Best episodes to include in a Star Trek primer for a non-Trekkie?
June 14, 2009 12:00 PM Subscribe
Best episodes to include in a Star Trek
primer for a non-Trekkie? There are Trek
series (not movie) spoilers in my question.
posted by chudmonkey to media & arts (25 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
A friend of mine was very excited by the recent Star Trek film and has decided she must explore the franchise further. I'm going to build a collection of episodes spanning TOS, TNG, DS9, Voyager & Enterprise (and maybe even the animated series) as a primer for her.
To that end, I am seeking recommendations of specific episodes from any series which do one or more of the following:
-Convey a sense of the franchise as a whole (i.e. the mirror universe arc from TOS that resumed on DS9)
-Reveal/demonstrate significant traits or accomplishments of main characters (i.e. the episode where Dr. Bashir's genetic manipulation is revealed, or the episode where Riker & Troi's past is explored when his transporter double shows up)
-Deal really well with one of Trek's major recurring themes, like computer tech, holodecks, time travel, transporters, warp drive, alien romance, etc.
-Showcases an alien race pretty well
So, simply put: I want a nice, tidy collection of episodes which gives every main character a chance to develop & shine, shows off how the series all connect to one another, gives a good sense of the Federation and her neighbors and contains all the really unmissable bits.
Bonus points for time/universe traveling, space battles, flashbacks and characters in disguise.
If you recommend any episodes, I'd love to know specific reasons why. Thanks in advance for any suggestions!