After fifty years, six TV shows, and thirteen films… it’s safe to say Star Trek has become a fundamental pillar of our culture. The best Star Trek series make us reexamine ourselves and our society, which has been key to the franchise’s ability to stay in our hearts and minds after so many years. Really, Star Trek has the capacity to be just about any genre it wants: an exploration show, an action thriller, or a character piece. Anything works, as long as the writing and acting are good enough.
But sometimes… the quality of Star Trek varies. After all, with hundreds of episodes produced they can’t all be “City on the Edge of Forever.” Sometimes you get a “Threshold” or a “Spock’s Brain.” But which series are the best? And for that matter, how do they rank against the films? Well, now’s your chance to help us figure it out. Below, Trekkies ranked have every Star Trek series and movie ever released. Where do your favorites place? Check the list and vote for what you think are the best Star Trek series and movies!
A Cold War thriller that perfectly plays on the hopes and fears that came with the fall of the Iron Curtain. The film smartly doesn’t try to be Wrath of Khan, but instead plays with a murder mystery in space that ties into the very heart of its characters. It not only works as an engaging movie, but as a wonderful send-off for the original crew. Oh, and Captain Sulu rocked our world.
An action movie so well paced it’s hard not to be impressed. Picard’s quest for revenge as he's in danger of losing his future and his ship to the Borg is full of passionate moments, while the humor on the planet actually plays pretty well. Even Data’s new emotion trip is used to enrich his character and the story being told. But as well as the Borg Queen worked, her existence did take away from some of the menace of the collective.
Because the show wasn’t in the spotlight of the public zeitgeist the same way The Next Generation was, the writers of DS9 were free to do just about anything they wanted. What we got was a show that not only examined the dark underbelly of Gene Roddenberry’s utopian future, but gave us fantastic characters that grew tremendously over the course of seven years. Oh, and the Dominion War. The Dominion War was just amazing.
Voyager throws Star Trek into the deep end of the Delta Quadrant, with the crew struggling to return home for seven seasons. However, it almost never showed them in deteriorating conditions or questioning their ethics. Many of the characters also don’t get the growth or attention they deserved. But seasons 3, 4, and 5 were very solid TV, the Doctor and Seven of Nine really shined with some wonderful characterization, and it did succeed in giving us strange new worlds and civilizations.