6. "Subspace Rhapsody" (season 2, episode 9)
"Subspace Rhapsody" sits comfortably at number 6, and it's not hard to see (or, in this case, hear) why. This episode boldly goes where no Star Trek episode has gone before - into the realm of a musical. Yes, you read that right - a Star Trek musical!
It's a daring and ambitious move, blending the sci-fi elements we love with the unexpected twist of a whole lot of singing and dancing. This episode deserves applause for its creativity and willingness to experiment with the format, honestly. The tunes are pretty catchy and will definitely get stuck in your head, and the episode is full of humorous moments that lighten the mood when the lyrics (and their aftermath) hit and sting. It's a refreshing change of pace from the usual interstellar crises and moral conundrums.
However, "Subspace Rhapsody" doesn't hit just the high notes - it also hits some low ones as it faces some challenges. The plot can feel a bit thin compared to the usual depth we expect from the series, and though I literally have no room to speak as I cannot sing very well, not all the vocal performances will have you leaping for a standing ovation. But, let's be honest, seeing our favorite Starfleet characters breaking into song is a unique and entertaining spectacle. This episode may not have nailed every aspect, but it's a testament to the show's adventurous spirit.
"Subspace Rhapsody" is an episode that tries something new, and for that, it earns its spot in the top half of the list. It's a reminder that Strange New Worlds isn't afraid to explore uncharted territories, not just in space, but in storytelling too.