Worst Star Trek (TOS) episode?

Spock’s Brain, The Way to Eden or something else? I’m only asking because tomorrow Mission Log is reviewing The Way to Eden and I’m a little giddy because those guys crack me up.

I think Spock’s Brain is the worst of the lot: *“Brain and brain, what is brain?” *But the space hippies are so cringe inducing, I can hardly bear to watch.

It’s a bit of a toss-up.

I’ll kick off with “The Omega Glory.” Kirk pledging allegiance to an American Flag.

Ho, boy, that was a stinker!

(Strangely enough, I rather adore “Spock’s Brain.” It’s just so much fun! Same for the two Harry Mudd episodes.)

I vote “The Alternative Factor”. At least “Spock’s Brain” was fun.

“The Alternative Factor.”

I win. Lazarus trumps anything.

Spocks brain.

“And the Children Shall Lead”

The Empath.

Yeah, it’s got to be Spock’s Brain. Eden has enough MST3K going for it to make it laughable. SB is just torturous.

I’ve recently downloaded ST:TOS. All 3 seasons. They’re difficult for me to watch. I find them cheesy. I don’t mean to downplay their awesomeness when they were first broadcast, but now… it’s more of a nostalgia thing for me. I find this occurs with lots of what once were my favourite TV programs.

It’s a hard call, but I have to say “Plato’s Stepchildren,” followed by “The Empath,” “Mark of Gideon,” “And the Children Shall Lead,” “Lights of Zetar,” “Elaan of Troyus,” “Gamesters of Triskelion,” “The Enterprise Incident,” “Wink of an Eye,” and “Is There in Truth No Beauty?”

The others listed above won’t win any awards fer sure, but they’re nowhere near as bad as these stinkers! :mad:

Mostly because there was no explanation for the parallel development like a star ship dumping some USA founding documents or something.

That one was just too incomprehensible to have a strong opinion one way or the other. Definitely way below average. Bit of a mess.

It was more like the “split continuum” of “Miri” and “Bread and Circuses.” An infinite number of possibilities repeated an infinite number of times… :rolleyes:

Typical Herbert. Way to Eden is a blast, but Spock’s Brain definitely among the dregs along with Miri, Plato’s Stepchildren, and The Empath.

“Scratch my knuckles and jump for joy, got a clean bill of health from Dr McCoy”

The Empath. Kathryn Hays’ mute but overly balletic emoting is just torture, plain and simple.

I think “Spock’s Brain”.

“The Empath” was not horrible, just boring.

I don’t think “The Way to Eden” is as bad as its reputation. Yes, sure, there is a lot of 1960s silliness, but in between the silly scenes, it does raise some pertinent questions about leaders and followers, rights and responsibilities, nature and technology.

No one has mentioned Catspaw?

That one was godawful. Spock’s Brain is bad, sure, but at least it goes somewhere and has some interesting points, like McCoy only being smart enough to fix the problem for an hour. Catspaw is just a bad Halloween special.

Also, I think terentii is a Klingon with surgical alterations here to sabotage the thread. The Enterprise Incident and The Gamesters of Triskelion are some of my favorites!

What was the episode where there were intruders aboard, and they moved so fast they were invisible? That one stretched my suspension of disbelief beyond the breaking point.

“That Which Survives”

"Uhura: Mr. Spock! Are you all right?

Mr. Spock: Yes. I believe no permanent damage was done.

Uhura: What happened?

Mr. Spock: The occipital area of my head seems to have impacted with the arm of the chair.


Any episode where Kirk has to deal with a planet-ruling entity (with bonus points if it’s a computer that Spock drives crazy with illogic). That said, an honorable(?) mention for Return of the Archons:

“Spock’s Brain” is the worst. Stupid idea, poorly executed.