As unusual as it is for the Internet, Trek fans seem to be reacting very positively to the news that former DS9 and Voyager writer Bryan Fuller will be the showrunner for the new series (which we’re just calling Star Trek: All Access for the time being). Bryan has 22 writing credits for Trek, which will probably get rewatched more in the next six months than they might otherwise. To help hone in which ones to rewatch (or at least which ones to start with!) we present our Top 5 Bryan Fuller episodes.
5. Barge of the Dead
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that an episode co-written with Ron Moore would be on the list. Barge of the Dead – originally a DS9 Worf episode –works just as well here as B’Elanna vehicle wherein she visits Grethor (essentially Klingon hell) to redeem her mother from a dishonored eternal punishment.
Co-written with Nick Sagan, son of astronomer Carl, Relativity is a time travel story from a different perspective: our heroes are not traveling through time, but rather they are being traveled too. Throw in some fun scenes from Janeway first taking command of the ship and as much Seven of Nine as the audience could demand, and you have a classic episode.
3. Living Witness
As close as Voyager got to doing a Mirror Universe episode, Living Witness shows us what we never get to see otherwise: the lasting impact our heroes have on a planet they just visit and leave. We know they’re heroes, but 700 years of history and cultural bias tell a different story…
2. Empok Nor
The only DS9 episode on this list, Empok Nor is a “monster in the house” aboard an abandoned station that conveniently uses the same sets as the show’s namesake. A fantastic adventure for O’Brien, Nog, and Garak.
1. Bride of Chaotica
One of the challenges that JJ Abrams said he encountered was “how do you make a Star Trek movie for people who’ve seen Galaxy Quest?” If this episode is any indication, Bryan Fuller knows how to do just that: a delightful retro sci-fi send up that is silly, sincere, and smart all at the same time.
Kate Mulgrew’s turn as the eponymous Bride is a pinnacle of retro sci-fi glory. Seriously, you show up to a convention dressed up so you look like a black-and-white Arachnea and everyone will stop you for a picture.