“Judging by the pollution content of the atmosphere, I believe we have arrived at the late 20th century”
– Spock, STIV
On this Earth Day, TrekMovie.com takes a look at Star Trek’s best environmentally-themed episodes and films.
TrekMovie’s picks for the top environmental episodes of each series (and the movies).
The Original Series – “The Mark of Gideon“
A cautionary tale on over-population, the episode openly deals with issues such as birth control (generally a taboo subject on 1960s TV).
Honorable Mention: “The Paradise Syndrome” Kirk gets happy by eschewing modern society
Next Generation –“Force of Nature“
Enterprise learns that warping around exploring new worlds and seeking out civilizations is actually damaging space itself, and imposes a limit on warp to protect the ‘space environment.’
Honorable Mention: "Home Soil” Terraformers (developers) ignore silicon life-form (endangered species) to their peril
Deep Space Nine – “Shakaar“
Morality play on issues of land rights and the rights of farmers vs. the rights of the state.
Honorable Mention: "Sanctuary” A lesson on sensitivity to refugees and a population crisis
Voyager – “Night“
Janeway makes a choice and takes a stand against the Malon, the polluters of the Delta Quadrant.
Enterprise – “Cold Station 12“ (Arik Soong/Augment Arc)
When experiments with genetics go bad…they go really bad.
Honorable Mention: "Hatchery” Ugly insects have ‘animal rights’ too
Movies – “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home“
The most obvious all Star Trek environmental messages, the ‘save the whales’ themed film was named one of the top environmental films. The connection here is that by saving the whales we save our selves, showing the interconnectedness of all species.
Honorable Mention: "Star Trek: Insurrection” Picard fights against strip mining (a planet’s atmosphere).