Previously, On Star Trek

One of the perks of all of Star Trek now being available on Netflix Watch Instantly is that, if an episode suddenly refers back to another show entirely (As Deep Space Nine does, surprisingly often), you can just go and check that show out to catch up. With that in mind, here’re some guides to some of Trek‘s longer-running, crossover-iest storyarcs or plot threads.

The Mirror Universe
I love the simplicity of the Mirror Universe stories in Star Trek: It’s our heroes, but bad! And with beards (Well, in Spock’s case). This is one time where I wish they’d done more episodes with this idea, but I’ll take what I can get…
Star Trek: Enterprise S4 E18/19 “In A Mirror, Darkly”
Star Trek S2 E4 “Mirror, Mirror”
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine S2 E23 “Crossover”
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine S3 E19 “Through The Looking Glass”
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine S4 E19 “Shattered Mirror”
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine S6 E8 “Resurrection”
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine S7 E12 “The Emperor’s New Cloak”

Q
Q stories in Trek have an odd arc; the “story” pretty much finishes with the last episode of Next Generation, and then he goes on to show up in Voyager for awhile in fun but essentially pointless tales (that are nonetheless fun enough, if only for actor John DeLancie’s chemistry with Voyager‘s Kate Mulgrew). My suggestion? Unless you’re really, really into the character, stop after “All Good Things.”
Star Trek: The Next Generation S1 E1/2 “Encounter at Farpoint”
Star Trek: The Next Generation S1 E10 “Hide and Q”
Star Trek: The Next Generation S2 E16 “Q Who”
Star Trek: The Next Generation S3 E13 “Deja Q”
Star Trek: The Next Generation S4 E20 “Qpid”
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine S1 E7 “Q-Less”
Star Trek: The Next Generation S6 E6 “True Q”
Star Trek: The Next Generation S6 E15 “Tapestry”
Star Trek: The Next Generation S7 E25/26 “All Good Things”
(Additionally, Star Trek: Voyager S2 E18 “Death Wish”, Star Trek: Voyager S3 E18 “The Q and The Grey” and Star Trek: Voyager S7 E19 “Q2″)

The Borg
Probably the most successful villains of the show’s second lease on television life, the Borg seemed like an afterthought when they first appeared in Next Generation… but their second appearance made everyone sit up and take notice.
Star Trek: The Next Generation S2 E16 “Q Who”
Star Trek: The Next Generation S3 26/S4 E1 “The Best of Both Worlds”
Star Trek: The Next Generation S3 E3 “Family”
Star Trek: The Next Generation S5 E23 “I, Borg”
Star Trek: The Next Generation S6 E26/S7 E1 “Descent”
Star Trek: First Contact
Star Trek: Voyager S3 E26/S4 E1 “Scorpion”
Star Trek: Voyager S4 E6 “The Raven”
Star Trek: Voyager S5 E2 “Drone”
Star Trek: Voyager S5 E15/16 “Dark Frontier”
Star Trek: Voyager S6 E2 “Survival Instinct”
Star Trek: Voyager S6 E16 “Collective”
Star Trek: Voyager S6 E26/S7 E1 “Unimatrix Zero”
Star Trek: Voyager S7 E25/26 “Endgame”
(Additionally, Star Trek: Enterprise S2 E23 “Regeneration” – This is tough to place, as it’s chronologically the earliest of all, but spins out of First Contact, which is a time-travel story and therefore requires knowledge of some of the Next Generation episodes to that point in order to fully understand…)

