Well, folks, this is it: a final debriefing. Before I leave the good ship Enterprise behind, I thought I’d take a moment to rank the franchise. On the whole, it’s been a consistent, and sometimes very surprising, set of movies – with a rich range of styles and stories. It’s shown me what science fiction can be and presented a view of the future that’s as exciting as it is thoughtful. In short, it’s been a hell of a voyage and I’m glad to have given the films a try. No other series can have its characters go back in time to save some whales one day (in the wonderfully wacky Voyage Home) then go to find God another (in the frankly underrated Final Frontier). Naturally, some entries are better than others, though I’d still argue all are worth seeing at least once – even the *tee hee* motionless picture.
Here’s my definitive order from best to worst:
- Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan
- Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
- Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
- Star Trek: First Contact
- Star Trek (2009)
- Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
- Star Trek Beyond
- Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
- Star Trek: Insurrection
- Star Trek Generations
- Star Trek: Nemesis
- Star Trek Into Darkness
- Star Trek: The Motion Picture
You can read my diary here, here, here, here and here. Thanks to you for taking the time to read this, and the guys for taking the time to watch them with me. Star Trek is all about community and bringing people together – as is this website. Until the next time, live long and prosper.