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Carpathia86

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Report this May. 02 2012, 5:16 am

Okay, seeing as I'm a lifelong TNG fan, and that it's my favorite of all the Treks (although TOS and DS9 give TNG a good run for its money), I can't decide on any one favorite episode or any one episode that I dislike the most.  So, what I've decided to do instead is do it season by season.  Feel free to agree/disagree with me.


Season 1:


Favorite: Datalore.  This one established one of the greatest villains in the Star Trek universe--Lore.  It also was the first to give us any concrete information about Data's beginnings, and it allowed my favorite character to really flourish for the first time in the series.  Stirring drama, twists, a good performance by Brent Spiner, and an excellent score from Ron Jones makes for a decent viewing.


Least favorite: Code of Honor.  This one was surprisingly hard to do with an otherwise unremarkable season.  I was tempted to list Justice as my least favorite of the season (the idea that Wesley could've been executed was enticing, but the anticlimax came from the fact that they let him live), but this one really was the worst of the season (if not the show...or the franchise).  A racist story about primitive and tribal aliens re-enacting a number of stereotypes, uneven acting from just about everyone involved, and a deus-ex machina-style ending...it just really leaves a bad taste in my mouth.


Season 2--


Favorite: Q-Who?  I think that most would agree with me that this was the best episode of the second season for a very simple reason--that it introduces the main villain of the series...the Borg.  It's a good introduction, exciting action, and furthers the Q/Picard relationship all the more.


Least favorite: Shades of Gray.  I think that most will agree with me that this is the weakest installment of the season...all because there's less than twenty minutes of original story in it.  I've always believed that a series is on its last legs when it has to do a clip show like this one.  Fortunately, it's because of episodes like this that TNG really grew some cohoones from Season 3 onwards.


Season 3--


Favorite: Booby Trap. I think that season 3 may be my favorite for some reason (I really don't know why...maybe because Ron Jones did his best music in this season or because after watching the two fairly unremarkable seasons before it, it's a refreshing change...), but for some reason, TNG really came alive to me this season with great episodes like Evolution, The Ensigns of Command, Who Watches the Watchers?, The Enemy, The Defector, Deja Q, Yesterday's Enterprise, Sins of the Father, and Best of Both Worlds part 1.  Besides those, Booby Trap is the one that sticks out to me the most.  It's a love story, but not your typical one.  It's primarily about one of my favorite TNG characters--the Enterprise-D.  Here we see Geordi falling in love with a holographic representation of the woman who designed the ship (and by extension, the ship itself).  Well-done plot, a good amount of suspense, and a really beautiful score from Ron Jones makes for an all-round great episode.


Least favorite: The Bonding.  What starts out as a potentially poignant episode ends up being somewhat of a disapointment...I don't know about you, but somehow the alien posing as Marla Aster rubbed me the wrong way, added to the fact that except for rare cases like this, we hardly ever hear about a great deal being made about the death of a single crewman.  If TOS did that for every redshirt they had, the show would still be going today.


Season 4:


Favorite: I know that everyone lists Best of Both Worlds, part 2 as their favorite of the season, but I'm going to break the mold and list "Brothers" as my favorite.  Again, we have Lore as our main villain, and we learn more about Data's origins and his creator.  We also learn more about Lore's motivations and why he ended up being so twisted.  Brent Spiner gave another magnificent performance not as one but three characters!


Least favorite: The Host.  Not too bad overall, but I think that they could've used some more rehearsals in the love scenes.


Season 5:


Favorite--Disaster.  This season was somewhat bland for me (it may have had something to do with Ron Jones being fired during the previous season), but this was a stick-out episode for me because of the character development.  Here we see our heroes in fish-out-of water situations, and we see what they're really made of.  Plus a disaster-style story certainly broke the mold.


Least favorite--Violations.  I'm not against a rape story (especially when it deals with the effects that it can leave on a person), but what went wrong with this one was that they revealed the true rapist way too early on in the episode.


Season 6


Favorite--Birthright, part 1.  I love the DS9/TNG crossover in this one (especially considering that Worf will be serving there in just a couple of years!), and the Data angle is present once again.  I especially love how the dream sequence was done, and this makes me realize the importance of dreams in learning things about yourself.


Least favorite--Rascals.  This one is my least favorite for a very simple reason--a handful of Ferengi hijack the flagship of the Federation with a couple of broken-down Birds of Prey?! What were the writers smoking when they came up with this?!?!


Season 7


Favorite--All Good Things.  A farily complex story, the return of Q, a glimpse into the crew's past and future, and a poignant ending make for one of the best series finales in the history of television (in my opinion).  I especially like the future Enterprise-D kicking the living crap out of those Klingons!


