On a recent Mac Power Users episode, David Sparks and Katie Floyd were trading their most and least favorite Star Trek movies1. I haven't given the series much thought in a while, and had some different opinions.2
- Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)
- Star Trek (2009)
- Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
- Star Trek: First Contact (1996)
- Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)
- Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)
- Star Trek Generations (1994)
- Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984)
- Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)
- Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)
- Star Trek: Insurrection (1998)
- Star Trek: Nemesis (2002)
Most people rank The Final Frontier as their least favorite of the set, but I don't mind it as a movie. It's my least favorite of the original series crew, but definitely not my least favorite overall.
I really like The Undiscovered Country. It was the first one I saw in theatres, having only recently gotten into Star Trek TNG around the same time, and it showed off the growing special effects capabilities of the industry with the older cast.
I also am a big fan of the reboot films. I think Chris Pine is a better Kirk than Shatner3, and the casting overall is spectacular. The writing is great and the integration of Leonard Nimoy as Spock' is a bonus. I get all of the timeline weirdness, and truthfully I don't care how/why they are where they are and how it's not the same as the original timeline. I'm not a purist.
Overall, the TNG cast films aren't my favorites. Once Frakes got ahold of the director's chair, the films became too much inside baseball and less about advancing the universe. Generations was good, mostly because of the Kirk. First Contact was really good. Insurrection was ok, but not good. The ending to Nemesis made me furious.4 It might be one of the only times I didn't enjoy Tom Hardy in a film.
though not very seriously↩
To be clear, I own all of them and would watch any of it were offered.↩
sacrilege, I know ↩
That whole movie made me furious. It should have been called Star Trek: Narcissist for how Picard-focused it was. I wanted so badly to like it, but ended up hating nearly every plot direction.↩