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Musical Trek merchandise – Nemesis Deluxe Soundtrack released December 10, 2013

by Matt Wright , Filed under: Merchandise,Music , trackback

There is big news this week for fans of Star Trek soundtracks, is that the full soundtrack to Jerry Goldsmith’s  Star Trek: Nemesis is being released in an expanded deluxe edition by Varèse Sarabande. Also if you’ve ever wanted to play Spock’s Vulcan lyre now you can via iPad app.

With the release of the Nemesis expanded soundtrack this means that all the prime timeline Trek movies now have expanded scores available!  This is last the Star Trek, and one of his last soundtracks for the cinema in general, that Goldsmith scored before his death.

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The new deluxe soundtrack is a 2 CD limited edition set of 5,000 copies.

It will be available direct from Varèse Sarabande starting the week of January 6th for $24.98

Click for full details on the set and ordering information

 

The second little musical bit of merchandise, is the release of a Star Trek Vulcan Harp app for iPads. It’s getting quite a bit of good buzz. It is $1.99 on the Apple App Store.

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Details from the app store

Comments

1. jed - December 10, 2013

Worst Trek soundtrack ever!!!!!

2. Elias Javalis - December 10, 2013

Pre – ordered , “The Mines” and others are rare commodity!

3. James Cannon - Runcorn Trekkie UK - December 10, 2013

Preordered.
Shame the soundtrack is better than the film.

4. Remington Steele - December 10, 2013

How long before this turns into arguments about new movies versus old?

5. MJ - December 10, 2013

Thank God it;’s FINALLY out.

My kids and I are hoping that they release more Nexus stuff before the 25th.

F I N A L L Y

6. PEB - December 10, 2013

Is anybody watching Karl Urban’s cop show on fox? I started watching the episodes on demand last night. I like the concept, not sure what I feel about the show yet.

7. tallguyproductions - December 10, 2013

1. jed – “Worst Trek soundtrack ever!!!!!”

All that means is that all Star Trek soundtracks are awesome.

In less than five years we’ve gotten every note of TOS, all the TOS movies, all the TNG movies, and a much bigger chunk of TNG and DS9. And an expansion of the first JJ movie.

Astonishing.

8. Nony - December 10, 2013

@6 PEB

I’m watching. I think it’s really starting to come into its own, and Karl and Michael Ealy have fantastic chemistry. It should start building on the mysteries from the pilot and get a real plot arc going when it comes back after the break.

Ratings are not great, unfortunately. Trek fans should support it – it’s interesting near-future sci-fi, it’s got a great android character, and it’s giving Karl Urban the chance for character development he hasn’t gotten as Bones.

9. Theatre Historian - December 10, 2013

People can knock the film all they want, but Jerry Goldsmith is truly one of the all time great film score composers, and his impact on Trek is second to none.

Goldsmith gave Nemesis a impressive and powerful score, again say what you want for the film itself, but you cant seriously make a belivable argument that his Nemesis score was anything less than fantastic.

10. Smike - December 10, 2013

A really great time for Star Trek soundtrack aficionados. However I’m still waiting for a Voyager set featuring the awesome themes from “Scorpion” and an Enterprise set featuring Brian Tyler’s bombastic early contributions, esp. the Borg episode. And of course a TAS soundtrack would be neat. Still dreaming :-)

11. Smike - December 10, 2013

@1: No, it wasn’t a bad score per se. However, it missed out on a strong main theme. I guess it was due to Berman’s preference for sonic wallpaper instead of theme-driven scores. On the other hand, even Goldsmith wasn’t entirely fond of themes. His original TMP draft also lacked the majestic theme and was much more “post-modern”, closer to Goldsmith’s early 60s scores. So I guess it had to happen like that. But the NEM score had its moments, especially that call to arms/battlestations tune that was absent from the original CD release!

