Thanks Ellie Garratt for organizing the Star Trek Blogfest!
I must be honest with everyone before I get started. I can’t say I’m a Trekkie because I love Star Wars more and it would be a betrayal to Star Warriors everywhere. I can say that I’ve been captivated by all things Star Trek since I watched my first episode on TV. So I couldn’t resist participating in the blogfest. Also, I had a family obligation to sign up since my canine kiddie, Bella, was born with the Star Trek insignia on the back of her head. It’s true.
Okay, here are my top five favorite mix of movies, episodes, and characters in order.
4. Uhura: Growing up, black characters on TV were scarce. When I did see one it was usually a guy, not a woman. The Jeffersons was a funny show, but one black woman was a maid. The other was married and didn’t seem to have a purpose other than being the sane balance to her husband. Then I saw Star Trek. Uhura (which means freedom) was beautiful and independent with a career of her own. Her role might have been smaller than some of the others, but seeing her on TV changed my life. No she wasn’t my reason for becoming an officer in the Air Force, but she did inspire many minorities to become astronauts and Nichelle Nichols even participated in the NASA recruitment program. I'm also thrilled they've paired the new Uhura with Spock.
2. Star Trek: The Next Generations Season 3 Finale/Season 4 Premiere
There were so many expertly crafted elements woven together to make it extraordinary. The away team was stuck on a devastated planet, Riker had to deal with ambitious Lt. Cmdr. Shelby, and the kicker--the Borg, a presumably undefeatable enemy, invaded Federation space and kidnapped Jean Luc Picard. When Picard stepped toward the screen as the newest member of the Borg, Locutus, it was chilling. Talk about an unbelievable heart-stopping finale! Yet the premiere was just as good. The writers and actors were on fire. The all-time best two parter in my opinion.
The Wrath of Khan on the other hand seized my attention from the beginning and didn’t let go. What made this movie exceptional was the villain, Khan. Ricardo Montalbán gave such a powerful performance, making the character sympathetic through his pain and venomous hatred of Kirk. At the same time, he was one of the scariest Star Trek villains of all. It doesn’t get much more terrifying than mind-controlling leeches crawling through the victim’s ear. The dynamic past these two strong alphas shared only raised the stakes, increasing the intensity, deep-seated resentment, and hunger for revenge. Remember Kirk screaming Khan's name? And no fan will ever forget the ultimate, poignant sacrifice of Spock at the end.
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