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Misc. Trivia:

  • One of his most famous catch phrases, "I'm just a viewer with an opinion," was intended only for the first episode...but it kept going because he found it so appropriate.
  • On the sixth year anniversary, The lowest ranked Star Trek Movies and episodes were then ranked against each other. Least worst to worst of the lot goes as follow: Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, TNG's "Code of Honor", Star Trek: Nemesis, DS9's "Profit and Lace", VOY's "Threshold" and ENT's "A Night in Sickbay".

Review Guide:

Ever want a quick guide as to what score Chuck gave a particular episode of Star Trek? You're in luck, because his Trivia section has got you covered. Remember, the score given is relative to all other episodes in each particular series, and not in any other. Also, the scores are awarded in approximate bell-curve fashion: this means that there will be relatively few episodes with a very high or very low score. The scores listed below will always reflect his most recent review of that episode.

Within each score category, episodes are listed by series, in chronological order (by original airdate). Clicking on the episode title will link you to our write-up about it in the Recap section of the site, if there is one.

This is a work in progress, so please feel free to lend a hand.

SF Debris Opinionated Star Trek Episode Scores:

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A score of zero is awarded to episodes which are not only the absolute worst of their respective series, but do the entire franchise a disservice by being associated with it.
  • TOS:
  • TAS:
  • TNG: "Code of Honor" - Awarded not only due to its silly plot and horribly incompetent direction, but the Unfortunate Implications of having the planet consist entirely of black people and being a stereotype of Darkest Africa from the 1940's.
  • DS9: "Profit and Lace" - The worst of the infamously badnote Ferengi episodes. Awarded for truly awful attempts at comedy, to the point where some scenes as they were originally scripted were so offensive that the lead actor, director, and producers all felt uncomfortable at various points during the production.
  • VOY: "Threshold" - The only episode that the series explicitly denied ever happened due to multiple violations of common sense in physics and biology.
  • ENT: "A Night in Sickbay" - An episode where Archer demonstrates his diplomacy training by sulking about his dog. Actually got some of the highest ratings of the season, but they plummeted after this episode and put the franchise in danger. In his sixth anniversary compilation, he stated that this was the single worst piece of Trek-related material he had ever seen.
  • Movie: No movie has been awarded with a zero (yet). Chuck initially said that Star Trek V: The Final Frontier was the closest to getting a zero, though on further reflection he subsequently deemed Star Trek: Nemesis to be even worse in early 2014.

SF Debris Post Episode Follow Up Guide:

This section is a quick guide to the Post Episode Follow Up Awards given out to each episode. Like the scores, this is a work in progress.

    Annoying Character/Stupid Neelix Moment 
Note: Because this award is given out with almost every episode reviewed, only episodes where it is absent or otherwise subverted will be noted here.
  • TOS:
    • "Where No Man Has Gone Before" - Won by Spock's eyebrows
    • "The Doomsday Machine" - Won by the Planet Killer for setting a bad example for children.
    • "The Enterprise Incident" - Won by Kirk, but only when he's completely crazy in the first half of the episode.
  • TAS:
    • "Yesteryear" - Awarded to whoever ignored the script's specific instructions and gave Vulcan a moon even though Vulcan has no moon
  • TNG:
    • Three episodes have given the award to a real-life person rather than one of the episode's characters:
      • "Shades of Gray" - Awarded to episode writer and outgoing showrunner Maurice Hurley, as a special parting gift for the man Chuck considers the worst-ever Star Trek writer.
      • "The Most Toys" - Awarded to the episode's costume designer (Robert Blackman) due to the ugly outfits worn by Kivas Fajo and his crew, plus the one that Data had to wear while kidnapped.
      • "Qpid" - Won by the episode's directornote , due to the awkward staging and filming of much of the episode, combined with the fact that he didn't find any of the characters that annoying.
    • Three episodes have given the award to an object rather than a person.
      • "The Hunted" - Won by James Cromwell's mustache
      • "The Best of Both Worlds" - Won by Wesley's hair
      • "Parallels" - Won by Data's painting
    • "Yesterday's Enterprise" - Won by Lt. Castillo for picking on Happy Gilmore.
    • "Captain's Holiday" - Won by the entire Enterprise crew for the way they spend most of the first act.
    • "Ménage à Troi" - Chuck gave up, as between Lwaxana Troi and the Ferengi, it had too many annoying people.
    • "The Game" - Won by The "Outrageous" Okona, even though he wasn't in the episode, because he was so annoying in his own episode giving him the award just once simply wasn't enough.note 
    • "Realm of Fear" - Won by the bad special effects for making the object within the transporter look like an eye instead of a mouth
    • "Ship in a Bottle" - Won by Dr. Pulaski despite the fact that she had long-since departed TNG, due to Chuck's resentment at her being in "Elementary Dear Data," which he had to rewatch to get the backstory for this episode.
    • "Face of the Enemy" - Won by the Romulan uniforms, for looking like novelty football uniforms.
    • "Disaster" - Awarded jointly to Troi and Ro, the former for her inept handling of the crisis, and the latter for making the situation worse through her belligerent attitude.

