TrekRanks Episode 97: Top 5 High-Concept TNG Episodes

Originally released on November 13, 2020

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It's peak 24th century Trek on this week's TrekRanks Podcast as we 'make it so' in selecting our Top 5 High-Concept TNG Episodes. Host Jim Moorhouse is joined by Claire Little and Amy Nelson to contrast and compare many of TNG's biggest and best episodes, as well as quite a few deep cuts. The comprehensive conversation engages TNG forays into big themes and epic sci-fi concepts, and the result is another great episode for fans of deep cut picks.

What's "high concept"? Well, that's up to each individual. By definition it is a simple idea that can easily be defined in a one-line pitch or summary, but by practice it is often considered to be a grand, unique concept that pushes boundaries and genres.

Our panel breaks down how they defined and made their picks in our Prime Directive section of the show before revealing their pick in The Order of Things with their "Five Word Summary and Hashtag" for each of their Top 5 High-Concept TNG Episodes. With each host's Secondary Systems choices, the picks get even deeper and then Jim briefly reviews some of the interesting statistical anomalies that emerged from their 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 88 and a great voicemail on our Abstract H topic.

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 High-Concept TNG Episodes. Your comments might be used via a Temporal Causality Loop in an upcoming episode.

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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Jim Moorhouse
Sat on the bridge of the NX-01, Star Trek trivia master and host of the TrekRanks podcast.
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Claire Little
Trekkie, gamer, bibliophile. Vulcan with a sense of humor.
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Amy Nelson