TrekRanks Episode 57: Top 5 Underappreciated Characters

Originally released on May 30, 2019

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We've done "underrated" topics on TrekRanks, but "underappreciated" is something very different. The conversation goes deep this week as we dive into our Top 5 Underappreciated Characters, where a number of interesting trends are uncovered with our picks. Host Jim Moorhouse is joined by Heather Barker and Rick Everson to tackle this fascinating topic, which has each of our panelists going in different directions with their selections.

The final picks from our panel include several classics and quite a few deep cut selections that are sure to surprise.

This week's show begins with our regular Diagnostic Cycle as each host picks an underappreciated character from outside of Star Trek. Then the Prime Directive portion of the show gets very interesting as each of guests breakdown the different ways in which they approached such an interesting topic. Some picks stay in-universe, with our hosts looking at characters who underappreciated inside the story, and some picks are very much out-of-universe, where the underappreciated nature of the characters is about fan reactions or how writers serviced them.

Ultimately, the picks from Jim, Heather and Rick in The Order of Things reveal some very interesting results and the conversation goes in some unexpected directions. In the end, the panel discussion is one of the most in-depth in TrekRanks history and maybe a little different from the normal episode. And, as always, the picks get even more in depth when the crew calls up their Secondary Systems selections.

After a quick recap of all the picks in the Regeneration Cycle, the episode concludes with a visit into a Temporal Causality Loop as we flashback to Episode 52 and our Top 5 Scenes in a Brig!


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Sat on the bridge of the NX-01, Star Trek trivia master and host of the TrekRanks podcast.
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