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Top 5: What's super, super hot — for the moment

Trekkies … you're still alive, my old friends. The wait until the premiere of the new Star Trek movie is almost over. On Friday, long-suffering fans — it has been seven years since the last flick, the longest break yet between movies — can finally beam into theaters across the known quadrant for Star Trek (a.k.a. "the prequel"). • What will they see? James Tiberius Kirk and other memorable faces of the starship Enterprise crew back during their Starfleet Academy days. If you're thinking keggers of Romulan ale and Spock using the Vulcan "nerve pinch" on sexy coeds, forget it. This is the Final Frontier, not American Pie 5: Spaced Out. • Instead, expect a lot of sexy brooding, interspecies angst, great special effects and — unless the writers and directors have gone insane — a really great villain. Because a Star Trek movie without a villain is like … well, like a really bad Star Trek movie. There are only 10 films so far, so you're either a hero or a zero on this week's lists.

Best movies

1 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.

2 FIRST CONTACT' (1996): Capt. Picard and the crew of the Enterprise-E travel back to post-World War III Earth to destroy the Borg before they disrupt the first contact between humans and extraterrestrials.

3 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.

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

5 STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE' (1979): The villain — an energy cloud? — fizzles, but stellar special effects (by Trek standards) save the debut movie in the franchise.

Worst movies

1 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.

2 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.

3 NEMESIS' (2002): Romulans have cloned Picard, creating a Golum-like creature named Shinzon, who couldn't frighten a tribble.

4 INSURRECTION' (1998): The revenge of the '80s character actors continues as Amadeus' Salieri (F. Murray Abraham) comes knocking as an alien with more facelifts than Uhura and Sulu combined.

5 GENERATIONS' (1994): Thanks to a mysterious time-space matrix, Shakespearean-trained Patrick Stewart meets face to face with Manitoba Night College-trained William Shatner.

Best episodes of the original series

1 'City on the Edge of Forever' (April 6, 1967): Dynasty's Joan Collins will lead a pacifist movement that allows the Nazis to conquer Earth, unless Kirk lets her get run down in the street. So … "Edith Keeler must die."

2 'Balance of Terror' (Dec. 15, 1966): Spock's dad is also a … Romulan?

3 'Mirror, Mirror' (Oct. 6, 1967): Sex-crazed Sulu and Spock with a goatee!

4 'Space Seed' (Feb. 16, 1967): Meet a very young Khan.

5 'The Trouble With Tribbles' (Dec. 29, 1967): Think Furbies in space.


Funniest lines

1 "Rumors of my assimilation are greatly exaggerated" (First Contact).

2 "Everybody remember where we parked" (The Voyage Home).

3 "Money is money, but women … are better" (Deep Space Nine).

4 "Please, captain, not in front of the Klingons" (The Final Frontier).

5 "Take my Worf, please" (The Next Generation).

Top 5 weekend movies

1. X-Men Origins: Wolverine, $87 million

2. Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, $15.3 million

3. Obsessed, $12.2 million

4. 17 Again, $6.4 million

5. Monsters vs. Aliens, $5.8 million

Source: Associated Press

Top 5 prime-time TV shows (for week ending April 26)

1. American Idol — Tuesday (Fox)

2. American Idol — Wednesday (Fox)

3. Dancing With the Stars (ABC)

4. Dancing With the Stars Results (ABC)

5. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (CBS)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

Top 5 albums on iTunes Music Store

1. Together Through Life — Bob Dylan

2. Asleep in the Bread Aisle — Asher Roth

3. Twilight (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) — Various Artists

4. Hannah Montana: The Movie (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) — Miley Cyrus & Hannah Montana

5. Deeper Than Rap (Deluxe Version) — Rick Ross

Source: iTunes

Top 5 searches on Yahoo:

1. Christina Applegate

2. Sarah Jessica Parker

3. Swine flu symptoms

4. Kirstie Alley

5. International calling cards


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