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I Have Been Assimilated

Posted on July 4, 2009 by under Movies.    

It took about a month, but we did it. Now that I have watched all of the Star Trek movies, I can call myself a Trekker. I heard that they do not like to be called Trekkies, by the way.

Brian made me watch the first few, but I willingly watched the rest. We watched all of the movies in sequence. Well, except for the First Contact and Insurrection which we inadvertently watched in the incorrect order. It wasn’t of serious consequence though, because unlike the first six films, the movies with Captain Picard in them were all stand alone movies and didn’t have to be watched in strict order. The ones with Captain/Admiral Kirk in them, however, had to be watched in sequence in order to make sense. Otherwise, you just had a lot of questions like “How did they end up in a Klingon Bird of Prey in The Voyage Home?” Those sorts of questions.

Anyway, here are the movies listed in the correct order (spoilers alert):

  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)
    This is where the Starship Enterprise has its encounter with V’Ger, an evolved entity searching for its Creator. The film poses the questions of purpose. Why am I here? What is my purpose for being? Some heavy stuff.
  • Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
    This is where Ricardo Montalban shines as Khan, a genetically engineered human who survived the Eugenics Wars. After being exiled in Ceti Alpha V for several years, he is extremely pissed and now wants to kill Kirk.
  • Star Trek: The Search for Spock (1984)
    Spock dies in the previous movie, but isn’t actually dead. In this movie, Kirk and his loyal crew steal the Starship Enterprise to return to Genesis and rescue Spock. Kirk spars with Klingons and steals their Bird of Prey. Enterprise is blown to bits. Kirk and his crew use the Klingon ship to travel to Vulcan to put Spock back together.
  • Star Trek: The Voyage Home (1986)
    A mysterious alien power threatens Earth by evaporating the oceans and destroying the atmosphere. Humpback whales, extinct in the 23rd century, are the only beings able to communicate with the alien probe. Kirk and his crew go back in time to retrieve a couple of humpback whales from the past, bring them back to the present and save the planet. Mr. Scott is really funny in this one.
  • Star Trek: The Final Frontier (1989)
    This is where Sybok, who also happens to be Spock’s exiled half brother, and his rag-tag army of followers capture the Starship Enterprise in order to travel to the center of the Galaxy in search of the Supreme Being. This is one of my least favorite in the series. It was a little weird and I just didn’t get it. I may need to watch it again.
  • Star Trek: Generations (1994)
    This may have been the pivotal, “passing of the baton” film but, I have to say, is my least favorite Star Trek film of all. It had several moments I found boring. Plus, the whole rift thing was a little weird for me. Shatner’s cheesy overacting was glaringly obvious next to Stewart’s good acting. Although, Brian says they made Picard look like a wimp. A terrible injustice to perhaps the best leader the Federation has ever known. Also, I expected better action and better effects from a movie released in 1994. The movie could have been better.
  • Star Trek: First Contact (1996)
    A good recovery after Generations. Lots of great action. This is where Picard and his crew prevent the Borg from assimilating Earth and also ensure that First Contact, a significant historical event, takes place.
  • Star Trek: Insurrection (1998)
    Picard finds himself disobeying Starfleet and going against the Prime Directive in order to save the peaceful Baku from the Sona, who turn out to be their own progeny. The Sona devised an elaborate plan to relocate the Baku to another planet and take over the Baku’s planet in order to reap its regenerative properties. Picard and his crew restore peace and reunite the Baku and Sona people.
  • Star Trek: Nemesis (2002)
    This is my favorite out of the four movies with the Next Generation crew. Good plot twists. Lots of tricks. The actor who played praetor Shinzon did a great job as Picard’s clone/nemesis. Loved the part where the Enterprise rams into the Warbird, taking Shinzon and his crew completely by surprise. Picard and his crew successfully prevent Shinzon from annihilating earth. This significant event paves the way for cooperation between humans and Romulans.

So there you have it. Having seen the J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek movie of 2009 before taking on watching all the other Star Trek movies in sequence, we are now officially caught up. Can’t wait for the next one!

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