As you’re celebrating Thanksgiving this weekend, we wanted to share a few Thanksgiving-appropriate episodes of Trek to enjoy with loved ones while you’re digesting turkey, pie, and plomeek soup. And, as a special holiday treat from CBS, you can stream all of Star Trek ad-free with one free month of CBS All Access.
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5. A Matter of Honor (TNG)
In this the episode where Riker is on a Klingon ship, we learn that it’s Starfleet tradition to have a feast before a transfer. Riker indulges himself on Klingon delicacies before the big assignment and we are introduced for the first time to gagh – truly something to be thankful for!
4. Sins of the Father (TNG)
Here we have the counterpoint to that episode where Kurn serves as first officer aboard the Enterprise. To welcome him, the senior staff also hold a feast where Capt. Picard slices off pieces of turkey for all to enjoy. Kurn is polite, but isn’t super interested in the “burned, replicated bird.” (It’s about two minutes into the clip.)
3. Breaking the Ice (ENT)
So I wanted an episode about pie, and at first I thought it would be cute to mention that one where Spock has the evil computer recite pi to the last digit. (Spoiler alert: the Enterprise crew outwit the computer.) But this episode features a delightful discussion by Trip on the merits of pecan pie, which is my favorite.
2. Blaze of Glory (DS9)
The Maquis episodes of DS9 kind of get overshadowed by the fact that there was another series entirely dedicated to members of the Maquis. But this one features the galaxy’s favorite chef Ben Sisko reminiscing with Maquis member Michael Eddington about a Thanksgiving dinner on DS9.
1. Charlie X (TOS)
Well of course this is the definitive Trek episode for turkey day, in that the Enterprise crew actually celebrates Thanksgiving. Kirk is a little sour because they have to eat meatloaf instead of turkey – and he learns that sometimes he should be careful what he wishes for!
And check out this TrekMovie video featuring clips from both episodes:
And if you listen carefully there’s an uncredited audio cameo for the cook character who exclaims that the meatloaf in the ship’s kitchen’s ovens has turned into real turkeys: one Gene Roddenberry.
We’re thankful for a Star Trek Beyond and a brand new Star Trek television* series in the works! Also pie. Trekkies from America and abroad, what are you thankful for?
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