  • DS9:
    • Four episodes have given the award to the entire cast instead of just one character:
      • "Fascination"
      • "Let He Who Is Without Sin..."
      • "The Begotten" - Technically to everyone involved with the B-plot, but this is the entire cast bar Odo, Dr. Mora and Sisko.
      • "Profit and Lace"
    • "Past Tense" - Awarded to hippies "for the major crime of being hippies".
    • "Indiscretion" - Awarded to a sand spine
    • "Ties of Blood and Water" - Awarded to Major Kira, but only for the teaser.
    • "For The Uniform" - Not awarded
    • "Trials and Tribble-ations" - Not awarded
    • "His Way" - Awarded to whoever put so many songs (five) in the episodenote .
    • "Take Me Out to the Holosuite" - Awarded to Abner Doubleday, the supposed inventor of baseball, for ultimately being the one responsible for the episode being made.
  • VOY:
    • The following episodes have no Stupid Neelix Moment due to him not being present:
      • "Eye of the Needle"
      • "Emanations"
      • "Non Sequitur"
      • "Heroes and Demons"
    • Some episodes have no Stupid Neelix moment even if he was present.
      • "The 37's" - Not awarded, as Neelix has next to no dialogue, and Harry demonstrates far more stupidity in the episode.
      • "Tattoo" - Waived as compensation for Neelix suffering Eye Scream
      • "Innocence" - Neelix only had one scene and it wasn't enough to get the award.
      • "The Disease" - Actually received a bonus point for Neelix not acting like an idiot
      • "Tsunkatse" - Having just viewed the Psychlos' idiocy cost them their homeworld earlier that week, he decided that nothing Neelix did could compare.
      • "The Void"- Not awarded because Neelix was actually helpful and competent this episode, so waived for that. He does, however, show what would have been the SNM.
      • "Living Witness" - Not awarded, since Neelix only appears as a character in a forged, holographic version of Voyager's history, and the Neelix hologram doesn't do anything especially stupid.
      • "Omega Directive" - Not awarded, since Neelix only appeared in one scene and Harry was more annoying.
      • "Endgame" - Not awarded due to a combination of Neelix only appearing in one scene, and Chuck liking the idea that Neelix tried to investigate Voyager's disappearance, only to be assimilated by the surviving Borg.
    • Some episodes have Stupid Neelix Moments despite him not deserving them (or the actions in question not being his fault).
      • "Scientific Method" - Given for Neelix being turned into another alien, even though it wasn't actually his fault.
      • "Ashes to Ashes" - Given for Seven forcing the Borg children to have fun. Technically, Neelix wasn't responsible for this, but he was in the same room and Seven's actions were so stupid that Chuck blames him anyway.
      • "Life Line" - Awarded to a moment clearly undeserving of one
      Chuck: Neelix walked into a room and handed the Doctor a PADD. This offended me.
      • "The Gift" - Given to the departure of Kes, which is not caused by Neelix in universe but when the production team decided not to get rid of Harry Kim, they decided to also keep the hated Neelix and instead get rid of his attractive, intelligent and well liked girlfriend.
    • "Parturition" - instead of a Stupid Neelix Moment this episode is declared a Stupid Neelix Episode.
    • "Investigations" - The Stupid Neelix Moment is awarded during the episode itself, rather than the Post-Episode Follow-Up.