Least favorite--Liaisons.  Not a bad story concept, but those silly Iyaarans irritated the crap out of me.  Not a species worth my time.


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jaycee.caramsalidis

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Report this Jul. 30 2012, 6:34 am

This is a great post and topic and I will share some of my thoughts!


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Season 1:


Favorite: Datalore.  This one established one of the greatest villains in the Star Trek universe--Lore.  It also was the first to give us any concrete information about Data's beginnings, and it allowed my favorite character to really flourish for the first time in the series.  Stirring drama, twists, a good performance by Brent Spiner, and an excellent score from Ron Jones makes for a decent viewing.


Least favorite: Code of Honor.  This one was surprisingly hard to do with an otherwise unremarkable season.  I was tempted to list Justice as my least favorite of the season (the idea that Wesley could've been executed was enticing, but the anticlimax came from the fact that they let him live), but this one really was the worst of the season (if not the show...or the franchise).  A racist story about primitive and tribal aliens re-enacting a number of stereotypes, uneven acting from just about everyone involved, and a deus-ex machina-style ending...it just really leaves a bad taste in my mouth.


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My favorite would be Encounter at Farpoint.  Not because it was the best, admittedly, but waaaay back when, it was the return to the Star Trek universe.  After so long a wait.  I fondly recall the thrill of a new Trek series.  Picard.  Q.  Data.  Saucer separation.  A great moment I won't forget.  Besides Farpoint, I'm a fan of the Yarcentric Code of Honor.


Least favorite.  As a Tasha fan, that one is easy.  Skin of Evil.  I have never been a Lore fan.  Any episode with Lore would be closer to a least favorite than a favorite.


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Season 2--


Favorite: Q-Who?  I think that most would agree with me that this was the best episode of the second season for a very simple reason--that it introduces the main villain of the series...the Borg.  It's a good introduction, exciting action, and furthers the Q/Picard relationship all the more.


Least favorite: Shades of Gray.  I think that most will agree with me that this is the weakest installment of the season...all because there's less than twenty minutes of original story in it.  I've always believed that a series is on its last legs when it has to do a clip show like this one.  Fortunately, it's because of episodes like this that TNG really grew some cohoones from Season 3 onwards.


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I love Q-Who, so my fave as well.  Clip shows are generally weak, so again, agreed.


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Season 3--


Favorite: Booby Trap. I think that season 3 may be my favorite for some reason (I really don't know why...maybe because Ron Jones did his best music in this season or because after watching the two fairly unremarkable seasons before it, it's a refreshing change...), but for some reason, TNG really came alive to me this season with great episodes like Evolution, The Ensigns of Command, Who Watches the Watchers?, The Enemy, The Defector, Deja Q, Yesterday's Enterprise, Sins of the Father, and Best of Both Worlds part 1.  Besides those, Booby Trap is the one that sticks out to me the most.  It's a love story, but not your typical one.  It's primarily about one of my favorite TNG characters--the Enterprise-D.  Here we see Geordi falling in love with a holographic representation of the woman who designed the ship (and by extension, the ship itself).  Well-done plot, a good amount of suspense, and a really beautiful score from Ron Jones makes for an all-round great episode.


Least favorite: The Bonding.  What starts out as a potentially poignant episode ends up being somewhat of a disapointment...I don't know about you, but somehow the alien posing as Marla Aster rubbed me the wrong way, added to the fact that except for rare cases like this, we hardly ever hear about a great deal being made about the death of a single crewman.  If TOS did that for every redshirt they had, the show would still be going today.


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Good analysis of Season 3 which put TNG on the map IMHO.  I have always loved Booby Trap and Susan Gibney's performance of Dr. Brahms is great.  Great concept, too.  The other episodes referenced above (like Deja Q,  Sins of the Father, Yesetrday's Enterprise) are simply outstanding.  Best of Both Worlds Part One, however, wins out as my favorite.


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Season 4:


Favorite: I know that everyone lists Best of Both Worlds, part 2 as their favorite of the season, but I'm going to break the mold and list "Brothers" as my favorite.  Again, we have Lore as our main villain, and we learn more about Data's origins and his creator.  We also learn more about Lore's motivations and why he ended up being so twisted.  Brent Spiner gave another magnificent performance not as one but three characters!


Least favorite: The Host.  Not too bad overall, but I think that they could've used some more rehearsals in the love scenes.


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BOBW Part 2, naturally, is a favorite.  Legacy, Galaxy's Child and Qpid are also strong favorites.  I just didn't care for Devil's Due.


