22. Data Dies (Star Trek: Nemesis, 2002)
Continuing that proud tradition of Star Trek characters who die with a back-up plan (except Captain Kirk, of course), Data (Brent Spiner) sacrifices his life for his colleagues when he remains behind on an enemy vessel to shut down its weapons and make sure Captain Picard (Patrick Stewart) gets off alive.
The droid is caught in the catastrophic explosion that destroys the ship, but – because this is sci-fi – he’s already downloaded his memories into clone droid B-4, a close predecessor to Data.
Cue his comrades toasting him and aiming to help B-4 become more like his “brother”.
Trek Trivia: Nerd alert! During the memorial wine-glug for Data, Jonathan Frakes’ Commander – now Captain - Riker admits he can’t remember the song the android was attempting to whistle when they met.
We think you'll find the song was ‘Pop Goes The Weasel', from The Next Generation’s pilot episode.
21. The No-Win Scenario (Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan, 1982)
With word slowly leaking that Spock (Leonard Nimoy) would be popping his clogs during the second outing, the filmmakers decided to have a little fun with the fans by showing him “dying” early on during the Kobyashi Maru training simulation commanded by Kirstie Alley’s Saavik.
It’s a great opening to easily the best Trek film to date – tense, energetic and lodged firmly in the series’ mythology, with Kirk revealed as the only cadet to ever have defeated the training run “no-win scenario” - a dilemma involving a civilian ship under Klingon attack.
How did he beat it? He cheated, apparently – something that gets explored in the new film. Typical Kirk.
Trek Trivia: Kirstie Alley made her movie debut with the film, but she wasn’t director Nicholas Meyers’ first choice. He wanted Kim Cattrall, and would get his way on the sixth film, where Cattrall plays a Saavik-alike Vulcan.