The Single Biggest Mistake Each Star Trek Movie Has Made

No Star Trek film is free of error but some crimes are worse than others.

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We don't mind being the ones to stick our neck out on this; some of the Star Trek films are damn near perfect from start to finish. The Wrath of Khan gave the audience the best villain of the franchise, First Contact re-invented the Borg, The Undiscovered Country produced arguably cinema's first-ever big-budget political thriller set in space, and The Final Frontier... exists.

Look, we said "some", alright?

But despite this incredible standard that's been maintained for decades now, each film still has its flaws. They might not be a big deal, and they certainly don't always ruin your enjoyment, but they are still there nevertheless. Be it a glaring plothole that actually undoes the entire premise of the film, or just one hair-brained decision that could easily have been snipped out at the writing stage, once you've noticed them it's pretty hard to notice anything else.

But, as we've already said, Star Trek usually produces damn near perfect movies. These mistakes are more to be celebrated as loveable flaws in the great intergalactic rodeo than they are catastrophic gaffes that undo over 50 years of boldly going to the local multiplex.

13. Star Trek: The Motion Picture - LSD Time

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The Mistake: The Wormhole

Why?: The wormhole scene in Star Trek: The Motion Picture is an example of too much being thrown at the audience. While we have been enjoying the beautiful re-design of the USS Enterprise and marveling at the slow departure from drydock, having the ship then get sucked into a random wormhole feels a bit... off.

The scene was included to show that the ship couldn't fire phasers while at warp, as the energy from these weapons came from the core itself. Unfortunately, the direction and depiction in the scene makes it very difficult to take the threat seriously. A stray asteroid in the wormhole does nothing to heighten this tension.

Decker's overruling of Kirk makes perfect sense, though the shot that lingers on Shatner's shocked reaction asks the audience to ignore the situation and believe that this Admiral wouldn't know that his Executive Officer would be acting in the best interests of the ship. The scene ends quickly and the ship is able to use normal warp drive again but it sticks out as an action scene that would have been better left on the cutting room floor.


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