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Star Trek fans boldly go where thousands of fans have gone before

Online streaming service Netflix have revealed which episodes of Star Trek are the most popular amongst is users ahead of the series premiere of Star Trek: Discovery.

Curiously, it was the final two episodes of the last season in the Star Trek: Voyager series, starring Kate Mulgrew as Starfleet commanding officer, Kathryn Janeway, that was number one, ahead of parts one and two of ‘The Best of Both Worlds’ from Star Trek: The Next Generation in second and third place respectively. No episodes from any other series of Star Trek featured in the top 10 most rewatched episodes.

Netflix calculate that nearly 12,000 viewers have watched all 695 episodes of the popular science-fiction series, accumulating around 536 hours (or 22 days) of streaming individually in the process, since the shows were added in June 2016.

Netflix analysed the viewing data of 104 million members across 190 countries who have watched episodes of all iterations of the main Star Trek shows on Netflix, including The Next Generation, Enterprise, Deep Space Nine, The Original Series, and Voyager. Netflix chose to omit data from the first two episodes of every season one during its collection.

Star Trek: Discovery will be the first new Star Trek television series in over a decade. Fans in the US and Canada will have to sign up for subscription service CBS All Access to watch the show roughly 24 hours before it is added to Netflix in the UK.

The new series takes place ten years before the adventures of Captain Kirk, Spock and Bones in the 1960’s series and is separate to the recently rebooted J. J. Abrams produced movies. Bryan Fuller and Alex Kurtzman created the show for CBS All Access which boasts a cast of Sonequa Martin-Green, Michelle Yeoh, Jason Isaacs and James Frain as Spock’s father.

Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry’s son, Rod, also serves as an executive producer on the upcoming series.

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