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2013-06-20 02:26:06 AM
Season 2 finale, TNG
 
2013-06-20 02:53:22 AM
So many to choose from, but only one stands out from the rest,

the true worst of the worst:

img.fark.net
 
2013-06-20 03:54:30 AM
Let that be your last battlefield...

I mean, sure... I get the heavy handed message for when it was made, but damn..

Threshold wins by default though.

Best? Way of the warrior.
 
2013-06-20 06:43:23 AM
Either Threshold from Voyager or the Enterprise series finale.
 
2013-06-20 06:45:17 AM

MurphyMurphy: So many to choose from, but only one stands out from the rest,

the true worst of the worst:


Is that really worse than the one where the crew "genetically regressed" and Barclay turned into a giant spider?
 
2013-06-20 06:51:36 AM
Spocks Brain (TOS)
Threshold (Voyager)
All of Enterprise season 2
The Naked Now (TNG)
Star Trek: The Motion Picture (I know they said TV series, but this movie is so bad I just had to put it on the list)
 
2013-06-20 07:01:37 AM

fusillade762: MurphyMurphy: So many to choose from, but only one stands out from the rest,

the true worst of the worst:

Is that really worse than the one where the crew "genetically regressed" and Barclay turned into a giant spider?


Aw man, I liked that one.

I was 14 and the idea of a de-evolved (devolved?) Klingon killing everything sounded pretty sweet.
Also when Troi pops up out of her bathtub it scared the crap out of me.

And Barclay should be grateful. Turning into a spider was one of the less shiattier things the writers did to him.

/data should have turned into a dot matrix printer
 
2013-06-20 07:04:04 AM
Also, what about that Enterprise episode when the Klingons kidnapped Phlox and forced him to create a cure that made them lose their head ridges?

THE HEADRIDGES ISSUE SHOULD HAVE NEVER BEEN EXPLAINED! It should have been left with Warf on D7 saying "we dont like to talk about it".
 
2013-06-20 07:05:12 AM

cman: Also, what about that Enterprise episode when the Klingons kidnapped Phlox and forced him to create a cure that made them lose their head ridges?

THE HEADRIDGES ISSUE SHOULD HAVE NEVER BEEN EXPLAINED! It should have been left with Warf on K7 saying "we dont like to talk about it".


Fixt. K7 is not D7
 
2013-06-20 07:18:33 AM
ST:TOS "And the Children Shall Lead"

I hated it when I was 12.
 
2013-06-20 07:32:06 AM

AirForceVet: ST:TOS "And the Children Shall Lead"

I hated it when I was 12.


Wow you're old
 
2013-06-20 07:34:26 AM
ST:TNG Season 2

That show didn't really get going until the Borg showed up
 
2013-06-20 07:39:31 AM
The one where Yoda does all those flips and crap while fighting Count Dooku.
 
2013-06-20 07:43:23 AM
What You Leave Behind because it meant no more DS9 and that made me sad.
 
2013-06-20 07:55:11 AM
Threshold.

That's the list.
 
2013-06-20 07:57:39 AM

SurfaceTension: ST:TNG Season 2

That show didn't really get going until the Borg showed up


Oh good, I just finished the episode before Q Who? and felt it was kinda dragging.

Don't get me wrong, I like the leadership style of Picard and the fact the crew don't stand soclosetogetherwhentheytalklikeinVoyager, but the missions seem a little too reminiscent of the less interesting TOS episodes.

So far I finished watching the entire TOS, VOY and ENT, started on TNG and will finish with DS9.  Linear continuity can suck it.
 
2013-06-20 08:00:26 AM
Every episode of "DS9-Trekking Quarks Bar"
 
2013-06-20 08:02:54 AM
upload.wikimedia.org
"Brain and Brain!!" ~Stamp~ "What is Brain??"
 
2013-06-20 08:04:25 AM
Episode I: "The Phantom Menace"
 
2013-06-20 08:07:30 AM
Shades of Gray.

Why is this even a question?
 
2013-06-20 08:07:39 AM

fusillade762: MurphyMurphy: So many to choose from, but only one stands out from the rest,

the true worst of the worst:

Is that really worse than the one where the crew "genetically regressed" and Barclay turned into a giant spider?


That was my vote for worst up until "Threshold" came out. Both were worse than the TOS episode where Apollo tried stealing the Enterprise.

And speaking of Enterprise, there's nothing redeeming about the first or second seasons of that show. The directing was awful, the writing was so boring that they had to get animal-people involved, and Jolene Blalock looks her best when the volume's on mute.

The Beverly Crusher ghost episode was not good, but at least it gave Gates McFadden something to do. Plus it had this bodice-ripper vibe to it that I found very entertaining for its complete goofiness.
 
