5. “The Haunting of Deck 12” – Star Trek Voyager
“The Haunting of Deck 12” is a Star Trek: Voyager classic. Told in the style of an “old” campfire horror story, we see Neelix sitting in the center of the cargo bay that was retrofitted for the Borg children and Seven of Nine to use to regenerate. The power across Voyager is out, the children are scared and Neelix has decided to tell them adventures. Yet, the mysterious issues with deck 12 keep coming up.
No one knows what’s going on there, so the children begin gossiping about it until Neelix cuts in and begin to tell a tale of life and death with some underlying spookiness. While Neelix’s story is scary, it’s also shockingly honest. Turns out that while it’s no ghost or specter on deck 12, it is in fact an alien lifeform that Voyager accidentally made mad.
They mistakenly destroyed its ecosystem but as a sign of goodwill, promised to help it find a new one, which they did. Sure, the alien tried to kill everyone on board first, but hey, negotiations can be a bit stressful. It’s Star Trek’s answer to Are You Afraid of the Dark? and it worked.
A child-based horror show, where the kids tell spooky stories from the Star Trek universe would be something worth exploring I think.