6. “This Far. No Further!” (Star Trek: First Contact, 1994)
On the Next Generation TV series, Patrick Stewart sometimes got the chance to chew on a meaty speech.
But few can match up to the sheer desperate bile spewed in this confrontational moment between him and Alfred Woodard’s Lily Sloane.
Burning with rage at the Borg, who once captured him and turned him into one of them, Picard smashes up the Enterprise-E’s conference room in a mad burst of violence, before realising he’s become Ahab from Moby Dick...
Trek Trivia: After this Ahab-channelling rage-fest, Stewart popped up two years later in a Moby Dick TV movie playing… Captain Ahab.
5. Disorder In The Court (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, 1991)
Court scenes don’t usually work that well in sci-fi movies, but director Nicholas Meyer stages one that’s full of snap and crackle and boasts at least one fan-pleasing cameo.
As Christopher Plummer’s Chang gets to strut and shout and harangue Kirk and McCoy about their alleged roles in Klingon Chancellor Gorkon’s death, we also get to enjoy Michael 'Next Generation' Worf playing Colonel Worf, grandfather of his usual character, in a nice nod to the new crew.
Trek Trivia: When Chang demands that Kirk answer a question without waiting for the translation, it's an allusion to the real-life exchange at the United Nations between American Ambassador Adlai Stevenson and Soviet Ambassador Valerian Zorin during the 1962 Cuban missile crisis.