Great Trek Debate, chapter 2- the films

28 Sep

It’s time again to take a gander at Star Trek and discuss… the films. There are eleven films, counting the reboot in 2009. Inspired by my recent Trek weekend I opted to watch the few that either I’d blocked out or hadn’t seen (yes, there was one I had never seen!). And now here I am to discuss them… so put down your phasers, grab a romulan ale, and let’s take a gander at the many films of Star Trek!

Star Trek: The Motion Picture~ After the conclusion of their five year mission, the Enterprise crew is brought back together- on a newly retrofitted ship- in order to figure out who/what is behind a mysterious cloud that has left a trail of destruction on its path to Earth.

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Star Trek: The Wrath of 
Khan ~ The return of Khan- a survivor of the Eugenics Wars- and his band of terrorists disrupts a scientific experiment to create life. Oh yeah, we meet Kirk’s ex-flame and learn that he has a son who he has never met.

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Star Trek: The Search for Spock
~ The crew of the Enterprise returns to Earth following the loss of one of their own- only to go against orders and return to the Genesis planet after learning that Spock may not be as lost as they thought.

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Star Trek: The Voyage Home
~ On their return to earth, minus the Enterprise, the crew takes a trip back to San Francisco in the mid-1980’s in order to find a necessary item in order to stop the destruction of the Earth.

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Star Trek: The Final Frontier
~ Spock’s mysteriously never mentioned before brother makes an appearance as a man with a God Complex.

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Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country
~ Kirk and McCoy get accused of murdering a Klingon diplomat and sent to a prison planet. The result is a true treaty and peace accord between Starfleet and the Klingon Empire.

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Star Trek: Generations
~ Time fluxes. A changing of the guard as the films switch from the TOS to TNG casts.

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Star Trek: First Contact
~ The Borg attempt to change history, traveling back to the time Zefron Cochran made history piloting the first warp drive engine.

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Star Trek: Insurrection
~ Data discovers a plot to move a peaceful population off their planet in order to harvest the radiation which has positive health effects.

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Star Trek: Nemesis
~ A clone of Picard, mixed with Romulan DNA, sets out to… do something. Honestly, I just watched this film the other day and already have no recollection of what it was about.

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Star Trek (2009)
~ A revamp of TOS due to a bit of time travel that allows for changes in history, thus making everything afterwards not canon. Romulans from the future get pissed off at Spock for failing to save Romulus, and travel back in time to destroy all the things loved by Spock. And the relationships of our crew begin… a bit differently then the history books showed.

Now, there’s a common belief that the even numbered films are the only good ones. However, #10- Nemesis, was horrid- so that kind of blew that theory away. In any case, my favorites are probably 2, 3, 4, and 8. The block that begins with Wrath of Khan and ends with George and Gracie saving the planet is particularly fun. Especially if you can watch them all together in a marathon. The only TNG film I like is First Contact- I think it is a nice continuation of the characters, a solid story, and really well put together. The rest of the TNG films… either full of schlock or complete waste of time. Sad to say- TNG was a good series.

I don’t count the reboot in my list of favorites because… well, it broke the mold. And because it started a new series and path- I like to consider it it’s own film series. I mean… think about it- as my brother and I discussed at dinner the other night, the reboot makes Enterprise the only series that is canon. That’s pretty awesome. I’m excited to see where the next films go.

So… which film is your favorite? Which film makes you cringe? Is there a particular storyline you’d like to see rebooted?

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4 Responses to “Great Trek Debate, chapter 2- the films”

  1. Dee2 September 28, 2012 at 1:13 pm #

    I love the new re-boot!! We finished and thought WOW!! We can go anywhere from here without worrying about conflict with the original ST history. The possibilities are endless and have breathed new life into the entire franchise! 🙂 Can’t wait to see where we go from here. I’m with you on your picks for the better movies. Though, I liked Nemesis for the Picard clone. His character was memorable to me, even if the rest of the plot was lost on me. 😉

    • elizabeth ann September 28, 2012 at 1:36 pm #

      Yeah… the re-boot was awesome. Cannot count how many times I’ve watched it. 🙂 It amuses me because it leaves Enterprise as the only canon series…

      I did like Tom Hardy in Nemesis… but otherwise it was ridiculous. 😦

  2. stewartmoncure September 29, 2012 at 12:01 am #

    Hard to disagree with you on the movies, although I still have an affinity for 6. But, the best score of any of the Trek movies is The Motion Picture (although a third of the movie feels like a nifty special effects reel). Just classic.
    A thing about the Trek reboot is that it doesn’t completely invalidate the last 40 years of Trek tales (branching alternate realities are fun!), but I wonder how that will affect the next movie, especially if the rumors about who the villain is are true.

    • elizabeth ann September 29, 2012 at 12:09 am #

      Yes, I recall during my recent watching of The Motion Picture that the music stuck out. The only other piece of music I can recall is attached to IV, and has to do with the probe’s signal/the whale song.

      And yeah, it’s not invalidated… but not necessarily canon either- because they can go so many ways now. I find that very exciting.

      Undiscovered Country was a decent film. But as far as my favs… I’ve gotta stick to my guns with 2, 3, & 4. Though my love may be biased due to having been pulled from school to go see each of them… I think we even went to see 4 at Tower Theatre… I just remember be in the front row for that one and laughing cuz we should’ve been able to see nose hairs. Of course… I was very young then. 😉

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