  • ENT:
    • "Broken Bow" - Awarded jointly to Mayweather and Tucker, since the former was more annoying in the first half of the story, and the latter was more annoying in the second half.
    • "The Andorian Incident" - Awarded jointly to a Vulcan monk and Shran's right-hand man, as they were equally annoying for different reasons.

    Ancient Chinese Secret, Huh? 
Awarded whenever something from Earth history is described as ancient, regardless of which period of history it is from.

     Brahma of the Week 
Awarded to a creator of new life.
  • TOS:
  • TAS:
    • "The Magicks of Megas-Tu": Sulu, for creating a woman with magic.
  • TNG:
  • DS9:
    • "Whispers" - The Parada for the fake O'Brien
  • VOY:
    • "Basics" - Suder for creating a new plant
    • "Lifeline" - Doctor Zimmerman for creating photonic life
  • ENT:

    Burn, Baby, Burn 
Awarded whenever a shuttle or spaceship crashes, is destroyed or otherwise lost.
  • TOS:
  • TAS:
  • TNG:
    • "The Pegasus" - USS Pegasus, fused into an asteroid.
  • DS9:
  • VOY:
    • "Innocence" - Crashed, although it is repaired
    • "Parturition" - Crashed
    • "Future's End" - Crashed
    • "Unity" - Stripped for parts
    • "The Gift" - Given to Kes, then vaporized during her evolution
    • "Counterpoint" - Given honorarily for the two shuttles that Voyager gives away to the telepathic refugees with no indication of the refugees planning to return them.
    • "Dark Frontier" - Assimilated by the Borg
    • "Tsunkatse" - A shuttlepod blown up by a bomb.
    • "Good Shepherd" - Sort of awarded to The Delta Flyer for being damaged and left drifting in space
  • ENT:
    • "Terra Nova" - Crashed after landing
    • "Breaking the Ice" - Crashed after landing, again
    • "Shadows of P'Jem" - Shot down by terrorists.
  • Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home - Awarded to the Klingon Kia of Prey.
  • Star Trek: Generations - The Enterprise-D

    Cosmic Faceplant 
Awarded to beings suffering from either Villain Decay or Informed Ability.

    Damn Dirty Mutant 
Awarded whenever someone undergoes a physical mutation.
  • TOS:
  • TAS:
  • TNG:
    • "Genesis" - The Enterprise-D Crew, turned into animals
  • DS9:
  • VOY:
    • "Faces" - Torres, split into fully Human and Klingon halves
    • "Threshold" - Paris and Janeway, turned into giant salamanders
  • ENT:
    • "Unexpected" - Tucker, growing nipples on his wrist

    I Am Legion 
Awarded whenever someone is possessed by another lifeform.
  • TOS:
    • "Wolf In The Fold" - Prefect and Enterprise Computer
  • TAS:
  • TNG:
  • DS9:
  • VOY:
    • "Warlord" - Kes
  • ENT:
    • "Observer Effect" - The main cast

    Janeway Pie 
Awarded whenever the ship's self-destruct mechanism is engaged. Named for Janeway's authorization code of "Janeway Pi-1-1-0".

