TrekRanks Episode 109: Top 5 TOS Guilty Pleasure Epsisodes

Originally released on April 22, 2021

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It's a return to our "guilty pleasure" series on this week's TrekRanks, as we take on the Top 5 TOS Guilty Pleasure Episodes. We love all Trek, so there is never any guilt for us in watching any particular episode, but everyone has their secret favorites that maybe aren't as highly regarded by the masses. And in TOS, those options are endless. From bright colors and sparse sets to dayglo and go-go boots, our panel of host Jim Moorhouse and guess Ryan Riddle and Caleb Dorsch break it all down.

Episode Rundown:

Level One Diagnostic Cycle: In truth, there is no guilt associated with Trek, but we all have an episode or two that connects with us and we know it probably doesn’t connect the same with the masses. This is the fourth in our “guilty pleasure” series, having previously tackled The Next Generation, Voyager and Enterprise.

Prime Directive: Our panel approaches guilty pleasure in similar but disparate ways to come up with three distinct lists.?The Order of Things: Everyone reveals their picks with the usual “Five words and a hashtag” summary.oSecondary Systems: We get even deeper into the guilty pleasures by detailing some of the episodes that just missed our lists!

Regeneration Cycle: Everyone recaps their picks and discuss some of the interesting statistical anomalies that arose from the discussion.?Temporal Distortion: We flashback to Episode 101 of TrekRanks and relay some of the extensive feedback we received on our unique Trek 101 topic.

If you have your own picks you would like to relay to us, please hail us at 609-512-LLAP (5527) and record your own personal TrekRanks log to let us know your Top 5 TOS Guilty Pleasure Episodes. (Or you can record it yourself and just DM us @TrekRanks on Twitter.) Your comments could be used in a Temporal Distortion on an upcoming episode (and might get you achance to be a guest on a future episode, too).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.