Psychological Evaluation via TV Episode

An hour or so ago I went downstairs (where it’s cooler, you know) and found my husband watching my favorite episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. I believe I even gasped and he asked me what was wrong. And I, who always hovers instead of sitting down to watch stuff, thus creating the illusion that I’m just passing through the front room and not really watching, went over to the couch and sat down. And during a commercial, I got to wondering what it says about me that Tin Man is my favorite episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. I mean, apparently I still know most of the script after all these years…and watching it still gets to me. So, of course, my next thought was: has anyone done a study relating psychological evaluations of folks to favorite episodes of a particular show?

If there are any psychologists out there…go for it. I’d just be curious to see your findings.

I’m sure that I could come up with a not-so-BS evaluation of why I like my episode. At its most basic, Tin Man is about an unusual man finally finding the place he belongs. A pretty common desire overall, I expect.

…And now I’m curious. What is your favorite episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation? Is it your favorite because it’s funny, has the best fight scene, or features your favorite actor? Or, do you think it says a little something about you, too?

While you’re thinking about it, here’s a wee window into my psyche –
Tin Man: Part 1:

Part 2:
Part 3:
Part 4:
Part 5:

3 Responses to “Psychological Evaluation via TV Episode”

  1. Steph Says:

    I dunno if I’d say its our favorite, but the one my mom and I remember most is the one where the doctor falls in love with the symbiote. Only to break up after the symbiote (sp) changes bodies to a woman.

  2. angel Says:

    Ah yes! I remember that one. It was before they changed what that species was like to have Dax in DS9.

    It was a bit “social commentary” wasn’t it?

  3. Dominic Dragone Says:

    I couldn’t agree more. But then again it is 2am where I am so I may agree to anything ;-)

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