12 best Star Trek episodes in the franchise of all time

There are plenty of Star Trek shows and episodes out there, but which ones are the best ones in the franchise as a whole?

Nov. 2, 2015 – CBS Television Studios announced today it will launch a totally new “Star Trek” television series in January 2017. The brand-new “Star Trek” will introduce new characters seeking imaginative new worlds and new civilizations, while exploring the dramatic contemporary themes that have been a signature of the franchise since its inception in 1966. The new series will blast off with a special preview broadcast on the CBS Television Network. The premiere episode and all subsequent
Nov. 2, 2015 – CBS Television Studios announced today it will launch a totally new “Star Trek” television series in January 2017. The brand-new “Star Trek” will introduce new characters seeking imaginative new worlds and new civilizations, while exploring the dramatic contemporary themes that have been a signature of the franchise since its inception in 1966. The new series will blast off with a special preview broadcast on the CBS Television Network. The premiere episode and all subsequent /
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7. "Mirror, Mirror" (Star Trek: The Original Series)

This episode is a wild ride into a universe where everything as we know is flipped on its head. Imagine the upright, morally good crew of the USS Enterprise, but... with a devious twist. This episode boldly introduced us to the concept of a parallel universe, a really fun and not-yet-overly-used idea that sparked the imaginations of fans and future writers alike. Picture Captain Kirk and his crew, but as their own evil twins – complete with epically cheesy, sly grins, evil goatees, and an appetite for mischief.

It's a lot like that one scene in Tobey Maguire's Spider-Man 3 - the one where he goes a little... devious. Anyway, the genius of "Mirror, Mirror" lies in its ability to take our beloved characters as they are and show us a shadowy "what-if" scenario. It's fun, it's funny, and it's packed with enough intrigue to make you wonder if there's a mischievous version of you out there in another universe. The episode is a testament to Star Trek's creative storytelling, proving that a simple twist can turn the familiar into something hilariously and excitingly unfamiliar.

8. "Year of Hell" (Star Trek: Voyager)

In this episode, the starship Voyager is already zillions of miles from home and gets tossed into a two-parter filled with trouble. In these two nail-biting episodes, the crew faces their toughest challenge yet. It's not just phasers and photon torpedoes - it's a deep dive into what it means to make hard choices.

Captain Janeway leads the crew through a maze of moral issues and disasters while keeping it cool, or at least trying. Imagine having to decide between saving your ship or the very fabric of time itself. It's like a space-age version of choosing between a rock and a hard place, but with more time travel and explosions. The suspense is cranked up to eleven, and the emotional ups and downs will leave you cheering, gasping, and maybe even shedding a tear.