10 Most Embarrassing Episodes


Cringe-worthy..."why did they make it?"...in broadcast order:

1. The Man Trap
2. Mudd's Women
3. Operation: Annihilate!
4. A Piece of the Action
5. Patterns of Force
6. The Omega Glory
7. Spock's Brain
8. And the Children Shall Lead
9. Plato's Stepchildren
10. The Way to Eden

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I'd be interested in an explanation. I thought Mudd's Women made a rather important message about equality even if late in the episode. Operation Annihilate was a pretty good restatement of the Puppet Masters and some good stuff about the Kirk-Spock-McCoy relationship. Not much in the way of SF but A Piece of the Action was pretty good farce showcasing Vic Tayback, Anthony Caruso, and others. People need to get over The Omega Glory. Not a great episode but reducing it to Kirk reciting the Pledge of Allegiance does not do it justice. DeForest Kelley maintained that material was filmed implying that Omega IV was previously visited by Earthmen hence the American flag then not making the final edit. Roddenberry did have a failing in that he preferred style over substance so a fair number of episodes have holes in them. A number of very mediocre episodes on your list but would only put And the Children Shall Lead down as purely unwatchable.

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Spock's Brain was really hokey. He has no brain, yet McCoy could make him walk like a robot including ratcheting mechanical noises...

Plato's Stepchildren was also hokey in the way Spock and Kirk were forced to act under Parmesan's command. Hard to watch.

Keeping with the hokey theme, I, Mudd (not on OP's list) was hokey as well. The "whistling finger" phasers were enough to make me laugh, and not in a good way.

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Like I said most of the mentioned episodes were mediocre. A schism between the sexes would have been an interesting idea to explore without the nonsense about Spock. I don't know how much 1960's television standards and practices played into the final product of Spock's Brain. Maybe it could have been done along the lines of Bread and Circuses but then again the idea would have been stale for SB. Very little meat on the bone for Plato's Stepchildren. We had already seen other examples of "absolute power corrupts absolutely" with ST before PS.

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I would pull A Piece of the Action out of the list. Admittedly it's a one-off comical episode, but it's pretty good

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I love A Piece of the Action. Kirk puts his quick thinking skills on display again when he plays cards with the gangsters.

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