What's Your Favorite Star Trek Film?
As J.J. Abrams' reimagining of Star Trek hits theaters on Friday, let's take a moment to reflect on the franchise's big-screen history.
Whether you're a Captain Kirk devotee or a sucker for the Next Generation crew, the 10 previous films have delivered tons of intergalactic adventure — granted, some more than others.
So we ask: What's your favorite Star Trek film? For those of you who are a little rusty, we've given a brief synopsis (um, spoiler alert?) of all the flicks below. Pick your favorite, vote in the poll and tell us why in the comments below. Make it so.
Check back Friday to see who wins and for all our coverage of the upcoming Star Trek movie!
Star Trek (1979)
James T. Kirk returns to command the upgraded Enterprise to stop a massive energy cloud advancing toward Earth.
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
After Kirk stops his plan to build a race of superhumans, Khan Noonien Singh (Ricardo Montalban) hijacks the U.S.S. Reliant and attacks the Enterprise while Kirk is leading a test flight with inexperienced Starfleet cadets. Plus: Spock dies. But not really.
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984)
Hoping to reunite Spock's body with his spirit, which was transferred to Dr. McCoy (DeForest Kelley), Kirk violates a quarantine law to steal the Enterprise and retrieve Spock's body from planet Genesis.
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)
Kirk and his crew find Earth under siege by a giant probe transmitting a destructive signal intended for extinct humpback whales. So they time-travel to pick up some whales that can answer the signal.
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)
Believing he is on a mission from God, Spock's emotional half-brother Sybok (Laurence Luckinbill) hijacks the partially retrofitted Enterprise-A and takes it to the Great Barrier at the center of the Milky Way.
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)
Facing an environmental disaster on their home planet, the Klingons attempt to make peace with the Federation. But just before the summit conference, Kirk and McCoy are arrested for the murder of the Klingon chancellor.
Star Trek: Generations (1994)
Kirk is presumed dead after an energy ribbon cuts a swath through the galaxy on the day of the maiden voyage of the newly commissioned Enterprise-B. Seventy-eight years later, Captain Jean Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) and his crew race against time to stop Tolian Soren (Malcolm McDowell), a scientist who wants to return to the ribbon to gain immortality.
Star Trek: First Contact (1996)
The crew of the Enterprise-E travels back in time to stop the Borg from preventing first contact between humans and Vulcans, thus destroying the Federation before its founding.
Star Trek: Insurrection (1998)
When Picard's superior officer, Admiral Dougherty (Anthony Zerbe), wants to relocate the Baku to gain possession of the medicinal cosmic radiation on their planet, the crew of the Enterprise aids a rebellion on the Baku homeworld.
Star Trek: Nemesis (2002)
Picard confronts the villainous new Romulan leader Shinzon (Tom Hardy), a younger genetic clone of Picard who kidnaps the captain to replenish his own DNA. Shinzon also uses a prototype of Data (Brent Spiner) to spy on the Enterprise while plotting to destroy Earth.