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2012-03-23 12:19:07 PM  
Oh, c'mon! A Piece of the Action was farkin' awesome.
 
2012-03-23 12:24:44 PM  
Without even reading the list: Shades of Grey. Does it only include TOS episodes? If so, still Shades of Grey. It's so horrid it breaks even that rule.

Shades of Grey was a clip show. A clip show. As the second season TNG season finale. Among Riker's various "memories" are events he woudn't be able to possibly reccollect, including some he wasn't present for.

And it was a farkin' clip show.

::Reads::

Oh cool, it made it. But yeah, These Are The Voyages was bad, too.
 
2012-03-23 12:28:41 PM  
Glad to see the Scottish rape ghost planet made the list.
 
2012-03-23 12:29:35 PM  

Thrabalen: Without even reading the list: Shades of Grey. Does it only include TOS episodes? If so, still Shades of Grey. It's so horrid it breaks even that rule.

Shades of Grey was a clip show. A clip show. As the second season TNG season finale. Among Riker's various "memories" are events he woudn't be able to possibly reccollect, including some he wasn't present for.

And it was a farkin' clip show.

::Reads::

Oh cool, it made it. But yeah, These Are The Voyages was bad, too.


Threshold, baby. Possibly the worst hour of television in Star Trek history.
 
2012-03-23 12:31:12 PM  
Oh, and they forgot the TNG episode where everyone devolves into lemurs and dogs and fish people and sh*t.
 
2012-03-23 12:33:54 PM  
They dissed Melvin!

/a lawyer playing an evil angel... whodathunkit
 
2012-03-23 12:34:55 PM  
What's the one with Tasha Yar cat-fighting on the jungle gym? That's the worst ST:TNG episode.

For the Original Series - I'd pick "Patterns of Force" because of the Nazis. Silly episode.
 
2012-03-23 12:36:40 PM  
Oh, and for the record, here's they are without slideshow (in series order):

Star Trek
Operation: Annihilate
The Omega Glory
A Piece of the Action
And The Children Shall Lead
Spock's Brain
The Way To Eden
Let That Be Your Last Battlefield

The Next Generation
Genesis (TNG)
Justice
Angel One
Code of Honor
The Last Outpost
Shades of Grey
Skin of Evil
Sub Rosa

Deep Space Nine
Let He Who Is Without Sin
Valiant

Voyager
Endgame
Course: Oblivion
Threshold

Enterprise
These Are The Voyages
A Night In Sickbay
Impulse
 
2012-03-23 12:39:41 PM  
Threshold. There is no debate.

Endgame is the most disappointing.
 
2012-03-23 12:43:40 PM  
Ok - The Omega Glory was worse than Patterns of Force.

Between William Shatner and Morgan Woodward not an ounce of scenery was left unchewed.
 
2012-03-23 12:44:28 PM  

Shostie: Oh, and they forgot the TNG episode where everyone devolves into lemurs and dogs and fish people and sh*t.


I don't think they did, unless my memory is bad concerning what the episode Genesis was about.
 
2012-03-23 12:48:00 PM  

GAT_00: Threshold. There is no debate.


I never saw this episode. I just read the wiki on it, and wow, that just sounds terrible on many levels.
 
2012-03-23 12:49:10 PM  
I'm sorry but Spock's Brain and The Way To Eden are 2 of the very best TOS episodes for sheer cheese factor,
/BRAIN? BRAIN? WHAT IS BRAIN?
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2012-03-23 12:53:12 PM  
TOS Spock's Brain
TNG Silicon Avatar
 
2012-03-23 12:53:20 PM  
The answer is every Voyager and Enterprise episode ever made.
 
2012-03-23 12:56:00 PM  

Organic Chemistry: Shostie: Oh, and they forgot the TNG episode where everyone devolves into lemurs and dogs and fish people and sh*t.

I don't think they did, unless my memory is bad concerning what the episode Genesis was about.


Oh, wait. You're right.

*leaves thread satisfied*
 
2012-03-23 01:00:26 PM  
Sorry, at least they wrote Threshold. They threw a bunch of film at an editor and said "make an episode out of these scraps" and Shades of Grey was born.
 
2012-03-23 01:01:19 PM  

WTF Indeed: The answer is every Voyager and Enterprise episode ever made.