Klingon Politics
The Klingons had been around in Trek from the start, but it took making Worf a regular cast member for the writers and producers to begin to make the most of them by offering a glimpse into the race’s culture and politics… Less a story arc – Although “Sins of The Father” through “Redemption” act as one, definitely, and you can trace an arc for the character of Worf through most of the following episodes – and more a look into worldbuilding, a piece at a time.
Star Trek: The Next Generation S1 E20 “Heart of Glory”
Star Trek: The Next Generation S2 E8 “A Matter of Honor”
Star Trek: The Next Generation S2 E20 “The Emissary”
Star Trek: The Next Generation S3 E17 “Sins of The Father”
Star Trek: The Next Generation S4 E7 “Reunion”
Star Trek: The Next Generation S4 E24 “The Mind’s Eye”
Star Trek: The Next Generation S4 E26/S5 E1 “Redemption”
Star Trek: The Next Generation S6 E16/17 “Birthright”
Star Trek: The Next Generation S6 E19 “Rightful Heir”
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine S2 E19 “Blood Oath”
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine S3 E3 “The House of Quark”
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine S4 E1/2 “The Way of The Warrior”
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine S4 E9 “The Sword of Kahless”
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine S4 E15 “Sons of Mogh”
Star Trek: Deep Space NineS5 E3 “Looking for par’Mach in All the Wrong Places”
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine S5 E6 “Trials and Tribble-ations”
Star Trek: Voyager S4 E3 “Day of Honor”
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine S6 E7 “You Are Cordially Invited…”
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine S7 E7 “Once More Unto the Breach”
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine S7 E22 “Tacking Into The Wind”
Star Trek: Voyager S6 E3 “Barge of The Dead”

The Bajoran/Cardassian/Maquis Conflict
The political struggle at the heart of Deep Space Nine – Just look below and see how many DS9 episodes are there, and that’s just the ones I think are essential to the overall arc; I was tempted to say “Just add all of season seven” at the end, which you might want to bear in mind – got its start in a number of Next Generation episodes, and was even part of the story that launched Voyager. Pretty good going, really…
Star Trek: The Next Generation S4E12 “The Wounded”
Star Trek: The Next Generation S5E3 “Ensign Ro”
Star Trek: The Next Generation S6 E11/12 “Chain of Command”
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine S1 E1/2 “Emissary”
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine S1 E19 “Duet”
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine S2 E20/21 “The Maquis”
Star Trek: The Next Generation S7 E24 “Preemptive Strike”
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine S3 E5 “Second Skin”
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine S3 E9 “Defiant”
Star Trek: Voyager S1 E1/2 “Caretaker”
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine S3 E20/21 “Improbable Cause”/”The Die I Cast”
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine S4 E1/2 “The Way of The Warrior”
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine S4 E5 “Indiscretion”
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine S4 E13 “Return To Grace”
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine S5 E8 “Things Past”
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine S5 E15/16 “In Purgatory’s Shadow”/”By Inferno’s Light”
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine S5 E26 “Call to Arms”
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine S6 E1 “A Time To Stand”
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine S6 E6 “Sacrifice of Angels”
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine S6 E8 “Waltz”

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  • pDUB

    oh hey thanks bro, im sure people are happy to pay you for this.

  • Renaud

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  • Bass Guitar Hero

    Um…okay.

    I like turtles.

  • Daniel Worthington

    This is great! Thanks, Graeme – this is actually something I’d like to go back through and watch. It’ll be fun to see in one go how things developed – I’m especially interested in the Mirror, Mirror ones and the Bajoran/Cardassian/Maquis Conflict. Thanks again!

  • Lackshmana

    I think it is worth adding “Emissary”” the series premiere of Star Trek Deep Space Nine to the list of Borg episodes, since it deals directly with the fallout of Best of Both Worlds. 

    The Borg portions are all in flashback, but it really helps show the human cost of the battle and further cements the importance that the Borg have had on the overall storyline.

  • SM1

    A small point. The events in the episode “The Tholian Web” directly impact the Mirror Universe and in fact, is the starting point.

  • durkadurka

    Say what you will about Voyager, but let’s not forget this line by Q to his son:

    “If the Continuum’s told you once, they’ve told you a thousand times. Don’t provoke the Borg!
    Now, I want you to give Aunt Kathy your word you won’t do it again.”

    Classic.

  • Rick69g

    Really, really great job on this.  I wish that I had the time to go through all these in order.  Oh well, retirement is only 25-35 years from now.  Hopefully, I can hold onto this list until then.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/rodimusben Ben Lundy

    The last arc you mention should just be grouped under the larger banner of “Dominion War arc.” Also, you should just change it to “watch all of Deep Space Nine.” It is the best Star Trek series.

  • ATK

    Good list. (The following is a needless nerd rant) One episode you missed for the The Bajoran/Cardassian/Maquis Conflict would be the episode of Voyager (I forget which one) where Torres becomes overly reckless because they learned about the death of the Maquis movement by the Jemhidar (Horrible misspelled I know, the henchmen of the founders) Most of the elimation of the Maquis was done off screen in DS9 so it was interesting to see Torres run a holodeck simulation of the massacre. It was a nice little crossover coda.

