Over the last few months, I have run through the entire list of episodes for Star Treks TNG, DS9 and Voyager. As you can imagine, not all episodes are very good and some are downright insipid. The following are the rules of thumb that I have arrived at when deciding whether to skip an episode:
- The episode takes place within a holosuite.
- The episode involves a holosuite malfunction.
- The episode involves time travel.
- The episode involves parallel universes or multiple realities.
If any of the above criteria are met, I will very likely skip the episode. The only exceptions to this rule are if the episodes also involve characters that I enjoy such as Quark (and/or other Ferengis), Garak et al. Also, while I don't recommend it as a general rule, episodes with Q can get pretty tiresome pretty quickly, especially if you are indulging in a marathon viewing session.