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Season 5:


Favorite--Disaster.  This season was somewhat bland for me (it may have had something to do with Ron Jones being fired during the previous season), but this was a stick-out episode for me because of the character development.  Here we see our heroes in fish-out-of water situations, and we see what they're really made of.  Plus a disaster-style story certainly broke the mold.


Least favorite--Violations.  I'm not against a rape story (especially when it deals with the effects that it can leave on a person), but what went wrong with this one was that they revealed the true rapist way too early on in the episode.


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Season 5 will be that which I remember as the season of Ensign Ro as she brought a lot to the series.  And there are too many good epsiodes to list.  Are odd numbered seasons best?  Season 5 gives us Spock in the Unification two parter, Conundrum is fun, as is Cause and Effect.  I, Borg is a twist on the Borg menace I never saw coming and The Inner Light is simply wonderful.


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Season 6


Favorite--Birthright, part 1.  I love the DS9/TNG crossover in this one (especially considering that Worf will be serving there in just a couple of years!), and the Data angle is present once again.  I especially love how the dream sequence was done, and this makes me realize the importance of dreams in learning things about yourself.


Least favorite--Rascals.  This one is my least favorite for a very simple reason--a handful of Ferengi hijack the flagship of the Federation with a couple of broken-down Birds of Prey?! What were the writers smoking when they came up with this?!?!


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Hmmm, I liked Rascals.  Cute idea if you suspend disbelief re: the Ferengi, etc.  Relics and True Q I liked a lot and the best for me is clearly Tapestry.


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Season 7


Favorite--All Good Things.  A farily complex story, the return of Q, a glimpse into the crew's past and future, and a poignant ending make for one of the best series finales in the history of television (in my opinion).  I especially like the future Enterprise-D kicking the living crap out of those Klingons!


Least favorite--Liaisons.  Not a bad story concept, but those silly Iyaarans irritated the crap out of me.  Not a species worth my time.


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Liasions wasn't bad but by no means my favorite.  All Good Things is my favorite.  Would have paid to see that at the theatre as a movie.  Season 7 has a lot to offer.  The two part Gambit was great action.  The Pegasus was a good story.  Attached and Parallels were both interesting ideas and some unexpected romances (I approved) and Parallels was really great with 275,000 hails, and the return of Wesley and Tasha.  Lower Decks was a LOT of fun and thought it would have made a great spinoff series.  The return of Ro Laren on Preemptive Strike was wonderful and explote dthe question of right and wrong.  I really liked Season 7!  Sub Rosa was probablty my least favorite.


"Fear exists for one purpose: To be conquered" -- Kathryn Janeway

Pooneil

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Report this Jul. 30 2012, 9:52 am

TNG is by far my favorite Trek series, and the one that really introduced me to Star Trek. Of course I can't pick a single favorite episode either, so here goes...


Season One:


Favorite: 11001001. A really clever episode with stuff going on for nearly every character, plus unique aliens and a holodeck visit. Not to mention a great punchline: When Picard asks the Bynars why they didn't just ask for help, they reply, "You might have said no!" Runner up: The Long Goodbye.


Least: Lonely Among Us. In a weak season, this one stands out as perhaps the strangest, most awkward of the lot. They're only a couple episodes into the show, so you really don't know if the characters are possessed by aliens, or if they behave like that normally. Not, IMO, a great way to get to know the cast.


Season Two:


Favorite: Elementary, Dear Data. A strong Data/Geordi story, with good roles for both Pulaski and Picard, and a distinctly Star Trek-style antagonist in Professor Moriarty. There is humor and action, and excellent costumes. Runner up: The Measure of a Man.


Least: The Outrageous Okona. A hokey premise, a silly character, some bad stand-up comedy.


Season Three:


Favorite: Deja Q. TNG was best, I thought, when its characters wondered what being human actually meant, and applied those ideas to non-human characters. This episode has both Q and Data representing two different sides: the one who becomes human without wanting to be, and the one who wants to be human but can't. Runner up: Booby Trap.


Least: Transfigurations. Partly it's the bad romance, and partly it's the abuse it serves up to the theory of evolution. It's the lowest point in an otherwise excellent season.


Season Four:


Favorite: The Devil's Due. Another terrific season, so I went for an overlooked but very fun episode. Picard makes a great lawyer, and Data a great judge. It's very much a classic Trek episode, and you can easily see Kirk and Spock in the lead roles. Ardra is a fun villain, too. Runner up: Clues.


Least: The Host. More bad romance. I don't dislike Dr Crusher, but they did seem to hand her all the lousy scripts.


