Trials and Tribble-ations (S5, E6)
The Star Trek franchise celebrated its thirtieth anniversary far more successfully than its fiftieth. And while Star Trek: Insurrection and Star Trek: Voyager (with its Captain Sulu cameo) were decent affairs, Deep Space Nine absolutely nailed it with the wonderful ‘Trials and Tribble-ations’, that saw the crew of the station travel back to the events of the original Star Trek 1960’s episode ‘The Trouble With Tribbles’, Forrest Gump-style.
It was a wonderful tribute, full of tongue in cheek humour (Worf refusing to talk about why the Klingons do not have bumpy foreheads), to the delightful sequences where Dax, O’Brien, Bashir and Sisko are inserted into old footage. It’s so seamless, while also adding to the original narrative as the crew desperately attempted to save the crew of the Enterprise from a time travelling killer. Plus the cast look like they’re having the time of their lives too.
In a period in the show where the overall narrative was growing darker, this was a huge amount of fun and a perfect, nostalgic tribute to Star Trek: The Original Series, where it all began.