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Wednesday, September 10 12:00 PM ET

Star Trek Movie Marathon Redux

By Brian Briggs

In case you missed it yesterday, I watched all ten Star Trek movies in a row to commemorate the 42nd anniversary of Star Trek's debut on TV.

The alarm went off at 4 am and by 4:30 I had started with Star Trek: The Motion Picture by 11:30 pm Star Trek Nemesis began to roll. I'd like to share some thoughts from the eighteen-and-a-half hour viewing experience.

Most Surprising Moment of the Day: How touched I was when Kirk died in Generations. Now that I've seen all the episodes from the original series, it made a deeper impact on me than I though it would.

Worse than Expected: Star Trek: The Motion Picture I knew it was an odd-numbered movie, so my expectations weren't stratospheric, but it failed to reach even my low expectations for it. The '70s sci-fi set design and worst uniforms of the franchise disappointed. The plot didn't deliver and the acting left much to be desired. I needed something better at its 4:30 am start time.

Better than Expected: Star Trek V: The Final Frontier This one benefited from extremely low expectations. It's the lowest ranked movie in the series on IMDb, but it wasn't as awful as I expected. I still rank it as one of the worst in the series, but it beat my lowered expectations.

Most Like a Two-part TV Episode: Insurrection Maybe it was the absence of established villains like Klingons or Borg, or maybe it was the familiar plot. This one just didn't do it for me. It didn't break the threshold of being a true movie.

Favorite Lines of the day (that weren't from Moby Dick):

The Wrath of Khan: "Let them eat static."

The Search for Spock: "Klingon bastard! You killed my son!"

The Voyage Home: "Hello computer."

The Final Frontier: "I liked him better before he died."

The Undiscovered Country: "You haven't heard Shakespeare until you've heard it in the original Klingon."

Generations: "Ugh! Human females are so repulsive."

First Contact: "Assimilate this!"

Insurrection: "In the event of a water landing, I have been designed to act as a flotation device."

Nemesis: "Ladies and gentlemen and invited transgender species."

Final Ranking (from favorite to least favorite):

  1. The Wrath of Khan (II)
  2. First Contact (VIII)
  3. The Undiscovered Country (VI)
  4. The Voyage Home (IV)
  5. Generations (VII)
  6. Nemesis (X)
  7. The Search for Spock (III)
  8. Insurrection (IX)
  9. The Final Frontier (V)
  10. The Motion Picture (I)

Once again, I want to thank everyone who stopped by during the day to share the experience with me. Now I need to find another series I can watch in a marathon!

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