Star Trek has survived 46 years, five television series and eleven motion pictures, with a twelfth on the way this May. The television series alone total a combined thirty seasons (including two seasons of the animated series), making up a grand total of 727 episodes of television Trek.

Star Trek is, by far, the most successful science fiction franchise that television has ever had to offer, but no franchise is perfect. Buried within those 727 Trek-isodes are some pretty ghastly bits of storytelling that never should have made the airwaves at all. Presented here are ten of the ghastliest. Episodes that made us want to gouge our eyes out after they were over.

The following list is in no particular order.


10. Enterprise “These Are the Voyages…”

I liked Enterprise. I know I’m in the minority there, but I thought it was an interesting direction to take the franchise. I liked the show so much that, while I was heartbroken it was being cancelled, I was excited to see how they were going to end it. Then I saw the episode. The only word I can use to describe it is “atrocious”.

Technically, it wasn’t really even an Enterprise episode. It was about Riker and Troi reliving Enterprise’s historical records in the holodeck. The episode was incoherent, since you only saw selected scenes from the adventure, and the scenes jumped around out of order. If this had been just a regular filler episode, it might have been interesting. But the fact that it was the series finale made it very disappointing.

There is one redeeming factor, however. The final scene of the Kirk, Picard and Archer Enterprises, with the respective captains tag-teaming the famous “Space, the final frontier” speech was a great way to cap off the Trek saga. It’s just unfortunate that everything prior to that last 30 seconds was disappointing.

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This article was first posted on December 11, 2012