G & T Show 50 For 50 Update – Achievement Unlocked!
Last year, we polled our listeners and asked for their fifty most beloved episodes. Listeners used whichever criteria they wanted, and the votes poured in. Allen (Kojiro Vance) was gracious enough to comb through the votes and tabulate them properly. Along the way, we had some great surprises. We just plain love how diverse our fan base is, and how passionate they are about Star Trek.
Let’s look at a few highlights of the survey.
The Original Series
There were six TOS episodes in the countdown. The lowest-ranked of the six was #31 overall, The Trouble with Tribbles. The highest-ranked episode was a surprise: Mirror, Mirror. The City on the Edge of Forever, which is normally ranked as the #1 overall when the mainstream public is ranking Star Trek episodes, clocked in at #11 overall. It was, therefore, second for all TOS episodes.
Why was Mirror, Mirror ranked higher? Could it be because it kicked off an entirely different alternate universe?
The Next Generation
There were fifteen TNG episodes in the countdown. The lowest-ranked of them all was #50 overall, The Pegasus. The top-ranked TNG episode (third overall) was The Best of Both Worlds, Part I (the second half of that two-parter was ranked at #6 overall, and was second-highest ranked for TNG).
Listeners loved the scary cliffhanger in a two-episode arc where the Borg were truly menacing. These episodes also marked a sort of turning point in the series. The series ‘found its legs’ and the show improved dramatically.
Deep Space Nine
This was the most-beloved of the five series. There were eighteen DS9 episodes in the countdown, more than for any of the other series. The lowest-ranked was #46, The Visitor. The highest-ranked episode, which was also #1 overall, was In the Pale Moonlight.
Listeners were thrilled by the moral ambiguity and believability in the top-ranked episode. The Star Trek version of The Gulf of Tonkin Incident (or even a historically revisionist Pearl Harbor) proved irresistible.
This series had the fewest episodes in the top fifty, clocking in with only three. Voyager‘s lowest-ranked episode was #42, Scorpion, Part I. The other two, however, were both parts of Year of Hell, with part 1 making it into the countdown at #5, and part 2 hitting the countdown at #13.
Whether it was the time travel and ‘second chance’ aspects of these episodes, or the sight of a ship that was damaged and stayed that way, listeners were captivated by one of the best depictions of the harshness and dangers of space in any of the series.
Enterprise was the only series which had no episodes in the top 24, barely squeaking into the top half. The lowest-ranked episode was #49, Twilight. The highest-ranking of all ENT episodes was #25, Kir’Shara. Ending two separate story arcs (the three-party Syrrannite arc and the seven-part Vulcan vs. Andoria arc), this episode adds a great deal to Vulcan backstory.
Listeners enjoyed the wrap-up to both stories within stories, as well as the rich additions to this well-known species’ background. Enterprise, like Voyager, only boasted episodes from seasons three and four (so the well-rated Shuttlepod One was shut out). TOS’s episodes only came from seasons one and two. In contrast, Deep Space Nine saw contributions from every season but their second. TNG saw contributions from every season but their first.
What do YOU Think?
Are we missing any must-have episodes? Has their been an injustice? Tell us in the Comments section!
We hope you’ve enjoyed these episodes as much as we have, and have been rewatching along with us. We value your opinions! Thank you so much for being a part of Fifty for Fifty.
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