14. Fight! Fight! Fight! (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, 1991)
Trek VI’s scenes set within the Klingon prison planet of Rura Penthe are a Mos Eisley Cantina-level alien fest rarely seen in the original movies. The special effects teams go nuts with the various roaring/chittering/hissing beasties.
Plus the fight scene lets William Shatner – or at least his stunt double – go to town fighting a hulking alien brute paid to off him.
Sadly, the fight ends with a super-cheesy flourish as Kirk strikes his opponent in what he thinks is his knee, but ends up delivering a shot to the nuts. Ouch!
Trek Trivia: Director Nicholas Meyer and the other writers just can’t hold back on those literary allusions...
'Rura Penthe' is a reference to Jules Verne's 20000 Leagues Under the Sea - it's the name of the slave labour camp that inspired Captain Nemo's rage against society.
13. Assimilate This! (Star Trek: First Contact, 1996)
One for the fans who like a triumphant, fist-pumping moment of sheer payback.
After battling the Borg for what seems like ages in a cool sequence that sees our heroes magnetic-walking on the hull of the ship, Picard and crew are finally able to thwart the techno-villains’ plans to turn the ship’s deflector dish into a communications array.
With the dish floating serenely away into space, Worf (Michael Dorn) aims his phaser rifle at the structure and, in a display of less-than-Trek-usual glee, blasts it into fragments.
Trek Trivia: Space epic crossover ahoy! The deflector dish is labelled AE35, the name of a component of the satellite dish in 2001: A Space Odyssey.