Top 10 Best Episodes of Star Trek: TOS Season 2

I recently finished watching both of the second seasons of Star Trek: TOS, and Star Trek: TNG. Since I already listed the top 10 episodes of The Next Generation, I now, sticking to habit, must pick the top 10 best episodes in  Star Trek: The Original Series. There are 26 episodes in season 2 of TOS, so 16 episodes will be left out of the countdown. (Once again, I’m consulting two sources on the episode order, so there is a possibility that I’m wrong.)

10. Metamorphosis

Kirk, Spock, Bones, and an ambassador are trapped on a planet with only a survivor who has been there for years, and a strange energy creature, that seems to have brought them all together. Metamorphosis was an interesting episode, and while it was not my favorite, I enjoyed watching it more than other episodes. (Ep. 9 of 26)

Babel Reception
The collection of ambassadors, on the Enterprise.

9. Journey to Babel

The Enterprise transports a party of ambassadors, all from opposing factions, to a debate across the galaxy. But, during the flight, one of the passengers is murdered, with ambassador Sarek, Spock’s father, as the prime suspect. I really enjoyed the murder mystery element of this episode, kind of like Murder on the Orient Express, by Agatha Christie. (Ep. 10 of 26)

8. A Private Little War

The Enterprise travels to a small, primitive planet, with two warring peoples fighting for control. It seems like any another planet, split in half, but then the crew discovers that the Klingons are secretly supplying one side with weapons. This episode was surprisingly action packed for a TOS episode, and it had some suspense in it. (Ep. 19 of 26)

The Cat's Paw
The black cat, from Catspaw.

7. Catspaw

An away team consisting of Sulu, Scotty, and a crewman fail to report back when on a planet below the Enteprise. Kirk, Spock, and Bones travel down to the planet to find them, but encounter fog, a castle, and a black cat instead of the away team. This was one of those weird episodes that draws you in and gets you hooked on the weirdness. But sadly, it just got normal weird after the first 20 to 25 minutes or so. (Ep. 7 of 29)

6. Patterns of Force

Looking for a missing Starfleet Cultural Observer, the Enterprise crew encounters a culture much like the Nazi party of the ’30s and ’40s. And Starfleet’s Cultural Observer is right in the middle of it all. Pattern’s of Force was a pretty engaging episode, and I enjoyed the story. But the whole alien-culture-models-themselves-after-an-older-Earth-culture is getting a little old. (Ep. 21 of 26)

Facing Doomsday
A Starfleet ship faces the burning maw of the Doomsday Machine

5. The Doomsday Machine

The Enterprise crew encounters a massive superweapon capable of swallowing entire worlds, and must deal with it as well as the captain of the starship it destroyed, bent on revenge. The Doomsday Machine was surprisingly intense for a TOS episode, and I loved every minute of it. (Ep. 6 of 26)

4. The Ultimate Computer

The Enterprise is brought back to a starbase for a very important test. The first computers are being tested, specifically designed to pilot starships. These ships will need no captain, no crew, and no one on board. The Enterprise crew is of no use to Starfleet any longer. I really enjoyed this episode, and I like the whole man vs. machine thing it had going on. (Ep. 24 of 26)

3. Bread and Circuses

Kirk, Spock, and Bones beam down to a planet where the Roman empire never fell, and the three are forced to fight as gladiators, to the death. Like The Doomsday Machine, this episode was pretty intense, and I enjoyed the action. (Ep. 25 of 26)

Agressive Negotiations
Kirk and Spock take matters into their own hands.

2. A Piece of the Action

The Enterprise crew encounters a planet that is molded off of the gangsters from the 1920’s. When a gang boss named Oxymx gets control over Starfleet tech, it’s up to the Enterprise to stop him. This episode was thrilling, and I liked it overall, but it still used the alien-race-modeled-off-of-an-old-Earth-culture plot point that I think is overused. (Ep. 17 of 26)

1. The Trouble with Tribbles

The Enterprise travels to a starbase, where a salesman is selling small, furry animals. Klingons arrive, and Kirk must deal with them too. But the salesman’s product conceals a strange secret. This was a pretty funny episode, and the Tribbles were cute. (Ep. 15 of 26)

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