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Find Out Which Trek Episodes Influenced The Minds Behind Shield Of Tomorrow
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Find Out Which Trek Episodes Influenced The Minds Behind Shield Of Tomorrow

As I mentioned last week, you can learn a lot about someone based on their favourite Star Trek episodes. Do they favour exploration? Morality tales? Diplomacy? Conflict? The beautiful thing about Star Trek is that it encompasses all of those things. That’s no exaggeration. The entire run of Trek would require approximately 23 days straight, with no breaks, to watch all of it, so there really is something for everyone. So let’s dive into the favourite Star Trek episodes from both the show producer (Eric Campbell) and the show writer (Rick Budd).

BLOOD OATH – STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE – S2E19

Blood Oath

“Klingons are one of my favorites races in fiction. One of the big selling points for me when DS9 was under way, is that slowly we were getting to see more and more of this passionate, warrior race. Blood Oath was an episode that gave me everything I wanted in a Klingon tale: revenge, duty, friendship, courage, redemption and loss. It also had a huge impression on me with regards to how women were being treated in Sc-fi. I was fourteen when it aired and watching the way these three ancient warriors interact with Jadzia was totally new to me. There were some seriously awkward moments, but in the end, they treated her as an equal and fellow warrior. That they brought back three of the TOS series Klingon actors to reprise their roles was beautiful and touching. Jadzia’s inner conflict, honoring the Oath but being a Starfleet Officer, is so compelling… as is the silence that greats her when she returns to ops. It is, in my opinion, one of the greatest Star Trek episodes ever filmed.”

– Eric

ALL GOOD THINGS – STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION – S7E25 & 26

All Good Things

“It’s everything Star Trek is supposed to be: adventurous, mysterious, deep, emotional and all framed around a brilliantly constructed sci-fi mystery. Picard has become unstuck in time, and the fate of the universe depends on him figuring out why. Every character gets their moment and there isn’t a false note to be heard. Performances, direction and writing are all top notch. Not just the best episode of Trek, but the best finale of any TV show ever.”

– Rick

REMEMBER ME – STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION – S4E05

Remember Me

“This was one of two TNG episodes that had me riveted from start to finish. It was a brilliant reminder of the relationship between The Twilight Zone and classic Trek. Told from the perspective of Beverly, this episode had me awe struck and bewildered. Gate McFadden had my anxiety rising to the very end… and I remember gasping out loud when the reveal finally came that she was in this bubble of reality. You spend the whole episode thinking something is after her only to learn she has been in the monster’s jaws since the beginning of the episode.”

– Eric

THE CORBOMITE MANEUVER – STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES – S1E10

The Corbomite Maneuver

“It’s an A+ example of a prototypical Trek adventure. The Enterprise boldly goes into unexplored territory and discovers a powerful and seemingly hostile alien being. Tensions run high as Kirk tries to figure out how to win a hand when you’re not really holding any cards.”

– Rick

CAUSE AND EFFECT – STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION – S5E18

Cause and Effect

“THE ENTERPRISE FREAKING EXPLODES BEFORE THE CREDITS EVEN BEGIN. The second of the two TNG episodes that left me gobsmacked. You watch your favorite characters die over and over. This was the first bit of Sci-Fi I saw as a teenager that got me interested in Paradox, time travel and of course, Cause and Effect. The episode is so haunting, the way the crew begins to slowly work out they are all trapped in a loop that ultimately leads to their death. And when they finally manage to emerge from it, they realize they have been in this loop for 17 days! And the USS Bozemen… oh man. I shall say no more.”

– Eric

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Image Credits: CBS Television Studios

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