I figured we could have some fun with a different type of topic. Welcome to Verus! Where we compare and contrast Star Trek characters, ships, episodes and more. With over 700 episodes, 7 shows and 13 movies, there is more than enough material to dissect and discuss. Starting off, I wanted to discuss the top rated Trek movies. The movies the critics and audiences agree are the best/"fresh". The Wrath Of Khan The Search For Spock The Voyage Home The Undiscovered Country vs First Contact Star Trek (2009) Into Darkness Beyond Then vs Now. Starting off this off, it's apparent that the 4 modern films are more action oriented. A lot of shoot'em, go get'em, stunt work and special effects filled fair. Underneath that, we have the exploration of the characters and how their actions and decisions affect their lives and others around them. Mainly Picard in FC and Kirk and Spock in the new trilogy. The new films showcase different aspects of mankind's reach and grasp. FC - With Picard's pretentious and self righteous attitude being thrown in his face by Lily, but also Cochrane learning to see a picture beyond dollar signs and booze. ST09 - Coming of age story for Kirk and Spock and the potential these two have working together. STID - Allegory for 9/11, wars of choice and targeted drone strikes. The film didn't really land it's point of not succumbing to the same evils with others seek to inflict on the innocent, but the good guys won in the end. So that's something. BEY - BEY does land that point that humanity is more than conflict and struggle. We can be better and change. The same goes for those who are different from us. Choice is the big message of BEY. In the classic films, the story and characters of each film carry the weight. There is a palpable human drama to these films and our heroes who we follow. TWOK - With Kirk feeling aged and suffering the loss of his best friend. After a dramatic fight for his and his crew's life against a homicidal madman. TSFS -The strong sense of camaraderie and sacrifice the crew endure all to help a friend in need. Kirk and co. put their careers in jeopardy, and their lives by going to the Genesis planet. The cost was their ship and Kirk's son David. TVH - Has the crew go above and beyond to right a 20th/21st century wrong (extinction of a species) in order to save their future and give the extinct species a future as well. TUC - Overcoming pre-conceived notions and past transgressions about an adversary and working together for a better future. Instead of racing to the bottom of who can become the most savage. Like BEY, choice is the big message. Please feel free to leave and add any thoughts. This is but one topic I would like to compare and discuss.