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05.17.2013by: Alex Maidy

The Ten Spot: Favorite Star Trek Movie Moments (Video Edition)

With STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS opening everywhere it seemed appropriate to look back at the four decades of big screen STAR TREK adventures. It used to be only the even numbered TREK movies were any good, something that was shattered when the sucky INSURRECTION and NEMESIS were released back to back. But, even in the bad movies there are some great moments and this list comprises a favorite from each movie. If your favorite is not listed here, please mention it in the talk backs below! Live long and prosper!

#11 - Tom Hardy was in Star Trek??? (STAR TREK: NEMESIS)

Despite appearances from both Tom Hardy and Ron Perlman, STAR TREK: NEMESIS still managed to suck balls. But, if you go back and just watch Hardy's scenes as the Picard clone Shinzon, you will see the budding talent that would go on to become Bane and Mad Max. The rest of NEMESIS was worthless, but not as bad as...

#10 - The Riker Maneuver (STAR TREK: INSURRECTION)

Yeah, STAR TREK: INSURRECTION is a low point in the franchise. As soon as Picard started dancing by himself, I knew we were in for a lackluster TREK movie. But, when Riker shaved his beard and took manual control of the Enterprise using what looks like a Microsoft joystick, we hit rock bottom. The stupid joystick ruined an otherwise decent space battle, but is such a ridiculous detail that I had to include it here.

#9 - Disco Bones (STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE)

STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE wanted to be as elegant and ominous as 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY but instead felt like it was filmed entirely in slow motion. As a story, THE MOTION PICTURE is not terrible, just bloated and way too serious. I still don't understand why their uniforms have handles as belt buckles, but I do know my favorite scene was the return of Doctor McCoy. When he shows up, he does not want to be there at all. In fact, it looks like they beamed him up from the line outside of Studio 54. Complete with beard, chest hair, and a gold medallion, Bones looked ready to party.

#8 - Help us or die (STAR TREK III: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK)

THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK always felt like THE WRATH OF KHAN 2 to me. I never questioned whether it was a good or bad movie, just that I enjoyed the hell out of watching it right after the second film. The awesome Kirk we met in the second film is here again. After having a battle on the surface of Genesis with Christopher Lloyd as Klingon commander Kruge and destroying the Enterprise, Kirk beams aboard the Kruge's bird of prey and delivers the above ultimatum to the remaining Klingon. He follows it up with a nice "I'll kill you later". What a badass.

#7 - Reboot (STAR TREK)

No one was quite sure if J.J. Abrams reboot of Gene Roddenberry's universe was going to work or not, but the trailers looked pretty awesome. Once we finally got to see STAR TREK, we knew this was not our parents' Starfleet. The opening space battle that featured the birth of James Tiberius Kirk and the death of his father, played by future Thor Chris Hemsworth, was a brilliantly conceived sequence that set the tone for the movie to follow. I love the scientific accuracy that was brought to making this take on STAR TREK seem more realistic than ever before.

#6 - What does God need with a starship? (STAR TREK V: THE FINAL FRONTIER)

THE FINAL FRONTIER is the worst of all the movies featuring the original crew. In fact, it is so bad that it isn't even a surprise that it was directed by William Shatner. The storyline, which focuses on Spock's brother searching for God at the center of the galaxy, is ridiculously convoluted and poorly written. Aside from the scene featuring Kirk, McCoy, and Spock singing Row, Row, Row Your Boat while camping, the most memorable scene is when they actually meet "God" who wants to borrow the Enterprise. Kirk's response will go down as the highlight of this otherwise bad movie.

#5 - Picard meets Kirk (STAR TREK: GENERATIONS)

When THE NEXT GENERATION crew finally made it to the big screen in 1994, fans geeked out at the idea of seeing Kirk and Picard share the screen. While it did end up being a bit of a letdown, it will still be an incredible moment in movie history as the baton was passed from William Shatner to Patrick Stewart. Plus, the Enterprise crashing was a pretty cool scene, but nothing will match the two captains appearing face to face.

#4 - The Battle of Khitomer (STAR TREK VI: THE UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY)

As the final outing of the original crew on the big screen, THE UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY took a very different approach to STAR TREK and told a conspiracy thriller set within Starfleet. Featuring Kirk making out with another alien babe, Shakespeare in the original Klingon, and an awesome villain in Christopher Plummer's Chang, the sixth TREK is one of my favorite movies in the series. The battle sequence between the Enterprise, the Excelsior (Captain Sulu!), and Chang's Bird of Prey, is one of the best in any of the films.

#3 - Nuclear Wessels (STAR TREK IV: THE VOYAGE HOME)

I keep getting into arguments with people who say that THE VOYAGE HOME is garbage. I friggin love the fish out of water humor of the Enterprise crew being stuck in 1980s San Francisco. STAR TREK has always had a sense of humor and here it actually works. As the lone STAR TREK movie to be Enterprise-less, Leonard Nimoy's second outing as director makes me smile every time I see it. Sure, Scotty talking into a PC mouse saying "Hello computer" is good as is Kirk telling a driver "Double dumbass on you!", but the best moment in the whole movie is Chekhov asking if anyone knows where to find the "nuclear wessels". If THE VOYAGE HOME is remembered for anything, let it be this.

