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Prepare For Shield Of Tomorrow With These Trek Episodes
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Prepare For Shield Of Tomorrow With These Trek Episodes

Shield of Tomorrow is our upcoming Alpha show that takes place in the Star Trek universe. It premieres July 5, 2017 and as a lifelong Trekkie, I am super excited for it. What better way to prepare for the adventures of the USS Sally Ride, than to catch up on some classic Star Trek episodes that explore the same themes that Captain Martinez (Hector Navarro) and his crew will experience?

The show itself will be playing the game Star Trek Adventuresand within the rules for the game, ships and crews will take on missions that have either a diplomatic, scientific, or conflict based focus. As the USS Sally Ride is a vessel designed for deep space exploration and scientific discovery, the show is likely to focus on missions set in the realm of science, but being Star Trek, odds are good that surprise attacks and diplomatic treaties will also be on the menu.

Here are five episodes of Star Trek to get you excited for the upcoming adventures we’ll see on Shield of Tomorrow.

1. THE OMEGA DIRECTIVE – STAR TREK: VOYAGER – S4E21

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The Omega Directive revolves around the Omega particle, a dangerous, highly unstable particle, that the Voyager’s sensors have detected. The episode revolves around the crew’s mission to destroy the particle before it destabilizes and causes massive damage, with an interesting sub-plot surrounding 7 of 9’s own quest to seek and understand this particle (the Borg were familiar with it and she, therefore, knew what they did). Like most good Star Trek episodes, the science of the episode is wrapped up in the morals and ethics of the situation.

2. THE SIEGE OF AR-558 – STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE – S7E08

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Set firmly during the Dominion War, this is easily my favourite episode that highlights the conflict side of Trek. What starts out as a simple supply run to the beleaguered Federation forces holding the planet AR-558, becomes an outright siege when Capt. Sisko orders the Defiant to safety, leaving most of the bridge officers on the planet, facing a massive Jem’Hadar assault. This is probably the darkest you ever see the Star Trek Utopian universe get, as the Federation soldiers on the planet are clearly suffering from PTSD and their ability to function as we would expect is severely compromised. The episode further explores concepts of morality during wartime and stands out as one of the best episodes of any series.

3. THE ULTIMATE COMPUTER – STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES – S2E24

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We might scoff today about the overly alarmist undertones of computers replacing jobs but despite this quaint view of technology (it did air in 1968), this episode manages to capture themes that are keenly relevant today. The M-5 computer is presented as an Artificial Intelligence that is being field tested by Starfleet as an alternative to using manned starships. The episode brilliantly captures the struggles of people faced with their own obsolescence and manages to teach a message about technological symbiosis; computers can’t fully replace people and starships can’t work without computers.

4. UNIFICATION 1 & 2 – STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION – S5E07&08

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It’s cheating to count a two-parter as a single episode but the story told through Unification Parts 1 & 2 is too good. These episodes show diplomacy in the Star Trek universe better than any. From Picard’s skillful negotiations with the Klingons and Romulans to Riker’s own investigation and diplomacy throughout, you see political intrigue navigated skillfully (Picard) and…less so (Riker). One of the best parts of these episodes is the fact that it touches so many different races and you get a chance to see how each race responds.

5. THE QUICKENING – STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE – S4E24

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This is another science based episode where Dr. Bashir, Dax, and Kira find a distress beacon that leads them to a planet whose population is afflicted with an illness. Dr. Bashir and Dax stay behind in an attempt to find a cure for the disease and this episode also tackles some pretty heavy issues. It shines a light on the Dominion and their tactics, the nature of medicine, and even the power of hope; as both an inspiration and a means of hurting people further. If you only check out one episode on this list, make sure it’s this one.

Check out Shield of Tomorrow every Wednesday at 9:30 pm PDT on Twitch and Alpha.

What episodes of Star Trek would you consider must-watch? Let us know in the comments!

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Image Credits: CBS Television Studios

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