Top Ten Star Trek: The Original Series Episodes

The most intriguing episodes of the original series.
The Top Ten
1 The City on the Edge of Forever

This one is a memorable episode with a spin on society in an Earthly city and their own understanding of it when coming from a future very different. On the other hand it is close to home and one might believe it is just too easy to go so close to home. Has a charm and possible why it is at the top placement seeming 2018 it is captivating but there might be that other drawback.

This is one of my favorite episodes of Star Trek. Number one because William Shatner is hot and I love him, and I love the romance in this. 1930 is one of my favorite centuries. All the great movies and defiantly the shows. Kirk is defiantly great in this show. Please rate this top one Thanks!

2 The Trouble with Tribbles

A light-hearted episode with the extremely cute, continuously pregnant creatures known as tribbles.

3 Mirror Mirror

The Enterprise encounters an evil version of itself in a parallel universe. Spock sports a goatee - a symbol that continues to be used in media today to different the good version from evil when a copy exists.

Spock should have kept the beard... makes him look better and gave him a more "evil" Vulcan look as well... plus Marlena Moreau (Barbara Luna) has lived in my fantasies since I first saw this episode when I was 8... LOL

Downright exciting episode, although as usual, Scotty (James Doohan) overplays his character.

4 Amok Time

Spock is driven by Vulcan biology to find his mate on his home planet or die. He ends up having to fight Kirk and "kills" him.

WOW all these were good episodes! I like this one because Spock can't control what he has to do.

Shows what Spock is all about and his emotional attachment to his friends

5 Space Seed

This episode works on a couple levels but the writers must have thought there was something more there since they made a movie from the original premise.

Introduces the greatest Star Trek villain of all time, a superhuman with enhanced strength and intelligence named Khan.

The enterprise discovers genetically altered superhumans and Kirk encounters his nemesis Khan (the inimitable Ricardo Montalban).

6 The Doomsday Machine

Only in Star Trek a character can turn to the camera, say "this is a metaphor for the nuclear weapon, I repeat THIS IS A METAPHOR" without coming off as terribly corny.

Matt Decker beamed his crew down to the third planet, "Matt there is no THIRD PLANET ' Matt " don't you think I know that, there was but not anymore". Decker takes command, Spock follows orders, Kirk at his best... And the music, the battle music... Enough said.

Eerily relevant when made and still holds water!

7 Balance of Terror

One of the best combat episodes of any series. With the Enterprise and the Romulans playing cat and mouse, it reminded me of the old WWII submarine movies.

A submarine warfare episode that tackles themes about the futility of war and xenophobia

8 Arena
9 The Menagerie

A 2 part episode involving scenes from the original unaired pilot with the original Captain Pike and the famous dancing green girl.

10 Journey to Babel
The Contenders
11 The Enterprise Incident
12 Dagger of the Mind
13 Operation - Annihilate!

The stakes are very high - and then they get even higher when things get personal! The triumvirate are at their best and most professional

14 I, Mudd
15 The Enemy Within

A malfunction on the transporter causes Kirk to split into 2 parts - one gentle and one aggressive.

16 The Squire of Gothos

Tremane outdoes himself in this home base offensive from the Enterprise to the Magic Castle of the Squire. A little old fashion but the musical taste and talent are still present. One of the favorite Star Trek episodes of all time other than 'The City on The Edge of Forever' it is just simple and a glimpse that sometimes the past is beautiful to remember. Tremane also can duel Kirk with old fashion pistols, Kirk wins it since the Mirror of Tremane gets shot and his machine is then in reveal. Plus the godly parents call Tremane to not pursue Kirk further which shows there might always be a greater advantage despite the high class Tremane appears to be a part of. Real intelligent and yes maybe Uhura can play the music instrument some time unless it is sarcasm. Uncertain a little difficult to figure out. Amazing way to see things through with this Episode with much to contemplate old and new, past and future. Excellent job and music taste Tremane!

17 Errand of Mercy

John Colicos was the ultimate Klingon in this episode. The looks on the faces of the old Organians was absolutely priceless while Kirk and Spock desperately try to muddle through a Klingon occupation and Organian indifference.

Inspirational for Stargate's episode "The Nox" which is about 90% the same plot.

18 In a Wink of an Eye

Beings that move faster than the speed of light. Kirk is shown pulling his pants on in the bedroom of a woman while she brushes her hair in a negligee.

19 The Devil in the Dark

This one of the best episodes of the original series. Monster, terror, and mystery. What else could one want? It is gratifying that Kirk, the man of action, can stop, remember who and what he is, and help a poor alien creature that resorts to violence to protect her children. Nimoy's and Shatner's performances were spectacular!

20 Patterns of Force

Again history and science fiction clash and it was a great episode

21 The Return of the Archons
22 Turnabout Intruder

Kirk's consciousness gets trapped in a woman intent on taking over command. In this series, women weren't allowed to be captains.

23 What Are Little Girls Made Of?
24 Requiem for Methuselah
25 Court Martial
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