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.
Original Airing: Nov 17 1999
Season: Star Trek: Voyager Season 6
Episode Number: 8
Director: Robert Picardo
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
Captain Sisko takes delivery of a new Defiant-class starship to combat the Breen threat. Meanwhile Kira is trapped on Cardassia Prime and must fight with her former enemies towards a common goal: survival and victory over the Jem'Hadar.
Original Airing: May 26 1999
Season: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Season 7
Episode Number: 24
Director: Avery Brooks
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