Living Witness is a fantastic episode so no.
 
2012-03-23 01:04:51 PM  

Thrabalen: Sorry, at least they wrote Threshold. They threw a bunch of film at an editor and said "make an episode out of these scraps" and Shades of Grey was born.


In their defense - this episode was done during the writer's strike, so they had no new material coming in.
 
2012-03-23 01:08:18 PM  

TheGrayCat: Thrabalen: Sorry, at least they wrote Threshold. They threw a bunch of film at an editor and said "make an episode out of these scraps" and Shades of Grey was born.

In their defense - this episode was done during the writer's strike, so they had no new material coming in.


That defends the creators, but not the episode. I'm not going to judge each episode on what was going on at Paramount at the time it was made... maybe the writers of Threshold were really stressed when they wrote it... I'm judging each episode on its merits. And a clip show has none. Better to postpone than pull that stunt.
 
2012-03-23 01:11:03 PM  

TheGrayCat: Thrabalen: Sorry, at least they wrote Threshold. They threw a bunch of film at an editor and said "make an episode out of these scraps" and Shades of Grey was born.

In their defense - this episode was done during the writer's strike, so they had no new material coming in.


Yeah. Shades of Grey shouldn't count--it was an episode that was never meant to happen.

I also note that this list is not, in fact, the 170-odd episodes long that voyager shat all over anything resembling Star Trek. So they've already failed.


/I only accept Enterprise as an alternate timeline that begins with First Contact and ends (currently) with Trek09
//even then, most of its first two seasons and the entire premise for season 3 are ludicrous
///if it had started as Season 4, it would've been awesome
 
2012-03-23 01:18:58 PM  
If we're discounting Shades of Grey s "it shouldn't have happened" then I'm discounting Threshold as "officially non-canon". They disavowed it. So the new worst would be The Omega Glory. Because that's the most jingoism I've ever seen, and I'm a Captain America fan.
 
2012-03-23 01:23:43 PM  

Thrabalen: If we're discounting Shades of Grey s "it shouldn't have happened" then I'm discounting Threshold as "officially non-canon". They disavowed it. So the new worst would be The Omega Glory. Because that's the most jingoism I've ever seen, and I'm a Captain America fan.


But....you're going back on what you JUST said... Shades of Grey was never meant to happen--as you so correctly put it: They threw a bunch of film at an editor and said "make an episode out of these scraps". And Threshold was actually written.
 
2012-03-23 01:24:30 PM  
I don't even like TOS but I'd say Catspaw. Definitely Catspaw

*clicks link*

What? Vic Tayback, Frank Gorshin, and Space Hippies are NOT worse than a freakin' Halloween episode! Last Battlefield is preachy & heavy-handed, yeah, but it has Frank Gorshin. Piece of the Action is a dumb premise but I did kinda like it, and The Way to Eden was goofy, trippy fun. Catspaw had a giant black cat swatting at Kirk & Spock.
 
2012-03-23 01:27:45 PM  

NeedlesslyCanadian: Thrabalen: If we're discounting Shades of Grey s "it shouldn't have happened" then I'm discounting Threshold as "officially non-canon". They disavowed it. So the new worst would be The Omega Glory. Because that's the most jingoism I've ever seen, and I'm a Captain America fan.

But....you're going back on what you JUST said... Shades of Grey was never meant to happen--as you so correctly put it: They threw a bunch of film at an editor and said "make an episode out of these scraps". And Threshold was actually written.


Both were filmed and televised, so both are episodes. Either they both count or neither does... Shades of Grey because it had no real script, and Threshold because it's been officially "revoked".
 
2012-03-23 01:27:54 PM  

GAT_00: Living Witness is a fantastic episode so no.


That was terrible too. "oh lets do an hour long program about how history gets clouded after 700 years." Even the best episodes of Voyager and Enterprise wouldn't even compare the good ones TOS, TNG, and DS9.
 
2012-03-23 01:29:19 PM  

Thrabalen: Valiant


Really? What's wrong with Valiant? It's not a brilliant episode, but its good.
 
2012-03-23 01:30:41 PM  
What was the one with turning Quark and a bunch of others into some kind of farking stupid board game? That one was retarded.
 
