Star Trek Reviews

Episode guide featuring extensive critical reviews of Star Trek episodes and films.

First Generation: 1964-1986
The Original Series

Third Generation: 2009-present
Kelvinverse films*, Discovery**, Picard, Lower Decks, Prodigy, & Strange New Worlds**

* Note: The term "Kelvinverse" or sometimes called "Kelvin timeline" refers to these films existing in an alternate universe spun off from the prime canon by the first Kelvinverse film. The Kelvinverse shares canon with Ent, but not with TOS or chronologically later series. Kelvinverse productions are highlighted in orange.

** Note: The term "Discoveryverse" refers to the editorial stance of this publication that Discovery and Strange New Worlds exist in an alternate universe similar to the Kelvin timeline. An in-story (spoiler-filled) justification for this determination exists in Discovery 2x11's review which splits off Discovery from the main canon after Ent but before TOS similar to the Kelvinverse. While this stance on canon is not supported by Star Trek's producers, it is the best way to resolve the substantial problems that Discovery and Strange New Worlds present to Star Trek's overall canon, so we must hope the producers endorse it some day or at least avoid contradicting it. Discoveryverse productions are highlighted in purple.

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Date
My Rating
Fan Ratings
Synopsis
Problems
Factoids
Remarkable Scenes
Comments
Fan Commentary
Episode Commentator Date
TNG: Q Who Mitchell O 2024-03-23
Pic: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2 Axel 2024-03-12
Pic: Maps and Legends Axel 2024-03-12
Pic: Stardust City Rag Axel 2024-03-12
Voy: Twisted paul vh 2024-03-08
TNG: Gambit, Part II Jack S 2024-03-02
DS9: Sacrifice of Angels jobu 2024-02-26
TNG: First Contact Axel 2024-02-12
Voy: Tattoo Azalea Jane 2024-01-25
Movie: Star Trek VII: Generations gary 2023-12-24
DS9: Trials and Tribble-ations Mitchell O 2023-12-15
DS9: Afterimage Rob UK 2023-12-08
DS9: Resurrection Rob UK 2023-12-06
DS9: Little Green Men Rob UK 2023-12-01
DS9: Rocks and Shoals Rick 2023-11-30
Voy: Equinox, Part II Mike J 2023-11-13
Voy: Fury Mitchell O 2023-10-19
Voy: In the Flesh Mitchell O 2023-09-14
TNG: First Contact Kethinov 2023-09-14
TNG: First Contact Brad Smith 2023-09-13
TNG: Ensign Ro Bruce Smith 2023-09-13
DS9: Past Tense, Part II Steven Wrieden 2023-08-29
TOS: Bread and Circuses Azalea Jane 2023-08-29
Voy: Parturition Mitchell O 2023-08-28
TOS: Wolf in the Fold Azalea Jane 2023-08-26
DS9: Tribunal Steven Wrieden 2023-08-26
Voy: The 37's Mitchell O 2023-08-25
Ent: The Catwalk FH 2023-08-17
Voy: False Profits Chuck the Canuck 2023-07-04
TNG: A Matter of Time Chuck the Canuck 2023-07-03
Episode Fan Rating My Rating Date
Ent: Shockwave, Part I 0 8 2024-04-22
TNG: The Survivors 5 5 2024-04-21
TOS: The Mark of Gideon 6 1 2024-04-20
DS9: Image in the Sand 10 5 2024-04-19
TOS: Balance of Terror 0 10 2024-04-19
TNG: Liaisons 3 5 2024-04-19
TOS: Court Martial 4 5 2024-04-18
TOS: Journey to Babel 0 9 2024-04-18
TOS: The Corbomite Maneuver 5 2 2024-04-18
DS9: His Way 9 3 2024-04-18
TOS: Tomorrow Is Yesterday 2 1 2024-04-18
TOS: The Menagerie, Part I 10 7 2024-04-17
TOS: Who Mourns for Adonais? 5 1 2024-04-22
TOS: The Menagerie, Part I 10 7 2024-04-17
TOS: Day of the Dove 8 8 2024-04-16
TOS: The Corbomite Maneuver 0 2 2024-04-16
TOS: Operation: Annihilate! 0 6 2024-04-13
TOS: The Corbomite Maneuver 5 2 2024-04-13
TOS: A Piece of the Action 10 6 2024-04-08
TOS: The Cage 0 6 2024-04-07
Voy: Twisted 8 3 2024-04-06
Voy: In the Flesh 0 4 2024-04-05
TOS: Spock's Brain 0 4 2024-04-05
DS9: Children of Time 6 3 2024-04-04
DS9: Trials and Tribble-ations 4 10 2024-04-04
Ent: Fallen Hero 9 7 2024-04-04
DS9: Children of Time 0 3 2024-04-04
Voy: The 37's 9 4 2024-04-03
TOS: Balance of Terror 0 10 2024-04-03
TOS: Spock's Brain 3 4 2024-04-03

Short FAQ

How do your reviews work?
Each Star Trek series is divided by season and a link to a page where each season is reviewed episode by episode is provided. Each episode review shows a screenshot, the season and episode number, the episode name, the original air date, my rating, a synopsis, a list of technical problems, a list of interesting factoids, a list of remarkable scenes, and some final comments. You may also attach your own ratings, reviews, and commentary to mine.

How does your rating system work?
It is a scale from 0 to 10. An episode rated 10 would be one of the best episodes Star Trek has ever done. A rating of 5 or 6 would be average. A rating of 1 would be a very bad episode. A rating of 0 means I think the episode is so bad that I have (usually, but not always) personally dropped it from Star Trek canon. Episodes rated zero often have incredible technical problems. There are very few episodes rated 10 and even less rated 0. I think this is fair. Keep in mind that I would rather watch a low-rated Star Trek episode than virtually anything else on TV. Star Trek has always been my favorite TV show.

What's the deal with your average rating?
My average rating should usually never be below 4 or above 6. Ideally my average rating is 5. The lowest rating I usually give a bad episode of Star Trek is 1. The reason for this is that I usually (but not always) consider a zero rated episode as so bad that it should be dropped from canon. This happens very infrequently.

TAS is not canon you moron!
My view of what is and isn't canon slightly differs with that of TPTB. Anything shown on screen or in a movie is canon, unless I rate it zero and declare it not canon.

What about the movies?
I rate them exactly like any other episode of Star Trek, except usually with a bigger screenshot, a higher rating most of the time, and a lot more commentary.

I submitted a comment and it's been weeks! Are you ever going to post it?
I don't check the queue every day. But if your comment does not appear after a prolonged period of time, and you've not received a rejection notice, then I've probably silently deleted it, or you typo'd your private E-mail address. I don't always issue a rejection notice when I delete a submission. On the rare event that you do receive a rejection notice, it is probably because I found lots of value in your submission and simply want you to refine it a bit more and resubmit. If I've silently rejected your submission, it means I found something fundamentally wrong with it and am unwilling to work with you. I know all of this comes off as arrogant and condescending, but this is my website, and I do believe in maintaining a certain level of quality control. All that said, and while I do reject a lot of submissions, I do accept more than I reject. Please, don't let it bother you.

What is the basis for your work?
I have admired the review style of Graham Kennedy and Bernd Schneider for many years. I wanted to create a more specialized Star Trek site focusing on episode reviews modeled as a combination of their two styles. This site won Bernd Schneider's September 2008 EAE award. Thanks Bernd!

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