2013-06-20 08:10:07 AM

MusicMakeMyHeadPound: Plus it had this bodice-ripper vibe to it that I found very entertaining for its complete goofiness


That's because the story was 100% ripped off from some bodice-ripper novel and given a thin coat of TNG paint. They got sued and lost, over that one. Now if only they got sued because it sucked.
 
2013-06-20 08:10:22 AM
That episode of TNG where Riker gets stung by some alien plant that causes him to go into a coma. What saves him is Diana and Dr. Crusher basically inducing 'good feelings / memories' inside Riker in order to wake him up.

That episode was basically a bunch of flash backs from previous episodes edited together and delivered by a really ridiculous plot.

One of the more painful Star Trek episodes I've ever had to watch.
 
2013-06-20 08:13:34 AM
The original series
 
2013-06-20 08:16:54 AM
I'd say the episode where the transporter was broken.
 
2013-06-20 08:17:05 AM
What, no votes for TNG's  Code of Justice, aka "Fear of a Black Planet"?
 
2013-06-20 08:22:37 AM
This is tough since every episode of Enterprise and all of Voyager sans about five episodes were terrible beyond words. It would have to be something in either TNG or DS9. I don't think DS9 gets the level of critique the rest of the series do.
 
2013-06-20 08:23:04 AM

tbhouston: The original series


Everything but the original series.
 
2013-06-20 08:23:35 AM

Cythraul: That episode was basically a bunch of flash backs from previous episodes edited together and delivered by a really ridiculous plot.


I think that had something to do with the writer's strike in season 2.
 
2013-06-20 08:23:46 AM

MurphyMurphy: So many to choose from, but only one stands out from the rest,

the true worst of the worst:


No crapping on Sub Rosa!

At the least it features Crusher masturbating on screen.
 
2013-06-20 08:26:05 AM
Any episode of TNG that had... crap, I can't say his name here, can I?
 
2013-06-20 08:26:07 AM

Mugato: Cythraul: That episode was basically a bunch of flash backs from previous episodes edited together and delivered by a really ridiculous plot.

I think that had something to do with the writer's strike in season 2.


No excuses! It was still a bad episode.
 
2013-06-20 08:26:53 AM

Mugato: Cythraul: That episode was basically a bunch of flash backs from previous episodes edited together and delivered by a really ridiculous plot.

I think that had something to do with the writer's strike in season 2.


You shouldn't be able to count the clip show episode. It has to be an official union writer-approved episode. Something that got through all levels of editing and producing to become a stain on your senses.
 
2013-06-20 08:28:06 AM

Big_Fat_Liar: tbhouston: The original series

Everything but the original series.


NERD FIGHT! :)

Seriously though, I never really watched TOS until a few years ago.  Picked up the Blu Rays.  Surprising how many stories that series told that still hold up today.
 
2013-06-20 08:28:24 AM

FirstNationalBastard: What, no votes for TNG's  Code of Justice, aka "Fear of a Black Planet"?


the 1st and last time they created an entire alien species, just by casting a single human ethnicity.
"Hey guys, I got an idea, instead of all that expensive makeup, let's just cast black people!"  (and everyone nodded.)
 
2013-06-20 08:30:04 AM

Cythraul: That episode of TNG where Riker gets stung by some alien plant that causes him to go into a coma. What saves him is Diana and Dr. Crusher basically inducing 'good feelings / memories' inside Riker in order to wake him up.

That episode was basically a bunch of flash backs from previous episodes edited together and delivered by a really ridiculous plot.

One of the more painful Star Trek episodes I've ever had to watch.


That one's been mentioned - TNG, "Shades of Gray".

Me? I haven't really watched enough Trek to make a truly educated judgement, but of what I have watched, I'd have to say TNG, "The Naked Now".
 
2013-06-20 08:31:11 AM

buntz: Shades of Gray.

Why is this even a question?


I thought it was already agreed.  Clip shows always suck, especially when it's after only two bad seasons with a bad story to tie it together.
 
2013-06-20 08:31:54 AM

SurfaceTension: ST:TNG Season 2

That show didn't really get going until the Borg showed up


To be fair, TNG season 2 happened during a writer's strike, some episodes were based on unused scripts from the aborted Star Trek: Phase II series, the episode count was cut from 26 to 22, and the season finale was basically a clip show. At least we got "Q Who?" and "Measure Of A Man" out of it.
 
2013-06-20 08:33:43 AM

brainlordmesomorph: FirstNationalBastard: What, no votes for TNG's  Code of Justice, aka "Fear of a Black Planet"?

the 1st and last time they created an entire alien species, just by casting a single human ethnicity.
"Hey guys, I got an idea, instead of all that expensive makeup, let's just cast black people!"  (and everyone nodded.)


