix's death was a necessary tragedy or an atrocity that cannot be justified, we cannot say. But I will say that at this terrible moment, Voyager's EMH took a stand for what he believed in, and I regard this as one of his finest scenes.

4. "Hunters" - Logic vs. Love

Tuvok is a good Vulcan, and he normally makes the logical choice. In this matter, it is completing his security duties, before attending to personal matters. But... he has a letter from his family in front of him. He turns to the security report... but then looks at the letter. Logic clashes with emotion... and this time emotion wins. Tuvok picks up the letter, eases himself into his chair, and begins to read.

5. "Et in Arcadia Ego" - Data's Exit

The last remnant Data's consciousness is trapped in limbo, and has chosen the human experience of ending his journey... or perhaps continuing it. So, he puts on his favorite song and lays down on the couch, and as the simulation shuts down, we see him age and fade from existence, and then pass with his longtime friend at his side. Data's death in "Nemesis" leaves a bad taste in my mouth to this day, but this touching scene makes up for it. And add in Picard's near-death... if I ever have something in my eye, this season finale's double-barreled blast to the tear ducts would be enough to wash out almost anything.

Though I did enjoy seeing Data return in Season 3, I am grateful that he clearly states that this previous version of him remains peacefully at rest... or perhaps moved on to new destinies.

Those are my favorite moments... what are yours? If you have one, or five, or fifty... no wrong way to answer this question.
1. Search For Spock - Stealing the Enterprise

Sarek: Kirk, I thank you. What you have done is...​

Kirk: What I have done, I had to do.

Sarek: But at what cost? Your ship. Your son.

Kirk: If I hadn't tried, the cost would have been my soul.​

2. DS9 - "The Visitor"

(Sisko reads aloud the dedication of Jake's book)

Sisko: "To my father, who's coming home."
3. TNG - "The Offspring"

Something that always sticks with me is the way the actress that plays Data's daughter hits her chest when Lal becomes so scared that Starfleet has come to take her away. She is both terrified and experiencing emotions for the first time. The horrified reaction of Marina Sirtis helps sell it too, but it just sells how wrong the situation is, and makes the ultimate resolution even more tragic.​

4. TOS - "The Devil in the Dark"


5. TNG - "The Best of Both Worlds"

Riker: "Mr Worf, fire."

(fade to black and "To Be Continued")​

6. DS9 - "The Jem'Hadar"

It's such a little thing, but when the Jem'Hadar just casually walks through the security field, I remember it being an "oh, fuck" moment.​

7. The Wrath of Khan - Spock's Death

Kirk: Of my friend, I can only say this. Of all the souls I have encountered in my travels, his was the most ... human.​

I’ll throw Enterprise some love with my favorite moment from the series: the end of Storm Front II when the fleet (including a Vulcan ring ship) arrives to escort the heavy damaged Enterprise back to Earth. The rest of the episode is a mess, but the final scene with the lead ship approaching Enterprise while a lovely variation of Archer’s Theme plays almost redeems it.

from about the 2:05 minute mark forward...
My favorites, perhaps in order:

1. "Evil must be opposed." Vedek Yassin commits suicide on the promenade, in order to convince the Bajorans of the need for resistance.

2. "But captain, I beat the Borg Queen in chess, and taught her empathy." Season 2 was Boimler's growth year, showing him being more than a joke. After having shown that he had perfect skills within a simulation, he has to show that he has the patience and discipline to endure pain and humiliation for the crew.

3. "As far as they're concerned, we'll always be ... ." Jimmy was an interesting one-off character, a stand-in for what Jake could have been like in a less perfect world. It's a biting realization, deep from the heart, only further punctuated by a racial slur.

4. "My concern is with preventing the deaths of billions of people. If that's a problem for history, then history will have to suffer." I like Season 3 of Enterprise, but not as well as others. However, I found the confrontation between Archer and Daniels to be pregnant with meaning. How does one choose for the future when the present is so threatening?

5. Picard and Hugh embrace. Just a magical moment of coming together, of realizing that the two characters need each other at this moment of uncertainty.

6. "Come Fly With Me." Ok, the song, if we consider it to be dialogue, isn't original, but this scene was beautifully filmed. The visual communication of the musicians feels so real and natural for someone who has often performed in ensembles before audiences. Auberjonois does a great job playing the part of a musician, recognizing how important the physical aspects of musical performance can be.

7. "Let me help. A hundred years or so from now, I believe, a famous novelist will write a classic using that theme. He'll recommend those three words even over I love you." Isn't this Star Trek distilled?

8. "That's not what she meant, Data, but you're right. She erred." This one came up the Ups and Downs review on Trek Culture within the past day. Geordie wasn't always a good feature character, but he was great as a sidekick. This was biting and explanatory, both about Shelby and Data.

9. Bashir, having resolved the blight, stands in the arches. Camera work is very conservative in Trek, but somehow Rene Auberjonois managed to get a beautiful crane shot at the end of the Quickening. It tells a whole story: new hope of the people and the lonely heroism of the doctor.

10. "Is it possible ...that we two, you and I, have grown so old and so inflexible ...that we have outlived our usefulness? ...Would that constitute a joke?" Spock and Kirk, realizing the problems being old but still being in power. It plays well on the rapport the actors established in their characters' relationship.

Lest I focus only on the drama, here is my SFX honorable mention:

1. Stealing the Enterprise. What a great use of dramatic tension to sell a really slow chase. It reminds me of the classic film, "Wages of Fear."
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Always liked McCoy's snide side remark in The Motion Picture, when he hears V'ger wants 'to touch the creator'
McCOY: To capture God! V'Ger's going to be in for one hell of a disappointment.