12. Smike - December 10, 2013

However, I’m glad Trek has returned to the theme-driven scoring with the Giacchino reboot scores. Themes are taking over again from mere wallpapering, not just with Star Trek but all major franchises! Brian Tyler’s recent Marvel scores are also much more theme-oriented than any of the “Phase 1″ scores. Doctor Who is also a good example…

13. Driver - December 10, 2013

I’ve got the SACD version of the original soundtrack. I wonder if SACD versions of all the soundtracks could be made. Probably not. Waiting for the expanded version of STID.

14. Theatre Historian - December 10, 2013

While he has scored some bad movies, Goldsmith in all of his vast resume of film and tv scores never made a bad score.
there is a reason why he is considered a master in his field.

And I disagree about his scores not being theme driven, i would argue his scores do so much more so than 99 percent of todays composers.

film to film each score JG has composed(trek or otherwise) has their own unique style and sound, yes there are the key signature goldsmith touches, and with the film series that he composed more than one movie for (again Trek or otherwise) certain character moments and themes are carried over, because it provides continuity.

Again say what you want for the film itself but Goldmsith did a great job with the score.

15. TrekMadeMeWonder - December 10, 2013

Personally, I would have led with the Vulcan Harp app story.

16. Phil - December 10, 2013

@15. Well, go to http://www.blogger.com and you can lead with anything you want when you write your own stories….

17. Phil - December 10, 2013

I can understand why the ratings for Almost Human are soft – essentially it’s a modern version of Pinocchio, and frankly, we have seen it before. Hollywood’s understanding of AI has robotics stuck in ‘useful marionette” mode, whereas the robot always aspires to be human. This is more fantasy then sci-fi now, as most people involved with AI and robotics know (not think) that it’s just a matter of time before machines become aware, and it’s at that moment they discover that they are better….and no longer have to be reduced to menial tasks, or being the human shield for cops. I’m sure there is some sci-fi out there exploring this, but it’s not Almost Human…or Star Trek, for that matter.

18. Son of Captain Garth - December 10, 2013

Yeah, I’m inclined to agree that the score for Nemesis was good–probably the best thing about it. Too bad all of that gorgeous sound can’t plug those gaping plot holes and obliterate those awful plot devices, or Berman’s unfortunate, “He’s as good as Khan” comments Shinzon, or the (unintentional?) Neil Diamond homage from the movie poster.

19. MJ - December 10, 2013

“or the (unintentional?) Neil Diamond homage from the movie poster.”

With that, they missed an opportunity to involve Diamond on the soundtrack…he could have reworked a couple of his songs”

“Sweet clone of mine”

“Forever in Green Blood”

“Shut off your heart-light”

20. Theatre Historian - December 10, 2013

The thing that is even more impressive about his score for Nemesis (and for Looney Tunes back in action for that matter) is he was fighting cancer when he composed the score.

21. Theatre Historian - December 10, 2013

Just want to point out that Star Trek Nemesis had its world premiere at the Chinese Theatre 11 years ago last night!

https://twitter.com/EmceeLeviTinker/status/410614876050952192/photo/1

22. Blue Thunder - December 10, 2013

I like Jerry Goldsmith and his remarkable music. He was the best movie music composer and conductor that ever lived.

23. DonDonP1 - December 10, 2013

With respect to naysayers, I love Jerry Goldsmith’s score to “Star Trek: Nemesis.” It was the final “Star Trek” motion picture to be composed by Jerry Goldsmith. May his music live long and prosper, especially for “The Next Generation” of musicians and music-lovers.

24. Vultan - December 10, 2013

The quality of the Trek movies may vary, but the music has always been either good or great. Not one of them I dislike.

25. K-7 - December 10, 2013

#21 Surely one of the great openings there…right up there with Lawrence of Arabia and The Godfather, right? ;-)

26. Hat Rick - December 11, 2013

The cover to this CD set may be one of the few official ST soundtracks not to feature either the crew of the Starship Enterprise or the starship itself. Someone correct me if I’m wrong.

