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"These Are the Voyages..." was written by Brannon Braga, along with Rick Berman

"These Are the Voyages..." is the series finale of the American science fiction television show Star Trek: Enterprise. The 22nd episode of the fourth season and the 98th of the series overall, it first aired on May 13, 2005. The story takes place concurrently with the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Pegasus", in which Commander William Riker grapples with a difficult admission about a cover-up. Riker visits the holodeck and turns to the events of the 22nd century for guidance, where the crew of the earlier Enterprise travels home to Earth for the formation of the United Federation of Planets. UPN and Paramount announced in February 2005 that it would be the show's last season. Series creators Rick Berman and Brannon Braga, who co-wrote the episode, conceived it as a valentine to Star Trek fans. The episode guest stars include Jonathan Frakes, Marina Sirtis, and Jeffrey Combs, as well as a vocal cameo from Brent Spiner. Reaction to "These Are the Voyages..." was negative. Critics and cast alike believed The Next Generation frame robbed the characters and their fans closure, and that the death of Trip Tucker felt forced and unnecessary. The final episode attracted 3.8 million viewers, the highest number since the previous season.

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William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk

"Where No Man Has Gone Before" is the second pilot episode of the television series Star Trek. It was produced in 1965 after the first pilot, "The Cage," had been rejected by NBC. Reportedly, Lucille Ball, who owned Desilu Studios (where the pilot was produced), persuaded NBC management to consider a second pilot, thereby exercising a special option agreement it had with Desilu, because she liked Roddenberry and believed in the project. The episode was eventually broadcast third in sequence on September 22, 1966, and re-aired on April 20, 1967. On July 12, 1969 it was the first episode to be shown in the UK by the BBC. "Where No Man Has Gone Before" was written by Samuel A. Peeples, directed by James Goldstone, and filmed in July 1965. It was the first episode of Star Trek to feature William Shatner as Captain James Kirk, James Doohan as Chief Engineer Montgomery Scott (later called "Scotty"), and George Takei as Lt. Sulu (the ship's physicist, which character became helmsman in subsequent episodes). An original cut was thought lost, but has been recovered and placed onto home media releases. The episode title was adopted as the final phrase in the opening voice-over which famously characterizes the series and has since entered popular culture.

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Patrick Stewart portrayed Captain Jean-Luc Picard

"Lessons" is the 19th episode of the sixth season of the science fiction television series Star Trek: The Next Generation and was originally aired on April 5, 1993 in broadcast syndication. Directed by Robert Wiemer, the episode was written by Ron Wilkerson and Jean Louise Matthias, with uncredited revisions by René Echevarria. The series follows the adventures of the crew of the Starfleet starship Enterprise. In this episode, Captain Picard's (Patrick Stewart) shared love of music with Lt. Commander Nella Daren (Wendy Hughes) leads to romance. After sending her on a dangerous mission which results in her death being incorrectly reported, he realises that he is incapable of carrying out a relationship with someone under his command. The episode saw a reprisal of Picard’s flute which had been introduced in the fifth season episode "The Inner Light". Stand-ins were used to perform the pieces by Picard and Daren, which required the use of close-up camera angles by the director. "Lessons" featured a variety of pieces of classical music, including works by Ludwig van Beethoven and Johann Sebastian Bach. The episode was received warmly by critics reviewing it after the end of the series, who praised by the performances of Hughes and Stewart.

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Denise Crosby guest stars as Security Chief Tasha Yar who appeared in the episode.

"Yesterday's Enterprise" is the 63rd episode of the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation. The 15th episode of the third season. The episode first aired in syndication the week of February 19, 1990. In the plot, the crew of the USS Enterprise-D must decide whether to send the time-travelling Enterprise-C back through a temporal rift to its certain destruction in order to protect the timeline. The plot for "Yesterday's Enterprise" came from the uniting of two story ideas; one which featured the crew of the time-travelling Enterprise-C, and another episode which featured the return of Denise Crosby, whose character had been killed in the show's first season. Trent Christopher Ganino and Eric A. Stillwell rewrote the story to more prominently feature the character of Guinan, and the script was completed by a team of five writers. Filming of the episode lasted a week; some planned elements, including death scenes for many of the characters, were either too time-intensive or costly to film. In syndication, "Yesterday's Enterprise" outperformed most of the third season's episodes with a 13.1 ranking, the third-highest number for the series at the time. The episode is cited as a favorite by members of the crew and by reviewers.

