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Previously, On Star Trek

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One of the perks of all of Star Trek now being available on Netflix Watch Instantly is that, if an episode suddenly refers back to another show entirely (As Deep Space Nine does, surprisingly often), you can just go and check that show out to catch up. With that in mind, here’re some guides to some of Trek‘s longer-running, crossover-iest storyarcs or plot threads.

The Mirror Universe
I love the simplicity of the Mirror Universe stories in Star Trek: It’s our heroes, but bad! And with beards (Well, in Spock’s case). This is one time where I wish they’d done more episodes with this idea, but I’ll take what I can get…
Star Trek: Enterprise S4 E18/19 “In A Mirror, Darkly”
Star Trek S2 E4 “Mirror, Mirror”
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine S2 E23 “Crossover”
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine S3 E19 “Through The Looking Glass”
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine S4 E19 “Shattered Mirror”
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine S6 E8 “Resurrection”
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine S7 E12 “The Emperor’s New Cloak”

Q
Q stories in Trek have an odd arc; the “story” pretty much finishes with the last episode of Next Generation, and then he goes on to show up in Voyager for awhile in fun but essentially pointless tales (that are nonetheless fun enough, if only for actor John DeLancie’s chemistry with Voyager‘s Kate Mulgrew). My suggestion? Unless you’re really, really into the character, stop after “All Good Things.”
Star Trek: The Next Generation S1 E1/2 “Encounter at Farpoint”
Star Trek: The Next Generation S1 E10 “Hide and Q”
Star Trek: The Next Generation S2 E16 “Q Who”
Star Trek: The Next Generation S3 E13 “Deja Q”
Star Trek: The Next Generation S4 E20 “Qpid”
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine S1 E7 “Q-Less”
Star Trek: The Next Generation S6 E6 “True Q”
Star Trek: The Next Generation S6 E15 “Tapestry”
Star Trek: The Next Generation S7 E25/26 “All Good Things”
(Additionally, Star Trek: Voyager S2 E18 “Death Wish”, Star Trek: Voyager S3 E18 “The Q and The Grey” and Star Trek: Voyager S7 E19 “Q2”)

The Borg
Probably the most successful villains of the show’s second lease on television life, the Borg seemed like an afterthought when they first appeared in Next Generation… but their second appearance made everyone sit up and take notice.
Star Trek: The Next Generation S2 E16 “Q Who”
Star Trek: The Next Generation S3 26/S4 E1 “The Best of Both Worlds”
Star Trek: The Next Generation S3 E3 “Family”
Star Trek: The Next Generation S5 E23 “I, Borg”
Star Trek: The Next Generation S6 E26/S7 E1 “Descent”
Star Trek: First Contact
Star Trek: Voyager S3 E26/S4 E1 “Scorpion”
Star Trek: Voyager S4 E6 “The Raven”
Star Trek: Voyager S5 E2 “Drone”
Star Trek: Voyager S5 E15/16 “Dark Frontier”
Star Trek: Voyager S6 E2 “Survival Instinct”
Star Trek: Voyager S6 E16 “Collective”
Star Trek: Voyager S6 E26/S7 E1 “Unimatrix Zero”
Star Trek: Voyager S7 E25/26 “Endgame”
(Additionally, Star Trek: Enterprise S2 E23 “Regeneration” – This is tough to place, as it’s chronologically the earliest of all, but spins out of First Contact, which is a time-travel story and therefore requires knowledge of some of the Next Generation episodes to that point in order to fully understand…)

Klingon Politics
The Klingons had been around in Trek from the start, but it took making Worf a regular cast member for the writers and producers to begin to make the most of them by offering a glimpse into the race’s culture and politics… Less a story arc – Although “Sins of The Father” through “Redemption” act as one, definitely, and you can trace an arc for the character of Worf through most of the following episodes – and more a look into worldbuilding, a piece at a time.
Star Trek: The Next Generation S1 E20 “Heart of Glory”
Star Trek: The Next Generation S2 E8 “A Matter of Honor”
Star Trek: The Next Generation S2 E20 “The Emissary”
Star Trek: The Next Generation S3 E17 “Sins of The Father”
Star Trek: The Next Generation S4 E7 “Reunion”
Star Trek: The Next Generation S4 E24 “The Mind’s Eye”
Star Trek: The Next Generation S4 E26/S5 E1 “Redemption”
Star Trek: The Next Generation S6 E16/17 “Birthright”
Star Trek: The Next Generation S6 E19 “Rightful Heir”
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine S2 E19 “Blood Oath”
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine S3 E3 “The House of Quark”
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine S4 E1/2 “The Way of The Warrior”
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine S4 E9 “The Sword of Kahless”
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine S4 E15 “Sons of Mogh”
Star Trek: Deep Space NineS5 E3 “Looking for par’Mach in All the Wrong Places”
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine S5 E6 “Trials and Tribble-ations”
Star Trek: Voyager S4 E3 “Day of Honor”
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine S6 E7 “You Are Cordially Invited…”
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine S7 E7 “Once More Unto the Breach”
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine S7 E22 “Tacking Into The Wind”
Star Trek: Voyager S6 E3 “Barge of The Dead”

The Bajoran/Cardassian/Maquis Conflict
The political struggle at the heart of Deep Space Nine – Just look below and see how many DS9 episodes are there, and that’s just the ones I think are essential to the overall arc; I was tempted to say “Just add all of season seven” at the end, which you might want to bear in mind – got its start in a number of Next Generation episodes, and was even part of the story that launched Voyager. Pretty good going, really…
Star Trek: The Next Generation S4E12 “The Wounded”
Star Trek: The Next Generation S5E3 “Ensign Ro”
Star Trek: The Next Generation S6 E11/12 “Chain of Command”
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine S1 E1/2 “Emissary”
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine S1 E19 “Duet”
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine S2 E20/21 “The Maquis”
Star Trek: The Next Generation S7 E24 “Preemptive Strike”
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine S3 E5 “Second Skin”
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine S3 E9 “Defiant”
Star Trek: Voyager S1 E1/2 “Caretaker”
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine S3 E20/21 “Improbable Cause”/”The Die I Cast”
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine S4 E1/2 “The Way of The Warrior”
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine S4 E5 “Indiscretion”
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine S4 E13 “Return To Grace”
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine S5 E8 “Things Past”
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine S5 E15/16 “In Purgatory’s Shadow”/”By Inferno’s Light”
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine S5 E26 “Call to Arms”
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine S6 E1 “A Time To Stand”
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine S6 E6 “Sacrifice of Angels”
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine S6 E8 “Waltz”