To watch all of The Star Trek franchise, it would take you nearly a month of no-sleep-marathoning. Nearly 550 hours at this point. Twenty-four days. AND THEY'RE STILL MAKING MORE. You don't have that kind of time.
I've attempted to put together a much more condensed series of Star Trek. Dividing it into ten episode seasons. For the most part, these are My Favorite Episodes. I've left out some that are historically important episodes, in favor of things that I found fun to watch. If you're a Trekkie or Trekker, or just consider yourself a fan, I may have left off your favorite episode. Sorry. But this is more a list for people like me, who had seen an episode here and there, were interested in seeing more, but don't want to invest in the whole 530+ hours. I'm doing it, so others don't have to.
Irumodic Syndrome was a degenerative neurological disorder that caused deterioration of the synaptic pathways. The condition caused confusion, delusions, and eventually death.
In Star Trek: The Next Generation it causes Picard to keep shifting between various parts of his life. In this season, we are going to shift all over the place, too.
Star Trek Season 9:
Episode 1: The Caretaker
(Janeway, Kim, Paris, Chakotay, Torres, Tuvok, Neelix, Doctor, Kes, Quark)
At the end of last season, Ro joined a terrorist cell called the Maquis. Captain Janeway of Voyager is sent to track down a missing Maquis ship. But during the mission both Voyager and the Maquis ship are transferred to the other side of the galaxy where they must work together to try and return to charted space. This was a really cool concept for a show that, sadly, didn't live up to the conceit. But this first episode shows really cool potential.
Episode 2: Affliction
(Archer, T'Pol, Phlox, Trip, Sato, Reed, Mayweather)
We've just welcomed Voyager to this chronology, and now it's time to say goodbye to the original crew of Enterprise. Klingons, Starfleet bullshit, and a character leaving the ship. It's the beginning of a two part story, but the second part is a huge disappointment, so we leave this version of The Enterprise forever on a cliffhanger. But we get a theory as to why Klingons in TNG have head ridges, and why they didn't in TOS.
Episode 3: Blood Oath
(Dax, Kang, Odo, Quark, Kira)
Kang is a Klingon who first showed up in TOS. He wasn't a part of our chronology, sadly, but he was around. So was Dax, the Krill who shifts from host to host over time. A previous Dax had a pact with Kang and a couple of other Klingons that if they ever found The Albino, a Klingon who killed their firstborn children, they would have their revenge. It's a fun adventure story where Dax is finally front and center in this chronology.
Episode 4: Descent
(Data, Picard, Crusher, Troi, Lore, Laforge, Riker, Worf, Hugh)
Chickens. Roosting. Several major TNG storylines converge as the rogue Borg that Enterprise encountered in I, Borg is part of an evolution of Borg that's being taken advantage of by Data's "brother", Lore.
Episode 5: Lower Decks
(Picard, Worf, Crusher, Riker, Laforge, Troi, Data)
Did you know there are other people on the Enterprise besides the usual crew? In this episode we watch a bunch of ensigns vying for promotion on the ship. It's a cool way to explore the relationship between the senior staff, and how they've grown over the duration of the show.
Episode 6: The Wire
(Bashir, Garak, Dax, Quark, Sisko, Kira, O'Brien)
In Lower Decks, we met a Cardassian going against stereotype and assisting the federation. On Deep Space Nine, we've seen a Cardassian named Garak who is either a spy, or someone going against stereotype to assist the federation. It's always been unclear which side he's on, but, unlike Gul Dukat, there seems to be no menace to him. But when Doctor Bashir discovers a malfunctioning chip in Garak's head, he decides to go further into his investigation of Garak's motives.
Episode 7: Flashback
(Tuvok, Janeway, Sulu, Rand, Neelix, Kes, Doctor, Chakotay, Kim, Kang)
Garak had a chip in his head last episode. On Voyager, Tuvok seems to be having similar problems, only instead of just physical pain, he's having an emotional response to a memory. In order to determine the cause, he mind melds with Janeway and they go back to his most important memory, when he served under Captain Sulu, during the plot of The Undiscovered Country, way back in season three of this continuity. I think this would have been a solid episode, even if it didn't feature cast members from TOS, but seeing Sulu and Rand again is an absolute blast. Plus, Kang from Blood Oath is back again ((and yes, he is the basis for the Treehouse Of Horror alien from The Simpsons)).
Episode 8: Whispers
(O'Brien, Keiko, Sisko, Bashir, Odo, Jake, Quark)
Oh man, now O'Brien is having memory problems? Or is he just fine, and the entire crew of Deep Space Nine, including his wife, has turned evil? This is a fun twist on the alternate universe trope in Star Trek.
Episode 9: Parallels
(Worf, Troi, Riker, Data, Crusher, Laforge, Picard, Wesley)
And now Worf is having memory issues? This is becoming a huge problem. Is he married to Troi now? Is this going to end up being an alternate universe episode or is this whole season just a mess of red herrings?
Episode 10: All Good Things
(Picard, Crusher, Troi, Laforge, Worf, Data, Riker, Q, Yar, O'Brien)
Well, it's gone all the way to the top. In this, the final episode of TNG, Picard is having memory problems. This is a fun way to say goodbye to the series using character continuity, but very little plot continuity from previous episodes. Unlike Descent, which pulled from previous storylines, this would have been an interesting episode/movie even if we hadn't met any of these characters before. That we do know them, and that some of them haven't been seen for a while, makes this a fulfilling ending to this part of the Star Trek universe.
5 bonus episodes, if you like this season:
The only Star Trek series missing from this season are TOS and Discovery (which is only a few weeks in as I write this), but if you want to get to know Kang before he pops up in this season, why not go all the way back to TOS and check out Day Of The Dove as the second episode of the season. It's very hokey but it's been so long since we've had a TOS episode that it might be a fun change of pace. I would follow it up with Firstborn which focuses on Klingon traditions as Worf tries to make sure his son, Alexander, doesn't neglect his heritage. From there, I'd segue back into the continuity with "Affliction". I deliberately left off its follow-up episode since I didn't think it lived up to the promise of part one, but you might want to check out Divergence, so that you have some sense of closure to your Enterprise experience, as I don't think I'll be including any more episodes down the line.As we progressed toward the dimension/time hopping portion of the season, we got more time to investigate the Cardassian/Bajoran conflict. If that appeals to you, I would watch The Collaborator between "Lower Decks" and "The Wire" (the episode from this season, not the HBO series, which is great, but not really part of the Star Trek canon), and after "The Wire", I'd move on to Crossover, which plops us back into The Mirror Universe for the first time since Season Three.
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