There are lots of people who write about their favorite Star Trek episodes, but I thought I’d try something different. I’m going to list my favorite Star Trek episodes to hate. To loathe. To rip apart, piece by putrid piece, on the Internet or at the pub.
You see, this evening I watched the notoriously bad Deep Space Nine episode “Profit and Lace”. It features Quark in drag. Yeah. Here’s the trailer:
I have all of Deep Space Nine available on demand from the cable company, and even though I profess to be a total Trekkie, I am woefully incomplete in watching the entire canon. I haven’t watched most of Voyager, only watched about a third of Deep Space Nine, and missed the back half of Enterprise. I’m told that Deep Space Nine is the best of all these, so I dove right into Season 6 and intend to watch to the end, before maybe starting again from the beginning.
So my wife and I have worked through most of Season 6 (pleasantly surprised), and came upon “Profit and Lace”. Afterwards, I turned to my wife and said “Weird, but that was pretty entertaining.” She said, “What the hell are you on? That was a nightmare. Maybe the worst episode ever.” I thought it was a funny take on women’s rights (Ferengi woman were finally given the right to wear clothes!) and it was progressive given how backwards Ferengi were about gender. My wife thought the whole episode was sexist and creepy and just… just horrible.
I agreed it was bad, but at least it was entertainingly bad. If I were to pick a worst episode at this point, it would have been a bit earlier in the same season. The episode was “His Way” and featured Odo learning to woo Kira from a holographic lounge singer, Vic. That episode was INTERMINABLE for me. We had to watch the improbably sentient and inexplicably powerful Vic sing an entire song while Odo pretended (yes PRETENDED) to play the piano.
However, the online vitriol against “Profit and Lace” is far more intense. It brings to mind the concept of fans targeting an episode that is so tonally different from the rest of a series that it becomes legendary in its badness.
For Star Trek: The Next Generation, that episode is probably “Samaritan Snare”, where a bunch of… simpletons, let’s say… abduct Geordi and force him to fix their ship. “We look for things. Things we need. Things that make us go.” Cringe. Nonetheless my brother and I still quote lines from it to each other, to this day.
My wife says the corresponding episode from Star Trek (The Original Series) is “Spock’s Brain”. I haven’t seen that in a long time, so I’ll have to re-watch that to see if I agree.
What’s your favorite Star Trek episode to hate?
2 thoughts on “Favorite Star Trek Episodes… To Hate”
I absolutely cannot stand either “The Omega Glory” and “Turnabout Intruder” from the original Star Trek. There were undoubtedly some genuine classics during the show’s three year run, but there were also a number of absolute stinkers, and these two are among the worst.
“The Omega Glory” is jingoistic, nationalistic, racist nonsense, and the idea that an alien world at the opposite end of the galaxy would undergo parallel evolution so precise that they would have an American flag and a U.S. Constitution completely identical to Earth’s just completely shatters my usually very flexible suspension of disbelief.
As for “Turnabout Intruder,” it is sexist, misogynistic crap, pure and simple. Oh, and it was also the last episode of the original Star Trek to be broadcast. Yeah, what a way to go out on! Yuck!
You’ve just added my list of TOS episodes to watch on my new On Demand channel that has all the episodes. They sound terrible! I remember one where Scottie murders a bunch of women, and another where the crew takes like, Vitamin K or something on a planet and gain telekinetic, God-like powers. And never think of using that knowledge ever again.