As far as pointless holidays go, Groundhog Day is somewhere above modern day Arbor Day but somewhere below First Contact Day in the 24th Century. (Remember Captain Janeway said the only way she remembered the holiday was getting the day off from school.) So in our grand tradition of holiday-centric articles, we present you the first ever list of top Star Trek episodes to watch tomorrow on Groundhog Day.
Carbon Creek (ENT)
There’s no better place to celebrate the annual day of groundhog than Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania – and if you can’t make it there, then watch this above-average Enterprise episode which takes place mostly in the Keystone State – the only Trek episode that can say that.
Surprised to see the Voyager pilot on this list? Well you might also be surprised to see one Angela Patton, who played both Aunt Adah in this episode and Mrs. Lancaster in the Groundhog Day movie.
(Yeah, I owe that one to a little help from Memory Alpha.)
Playing God (DS9)
While the A story to this Dax vehicle isn’t particularly holiday-appropriate, the B story follows the rest of the crew trying to capture an infestation of Cardassian voles – the closest we get in Trek to an actual groundhog.
The Aenar (ENT)
We don’t often get two Enterprise episodes on these lists, but this time we do. Should the groundhog see his shadow, it means we get 6 more weeks of winter – and what better place to celebrate winter than on the icy homeworld of the Andorians? In this episode, Archer and crew visit the oft mentioned planet. Note that this is the last of a three-parter, so you might want to watch the previous two episodes.
Cause and Effect (TNG)
Aw c’mon, you knew it had to be this one.
A year before the Bill Murray / Harold Ramis masterpiece hit theaters, the Enterprise-D crew were stuck in their own ever-repeating day. They don’t have a grandly cathartic experience like Murray’s Phil Connors, but they do get to blow up the Enterprise half a dozen times.