24. Saucer Separation and Reattachment
Episode: Encounter at Farpoint (1.01)
There was a lot wrong with the show’s pilot. The characters were mostly stiff, the lighting was off, and Troi was in too much pain. But the music was fantastic, and showing off their entire special effects budget with the all-new saucer separation and reattachment was a brilliant idea. Both of these moments still give me chills.
23. The Minstrel Boy
Episode: The Wounded (4.12)
The great actor Colm Meaney gets a moment on the countdown despite being sparingly used on the show. Reconnecting with his old captain–who has gone completely haywire–is an honest and touching moment. And right after this we get treated by a cold and calculated conversation between Picard and Gul Macet. A great introduction for the Cardassians.