The Two Best Star Trek Episodes Are About Captains Giving Up

The two best Star Trek episodes — TNG’s “Inner Light” and DS9’s “In the Pale Moonlight” — feature captains who give up anyway.

by Michelle Martin | published

Whether they’re lost in space for decades or facing increasingly unbeatable foes like the Borg or the Dominion, Star Trek captains never give up, but in two of the franchise’s best episodes—according to me and an IMDb user Rating- That’s exactly what those heroes do. They do not surrender to any enemy, but still both accept in a surprising way.

In Star Trek’s “The Inner Light”, Picard gives up on the rescue.

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According to imdbUser Rating of -and Anyone With a Working Heart -Best Episode Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 5 is “The Inner Light”, in which, after separating himself from the Enterprise, Captain Picard (Patrick Stewart) leaves to return to his ship. Shortly after facing an unknown investigation to the Enterprise, Picard awakens in an unfamiliar world with a woman named Aline (Margot Rose) who claims she is his wife. At first we expect Picard to solve the mystery and find a way back to his ship, but instead he lives the rest of his new life with Eileen and soon their children.

In fact, Picard is not on a planet, but has fallen on the bridge of the Enterprise. Picard experiences an entire lifetime in his vision, putting aside his past with Starfleet and raising his children to adulthood. While an entire life passes for him, only around 15 minutes a day on the deck of the Enterprise.

One of the reasons for ending “The Inner Light” is to conclude that it is the best episode ever. Star Trek: The Next Generation It has a heart-wrenching ending. Only 15 minutes after Picard awoke, he found something within the passive probe. Even though it’s initially off camera, you’ll know what it is as soon as you see the captain’s reaction, and you need to call a doctor if you don’t cry big ugly tears.

In Star Trek’s “In the Pale Moonlight”, Cisco Gives Up on His Beliefs

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best episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine-again, according to both imdbUser ratings of and plain old good taste—that’s what you’ve got to imagine Gene Roddenberry, if he was alive when it aired, would have vetoed him if he could. As part of the final season, “In the Pale Moonlight” is just a DS9There are several episodes chronicling its war against the Dominion, but it hits the hardest because it shows how far Captain Sisko (Avery Brooks) has to go to end the war and save the Federation from unimaginable death and tyranny. is ready.

After posting another Starfleet casualty list and seeing the grief that has resulted, Cisco commits to bringing the Romulan Empire – which has remained neutral at this point – into battle on the side of the Federation and the Klingons. First, Cisco doesn’t go any further than dealing with one of the station’s more morally ambiguous residents—a Cardassian exile Garak (Anthony Robinson). With the Dominion headquartered in Garak’s homeworld, Cisco hopes the exile’s contacts can be successful in discovering something that the DS9 commander must surely be present: the Dominion planning to invade Romulus.

When that plan fails with every one of Garak’s remaining Cardassian contacts, Sisko travels a darker path than the lead captain of any Star Trek series before or since. Going against everything the Federation says, Cisco—with Starfleet’s blessing—agree to create a fake holographic record of the Dominion leaders planning to invade Romulus.

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Stephen McHattie as Virenque Star Trek: Deep Space Nine“In the Pale Moonlight” – If you know the image, you know the line.

Now it would be bad enough if Cisco convinced the Romulans to join the war with false recordings, wouldn’t it? After all, while we as the audience know that Cisco is almost certainly right when he believes the Dominion will eventually have the Romulans in their sights, the Romulans don’t know this. With fake holo-recordings, Cisco is potentially throwing billions of Romulans into the meat grinder under false pretenses.

But even the conspiracy to make false recordings only scratches the surface of how Cisco completely abandons the ideals of the Federation while at its best. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine case. By the time the story ends, he has bribed Quark (Armin Shimmerman) to keep a deadly attack under wraps, agrees to hand the potentially deadly material over to a shady third party, and is involved in several murders. Gone. The most surprising thing is that there is no one around to tell him that he was wrong for doing so.

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