10. An episode with the Borg strengthens Trek lore
In the two-part Dark Frontier episode of Star Trek: Voyager, Seven of Nine’s father, Magnus Hansen theorized that Starfleet has known about the Borg for years. Which would predate when Q threw the Enterprise-D across the galaxy to meet them face to face. In the season two episode Regeneration, we find out that the Borg has crossed paths with Starfleet 200 years before Picard. The resulting incident sets up the events of Q Who? and First Contact perfectly without altering history.
11. Faith of the Heart was a perfect intro.
The first version was perfect, you heathens. The second was admittedly alte-trash.
12. Vulcan’s were given so much depth
There were actual episodes that featured Vulcans as actual jerks, not just perceived jerks. From their less-than-noble ways of dealing with the Andorians to their constant refusal to embrace Earth and it’s people as allies, the Vulcans were given an opportunity to be far more than just the emotionless pillars of perfection that Roddenberry portrayed them as. They have many, many dark secrets explored.
13. T’Pol and Archer’s relationship
Whatever timeline you want to embrace with these two, the T’Pol and Jonathan Archer dynamic was perfect. Two leaders of their respective people forced to get along and navigate one another’s customs, ideals, and philosophizes is always great television. Especially when the respect and love for one another is evident. It was so rewarding watching the two debate, banter, and support each other. I’d dare say no more interesting Captain/First Officer dynamic exists but that’s only because Voyager didn’t dive deeper into the Captain Janeway, Marquis Captain Chakotay dynamic more.
14. The Captain had a dog on board.
The Captain a friggin dog and its name was Porthos. There was even a Porthos centric episode or two. The episode A Night in Sickbay was perfectly representative of a pet owner dealing with an uncertain tomorrow.
15. Archer was played by Scott fracking Bakula.