I’m sort of doing a little happy dance up here in New York. You may know (or maybe not) that my husband and I spent a lot of time this last year re-watching all of Star Trek. We still have a few things to watch. BUT, what’s even better than all of this? My friend Elizabeth has jumped into the Trek universe and has started watching the Next Generation! I think she’s enjoying it, and deep down I knew she would!
She started with TNG, and told me she wasn’t really into the classic series because of William Shatner. I get that, BUT I suggested she should watch a few of them to really get a sense of the relationships between Kirk, Spock, and McCoy. In my opinion, there are a certain few episodes that you have to watch to understand things along the way. I was all excited about this, telling her my (amateur) thoughts on the whole thing when I decided to drag my husband into the conversation.
He’s a Trekkie whether he will admit it or not. And I put him up to the task of coming up with a viewing guide for my friend. So, here we go. I also welcome your input as well. Since Elizabeth is already into TNG, we’ve taken that into consideration. Without any further ado, here we go…
- Regardless of whether or not you like Shatner, here are some MUST SEE episodes of the Classic Series with episode numbers according to how they have been listed on Netflix: Space Seed 1.23, City on the Edge of Forever 1.29 (watch this one first), Amok Time 2.1, Mirror Mirror 2.4, Doomsday Machine 2.6, Journey to Babel 2.10, The Trouble with Tribbles 2.15. These are some of the most important episodes to know about and should be watched ASAP.
- Continue watching TNG but start Deep Space 9 after the TNG episode Chain of Command in season 6.
- He recommends that you watch both concurrently, alternating between TNG and DS9 because they aired at the same time.
- Before watching DS9 Crossover 2.23 make sure to watch the classic episode Mirror Mirror.
- When you finish TNG watch the Generations movie.
- Continue watching DS9, BUT make sure you watch the classic The Trouble with Tribbles BEFORE you watch DS9 Trials and Tribble-ations 5.6.
- Start watching Voyager after DS9 season 3 episode Past Tense. Watch concurrently because they were on at the same time.
- Bear with Voyager – there are some really terrible stories, but lots of good ones too.
- You’ll want to make sure you watch the movie First Contact BEFORE you start season 4 of Voyager.
- You can watch Insurrection any time during the rest of Voyager, then watch Nemesis after you’ve finished it.
- Start in on Enterprise, but before you watch In a Mirror, Darkly 4.18 &4.19 you have to go back and watch Classic episode Tholian Web 3.9.
- If you still have it in you to watch more, go back and watch the rebooted Star Trek before you go to see Star Trek: Into Darkness. It comes out in May!
- We’ve left off lots of classic Star Trek and some of those movies are great- Wrath of Khan and The Voyage Home are excellent as well. You may find that you get sucked in and just want to watch them all in order!
Ok. So… yeah. That was a lot of information and directives!
My favorite is TNG for sentimental reasons, though I also really enjoyed Enterprise more so that DS9 or Voyager. DS9 probably has some of the best writing/story lines – but I am drawn in by characters – and I didn’t connect with those characters as much. Jeff says that DS9 starts off slow but really gets good just prior to when Worf joins the cast. He believes the acting (regulars and guests) is really good. After Classic, Jeff can’t decide between Enterprise and DS9 for his favorite.
I can’t wait to talk about this with you! Maybe we’ll even try playing Star Trek: Scene It when you’re all finished.
Others are welcome to share their thoughts – but please, no SPOILERS!