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Syfy Memorial Day Weekend Star Trek Movie Marathon + Watch Fans Hold Their Own “Trekathon” May 27, 2011

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Feature Films (TMP-NEM),Star Trek (2009 film) , trackback

Have you ever considered watching all of the Star Trek movies in one extended marathon viewing session? This weekend you can do just that watching Syfy (almost) with a marathon of nine Star Trek films. Detailed schedule below plus we have a fun time-lapsed video of a grooup of fans who just held their own "Trekathon."


Video: Fans Hold Their Own “Trekathon”

Last weekend a group of friends in Los Angeles sat down to watch all eleven Star Trek feature films in a row, grading each along the way. Watch the time lapse video here:

The Trekathon was organized by Athena Stamos and her boyfriend Brad Hansen. The idea actually came about after they and their friends did a marathon of all 25 James Bond movies earlier in the year (you can watch that on YouTube). Both Stamos and Hansen are contributors to Stamos tells TrekMovie that as big Trek fans, Star Trek was the natural choice for their next marathon.

Syfy’s Memorial Day Weekend Star Trek Movie Marathon

Syfy can help you do your own “Trekathon” as they kicks off summer with a Star Trek movie marathon. Over the weekend of May 28-30th Syfy will air all the original series movies and all the TNG movies except Insurrection. There are also a couple of TNG episodes thrown in. Here is the full schedule. You can fill in the gap by renting the remaining two Star Trek films and remember the 2009 Star Trek film is available on Netflix streaming.


Time Movie/Episode

Saturday, May 28th

09:30 AM   Star Trek: The Next Generation "The Defector"
10:30 AM   Star Trek: The Motion Picture
01:30 PM   Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan
04:00 PM   Star Trek III: The Search For Spock
06:30 PM   Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
09:00 PM   Star Trek VIII: First Contact
11:30 PM   Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan

Sunday, May 29th

02:00 AM   Star Trek: The Motion Picture
11:00 AM   Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
01:30 PM   Star Trek VIII: First Contact
04:00 PM   Star Trek X: Nemesis
06:30 PM   Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
09:00 PM   Star Trek VII: Generations
11:30 PM   Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

Monday, May 30th

08:00 AM   Star Trek: The Next Generation "The Price"
09:00 AM   Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
1:30 AM   Star Trek X: Nemesis
02:00 PM   Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
04:30 PM   Star Trek VII: Generations

Tuesday, May 31st

11:00 PM   Star Trek: The Motion Picture

Have you ever done your own Trekathon?

What about you? Have you ever watched all the Star Trek movies in a row in a short period of time? Does watching the films one after each other change perceptions of some of the films? Tell us about it in the comments below.


1. Jeyl - May 27, 2011

Glad to see some love for Star Trek III.

2. jotin - May 27, 2011


3. Darkowski - May 27, 2011

Boy I wish I had Syfy…
How come no Insurrection?

4. Towaway - May 27, 2011

Typical SyFy (pronounced per “Big Bang Theory”) programming. Wouldn’t a marathon be more enjoyable IN ORDER?! Frakking mindless dolts!

5. Bringbacktrekagain! - May 27, 2011

I did this at Kent State, all the movies up to Generations were shown I think it was at the time, talk about getting a headache. It was fun though.

6. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - May 27, 2011

Glad to see Syfy keeping with Scifi. Most especially Star Trek. With some Tng and Enterprise. I guess they have gotten the message from all of us fans. I may do my own marathon and watch all of the Trek Movies on Blurey. Except for TMP as I prefer the Directors Edition. Wish they would get that on Blurey.

7. Dr. Image - May 27, 2011

Nemesis and NO Insurrection?? WTF? At least INS was entertaining!
At a marathon years ago, after viewing TWOK and TSFS consecutively, it was the consensus that TSFS was in fact the better film…

8. Remington Steele - May 27, 2011

I remember in September 2006 having a star trek day at home for trek’s 40th birthday

Had three tv’s, the pc and a portable dvd player in different rooms in the house with different trek series/movies on all day in the different rooms.

The brother and myself were alternating between rooms watching bits here and there.

It sounds pure naff, but it was an absolutely great day. So cool switching between the rooms.

9. trekker 5 - May 27, 2011

Have I ever had a Trekathon? Yes,and it was awesome! :)

10. Rah - May 27, 2011

My life is a trek marathon

11. Browncoat1984 - May 27, 2011

I’ve never really done it but since I own them all on DVD/Blu ray now (series and movies) I easily could whenever I wanted to.

In fact I’d probably just watch them on blu ray over on SyFy. I was VERY disappointed one time when I turned on SyFy, they had First Contact on and it was in SD. I was like “screw this, I’m gonna go put my blu-ray in!”

12. Tiberius III - May 27, 2011

Back in the early nineties I worked in an appliance store like Best Buy. I took ST’s II, III, and IV and edited them so that they played as one long movie and played it on all 100 TV’s every day for months. I loved that job!

13. Kweeg - May 27, 2011

Meh… the Canadian chanel “Space” did all the Trek movies (‘cept the new one) last weekend (Victoria Day longweekend) all weekend.


14. Snugglepuff - May 27, 2011

Wish i had friends around here who would do that with me =(

15. Crusade2267 - May 27, 2011

Back when there were only 9 Trek movies, I watched them all in one marathon, because my Math teacher didn’t believe I could. I got up at 3 AM and finished Insurrection around 9 PM. I actually tried this once and failed, not because I was unwilling, but because my VCR broke halfway through Star Trek VI.

16. Crusade2267 - May 27, 2011

The second time it worked, though.

17. Let Them Eat Plomeek Soup - May 27, 2011

God, I want to do this!

No, I have never had a Trek marathon. Because my one friend hates Star Trek and doesn’t want anything to do with it, and all the Trekkies I meet are at least 20 years older than me, and I would feel stupid if I sat and watched all the films myself.

Ugh…I’m a closet Trekkie against my will.

Either way, I MUST watch first contact. Bad me for not buying it for 6 dollars when I could have.

18. Let Them Eat Plomeek Soup - May 27, 2011



19. trekker 5 - May 27, 2011

#10,Rah, :)

20. Geekette - May 27, 2011

Is it just me, but I like Final Frontier … it’s everthything I like, the troika and proper sci-fi. Just the end is crap – and even so a guy pretending to be god is crap .. love it.

21. Tiberius III - May 27, 2011

20. I agree and here’s why.

1. Everyone’s together and where they should be. (Proper stations)

2. We have the Enterprise. (1701-A, but that’s OK)

3. Bridge config just like TOS.

4. TOS audio effects. ( Bridge, Shuttlecraft, etc.)

5. TMP soundtrack.

STV may have had bad special effects and anticlimactic ending, but I think that it was more like an episode of TOS than any other movie. Just pure Star Trek. Loved it.

22. Desstruxion - May 27, 2011


23. James T. West - May 27, 2011

@ 20, 21

Thanks for embracing the good in ST V!

In addition to everything you mentioned…we have:

Assault phasers
Jerry Goldsmith score
Shat’s hot daughter and Harve Bennett cameos
“I lost a brother once. I was lucky enough to get him back.”
“I’ve always known, I’ll die alone”
and….Kirk Fu!!!!!

24. SciFiGuy - May 27, 2011

Just thinking about this makes my butt hurt.

And what is this thing you call “friends”? What is that? Oh! You must mean humans who will descend upon your dwelling and consume mass quantities of green beer and snackage…

25. Commodore Mike of the Terram Empire. - May 27, 2011

Trek 5 is a good rek Movie. May be at the bottom of the best list but still is good Trek. I wish that paramount or CBS would let the Shat or themsleves redo the Fx for Trek 5. That would make it a much better movie. Example. TMP was a good movie but with the Directors Edition it is now much better.

26. SciFiGuy - May 27, 2011

Why are they not showing them in order? The dorks!!!

27. CaptainDonovin - May 27, 2011

Done these a few times w/ movies & series. After the Star Trek Borg dvd collection I watched “The Neutral Zone”, then the borg eps from TNG, VOY, & First Contact, & “Regeneration” from ENT. That was a fun day.

28. Tiberius III - May 27, 2011

Bourbon and Beans. Part of my Memorial day menu. Lol.

29. Ian K - May 27, 2011

lol everybody left for Generations in the vid hahahah

30. SciFiGuy - May 27, 2011

They probably left because of the effects of the bourbon and beans…either that or they are members of the BBK movement…

31. Norman Bates - May 27, 2011

Channel 4 did this in the UK last year, no big deal…

32. John - May 27, 2011

Looking at the time stamp, the lighting and the changes in clothing, it appears that Generations was the following morning.

33. Dac - May 27, 2011

Insurrection worse than Final Frontier? Teh Frak?

34. Andy Patterson - May 27, 2011

I miss Twilight Zone marathons. Wish ScyFy was doing that too.

35. Rico - May 27, 2011

Awesome! Thanks for the heads up.

36. Kent Butabi - May 27, 2011

I always tend to put III and IV together and watch those.

II can be seen on its own

TMP is awesome by itself

V is my favorite

VI is a great stand alone

VII is meh

VIII is great!

IX is ok for me

X is ok for me

XI is great!

37. Andrew - May 27, 2011

I agree that Star Trek II and First Contact are the best followed closely by Star Trek (2009), but there is no way Insurrection is the worst! It is the one TNG movie that seems most like an expanded episode of the series. Plus it was cool for Picard to finally get some action. I would say Generations or Nemesis were worse than Insurrection.

38. Lt. Jones - May 27, 2011

What an epic adventure! I’d love to do this with friends and fans one day!

39. "Check the Circuit!" - May 27, 2011


And it was the only movie that had an opening “teaser” before the credits….adding to the effect of a TOS episode.

40. MDCasey627 - May 27, 2011

In 1991 the Crest Theater in Sacramento hosted a 25th Anniversary marathon of all the Trek films relased to that point. The films ran back-to-back with a short meal break between III and IV. Those of us who stayed all the way through received little pins with the words, “Sit long and prosper!”

41. Tiberius III - May 27, 2011

39. Right. Forgot about that.

BTW, I was just wondering. Was TMP the first movie based on a TV show?

42. Bren (Destructor!!!) - May 27, 2011

I don’t understand why people like Insurrection. It was a total stinker.
Writing, effects, and ESPECIALLY editting… just terrible. Nemesis may have felt a little heartless, but it’s infinitely more watchable than Insurrection, which is just complete crud, the low point of the franchise.

Yes, it was like a two part episode. But a very poor two parter, like how when you look at Time’s Arrow now without the veneer of childhood and the fun of it, it’s actually an incredibly cheesy episode.

Insurrection thoroughly deserved it’s place on the bottom of the list. Say what you like about The Final Frontier, but it at least had snappy dialogue and some great troika scenes.

43. Bren (Destructor!!!) - May 27, 2011

As for the first Film based on a TV show, I can’t be sure that it was the first, but there was a Doctor Who film (roughly based on the series, with similarly named characters played by different actors, the same props and aliens, but significantly altered backstory and framing) made in 1965.

44. Delma - May 27, 2011

I saw all 10 films between an early viewing of STXI and the actual release (when I saw STXI for the 2nd time) – about 5 days, I think. I’ll do it again for STXII – if it ever comes out! I am watching all the HP films with other fans as a countdown to DH2 starting Sunday via Twitter and Livestream. Check out if you are interested.

45. Admonisher - May 27, 2011

I love TREK V, warts and all, for many of the reasons cited above. I’ll take it over any of the TNG movies.

I can’t believe FIRST CONTACT tied for first! (Which is to say, I can’t believe it made it that high, not that it “didn’t win.”) Well, OK … I can believe it … but I also lament it. :-P Some nice scenes and moments in isolation, but it wasn’t what I wanted from a TNG film — especially not the “Borg Queen.”

46. Son of Sarek - May 27, 2011

#12 Tiberius – “An explosive combination”

Yes, I once played the movies, 1-9 consecutively one summer Saturday in 2002 from about 11AM until 1 or 2 in the morning. These were the single DVD versions, only the TMP Director’s Edition was available at that time. My friends watched intermittently for the duration. I hope to arrange another Blu Ray marathon a weekend or so prior to the next Trek movie in 2012.

47. Jerry Modene - May 27, 2011

There have occasionally been movies based on TV series, but they were usually extended versions of the shows – the Adam West “Batman” movie, for instance.

STTMP, however, was probably the first “big-budget” movie based on a TV show.

48. PromoBoy - May 28, 2011

Dark Shadows– 1970.
Movie made from popular gothic soap. (I believe they’re remaking it now with Johnny Depp?)

49. Jim Nightshade - May 28, 2011

Trek ff dont forget the uhuru fan dance heheh–also shats directing isnt too bad–more than a bit of a homage to leans lawrence of arabia–oh yeh n kirk shouting i need my pain—spocks antigrav rocket boots–sybok–etc..

50. Tiberius III - May 28, 2011

TMP on now. DEFINETELY better engine room than 09.

51. LJ - May 28, 2011

I actually agree with leaving Insurrection out, as I believe this to be the weakest of all the Trek films. At points, Insurrection was simply embarrassing (Data playing with the kids, the Gilbert and Sullivan routine, Worf’s zits, the mediocre village and ‘duckblind’ sets). The movie dealt with a very serious issue (ethnic cleansing and genocide), yet did so with a triteness that bordered on the blase.

The film was produced and released whilst the Dominion War was going on in DS9, yet little was made of this backdrop. The film would have been much better if the very existence of the Federation, its core values, and its continued existence as we know it had been put in peril. The obvious question the film should have asked was “at what price victory?”, much like DS9’s ‘In the Pale Moonlight”. Instead, we are left with the distinct impression that the Federation’s so-called ‘flagship’ was never even involved on the front lines, and merely – as it did all through TNG – zipped round Quadrant Zero space wherever condescension and a holier-than-thou attitude was needed.

While I can understand a reluctance to interfere with ongoing story lines, to make more of the Dominion War would have served as an entry point for more viewers to dip into DS9. Which may, in turn, have led to higher ratings for Enterprise (which would go on to be the strongest series since DS9, in later seasons).

Insurrection is the only Trek film I have seen where, on leaving the cinema, I wished I could have my money back. The whole film seemed childish and immature, and I believe that this (rather than directing and writing issues) led to the lack of success of Nemesis: simply put, Insurrection put the audience off further TNG films.

52. Kempec - May 28, 2011

No I can’t say that I have had a marathon of movies…but I did have a marathon party when Trek was celebrating it’s 25th birthday with a TOS marathon they had on television at the time.(The ones without all the fancy visual effects re-done.)

53. Red Dead Ryan - May 28, 2011

Unfortunately, “Insurrection” can also be called racist. The Ba’ku are all white, blonde-haired and blue-eyed, the ideal standard of Adolf Hitler’s Nazi/Aryan supremacist cause. They live in their own Utopia, where they reject outsiders. Plus you had the variation of the fountain of youth, which Hitler was probably also obsessed with. The Son’a, on the other hand, included other people of racial backgrounds. It may be why the Son’a

I don’t want to believe Michael Piller was a racist, but “Insurrection” is an unfortunate stain on his legacy.

Even Jonathan Frakes acknowledged the unfortunate Aryan tones.

54. Red Dead Ryan - May 28, 2011


That should read:

“It may be why the Son’a rebelled, though they had their own obsession with vanity.”

55. Shatoupee - May 28, 2011

Anyone remember the “sit long and prosper” Trek marathon in theaters?

56. Keachick (rose pinenut) - May 28, 2011

#53 The only racism I see in connection with Insurrection is what you have just written here. Anyway, it is not just the “white, blonde-haired and blue-eyed” people who can be accused of (blatant) racism. Ask my sons!

Insurrection was not a stinker. The parts of the movie that people complain are aspects of the film that I enjoyed. Some people appear quite joyless.

