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John Byrne
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Posted: 11 January 2020 at 2:21pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

TOS episodes worst to best

Aside from mangling the descriptions of some episodes, this list makes the classic mistake of listing “The City on the Edge of Forever” as TOS’s “best episode”.

Brilliant science fiction it is. STAR TREK it is not.

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Doug Centers
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Posted: 11 January 2020 at 2:36pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

The classic mixing up "favorite" with "best" in my opinion.

Also in my opinion MAN TRAP is way too low.
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Ted Downum
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Posted: 16 January 2020 at 11:11am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

"The Omega Glory" ranked higher than "The Man Trap". 

"Wink of an Eye" (at #27 overall? really?) ranked higher than "The Changeling," "Friday's Child," "The Cage," "The Squire of Gothos," and "Shore Leave," among others.

Terrible!

(My own favorite episode is "Amok Time," which this writer describes as "A.K.A. 'Spock Gotta Have It.'" Har har.)


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Rick Senger
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Posted: 16 January 2020 at 11:40am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

"Most notable for McCoy's immortal 'I'm a doctor, not an elevator'"?

Plenty of other disagreements but some big ones I have are "The Man Trap" (top 25 for me) at 73, "Miri" (top 25 for me) at 70,  "Where No Man Has Gone Before" (top 10 for me) at 40, and "Galileo Seven" (bottom 15 for me) as the 6th best TOS ever.
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Matt Reed
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Posted: 19 January 2020 at 2:34am | IP Logged | 5 post reply

Have to ask why "City..." is not TREK.  
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John Byrne
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Posted: 19 January 2020 at 3:56am | IP Logged | 6 post reply

As noted, “City” is a top notch sci-fi story, but the familiar elements of STAR TREK are little more than a delivery system. Once the story proper is underway, everything that makes TREK what it is goes away. The ship, the crew, even Spock’s alien nature is subordinated to the time travel love story. Any pragmatic character could fill Spock’s role.

The real test, tho, is this: called upon to pick a single episode to show as representing what STAR TREK is all about, would you pick this one? Much as I love it, I certainly wouldn’t.

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