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John Billingsley's character of Dr. Phlox was abducted by the Klingons in this episode.

"Affliction" is the fifteenth episode of the fourth season of the television series Star Trek: Enterprise. The episode first aired on UPN on February 18, 2005, and formed the first part of a two-part episode which concluded with "Divergence". In the plot, Dr. Phlox is abducted by the Klingons to develop a cure for a plague which has stricken the species. One of the effects of the plague is that the cranial ridges of the Klingons dissolve, resulting in their developing a more human-like appearance. Meanwhile, the Enterprise is attached by the new type of Klingons, and the ship is sabotaged, ending the episode on a cliffhanger. The episode was an attempt to answer why the Klingons appeared without forehead ridges during the era of The Original Series, and was an attempt by show runner Manny Coto to link the events in Enterprise more closely with those in The Original Series. Guest stars included James Avery, who had been second choice to portray the Klingon Worf in The Next Generation. John Schuck and Eric Pierpoint also appeared; they had both previously portrayed other characters within the franchise. When originally aired, it equalled the highest ratings seen during the fourth season with a Nielson rating of 1.8/3%, and was positively received by critics.

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Brent Spiner portrayed both Data and Lore in Datalore

"Datalore" is the thirteenth episode of the first season of the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation. The episode first aired in broadcast syndication on January 18, 1988. In the plot, the crew of the Enterprise-D discover Data's "brother" Lore at the site of a disappeared colony. He is brought on board and re-assembled, where he incapacitates Data and attempts to take his place in order to sacrifice the crew to the same Crystalline Entity which destroyed the colony. The original story for the episode would have introduced a love story for Data, but an evil twin story was instead suggested by Brent Spiner, who portrayed the character. "Datalore" introduced the character of Lore, who returned to the series twice more in later seasons. The script continued to be edited during the filming of the episode, and the subsequent characterisations were criticised by the cast although the look of the episode was praised. It was watched by 10.3 million viewers on first broadcast, and the response by reviewers was mixed with criticism directed at the quality of the script but with praise reserved for Spiner. To celebrate the Blu-ray release of the first season, the episode received a theatrical release alongside "Where No One Has Gone Before".

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Patrick Stewart

"The Battle" is the ninth episode of the first season of the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation. The episode was first shown in broadcast syndication on November 16, 1987. In the plot, Captain Jean-Luc Picard's (Patrick Stewart) former vessel, the USS Stargazer is returned to him by DaiMon Bok (Frank Corsentino), a Ferengi captain whose son was killed by Picard in the Battle of Maxia. Picard is tormented by a mind controlled device and forced to attack the Enterprise with the Stargazer. The episode marked the second appearance of the Ferengi, but executive producer Rick Berman was unsatisfied with the new aliens. The Stargazer was originally intended to be a Constitution-class starship using the prop of the movie-era Enterprise, but was instead redesigned to match to the model previously seen in Picard's ready room with the class named Constitution so that it could be dubbed into the episode. The actual model of the Stargazer was built by kitbashing Ertl model kits, using parts from other models such as the VF-1 Valkyrie to add detail. The term "Picard Maneuver" originated in this episode, and was later used by the cast to refer to Stewart's habit of tugging his uniform tunic down. Critical reception was mixed, but Patrick Stewart's performance was particularly praised.

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Terry Farrell, who portrayed Jadzia Dax in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

"Blood Oath" is the 39th episode of the television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, the nineteenth of the second series. The episode was first shown in broadcast syndication on March 27, 1994. In the plot, the Klingons Kor (John Colicos), Kang (Michael Ansara) and Koloth (William Capbell) arrive at Deep Space Nine to recruit Jadzia Dax (Terry Farrell) to join them in their quest to kill the villain who murdered their first born sons. The three Klingons had previously been seen in different episodes of Star Trek: The Original Series and their characters in this episode were based on those from plays by William Shakespeare and the film The Magnificent Seven. Colicos would later return as Kor in two further episodes of Deep Space Nine. The overall theme of the episode was intended to be a homage to the 1954 Akira Kurosawa film Seven Samurai. An operatic theme was given to the episode by composer Dennis McCarthy. The majority of scenes were filmed on set, with the exception of the Millard House in Pasadena, California. On first broadcast, it was watched by 8.4 million viewers, placing sixth in the timeslot, and opinions of critics who watched the episode after the end of the series were mixed.

