What We Do

  • Episode reviews every weekday, cycling through the Star Trek shows (We’ve completed our reviews for TOS, so as of now it’s: Mondays: TAS, Tuesdays: TNG, Wednesdays: DS9, Thursdays: VOY, Fridays: ENT).
  • Art and comics from Malachi Ward and contributing artists.
  • Ratings, rankings, lists, essays, and other forms of analysis to foster discussions about the shows

We certainly aren’t the first to do a thorough review site for Star Trek, we just want to join in on the fun. With Star Trek being added to Netflix streaming, and new Star Trek movies coming out, it seems like it’s time for new fans to look into what it’s all about as well as old fans to rekindle their interest. Maybe you never gave a particular series much of a chance and want to check it out? Maybe you want to revisit a show you loved and haven’t seen since it aired? Maybe you just want to re-watch a show you may have already seen 10 times? Why not watch it together?

If you’re interested in contributing art (or any type of writing), email us at letswatchstartrek@gmail.com

Who We Are

Let’s Watch Star Trek was started by Malachi Ward and Sam Ward.

Malachi Ward is a cartoonist living in South Pasadena, CA. He is the co-creator of the science fiction series Expansion with Matt Sheean, and the author of the Ritual series for Revival House Press. He’s been published by Image Comics, Fantagraphics and Nobrow Press. You can read some of his comics at studygroupcomics.com.

Sam Ward had some free time.

We grew up loving The Next Generation and some of the movies. We weren’t intensely dedicated to Star Trek at the time, and didn’t have much familiarity with the other shows. In the last few years we have gone back and given a closer look to each series and have come to love them to an embarrassing extent, as will be well documented by this site.

Our Rating System

0 – Very rarely given out. I think I only have a couple episodes in all of Star Trek that will get a 0. It means it’s never worth watching, and people would probably be better off if they never saw it.

1 – A bad episode, usually containing something embarrassingly stupid/silly. If we find ourselves particularly frustrated with an episode, we’ll give it a 1. Sometimes we’ll give episodes a 1 if we just can’t find anything worth watching in it.

2 – Mediocre. We actually like a lot of the episodes we give a 2, but we recognize it might be an episode only for one of those fans blinded by their dedication to Star Trek. A lot of times we try to imagine a person new to the show who may be on the fence about wanting to watch a bunch of Star Trek, and if we think that person should skip an episode because it might be too dull, or a turnoff, we’ll give it a 2.

3 – A 3 in our book is actually pretty high marks. It means we would recommend a person watch the episode in they are new to the show and might only be somewhat interested in Star Trek. We’ve given episodes a 3 even when we think they are really solid and fun to watch.

4 – A 4 is a particularly special episode. We’ll normally give two or three of these out per season. Generally just a great episode.

5 – Extremely rare, and extremely good. We probably will only give a 5 out to our absolute favorite episodes in an entire series. It means it’s arguably in the top 5 episodes from all of Star Trek.

For The Animated Series we use a simpler Watch or Skip rating

  • http://twitter.com/phazerfire Phazerfire

    You’ve got a great site goin’ here. 🙂

  • Greg H

    I love reading the scene descriptions and the insights. Fun perspective! Good work on the site I will be back alot.
    Greg H.

  • Irate Manatee

    Where’s the Animated series? That was an awesome cartoon, and they did two seasons, man. It even had Harry Mudd, for heavens’ sakes!

    • Malachi Ward

      Thanks for checking out the site. We’ll start covering the Animated Series when we finish up with The Original Series, which is pretty soon!

  • yogonaf

    Tilquin loves the character images that are shown with the Star Trek television shows.

    The image of Data is obviously from the episode where Data is on a planet and is
    malfunctioning (such as not knowing who he is) and gets hit in the head by a
    malcontent resulting in the digital side of Data’s head being shown.

    The image of the Pah-wraith obsessed Dukat is great although there is a nuance of Elim Garak in the image.

    The image of Seven of Nine in a perplexed state perhaps shows Seven of Nine’s confusion with Harry Kim and if Harry Kim is actually romantically interested in Seven of Nine.

    The image of Shran in a stern moment (the eyebrows are definitely furrowed) is probably because the “Pink Skins” are causing annoyance.