Kirk

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    The Franchise Files – Star Trek Generations (1994)

    By May of 1994, Star Trek: The Next Generation had run its final episode. But if you’ve been paying attention to pop culture since the 1950’s, you’d be smart enough to figure out that Picard’s crew would return for more. What you may not have been able to tell, however, was...
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    The Franchise Files – Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)

    If there was ever a time for one to revisit the sixth installment in the Star Trek film franchise, that time is now. The Undiscovered Country sends the crew off for one final film about prejudice and redemption. However, this time, the prejudiced one is Kirk, not an outside species. The tone of the film...
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    The Franchise Files – Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)

    The fifth installment of the cinematic Star Trek features has been met with less than stellar reviews since its release in 1989. As for me, I can’t understand why. The Final Frontier, to me, combines some of the best aspects of all the films so far into one highly satisfying package. The final...
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    The Franchise Files – Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)

    Generally, when time travel is introduced in a later entries to a franchise, it feels forced and contrived. What better way to continue a series then by sending characters off into different dimensions or different times? In the fourth Star Trek film, The Voyage Home, time travel is explored....
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    The Franchise Files – Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984)

    At the end of The Wrath of Khan, it had appeared that Spock (Leonard Nimoy) had made the ultimate sacrifice. To save his crew, the Vulcan looked death right in the eye and accepted it in order to allow his crew to defeat Khan. After giving their last respects and sending...
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    The Franchise Files – Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)

      Watching The Wrath of Khan is like letting go of a deep breath you’ve been holding in for just a bit too long. As I wrote in the first installment of The Franchise Files, the original motion picture was too bloated, too big, and lacked any real characterization of these familiar and...