That quote by Zefram Cochrane came from one of the best Star Trek movies in the franchise: Star Trek: First Contact. The heroic crew of the Enterprise had to travel back in time to meet the venerated inventor of warp drive: Dr. Cochrane. The clever plot necessitated the meeting to secure humanity’s place in the future United Federation of Planets — and by extension, the success of the Star Trek entertainment franchise.
Star Trek is a beloved science fiction franchise that has captured the hearts of millions of fans across the world. It began as a television series in 1966 and has since expanded into several movies, TV shows, and video games. With such a rich history, it’s no wonder that fans are eager to learn more about the movies in the Star Trek universe.
The History of Star Trek on the Big Screen
The Star Trek movie franchise began in 1979 with the release of Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Since then, there have been a total of 13 movies in the franchise, with what critics might call uneven quality. From my perspective as a fan, I have to admit that the last one, Star Trek: Beyond, was somewhat disappointing. This movie included a girl with a painted face standing in as an alien, and a featured action sequence involving a motorcycle — not a hovering one, but a gas-powered one … in the 23rd century.
Maybe that’s why it’s been seven years since the last movie? Still, each movie has boldly gone to places where fans have enjoyed a new adventure with their favorite characters. Themes of exploration, diplomacy, and action abound, giving enthusiasts a tantalizing glimpse into the future world of Star Trek.
Movies of the Star Trek Universe
Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984)
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)
Star Trek: Generations (1994)
Star Trek: First Contact (1996)
Star Trek: Insurrection (1998)
Star Trek: Nemesis (2002)
Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013)
Star Trek: Beyond (2016)
The Legacy of Star Trek
There is no question that the Star Trek franchise has had a significant impact on popular culture. It has inspired countless science-fiction shows, movies, gadgets and (you guessed it) authors. From its challenging stories and complex characters to its far-reaching scope and groundbreaking technology, Star Trek is one of the most iconic and influential franchises in the history of science fiction.
It has left such an indelible impact on popular culture, it’s no wonder that Star Trek continues to captivate and inspire new generations of fans. Whether you’re a longtime or more-recent fan of the Star Trek universe, there’s no denying its power and magic.
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