Celebrate the Feast of Saint Patrick with These Pat-Trek Classics


Top of the mornin’ to all of ye who will be wearing green this March 17th! As you know, we here at TrekMovie like to mark holidays throughout the year with a collection of recommended episodes to help you celebrate. And this year St. Patrick’s Day is no different! So curl up with these classics and your favorite green beverage.

5. Fair Haven (VOY)
How could someone named after a city in France program such a great holoprogram set in Ireland? Well this question, and many more, are answered on the Voyager stand-by. Also features one of Captain Janeway’s best lines, a sentiment we’ve all shared at some point when she falls for a character in the program: “Delete the wife.”

This introduced the Irish home away from home in the Delta Quadrant, which would be revisited later in …

4. Spirit Folk
The crew returns to Fair Haven, where the holocharacters start to suspect all may not be as simple as it seems in their bonny wee village. Note that “Spirit Folk” is one of only two Trek episodes where Star Trek All Access showrunner Bryan Fuller has sole writer credit.

Also Harry almost kisses a cow.

3. The Naked Time (TOS)
Do you need some ideas for a good Irish drinking song? Well look no farther than the 1701’s junior officer Kevin Riley, who – under the influence of the Psi 2000 virus – regales his shipmates by endlessly singing “I’ll Take You Home Again, Kathleen.”

2. By Any Other Name (TOS)
OK Scotty is (in case you missed it) Scottish and not Irish and, while those two cultures may seem very similar to outsiders, it would be rude to confuse the two … but this one gets on the list because of the awesome scene where Scotty drinks the alien under the table using green booze.

I mean c’mon. That’s as St. Patrick’s Day as it gets, right?

So this is a Trek Movie first, but we’d like to award a dishonorable mention to this second season episode which showed TNG wasn’t quite there yet, which features a ghastly Irish immigrant stereotypes that somehow survived to 1989.

Reminds me of that Simpsons where they say that Whacking Day was created as a holiday to beat up the Irish “but twas all in fun.”

NOT MENTIONED: If Wishes Were Horses (DS9)
Now you might think that we’d add this DS9 outing to our list, in that it features Chief O’Brien meeting the wee Rumpelstiltskin, who the trailer blandly (and somewhat inaccurately) describes as “the ultimate enemy.”

Which of course… he isn’t. He’s also not an Irish leprechaun, but rather Rumpelstiltskin is a German dwarf. Alas!

1. The Wounded (TNG)
A dramatically more serious entry than anything else on the list, this fourth season TNG episode is the one that really established Miles O’Brien as a character who could carry an episode – and ultimately inspired DS9. The climax of the episode features O’Brien and his erstwhile captain singing the Irish war ballad “The Minstrel Boy.”

Also earlier in the episode said captain accused O’Brien of getting a silver tongue by kissing the Blarney Stone. And if that tradition has survived to the 24th Century, so too will St. Patrick’s Day!

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Uh, why is the new Star Trek show still referred to as Star Trek All Access? All Access is simply the digital platform that it’s going to be shown on.

What do you propose it be called for quick and simple reference?

When it first went to series, it was quite commonly referred to as “NBC’s STAR TREK”:



Because an official name has not been given yet?

Thanks for the festive post Jared! Helped brighten my crap day.

Star Trek Series:
and soon

It has been always about the money. Be realistic.

Moonves will hve some LOL$ all right.

It would be nice if someone commented on the theme of this thread, which is NOT about whining over what CBS want to call one of the services. Come on, people…

Today, here in NZ, it is now 18 March, 7.54am, which means that St Patrick’s Day has gone. I am of Irish descent and I wore my green T-shirt, with white motif that has “I shamrock potatoes …fiddle de dee…” and what’s more, I do love my spuds…:) Many kiwis celebrate their Irishness at pubs, but I don’t go to pubs – bit noisy for me.



well glad you have a good Saint Patrick’s Day.


I see that not only is your name wearing the green but you’ve kissed the blarney stone as well, for absolutely no one was discussing the name of the CBS service. More like something closer to a Grammar Gestapo was taking names and numbers because people had given the unnamed SHOW a name.

Ooops – you are right. Not only that, the link I sent was posted twice – not sure why that was. It seems that I must be in desperate need of an appropriate Irish alcoholic beverage and will remedy forthwith.

I have no problem with leprechauns…:)

“A leprechaun (Irish: leipreachán) is a type of fairy in Irish folklore. It is usually depicted as a little bearded man, wearing a coat and hat, who partakes in mischief. They are solitary creatures who spend their time making and mending shoes and have a hidden pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.”

Rumpelstiltskin was going to be a leprechaun , but Colm Meaney being a proper irish man said this to Rick Berman

‘Every Irish actor I know has worked his entire life to overcome the stereotype of Irish people and leprechauns. It’s really racist, and I don’t want to do it’

so thanks for posting bringing up Irish leprechaun in it……really classy.

Hooray Colm!!


oops — didn’t work

Perhaps you have partaken in an Irish beverage. It may only work on those of Irish descent…:) Do you have some Irish in you? Just wondering…

Hey, Bob. Axanar sued. Star Trek The Real Thing streaming for $. It seems like our beloved franchise is so far off course. Suggestions on what we, as diehard fans, can do? You’re Bob Orci! Help us fix it!

1 dot +1 dot equals… 5 dots?
God I’m worn out.

Thanks for giving Up the Wrong Ladder a dishonorable mention Jared. Terrible episode. The kind of thing that makes you realize sometimes acting isn’t the kind of profession in which you can skip crappy jobs when you need money!