The BEST episodes directed by Brannon Braga

Standing Up in the Milky Way
2837 votes

#1 - Standing Up in the Milky Way

Cosmos (2014) - Season 1 - Episode 1

The Ship of the Imagination, unfettered by ordinary limits on speed and size, drawn by the music of cosmic harmonies, can take us anywhere in space and time. It has been idling for more than three decades, and yet it has never been overtaken. Its global legacy remains vibrant. Now, it's time once again to set sail for the stars.

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A Sky Full of Ghosts
1608 votes

#2 - A Sky Full of Ghosts

Cosmos (2014) - Season 1 - Episode 4

An exploration of how light, time and gravity combine to distort our perceptions of the universe. We eavesdrop on a series of walks along a beach on summer nights in the year 1809. William Herschel, whose many discoveries include the insight that telescopes are time machines, tells bedtime stories to his young son, John, who will grow up to make some rather profound discoveries of his own.

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When Knowledge Conquered Fear
1732 votes

#3 - When Knowledge Conquered Fear

Cosmos (2014) - Season 1 - Episode 3

There was a time, not so long ago, when natural events could only be understood as gestures of divine displeasure. We will witness the moment that all changed, but first--The Ship of the Imagination is in the brooding, frigid realm of the Oort Cloud, where a trillion comets wait. Our Ship takes us on a hair-raising ride, chasing a single comet through its million-year plunge towards the Sun.

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The World Set Free
1014 votes

#4 - The World Set Free

Cosmos (2014) - Season 1 - Episode 12

The Ship of the Imagination travels to our near neighbor Venus, where we begin our journey to discover the long history of global warming and the greenhouse effect. Later, explore the detrimental effects of climate change and trace the magnitude of our impact on the Earth’s atmosphere. However, with knowledge, technology and science within our grasp, imagine a hopeful future where we dedicate our efforts to taking care of our home, Planet Earth.

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Sisters of the Sun
1194 votes

#5 - Sisters of the Sun

Cosmos (2014) - Season 1 - Episode 8

Discover the remarkable story of Annie Jump Cannon and Cecilia Payne, two incredible women who challenged conventional wisdom and uncovered the real-life story of the stars. Cannon led a group of astronomers in the early 20th century to catalogue the spectral characters of stars, and two decades later Payne joined forces with Cannon to analyze the data and uncover the chemical compositions of the stars. Later, travel on the Ship of the Imagination to explore the lives and deaths of stars and visit the planet of a star orbiting a globular cluster.

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The Immortals
1084 votes

#6 - The Immortals

Cosmos (2014) - Season 1 - Episode 11

The Ship of the Imagination travels across the cosmos to discover the possibility of beings that live forever and explain why other civilizations perish. Then, visit the Cosmic Calendar of the Future and contemplate what lies ahead with a hopeful vision.

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The Lost Worlds of Planet Earth
1173 votes

#7 - The Lost Worlds of Planet Earth

Cosmos (2014) - Season 1 - Episode 9

The Ship of the Imagination embarks on a journey through space and time to grasp how the autobiography of the Earth is written in its atoms, its oceans, its continents and all living things. Later, American geologist Marie Tharp creates the first true map of Earth’s ocean floor, and discovers microscopic life that exists deep beneath the ocean

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The Clean Room
1285 votes

#8 - The Clean Room

Cosmos (2014) - Season 1 - Episode 7

To determine the true age of the Earth, geochemist Clair Patterson developed the uranium-lead dating method to make an unprecedented discovery—calculating Earth's age of 4.5 billion years. But Patterson's groundbreaking discoveries were just beginning. Patterson made it his mission to draw public attention to the detrimental effects of lead in the environment and dedicated his career to fighting against the petroleum and chemical industry, eventually achieving public health's biggest victory of the 20th century.

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Magic Without Lies
184 votes

#9 - Magic Without Lies

Cosmos (2014) - Season 2 - Episode 9

Meet the man who stumbled on a hole in the reality of quantum mechanics and the still-unfolding technology that made it possible.

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Lost City of Life
220 votes

#10 - Lost City of Life

Cosmos (2014) - Season 2 - Episode 3

A new vision of genesis at the bottom of the blood red sea of the infant Earth. And the story of the man who found the first clues to life's beginning in a green jewel. As he searched for life's origin, he risked his own, daring to toy with his Nazi tormentors.

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Ladder to the Stars
310 votes

#11 - Ladder to the Stars

Cosmos (2014) - Season 2 - Episode 1

An adventure spanning billions of years into the evolution of life and consciousness. A visit to a 100,000-year-old laboratory. The story of the change in life-style that radically altered human existence and the life of the heretic who found god in the book of nature, opening our way to the stars.

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The Witching Hour
737 votes

#12 - The Witching Hour

Salem - Season 2 - Episode 13

Mary refuses to believe that her son is still alive while the Countess does everything she can to impress the boy. Ann tries to convince Cotton that she uses her powers for good and Alden balances between life and death.

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Black Sunday
776 votes

#13 - Black Sunday

Salem - Season 3 - Episode 10

Series Finale. Everyone prepares on the eve of Salem's demise.

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Unimatrix Zero (2)
2004 votes

#14 - Unimatrix Zero (2)

Star Trek: Voyager - Season 7 - Episode 1

Stardate: 54014.4 - The away team must infiltrate the Borg Collective and execute their plan to undermine them, even though it may destroy Unimatirix Zero forever.

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The Search for Intelligent Life on Earth
191 votes

#15 - The Search for Intelligent Life on Earth

Cosmos (2014) - Season 2 - Episode 7

A revelation of the hidden underground network that is a collaboration of four kingdoms of life, and a true first contact story between humans and beings who communicate in a symbolic language and have maintained a representative democracy for many tens of millions of years.

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Mad Idolatry
3845 votes

#16 - Mad Idolatry

The Orville - Season 1 - Episode 12

Ed and Kelly seriously reconsider getting back together. However, while Kelly is on a mission with Isaac and Gordon to investigate the origins of an uncharted star, they suddenly crash-land on a planet from another universe. Kelly then makes a decision with unforeseen long-term consequences for the planet, putting Ed in a difficult position.

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A Tale of Two Atoms
171 votes

#17 - A Tale of Two Atoms

Cosmos (2014) - Season 2 - Episode 10

How a deadly embrace between science and state altered the fate of the world, and a gripping cautionary tale of mass casualty and unlikely survival.

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Carbon Creek
2199 votes

#18 - Carbon Creek

Star Trek: Enterprise - Season 2 - Episode 2

After Archer and Trip become curious about a visit she made to a Pennsylvania mining town called Carbon Creek, T'Pol explains to them that Vulcans actually had their first contact with humans in 1957. That year, a Vulcan ship crashed on Earth and three crew members survived, including T'Pol's great grandmother. They pose as humans in Carbon Creek and take on jobs while waiting for rescue and soon find themselves becoming more involved with the town's residents.

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Equinox (2)
2012 votes

#19 - Equinox (2)

Star Trek: Voyager - Season 6 - Episode 1

The crew of Voyager must find a way to save Captain Janeway and Seven of Nine.

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Azati Prime
2067 votes

#20 - Azati Prime

Star Trek: Enterprise - Season 3 - Episode 18

Archer sets out on a suicide mission to destroy the Xindi superweapon as Enterprise faces a brutal attack.

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Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors
169 votes

#21 - Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors

Cosmos (2014) - Season 2 - Episode 11

An exploration of human potential for change, concluding with the story of one of history's greatest monster and his virtuous transformation.

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4282 votes

#22 - Firestorm

The Orville - Season 1 - Episode 10

When a fire breaks out on The Orville and a crew member dies, Alara begins to question if she is fit for her job, just as unusual and terrifying things start happening on the ship.

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Living Witness
1749 votes

#23 - Living Witness

Star Trek: Voyager - Season 4 - Episode 23

Stardate: Unknown - 700 years into the future the Doctor must defend the crew of Voyager and set history straight when an alien race claims that the Warship Voyager was responsible for war crimes commited against their race.

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Fallen Hero
2159 votes

#24 - Fallen Hero

Star Trek: Enterprise - Season 1 - Episode 23

The Enterprise is sent to the planet Mazar to pick up a Vulcan ambassador expelled for misconduct.

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The Andorian Incident
2449 votes

#25 - The Andorian Incident

Star Trek: Enterprise - Season 1 - Episode 7

The Enterprise crew pays a friendly visit to an ancient Vulcan spiritual sanctuary, despite T'Pol's concerns that her human colleagues will be an awkward and disruptive presence there. Upon landing, they discover that the monastery has been forcibly taken over by the Andorians, a paranoid and highly excitable race of aliens with a long history of conflict with the Vulcans. Archer soon discovers that the Enterprise crew has gotten in the middle of an interstellar Pandora's Box and now must find a way out.

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1990 votes

#26 - Harbinger

Star Trek: Enterprise - Season 3 - Episode 15

As Archer tries to unravel the mystery of a rescued alien, long-simmering feelings explode among his senior officers.

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Think Tank
1936 votes

#27 - Think Tank

Star Trek: Voyager - Season 5 - Episode 20

Voyager is ambushed by a race known as the Hazari with no way of escape. Soon, an alien 'Think Tank' arrives with an answer to the ship's problem and all they ask in return is Seven of Nine.

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Into the Fold
4582 votes

#28 - Into the Fold

The Orville - Season 1 - Episode 8

Ed and the crew set out to save Dr. Finn, her two sons and Isaac after their shuttle gets thrown into unchartered space and they crash-land on a moon that is light years from the Orville.

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Author, Author
1803 votes

#29 - Author, Author

Star Trek: Voyager - Season 7 - Episode 20

Stardate: 54732.3 - A means of direct communication is established with Voyager allowing each crew member to speak with family and friends. The Doctor sends a holo-novel for publication based on a lost starship with a doctor who is treated like a slave, which causes controversy among the members of the ship.

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About a Girl
5998 votes

#30 - About a Girl

The Orville - Season 1 - Episode 3

The Orville crew is divided between cultures when Bortus and Klyden debate if their newly born offspring should receive a controversial surgery.

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Shadows of P'Jem
2081 votes

#31 - Shadows of P'Jem

Star Trek: Enterprise - Season 1 - Episode 15

Archer and the crew are disappointed to discover that T'Pol has been ordered by the Vulcan High Command to leave Enterprise -and equally frustrated at her seeming indifference to leaving their ranks. T'Pol's last mission as a Starfleet officer, however, proves eventful when she and Archer are kidnapped by a militant faction on an alien planet. However, aid comes to them in the form of the Andorians: their leader, Shran, still owes Archer a debt (from the events of "The Andorian Incident"). It turns out the Vulcans are covertly backing the ruling faction on the planet, while the Andorians are aiding the freedom fighters. With the help of the Andorians, Malcolm and Trip rescue Archer and T'Pol over the objections of the local Vulcan ship, and Shran considers his debt to Archer repaid.

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1896 votes

#32 - Detained

Star Trek: Enterprise - Season 1 - Episode 21

While exploring a planet, Archer and Mayweather enter a "military zone" and are detained in an internment prison by an alien race called Tandarans, who are at war with the Suliban. While the Enterprise crew's previous encounters with the Suliban have been disastrous, Archer and Mayweather find themselves sharing a cell with some Suliban detainees who they believe may be wrongly imprisoned.

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1949 votes

#33 - Fusion

Star Trek: Enterprise - Season 1 - Episode 17

The Enterprise encounters a group of Vulcan civilians who have split off from the normal way of Vulcan life in an effort to explore their emotions. T'Pol is disturbed by the new visitors and warns the Captain that all attempts in the past to integrate Vulcan emotions into their lives has proven disasterous. Meanwhile a message from Admiral Forrest leaves the Captain with the difficult task of trying to convince one of the visiting Vulcans to call home to speak with his dying father.

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The Communicator
1998 votes

#34 - The Communicator

Star Trek: Enterprise - Season 2 - Episode 8

Archer and Reed return to a pre-warp society, that is on the verge of war, to recover a lost communicator from an undercover survey mission.

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Two Days and Two Nights
2022 votes

#35 - Two Days and Two Nights

Star Trek: Enterprise - Season 1 - Episode 25

When the crew takes shore leave on the famous pleasure planet of Risa, Archer has a mysterious encounter with an alien woman; Hoshi has a surprising romantic rendezvous; Mayweather has a rock-climbing accident; and Trip and Reed go clubbing only to end the evening as unwitting victims of robbery. Meanwhile, Phlox stays on board the Enterprise with T'Pol to take his annual 48-hour hibernation and exhibits some uncharacteristic oddities when they have to wake him up after an injured crew member returns from shore leave.

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1905 votes

#36 - Marauders

Star Trek: Enterprise - Season 2 - Episode 6

In need of fuel, the Enterprise arrives at a Quonset mining colony for deuterium supplies. They discover that Klingons are forcing the colonists to give up all their deuterium. Archer and the rest of the crew work to train the colonists so they can fight back against the Klingons.

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1954 votes

#37 - Acquisition

Star Trek: Enterprise - Season 1 - Episode 19

The Enterprise encounters Ferengi pirates who use gas to knock out the crew and look for treasures on the Enterprise. But they haven't counted on Tucker, who happens to be in the decon chamber and avoids the gas, and attempts to win back the ship from the pirates.

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1944 votes

#38 - Oasis

Star Trek: Enterprise - Season 1 - Episode 20

While exploring a crashed vessel on a desolate planet, the Enterprise crew is haunted by some ghostly figures, and they encounter an alien race that has survived despite insurmountable odds. Trip helps repair their derelict vessel and is befriended by Liana, an attractive humanoid alien who develops feelings for him.

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The Crossing
2015 votes

#39 - The Crossing

Star Trek: Enterprise - Season 2 - Episode 18

Noncorporeal aliens possess the bodies of the Enterprise crew.

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The Game
1876 votes

#40 - The Game

Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 - Episode 6

Stardate: 45208.2 - An addictive game is distributed among the crew of the Enterprise, however, it appears that this game interferes with a person's logic and reason, which leaves the crew open to manipulation. Only a young Ensign and a vacationing Wesley Crusher are able to think for themselves, and must find a way to reverse the damage before the ship falls into the wrong hands.

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Precious Cargo
1980 votes

#41 - Precious Cargo

Star Trek: Enterprise - Season 2 - Episode 11

Trip boards an alien cargo vessel to help repair a stasis pod, which holds a beautiful woman in suspended animation. When the woman accidentally wakes up, she reveals she's not a passenger, but a prisoner.

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1701 votes

#42 - Bounty

Star Trek: Enterprise - Season 2 - Episode 25

Archer learns the Klingons have put a price on his head when he is captured by a Tellarite bounty hunter. As Enterprise pursues, a virus causes T'Pol to go into premature Pon Farr.

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Desert Crossing
1942 votes

#43 - Desert Crossing

Star Trek: Enterprise - Season 1 - Episode 24

When Archer and Trip are invited to a desert-like planet by an alien leader, after they help fix his ship, discover he is a terrorist who has lured them onto his planet under false pretenses. Meanwhile, T'Pol, while in command, faces a tough decision when she cannot locate Archer and Trip in the desert.

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Vox Sola
2064 votes

#44 - Vox Sola

Star Trek: Enterprise - Season 1 - Episode 22

A strange, symbiotic alien creature boards the Enterprise capturing a few of the crew members, including Archer and Trip, and cocoons them in its web feeding off their bodies to survive. With the captured crewmembers' lives in jeopardy, Hoshi, under T'Pol's command, faces her biggest challenge by trying to find a way to communicate with the lifeform in order to return it to its home planet.

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1868 votes

#45 - Fury

Star Trek: Voyager - Season 6 - Episode 23

Kes returns to Voyager in a state of rage, blaming Captain Janeway for her past. Using her expanded Ocampan powers in a fit of revenge, she travels through time to deliver the crew to the Vidiians.

Strange New World
2592 votes

#46 - Strange New World

Star Trek: Enterprise - Season 1 - Episode 4

When the Enterprise investigates an uninhabited planet that turns out to be far more dangerous than expected. The crew members that visit the planet are infected by an alien pollen that induces hallucinations and paranoia.

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1735 votes

#47 - Memorial

Star Trek: Voyager - Season 6 - Episode 14

The crew of Voyager experience vivid memories and dreams of a battle they don't remember having, with an enemy they have never encountered.

Eye of the Beholder
1580 votes

#48 - Eye of the Beholder

Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 7 - Episode 18

Stardate: 47622.1 - While investigating the mysterious suicide of a crew member, Troi and Worf begin to show romantic feeling towards one another.

1625 votes

#49 - Emergence

Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 7 - Episode 23

Stardate: 47869.2 - The Enterprise's computer systems starts having repeated malfunctions, leading the crew to believe that it may be evolving into a new life form.

Rogue Planet
2088 votes

#50 - Rogue Planet

Star Trek: Enterprise - Season 1 - Episode 18

While exploring an uncharted planet, Enterprise crew members encounter a group of aliens who are hunting down indigenous creatures for recreation. During their exploration, Archer is mesmerized by visions of a woman desperately attempting to communicate with him. The woman's ethereal distress signal informs Archer that she and others like her are actually the prey of the alien hunters. Heeding her call, Archer levels the playing field against the alien hunters.

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