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

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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