A Competitive Ranking of Trek and Trek-Adjacent Cliffhangers
I recently watched S2E8 of The Orville and it had an EPIC cliffhanger, which made me think how I would rank all the cliffhangers we've seen throughout trek.  
The qualifications I have set forth are as follows: 
  1. It must be a double length or longer episode
  2. It must have been broadcast as two or more separate episodes (i.e. excluding "Encounter at Farpoint" and similar)
  3. Rule 1 does not apply if the episode sets up a genuine threat to the rest of the series that is then followed up immediately (i.e. I'm not counting every episode of the final chapter of DS9)
  4. I am not including episodes from Enterprise because I lack the knowledge of them that I have for the others and the list is long enough already
For reference, episodes have been marked with "Part I" when the next episode has the same title followed by "Part II", or by their series and episode number if the following episode has a different title
The cliffhangers I found were:
  • The Best of Both Worlds Part I
  • Redemption Part I
  • Unification Part I
  • Time's Arrow Part I
  • Chain of Command Part I
  • Birthright Part I
  • Descent Part I
  • Gambit Part I
  • The Homecoming (DS9 S2E1)
  • The Circle (DS9 S2E2)
  • The Maquis Part I
  • The Jem'Hadar (DS9 S2E26)
  • The Search Part I
  • Past Tense Part I
  • Improbable Cause (DS9 S3E20)
  • The Adversary (DS9 S3E26)
  • Homefront (DS9 S4E11)
  • Broken Link (DS9 S4E26)
  • In Purgatory's Shadow (DS9 S5E14)
  • Call to Arms (DS9 S5E26)
  • Favor the Bold (DS9 S6E5)
  • Tears of the Prophets (DS9 S6E26)
  • Image in the Sand (DS9 S7E1)
  • Basics Part I
  • Future's End Part I
  • Scorpion Part I
  • Year of Hell Part I
  • The Killing Game Part I
  • Equinox Part I
  • Unimatrix Zero Part I
  • Workforce Part I
  • Into the Forest I Go (DSC/DIS S1E9)
  • Will You Take My Hand (DSC/DIS S1E15)

  • Identity Part 1 (Orville S2E8)
This post is long enough so I'll be putting my rankings in a comment.  Let me know what you think!
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A Competitive Ranking of Trek and Trek-Adjacent Cliffhangers - by coolkirk1701 - 02-26-2019, 02:26 AM

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