These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise
To boldly go with a
bigger budget, more impressive special effects and the odd big-name guest star
Background: After the original series was canned in 1969, Gene
Roddenberry and the crew of the starship Enterprise were eventually recalled to
active duty for a series of big- screen adventures in Paramount Pictures
attempt to jump on the Star Wars bandwagon of the late
First Run: The Motion Picture
premièred in late 1979, and was followed every two to three years, or
thereabouts, by succeeding, numbered theatrical gems. The latest,
Insurrection, made its début in 1998.
Number of Episodes: Nine to date. The first
six starred the cast of the original series, while The Next Generation
picked up the baton for the most recent three, with a little help from
stalwarts Shatner, Doohan and Koenig in number seven (Generations).
Good Guys: Apart from
the obvious (and if you dont know who they are where have you
been?), the Star Trek movies have featured a broad spectrum of good guys
including assassinated Klingon Chancellor Gorkon (ST VI), heavy-drinking
creator of the warp drive, Zefram Cochrane (ST VIII), and even a couple
of humpback whales (ST IV)!
Bad Guys: Where to begin? The
best are the deliriously mad Khan (ST II), and the sexy little
assimilator that is the Borg Queen (ST VIII). Honourable mentions must
go to the Shakespeare-spouting General Chang (ST VI), scheming Commander
Kruge (ST III), Nexus-loving Dr Tolian Soran (ST VII) and the
genocidal Ruafo (ST IX).
And Isnt That... These big screen Treks have attracted
plenty of recognizable faces, even if many of them have been rendered almost
unrecognizable. Christophers Lloyd and Plummer donned bumpy foreheads to be
Klingons Kruge and Chang respectively. Kirstie Alley and Sex and the
City star Kim Cattrall pointed their ears and plucked their eyebrows as
Vulcans Saavik and Valeris. Malcolm McDowell succeeded in killing Captain Kirk
in Generations, while Oscarwinning F Murray Abraham played the
stretchy-faced Ruafo in Insurrection.
Overdone Clichés: They
can change the colour of the uniforms, but those nameless ensigns are still
lambs to the slaughter.
Thankfully, the body-hugging beige outfits in The Motion Picture soon
gave way to rather fetching wrap-around burgundy jackets in the later films.
The advancing years of the original series crew were notable in The Final
Frontier, when they took to wearing warm pullovers with elbow pads.
Thankfully, The Next Generation returned fashion to the Enterprise with
their moody grey and black jumpsuits in First Contact.
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| Star Trek II: The Wrath of
A marvellous Trek romp, and a great action film in its own right. See it
just for Kirks empassioned, blood-curdling scream:
Star Trek: First Contact
Picard and co whip out the big guns and take on the big, bad Borg in
Treks most explosive blockbuster.
worst of the bunch is Star Trek: The Motion Picture. We all know what
the Enterprise looks like and we dont need to be reminded in an
achingly dull 10 minute fly-by that is supposed to compensate for a vacuous
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