Voy: Deathwish:
TUVOK: I understand. And you find nothing contradictory in a society that outlaws suicide but practices capital punishment?
Q <after several seconds of hesitation> No.
Some more that I thought of...

DS9 - "The Siege of AR-558"

Quark: Let me tell you something about Hew-mons, Nephew. They're a wonderful, friendly people, as long as their bellies are full and their holosuites are working. But take away their creature comforts, deprive them of food, sleep, sonic showers, put their lives in jeopardy over an extended period of time and those same friendly, intelligent, wonderful people... will become as nasty and as violent as the most bloodthirsty Klingon. You don't believe me? Look at those faces. Look in their eyes.​

TOS - "Amok Time"

Spock: "Captain…! JIM!!"
(Spock pleased and widely grinning after seeing Kirk alive)
PIC - "Vox"

Riker: We are the crew of the USS Enterprise. But more than that, we're your family.​
Star Trek 2009, Spock's "Live long and prosper" to the Vulcan council was utterly perfect.

Nemesis. Picard impales Shinzon and just... stops. He's had enough, after countless new worlds, Cardassian torture, Borg assimilation and god knows what else, killing his younger self has pushed him over some edge and he's frozen in place. Everyone else hated the film, but that moment spoke volumes to me.

Spock going off on Sarek while playing chess with Michael in Discovery. "I disappoint him, he disappoints me, the sun sets, a new day begins." He HATES his Dad so much at that time and he's so angry and I love it.

Picard's "I love you" to Raffi was like, this guy is still having character development age 105 (or whatever)
Some of my favourite moments have already been listed:
"Subspace Rhapsody" - "Crew of the Enterpriiiiiise!" PFOOOM!

I'm a musical theater guy, and I always enjoy watching a number begun as a lone voice swell and gather strength until the whole cast is belting it out together ("Consider Yourself" in the 1968 version of "Oliver!" is a great example). Add in an enormously talented cast of singers, great characters, and watching the power level grow until the final note pushes it over the edge and the technobabble-improbability-whatever seals itself shut with a final explosion... I shouldn't enjoy this one half as much as I do... but that doesn't stop me.
~ So joyful and exhilarating!

TNG - "The Offspring"

Something that always sticks with me is the way the actress that plays Data's daughter hits her chest when Lal becomes so scared that Starfleet has come to take her away. She is both terrified and experiencing emotions for the first time. The horrified reaction of Marina Sirtis helps sell it too, but it just sells how wrong the situation is, and makes the ultimate resolution even more tragic.
~ This sequence/scene never fails to choke me up. Even thinking about it brings a tear to my eye.

Star Trek 2009:
~George Kirk: "I love you."
~ The evacuation of Kelvin to this moment is another sure fire way of bring forth the tears.

Some others in no particular order:

Mariner and the Cali fleet saves Cerritos (LDS: "The Stars at Night") ~ Exhilarating, exciting, emotional - This sequence gives me a full-on ASMR response.

Stealing the Enterprise (STIII: TSFS) - The full sequence from Scotty's "Up your shaft" to Enterprise leaving poor Excelsior adrift ~ What a rush! Even after fifty billion rewatches.

Adjudicator T'Pol (ENT: "Precious Cargo") ~ :rommie:

7 of 9 in full Borg get-up striding into Engineering and saving Janeway from Seska (VOY: "Shattered")

The general Star Trek trailer from the TNG & DS9 VHS cassettes, particularly the couple of seconds from 3:32-3:34 when Geordi dodges a phaser beam and Troi turns her head with that look on her face. I'd never fast-forward this trailer - I'd just sit and watch it with a big grin on my face! :

I'm sure there are loads of others that will come to me as the day goes on, but I've got to go and walk the dog now :D
That was a cool time capsule, showing us all that Trek had already delivered, even back then: two epic series (with a third just starting) and six movies... wonder if they had any idea just how much more there was to go...

Not only that, the credits were fun to watch, seeing Michael Dorn pre-Worf, and also future iconic characters Brock Peters and Kurtwood Smith.
Kathryn Janeway has some great exit lines. And because it's Star Trek, she gets more than one. Including...

"Welcome to the bridge."

"Time's up."

"Go fast."
Wow so many good ones on here but a few of my favs

Far beyond the stars
Benny Russell being reflected back as Benjamin Sisko, is that image for the audience alone or does Sisko see it also

In the pale moonlight
Sisko deleting his log entry after he went rogue but did it in a classy style, it was scary
Kirk and Kurge in Star Trek III: Search For Spock
  • Kruge: Genesis, I want it!
  • Kirk: Beam the Vulcan up, and we'll talk.
  • Kruge: Give me what I want, and I'll consider it.
  • Kirk: You fool, look around you! The planet's destroying itself!
  • Kruge: Yes, exhilarating, isn't it?
  • Kirk: If we don't help each other, we'll die here.
  • Kruge: Perfect. Then that's the way it shall be.

  • Torg: [1:14:36]
  • [the Klingons have boarded the Enterprise only to find it is deserted]
  • Torg: My lord, the ship appears to be deserted.
  • Kruge: How can that be? They're hiding!
  • Torg: Yes, sir. The ship appears to be run by computer. It is the only thing that is speaking.
  • Kruge: Speaking? Let me hear it.
  • Enterprise computer: [Torg walks over to a console, placing his communicator towards it] 9-8-7-6-5...
  • Kruge: [shouts] Get out! Get out of there! Get out!
  • Enterprise computer: 2-1...
  • [the Enterprise bridge explodes]