27. Theatre Historian - December 11, 2013

Actually K-7
neither Godfather or Lawrence of Arabia opened there. But nice try.
And for the record the Nemesis premiere was actually quite a fun night, featuring a number of classic, TNG, DS9,VOY and Ent Trek cast members in attendance.

28. Mike C. - December 11, 2013

This soundtrack always seemed way too light, too synth-oriented for my taste.

I believe Goldsmith’s son helped him during the difficult health problems he was having at the time, and his son was showing him a lot of new, digital and synth sounds [DVD SE special features].

29. TheBlackArchives - December 11, 2013

Not the best of the scores but way better than ST5: The Final Frontier.

30. SoonerDave - December 11, 2013

@28

You beat me to the punch :)

Goldsmith’s son did, indeed, help him finish the score on Nemesis. While it lacked the general thematic power of the TMP score (and what score really could, in all honesty), I thought this was a very nice score.

I was/have never been as down on Nemesis in general as have many Trek fans; No, it wasn’t a great movie by any means, but it was a decent movie that fell victim to bad timing and a ploddingly uninteresting story…beyond that, folks had just gotten tired with Trek. It was no longer the “hard luck TV franchise that was overlooked in 60’s ratings,” it was the “rebooted old TV franchise that’s run out of good stories to tell.” And Stuart Baird’s rather pointless direction (and apparently unapologetically adversarial relationship with the cast) didn’t help, either. The downside was that it boiled down to “Big bad guy with big, bad ship” enemy Trek movie, which has been done two more times in the Abrams Rebootiverse….

Goldsmith’s score is very good, but I think I’m holding off on this purchase.

31. Robman0908 - December 11, 2013

7. tallguyproductions – December 10, 2013

not to nitpick, but not all the TNG films have recieved an expanded release in the last 5 years. Still waiting on Insurrection and Generations

32. Tomh, Esq. - December 11, 2013

@30

Expanded scores for both Generations and Insurrection are available from GNP Crescendo Records.

I have them, and they’re well worth it for any Trek soundtrack fan.

33. OneBuckFilms - December 11, 2013

This score is a pretty good Goldsmith score, which means it’s pretty great, IMHO.

The main theme for Shinzon really doesn’t get a chance for a full blooded performance in the score until the End Credits, but it’s definitely present, and it has a haunting quality that stands out to me.

There is a sense of calm sadness, outside the Shinzon and Romulan material, that captures the sense of this being the last mission, which works well.

The action material is excellent as well, with a massive, heavy march-to-war feel in the third act (look at the sequence where the Scimitar fires on the Enterprise, knocking her out of warp as they head into the rift), and some real pulse-pounding material for the Argo chase on Kolaris III.

There’s also some nice use of “Blue Skies” in the end credits, harkening back to Data singing it at Riker’s wedding.

A somewhat underappreciated score, I suspect due to the lukewarm response to the movie (which is okay, IMHO, but not great).

I’ve had it pre-ordered for a while, and suspect it will sell out fairly fast at the 5k units.

34. Jack - December 11, 2013

“it was a decent movie that fell victim to bad timing and a ploddingly uninteresting story”

Tough to make a decent movie with an uninteresting (bad, even) story. Maybe fans and actors need to stay out of the writer’s room?

35. Terry - December 11, 2013

As a completionist, I have of course preordered. Now, just need Into Darkness Expanded for the collection to be truly complete. I love the opening scene of Nemesis and the score had a lot to do with that.

36. JRP - December 11, 2013

I’ll never understand the people that blame the director for Nemesis’s failure. That film had many shortcomings, but Stuart Baird’s direction was the least of them. In fact, Nemesis was one of the most professionally directed of the Trek films. It actually looks like a movie, as opposed to most of the Trek films which look like big budget tv episodes.

Where Nemesis failed was in the story and screenplay, as well as a troupe of actors that were phoning it in by that point. Baird did the best he could with what he was handed, unfortunately the derivative banal screenplay based off a flawed story idea was insurmountable. Unfortunately, by the end Patrick and Brent had story and producing stroke, which turned the last few TNG films into vanity projects rather than true ensemble pieces.