Season Five:


Favorite: I, Borg. Taking a villain and turning him into a sympathetic character is another quintessential Trek story. Hugh brings out the best and worst qualities of our heroes: the compassionate sides of Laforge and Crusher, and the prejudice of Picard and Guinan. Ultimately they make the moral choice, although later writers would forget this episode's strengths. Runner up: Ethics.


Least: The Cost of Living. Lwaxana Troi, Alexander Rozhenko, and comedy should only be served up in small doses.


Season Six:


Favorite: Tapestry. Also my pick for probably the best show of the series. Q is at his best when there's a serious purpose behind his silly facade, and in this one he gets Picard to reassess his life choices and learn to let go of his baggage and regrets. Runner up: Timescape.


Least: Man of the People: Still more bad romance! I remember little of this one, besides not liking it.


Season Seven:


Favorite: All Good Things. It's spectacular, epic, almost mind-blowing. Runner up: Lower Decks.


Least: Sub Rosa. Poor Beverly, doomed to be stuck in trashy sub-par supernatural romance novels.


 

jaycee.caramsalidis

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Report this Jul. 30 2012, 2:45 pm

Some good observations, Pooneil.  Sorry I don't share the opinion on Devil's Due but we agreed on a lot! 


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JazzTNG

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Report this Nov. 06 2012, 11:31 am

Your picks for "Code of Honor" as worst of Season 1, "Q Who" for best of Season 2 and "All Good Things..." for best of Season 7 are spot-on.


But I'm going to do a really weird thing right now and defend "Shades of Grey" to a certain extent. It has a reputation for being a terrible episode (and rightfully so) - but it is also seems to be widely considered as not only the worst of Season 2 but the worst TNG episode of all-time. I do not go quite this far. "Shades of Gray" is undoubtedly a terrible episode; a lazy, corner-cutting effort born out of the writer's strike made simply to finish off the season. However, while certainly dull and pointless, "Shades of Gray" is not quite as irritating or insulting as such true TNG bottom-dwelling episodes as "Code of Honor," "Haven" or "The Outrageous Okona." Since "Shades of Gray" is simply dull rather than unbearable, I'll put it ahead of a few others in the TNG series.


 


It's easier for me to pick a favorite from each season (as only a few seasons noticably stick out as carrying an actually poor episode) - so here you go:


Season 1: Encounter at Farpoint


Season 2: Q Who


Season 3: Yesterday's Enterprise


Season 4: The Best of Both Worlds (II)


Season 5: Redemption (II)


Season 6: Tapestry


Season 7: All Good Things...


 


I notice that all of these episodes have one thing in common: they are all quite cinematic with grand-scale, character-centered and theme-heavy storylines. I greatly enjoy the many intimate stories of Star Trek but nothing beats that the epic quality that Star Trek delivers for me.


So, five-card stud, nothing wild. And the sky's the limit....

Vger23

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Report this Nov. 07 2012, 6:54 am

SEASON 1-


BEST:  Conspiracy, 11001001, Heart of Glory


WORST: Code of Honor, Justice, Lonely Among Us


SEASON 2-


BEST: Measure of a Man, Contagion, Where Silence Has Lease, Q Who


WORST: Honestly, everything else. This season was awful.


SEASON 3-


BEST: Everything besides what's listed under "worst." This was a great season. Best of Both Worlds I was probably the best, though.


WORST: The Bonding, The Price


SEASON 4-


BEST: Family, Future Imperfect, First Contact 


WORST: Suddenly Human, The Loss, Data's Day, Half A Life, In Theory


SEASON 5-


BEST: Darmok, The Inner Light, Unification I/II


WORST: Imaginary Friend, Cost of Living, Hero Worship


SEASON 6-


BEST: Chain of Command I/II, Frame of Mind, Tapestry


WORST:  Aquiel, Suspicions, Descent


SEASON 7-


BEST: ...All Good Things, Parallels, Lower Decks, Thine Own Self


WORST: Descent II, Interface, Dark Page, Sub Rosa, Genesis


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Mitchz95

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Report this Nov. 07 2012, 8:13 pm

I'm not quite done the seventh season yet, so bear with me.