Eventually, though, they did it again by saying that many Native Americans farked off and started their own planet, which Picard had to evict them from by giving them Rop'ngor-infected blankets.
 
2013-06-20 08:34:41 AM

FuryOfFirestorm: SurfaceTension: ST:TNG Season 2

That show didn't really get going until the Borg showed up

To be fair, TNG season 2 happened during a writer's strike, some episodes were based on unused scripts from the aborted Star Trek: Phase II series, the episode count was cut from 26 to 22, and the season finale was basically a clip show. At least we got "Q Who?" and "Measure Of A Man" out of it.


Anything with Q was excellent. Shame they didn't feature him in one of the TNG movies.
 
2013-06-20 08:34:49 AM
Parallels. It made the whole series pointless...everyone is disposable because there are infinite alternate universes only slightly different. It cheappens everything that happens.

Also any episode where Beverly was the central character.
 
2013-06-20 08:34:51 AM

SurfaceTension: That show didn't really get going until the Borg showed up Riker grew his beard


fixed.
 
2013-06-20 08:35:23 AM

TOS:


img.fark.net


TNG:



Irish potato farmers innnnn spaaaaaaaaaaaace

img.fark.net


DS9:

Baseball playing Vulcans
img.fark.net

Voyager:

img.fark.net

Enterprise:

The entire last episode. It was so bad it makes people think, quite incorrectly, the whole series was awful

img.fark.net

Who can pick just one of these? They're all so awful.
/that odo smiling picture is dying to be a meme though
 
2013-06-20 08:36:27 AM

FirstNationalBastard: What, no votes for TNG's  Code of Justice, aka "Fear of a Black Planet"?


You mean, "Code Of Honor". Even the cast thought it was racist crap. Probably explains why Worf didn't appear in the episode. "Angel One", aka "Amazon Women On The Moon" aka "Earth Boys Are Easy" was just as laughably bad.
 
2013-06-20 08:36:29 AM

autofire372: Cythraul: That episode of TNG where Riker gets stung by some alien plant that causes him to go into a coma. What saves him is Diana and Dr. Crusher basically inducing 'good feelings / memories' inside Riker in order to wake him up.

That episode was basically a bunch of flash backs from previous episodes edited together and delivered by a really ridiculous plot.

One of the more painful Star Trek episodes I've ever had to watch.

That one's been mentioned - TNG, "Shades of Gray".

Me? I haven't really watched enough Trek to make a truly educated judgement, but of what I have watched, I'd have to say TNG, "The Naked Now".


Naked Now was a good episode, when it was called The Naked Time and done on TOS. But Shoehorning Wesley saves the ship into it was bad.

However, there were many worse episodes in season one alone, like Fear of a Black Planet, or Justice, the episode where jiggling titties and bouncing wangs are supposed to make up for huge plot holes like the fact that Picard says he can't interfere with a planet's legal system to save a crewmember only a week after he interfered with a planet's legal system to save a crewmember.
 
2013-06-20 08:36:30 AM

MurphyMurphy: So many to choose from, but only one stands out from the rest,

the true worst of the worst:

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Damn good choice. That is my #2

Lonely Among Us, however, is worse. SO farkING BAD

P for Picard???? you must be flipping kidding...
 
2013-06-20 08:36:47 AM

larkmaj: Clip shows always suck, especially when it's after only two bad seasons with a bad story to tie it together.


Really, who makes a clip show after only two seasons? I expected them to run out of episodes to flashback to and had to say, "Remember that time Riker got stung by something and we had t reminisce about stuff?"
 
2013-06-20 08:37:32 AM

Jim from Saint Paul: The entire last episode. It was so bad it makes people think, quite incorrectly, the whole series was awful


Most of the series was awful. But for Enterprise, the worst episode was "A Night in Sickbay".
 
2013-06-20 08:37:50 AM

FirstNationalBastard: brainlordmesomorph: FirstNationalBastard: What, no votes for TNG's  Code of Justice, aka "Fear of a Black Planet"?

the 1st and last time they created an entire alien species, just by casting a single human ethnicity.
"Hey guys, I got an idea, instead of all that expensive makeup, let's just cast black people!"  (and everyone nodded.)

Eventually, though, they did it again by saying that many Native Americans farked off and started their own planet, which Picard had to evict them from by giving them Rop'ngor-infected blankets.


That had the worst write-off ending ever. "Oh hey, a human character is now, for no reason, a super human who can bend time and space."
 
2013-06-20 08:37:57 AM

FlyingLizardOfDoom: Season 2 finale, TNG


This one hardly counts. It's not a true effort ..there was a writer's strike and they did not have a choice but to fill the hour with something... that's whey the second season is shorter.
 
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