#2 - Picard's White Whale (STAR TREK: FIRST CONTACT)

Patrick Stewart had some major moments of acting brilliance on THE NEXT GENERATION (see here and here), but the pinnacle of his Picard awesomeness came in FIRST CONTACT when he revealed his hatred of the Borg. Stewart is a phenomenal actor, but this is by far the best monologue delivered by anyone in any STAR TREK movie. The rage he has kept under control through the film finally bleeds through and he declares that "the line must be drawn heah!". Absolutely amazing moment. And only second to...

#1 - Khaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan! (STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN)

Was there any doubt this would be at the top of the list? By far the most iconic moment from any STAR TREK movie was Kirk being stranded by his enemy and then shouting his immortal "Khaaaaaaan!". What preceded and followed this guttural scream will remain the best STAR TREK movie of all time. Who knows, maybe STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS can take that crown, but I doubt it. The combination of action and a story that didn't get ahead of itself along with one hell of a gutpunch for an ending is and forever shall be a classic.

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1:42PM on 05/18/2013
Really? You pick one of the dumbest and most out of character moments in all of Star Trek? What's next? The dunebuggy scene from Nemesis? Spock freefalling from Into Darkness?
Really? You pick one of the dumbest and most out of character moments in all of Star Trek? What's next? The dunebuggy scene from Nemesis? Spock freefalling from Into Darkness?
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9:32PM on 05/17/2013

What a great way to start

not just a movie but reimagine the series.

This grabbed me and never let me go... although I was already holding on myself! But my girl at the time was just wowed from this start and absolutely loved it. JJ is amazing
not just a movie but reimagine the series.

This grabbed me and never let me go... although I was already holding on myself! But my girl at the time was just wowed from this start and absolutely loved it. JJ is amazing
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7:26PM on 05/17/2013

Wrath O' Kahn....

Still the best Star Trek of all of them.

Simply amazing and my fave!
Still the best Star Trek of all of them.

Simply amazing and my fave!
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7:25PM on 05/17/2013

Home Again, Home Again...

Another great movie and probably ranks #3 in the series for me.

Alot of fun!
Another great movie and probably ranks #3 in the series for me.

Alot of fun!
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7:24PM on 05/17/2013

To Be...Or Not To Be...

Ranks as my 2nd fave Star Trek Movie.
Ranks as my 2nd fave Star Trek Movie.
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7:15PM on 05/17/2013

Ha, Ha...

I agree...worst of the movies with the original cast. Working subtitle to "Star Trek: Undiscovered Country" should've been "Star Trek VI, The Apology".
I agree...worst of the movies with the original cast. Working subtitle to "Star Trek: Undiscovered Country" should've been "Star Trek VI, The Apology".
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7:12PM on 05/17/2013

Good Stuff...

Another great scene. What real friends would be all about!
Another great scene. What real friends would be all about!
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7:09PM on 05/17/2013

Great Memories and Fun Stuff...

One of my favorite moments from ST:TMP. I was always a sucker for the Kirk/Bones/Spock relationship. Hell, the relationship between all the crew members. It's one of the enduring things that make Star Trek great.
One of my favorite moments from ST:TMP. I was always a sucker for the Kirk/Bones/Spock relationship. Hell, the relationship between all the crew members. It's one of the enduring things that make Star Trek great.
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2:43PM on 05/17/2013
Thanks for the 10 spot Alex, one of my favorites.
Thanks for the 10 spot Alex, one of my favorites.
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2:40PM on 05/17/2013
Spock's colorful [link]
Spock's colorful [link]
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2:39PM on 05/17/2013
One of my favorite teaser trailers was for this.
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One of my favorite teaser trailers was for this.
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2:36PM on 05/17/2013
and this toppled Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade off the top of the Box Office..
and this toppled Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade off the top of the Box Office..
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1:48PM on 05/17/2013

No

No Spock death? No reunion between Kirk and Spock at the end of 3? No final sign off from Undiscovered Country? No Spock's arrival to the Enterprise in The Motion Picture? Any scene from Trek V before the incredible opening to Abrams' first Trek film?

But you do include a scene from Nemesis and Insurrection, and most everything else is an insult or joke at the films' expense. Fuck this list.
No Spock death? No reunion between Kirk and Spock at the end of 3? No final sign off from Undiscovered Country? No Spock's arrival to the Enterprise in The Motion Picture? Any scene from Trek V before the incredible opening to Abrams' first Trek film?