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William Shatner, in costume as Captain James T. Kirk

"The Trouble With Tribbles" was the 44th episode of the television series Star Trek, later known as Star Trek: The Original Series. It was the fifteenth episode of the second series, and was the first professional work of writer David Gerrold. In the plot, the crew of the Enterprise are called to Deep Space Station K-7 to protect a shipment of grain bound for Sherman's Planet. Whilst there, they encounter tribbles and this causes problems both for the ship and the station but help to prevent a disaster on the planet after the arrival of a Klingon vessel. Production required some 1,500 tribbles to be created for a variety of purposes such as sewn from beanbags or made from toy dogs. Several re-writes were required, including a drastic re-draft after it was discovered that the script had been printed in the wrong size font. Nichelle Nichols remarked that she had "never seen a script go through so many changes – and stay so much the same". The episode was nominated for a Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, and a sequel episode was intended for the third season. It was instead produced for Star Trek: The Animated Series as the episode "More Tribbles, More Troubles". To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Star Trek, the episode was revisited in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Trials and Tribble-ations".

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Ethan Phillips, who portrays Neelix, and was originally considered to portray the merged character of Tuvix.

"Tuvix" is the fortieth episode of the television series Star Trek: Voyager, the 24th episode of the second series. It was first broadcast on UPN on May 6, 1996. In the plot, the characters of Neelix (Ethan Phillips) and Tuvok (Tim Russ) are accidentally merged following a transporter accident to become Tuvix (Tom Wright). The creation of the new person and the "death" of the other two polarises the crew onboard Voyager. The Doctor develops a process to separate the two back to their original personas, but Tuvix doesn't want to go through with it as he will "die" instead, forcing Captain Kathryn Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) to make the decision instead. The episode was originally devised as a comedy plot, but was later refined into a moralistic tale. Phillips was originally intended to portray Tuvix, but decided that he would be too easy for the audience to identify. Instead, Wright sought to merge the mannerisms of the two characters into a single whole. The episode was described as the most thought-provoking of Voyager's run, and a great deal of fan mail was received by the crew concerning it. The critical response to the episode was mostly positive, with praise directed at the ability to create a serious episode despite a "silly" premise.

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John de Lancie, made his Star Trek debut in "Encounter at Farpoint" as Q.

"Encounter at Farpoint" was the first episode of the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation, and was originally aired in broadcast syndication on September 28, 1987. The episode introduced the crew of the USS Enterprise-D and the recurring character of Q (John de Lancie) who would go on to appear in every season of The Next Generation except for one and both Deep Space Nine and Voyager. In the plot, the ship is sent to Farpoint Station to investigate it, and after being intercepted by Q and placed on trial for the crimes of humanity, Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) and the crew manage to reveal the truth about the station. The plot was developed from a story which originally saw the Enterprise encounter an alien lifeform the size of a space ship which had been enslaved by an alien race, and the crew attempts to free it. The plot was re-written and Q added in order to lengthen it to a double-length episode. DeForest Kelley made a guest appearance as Admiral Leonard McCoy in the episode. The episode was broadcast on 98 independent stations and 112 network affiliates, gaining a viewing audience of 27 million and the series was immediately called the "highest-rated syndicated one-hour drama series on television". Reviews at the time was mixed and compared the episode to The Original Series, while later reviewers mostly praised it.

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Nana Visitor (Kira Nerys) and René Auberjonois (Odo), photographed in 2011

"Heart of Stone" is the fourteenth episode of the third season of the American science fiction television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and originally aired on February 6, 1995 in broadcast syndication. In the plot, Odo (René Auberjonois) and Major Kira Nerys (Nana Visitor) are trapped on a small moon near the Badlands, while on the station Nog (Aron Eisenberg) tries to get Commander Benjamin Sisko's (Avery Brooks) support for his application to Starfleet Academy. The idea behind the main plot was inspired by a scene from the novel Sometimes a Great Notion. However, the rock prop used in "Heart of Stone" was unpopular with the cast and crew, and post-production effects were required. The episode was the first of an ongoing plot thread with Nog entering Starfleet, which initially concerned Eisenberg as he thought he was being written out of the show. The writers were undecided about which was the primary story, and felt that the performances of Brooks and Eisenberg raised the sub-plot to equal standing. The episode was the fourth most watched episode of the third series, with 8.3 million viewers. Critical response was mixed, with negative comments directed at the idea that the situation in the episode was created by the female Founder (Salome Jens).

