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.
Note that numeric scores are handed out only for Star Trek
episodes and movies. Non-Trek
movies and episodes of other series get verbal ratings, which so far include (from best to worst) "Must See", "Strongly Recommended", "Recommended", "Watchable" and "Avoid".
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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- "The Maquis"
- "Improbable Cause" and "The Die is Cast" *
- "In Purgatory's Shadow"
- "By Inferno's Light"
- "Sacrifice of Angels"
- "The Siege of AR-558"
- "It's Only a Paper Moon"
- "Death Wish"
- "Before and After"
- "Worst Case Scenario"
- "Tinker, Tenor, Doctor, Spy"
- "In a Mirror, Darkly"
- Star Trek: First Contact
- "Return to Grace"
- "Doctor Bashir, I Presume?"
- "Ties of Blood and Water"
- "Children of Time"
- "Behind the Lines"
- "Favor The Bold"
- "Badda-Bing, Badda-Bang"
- "Time and Again"
- "Eye of the Needle"
- "Waking Moments"
- "One Small Step"
- "The Voyager Conspiracy"
- "Body and Soul"
- "Breaking the Ice"
- "Shuttlepod One"
- Star Trek III The Search For Spock
- "Second Skin"
- "The Sword of Kahless"
- "The Begotten"
- "In The Cards"
- "Field of Fire"
- "Heroes and Demons"
- "Learning Curve"
- "The 37's"
- "Cold Fire"
- "The Swarm"
- "Ashes to Ashes"
- "The Haunting of Deck Twelve"
- "Broken Bow"
- "Strange New World"
- "Silent Enemy"
- "Carbon Creek"
- "Beyond the Farthest Star"
- "Sons and Daughters"
- "The Cloud"
- "Ex Post Facto"
- "Non Sequitur"
- "Persistence of Vision"
- "Investigations" *
- "Sacred Ground"
- "Blood Fever"
- "The Disease"
- "Human Error"
- "Fight or Flight"
- Star Trek Insurrection
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.
- 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 bad* 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.
- Movie: No movie has been awarded with a zero (yet).
- It should be noted that he has made it clear that Star Trek V: The Final Frontier should be the zero but got bumped up to a "1" for the scene featuring McCoy and his decision to euthanize his father because it was a good character scene.
- "Family" (refused to assign a numerical rating because of how non-Trek it was)
- "Genesis": 3.5 (one half-point bonus awarded because "the actors put in pretty good performances")
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.
- "Where No Man Has Gone Before" - Won by Spock's eyebrows
- "Yesteryear" - Awarded to whoever ignored the script's specific instructions and gave Vulcan a moon even though Vulcan has no moon
- 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 director*, 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 Lwaxana Troi and Ferengi 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.
- Four episodes have given the award to the entire cast instead of just one character:
- "Let He Who Is Without Sin..."
- "The Begotten" - Technically to everyone involved with the B-plot, but this is the entire cast bar Odo and Dr. Mora
- "Profit and Lace"
- "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 episode*.
- "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.
- "Evolution" - Wesley for the nanites he gave intelligence
- "Whispers" - The Parada for the fake O'Brien
- "Basics" - Suder for creating a new plant
- "Lifeline" - Doctor Zimmerman for creating photonic life
Burn, Baby, Burn
Awarded whenever a shuttle or spaceship crashes, is destroyed or otherwise lost.
- "Innocence" - Crashed, although it is repaired
- "Parturition" - 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
- "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
Damn Dirty Mutant
Awarded whenever someone undergoes a physical mutation.
- "Genesis" - The Enterprise-D Crew, turned into animals
- "Faces" - Torres, split into fully Human and Klingon halves
- "Threshold" - Paris and Janeway, turned into giant salamanders
- "Unexpected" - Tucker, growing nipples on his wrist
I Am Legion
Awarded whenever someone is possessed by another lifeform.
- "Wolf In The Fold" - Prefect and Enterprise Computer
- "Observer Effect" - The main cast
Awarded whenever the ship's self-destruct mechanism is engaged. Named for Janeway's authorization code of "Janeway Pi-Alpha".
Lazarus of the Week
Awarded whenever a character returns from death to life.
- "Tapestry" - Picard
- "All Good Things" - The Enterprise-D crew, in all three timelines!
- "Time and Again" - Janeway and Paris
- "Emanations" - Harry
- "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
- "Relativity" - The Voyager Crew
- "Ashes to Ashes" - Lyndsay Ballard.
- "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
Smack/Slap The Hell Up
Awarded whenever an annoying character gets what's coming to them.
- "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.*
Twenty Dollar Bill
Awarded whenever a character attempts to, successfully commits or condones genocide*
- "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.
- "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
- "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.
You Can Go Home Again
Awarded whenever we encounter a place that looks like Earth, either by deliberate design or coincidence.
- "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
Miscellaneous Awards and bonus points given out once so far.
- "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
- "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 how it handled Kor's Heroic Sacrifice.
- "Faces" - Given a +1 bonus to its score because the characters were written intelligently
- "Non Sequitur" - Had no real Post Episode Follow-Up, which was replaced with 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.
- Star Trek: The Motion Picture - Ilia wins "Damn Dirty Mutant Lazarus of the Week" because she Came Back Wrong
- First Doctor:
- Second Doctor:
- Third Doctor:
- Fourth Doctor:
- Fifth Doctor
- Ninth Doctor:
- Tenth Doctor:
- Eleventh Doctor:
- Premiere: Must See
- A Bug's Life: Recommended
- Nerve/The Hidden Memory: Must See
- Bone to Be Wild: Watchable for the Arc
- The Way We Weren't: Strongly Recommended
- Out of Their Minds: Strongly Recommended
- Scratch 'n Sniff: Watchable
- Miniseries: Must See
- 33: Must See
- Water: Must See
- Bastille Day: Must See
- 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
- No Surrender, No Retreat: Must See