Essential Seven Star Trek Cringe Moments


We wrap up  Star Trek week with our weekly Essential Seven article. With 5 television series and 10 films (now 11), not every moment has been good. In fact, a few times I just cringe on certain scenes or even how an effect is handled. Here is our Essential Seven Star Trek Cringe Moments.

7. The Title Sequence from Nemesis


We all agree that Star Trek: Nemesis has problems. Before seeing the film in theaters I was pumped. I didn’t care about the bad buzz, it was Star Trek. Sitting in the theater I cringed within the first minute. The opening title sequence  had a backwards “R” in “Trek” and backwards “E” in Nemesis. I knew this was a bad sign. What was the point? In the end, I didn’t hate Nemesis. I actually thought that if  the script had some revisions the film would have been very successful. I just hated the “creative” idea to mess with the typography.

6. The Rock on Star Trek Voyager

trek_cringe_03Can you smell how bad an idea this was? UPN and Star Trek producers had this horrible idea to combine the WWE and Star Trek. The Rock vs. Seven of Nine! The Rock portrayed the Pendari Champion in the episode “Tsunkatse”. This episode wouldn’t be that bad if Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson didn’t do his trademark wrestling gesture “The People’s Eyebrow” (in which he raises his right eyebrow to the crowd).

5. Tuvix


A transporter malfunction fuses the DNA of Tuvok and Neelix, creating a new individual named “Tuvix”. It’s not the story that is bad. I thought it had an interesting premise. The cringe moment is the awful make up effects. Tuvix is just disturbing.

4. Wesley’s Rainbow Uniforms


Poor Wesley. I never understood the vile hatred for this character. The first two seasons for all of the characters were a work in progress. For Wesley though, even after the character was fleshed out people still hated him. My theory? It was the rainbow colored uniforms. You can’t gain anybody’s respect wearing those.

3. Insurrection Singing


I still get very uncomfortable when Picard, Data and Worf, break into the “HMS Pinafore” opera. The scene also confuses me.  How can singing distract Data? Can’t he perform 60 trillion operations per second?

2. Lt. Uhura’s erotic dance in Star Trek V


The settlement, Paradise City on Nimbus III must be a very lonely place. In order to steal the  patrol parties horses, Uhura performs an erotic moonlit fan dance. Apparently her dance entices the entire party to their knees. Kirk and his team proceed to capture the patrol with one of the members groaning. Was it because they were captured, or was it because Uhura is ancient?

1. Spock’s Brain


The Original Series has a lot of strange moments. Nothing is stranger than the episode “Spock’s Brain.” In the episode, an alien female boards the ship, incapacitates the crew, and removes Spock’s brain. Kirk only has a few hours to find Spock’s brain before his  body dies.

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