The Best Episodes of Star Trek Directed By The Cast

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Vote up the best episodes directed by Star Trek cast members

Star Trek has always been one of those franchises that attract a great deal of talent. From the earliest days of William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, and others, there have been actors and actresses working on the series who have crossed from being in front of the camera to being behind it. While several of these notable creators directed the franchise's films, there are dozens of episodes across the numerous series that have been directed by the actors normally seen on the decks of various starships.

Whether it was someone like Michael Dorn, Levar Burton, Patrick Stewart, or any of the other talented crewmembers who sat in a director's chair, each Star Trek series benefited from some of the best episodes ever aired. It helps to get a Number One talent like Jonathan Frakes behind the camera as well as in front of it, but not every episode directed by a cast member has been exceptional. These are the greatest of them all, so take a look and vote up your absolute favorite!


  • When the Voyager finds an ancient spacecraft, it turns out to be a derelict vehicle launched centuries before as one of Earth's first manned missions to Mars. The crew is baffled by the discovery, which proves to be a perilous wealth of information on humanity's earliest days of space travel.

    • Season: Star Trek: Voyager Season 6
    • Episode Number: 8
    • Series: Star Trek: Voyager
  • 2
    24 VOTES

    Sometimes, when something looks too good to be true, it absolutely is. The crew of the Enterprise learned that lesson when they arrive at an automated repair station. Getting their ship repaired automatically and easily might just be too good to pass up, but doing so may prove more costly than they initially believed.

    • Season: Star Trek: Enterprise Season 2
    • Episode Number: 4
  • Living Witness
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    Far in the future, a backup of the Doctor is reactivated on a planet where the indigenous species has declared the Voyager (and the Doctor as well) are guilty of war crimes. It's up to the Doctor to clear the names of his former crew as well as himself 700 years after the Voyager passed the planet.

    Is this the best Star Trek: Voyager episode?

    • Season: Star Trek: Voyager Season 4
    • Episode Number: 23
    • Series: Star Trek: Voyager
  • 4
    28 VOTES

    In the only episode directed by Gates McFadden (Dr. Beverly Crusher), the crew of the enterprise is subjected to de-evolution following a treatment issued by Dr. Crusher. The crew then undergo a range of mutations that reignite dormant DNA belonging to other creatures throughout Earth's history. Dr. Crusher must reverse the mutations as the crew devolves further into prehistoric creatures aboard the USS Enterprise.

    • Season: Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 7
    • Episode Number: 19
    • Series: Star Trek: The Next Generation