2012-03-23 01:31:29 PM  

WTF Indeed: GAT_00: Living Witness is a fantastic episode so no.

That was terrible too. "oh lets do an hour long program about how history gets clouded after 700 years." Even the best episodes of Voyager and Enterprise wouldn't even compare the good ones TOS, TNG, and DS9.


How is Living Witness all that different from The Inner Light? Same premise: remembering history, and completely out of context of the actual storyline.
 
2012-03-23 01:33:17 PM  

GAT_00: WTF Indeed: GAT_00: Living Witness is a fantastic episode so no.

That was terrible too. "oh lets do an hour long program about how history gets clouded after 700 years." Even the best episodes of Voyager and Enterprise wouldn't even compare the good ones TOS, TNG, and DS9.

How is Living Witness all that different from The Inner Light? Same premise: remembering history, and completely out of context of the actual storyline.


Your comparison of those two episodes is the most dumbest thing I've heard in years. And I've heard Dave try to explain the housing crisis.
 
2012-03-23 01:33:20 PM  

brigid_fitch: Catspaw had a giant black cat swatting at Kirk & Spock


But it also had really, goofy pipe cleaner bugs at the end! Alien pipe cleaner bugs!

/I always wanted an Enterprise necklace like the one from that episode.
 
2012-03-23 01:34:36 PM  

DamnYankees: GAT_00: WTF Indeed: GAT_00: Living Witness is a fantastic episode so no.

That was terrible too. "oh lets do an hour long program about how history gets clouded after 700 years." Even the best episodes of Voyager and Enterprise wouldn't even compare the good ones TOS, TNG, and DS9.

How is Living Witness all that different from The Inner Light? Same premise: remembering history, and completely out of context of the actual storyline.

Your comparison of those two episodes is the most dumbest thing I've heard in years. And I've heard Dave try to explain the housing crisis.


You just can't stand any positive approval of Voyager, so go away. Yes you hate it, I get it. Now shoo.
 
2012-03-23 01:35:53 PM  

GAT_00: DamnYankees: GAT_00: WTF Indeed: GAT_00: Living Witness is a fantastic episode so no.

That was terrible too. "oh lets do an hour long program about how history gets clouded after 700 years." Even the best episodes of Voyager and Enterprise wouldn't even compare the good ones TOS, TNG, and DS9.

How is Living Witness all that different from The Inner Light? Same premise: remembering history, and completely out of context of the actual storyline.

Your comparison of those two episodes is the most dumbest thing I've heard in years. And I've heard Dave try to explain the housing crisis.

You just can't stand any positive approval of Voyager, so go away. Yes you hate it, I get it. Now shoo.


It's a Happy Endings quote. Calm yourself.
 
2012-03-23 01:37:30 PM  

TheGrayCat: Thrabalen: Sorry, at least they wrote Threshold. They threw a bunch of film at an editor and said "make an episode out of these scraps" and Shades of Grey was born.

In their defense - this episode was done during the writer's strike, so they had no new material coming in.


A lot of the really bad ones from TNG were due to the writer's strike: Troi's baby (a script from when The Motion Picture was supposed to be a series), Angel One (an old script from another Roddenberry show, "Planet Earth"), Code of Honor was from a rejected TOS script, IIRC, etc.
 
2012-03-23 01:39:19 PM  
Pretty accurate list, but I have to disagree with the inclusion of 'Endgame'. Sure, time travel is always hokey on its face, but they pulled it all together nicely by the end of the episode.

At least they didn't reduce the VOY crew to a holodeck simulation.
 
2012-03-23 01:39:44 PM  

GAT_00: How is Living Witness all that different from The Inner Light? Same premise: remembering history, and completely out of context of the actual storyline.


Because Inner Light was an character-expanding episode that changed the character of Picard into a better person, and Living Witness was a preachy shiatshow of an episode based on the idea that they left a backup disk of the Doctor in the bowels of a planet.

I had to look up Living Witness because I had blocked that episode from my mind. Thanks for bringing it back.
 
2012-03-23 01:44:15 PM  

WTF Indeed: I had to look up Living Witness because I had blocked that episode from my mind. Thanks for bringing it back.


Living Witness is not a 'bad' episode. It probably is one of Voyager's best, but its very mediocre.
 