37. JRP - December 11, 2013

I have to laugh when I hear the actors and fans blame Baird’s lack of Trek knowledge for the film’s failure. If anything it was the overfamiliarity of everyone else (especially Logan and the actors) that resulted in the recycled mess of reheated Trek ideas we ended up with.

38. Joe Shafer - December 11, 2013

About a decade too late…

39. Theatre Historian - December 11, 2013

Goldsmith had been using Digital and synth sound in his scores for quite a while. infact he was one of the early film composures to fully embrace Digital synthetic sound for his scores

But yes you are correct his Son Joel another very talented Goldsmith (who passed too soon) did help him complete the Nemesis and Looney Toons scores.

40. Jerry Modene - December 11, 2013

I enjoy Goldsmith’s work immensely, but my favorite movie soundtrack is still Eidelman’s soundtrack for ST6.

41. Matt Wright - December 11, 2013

@ 40 – Nice to see another person who like the ST6 score. I really like it too. I see ST6’s soundtrack get a lot of crap for some reason.
I have to say though for me still the best ST movie soundtrack goes to Goldsmith for TMP.

42. The Squire Of Gothos - December 11, 2013

Outstanding news!!!

I will be ordering this ASAP!

Not a favorite film for me, but I love Jerry Goldsmith Star Trek scores!!!

43. Wes - December 11, 2013

Everyone mentions the synth in this film yet STTMP used that blaster beam! Seriously though this movie (sans the dune buggy sequence) is actually a good film, with lots of great moments. I like all of the Star Trek movies but the production quality on this one was very high and looked like a movie, something that had not been done since STTMP or VI. If the movie had been released at the right time not going up against Lord of the Rings or James Bond it would have done much better. Also the advertising was poor and the fans had their typical negativity just like they have with all of the Trek films!

44. crazydaystrom - December 12, 2013

40. Jerry Modene
I enjoy Goldsmith’s work immensely, but my favorite movie soundtrack is still Eidelman’s soundtrack for ST6.

I’m not a big soundtrack guy but ST6’s opening credit theme is my favorite of all of them. Brooding and building up to the Praxis’ explosion, which I’ve always thought of as the ‘stinger’ and last note of the theme.

45. Curious Cadet - December 12, 2013

@44 crazydaystrom,

If you liked that, check out Holst’s “The Planets – Mars – Bringer of War”.

ALSO: what’s with all the negativity over a great score? I understand the movie is a bone of contention, but the score is solid and the music worth owning. Seriously what’s with the six or so comments that don’t add anything to the discussion and denigrate the score because of its association with the film?

If somebody showed up and similarly ridiculed Bob Orci for his work on STID because he also wrote Transformers Revenge of the Fallen, I doubt they would survive the day on this forum for it from the very same people spreading negativity here in this thread.

46. Robman007 - December 12, 2013

32. Tomh, Esq. – December 11, 2013

Nice. Thanks for filling me in. I had not heard anything about those two CD’s, so I’m glad to see that they are available in the expanded format. As much as I loathe and despise Insurrection and Generations, I loved the music. Not as good as Trek 3, but good albums

47. Robman007 - December 12, 2013

Now that the complete scores for all the films are out, I’d still say that Star Trek 3 is my all time favorite. Such an underrated Trek film as it is, the soundtrack is one of the all time greats. Stealing the Enterprise, A Fighting Chance to Live and Genesis Destroyed are the three of the best Treks on any Star Trek CD.

48. Damian - December 12, 2013

All the Star Trek movies had great music. Maybe McCarthy’s score for Generations was a little weaker than the others (they should have tried for Goldsmith there too), but even Star Trek V had a great music score.

Goldsmith was my favorite of the Star Trek movies, however. TMP was my favorite Star Trek film and the score for that was the best. I was thrilled before TFF came out to see his name on the movie poster again. Great job with FC, Insurrection and Nemesis music too.

