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Get To Know The Shield Of Tomorrow Cast With Their Favourite Trek Episodes
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Get To Know The Shield Of Tomorrow Cast With Their Favourite Trek Episodes

There are two things that all Geeks are able to use as a litmus test when they meet a fellow Geek; what is your game of choice and what is your favorite Star Trek episode. The answers to both of these questions give you an insight into the person and helps you get to know them. With that in mind, I reached out to both the cast and some of the behind the scenes people responsible for the show, and here are some of their answers for that second question.

THE INNER LIGHT – STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION – S5E25

The Inner Light

“The Next Generation was my first Trek, and my favorite episode is probably The Inner Light. It’s the perfect combination of high science fiction and deep empathy, which represents the best of Star Trek for me, and the ideas at its core–the many lives we never see, what it means to be remembered–are ones that resonate deeply. The flute from The Inner Light is one of the saddest and yet most hopeful symbols in fiction for me, and that’s an awful lot to accomplish in one hour of television.”

– Amy Dallen

MELORA – STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE – S2E06

Melora

“In all too many sci-fi stories, disabled people are seemingly erased: it is considered utopian to have a world without disability, a world where we are all “fixed.” And indeed, for much of Star Trek’s history, disability is treated as a pitiable state (as the Klingons see it in TNG’s “Ethics”) or as something that can be negated entirely (as with Geordi’s visor, a candidate for the disability-negating superpower).

“Melora” represents the rare exception. Though by no means perfect, it is one of the few episodes in television history that presents a cure for disability, only for the disabled character to reject the cure, and for that to be portrayed as a sympathetic and reasonable course of action. Melora may use a wheelchair in standard gravity environments, but her ability to maneuver in the low-grav of her homeworld is more important to her than a “cure” for her disability. In a world where it’s assumed that wheelchair users want to walk more than anything, it rings true for me to see a disabled character decide that no, there are other things that matter as well, and that she is happy and successful just as she is.

As a wheelchair user, I rarely get to see my kind in space, let alone one who is shown to reject pity and claustrophobic attempts at “help.” Melora is not only someone who looks like me, she is someone who thinks like me and shares my experiences. “Melora” is a reminder that space is for everyone—including people like me—and that disabled people will be an important and valuable part of our future, just as we are today.”

– Sam de Leve

TRIALS AND TRIBBLE-ATIONS – STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE – S5E06

TrialsandTribbleations

“I think my ultimate favorite episode would have to be DS9’s Trials and Tribble-ations. Seeing TWO generations of Star Trek in one episode… blending my love of the campiness of the Original Series with the characters and storytelling of future ones. The editing alone makes it worth watching. They seamlessly combine the plots of both episodes… Considering the fact that The Trouble with Tribbles is such an iconic episode in the Star Trek universe, bringing it back to solidify it in the minds of future Trekkies was a win.”

– Bonnie Gordon

SPACE SEED – STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES – S1E22

Space Seed

“My favorite Star Trek episode is ‘Space Seed’ from the first season of the original series. It aired in early 1967, and introduced my favorite Star Trek character of all time, Khan Noonien Singh, played by the perfect Ricardo Montalban.

I love this episode because like most people, I saw Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan first, and was blown away when I found out that the character of Khan first appeared in an episode of the classic show, fifteen years earlier. Wrath of Khan is my favorite Trek movie, and showcases what I love most about Trek: great characters, really engaging relationships, fun action, and all with massive ethical questions looming in the background. And “Space Seed” does the same thing, but on a smaller scale. Wrath of Khan hooked me, but “Space Seed” made Khan one of my favorite characters ever.

Khan was a guy who actually beat Captain Kirk, he actually straight up defeated him. The only way Kirk didn’t die was because he was saved by a remorseful follower of Khan, and because he cheated. Captain James T. Kirk had to cheat to win, he was never a match for the superior Khan. And the fact that this episode of television aired in 1967, showcasing a brown guy who was superior to the white hero–physically, mentally–was further proof that Star Trek was groundbreaking.

Khan was smooth in “Space Seed”. He successfully seduced the historian on the ship and you actually buy it because, damn, he’s charming as hell. Terrifying, but charming. His background in the Eugenics Wars of the nineteen nineties is really mysterious and cool and cheesy and I love that. The character set up so much great mythology to be explored in later Trek. Just like the title promised, “Space Seed.”

‘Nothing ever changes, except man.'”

– Hector Navarro

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Image Credits: CBS Television Studios

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