57. Schiefy - May 29, 2011

Since I am largely a TOS guy I did have a marathon with some co-workers a few years back–not all of them hung in there for all of the movies (I-VI plus “Space Seed”) but I did manage to get through them all…and as others have noted…”it was fun”

58. David G. - May 29, 2011

Did it in college … when there were only 4 movies available.

But right now I have a long-standing goal of watching an entire season/day of “24” in one day…..

59. Basement Blogger - May 29, 2011

It sounds great. I would like to see fans all over the world do things like this. It could be a great social gathering for regional Star Trek fans.

60. Starbase Britain - May 29, 2011

For the record, for me its the wrath of khan.

anyway, yesterday, i watched Star Trek 4 the voyage home. This is such a wonderful film and its full of fun, action and adventure.
There are so many great lines in this movie and also still topical today.
Im surprised its not in peoples top 2 more.
Star Trek doesnt get much better than The Voyage Home.
Greg UK

61. Magic_Al - May 29, 2011

I watched a bit of ST:V: The Final Frontier and noticed that SyFy blurred out the closeup of the Pioneer plaque because of its simple line drawing of naked human figures.

There are a lot of dumb TV edits of movies, but that has to be the number one dumbest TV edit I’ve ever seen. Whoever would object to that image doesn’t deserve to be accommodated.

62. Lazarus Nine - May 30, 2011

Nemesis better than Insurrection? Get out!

63. Sounders FC Fan - May 30, 2011

Did the “Genesis Trilogy” with my two best lady friends from Washington State University. GO COUGS!!!

64. Keachick (rose pinenut) - May 30, 2011

#61 Totally agree. It is unhealthy and juvenile to blur or pixilate out views of the naked human body and even stupider and more objectionable when it is of a simple line drawing.

It is not our nakedness per se, but what we do and say with the bodies we have been given that can deem us to be good, bad, indifferent, neutral… The vast majority of wickedness perpetrated on other human beings and/or other has been done by fully clothed individuals. Perhaps it is the wearing of clothes that may make mankind inherently sinful.

The Church has always been telling everybody to cover up. Has it made us any better as human beings, I wonder? Yes? No? Maybe?

65. Adam Bomb 1701 - May 31, 2011

@#41 – There was a “Dragnet” movie, in 1954, based on the TV series, which began in 1951. But, if you want to be really OCD, that may not be accurate, as “Dragnet” ran on radio first. There was the quickie 1966 “Batman” movie (made so the series could be sold overseas) and 1966’s “Munster Go Home” (shot in color, although the TV series was black and white.) But, “TMP” was the first big-budget movie based on a TV series. There were two “Dark Shadows” movies made, BTW – “House of Dark Shadows” in 1970 and “Night of Dark Shadows,” from 1971.
I think that TNT may hold TV rights to “Insurrection”, which is why it wasn’t included in the movie marathon.
And, the new effects in the “Director’s Edition” of “TMP” were done in 480p. To release them in high-def, they’d have to be re-done. Although I have no clue why they didn’t do them that way to begin with, as HDTV was beginning to make it’s mark back in 2000, when the “Director’s Edition” was made. Although on my HDTV, the movie still looks pretty darn good, even in 480.
@#34 – SyFy does a “Twilight Zone” marathon every New Year’s Eve and Day.

66. colorado_gamer - May 31, 2011

Once every other year or so I will invite some friends over to watch; Space Seed, II,III,IV and VI. We do it on a Sunday starting at 9am after some breakfast. Do some lunch after III and Dinner after VI. Always a great day and a good time. I think before 2012 Trek I will add on the episode, Unification I, II and 2009; make it a two day thing Saturday / Sunday and go see the 2012 on Sunday Night…

67. steve - May 31, 2011

Sci Fi on the sify channel………amazing!!

I tuned in the other day for the first time in ages
ultimate fighting……nuff said

68. Starbase Britain - May 31, 2011

#61 Magic Al

jeez, thats absolutely rediculous. what on earth were they thinking about.
im speechless!

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