Goldsmith really was a great writer of music overall. He had a great score for Planet of the Apes, Poltergeist, Twilight Zone-The Movie, The Illustrated Man, Alien, and how many other films. He could do Sci-Fi, Horror, Drama or comedy. I would put him up with Bernard Herrman, the great composer who worked with Hitchcock for so many years.

Whatever one may say about Nemesis, it still had a great music score.

49. OneBuckFilms - December 12, 2013

Curious Cadet, crazydastrom,

I would say listen to the opening of Igor Stravinsky’s The Firebird.

Awesome music, with some similarities to the Overture. :)

Star Trek VI is one of my favorites among the Star Trek scores, top one for me being Star Trek TMP.

50. ME!! - December 12, 2013

@1 Jed: Yep, and that’s pretty sad too because it’s the best thing that movie has going for it. Worst Trek film ever…boring beyond comprehension, DULL to a fault, terrible writing, uninteresting, UNFUN and just plain bad.

I was barely able to get through it one time. Awful film.

People like to claim Trek V is the worst….likely due to the poor VFX & the hokey ‘bad guy of the week’ treatment the Klingons got, but that film has something going for it that Nemesis doesn’t….brilliant characterization; some of the BEST interaction between Kirk, Spock & McCoy ever….and it’s a simple fun adventure. At least it isn’t trying to be something it’s not, as in the case of Nemesis. Nemesis was Berman’s attempt to replicate Wrath of Khan. The problem is, beyond poor choices of director & screenwriter, he already pulled that off with First Contact. Nemesis is like one of the worst episodes of the series…and as such was a terrible way to end the TNG crew.

51. crazydaystrom - December 13, 2013

45. Curious Cadet
“@44 crazydaystrom,
If you liked that, check out Holst’s “The Planets – Mars – Bringer of War”.”49.

OneBuckFilms
“Curious Cadet, crazydastrom,
I would say listen to the opening of Igor Stravinsky’s The Firebird.
Awesome music, with some similarities to the Overture. :)”

I will and I will. Thanks guys.

52. Curious Cadet - December 13, 2013

@51 crazydaystrom,

Yes the firebird is a great piece. The opening is very similar thematic motif to Eidelmans opening strains.

You know the history right? Meyer wanted to adapt Holst’s suite The Planets (like Kubrick in 2001), and Eidleman supposedly was a Holst expert which landed him the job considering how inexperienced he was at the time — getting that job was the talk of Hollywood at the time (but another example of saving money and literally scoring big). But the licensing costs turned out to be too expensive for Holst, so Eidleman basically “lifted” the temp score.

53. soonerdave - December 13, 2013

“People like to claim Trek V is the worst….likely due to the poor VFX & the hokey ‘bad guy of the week’ treatment the Klingons got, but that film has something going for it that Nemesis doesn’t….brilliant characterization; some of the BEST interaction between Kirk, Spock & McCoy ever….and it’s a simple fun adventure”

Interesting take on ST V. I loathe it, but I will admit it plays better on TV than it ever did in the theaters. Wouldn’t go so far as to say the characterization was “brilliant,” but I will say they tried harder than in some films – the business with the rock climbing and campfire was nice but just kinda oversold. The artificial way the Klingons were shoved into the story as nothing more than comic book relief combined with the horrendous end-game (which was obviously affected by the well-chronicled rock monster/budget fiasco) just make V too hard to tolerate – to say nothing of the fundamental story about Spock having a double-secret brother.

Will say that Larry Luckinbill (sic) did his darnedest to make Sybok’s role credible.

Think Nemesis and V were the two movies I saw only once in theaters. For me, Nemesis was just such a joyless film; absolutely nothing to hang your hat on to say “well, *this* part was interesting or compelling…” I agree with the notions that Nemesis had very high production values, but in the end, it was just too heavy a story.

