TrekRanks Episode 02 : Top 5 Prime Directive Episodes

Originally released on May 07, 2017

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To intervene or not to intervene, that is often the question when it comes to application of the Prime Directive in the Federation. On the latest episode of the TrekRanks Podcast, hosts Jim Moorhouse and Jeff Hulit are joined by special guest Claire Little for a deep dive into the moral quandary that is the Prime Directive.

As they do in every episode, our hosts begin by running a Level One Diagnostic on the topic, and then discuss the Prime Directive that guided their ranking criteria. Jim, Jeff and Claire then break down their selections in The Order of Things by revealing their "Five Word Summary and Hashtag" for each episode.

The various picks revealed cross a wide array of episodes, touching on every series, the prime universe films and even a mention of the Kelvin Timeline. The resulting conversation explores a dozen different applications of the prime directive, from practical application to the challenges of applying human ideals to alien cultures. From the 22nd century straight through to the 24th century, this is a comprehensive analysis of the Prime Directive in the distinctive TrekRanks style.

After a quick recap of all the picks in the Regeneration Cycle, the episode concludes with a visit into a Temporal Causality Loop as listeners Jenny Marie and Carl Wonders tell us their Top 5 "Comfort Food Episodes" from Episode 01.

As always, make sure to hail us here on our website by leaving a voicemail and record your own personal TrekRanks log to let us know your Top 5 Prime Directive episodes. Your comments might be used via a Temporal Causality Loop in an upcoming episode.

Temporal Loop :
Top 5 "Comfort Food" Episodes Lists From Listeners

Steve Sikoryak - "Just enjoyed episode 1 of TrekRanks (and #0 last week). As a time travel fan, I was happy to see Comfort Food representation from ALL the series."

  • TOS - City on the Edge of Forever
  • TNG - All Good Things
  • DS9 - Trials and Tribblations
  • VGR - Gravity
  • ENT - Storm Front
  • HONORABLE MENTION - Star Trek IV : The Voyage Home (but where's Yesteryear ?!?)
Jenny Marie (voicemail)
  1. DS9 - Explorers
  2. TNG - Data's Day
  3. DS9 - You Are Cordially Invited
  4. TOS - Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
  5. TNG - His Way
Christopher Backa (Facebook)
  • HONORABLE MENTION : Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
    1. TOS - The Doomsday Machine
    2. TOS - Bread and Circuses
    3. Kelvin - Star Trek Beyond
    4. DS9 - To the Death
    5. DS9 - Blooth Oath
    @strtrek1701 (Twitter)
    1. ENT - Regeneration
    2. VGR - Distant Orgins
    3. DS9 - Trials and Tribble-ations
    4. TOS - Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
    5. TNG - Parallels
    Bill @TrekFan4387 (Twitter)
    1. ENT - Carbon Creek
    2. VGR - Deadlock
    3. TNG - Lower Decks
    4. TOS - The Doomsday Machine
    5. DS9 - Trials and Tribble-ations
    Alexander T. Perry - @AlexanderTPerry (Twitter)
    1. DS9 - Call to Arms
    2. TNG - The Pegasus
    3. DS9 - Civil Defense
    4. VGR - Deadlock
    5. TNG - Timescape
    Adam Drosin - @AdamDrosin (Twitter)
    1. TNG - Unification
    2. DS9 - In Purgatory's Shadow
    3. DS9 - By Inferno's Light
    4. TOS - Journey to Babel
    5. ENT - Silent Enemy
    Carlos Miranda - @doublemacc (Twitter)
    1. TNG - Face of the Enemy
    2. TNG - Gambit
    3. DS9 - Blood Oath
    4. DS9 - Defiant
    5. VGR - Caretaker
    @TheWarpCore (Twitter)
    1. TNG - Q Who
    2. DS9 - Rapture
    3. DS9 - The Magnificent Ferengi
    4. VGR - The 37s
    5. TNG - Phantasms
    Jay Stobie - @CaptStobie (Twitter)
    1. TNG - Face of the Enemy
    2. TNG - Yesterday's Enterprise
    3. DS9 - Call to Arms
    4. DS9 - Way of the Warrior
    5. TOS - The Doomsday Machine
    Dan Martin - @DanMartin26
    1. DS9 - Explorers
    2. TNG - Deja Q
    3. VGR - Prophecy
    4. VGR - Message in a Bottle
    5. DS9 - Fascination
    Robert Reyes - @RobertReyes (Twitter)
    1. TOS - Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
    2. DS9 - Our Man Bashir
    3. TOS - A Piece of the Action
    4. TOS - Court Martial
    5. DS9 - Take Me Out to the Holosuite
    Carl Wonders - @CarlWonders (Twitter & Voicemail)
    1. TOS - A Piece of the Action
    2. TNG - A Fistful of Datas
    3. DS9 - Our Man Bashir
    4. TOS - The Trouble with Tribbles
    5. DS9 - Trials and Tribble-ations

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    Claire Little
    Trekkie, gamer, bibliophile. Vulcan with a sense of humor.