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Updated! Ranking The Star Trek Series

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Now that the first season of “Star Trek: Picard” has aired in full, the time felt right to update my Star Trek series rankings. As of right now, “Star Trek: The Original Series,” “Star Trek: Enterprise,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “Star Trek: The Animated Series,” and “Star Trek: Discovery” are available on Blu-ray while “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and “Star Trek: Voyager” are only available on DVD. “Star Trek: Picard” will undoubtedly hit home video later this year, but you can watch it now on CBS All Access (which is currently offering a free 2 month trial if I’m not mistaken). You can also watch all of the Trek series on that streaming service as well. Anyway, on with the ranking!

  1. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine- Obviously, anyone can make a case for TNG and TOS being the best series, but I’ve long been partial to DS9 as it broke the Trek mold and went in a vastly different direction. The ambitious series had a massive ensemble of rich characters, epic season spanning story arcs, progressive stories, and darker and more complex plots. 

 

  1. Star Trek: The Next Generation- TNG is the rare follow-up series that is as beloved as its predecessor. More than that, however, it truly showed what sci-fi television could be.

 

  1. Star Trek: The Original Series- The OG series may seem dated and hokey to some, but it’s a groundbreaking, influential, and dare I say fascinating series with smart storytelling and iconic characters. 

 

  1. Star Trek: Discovery- While fans new and old may squabble over the new era of Trek, I for one find the unpredictable and visually stunning DISCO (as it is known) to be a breath of fresh air. The first two seasons offer up a very different experience, but if you’re patient and go with the flow, you will be rewarded. P.S. Give Pike his own show already.

 

  1. Star Trek: Enterprise- Largely ignored during its initial run, Enterprise has earned more respect over the years and rightfully so. The prequel series goes back to Trek’s roots while also taking risks and going against standard Trek formulas. That series finale though ::shudder::

 

  1. Star Trek: Picard- With only one season under its belt, it’s still early days with ‘Picard.’ The show could improve or come into its own more with subsequent seasons. As it stands, however, the show is both engaging and frustrating. I was a big fan of episodes 5-8, but the rest of the episodes didn’t quite land for me. I’m still struggling with the end of the season finale as well (no spoilers here). 

 

  1. Star Trek: Voyager- Aside from the likable cast and characters, this Trek series has not aged well due to its clumsy storytelling and an overall premise that feels like a “Lost In Space” knock-off.

 

  1. Star Trek: The Animated Series- Even though it’s nice to see most of the TOS cast reprising their roles, the Filmation animated series is very dry and wooden.

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  1. If NBC and Paramount TV had chosen a better (albeit more expensive) animation studio, The Animated Series might have been better. NBC, specifically, never knew how good Star Trek was, and the network always went for lower budgets when it came to the voyages of the starship Enterprise. That’s why Lt. Arex was created; there wasn’t enough money to hire Walter Koenig for the part of Ens. Chekov, so James Doohan (the Man of a Thousand Voices) added the three-armed alien navigator to his roster of character voices.

    Comment by Alex Diaz-Granados | April 20, 2020 | Reply


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