Star Trek Movie Rankings: The Indifinitive List – September 2016

It’s 2016. The 50th Anniversary of Star Trek.

Which raises the question: “Isn’t this website a defunct art blog?”

Short answer: Yes. But Inktober is coming up so I thought I’d get back into blogging/posting content on my website.

My friend jChris sent me this think-piece titled “The endless Star Trek franchise ages in reverse” by Jesse Hassenger, who identifies himself as a “not a true Trek fan at all.” (He’s only seen limited samplings of the TV shows) It was very fascinating to read how he ranked the films – especially the TNG cast films (Generations was dead last, Insurrection over First Contact). His reasoning makes sense in context but I knew after reading, I had to rank the Trek films myself. I was able to rank my top 8, because I could not in good conscious rank ones I haven’t seen or don’t remember that well.

I call my list the Indifinitive List for a reason: I want the rankings to change. Admittedly, I am biased towards TNG because it the first cast that I watched. The plan is to have my list evolve as I pit the Trek movies against each other as I watch and re-watch. At which point I’ll adjust my rankings and post it.

First up (see asterisks) is Search for Spock vs Generations. jChris thinks I ranked Generations higher because of TNG bias. I think he might be right.

Justin’s Trek Ranking – September 2016

  1. Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan (1982)
  2. Star Trek: First Contact (1996)
  3. Star Trek (2009)
  4. Star Trek Beyond (2016)
  5. Star Trek III: The Search For Spock (1984)*
  6. Star Trek: Generations (1994) *
  7. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)
  8. Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

Needs Re-watch: I’ve seen the following, but need to refresh my memory.
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)
Star Trek: Insurrection (1998)
Star Trek: Nemesis (2002)

Need to Watch: I haven’t seen the ones below, or if I have, I don’t remember them.
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)
Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)

PS – Do you use “PS” in blog posts? I don’t know, oh well

PPS – I realize now that I write that I am a TNG fan then go ahead an not rank 2 TNG movies. I’m a huge fan of the SHOW, but the last 2 TNG movies left a bitter taste in my mouth and I haven’t watched either in many years. I’ll rank them after I re-watch them reluctantly.

Challenge Accepted: Odo Fan Art

Another 2013 resolution (besides make something every week) is something I’m going to call “Challenge Accepted” – aka “Things that people say that I mistakenly interpret as a challenge and execute.”

My first unsuspecting challenger is Ben Rankel, amazing illustrator and graphic designer to-the-stars, who tweeted:

Challenge Accepted 01

 

Ever the lonely child, I mean Star Trek Fan, I had a Ratatouille-esque flashback of liquid CG – (T-1000, Odo, Alex Mack) and this is what I came up with:
Challenge Accepted 01 ODO

Mr. Rankel – I see your Odo, and raise you a Dax (Jadzia or Ezri)

Challenge Accepted,

Justin (@jsos)