We try to refrain from empty superlatives here at Criticwire, but it’s hard to think of a reason why Jordan Hoffman’s ranking of every single episode from every single ‘Star Trek’ show is not the most amazing list any one person has ever complied. That’s nearly 700 in total, including the original series, “The Next Generation,” “Deep Space Nine,” “Voyager,” “Enterprise,” even “Star Trek: The Animated Series.” (“You have an issue with that,” Hoffman suggests, “send a telegram.”) So we reached out to Hoffman to explain why he boldly went where no one — with good reason — has gone before.
Criticwire: First question: Are you insane?
Jordan Hoffman: I may in fact be suffering from the PSI 2000 Polywater Toxin Virus.
Criticwire: Where did the idea for the list come from?
JH: Playboy.com has
a relatively new entertainment editor, Marc Bernardin. He came to me
with this. He knows that I’m a huge Trek fan, that I lead panels at Star
Trek conventions and that I frequently write a column on StarTrek.com called “One Trek Mind.” Yes, Criticwire, I don’t just review movies, I have a secret life, and I am not ashamed.
JH: This is a complicated question, and needs something of a lengthy answer.
Criticwire: Were there episodes (or series) you hadn’t seen before? How many did
you rewatch? Did your views on any episodes (or series) change during
I’d seen them all before, at least once. I rewatched the top handful,
to confirm that they were indeed the best. (They are. I’m right.) For
many episodes I watched a YouTube clip as a refresher. For almost all I
poked on the Internet (either Memory-Alpha.org or
Wikipedia) to get the juices flowing. Definitely some opinions changed.
Many times I came across an episode from my original notes and
thought, man, I’m being harsh — this one is actually kinda great because
I can still remember it clearly. And the reverse. There were a few
“nah, this one kinda stunk, I was nuts.”
Criticwire: How long have you been a Star Trek fan? And after something like this, is there anything left to do but retire?
Criticwire: Seriously, are you feeling all right?