Total Nerd The Best Episodes of Star Trek Directed By The Cast  

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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!

Living Witness is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Episodes of Star Trek Directed By The Cast
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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.

Original Airing: Apr 29 1998

Season: Star Trek: Voyager Season 4

Episode Number: 23

Director: Tim Russ

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The Breach is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Episodes of Star Trek Directed By The Cast
Photo:  Star Trek: Enterprise / CBS
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The nature of racism in the 24th century comes into play when the Enterprise rescues three Denobulan scientists from a planet where they are subjected to a horribly xenophobic government. Dr. Phlox finds himself treating a man whose racist views against his own people paint the patient in a negative light, but the Doctor's professionalism must remain paramount in his treatment of and for the patient.

Original Airing: Apr 23 2003

Season: Star Trek: Enterprise Season 2

Episode Number: 21

Director: Robert Duncan McNeill

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E² is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Episodes of Star Trek Directed By The Cast
Photo:  Star Trek: Enterprise / CBS
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The Enterprise attempts to use a Xindi subspace corridor, which puts it into a strange confrontation with... the Enterprise! Thanks to some time displacement and the inevitable confusion that brings, the current Enterprise must face their future as T'Pol, now aged 182  has changed considerably... even going so far as to understand and embrace her emotions.

Original Airing: May 05 2004

Season: Star Trek: Enterprise Season 3

Episode Number: 21

Director: Roxann Dawson

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Someone to Watch Over Me is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Episodes of Star Trek Directed By The Cast
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As part of her reintegration back into human society, the Doctor teaches Seven about human relationships and dating. Everything goes according to plan until he realized he is beginning to develop feelings for his student - a lofty problem thanks to his being a hologram who only wants what is best for his friend.

Original Airing: Apr 28 1999

Season: Star Trek: Voyager Season 5

Episode Number: 22

Director: Robert Duncan McNeill

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