Like a lot of my generation, I watched a lot of Star Trek: The Original Series when I was a kid, first when it originally aired in the late 1960s (when I was five and six years old), and later in reruns during the 1970s. My friends and I “played” Trek a lot, and for a while I attempted to make audio recordings of the shows on my cassette recorder.
Even today as a result of that exposure, I am a contender against anyone who wants to challenge me to “Name that Trek,” since I can usually name the episode during the first few words of the prologue.
Of course, I have favorite episodes, and I thought it might amuse Trekkers worldwide to see a list of them:
- The Naked Time
- The Doomsday Machine
- The Corbomite Maneuver
- Balance of Terror
- The Devil in the Dark
- The Gamesters of Triskelion
- The Ultimate Computer
- The Galileo Seven
Note that I did not include The Trouble with Tribbles. A lot of people liked this one most of all, and while it’s a fun episode, I tended to like a little less comedy from my scifi.
The lamest episode list goes like this:
- The Conscience of the King
- Shore Leave
- The Alternative Factor
- The Apple
- Spock’s Brain
- Turnabout Inturder (which is unintentionally comical)
P. S. Spock scoring with Jill Ireland in This Side of Paradise really points out how much it usually sucks to be a Vulcan. At the same time, I think the producers missed the point in Requiem for Methuselah, since it would be pretty cool to be immortal with a fleet of hot robotic girlfriends.