Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Darmok And Jalad At Tanagra Edition


I’ve never identified myself as a Trekkie (or is the preferred term Trekker now?), but I’ve always had a soft spot for the adventures of Starfleet’s finest.  As a young’n, I would get up on Sunday mornings to catch the classic Kirk/Spock/McCoy episodes, and by the time I got to college, Star Trek: The Next Generation had shaken off its early awkwardness to become a fine science fiction program worthy of its predecessor.  (Well, maaaaybe not ‘Shades Of Grey’, but even classic Trek had its weaknesses. *coughSpock’sBraincough*)  For my money, though, it’s hard to find a more engrossing hour of fiction than ‘Darmok’, a fifth season Next Gen episode which puts Captain Jean-Luc Picard in a situation that taxes not only his combat strengths, but his cleverness, his empathy and his decency.  Dealing with issues of cultural transaction, translation and miscommunication, it’s a classic Trek examination of social issues, and also one hell of a good episode, inspiring today’s idle query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) will even open things up for fans of the Version 2.0 JJ Abrams ‘Star Trek,’ because it’s still where no man has gone before, asking: What’s the best episode/moment in ‘Star Trek’ history?