Spock’s Brain is the best-bad Star Trek episode of all time

Today marks the 54th anniversary of the legendary “Spock’s Brain” from Star Trek: The Original Series.

When we talk about the worst Star Trek episodes of all time, the absolute worst, we often think of episodes like Threshold or Spock’s Brain, but we really shouldn’t. The worst thing entertainment can have is boring. Being boring is the death nail in storytelling. Being absurd and stupid can often be just as entertaining as something that is good.

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Star Trek’s Spock’s Brain is one of the best episodes of all time simply because it’s so dumb and silly. It’s not a “good” story. It features a race of very dumb aliens who get a mental boost from time to time so they’re smart enough to harvest a brain.

How stupid are these aliens? Most of the time they don’t even know what a brain is. This lack of intelligence has resulted in some of the best/worst dialogue ever written.

“Brain and Brain. what is brain?”

It’s the staple of all things “so bad it’s good”. And today he is officially 54 years old.

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Spock’s Brain is Star Trek at its best

Spock’s Brain is a bad episode of Star Trek, but a hilarious episode for those who love cheesy b-movie sci-fi stories and horror movies. The defining characteristic of any type of B-movie is true campiness.

A show or movie so bad you can’t help but have fun. Think of movies like The Room or Manos: The Hands of Fate, both of which fall into the trap of being so bad it’s entertaining. It’s not meant to be funny, but it is.

Spock’s Brain is high comedy in that regard. The entire script is brimming with hilarity and no one, not a single soul, should ever take anything away from this episode other than side-splitting humor. Whatever message was attempted failed, and credit to the writing team for basically calling.

Spock’s Brain is Star Trek’s all-time b-movie episode and we’re very excited about it.

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