Five episodes of Star Trek to watch on Super Bowl Sunday instead.
So it’s Super Bowl Sunday and you find yourself not giving one ounce of Romulan aisle about it. The rest of the world will go into a stasis of sorts as they watch the game, the commercials and the endless hours of pre and post-shows but not you, no. You want something more refined.
So how about Star Trek, but with sports.
That’s right, you thought you were getting away from sports on this Sunday of all Sundays? Nope, you’re still going to get your fill of sports but it’s going to come in a Star Trek flavored capsule.
Five episodes of Star Trek to watch instead of the Super Bowl
Voyager’s “Tsunkatse” – Season 6, Episode 15
The first episode to take a look at is Star Trek: Voyager’s “Tsunkatse”, an episode that featured Seven of Nine taking on Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson of all people. It was one of the Rock’s earliest acting appearances, which was at the peak of his WWE fame. It’s an episode that sees aliens pitting other aliens against each other in underground fights.
Deep Space Nine: “Take Me Out to the Holosuite” – Season 7, Episode 4
During the final year of the Dominion War, Captain Benjamin Sisko opted to take his crew to a holosuite competition against the Klingons. The sport, baseball. It goes as poorly as expected. If you want to watch Sisko yell at Umpire Odo this is the episode for you.
Enterprise: “Forge” – Season 4, Episode 7
This isn’t a sports’ focused episode as others on this list, but it does have a strange scene where the crew, Phlox included, are playing basketball. Considering the surprise death in this episode, it all seems out of place. It’s peculiar and that’s part of its appeal.
Deep Space Nine: “For the Cause” – Season 4, Episode 22
So in this episode, Sisko finds out his girlfriend did work for the Maquis and he has her arrested, Michael Eddington turns heel and attacks the Federation and reveals himself a Maquis double-agent. We also get the beginning of the much-too-short romance between Garek and Ziyal. Yet, the most surprising thing? Kira Nerys plays a sport and it’s called springball. And she’s kinda awesome at it.
The Next Generation: “The Icarus Factor” – Season 2, Episode 14
Will Riker fights his dad in an American Gladiators-style sport. Blindfolded. What more do you need?