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Scott Bakula, photographed on the set of Star Trek: Enterprise

"First Flight" is the fiftieth episode of the American science fiction television series Star Trek: Enterprise, the 24th episode of the second season. It first aired on May 14, 2003 on UPN. In this episode, after Captain Jonathan Archer (Scott Bakula) is informed of the death of his former colleague, A. G. Robinson (Keith Carradine), he relates the story of breaking the warp 2.5 barrier to T'Pol (Jolene Blalock) whilst investigating a dark matter nebula. The episode was inspired by the story of the first American astronauts as seen in the film The Right Stuff. Several sets were specifically built for this episode, and a reference to the designer of the Enterprise from Star Trek: The Original Series is included in the story. Three crew-members from the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN-65) appeared in this episode, and handed over a flag from the ship to the cast and crew. A reference to Original Series production designer Matt Jeffries, who died two months after the episode aired. Critical reception to this episode was mostly positive, with praise directed at Scott Bakula. However, the episode received the second lowest number of viewers received by Enterprise at that point, which was blamed on it being aired opposite the series finale of Dawson's Creek.

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Patrick Stewart, photographed in 2013

"Devil's Due" is the thirteenth episode of the fourth season of the American science fiction television series Star Trek: The Next Generation, originally aired on February 4, 1991 in broadcast syndication in the United States. Based on an episode written by William Douglas Lansford for the planned Star Trek: Phase II (1978) television series, it was adapted for The Next Generation by Philip Lazebnik and directed by Tom Benko. Numerous changes were made from the original Phase II script, with only the general theme of the episode remaining. In the plot, the crew of the Enterprise confront an individual claiming to be Ardra (Marta DuBois), a mythological entity from the planet Ventax II. She claims that the planet, and the orbiting Enterprise, are her legal property due to an agreement signed a thousand years earlier. Together, Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) and the crew reveal Ardra to be a con artist, leading to her arrest by the Ventaxian authorities. The episode was originally pitched for use during season three, following changes made it was added to season four. Critical reception of the episode has been mixed, with it generally being thought to be very reminiscent of Star Trek: The Original Series.

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Seth MacFarlane, the creator of Family Guy

"Not All Dogs Go to Heaven" is the 11th episode of the seventh season of the American animated television series Family Guy. It originally aired on Fox television network in the United States on March 29, 2009. The episode was directed by Greg Colton and written by Danny Smith. In the episode, Quahog hosts its annual Star Trek convention and the cast members of Star Trek: The Next Generation are guests. After he was unable to ask the actors any questions at a Q&A session, Stewie builds a transporter in his bedroom to beam the cast over and spend the day with them. Meanwhile, Meg becomes a born-again Christian and tries to convert the atheist Brian to Christianity. The episode garnered mixed reviews from critics and received a 4.8/7 Nielsen rating. Star Trek: The Next Generation's Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton, Gates McFadden, Michael Dorn, Wil Wheaton, Denise Crosby, and Marina Sirtis all guest starred as themselves. It marked the first occasion since the film Star Trek: Nemesis that the cast of The Next Generation had worked together, although they recorded their voice roles separately under the direction of Seth MacFarlane. Adam West and Rob Lowe appeared at the end of the episode in a live action scene.

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Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson

"Tsunkatse" is the fifteenth episode of the sixth season of the American science fiction television series Star Trek: Voyager. The episode first aired on the UPN network on February 9, 2000. Directed by Mike Vejar, it was developed from a story by Gannon Kenney and turned into a teleplay by Robert Doherty. The episode featured Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in a guest role as a Pendari fighter, and former Star Trek: Deep Space Nine actors J. G. Hertzler and Jeffrey Combs. In this episode, Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan) is abducted, along with Tuvok (Tim Russ), while on a survey mission and forced by her captors to fight in an arena for the entertainment of others. The episode had originally been called "Arena", and it had been intended for Tuvok to be the one involved in the fighting instead of Seven of Nine. The crossover between Voyager and the UPN wrestling show WWF Smackdown was described as a "clever marketing ploy" by Russ, but received a negative fan reaction on broadcast. It received the highest ratings of the season, watched by 4.1 percent of all Nielsen households during sweeps month. It received mixed reviews by critics, with praise reserved for Combs and Hertzler. The fight scenes were praised by Black Belt magazine.

