16. The Borg Queen’s Entrance (Star Trek: First Contact, 1996)
The Borg are one of the greatest villains introduced into Star Trek lore, but they've been severely neutered (thanks to overexposure on the Voyager TV show) since the days they first menaced Picard and co.
While the first glimpse of the Borg Queen is seen as the beginning of the end (after all, why did the Borg need a central focus except for dramatic reasons?) there’s no denying the power of her entrance as she walks toward camera in one smooth shot – slick, grey skin, phallic tubes jutting from her body and the fact that her top half neatly slots into her lower body.
Actress Alice Kriege gives her a spooky, otherworldly, sexy power and she’s mostly a decent character – creepy, freakish, but with just enough female-ness to make geek-tummies go funny.
Trek Trivia: Keeping with the series’ love of in-jokes, the Borg drones have eyepieces with blinking lights that flash, in Morse code, names of production crew-members.
15. Enterprise Launches (Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan, 1982)
Star Trek: The Motion Picture features one of the biggest examples of techno porn in the series, as we get not only a long, lascivious look at the curves of the newly film-worthy ship, but an extended sequence of it leaving space dock.
For The Wrath Of Khan, however, Nicholas Meyer – using some of that footage to keep costs down – chose to impishly have the crew make youngblood Saavik command the ship out of dock, with customary harrumphing from Spock and smarmy grinning from Kirk.
Trek Trivia: And if you think the two ships featured in the film – the Reliant and the Enterprise - look alike, it’s not just because they’re from “one big happy fleet.” They’re the same set redressed with different lighting and, er, new seat covers.