Top 10 Best Episodes of Star Trek: TOS Season 1

As you may know, I’ve been in a bit of a Star Trek mood lately. I’ve re-watched all of the original Kirk-era movies, and I’m currently going through seasons 2 of The Original Series and The Next Generation. I thought it would be fun to list some of the best episodes of those shows respective first seasons, in my opinion. There are thirty episodes in the first season of The Original Series, so twenty of those will be left out. (The episode order might be wrong. I kind of got myself into a corner by consulting both Memory Alpha and Netflix, but I think I’ve found the right order.)

10. The Galileo Seven

Crash Landing
The shuttle from the Galileo Seven

Spock, Scotty, Bones, and four others are marooned on a barren planet and attacked by deadly giants. Spock takes a high risk chance to save all of their lives. Cheesy action scenes, the usual. Some redshirts die. You’ll swear that you saw Neil deGrasse Tyson, though. (Ep. 16 of 30)

9. The Menagerie (Parts 1 and 2)

Spock abducts the seriously injured former Captain Pike of the Enterprise and refuses to back down in the face of a court martial. Evidence during the court martial reveals Spock’s motivation. This episode ties back into the episode The Cage, so make sure to watch that one first. (Eps. 11 and 12 of 30)

8. Balance of Terror

The Enterprise pursue Romulan Warbirds after Federation outposts are destroyed by the ships. The first real space battle in the show. (Ep. 14 of 30)

Snazzy Outfits
Pictured above: snazzy outfits

7. The Return of the Archons

After crew members disappear on a planet below, another away team beams down and finds a tyrannical dictator ruling over it’s oppressed people. Cool plot, and the crew dresses up in snazzy outfits. (Ep. 21 of 30)

6. Tomorrow is Yesterday

A modern day fighter pilot is accidentally beamed aboard the Enterprise, and causes trouble. He escapes, and the crew, who are trapped back in time, must find him. This episode had some awesome time travel aspects to it. (Ep. 19 of 30)

5. Shore Leave

The crew beams down to a planet for shore leave, but soon realize that the planet is not what it seems. This episode was so ridiculous. It made me laugh so hard, and I hope it does the same for everyone else. (Ep. 15 of 30)

4. Where No Man has Gone Before

The pilot for the show has the Enterprise leaving the known galaxy, but has one of Kirk’s friends endowed with supernatural powers. Power corrupts. This episode had some cool action scenes, but also just an awesome plot in general. (Ep. 3 of 30)

3. Space Seed

Khan
Khan, as seen in Space Seed

The crew finds the Botany Bay, a ship full of cryogenically frozen superhumans. Their leader, Khan Noonien Singn, grapples with Kirk for power over the Enterprise. This is the first episode with Khan, (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek Into Darkness) a recurring villain in the Star Trek universe. (Ep. 22 of 30)

2. Arena
After seeing a Federation outpost decimated, the Enterprise pursues the attackers. They are trapped by an advanced alien race and forced into a form of gladiatorial justice between Kirk and the enemy captain. This has some cool fight scenes, and it’s kind of funny, in a way. (Ep. 18 of 30)

Jumping Through
Kirk and Spock jump through the portal, pursuing Bones.

1. The City on the Edge of Forever

Bones accidentally overdoses himself with a drug that makes him go crazy. He finds a strange portal to the past, and Kirk and Spock must follow him through it to prevent the alteration of history. This is, so far, my favorite episode of TOS. It has awesome time travel, (sorry Tomorrow is Yesterday) a cool plot line, and a plot twist ending. (Ep. 27 of 30)

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