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The Big Show in 2011

"Borderland" is the fourth episode of the fourth season of the science fiction television series Star Trek: Enterprise that originally aired on October 29, 2004, on UPN. The script was written by Ken LaZebnik, and was directed by David Livingston. The episode featured the first appearance of Star Trek: The Next Generation actor Brent Spiner in Enterprise, and the last appearance of J. G. Hertzler in the Star Trek franchise. It also featured guest appearances by Bobbi Sue Luther and WWE wrestler Big Show. In this episode, genetically engineered humans called "augments" capture a Klingon vessel, and the Enterprise is sent to find them. They retrieve the augments' creator, Dr. Arik Soong (Brent Spiner), and head in pursuit. After being attacked by Orions and rescuing their crew members, the ship is attacked by the augments who retrieve their creator. The episode is the first of a three episode arc, followed by "Cold Station 12", and "The Augments". It also featured the first appearance of male members of the Orion species, despite female members appearing in the first pilot of The Original Series. The reception from critics was mixed, with Spiner's performance generally praised. The episode was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Stunt Coordination.

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Denise Crosby in 2003

"Skin of Evil" is the 23rd episode of the first season of the science fiction television series Star Trek: The Next Generation, and originally aired on April 25, 1988 in broadcast syndication. The story premise was written by Joseph Stefano, and the screenplay was re-written by Hannah Louise Shearer. The episode was directed by Joseph L. Scanlan. In this episode, the Enterprise races to rescue Deanna Troi (Marina Sirtis) from a crashed shuttle, which is being held captive by an alien life form called Armus (Mart McChesney, voiced by Ron Gans). In investigating the crash, Lieutenant Tasha Yar (Denise Crosby) is killed by Armus, and Troi is eventually rescued after Captain Picard (Patrick Stewart) distracts the alien. Yar's death in the episode was the result of Crosby asking to be released from her contract, although her last filmed episode was actually "Symbiosis" as it was filmed subsequent to "Skin of Evil". The manner of her death was intended to be typical of the threat posed to a security officer, and was what the show's creator Gene Roddenberry had intended. The reception of the episode has been poor overall from critics who have reviewed the episode following the end of the series, especially the manner of Yar's death and the Armus creature in general.

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Vaughn Armstrong in 2010

"Heart of Glory" is the twentieth episode of the first season of the American science fiction television series Star Trek: The Next Generation, first broadcast March 21, 1988. The story was created by Herbert Wright and D. C. Fontana, and was made into a script in two days by executive producer Maurice Hurley. The episode was directed by Rob Bowman. In this episode, the crew rescue three Klingon from a damaged freighter in the neutral zone. Once on board they befriend Lt. Worf (Michael Dorn) and attempt to hijack the Enterprise so they can live as true Klingons, forcing Worf to choose between them or Starfleet. The episode explained the backstory to the character of Lt. Worf, and Michael Dorn was pleased with the outcome. Bowman included an overhead shot on the engineering set which had not been done before on the show and tweaked the ending. Guest stars included Vaughn Armstrong as Korris in his first role in the franchise and only appearance in The Next Generation. He would go on to appear in a further eleven roles in the franchise, including the part of Admiral Maxwell Forrest in Star Trek: Enterprise. The episode was watched by 10.7 million viewers during the initial broadcast, and reviews by critics were mixed.

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Michael Dorn

"The Sword of Kahless" is the 79th episode of the American science fiction television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, the ninth of the fourth season. It originally aired on November 20, 1995 in broadcast syndication. The story was created by Richard Danus and was turned into a teleplay by Hans Beimler. The episode was directed by LeVar Burton, and featured the return of John Colicos as Kor. In this episode, Kor returns to the station to recruit Lt. Cmdr. Worf (Michael Dorn) and Lt. Jadzia Dax (Terry Farrell) to help to find the ancient Sword of Kahless. After they find the sword, they are forced to evade the forces of Toral (Rick Pasqualone), Son of Duras, and Worf and Kor come to blows over the future use of the weapon. The episode was the first in the series to feature the character of Worf in a central storyline. Due to time restraints in filming, there were edits made to the scripts and production. The sword itself was more elaborate than the bat'leths previously seen in Star Trek. Influences of Richard Wagner were introduced into the score, including the use of Wagner tubas. Although producers were disappointed with the initial fan reaction, critics later gave a mostly positive response to the episode and compared it to Indiana Jones.


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