TrekRanks Episode 90: Top 5 First Contact Moments

Originally released on August 04, 2020

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First contact. The first official encounter between representatives of two planets. It's one of the Federation's primary missions and it is under the TrekRanks microscope this week as we highlight our Top 5 First Contact Moments. There are lots of surprises this week (make sure to listen to the end), including a shoutout to the latest Trek series Lower Decks, whose primary mission just happens to be-second contact. Our panel includes host Jim Moorhouse and guests Adam Sanders and Melanie, who uncover many of the first contact gems seen throughout the years from TOS to Discovery. This is a can't miss, early release, bonus episode spectacular!

This week's show begins with our normal Diagnostic Cycle that includes a special look at the history of first contact in Star Trek. We then move into our Prime Directive, where each of our guests defines how they narrowed down their selections and made their final picks. With each Prime Directive being quite different this week, a lot of ground is covered in the picks.

Jim, Melanie and Adam then break down their final picks in The Order of Things by revealing their "Five Words and a Hashtag Summaries" and the episodes in which their specific moments occurred. When it's all said and done, we add a few Secondary Systems selections to our lists of the moments that just missed out.

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 84 and a great voicemail highlighting the Top 5 Odo Episodes and our celebration of René Auberjonois.

As always, make sure to hail us at 609-512-LLAP (5527) and record your own personal TrekRanks log to let us know your Top 5 First Contact Moments. Your comments might be used via a Temporal Causality Loop in an upcoming episode. And your recording might also be considered as an audition as a future TrekRanks' guest host.

We have one more "first contact" surprise at the end of this episode, so make sure you listen all the way through. And don't forget to check out for our entire back catalog of episodes and a detailed rundown on every episode of Star Trek ever.


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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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