With trekkies the world over keenly anticipating the September 25 premiere of “Star Trek: Discovery”, Netflix decided to take a look at which of the 695 episodes of Star Trek currently beaming on the streaming service, have the most visits.
To do this, the streaming service analysed the viewing data of 104 million members across 190 countries who have watched the following Star Trek series on Netflix: “Star Trek: The Next Generation”, “Star Trek: Enterprise”, “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”, “Star Trek: The Original Series” and “Star Trek: Voyager”. In an attempt to look for data beyond default behaviour, the first two episodes from any season were omitted from the data. “Rewatch” is defined when a member returns to watch at least 6 minutes of an episode they had previously completed.
The results are fascinating. Below are the questions posed by the computer.
How many members have watched all 695 episodes of Star Trek on Netflix?
Better set phasers to stun, because nearly 12,000 fans have spent over 536 hours (or 22 days) watching “Star Trek”.
Netflix data also reveals that “Voyager” boasts the most revisited episode in the universe: “Endgame: Parts 1 & 2” (Season 7, Episode 24)
Episodes that introduce iconic races, characters, or captains tend to be revisited most. And of course, time travel, alien abductions or crossover episodes are big winners with Star Trek fans.
What collection is the most popular on Netflix?
It’s not so simple. While “The Next Generation” and “The Original Series” have bigger audiences, “Voyager” and “Deep Space Nine” fans are better repeat customers, more likely to return for their favourite episodes. Despite fans’ mixed emotions on “Voyager”, plenty keep returning to the series. In the end, each collection has its merits: “Original Series” debuted Klingons, “TNG” set the stage for DS9 and “Voyager, DS9” took Star Trek into serialised territory, and “Voyager” had the first female captain. And with all episodes on Netflix, fans can decide how and when they watch each voyage. The journey into the unknown doesn’t stop there.
This Monday (September 25), Netflix will exclusively premiere “Star Trek: Discovery” in 188 countries (excluding the US and Canada). “Discovery” features a new ship and new crew, while embracing the same hope for the future that inspired a generation. Engage!