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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Star Trek Movies

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Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Coxswain Robert B. Wood (US Navy) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on April 14, 1863, on board the U.S.S. Mount Washington. His citation reads:

Attached to the U.S.S. Minnesota and temporarily serving on the U.S.S. Mount Washington, during action against the enemy in the Nansemond River, 14 April 1863. When the U.S.S. Mount Washington drifted against the bank and all men were driven from the decks by escaping steam following several successive hits which struck her boilers and stopped her engines, Wood boarded the stricken vessel and, despite a strike on the head by a spent ball, continued at his gun for 6 hours as fierce artillery and musketry continued to rake her decks.

Civilian Scout William H. Woodall (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions from March 29 – April 9, 1865, in Virginia, Appomattox campaign, Sailors Creek. His citation reads:

Was Chief Civilian Scout for Major General Philip H. Sheridan's Cavalry Corps, which consisted of VI and XIX Corps. Citation: Captured flag of Brigadier General Rufus Barringer's headquarters brigade. (In 1916, the general review of all Medals of Honor deemed 900 unwarranted. This recipient was one of them. In June 1989, the U.S. Army Board of Correction of Records restored the medal to this recipient.)

Sergeant Zachariah Woodall (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on September 12, 1874, at Wichita River, Texas. His citation reads:

While in command of 5 men and carrying dispatches, was attacked by 125 Indians, whorr, he with his command fought throughout the day, he being severely wounded.

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I am often asked what my Top 10 Star Trek Movies are… and by “often asked”, I mean I listed to a podcast yesterday that ranked the top 10 Star Trek movies and thought “That’s a good idea for a blog post tomorrow”. While I have seen all of the Star Trek movies (except for the one currently out), I admit I didn’t realize there 10 of them (much less more than 10). Anyway… let’s get to the list.

Top 10 Star Trek Movies

10. Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979): I’m going to be honest… I’m not a huge fan of the first Star Trek movie. My feelings are typically that the first movie in a series is the best (and rarely do any of the following movies even come close). In this case, the only reason it’s making my list is that it was good enough to kick-start a great series of movies. That… and it’s not like the two movies I’m leaving off the list were the greatest ever.

9. Star Trek Into Darkness (2013): This one is pretty much on the list because I really like the actors playing these rolls. Other than that… this one is too much like another Star Trek movie on this list (but not nearly as good). So it’s good enough to make the list… but not good enough to get past #9.

8. Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989): I had trouble believing this plot… which is saying something for a movie based in outer space. Still, it had enough good moments to land it at #8 on the list. And this movie did give us the great line from Captain Kirk, "What does God need with a starship?"

7. Star Trek: First Contact (1996): I believe this is the first of the Star Trek movies to not have any of the original crew in it. I could be wrong, but I don’t think I am. I thought this one was very good and showed you didn’t have to have past stars to have a great movie.

6. Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991): I thought this was a great movie, especially for its time. I’m not always a fan of political statements being made in movies, but I kind of liked the way this one (in its own way) dealt with the fall of the Soviet Empire. I mean, you didn’t have to be a rocket surgeon to figure out what the movie was trying to say… still, I thought it was good. And I think it captured the mood of a lot of people at the time.

5. Star Trek Generations (1994): This was the first movie to include the cast from Star Trek: The Next Generation. It also gave us a chance to see Captain Kirk and Captain Picard on the screen at the same time.

4. Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984): This movie takes place directly after the second Star Trek film. It gives us a nice look at the main characters as they have to steal the Starship Enterprise to (wait for it… wait for iiiiiiiiiittttttttt……..) search for Spock.

3. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986): This movie gives us another great look at the main cast as they split up at one point in the film. This could very well be one of the funniest Star Trek films with many funny moments.

2. Star Trek (2009): The first of the “reboot” movies. I didn’t really know what to expect when it came out, but I left the theater wanting more. I thought this movie did a great job making me believe these actors playing characters I’ve known and loved for many (many) years were really those characters.

1. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982): The best part about this one is it really needs no explanation. I’ve yet to meet a Star Trek fan who didn’t consider this to be the best of the group. It very well could be the perfect Star Trek movie. It has the perfect villain and the perfect hero and gave us a great look at the relationship between James T. Kirk and Spock.

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