    Lazarus of the Week 
Awarded whenever a character returns from death to life.
  • TOS:
    • "Amok Time" - Kirk, as he dies enough for Spock to get over his raging hormones.
  • TAS:
  • TNG:
    • "Tapestry" - Picard
    • "All Good Things" - The Enterprise-D crew, in all three timelines!
  • DS9:
  • VOY:
    • "Time and Again" - Janeway and Paris
    • "Emanations" - Harry
    • "Heroes and Demons" - Harry, Tuvok, and Chakotay.
    • "Initiations" - Chakotay wins an honorary Lazarus of the Week
    • "Threshold" - Paris (awarded "Jesus of the Week", see "Other" for more details)
    • "Death Wish" - all the men of the Voyager crew
    • "Deadlock" - Harry and Naomi
    • "Tuvix" - Tuvok and Neelix
    • "Coda" - Janeway, although there's a flag on the field as to whether or not it actually happened. Chuck's words, not mine.
    • "Year of Hell" - Whoever died in this story
    • "Bride of Chaotica!" - Lonzak
    • "Relativity" - The Voyager Crew
    • "Barge of the Dead" - Torres
    • "Ashes to Ashes" - Lyndsay Ballard.
    • "Fury" - Kes and Torres
    • "Shattered" - Tuvok
  • ENT:
    • "Dead Stop" - Mayweather
    • "Observer Effect" - Trip and Hoshi
  • Star Trek III: The Search for Spock - Spock
  • Star Trek: Generations - The crew of the Enterprise-D

    Like Unto An Amoeba 
Awarded for the appearance of Sufficiently Advanced Aliens.
  • TOS:
    • "Errand of Mercy" - The Organians, who in this episode gave the award its name (from a quote by Spock).
  • TAS:
  • TNG:
    • "Encounter at Farpoint" - Q
    • "Where No One Has Gone Before" - The Traveller
    • "Where Silence Has Lease" - Nagilum
    • "The Royale" - The aliens who built the casino
    • "True Q" - Amanda Rogers
  • DS9:
  • VOY:
    • "Death Wish" - Quinn
  • ENT:
    • "Observer Effect" - The Organians (again)

    Smack/Slap The Hell Up 
Awarded whenever an annoying character gets what's coming to them.
  • TOS:
  • TAS:
  • TNG:
  • DS9:
  • VOY:
    • "Time And Again" - Janeway wins the "Slap The Hell Up" for telling Tom not to interfere, which would result in the death of everyone on the planets, and then gets hit in the face with a metal bat.
    • "Meld" - Neelix wins the "Smack the Hell Up" award for being the annoying character by bothering Tuvok and then gets strangled to death.note 
  • ENT:

    Twenty Dollar Bill 
Awarded whenever a character attempts to, successfully commits or condones genocide.note 
  • TOS:
  • TAS:
  • TNG:
  • DS9:
    • "Duet" - Gul Darhe'el, an unseen character being impersonated by someone else, wins an honorary "Twenty Dollar Bill" award for his attempt at Bajoran genocide.
  • VOY:
    • "Living Witness" - Holo-Janeway for attempted genocide with biogenic weapons.
  • ENT:
    • "Dear Doctor" - Archer and Phlox win the "Twenty Dollar Bill" award for condoning genocide

    Unsafe At Any Speed 
Awarded to any ship that is a danger to its crew.
  • TOS:
  • TAS:
  • TNG:
  • DS9:
  • VOY:
  • ENT:
    • "Acquisition" - The Enterprise, for its inability to contain spreading knockout gas, and for having a Decontamination Room that a potentially infectious occupant can open from the inside, and a sliding metal door with no gasket to make it airtight.
  • Star Trek (2009): The Narada, which has no rails or electrical safety.

    Unsafety First 
Awarded for notably dangerous handling of firearms.
  • TOS:
  • TAS:
  • TNG:
  • DS9:
    • "Past Tense" - Vin for the barrel of his gun to wake a sleeping homeless man.
    • Presumably "Empok Nor" would've received this award had it been introduced when the episode was reviewed, as its handling of firearms (a Red Shirt security officer was pointing her phaser at another crewmember and brushing it off with "Don't worry, the safety's on.") drove Chuck off on the tangent that inspired the category in the first place.
  • VOY:
  • ENT:

    You Can Go Home Again 
Awarded whenever we encounter a place that looks like Earth, either by deliberate design or coincidence.
  • TOS:
    • "The Menagerie" - The illusionary Earth created by the Talosians.
    • "Errand of Mercy" - Organia is made to look familiar for the sake of visitors by the Organians.
    • "The Omega Glory" - Presence of the American Flag and US Constitution
  • TAS:
  • TNG:
  • DS9:
  • VOY:
    • "In The Flesh" - Species 8472's recreation of Starfleet Headquarters
  • ENT:

Miscellaneous Awards and bonus points given out once so far.
  • TOS:
  • TAS:
  • TNG:
    • "Yesterday's Enterprise" - No awards aside from Annoying Character given.
    • "Family" - Not given a post episode followup, so given no awards at all.
    • "Genesis" - Given a +0.5 bonus to its score because of the good performances by the cast.
  • DS9:
    • "Children of Time" - All eligible awards besides the Annoying Character are not awarded due to the Timey Wimey Reset Button.
    • "Once More Unto The Breach" - Given a +1 bonus for its portrayal of the action segment, and for how it handled Kor's Heroic Sacrifice.
  • VOY:
    • "Faces" - Given a +1 bonus to its score because the characters were written intelligently.
    • "Non Sequitur" - Had a visual rather than an auditory Post Episode Follow-Up. Instead of dialogue, there was a montage of Tom Paris and Harry Kim with (I've Had) The Time of My Life playing over it.
    • "Threshold" - Paris wins "Jesus of the Week" for raising himself from the dead.
    • "Timeless" - Chuck gave up trying to figure out the awards aside from the Stupid Neelix Moment.
  • ENT:
  • Star Trek The Motion Picture - Ilia wins "Damn Dirty Mutant Lazarus of the Week" because she Came Back Wrong.

SF Debris Non-Trek Reviews:

Non-Trek movies and episodes of other series get verbal ratings, as opposed to bell-curve numerical ones, and so far these include (from best to worst) "Must See"note , "Strongly Recommended", "Recommended", "Fine", "Watchable"note , "Skip"note , "Avoid", and "THE WORST"note .

     Doctor Who 

  • Premiere: Must See
  • They've Got A Secret: Fine
  • A Bug's Life: Recommended
  • Nerve/The Hidden Memory: Must See
  • Bone to Be Wild: Watchable for the Arc
  • Crackers Don't Matter: Strongly Recommended
  • The Way We Weren't: Strongly Recommended
  • Out of Their Minds: Strongly Recommended
  • The Ugly Truth: Recommended
  • Liars, Guns, and Money: Must See
  • Different Destinations: Recommended
  • Scratch 'n Sniff: Watchable

     Battlestar Galactica 
  • Miniseries: Must See
  • 33: Must See
  • Water: Must See
  • Bastille Day: Must See

     Babylon 5 
  • Signs and Portents: Must See
  • Chrysalis: Must See
  • The Coming of Shadows: Must See
  • Acts of Sacrifice: Strongly Recommended
  • In the Shadow of Z'ha'dum: Must See
  • The Long Twilight Struggle: Must See
  • Comes the Inquisitor: Strongly Recommended
  • The Fall of Night: Must See
  • Passing Through Gethsemane: Strongly Recommended
  • Grey 17 Is Missing: Skip
  • And the Rock Cried Out, No Hiding Place: Strongly Recommended
  • Rumors, Bargains and Lies: Recommended
  • No Surrender, No Retreat: Must See

     The X-Files 
Season 1

Season 2

Season 4

  • Deadly Force: Must See

  • SG-1
    • Children of the Gods: N/A
    • The Enemy Within: N/A
    • Emancipation: THE WORST
    • Thor's Hammer: N/A
    • Torment of Tantalus: Recommended
    • Bloodlines: Must See
    • Within the Serpent's Grasp/The Serpent's Lair: Must See
    • Thor's Chariot: Must See
    • The Fifth Race: Must See
    • Pretense: Must See
    • Wormhole X-treme: N/A
    • Abyss: Strongly Recommended
    • Death Knell: Must See
  • Atlantis
    • Rising: Must See
    • The Tao of Rodney: Strongly Recommended
    • The Game: Fine
    • The Shrine: Recommended (but only once you've been invested with the characters)

     The Twilight Zone 
  • "Time Enough At Last": Must See
  • "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street": Must See