Saturday, July 18, 2009

Let That Be Your List Battlefield

In the classic Futurama episode "Where No Fan has Gone Before," Fry sums up the series as "79 episodes, about 30 good ones."

Well, let's stick to ten. Just what are the ten best Trek episodes (Or TOS, if you were born after 1975)

Top Ten Episodes According to Entertainment Weekly
1. "The City on the Edge of Forever"
2. "Space Seed"
3. "Mirror, Mirror"
4. "The Doomsday Machine"
5. "Amok Time"
6. "The Devil in the Dark"
7. "The Trouble With Tribbles"
8. "This Side of Paradise"
9. "The Enterprise Incident"
10. "Journey to Babel"

Top Ten Episodes According to
1. "The City on the Edge of Forever"
2. "Balance of Terror"
3. "Mirror, Mirror"
4. "Space Seed"
5. "The Trouble With Tribbles"
6. "Where No Man Has Gone Before"
7. "The Enemy Within"
8. "The Naked Time"
9. "This Side of Paradise"
10. "Arena"

Top Ten User Rated Episodes on (on 7/18/09)
The City on the Edge of Forever
Mirror, Mirror
Balance of Terror
Space Seed
The Doomsday Machine
The Trouble with Tribbles
Amok Time
The Devil in the Dark
The Menagerie: Part II
The Menagerie: Part I

Now,to make Best of the Best List, I gave each episode 20 points for each list it made, minus whatever rank# it got on each list appearance.

1) City on the Edge of Forever (57)
2) Mirror, Mirror (52)
3) Space Seed (50)
4) The Trouble With Tribbles (42)
5) Balance of Terror (35)
6) Doomsday (31)
7) Amok Time (29)
8) The Devil in the Dark (26)
9) Journey to Babel (20)
10) Where No Man Has Gone before (14)

Finally, here's my own list...
1) Mirror, Mirror
2) Journey to Babel
3) Naked Time
4) Day of the Dove
5) The Enterprise Incident
6) Doomsday Device
7) Shore Leave
8) A Piece of the Action
9) The Squire of Gothos
10) I, Mudd

...and the how it would effect the consensus

1) Mirror, Mirror (71)
2) City on the Edge of Forever (57)
3) Space Seed (50)
4) Doomsday Device (46)
5) The Trouble With Tribbles (42)
6) Journey to Babel (38)
7) Balance of Terror (35)
8) The Naked Time (29-Tie)
8) Amok Time (29-Tie)
10) Devil in the Dark (26-Tie)
10) The Enterprise Incident (26-Tie)



At 7/20/09, 6:07 AM, Anonymous Boston Bill said...

So, how many episodes in total made at least one of the best of? I doubt that it was 30, but it might give us most of Fry's list!

At 7/20/09, 6:58 AM, Anonymous Boston Bill said...

Okay, my compulsive side got the better of me.

Presenting what are probably 21 of Fry's "good 30" (in no particular order)...

1. The City on the Edge of Forever
2. Space Seed
3. Mirror, Mirror
4. The Doomsday Machine
5. Amok Time
6. The Devil in the Dark
7. The Trouble With Tribbles
8. This Side of Paradise
9. The Enterprise Incident
10. Journey to Babel
11. Balance of Terror
12. Where No Man Has Gone Before
13. The Naked Time
14. Arena
15. The Menagerie: Part I
16. The Menagerie: Part II
17. Day of the Dove
18. Shore Leave
19. A Piece of the Action
20. The Squire of Gothos
21. I, Mudd

At 8/10/09, 11:05 AM, Blogger Monster, Indeed! said...

Definitely a list of good episodes. Never did see why City on the Edge of Forever is such a a renowned episode, though. I always thought the resolution was awkward (and it turns it it went through some rewriting.)


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