54. Magic_Al - December 13, 2013

This is musical bookend of the first 10 Star Trek films and of Goldsmith’s part in them. I particularly loved Goldsmith’s choice near the end, when the Enterprise is being repaired in drydock, to quote the cue from TMP that accompanied the first glimpse of the Enterprise on film. Goldsmith, all by himself, tied the whole film series together. I also find the end credits medley moving, with the Nemesis theme expressing a beautiful sadness that this is the end of this series of voyages, closing with one last joyful reprise of the TMP/TNG theme.

55. Terry - December 13, 2013

@40 — I totally agree, Star Trek 6 is my favorite score, and honestly, my favorite movie out of all the Trek films.

56. matthias - December 14, 2013

ordered! one of my favourite movies of the tng movies. together with the deleted scenes it would have been a great success, i am sure!

57. T'cal - December 16, 2013

Nemesis had its moments, but many were relegated to the deleted scenes category; too bad. The marriage of Will and Deanna, the death of Data, and the introduction of the Remans were all good things. But the forced humor dumped on Data and Worf (as usual in TNG films) and the general weak writing and direction saddled this potentially great film with too many problems. For some reason, I’m more forgiving of this film than say Generations, which gets worse each time I watch it what with its gaping plot holes and weak script. Soran should’ve been much more sympathetic and Kirk should’ve wanted to leave the nexus while Picard should’ve wanted to stay now that he’d had the life he always wanted.

58. Matthias - December 17, 2013

Star Trek Nemesis was the first real and good TNG – movie! It had a philosophical intention: “You can change your life! You are not only victim of the circumstances, if you try to become more than what you are!”

Why they deleted the deleted scenes, I will never understand: They declared so much more the sense of this movie! The script, in which – for instance – Worf is making his personal peace with the romulans – was splendid!

Well, I can just repeat how I have felt when I had seen that splendid movie the first time: I went out of the cinema (with my girl – friend) and thought: “The did it! They really found after all a way to bring “real TNG” into the cinemas”!

The movie did not fail, because it was worse than other ST – movies, but because it never got a real chance! People just did not go into the movie! They just did not even TRY. That was not fair, but – as so often – people follow the opinion of the crowd and maybe the crowd´s opinion is sometimes wrong!? The DVD of Nemesis was much more successful than the movie!

The soundtrack´s main theme is sad and hopfeful at the same time. It reflects the topic of the movie. I like it.

59. Robman007 - December 17, 2013

@58…

Actually, lots of people want to bash the JJ Abrams films, but you could say that Star Trek 2009 had the same exact theme of Nemesis, especially regarding Kirk. Kirk went the positive route, unlike Shinzon.

Into Darkness had a theme as well…the morality struggle of denying an individual their right to a fair trial as well as the loss of morality when going to any lengths to protect your nation/home, with a dose of what exactly would you give up for your family.

Regarding Nemesis…I just wish Data’s death had not come about because of the total ineptness of Captain Picard, which was very out of character.

Nemesis, the novel, was much, much better then Nemesis the film. Just didn’t translate well. I’m not sure the deleted scenes would have worked.

Nobody went because…

1. Trek was getting stale
2. The film was not a good film. Not a bad episode, but not a good film

and the biggest reason

3. Lord of the Rings…..Paramount should have released Nemesis way, way before Lord of the Rings. They did that to kill the franchise and spare the fans a “Search for Data” film as well as another “Picard defends some silly people from an equally silly enemy who have ships stronger then the Enterprise” theatrical adventure.

