TrekRanks Episode 186: Top 5 Comfort Characters

Originally released on June 21, 2024

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It's a personal TrekRanks deep dive of those "Top 5 Comfort Characters" that everyone has. It's the go to characters you gravitate toward when you need an episode that you know is going to settle you down and bring you to a place of Zen – or that place of comfort. Our veteran panel of host Jim Moorhouse and guests Debbie Moltisanti and Ryan Riddle each come up with their own unique take on defining their "comfort characters" that see big name characters, recurring characters and one-off characters all get selected.

Episode Rundown:

Diagnostic Cycle: Where we briefly get into the details of defining the show's specific topic, including a run down of all the past "character" topics on TrekRanks.

Prime Directive: Each guest on this week's panel reveals exactly how they narrowed down their 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: Everyone recaps their picks and we discuss 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 757-828-RANK (7265) and record your own personal TrekRanks log to let us know your Top 5 Comfort Characters. (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).

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