Riding a wave of nostalgia recently for James T. and the original phasa gangstas . . . but I know there are at least a few episodes I’ve never actually seen (e.g., “Amok Time”). Enhance my Netflix queue, Trekkie Dopers: your desert island list of the orig. episodes?
(The only one I can identify by name as having seen–and more than a few times–is “City on the Edge of Forever.” Am still in awe of it every time I see it.)
My personal favorite is “Errand of Mercy,” the episode that introduces the Klingons to the Trek universe.
Kirk and Spock try to intervene when the planet of the pacifistic–and strangely complacent–Organians is taken over by the Klingons. I always enjoy how frustrated, and even contemptuous, Kirk gets while trying to stir up a rebellion among the Organians, who just don’t seem to care about being invaded. The ending, where he and the Klingon captain are practically buddy-buddy when they argue about their right to get into a war is priceless.
If you want to laugh at the original series instead of with it (which can be as entertaining and in no way makes it any less of a great show), watch Spock’s Brain, unanimously voted the Worst TOS Episode Ever by the general consortium of worldwide Star Trek fans.
I’ll add only The Menagerie, Pts 1 and 2 to the list of great episodes already posted.
*For The World Is Hollow And I Have Touched The Sky
The Paradise Syndrome
The Enemy Within*
One McCoy vehicle, two Shatner… All three have them going beyond their character’s normal bounderies. Plus all the other ones listed.
Face it, you’ll end up having to see every last one of them, good or not, because you are now hooked.
Even the shows that are so terribly bad end up being fun to watch simply to work on your nitpicking skills. For these, try: