The Best Episodes Directed by Brannon Braga

Unafraid of the Dark

#1 - Unafraid of the Dark

Cosmos (2014) Season 1 - Episode 13

The Ship of the Imagination makes a final journey to explore one of the biggest mysteries of the universe: dark energy. Meet one of science's greatest unsung heroes, Fritz Zwicky, whose prediction of supernovas paved the way for our larger understanding of dark energy, the unknown force in the universe that overwhelms gravity on the grandest scale. On our final voyage, discover the romantic message embedded in Voyager's Interstellar Golden Record and contemplate the spiritual experience of life on Earth as our cosmic journey concludes with Carl Sagan's unforgettable meditation, The Pale Blue Dot.

star 8.82
979 votes
The Electric Boy

#2 - The Electric Boy

Cosmos (2014) Season 1 - Episode 10

Travel to 19th century England and meet Michael Faraday, a child of poverty who grew up to invent the motor and the generator. His ideas about electricity and discovery of magnetic fields changed the world and paved the way for future scientists to make giant strides in the world of high technology and instantaneous communication

star 8.60
1043 votes
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Standing Up in the Milky Way

#3 - 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.

star 8.59
2608 votes
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Hiding in the Light

#4 - Hiding in the Light

Cosmos (2014) Season 1 - Episode 5

The Ship of the Imagination travels back in time to reveal 11th century Europe and North Africa during the golden age of Islam, when brilliant physicist Ibn al-Haytham discovered the scientific method and first understood how we see, and how light travels. Later, William Herschel discovers the infrared and the signature hidden in the light of every star, eventually unlocking one of the keys to the cosmos.

star 8.54
1386 votes
A Sky Full of Ghosts

#5 - 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.

star 8.53
1473 votes
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When Knowledge Conquered Fear

#6 - 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.

star 8.52
1596 votes
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Sisters of the Sun

#7 - 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.

star 8.50
1090 votes
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The World Set Free

#8 - 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.

star 8.49
926 votes
The Immortals

#9 - 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.

star 8.49
994 votes
Some of the Things that Molecules Do

#10 - Some of the Things that Molecules Do

Cosmos (2014) Season 1 - Episode 2

Host Neil deGrasse Tyson is on a voyage to explore the relatedness of all livings things and the possible evolution of life in the cosmos. Go on a journey to discover how artificial selection turned the wolf into canine breeds and how natural selection sculpted the complex human eye. Later, Tyson visits the grand Hall of Extinction, a monument to all the broken branches on the tree of life. Retrace the story of life on Earth and the unbroken thread that stretches from the first one-celled organisms to human life.

star 8.47
1916 votes
The Lost Worlds of Planet Earth

#11 - 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

star 8.40
1075 votes
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The Clean Room

#12 - 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.

star 8.40
1177 votes
Deeper, Deeper, Deeper Still

#13 - Deeper, Deeper, Deeper Still

Cosmos (2014) Season 1 - Episode 6

The Ship of the Imagination ventures on an epic voyage to the bottom of a dewdrop to explore the universe on the smallest scale and observe exotic life forms invisible to the naked eye. Then, host Neil deGrasse Tyson explains the neural network in our brains which determine our sense of smell and memory, and later, he travels deep beneath the surface of the Earth to discover the most mysterious particle we know.

star 8.38
1231 votes
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The Witching Hour

#14 - 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.

star 7.97
575 votes
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Carbon Creek

#15 - 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.

star 7.97
541 votes
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Equinox (2)

#16 - 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.

star 7.96
476 votes
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Unimatrix Zero (2)

#17 - 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.

star 7.93
465 votes
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Mad Idolatry

#18 - 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.

star 7.91
3315 votes
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Azati Prime

#19 - 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.

star 7.90
482 votes
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Black Sunday

#20 - Black Sunday

Salem Season 3 - Episode 10

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

star 7.90
663 votes
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Living Witness

#21 - 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.

star 7.83
430 votes
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Fallen Hero

#22 - 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.

star 7.82
498 votes
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Shadows of P'Jem

#23 - 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.

star 7.70
526 votes
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The Andorian Incident

#24 - 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.

star 7.68
612 votes
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Think Tank

#25 - 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.

star 7.67
421 votes
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Firestorm

#26 - 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.

star 7.66
3607 votes
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Author, Author

#27 - 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.

star 7.65
367 votes
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Harbinger

#28 - 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.

star 7.63
437 votes
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The Game

#29 - 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.

star 7.62
465 votes
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Into the Fold

#30 - 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.

star 7.54
3943 votes
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The Crossing

#31 - The Crossing

Star Trek: Enterprise Season 2 - Episode 18

Noncorporeal aliens possess the bodies of the Enterprise crew.

star 7.52
453 votes
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Acquisition

#32 - 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.

star 7.49
492 votes
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Oasis

#33 - 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.

star 7.46
488 votes
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Detained

#34 - 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.

star 7.46
486 votes
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The Communicator

#35 - 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.

star 7.46
478 votes
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Precious Cargo

#36 - 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.

star 7.45
471 votes
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Two Days and Two Nights

#37 - 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.

star 7.44
481 votes
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Fusion

#38 - 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.

star 7.44
489 votes
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About a Girl

#39 - 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.

star 7.42
5308 votes
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Bounty

#40 - 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.

star 7.41
441 votes
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Marauders

#41 - 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.

star 7.39
482 votes
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Emergence

#42 - 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.

star 7.38
385 votes
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Eye of the Beholder

#43 - 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.

star 7.37
376 votes
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Desert Crossing

#44 - 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.

star 7.33
460 votes
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Fury

#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.

star 7.31
397 votes
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Vox Sola

#46 - 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.

star 7.30
472 votes
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Strange New World

#47 - 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.

star 7.28
655 votes
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Rogue Planet

#48 - 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.

star 7.25
495 votes
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Remember

#49 - Remember

Star Trek: Voyager Season 3 - Episode 6

Stardate: 50203.1 After Voyager encounter a telepathic species, B'Elanna starts having powerful dreams that depict the life of a woman and her lover in a time of great political and social upheaval.

star 7.24
367 votes
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Memorial

#50 - 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.

star 7.23
379 votes
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Identity Crisis

#51 - Identity Crisis

Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 4 - Episode 18

Geordi and a former crew mate begin evolving into bizarre creatures when they return to a planet both of them were on during an Away Mission five years earlier.

star 7.14
404 votes
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