2009 was a great year for Star Trek (which is when this list was created). The new Star Trek movie was just part of an overall resurgence of Trek with a new kind of enthusiasm — and now, we’ve had two more movies, a new crew exploring the galaxy in Star Trek: Discovery, and multiple new series on the way. So tonight Trekkies should go out and celebrate the year that was, and look forward to a bright future for Star Trek. The staff at TrekMovie.com wishes all of you a happy new year. And for those imbibing on this evening, TrekMovie reposts our previous guide to Trek’s greatest moments in drinking!
GREAT MOMENTS IN STAR TREK DRINKING
Scotty shows ’em how its done – TOS: “By Any Other Name”
Our favorite chief engineer drinks Tomar the Kelvan under the table only to pass out just moments later.
Kirk goes on a bender – TOS: “The Enemy Within”
A split [evil] Kirk storms sickbay, demands Saurian Brandy from McCoy, and assaults crewmembers, “acting like a wild man,” according to the good doctor.
Ale lubricates cultural exchange – Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
The Romulan Ale flowed freely during the Klingon/Federation dinner aboard the Enterprise-A, which resulted in the entire senior staff being hung over the next morning. “Do you know anything about a radiation surge, Chekov?’
“…Only the size of my head.”
Picard brothers get messy drunk – TNG: “Family”
In the TNG era, synthehol was invented, so we didn’t see a lot of drunken escapades. A significant one happens when Captain Picard returns home after his Borg transformation and subsequent rescue. He and his older brother Robert get quite drunk on their family wine and have an emotionally cleansing scene where both old and new emotional scars are dealt with for the first time.
Scotty toasts the 1701 – TNG: “Relics”
Being stuck inside a transporter buffer left Scotty with a powerful thirst, and he found solace in a bottle of real Aldebaran whiskey, which he proceeded to polish off on the holodeck, with a little help from Picard.
Miles and Julian sing – DS9: “Explorers”
While Sisko and son are away from the station on their solar sail and Keiko is off doing her own thing, Star Trek’s ultimate buddies got together at Miles’ place to figure out who could hold their booze better, the Irish or the English. They both lost and celebrated with a rousing rendition of “Jerusalem .”
Worf brings the bloodwine – DS9: “Way of the Warrior”
Get any two Klingons together and add some bloodwine, and you got yourself a party. Soon after Worf joined DS9, he got his old pal Huraga lubricated with a few bottles of booze and the information started flowing, along with the traditional Klingon drinking songs.
Warp pioneer gets Betazoid hammered – Star Trek: First Contact
Zefram Cochrane is perhaps the most famous drunk for not being a drunk. History had ignored his heavy drinking until the TNG crew was forced to follow a Borg sphere back to the time of first contact. The same movie also gives us Deanna Troi “blending” in as she tries to go shot for shot with Cochrane — after all, it’s a primitive culture.
Neelix as wingman – VOY: “Someone To Watch Over Me”
Kids in the Hall veteran Scott Thompson comes on board the Voyager as Tomin, who is supposed to be from a very conservative race, but he ends up using his time on board like a weekend in Vegas. Good thing Neelix was around as his designated driver or everyone would have ended up in big trouble.
Doc drinks for Seven – VOY: “Body and Soul”
Seven of Nine. the Holo Doctor, and Harry all find themselves prisoners of some foreheads of the week, but this time the twist is that the Doc program is ‘inside’ Seven. While there he finds out how fun a replicator can be and proceeds to overindulge in pretty much everything, including the Champagne.
Reed and Trip bond – ENT: “Shuttlepod One”
Malcolm Reed and Trip Tucker didn’t get along too well on Enterprise until they got stuck in a shuttle for a few days where they thought they were going to die. Eventually, they find a bottle of bourbon and the next thing you know they are as thick as thieves, with Reed outing himself as a lover of T’Pol’s ‘bum.’ (Unlike Trip, Malcolm had to satisfy himself with fantasies about T’Pol and her backside.)
Archer’s bar fight – ENT: “First Flight”
In a flashback, Jonathan Archer remembers his old friend A.G. Robinson, who was the first to break the Warp 2 barrier. But things were always happy between the two. While Archer was drowning his sorrows at the 602 club he got into it with A.G. and after A.G. talked smack about Archer’s dad, the fists started flying, but Trip had his priorities right, making sure that no beer was spilled (see below).
And the lesson is…drink responsibly and have fun
Happy New Year from TrekMovie.com!
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