2012-03-23 01:47:51 PM  
My knee jerk reaction is Threshold

But there are some missing top stinkers in the list... Enterprises' Precious Cargo comes to mind... the DS9 episode were Mrs. Troy makes people fall in love with each other has gotta be worse than Valiant.
 
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2012-03-23 01:51:15 PM  
I remember seeing the hippie one as a kid and thinking it sucked donkey nuts.

WTF Indeed: The answer is every Voyager and Enterprise episode ever made.


Except for the episodes with the hot, buttered Vulcan chick. Those (or parts thereof) were watchable.
 
2012-03-23 01:51:37 PM  

DamnYankees: Living Witness is not a 'bad' episode. It probably is one of Voyager's best, but its very mediocre.


See that's why I couldn't make it to the end of either show. Almost every episode was bad, and when they did have a good episode it was lost in the rest of suckiness. I'm not going to watch shiatty sci-fi just because it's sci-fi.
 
2012-03-23 01:52:12 PM  

kbronsito: My knee jerk reaction is Threshold

But there are some missing top stinkers in the list... Enterprises' Precious Cargo comes to mind... the DS9 episode were Mrs. Troy makes people fall in love with each other has gotta be worse than Valiant.


I liked Valiant. It seemed like the logical extension of the Nova Squadron and the Red Squadron that was hinted on in Homefront.
 
2012-03-23 01:57:07 PM  
Would have been nice if they could have provided some synopsis of each episode and maybe some reasons explaining why it was bad. Instead we get one of the laziest slide shows in history. Episode name, a single photo, and one unhelpful line of text.
 
2012-03-23 02:03:07 PM  

RexTalionis: kbronsito: My knee jerk reaction is Threshold

But there are some missing top stinkers in the list... Enterprises' Precious Cargo comes to mind... the DS9 episode were Mrs. Troy makes people fall in love with each other has gotta be worse than Valiant.

I liked Valiant. It seemed like the logical extension of the Nova Squadron and the Red Squadron that was hinted on in Homefront.


The story was fine. I fault the acting in Valiant. I guess i'd rate it as a mediocre episode and not one for the stinker list. That episode with the alien muse (I guess its called Muse) was terrible. That could also be on the DS9 list instead of Valiant.
 
2012-03-23 02:11:00 PM  

Grand_Moff_Joseph: Pretty accurate list, but I have to disagree with the inclusion of 'Endgame'. Sure, time travel is always hokey on its face, but they pulled it all together nicely by the end of the episode.

At least they didn't reduce the VOY crew to a holodeck simulation.


Bull. Captain biatch and Moan About the Prime Directive for seven seasons decides that altering history is cool, creates a temporal paradox in so doing, gives Starfleet impossibly ubertech and thereby destroys any hope of future Star Trek, and completes the series's complete pussification of the Borg? What an absolute clusferfark of an episode. Not to mention that the transwarp hub with hundreds (if not THOUSANDS) of Borg ships has one of its tunnel termini within spitting distance of Earth, when every Borg attack we've seen to that point consisted of a lone Cube lumbering its way through Fed space on its way to Earth.

No, that episode was unforgivably bad. Completely appropriate to the abomination that was voyager.
 
2012-03-23 02:16:21 PM  
Oh and those Voyager episodes in the irish town have got to suck worse than endgame or course oblivion.
 
2012-03-23 02:19:50 PM  
Most of seasons 1 and 2 of TNG sucked.

However, one episode that wasn't mentioned from TNG that deserved top be on there more than Scottish Rape Ghost was Force of Nature, the one that gave us the Warp 5 speed limit.

In fact, season 7 of TNG had a lot of uncharacteristically bad episodes... Sub Rosa, Force of Nature, Masks... The show was showing its age by then.
 
2012-03-23 02:24:34 PM  
IMHO, "Spock's Brain".
 
2012-03-23 02:32:38 PM  
I know it's probably going to be Spock's Brain that will get the most votes (reputation pick), but oh my God it's absolutely Genesis.
 
2012-03-23 02:33:06 PM  

Kurmudgeon: I'm sorry but Spock's Brain and The Way To Eden are 2 of the very best TOS episodes for sheer cheese factor,
/BRAIN? BRAIN? WHAT IS BRAIN?
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Yeah brother.
 
2012-03-23 02:34:21 PM  
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