60. Robman007 - December 17, 2013

Because this is a Trek movie music thread, I thought I’d list down my Top to Bottom of Trek scores (films only..because the TOS box set would be the best)

1. Search for Spock
2. Final Frontier
3. Motion Picture
4. Undiscovered Country
5. Wrath of Khan
6. Star Trek
7. Generations
8. First Contact
9. Insurrection
10. Into Darkness
11. Nemesis
12. Voyage Home

61. Matt Wright - December 18, 2013

For those interested, there is an interview with the producer of the expanded Nemesis soundtrack up on TrekCore:
http://trekcore.com/blog/2013/12/new-star-trek-nemesis-expanded-soundtrack-%C2%B7-interview-with-producer-lukas-kendall/

62. Byrd - December 19, 2013

Nothing beats trek 2 soundtrack. Goldsmith repeatd homself too often for my taste. Great for motion picture.

63. Matthias - December 29, 2013

@59 Thank you for your feedback!

There was no Star Trek until now, I do NOT like at all. But there was much Star Trek before that should and could have been better, if… there would have been a better screenplay – author and / or a better director. …

64. MJ - January 4, 2014

“(2) The issues that so many fans and critics have taken with elements of STID were firstly manifest, albeit in less obtrusive forms, in ST’09. And I gave some examples of those parallels up there.”

I know we are talking about personal opinions here, but I categorically reject this. The whole Khan think, rouge Admiral “Cheney” and Orci conspiracy story, was just not a great idea for STID, and it lessened the movie to just an average Trek movie, instead of a great ST movie. The first movie had a great story, and none of these weaknesses. Trek 2009 is a classic. No, I do not see any bad tendencies that go across the two films.

My ratings overall on all Trek films,

Group 1: The “F-ups”:

65. MJ - January 4, 2014

12. STV. Row your Boat and half naked old Uhura singing, special effects look like the Phase II group did them — basically horribly painful to watch — makes me ill. Enough said.

11. Generations. Horrid and unforgiving “death by Home Depot project” for Kirk that makes me sick to my stomach — ruined the entire movie for me, and it makes me angry to watch it to this day.

Group 2: The “I Need to Make a Starbucks Run” Group

10. Insurrection. Get me a double espresso mod quickly, as I am falling asleep. Most boring Star Trek movie, bar none.

9. Nemesis. Surprising silly screenplay, silly villain that makes no sense as Picard’s clone, cheap fake-looking Romulan sets, but extra credit for Brent Spinner’s great performance.

66. MJ - January 4, 2014

7. First Contact. Great performance by Patrick Stewart, pretty good story, but cheap sets and production values have led this one not holding up well over time (ref: the silly deflector dish fight sequence towards the end).

6. Into Darkness. Great performances, outstanding production values and special effects. Great message film that is important to events today. Problematic screenplay, particularly in regards to force-fitting Khan into the movie. Noticeable logic gaps and wtf moments.

5. The Motion Picture. Best science fiction film by far of any Trek movie — outstanding hard science fiction story! Best looking Enterprise ever. Lackluster screenplay and direction. Acting is hampered by screenplay and direction — characters don’t seem comfortable.

Group 4: The Classics

4. The Wrath of Khan. Great screenplay and direction by Meyer. Great performances all around, and awesome use of Montelban as Khan. A space battle movie without much of a message though.

3. The Voyage Home. Most “fun” Star Trek movie. Great contrast in Trek 23rd century life to 20th century life. Great environmental message. Scotty/Doohan shines! Last decent performance as Kirk by Shatner. Music was creative and different, with fit this movie.

2. Star Trek 2009. Surprisingly creative way of bringing back TOS Star Trek. Awesome casting and performances. Outstanding background stories and first meetings of main characters. Creative screenplay — one of the best paced movies I have ever seen. Under-appreciated performance by Bana. Best production values and special effects since TMP. Not a message film, but not needed since it was an origin film.

67. MJ - January 4, 2014

8. Star Trek 6 TUC. As a partial return to form after the unwatchable V, this movie thus tends to be substantially overrated by fans. A surprising hack screenplay effort by Meyer, with way too obvious in-your-face William S. quotes, and over-the top message related to U.S.-Soviet CW era and politics. C. Plummer saves the day with an inspired performance.

68. Bill - January 7, 2014

So, anyone get this yet? I hope they start shipping out soon.

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