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Rank the 'Star Trek' movies of the '80s

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The new Star Trek movie (a.k.a. "The Prequel") is due out next Friday, May 8. But thanks to Stuck in the '80s guest host Steve Persall, I have a front row seat for the critics' premiere of the movie tomorrow in Tampa. (And I have an available seat. Anyone interested?)

But before we go back to the future to see how our Enterprise heroes fared at Starfleet Academy -- Kirk throwing keggers with Romulan ale? Spock using the Vulcan nerve pinch on hot coeds? -- we have some business to take care of here.

I want to know your opinion on which were the BEST Star Trek movies of the '80s. Here are the movies we have to choose from:

THE MOTION PICTURE (1979): Yes, let's grandfather this one in. The villain — an energy cloud? — fizzles, but stellar special effects (by Trek standards) save the debut movie in the franchise.

Ricardo THE WRATH OF KHAN (1982): The late Ricardo Montalban set the standard for all movie villains as the revenge-blinded Khan set on getting even with Kirk for stranding him decades ago on a dying planet.

THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK (1984): Okay, so Spock’s not dead, because he was buried on the Genesis planet. But now Bones is going insane. And “Doc Brown” from Back to the Future is a Klingon commander?!? Should have been called “The Search for a Script.”

THE VOYAGE HOME (1986): Also known as “that whale movie.” Kirk must save Earth by saving those cuddly creatures from the sea.

THE FINAL FRONTIER (1989): Spock’s half-brother hijacks the Enterprise to visit God, and there’s a Row Your Boat sing-along. Life may be a dream, but this movie is a nightmare.

THE UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY (1991): Ever wonder how the Federation and Klingons forged an alliance? Find out in the last voyage of the original Enterprise crew. (Yes, it's a 1991 movie, but I'm going to allow it since it's the final movie of the old cast.)

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