On today's edition of DVDuesday, Chris Gore talks about the Blu-Ray edition of Star Trek: The Original Series, in advance of JJ Abrams' Star Trek, which comes out next Friday, May 8th. So, it got me thinking...if you had to pick the Top 3 films in the Trek franchise, how would you do it? And then, to make it more difficult for me, I decided to omit the obvious best film in the series, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, because that would be like comparing Michael Jordan to the Washington Generals*.
So, here we go. In order of quality.
1. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986) - This time-travel Trek story involves traveling back in time to modern-day Earth (when modern-day was 1986) to bring home a humpbacked whale, in the hopes that it will communicate with an alien that only speaks whale, and is hell-bent on destroying 23rd Century Earth. It's funny, it features a newly reborn Spock renewing his friendly rivalry with 'Bones' McCoy, and the single best Scotty moment in history, as he tries to interact with what, to him, is an ancient computer.
2. Star Trek: First Contact (1996) - I have one word for you, Star Trek fans. Borg. Yes, this is the movie that features the final confrontation between the Next Generation cast and the greatest villains in the Trek universe, the hive-minded Borg. Almost makes you forget the original cast, this one is so good.
3. Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991) - The Undiscovered Country that the title refers to is death, which is only part of this sort of murder mystery version of a Trek movie's appeal. Probably most notable for Shatner's awesome fight with David Bowie's wife Iman on the slave moon of Rura Penthe, the best work in this film belongs to Christopher Plummer, who plays the Shakespeare-loving General Chang.
That's it for the Top 3. Hope you like them. Also, if you're planning on seeing the new Star Trek, let me know what you think of it, and what you expect from it. I'm very interested. Goodbye for now!
*The Washington Generals are the team that the Harlem Globetrotters play against every night. They last won a game in 1971.