Star Trek names its 10 family-centric episodes to watch during the Christmas season.
Star Trek.com re-posted their 2019 article about the Top 10 Trek episodes for the holidays and frankly, I have questions. Far be it from me to argue with Star Trek’s official dot com but these episodes are not great for the Holidays.
Now, they put the emphasis on episodes the family can enjoy for the holidays, which is fine but we’re looking for something festive. Lights, and the like. The great sci-fi television series Chuck did a number of good Christmas episodes. Don’t tell me Star Trek couldn’t do a few good holiday specials.
Everyone but the most heartless among us loves a good holiday special; Christmas, Halloween, the works. Why Star Trek is so quick to dismiss human customs in their world, as opposed to embracing all the alien’s holiday’s is baffling.
Who wouldn’t love to see Worf cut down a tree and deck the halls?
Well, there aren’t any Christmas episodes of Star Trek, much to my chagrin, but these are the ten episodes that Star Trek.com felt were close enough.
- The Original Series – “Journey to Babel”
- The Next Generation – “Data’s Day”
- The Next Generation – “Family”
- The Next Generation – “The Inner Light”
- Deep Space Nine – “The Visitor”
- Deep Space Nine – “Take Me Out to the Holosuite”
- Voyager – “Timeless”
- Voyager – “Barge of the Dead”
- Enterprise – “Home”
- Discovery – “Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad”
Most of these Star Trek episodes really don’t make sense for Christmas
While the idea of family is the big selling point and a lot of these do embrace the idea of the holiday (family), they don’t exactly do a great job embracing the season. There’s very little giving, almost no snow, and no gifts. At least worth having.
The one episode that does directly link Trek to Christmas is “Dagger of the Mind” from the original series, where Kirk has to survive a penal colony with his former one-night stand from the Federation Christmas party.
How about instead of all the talk of a musical episode, Trek gives us a Christmas episode and then a Halloween episode.
That would be some serious holiday fun.