TrekRanks Episode 171: Top 5 Game Changers

Originally released on November 23, 2023

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We deep dive into the "Top 5 Game Changers" in Star Trek history with an analysis of those big shifts and adjustments to some of the show's regular elements. This episode is a fun companion piece to episode 107 of TrekRanks, the "Top 5 Improvements." Host Jim Moorhouse and panelists Brooke Horton and Nathan Royster cover everything from in-universe choices to production decisions that made significant changes to Trek's trajectory through the decades. This is a good one!

Episode Rundown:

Diagnostic Cycle: We breakdown how this episode serves as a fun sequel of sorts to the "Top 5 Improvement" from way back in episode 107.

Prime Directive: Each guest on this week's panel reveals exactly how they narrowed down list and made their final choices.

The Order of Things: All the picks are revealed with the TrekRanks' original "Five words and a hashtag" summary, along with one episode that helps frame their choice.

Secondary Systems: For a few extra picks that just missed our final list.

Regeneration Cycle: The panel recaps their picks and we dissect some of the interesting statistical anomalies that arose from the discussion.

Temporal Inversion: We flashback to a previous episode of TrekRanks and relay some of the feedback received from listeners.

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 Game Changers. (Or you can record it yourself and just DM us @TrekRanks on Twitter.) Your comments could be used as part of a Temporal Inversion on an upcoming episode (and might get you a chance 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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