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I the middle of August I did something I always do.  I took a razor to my face and shaved off my beard.  For about a week I went clean shaven and then I began the process of regrowing my robust old friend.  To encourage me in this,  I reread the Beard Manifesto by the Beard Coach.  I always enjoy the regrowing process, and my beard always surprises me how its personality has changed since last year.

In the middle of this, my family and I have been cramming the Star Trek series Deep Space Nine, trying to get it watched before Christmas.  I have made my family watch all of the Star Trek franchise as a learning annex.  I do the same thing to them with classic films like Casablanca and The Magnificent Seven.

So these two things collided and got me to thinking about the best Star Trek beards.  Here are my five favorite, starting with the all-time best!

1.  Evil Spock in Mirror Mirror and our first look a the bizarro universe

He looks even smarter with the beard

2.  Commander Riker was way cooler with the beard.

I would follow bearded Riker into battle, but not the clean shaven Riker.








3.  Worf’s Beard–In fact, Klingons know how to sport a kicking beard.

His beard says it all









4.  Geordi seemed to enjoy  a beard of some sort.  Here he sports a nice, clean, well groomed goatee and mustache.  In an episode or two he had a great full beard.  But then, so did his friend Data.

Tell me that beard wouldn’t rock out a business suit?


















5.  Sisko grew a great van dyke in the middle of Deep Space Nine’s run.  Coincidentally, that was when they made him a captain and not just a commander.   I see a connection.

Which is higher ranking, Sisko or his outstanding van dyke? You be the judge.
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