Netflix reveals Star Trek fans’ favourite episodes ahead of Star Trek Discovery premiere, tie-in comic launches in October

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Streaming…the final frontier! Ahead of the premiere of Star Trek: Discovery on Monday (25h September), Netflix has revealed fans’ favourite episodes of Star Trek. With 695 episodes of Star Trek currently beaming on the streaming service, Netflix now brings meaning to a strange new world uncovering which episodes are getting revisited the most.

Netflix analyzed the viewing data of 104 million members across 190 countries who have watched the following Star Trek series on Netflix: Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Enterprise, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: The Original Series and Star Trek: Voyager. In an attempt to look for data beyond default behaviour, the first two episodes from any season ones were omitted from the data. “Rewatch” is defined when a member returns to watch at least six minutes of an episode they had previously completed.

Star Trek: Voyager's finale, "Endgame", is a popular Netflix viewing choice among fans worldwide. Image: CBS
Star Trek: Voyager’s finale, “Endgame”, is a popular Netflix viewing choice among fans worldwide. Image: CBS

So… just how many members have watched all 695 episodes of Star Trek on Netflix? You’d better set phasers to stun, because nearly 12,000 fans have spent over 536 hours (or 22 days) watching Star Trek since the show debuted on the service. Netflix data also reveals that Star Trek: Voyager boasts the most revisited episode in the universe: “Endgame: Parts 1 & 2” (Season 7, Episode 24) is the most re-watched episode in the entire franchise.

Not surprisingly, the first episodes of a series will usually be the most watched. However, looking beyond the first two episodes of any season one in the collection, it’s fascinating (as Spock would say) to see which episodes get watched over and over. It turns out that episodes that introduce iconic races, characters (Q, anybody?), or captains tend to be re-visited most. And of course, time travel, alien abductions or crossover episodes are big winners with Star Trek fans.

But which series collection is the most popular on Netflix? It’s not so simple. While Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: The Original Series have bigger audiences, Voyager and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine fans are better repeat customers, more likely to return for their favourite episodes.

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Despite fans’ mixed emotions on Voyager, plenty keep returning to the series. In the end, each collection has its merits: the Original Series debuted Klingons, TNG set the stage for DS9 and Voyager, DS9 took Star Trek into serialised territory, and Voyager had the first female captain.

With all episodes on Netflix, fans can decide how and when they watch each voyage, joined worldwide (outside the US and Canada) by Star Trek: Discovery from Monday in 188 countries (excluding the US and Canada). Discovery features a new ship and new crew, while embracing the same hope for the future that inspired a generation.

All new episodes will be available on Netflix weekly on Mondays. The 15-episode season will be released in two chapters, the first through to Monday 6th November. The season will then resume with the second chapter in January 2018.

The series will air on CBS All Access in the US and in Canada on Bell Media’s Space channel and OTT service CraveTV.

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Netflix is the world’s leading internet entertainment service with 104 million members in over 190 countries enjoying more than 125 million hours of TV shows and movies per day, including original series, documentaries and feature films. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on nearly any internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.

Star Trek: Discovery comic art by JK Woodward
Star Trek: Discovery comic art by JK Woodward

Star Trek: Discovery comic reveals Klingon back story

A four-part Star Trek: Discovery comic debuts next month from US publisher IDW, the story set before the events of the TV series, and will explore the background of character T’Kuvma (played Chris Obi), the leader of the faction of Klingons in the show, and how he’s come to stand a little separately from his fellow Klingons in the Empire.

The limited series is written by Kirsten Beyer, one of the show’s writers (as well as an acclaimed Star Trek novelist) and Mike Johnson and will feature covers by Tony Shasteen and JK Woodward.

“The Klingons we meet are still intrinsically Klingon in the way we’ve come to know them over the years,” Johnson recently teased over on i09, “but both the show and this comic shows aspects of their culture that we have never seen before.

“…I hope [readers] enjoy seeing the events of Discovery through a different light, and gain a new perspective on characters they meet in the show.”

Discovery: Desperate Hours

Star Trek: Discovery: Desperate Hours

David Mack is the author on the first original novel Desperate Hours based on the new series, due for release soon.

Aboard the Starship Shenzhou, Lieutenant Michael Burnham, a human woman raised and educated among Vulcans, is promoted to acting first officer. But if she wants to keep the job, she must prove to Captain Philippa Georgiou that she deserves to have it.

She gets her chance when the Shenzhou must protect a Federation colony that is under attack by an ancient alien vessel that has surfaced from the deepest fathoms of the planet’s dark, uncharted sea.

As the menace from this mysterious vessel grows stronger, Starfleet declares the colony expendable in the name of halting the threat. To save thousands of innocent lives, Burnham must infiltrate the alien ship. But to do so, she needs to face the truth of her troubled past, and seek the aid of a man she has tried to avoid her entire life – until now.

Titan is publishing a Star Trek Discovery Collectors Edition magazine on 16th November
Titan is publishing a Star Trek Discovery Collectors Edition magazine on 16th November

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John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a “freelance comics operative”, currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY.

John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor.

He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY.

Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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