I saw the original Star Trek in the sixties, first run (Yes. I *AM* older than dirt) When Star Wars opened in theaters, the movie’s popularity revived the Trek industry and gave hope to fans.
I didn’t connect with the newer versions, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager. They just didn’t trip my trigger. At least not until 2009.
The City on the Edge of Forever-Apr 1967
Kirk falls in love, suffers loss, and cusses. Can’t beat that.
For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky-Nov 1968
Overly dramatic maybe, but that phrase gave me chills and branded the scene of the old man speaking the lines in my mind.
Star Trek, The Motion Picture-1979
A reviewer called this movie the greatest film of all time. He was a Trek enthusiast and no doubt had to eat his words and slink by his press co-workers forever. But this was the big toe testing the water for the ST franchise. I loved it for the realism.
Star Wars was a movie.
Star Trek was *real*. The transporter scene nailed it for me.
Star Trek II, The Wrath of Khan-1982
Science Fiction at its finest. “Two dimensional thinking”, Kobayashi Maru, “I don’t believe in a no-win scenario”, “Hours instead of days”. The humor inserted throughout the script is as if they are old friends having a private laugh. And yes, I bawl every time at the end.
Star Trek, JJ Abrams-2009
I didn’t expect to love this version of Trek but it was a done deal by the end. Excellent script with actors who emulate the gestures and tones of the originals. Witness Zachary Quinto slightly hunched walk that looks exactly like Leonard Nimoy. The best quote? “I’ve got your gun.” I anticipate that scene like a kid waiting for dessert.
Favorite characters? Captain Kirk as played by both William Shatner and Chris Pine.
Scotty as played by both Simon Pegg and James Doohan.