The Vengeance Factor

If you asked me what my favorite episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation was while it was on the air, the answer was simple: Tin Man. It had everything that made Star Trek great, and a lot of starship action that I loved when I was a bit younger. However, if you ask me what episode has stuck with me the most from ST:TNG’s seven seasons, that answer is actually episode 3X09- The Vengeance Factor.

I’m not sure why this episode is the one that’s stuck with me, maybe it’s the bittersweet romantic nature of the whole thing, or the questions of duty it raises. In either case, for some reason when I want to watch ST:TNG it’s pretty much my go-to episode, even though I can practically recite the dialog from it line for line. I find this episode also wears better with time, not worse, which is something you can’t say about quite a few of ST:TNG’s early episodes. For me, this was a crown jewel in the show’s best season (Season 3) and one of the reasons I will always be a fan of this series. (I have to say, the episode after it, The Defector, is also a classic of the show.)

Do any of you have an episode of Star Trek or another TV show that’s always stuck with you? If so, let me know in the comments below!


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