But you do include a scene from Nemesis and Insurrection, and most everything else is an insult or joke at the films' expense. Fuck this list.
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12:25PM on 05/17/2013

Fun Fact

The explosion of the Klingon vessel fro Undiscovered country was used again during Generations. The movies were released 3 years apart.
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The explosion of the Klingon vessel fro Undiscovered country was used again during Generations. The movies were released 3 years apart.
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[link] STG
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12:34PM on 05/18/2013
Hard to believe, but it was because of budgetary issues...
Hard to believe, but it was because of budgetary issues...
2:03PM on 05/17/2013
Maybe Warbirds only explode a certain way.
Maybe Warbirds only explode a certain way.
11:45AM on 05/17/2013
Oh Man, I just love this movie!
Oh Man, I just love this movie!
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11:43AM on 05/17/2013
Haha, Disco Bones.
Haha, Disco Bones.
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10:54AM on 05/17/2013

THAT SCENE

That first scene from star trek reboot it s so awesome and feel how was a made with heart, I hope JJ give us a great Star Wars film ...
That first scene from star trek reboot it s so awesome and feel how was a made with heart, I hope JJ give us a great Star Wars film ...
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9:58AM on 05/17/2013

The Riker maneuver

No Geordi the Riker maneuver is him sitting down weird for 7 seasons and nobody notices
No Geordi the Riker maneuver is him sitting down weird for 7 seasons and nobody notices
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8:07AM on 05/17/2013
And don't forget that, for the most part, the people they're talking to were NOT actors, but bystanders filmed with semi hidden cameras...
And don't forget that, for the most part, the people they're talking to were NOT actors, but bystanders filmed with semi hidden cameras...
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7:59AM on 05/17/2013
Never realised Grady (Jessica Fletcher's nephew... 'Murder She Wrote') was on the Enterprise...
Hehehe
Never realised Grady (Jessica Fletcher's nephew... 'Murder She Wrote') was on the Enterprise...
Hehehe
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7:19AM on 05/17/2013
I grew up with reruns of the Original Series, lapped up every episode of TNG and DS9, faithfully followed the (IMO) weaker Voyager and Enterprise. I suppose I am what would be called a classic Trekker and I love what JJ Abrams has done to the franchise, it is Star Trek FOR the next generation. And that's fine with me.
I grew up with reruns of the Original Series, lapped up every episode of TNG and DS9, faithfully followed the (IMO) weaker Voyager and Enterprise. I suppose I am what would be called a classic Trekker and I love what JJ Abrams has done to the franchise, it is Star Trek FOR the next generation. And that's fine with me.
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8:02AM on 05/17/2013
I second your opinion, totally...
I second your opinion, totally...
7:12AM on 05/17/2013
Wonderful scene where the crew are looking up at the Enterprise crashing towards Earth and Kirk says, 'Oh Bones, what have I done?'
Wonderful scene where the crew are looking up at the Enterprise crashing towards Earth and Kirk says, 'Oh Bones, what have I done?'
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7:11PM on 05/17/2013
"What you always do...what you had to do!"

AMEN!
"What you always do...what you had to do!"

AMEN!
7:09AM on 05/17/2013
I can't look at the scene anymore and not think of Disco Stu
I can't look at the scene anymore and not think of Disco Stu
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6:51AM on 05/17/2013
Admittedly I didn't think Insurrection was all that bad; yes the joystick scene is horrible but for me the wost scene is them singing 'A British Tar'.
Admittedly I didn't think Insurrection was all that bad; yes the joystick scene is horrible but for me the wost scene is them singing 'A British Tar'.
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6:38AM on 05/17/2013
The alternate ending on Blu Ray is so much better and a more fitting end to the TNG crew.
The alternate ending on Blu Ray is so much better and a more fitting end to the TNG crew.
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6:35AM on 05/17/2013
While the first one will always be referred to as 'The Motionless Picture', effects wise it still holds up pretty well. Watched it on remastered Blu Ray recently and I was pleasantly surprised, bored, but pleasantly surprised :)
While the first one will always be referred to as 'The Motionless Picture', effects wise it still holds up pretty well. Watched it on remastered Blu Ray recently and I was pleasantly surprised, bored, but pleasantly surprised :)
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7:53AM on 05/17/2013
I agree... Such a shame they didn't 'upgrade' the director's cut for HD... Less boring and nice new FX shots...
I agree... Such a shame they didn't 'upgrade' the director's cut for HD... Less boring and nice new FX shots...
6:31AM on 05/17/2013
Useless bit of information:
Quark delivered the same(ish) lines in the final episode of DS9
Useless bit of information:
Quark delivered the same(ish) lines in the final episode of DS9
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2:41PM on 05/17/2013
very true :)
very true :)
8:08AM on 05/17/2013
NOTHING is useless, if it's about Star Trek ;-) !
NOTHING is useless, if it's about Star Trek ;-) !
6:28AM on 05/17/2013
"Who am I to argue with the captain of the Enterprise"
One of my all time favorite Star Trek lines ever
"Who am I to argue with the captain of the Enterprise"
One of my all time favorite Star Trek lines ever
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1:17AM on 05/17/2013
As much as I love the "KHAAAAAN" moment, it's a travesty that Spock's death in the same movie didn't take the top spot. "Live long and prosper"! It still brings a tear to my eye!
As much as I love the "KHAAAAAN" moment, it's a travesty that Spock's death in the same movie didn't take the top spot. "Live long and prosper"! It still brings a tear to my eye!
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7:30PM on 05/18/2013
Good call. But there were a lot of great scenes in that movie that could have made the list.
Good call. But there were a lot of great scenes in that movie that could have made the list.

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