Singaporeans love having a woman lead the way.
In honour of the upcoming premiere of Star Trek: Discovery on Netflix later this month, the global streaming service revealed data about the viewing habits of Trekkies… or Trekkers in Singapore, and surprise surprise – Star Trek: Voyager looks to be the most popular series for Singaporean viewers in the entire Star Trek franchise.
Of the 10 favourite episodes on the list, seven belong to Star Trek: Voyager, while the remaining 3 are from its much earlier predecessor, Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Alas, episodes from Star Trek: The Original Series and Star Trek: Enterprise were nowhere in sight.
Top on the list is Endgame, Voyager’s series finale which saw an older Admiral Kathryn Janeway travel back in time to assist her younger self in skipping decades off their return journey from the Delta Quadrant.
While Voyager was never as highly regarded as TNG, it had better production values and was more serialised in nature. Still, it was also a seven-year series filled with plot holes, where the size of the cargo bay and the Delta Flyer, and even the number of photon torpedoes the ship was carrying fluctuated inconsistently.
That and Harry Kim remained an Ensign for the duration of his stay in the Delta Quadrant, whereas Tom Paris got knocked down in rank, and still managed to get promoted over Harry.
Maybe fans were rewatching Endgame to determine what Starfleet would do with all the future technology older Janeway provided Voyager, so that it could destroy the Borg Queen and make it home safely.
SINGAPORE (TOP 10 MOST RE-WATCHED EPISODES)
Then again, the listing provided by Netflix is an interesting exercise in how not to make a listicle.
The two parter Endgame is listed as one episode, as is the two parter Dark Frontier and TNG’s All Good Things…, but TNG’s fan favourite two parter, The Best Of Both Worlds, which introduced The Borg, is listed as two separate episodes. The same goes for VOY’s Scorpion.
Singapore’s list doesn’t deviate much from the global list though, as the internatioanl sci-fi audience seems to love Endgame, with The Best Of Both Worlds coming in second.
GLOBAL (TOP 10 MOST RE-WATCHED EPISODES)
The folks at Netflix also provided this exclusive infographic on the viewing data, which showed that 12,000 people around the world have watched all 695 episodes of Star Trek on the service.
That’s 536 hours, or 22 days worth of content.
So how many local viewers have sat through 22 days worth of Klingon fighting, Borg resisting, Romulan deceiving, Vulcan emoting or Picard maneuvering? Only 2 it seems. Which one of you is it? Own up.
I’m sorry but there’s only so much of Captain Jonathan Archer and the NX-01 that I can take.
Yes, even if T’Pol is the hottest First Officer in the history of Star Trek.
Although, that might change come September 25, when the service debuts Star Trek: Discovery, the newest Star Trek series set in the Prime Universe. (Take that Kelvin Timeline). Starring Jason Isaacs, Doug Jones, Michelle Yeoh and Sonequa Martin-Green, this is the first Star Trek series to not focus on the captain of the ship. Set 10 years before the events of TOS, the series follows Michael Burnham (Martin-Green), the first officer of the USS Shenzhou and later the USS Discovery.
Me? Oh, she’s hot but I’m watching to see if she really is Spock’s half-sister, daughter of Amanda. Or adopted sister.
Forget about canon. I just want a good Trek series. Beam us up Netflix.
If you’re still here, check out these two preview clips for Star Trek: Discovery to whet your appetite:
Note: Star Trek: Discovery is a licensed series from US network CBS, and each episode will be available 24 hours after it is first run in the US. The first half of the 15-episode series will air by November, while the second half will debut in January 2018.