50 for 50 – A G&T Show Poll
Article submitted by Allen Shull
Our story so far…
Since we are about a third of the way through our list, I figured it was time to start revealing other interesting facts gleaned from our little survey. (I actually used “glean” in a sentence. To paraphrase the Pakleds, “I am pretentious”.)
But first, some clarity about the process: The intent of the poll was for you, the listeners of the G&T Show, to rate every episode of the television series so that we could compile a list of your top 50 episodes. Then in honor of the 50th anniversary of the premier of the original series, we would count down that list through the week’s leading up to the actual anniversary. We created a listing of every episode and asked you to rank them as follows:
- Not so much
- What were they thinking?
- Did not see episode
We then assigned a score to each response, with “Excellent” worth 5 points, “Good” worth 4 points, and so on down to “What were they thinking?” worth 1 point. “Did not see” was worth 0 points and was dropped from the total number of responses. Once we had the raw data from the surveys, we then determined an average score per episode by dividing the number of votes in each category by the number of responses provided for that episode to determine a ranking average. To break any ties in score, the episode with the highest percentage of “Excellent” responses was listed higher. The process was continued through each category until the tie was broken.
Quite early we discovered a little problem: There is a mega-crapload (see, I know the metric system) of episodes over the 28 seasons of live-action Star Trek. We decided to not poll The Animated Series because, quite frankly, despite the series being considered canon (Dayton bristles here), most of us hadn’t seen those in 40+ years. But that still left us 694 episodes to evaluate. We tried to break up the poll by series and further by season, but it became obvious that many of you gave up on completing the surveys before reaching the later seasons. For example, the number of responses for The Original Series: Season One is much higher than, say, for Voyager: Season Seven. Therefore, any given episode that had a lower volume of responses resulted in those individual votes having a greater influence on the calculation of that episode’s score. We tried to improve the statistical integrity of the poll by trying to solicit more responses, but a lot of you just wouldn’t play along. As Mike is quick to point out, you only have yourself to blame.
Now that I have bored you with all this, let’s talk about treaties, trade routes, and Jar-Jar…(oh wait, that is from that “other” franchise…)
So what have we learned? Well, here’s the countdown so far:
I am not going to reveal anything further up the list; that is for subsequent G&T podcasts and blogs. But here are some (hopefully) interesting tidbits:
- “Deep Space Nine” is the most represented series in the Top 50, coming in with 18 episodes. After that is “The Next Generation” with 15, “Enterprise” with 8, “The Original Series” with 6, and “Voyager” with 3 episodes.
- Four of the series had episodes that made the top ten, with only Enterprise not cracking the top of the list.
- In revealing the 50-35 rankings, we have yet to see an “Original Series” episode. That will change in the next couple of weeks. On the other hand, we have already seen 6 of the 8 ranked “Enterprise” episodes. And although we have 1 of the 3 “Voyager” episodes revealed, the next two won’t be appearing in the discussion for several weeks.
That’s all for now. Next week: The Bottom 10.
But, wait. There’s more.
He is the co-owner of Busy Little Beaver Productions and is the producer and co-host for G & T Show and Gates of Sto’vo’kor. He’s directed voice actors, and produced and edited audio podcasts and dramas because he doesn’t have the face for video. He plays well with others and is always on the look out for the next project, the next thing, the next next. If he wasn’t working on something with a half dozen other projects waiting in the wings, somebody please check to make sure he’s still breathing.
During the day, he’s a mild-mannered computer repair man who dabbles in web design in his small, rural, Central California community. He lives with his lovingly dysfunctional family and loyal canine companion and spends most of his time in the closet concocting some hair-brained scheme or another. He’s got an unhealthy obsession with Lego video games, Klingons, and Star Trek Online that borders on the neurotic.
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