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Worst episode ever?
"Spock's Brain is considered by some to be the worst episode of the original series of Star Trek." - Where is evidence for this? I would say this is POV without a reliable reference (i.e. not someone's blog) and I recommend it gets deleted until a reference comes along. --JohnLynch
- Live in a cave? :-) It should say "considered by many".
- " This is often nominated by fans as the worst TOS episode ever. This episode is a nominee for the DITL "Worst of Trek" award."
- "For most people this is the worst of all TOS episodes"
- "Possibly the dumbest episode in the entire Trek canon"
- TREK NAVIGATOR - The Ultimate Guide to the Entire Trek Saga by Mark A. Altman and Edward Gross (1998, Back Bay Books)
- "Considered one of the worst episodes ever"
--StAkAr Karnak 01:53, 8 Sep 2004 (UTC)
- Aaah okay, fair enough. Thanks :) And I don't have much to do with "fans." I just watch the show :P --John Lynch 08:47, 19 Sep 2004 (UTC)
--I liked it. 18.104.22.168 21:52, 29 August 2006 (UTC)
- I liked it too. I always thought Nazi planet was the worst. Jumped the Shark suggests that it's Singing hippies. Colonel Warden (talk) 15:59, 1 March 2008 (UTC)
I think I remember from commentary on the Sci-Fi channel that the script to this was originally written as a joke, which ended up going too far. Someone know the whole story? --Paul Soth 05:42, 7 Sep 2004 (UTC)
I agree with those who say it is a three-way tie for "worst" episode: 1) And the Children Shall Lead 2) The Way to Eden 3) Spock's Brain. IMHO I would put Spock's Brain third from the worst -- the Gorgon creature is cringe-worthy, and so are the hippies...but at least the premise of Spock's Brain is played straight. Chesspride 22.214.171.124 (talk) 18:52, 22 July 2016 (UTC)
comment by a Trek nerd
This probably can't be noted on the page, but it's interesting to me that this episode uses the same "free the natives from their computer god" plot that ST-TOS so often used. It's just so poorly done, so insipid. Yes, I believe Gene Coon (writing as Lee Cronin) began it as a self-parody, but I think 3rd season producer Fred Freiberger didn't want any comedies: there are virtually no (intentional) comedies in season 3. ProfessorAndro (talk) 15:12, 5 December 2009 (UTC)
Gene Coon's inspiration?
There may be an unmentioned connection to Gene Coon's having access to J. T. McIntosh's 1951 short story, "Machine Made" where a computer mainframe helps a young woman repair her own brain. The 1966 edition appears to precede Gene Coon's screenplay. Did any science fiction magazines of the time notice that too? One appears to be somewhat more than tangentially connected to the other. I wouldn't be surprised if Gene Coon were familiar with J. T. McIntosh's contributions to science fictiondom. Dexter Nextnumber (talk) 08:15, 11 December 2009 (UTC)