My ratings of the Star Trek series and movies:
- Seasons 1 and 2 were great. Season 3 was not so great.
- Seasons 1 and 2 felt like the staff were not sure where to go with the series. This was more than made up for in seasons 3 through 7.
- The continuous build-up of characters and plots made this a unique version of Star Trek compared to the more episodic format used by the previous installments.
- Seasons 1 through 4 presented as if the crew were truly in the unknown without friends. Seasons 5 through 7, with a few exceptions such as Equinox (episode) and Flesh and Blood (episode), felt mostly like a rehash of stories already explored (two episodes about the ship trapped in a void without stars, planets, or resources?).
- Seasons 1 and 2 were typical Star Trek. Season 3 was a unique experiment at telling one large story over an entire season. Season 4 felt closer to Star Trek: The Original Series with the multi-episode stories filling in much of the back-story to what is alluded in the future Star Trek eras.
- It was high on state-of-the-art special effects (for 1979) and low on story.
- The movie that became the standard to which all other Star Trek movies are compared.
- This one had a great story with one of the primary characters permanently dying (USS Enterprise) (is it really so easy to steal a starship?).
- A classic Star Trek outing with science fiction and a moral message intertwined beautifully.
- This one had the potential for a great story and failed (how many decks does the ship have, 23 or 78? How can they pass Deck 52 twice? And, I thought all starships were numbered from the top down, not the other way around?)
- Finally, a proper explanation as to how the Klingon Empire and the United Federation of Planets ceased being enemies was given. Overall, it was an excellent story to end the tenure of James T Kirk's crew.
- It was a good attempt at passing the torch to the next set of movies featuring the crew of Star Trek: The Next Generation (how many times can Geordi La Forge's VISOR be tampered with before they start checking it every time he comes back to the ship? Did everyone forget "The Mind's Eye"?).
- A good story, scary bad guys, and lots of action were all found in this one. It not only set the stage for the future conflicts with the Borg in Star Trek: Voyager, it set the back-story for the entire series of Star Trek: Enterprise.
- The fact that the United Federation of Planets would willingly ally themselves with a group such as the Son'a was the only thing that kept this movie from being truly great.
- The final movie for the crew under Jean-Luc Picard. This one felt like the end of an era with Data's death, Beverly Crusher, Deanna Troi and William Riker all leaving for other assignments, and the possibility of a Romulan Star Empire that was not an adversary.
Star Trek 5/5
- This move kept true to the commrodery of Star Trek while taking it to another level (did anyone excpect one of the founding planets of the United Federation of Planets - a planet seen or mentioned in every TV incarnation - to be destroyed?)