Great Star Trek Rewatch: Master List

Star Trek. My First Love. My Last Fandom. So many of your episodes scarred my pre-pubescent years. So many of your episodes internalized themselves that I can't watch TNG without subconciously remembering the plot. I don't know what I would have done without you in my life - but that doesn't change the fact that I ruthlessly will tear every episode apart and rank them in order of amazingness.

  1. The Circle: s2e2, there is a lot I love about this episode, but Kira's packing scene has to be one of the most well-written and well-acted scenes, to the extent that it stands out as one of the most memorable scenes of the series. Add in the looming Bajorian civil war and you have the recipie for a perfect episode.

  2. Necessary Evil: s2e8, Where do I even begin? The nior detective story wrapping bookends the story perfectly, and the intersplicing of Occupation past and Federation present was even more perfect. Whoever did the cutting of this episode deserves a medal. Between that and the moment when Kira / Odo finally makes sense - and there are several of those - and this episode is easily one of the best.

  3. In The Hands of the Prophets: s1e20, introducing the love-to-hate future-Kai Winn, and summing up the accomplishments of the season far better than Archer ever managed.

  4. Cardassians: s2e5, In addition to being the episdoe that made popkin16 understand my love of Garak, we get to see Dukat being Dukat (really, he and Winn are a match made in heaven) and get real feels for Cardassians in general and Rugal in specific.

  5. The Homecoming: s2e1, Kira gets the chance to be a BAMF and rescue a Bajorian war hero, with the added moral quanderies inherant in most DS9 episodes, and one of the few outfits that stands the test of time - plus O'Brian pretending to be Kira's pimp.

  6. Emissary: s1e1/2, with one of the more fasinating philosophical dicussions to occur in the early seasons between Sisko and the Prophets.

  7. Past Prologue: s1e3, introducing one of my all time favourite characters, Garak, and setting the series' otp sail.

  8. The Foresaken: s1e17, Lwaxana comes to the station, and you've got to adore how utterly herself she is, and how she ends up forming a wonderful friendship (of sorts) with Odo.

  9. Duet: s1e19, Cardassian war crimes versus Bajoran residual anger versus black-and-white good-versus-evil morality. One of those episodes that really makes you think.

  10. Battle Lines: s1e13, Kira alone makes this episode - though again the moral quandary at the heart of it all makes for a wonderfully enjoyable episode.

  11. Progress: s1e15, Kira has to weigh her responsibilies as an officer against her natural tendency to support the underdog. Well done, though could've used some more B-plot.

  12. Dramatis Personae: s1e18, an amazingly well acted "alien tech made them do it" episode, with Odo as the reluctant hero

  13. The Siege: s2e3, The somewhat lackluster conclusion of The Circle Arc, we get very little resolution for a bad guy that has been built up for several episodes now. The Kira and Dax scenes are hillarious, but that's not enough for me to move past the ending.

  14. Rules of Acqusition: s2e7, A decent Ferangi episode, with Rom at his "I love my brother" best and Quark actually showing non-profit-related emotions in regards to Pel. I still think Pel deserved to be a recurring character at the very least, but this episode is still satisfying - especially with The Dominion namedropping.

  15. Sanctuary: s2e10, The plot was good. The acting was good. Kira and Quark were amazing in their roles - and yet this episode seems to drag until the very end. Could have been better, could have been much worse.

  16. Captive Persuit: s1e6, I love the relationship that grows between the alien and O'Brian, but really, the plot feels somewhat contrived.

  17. Vortex: s1e12, True Neutral Odo has to deal with his first crisis of conscience.

  18. Babel: s1e5, a typical "alien virius" episode, made interesting by Bashir's gawkiness and Odo and Quark's wonderfully atypical friendship

  19. A Man Alone: s1e4, Mostly background on Odo and the Occupation, but fairly well handled.

  20. Second Sight: s2e9, I get that they wanted to define Sisko this season, but I don't see how this romance was supposed to do it. The whole thing seems more out of character than anything else, and the only thing that actually made this all work was Seyetik and how everyone banded together in disliking him.

  21. Melora: s2e6, The 90s specific people-with-disabilities-are-people-too requiste episode, which is mostly good save for the inexplicable romance that crops up between Melora and Bashir. The Klingon resturanter makes it all worth it though.

  22. Invasive Procedures: s2e4, This one ranks above "Dax" because a) stuff happens and b) Quark's hiss towards the middle of the episode. Otherwise, the let's-steal-the-symbiont-while-the-station-is-empty is annoying and a little too remincent of "The Catwalk," despite being made almost ten years earlier.

  23. Dax: s1e8, I consider this the "cutoff" line between the good and dross in DS9. Interesting plot, somewhat plodding follow through.

  24. If Wishes Were Horses: s1e16, Rumpelstiltskien, enough said.

  25. The Passenger: s1e9, Bashir's body gets taken over by a serial killer. A cookie cutter ST "mental rape" episode. *shudder*

  26. The Storyteller: s1e14, a slightly better version of "The Nagus" with O'Brian in Quark's position.

  27. The Nagus: s1e11, a Ferangi episode only made interesting by the mention of Ferangi burial traditions and a Nog B-plot.

  28. Q-Less: s1e7, Sisko punches Q to show how not!Picard he is, with series appropriate questional clothing choices.

  29. Move Along Home: s1e10, easily the worst DS9 episode ever made for many reasons, but particularly these 26 seconds. *cringe*