As the Summer of Sweet Revenge heads into its final month, we’ve got one last list of episodes that will give you the best moments of sweet revenge throughout the franchise. Read on, and share your favorite moments of Sweet Revenge on social!
Star Trek: The Original Series - "I, Mudd" (Season Two, Episode Eight)
Space huckster Harcourt Fenton Mudd has returned, and boy is he steamed at Kirk for foiling his scheme from Season One. He’s back with an army of android women powered by the battery of revenge.
Star Trek: The Next Generation - "Sins of the Father" (Season Three, Episode Seventeen)
Generational slights lead to a secret alliance, then the gravest injustice of all: Lt. Worf’s discommendation by the Klingon High Council. The joke’s on them in just a few years when he ends up Chancellor, of course, but it still has a bite worse than a rabid targ!
Star Trek: The Next Generation - "Reunion" (Season Four, Episode Seven)
Worf’s baby mama K’Ehleyr is killed by Duras, initiating the “Right of Vengeance,” setting the course of Klingon history into a new orbit.
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - "Defiant" (Season Three, Episode Nine)
Riker is back! (Kinda…it’s Thomas Riker.) And he’s joined the Maquis, leading to some unexpected temporary alliances. There are enough roiling reprisals to fill a quadrant in this one.
Star Trek: Voyager - "Equinox, Part I and II" (Season Five, Episode Twenty Six/Season Six, Episode One)
The Caretaker array pulling Voyager 70,000 lightyears from home proved to be Captain Janeway’s biggest challenge, and over seven years she rose to it each week, meeting obstacles with her ethics intact. (Quiet, Tuvix-lovers.) Not every ship is as lucky to have such a captain, as we see in this two-parter on how vengeance can lead to corruption.
Star Trek: Picard - "Stardust City Rag" (Season One, Episode Five)
Seven of Nine agrees to help Picard retrieve Bruce Maddox from a space pirate, but once they corner him on Freecloud her desire for vengeance over Icheb’s death is overpowering.
Star Trek: First Contact
“The line must be drawn HERE! This far, no further! And I will make them pay for what they've done.”
Star Trek Beyond
A former MACO who feels abandoned (and who has transformed into the lizard-like Krall) decides to take his vengeance against the entire Federation…starting with the very nifty-looking Yorktown Station.
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