Today is the 4th of July, America’s birthday. Now Star Trek represents a future where divisions based on nation states have disappeared in favor of a unified government where all of human kind is united in peace and harmony.
But with the exception of one particularly notable Frenchman, all of Starfleet’s future captains seem to hail from America, so we thought it would be important to help ‘Murrica blow out a few space candles this year. So with that, here are our five top episodes to help you declare your independence.
5. Take Me Out To the Holosuite (DS9)
Not only does this episode feature “America’s pastime” in the form of the Niners/Logicians baseball game, but it introduces us to the Federation national anthem.
4. The Savage Curtain (TOS)
What better way to celebrate America than watching its finest citizen help teach Kirk the true nature of good and evil?
3. The High Ground (TNG)
Years before having “the high ground” meant that Obi-Wan Kenobi could slice Anakin Skywalker to pieces, Star Trek was exploring the issue of moral high ground – is a space terrorist no different than George Washington?
2. The Omega Glory (TOS)
Oh goodness you knew it had to be on this list. On one of those alternate Earths that they only did in TOS, Kirk recites the preamble to the Constitution in all possible Shatnerian glory.
1. Loud As A Whisper (TNG)
How could anything possibly out ‘Murrica the Omega Glory? Well what edges this episode out in front is that it’s the only episode that actually includes the US Declaration of Independence. While Data is zipping through records, we see an Okudagram of the document.
Well there you have it! Hope you have a happy Independence Day wherever you may be. If you can’t see any real fireworks today, enjoy this Star Trek-themed display after an Oakland Athletics game.