  • Wildstorm

    But weren’t most of these categories already collected in the fan edition DVDs that came out a few years ago.  I have the Borg collection, but there was also the Alternate Realities collection that collected all the Mirror Universe episodes, and a Q collection and a Klingon collection.

  • Shaun

    The problem with the Mirror Universe is that after “Through the Looking Glass” DS9 needed to stop. It was a great series on the whole, but after their second “Mirror” episode they ran out of ideas for that story arc, and the (almost) annual return to that universe got worse and worse.

    DS9 in general found itself occasionally getting distracted from the main story arcs of the series and took some odd detours into areas that need to be explored: The later Mirror eps, all that Nagus/Moogie crap, and spending far too much time trying to develop Ezri’s character in the final season all come to mind.

  • Shaun

    I was going to mention this… I was glad that DS9 didn’t take the easy way out (like Voyager did) by making the Borg a central part of the series, but “Emissary” (DS9′s pilot) should still be included with the Borg episodes. We even get some glimpses of Locutus again.

  • Shaun

    Surprising that Graeme didn’t put together an entry for time-travel and/or alternate realities. Plenty of those to choose from.

  • Ishmael

    A few notes:

    The Mirror Universe:
    As mentioned elsewhere in the comments, “In a Mirror, Darkly” is a direct sequel to “The Tholian Web”, although this episode is not strictly necessary for The Mirror Universe playlist.

    Q:
    If you skip the Voyager stories, you’re missing out on “Death Wish”, which is easily one of Q’s best appearances. His appearances in Voyager constitute a very definite and closely tied story arc, as each episode leads directly into the next, as opposed to most Q episodes, which are only loosely linked (not accounting for KRAD’s book “Q & A”, which links them together).

    The Borg:
    The first episode for this is technically “The Neutral Zone”, which introduced the concept of the Borg scooping up colonies, although this wasn’t officially tied back until “The Best of Both Worlds”. (However, this was very intentional advance plotting on the writer’s part, not something linked together after the fact.)

    I’d recommend putting “Regeneration” after First Contact and before “Scorpion”, as it’s a direct sequel to First Contact.

    The Bajoran/Cardassian/Maquis Conflict:
    For the Maquis aspect, arguably you could add all of Voyager (or at least episodes like “Learning Curve” and “Life Line”), but I’d be most inclined to include “Hunters” (where they learn of the destruction of the Maquis), “Extreme Risk” (Torres reacts), and “Repression”.

  • Ishmael

    Just to clarify on “The Neutral Zone”: They were never named as the Borg, but in retrospect were clearly meant to be (and the writers have confirmed this many times).

    http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/The_Neutral_Zone

  • Rollo

    The last Mirror, Mirror episode from DS9 was pretty bad. By that time, most of the cast’s counterparts were dead and they did something with a lesbo Dax.

    Meh.

  • Jkeys7

    If you’re feeling really adventurous, you can check out my list of ALL live action Star Trek episodes in chronological order at http://www.thestartrekchronologyproject.blogspot.com I watch through the whole saga in order. It took me a year and a half on a pretty aggressive viewing schedule. There is a blog as well, but I must admit I’ve not had much time to keep up with it recently. In any case, there is a printable list on the site for anyone who feels adventurous. By the way, it was AWESOME watching them all in order. :)

  • J_osen

    Although Grant Morrison is not quite the god you under 40 crowd make him out to be, this is an amazing piece of fan love. Nice job Graeme, you’ve finally won me over.

  • Mak

    You’ve done your home work….

    Good Job. I actually like this list.

  • Serpico71

    As someone that just recently became a full blown trekkie, and having missed the first run of the series, this is invaluable.  THANK YOU!

  • http://twitter.com/mgailp M Gail P

    Dispite the fact that is apocryphal, including a note saying such, I would include in the Q set TOS: “The Squire of Gothos.” They are only linked in spin-off media, but it fits well.

  • flrider

    I like your premise, SM1, however it was Enterprise “In a Mirror, Darkly” S04E18 where the disappearance of the Defiant and the Tholian’s involvement is ultimately revealed.

  • flrider

    Add to time travel/alt realities the “Temporal Cold War”, effect of anomalies on the timeline, and transporter accidents…I’m just sayin’.