Clay and Wes discuss Star Trek: The Motion Picture! When an hostile cloud creature enters Federation territory, Admiral James T. Kirk takes back command of the Enterprise in order to save the day. A polarizing film, The Motion Picture is long, beige, and surreal. But it’s also fascinating and sometimes incredible! Clay and Wes discuss scope in film, transporter accidents, and pans for days!
KHHHAAAAAAAAAANNNN!! When Kirk’s old nemesis returns with vengeance in his heart, the aging admiral must confront his fear of aging and death in order to save the Federation from the genetically engineered mad man! Clay joins me to discuss The Wrath of Khan, which is frequently thought to be the best Star Trek film. Does it hold up? Does it honor the sublime memory of The Motion Picture? Are the space battles really that bad? We also discuss reboots that remake, the new naval aesthetic, and underselling important scenes.
You knew he wouldn’t stay dead, right? In Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Kirk and company hijack the Enterprise in order to return to the Genesis planet and reunite Spock’s soul with his body. The middle film in the trilogy that spans from Khan to The Voyage Home, The Search for Spock is also Leonard Nimoy’s directorial debut! Can it hold on to the energy and pacing of Khan? Does does it slide back into the passive drone of The Motion Picture? Clay and I discuss bad action scenes, Klingons as we know them now, and the new version of Saavik!
Star Trek IV: A Whale of a Time! The final part of the film trilogy that started back in The Wrath of Khan, The Voyage Home certainly feels different from what has come before. Featuring no real villain, our heroes instead go back in time to find an extinct species of whale that will be able to save Earth in the 23rd century. Light hearted and comfortable, it’s a nice change of pace from the drama heavy Khan and Search for Spock: but is it any good? Clay and I discuss plots that sound absurd, the best scene so far, and Scotty the comedian!
Like Dinosaur Jr said, Sybok feels the pain of everyone and then he feels nothing! The Final Frontier is the directorial debut of William Shatner and a movie that is not highly regarded by neither fans nor critics. Featuring tubby actors, odd tonal shifts, and gods at the center of the galaxy, it’s a movie that feels unlike anything that has come before it (except for Dune). But is it really that bad? Clay and I discuss the fifth movie in the TOS lineage, and we break down erotic dances, jet powered boots, and movies that don’t know what they’re talking about!
We bid a fond farewell to the Original Series crew! In Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, a Klingon moon explodes and the Empire is forced to make peace with the Federation. This seems to be a pretty good thing, until the Klingon leader is assassinated! Kirk and company must race against the clock to uncover a conspiracy and prevent the outbreak of war. Clay joins me to discuss saying goodbye to the TOS crew, heavy handed allegories, and killing people in zero gravity!
It’s time to move into the TNG movies, and we start with the polarizing “Generations”. A film that’s been disowned by its creators, “Generations” mixes TOS and TNG into one package while doing neither series the service it deserves. Kirk and Picard find the Nexus, Data gets emotions, and everyone else is mostly ignored! But, there must be some good stuff in here, right? Clay joins me to discuss time travel, not dying on the ship, and tumbling off a cliff!
The Borg have returned, and this time they’re trying to destroy our past! When the Borg use time travel to try to avert First Contact, Picard and crew must follow them back in time and make sure that Zephram Cochrane survives to complete his warp drive experiment. Unfortunately, the Borg capture the Enterprise and Cochrane isn’t the man that everyone thinks he is! Clay joins me to discuss making films look like films, the seduction techniques of the Borg Queen, and yet another allegory to Ahab and his white whale!
After the frantic, action packed First Contact, Insurrection came along and decided to slow things down. Literally. When Picard discovers a plot to evict 600 Ba’ku from their planet in order to steal a “fountain of youth” technology, the crew disobeys their orders and mounts an insurrection. Clay joins me to discuss alien face lifts, the TNG crew telling jokes, and why the best Trek movies are the ones that are not very Trek-like.
The final film in the TNG franchise goes dark, both literally and figuratively! When a Reman warrior named Shinzon successfully coups the Romulan Empire, it’s up to Jean-Luc Picard to stop him before he unleashes a terrible weapon. But Shinzon carries a terrible secret: will Picard be able to overcome his own inner darkness to save the Federation? Clay joins me to discuss underwhelming themes, the utility of the B4 storyline, and saying goodbye to the TNG crew!
We’ve made our way through the 6 TOS films, and the 4 TNG films. We’ve seen the highs and the lows, the comedy and the drama, the Klingons and the time travel. Do we all feel a little bit older? Like time is passing us by? Clay joins me to give a brief overview of the entire gauntlet of Star Trek films, and we both detail our ranking of the movies from best to worst. The films are over, let’s move onto Deep Space 9!