Season 1


Best: Conspiracy, The Neutral Zone


Worst: Encounter at Farpoint, Code of Honor, The Big Goodbye


Season 2


Best: The Measure of a Man, Contagion, Time Squared, Q Who, Peak Performance


Worst: The Outrageous Okona, Up The Long Ladder, Manhunt, Shades of Grey


Season 3


Best: The Survivors, Who Watches the Watchers, The Defector, Deja Q, Yesterday's Enterprise, Hollow Pursuits, Sarek, The Best of Both Worlds


Worst: The Bonding, The High Ground


Season 4


Best: Family, Brothers, The Wounded, First Contact, Night Terrors, Identity Crisis, The Drumhead


Worst: Qpid


Season 5


Best: Darmok, A Matter of Time, The Masterpiece Society, I Borg, The Inner Light, Time's Arrow


Worst: Cost of Living


Season 6


Best: Relics, Face of the Enemy, Tapestry, Frame of Mind, Rightful Heir


Worst: Realm of Fear, Man of the People, Rascals, Suspicions


Season 7 (so far)


Best: Liasons, Inheritance, Homeward, Lower Decks, Genesis


Worst: Interface


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Kilfio

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Report this Nov. 10 2012, 11:41 am

Perhaps the most emotional and tragic episode was "The Outcast." It was incredible to see Riker fall so hard for someone who felt the same way, and then all of a sudden did not. It was a genius episode that illustrates the very human feeling of helplessness.


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Report this Nov. 25 2012, 3:38 pm

I loved Yesterday's Enterprise because of its self-sacrifice.


I also liked Lessons and the flute playing in the Jeffries tube and I, Borg because of the innocence of the young Borg.

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Report this Nov. 28 2012, 8:06 pm

I don't know if I can choose season by season, but I'll try. Also, I can't do least favorite episodes because, if I truly didn't like them, I never bothered to learn the title. I know the title of any episode that I don't hate, so when I see a title and think, "Hmm, which episode is that, again?" I know that it means I shouldn't watch it.


 


So, favorites:


season one - Symbiosis. I don't know if it's the episode that I love so much, but it wins entirely just for the moment in the turbolift when Picard gives Beverly the "History has proven again and again...." speech. I still get chills when I hear it.


season two - No clue. I haven't watched it in at least ten years. I usually just skip the season as a whole. You all know why.


season three - Sarek. Mostly because I adore Mark Leonard and the character, and also because we get to see a different, vulnerable side of Picard. Oh, and because Wesley and Geordi start arguing like little girls. That doesn't happen nearly enough on the show.


season four - Clues. I don't really know if I have a good reason, it's just one of my go-to episodes when I have some free time. It hits the spot.


season five - Cause and Effect. There are actually several episodes I love in season five, so it's difficult to choose. I chose this one because I didn't want to be mocked for choosing The Game.


season six - Sorry guys, it's Rascals all the way. I can't help but love it, even though we all know there's no way the Ferengi could have taken over. Little Ro Laren slays me.


season seven - Attached, no contest. Best episode of the entire series as far as I'm concerned. But if I had to set my P/C shipperness aside, I might choose Lower Decks. It's just so raw and real, and oh so heavy. It's one of the few missions where people were in actual danger, and not just phony, television "we know they're going to get out of this" danger.


 

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Report this Jan. 07 2013, 9:24 am

I'm going to have to disagree with you on Code of Honor, Carpathia86. I actually really like that episode even though I don't care for Tasha at all. And Shades of Gray was a waste of an episode, you are right about that. I also have to disagree about The Bonding. I used to watch that and Booby Trap every night before bed. hahaha And I definitely have to disagree about Disaster being awesome. It's good, but not a favorite of season 5. I would have to put The Outcast as my favorite. That was an awesome episode, and also the basis for my severe dislike of Troi. I might as well do my own list. LOLOLOL


Season 1 Best: It's hard to pick one over another for season 1, but in a pinch I will go with Too Short a Season.


Least: The Arsenal of Freedom


Season 2 Best: would either be The Outrageous Okona or Contagion.


Least: The Dauphin (don't even have to think about that one. I love Wesey, but not that much)


Season 3 best: There's too many to choose from in season 3! But I will go with Deja Q


Least: The Price


Season 4 best: Season 4 is probably my favorite season I think. So I can't just pick one, how about 3? The Mind's Eye, Clues, Devil's Due, The Wounded, Redemption... oh that was more than 3? Oooops. =)


Season 5 best: The Outcast


Least: Ensign Ro (god I hate that bitch) And I, Borg O.M.G! I hate that episode. It makes me HATE Beverly even though I am in love with her. I just want her to shut her face so Picard can kill the Borg like we all know he should have done.


Season 6 best: Like season 4 I can't pick just one so: Ship in a Bottle, Schisms, The Chase, Chain of Command is AWESOME, Tapestry so on and so forth.


Least: True Q


Season 7 best: I don't think it's fair to count All Good Things because of course that's the best so I'll just assume that and also pick Journey's End.


Least: Masks

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