Another recent post got me thinking about the controversy that always surrounds the topic of “action” in Star Trek. I’ve never been one to believe that Star Trek is a quiet, intellectual exercise of philosophy and deep contemplation. I grew up with Kirk getting into ridiculous fisticuffs every other episode, so that idea of Star Trek as a “thinking person’s show” always makes me roll my eyes. That said, I think Trek has attempted various kinds of “action” through the years with varying degrees of success, at least by my tastes. I find there are, by my reckoning, two types of “good action” and two types of “shitty action” in Star Trek “Good” Action: TYPE ONE: Fun, energetic set pieces...played for fun and excitement primarily Examples: Almost any Kirk fistfight in TOS Breaking McCoy out of jail in TSFS Stealing the Enterprise in TSFS Nimbus 3 rescue in TFF Shuttle crash sequence in TFF Certain DS9 fleet engagement sequences Skydiving sequence in 2009 Kelvinverse film Anything featuring Michelle Yeoh kicking people in DSC TYPE TWO: Tense, involved, deliberately paced sequences...more about tension than the actual action Examples Space battles in TWOK Kirk fights Kruge in TSFS Assassination scene in TUC Saucer crash sequence in GEN Final battle in NEM The battle in “Elaan of Troyus” Deflector dish/spacewalk in FC Defiant vs Lakota in “Paradise Lost” USS Kelvin vs Narada in “Star Trek (2009)” “Bad” Action TYPE ONE: Slow, stilted, poorly choreographed sequences Examples Almost any physical action in TNG Borg walking slowly through corridors and getting shot in their shields in FC or “Best of Both Worlds” Every single action sequence in INS The space battle in INS The larger brawls that occur in “The Savage Curtain” TOS TYPE TWO: Over-produced, over kinetic mind-numbing Michael Bay action sequences (gratuitous) Examples The space pod sequence in “Brothers” DSC Enterprise gets boarded in BEY Dune buggy sequence in INS The video game-like battle on Kronos in STID Spock runs and jumps and punches and smashes Khan for 45 min straight in STID Parts of the final battle in “Sweet Sorrow pt 2” DSC Certain other DS9 fleet engagement sequences Most of the VOY and ENT “space battle of the week” boredom What do you think about action in Star Trek? When is it good? When does it suck?