Top 10 Star Trek Movie Moments

I’ve got my Star Trek Into Darkness IMAX 3D tickets for this Saturday. Given that we’re the most popular movie blog … in the world … you’ve already read Groomsman Justin’s plot predictions. Well, in anticipation of what many are saying is a spectacular addition to the Trek canon, I’ve made my list of top 10 Trek Movie moments.

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10. Pointy Ears (Star Trek VIII: First Contact)

How did we not see this coming? Of course Vulcans are the first aliens that humanity encounters. It’s fitting. It’s sweet. It’s logical.

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9. Nuclear Wessel (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home)

This scene sums up the comedic chemistry of the original crew. Chekov, the Russian navigator of the Enterprise, asks a woman where the “nuclear wessels” are located, while a San Fran cop looks on. (There are many other scenes … LDS, Vulcan neck pinch, transparent aluminum, “hello computer,” “double dumbass,” hospital rescue)

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8. Any Picard Monologue (Star Trek VII – X)

You know the ones: speech on the bridge of the crashed Enterprise; the, “We fall back” monologue as the Borg take the ship (brilliantly referenced by South Park); words of encouragement to Wolverine; the heroic plea with his younger self, played by Tom Hardy; etc. etc.

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7. Final Flight (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)

We see the Enterprise do one last battle with a Shakespeare quoting, bald-headed, one-eyed Klingon (Christopher Plummer). Captain Sulu comes to the rescue. The Enterprise crew facilitates intergalactic peace. And the fans are given a wonderful send-off into the sun(set).

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6. Ricardo Montalban’s Chest (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan)

No, it’s not a prosthesis. AND. Montalban was 61 at the time of filming. Uh huh. I bet you feel fat now, and you should.

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5. Birth of the Son/Death of the Father (Star Trek XI, JJ Abrams)

With the death of Kirk’s father (you know, the guy who plays Thor), this prologue single handedly re-boots the franchise. In a matter of minutes, JJ sets the emotional tone for the movie, aided by a mostly recycled “Lost” theme from Michael Giacchino.

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4. Zero Zero Zero, Destruct, Zero (Star Trek III: The Search for Spock)

This is a big deal, folks. The death of the Enterprise … and rivaled by what is possibly Christopher Lloyd’s finest acting moment, “Get out!!!! Get out of there!!!! Get out!!!!”

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3. Reliant vs. Enterprise (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan)

The fact that this is one of the best space battle sequences in cinema is only undermined by, once again, Khan’s chest. And a word of advice to Kirk … General Order 4 is a Starfleet regulation for a reason. One other little tidbit – Khan and Kirk never actually meet face-to-face, in person, throughout the entire movie. Think about it. Deep stuff.

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2. Theft of the Enterprise (Star Trek III: The Search for Spock)

Kirk & Co. disobey Starfleet orders and steal the Enterprise. (I know, right? How do 5 people hijack and pilot a Starship). And they’re pursued by the superior USS Excelsior, in all its transwarp glory. C’mon, for a moment you thought those space dock doors weren’t actually going to open.

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1. The Death of Spock (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan)

OF COURSE THIS IS NUMBER ONE … the imminent destruction of the Enterprise and her crew, the “no-win” situation (and source material for both JJ Trek movies), monologues and Herman Melville, life, death, rebirth, and a glass wall.  Did I cry when I watched this at age six? No. Do I cry now? Yes, yes I do. All of this drama is coupled with James Horner’s breakthrough score, which was responsible for a career that has spanned three decades.

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