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Star Trek Cinema: Best to Worst

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*My opinion only. I start with the best and work my way down.

“Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” (1982)
Directed by Nicholas Myer, Starring The Original Crew
The archenemy of Admiral Kirk escapes from a barren planet, looking for vengeance after being exiled for fifteen years. The death of Spock is definitely one of the most iconic moment in science-fiction history. This film saved the franchise. Khan!!!

“Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home” (1986)
Directed by Leonard Nimoy, Starring The Original Crew
Admiral Kirk and the Enterprise crew travel back in time in a Klingon “Bird of Prey” to retrieve two humpback whales. Lighter in tone than it’s predecessors, this film appealed to both Trekkies and casual fans.

“Star Trek: First Contact” (1996)
Directed by Jonathan Frakes, Starring The Next Gen Crew
Captain Picard and the Enterprise crew time warp back to the 21st century, preventing the Borg from assimilating Earth. A cross between zombies and cyborgs, the Borg are just about the coolest antagonists in the universe. The film also proved there would be life after Kirk.

“Star Trek” (2009)
Directed by J.J. Abrams, Starring The Reboot Crew
Young and rebellious James T. Kirk takes command of the USS Enterprise to combat vengeful time-traveling Romulans. At first, it seemed like heresy that a new cast would play the original crew, but the filmmakers proved the skeptics wrong with an exciting summer blockbuster.

“Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country” (1991)
Directed by Nicholas Myer, Starring The Original Crew
On the eve of what was to be universal peace, Captain Kirk and Dr. McCoy are framed for assassinating a Klingon chancellor. The swansong for most of the original crew sans a guest appearance here and there. Their age was showing, but their legacy was intact.

“Star Trek III: The Search for Spock” (1984)
Directed by Leonard Nimoy, Starring The Original Crew
Admiral Kirk and the Enterprise crew must reunite Spock’s body and mind on planet Vulcan while evading the Klingons. The second of a trilogy, this film bridged the gap between two stronger films. The prevailing opinion is that the even numbered films are better than the odd numbered ones.

“Star Trek Into Darkness” (2013)
Directed by J.J. Abrams, Starring The Reboot Crew
Captain Kirk is sent on a mission to execute a terrorist, but is actually being duped by a superior officer. This alternate timeline allows for the return of Kahn Noonien Singh. A mostly successful remake of TOS episode “Space Seed” and “Wrath of Kahn.”

“Star Trek: Generations” (1994)
Directed by Rick Berman, Starring The Next Gen Crew (mostly)
A temporal nexus allows Captain Kirk and Captain Picard to unite and stop an obsessed doctor from destroying a star. The death of Captain Kirk was a letdown for audiences, but the film has many good qualities in retrospect.

“Star Trek: The Motion Picture” (1979)
Directed by Robert Wise, Starring The Original Crew
Admiral Kirk returns to command of the USS Enterprise to intercept an alien cloud on a collision course with Earth. Considered tedious by audiences, the first film in the series failed to capture the adventurous spirit of the TV show.

“Star Trek: Nemesis” (2002)
Directed by Stuart Baird, Starring The Next Gen Crew
The Enterprise crew must stop a Romulan clone of Captain Picard from attacking Earth in an indestructible starship. Even with the death of Data, the film doesn’t resonate. I’m not sure if it was the screenplay or the execution.

“Star Trek V: The Final Frontier” (1989)
Directed by William Shatner, Starring The Original Crew
The half brother of Spock and his band of zealots hijack the Enterprise while searching for the “God of Sha Ka Ree.” An interesting story, but the spiritual message of the film was more than a bit muddled. The special effects are quite lacking as well.

“Star Trek: Insurrection” (1998)
Directed by Jonathan Frakes, Starring The Next Gen Crew
Captain Picard and the Enterprise crew defy Starfleet so to protect a small planet that is a virtual fountain of youth. Such a hokey and hypocritical story with no exciting action sequences to speak of. Lame.

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