Ellie Garratt Star Trek Blogfest. Thanks to Ellie for putting on this blogfest. Please check out Ellie's page to see the other blog entries. Questions asked: Rank, favorite episodes, and favorite characters. See below for my answers and please check out Ellie's blog. Thanks.
Counselor Mariah and yes, I am a true Trekkie. I have watched Star Trek for years and I have watched all of the different iterations of Star Trek.
4. Trials and Tribble-ations (Deep Space Nine) - This episode was great on so many levels: time travel, tribbles, and comedy. This is one of the few Star Trek episodes in which I laughed out loud. Overall this is a must-see for any Star Trek fan.
3. Twilight (Star Trek: Enterprise) - Unfortunately this series never really found it's feet and yes, I watched every single episode in hopes that this series would improve. Scott Bakula was well-cast as Captain Archer, Jolene Blalock was great as his first officer Sub-Commander T'Pol, and the rest of the cast was first-rate, but that didn't save this show from early cancellation, as the writing was sub par. Despite it's problems, the series had sprinkles of great episodes throughout and Twilight was one of them. I'm not sure if it's T'Pol's blind dedication to Captain Archer or the alternate reality that they're stuck in for 12 years, but this episode was great-- it's got time-traveling parasites, earth's destruction, and a just enough romance not to be boring.
2. The City on the Edge of Forever - (Star Trek) - Say what you want about Star Wars, but Star Trek was first. Gene Roddenberry's vision of men and women traveling the stars was a revolutionary concept in television. No matter how good the remakes, prequels, or sequels have been, it all started with the original. When Dr. McCoy goes temporarily insane, he jumps through a portal in space time altering earth's history. Kirk and Spock need to follow him through the portal to stop him. After 45 years, it's sounds like an overly simplistic concept, but that's because it's been imitated to death. What's the phrase? "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery."
and my favorite Star Trek episode is...
1. Yesterday's Enterprise (Star Trek: The Next Generation) - I'm sure this is a lot of folks favorite episode. This episode had it all: time travel, alternate realities, Federation/Klingon war, and of course...the return of Tasha Yar. Yesterday's Enterprise was about the doomed vessel (Enterprise-C) accidentally traveling forward in time, temporarily escaping it's doom, and inadvertently disrupting the space-time continuum. The Enterprise-D encounters the time traveling vessel, but in this reality Tasha Yar is still alive, the Federation is at war with the Klingon Empire (which isn't going well for the Federation), and Enterprise-D isn't a diplomatic vessel, it's a warship. This is an exceptional episode that still stands the test of time after 21 years.
5. Tasha Yar (Denise Crosby) - (Tough, smart, beautiful, and... doomed-- what a wonderful combination). Tasha Yar's brief time on Star Trek is the stuff of legend. Denise Crosby's early exit from The Next Generation was a surprise to everyone, considering the popularity of her character. Thankfully this being science fiction, even after her early departure we have had the pleasure of seeing more of Tasha Yar and her descendants. Denise Crosby is also well-known for starring and producing the documentary film, Trekkies. Did you know that she's the granddaughter of Bing Crosby?
4. Lieutenant Uhura (Nichelle Nichols) - What can't you say about Uhura? She's elegant, smart, beautiful, and dedicated. Nichelle Nichols starred as Lt Uhura in the original 60's series as well as the original films, giving Zoe Saldana big shoes to fil. It goes without saying that the role of Lt Uhura was a groundbreaking role for African American women on television. During Star Trek's three-year showing, Nichelle Nichols, George Takei as Sulu, and Gene Roddenberry, broke down barriers every week. In fact, Lt Uhura and Captain Kirk shared one of the first interracial kisses on television (excluding Sammy Davis and Frank Sinatra--that doesn't really count, right?).
3. Lieutenant Commander Data (Brent Spiner) - The perpetual tin man in search for his heart, Commander Data is one of Star Trek's most beloved characters. This role single-handedly proved just how good of an actor Brent Spiner was. Prior to Brent's appearance on Star Trek, his best-known role was on Night Court. Many folks thought that role would typecast him, but Brent proved everyone wrong when he played the positronic tin man flawlessly.
2. Captain Picard (Patrick Stewart) - This old stalwart is my all-time favorite captain and is the Star Trek captain that Generation X is most familiar with. Captain Picard was a master at diplomacy, surprisingly athletic, highly intelligent, Shakespearean, and he could kick butt when it counted. Lest we forget Captain Picard also has the best line in The Next Generation series: "Make it So."
and my favorite Star Trek character is...
1. Ensign Ro Laren (Michelle Forbes) - Impetuous, tough, and conflicted. These are just a few reasons that Ensign Ro is my favorite character of all-time. Always willing to speak her mind, Ensign Ro never backed down, not even to her commanding officers. I like to think that this was Michelle's signature tough-girl role, which led to so many other things.
Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy)
Captain Janeway (Kate Mulgrew)
Seven of Nine (Jerri Ryan)