Star Trek lists the 10 best 'Last Minute Reinforcements' and we agree with No. 1

A great save can make an entire story so much better.
1996 Patrick Stewart stars in the new movie "Star Trek: First Contact".
1996 Patrick Stewart stars in the new movie "Star Trek: First Contact". / Getty Images/GettyImages

Star Trek is many things but at its core, it's specifically two; a morality play where characters debate two different but viable ideas and a naval war story. Now, the latter part isn't a consistent element of the show, but it does play into the series far more than most would want to admit. From shootouts to harrowing rescues and every Star Trek fan favorite; submarine battles (but in space).

It's a huge aspect of what makes Star Trek so much fun, as when diplomacy ends, the action begins. Due to that Star Trek has a large history of battles, shootouts, and even wars. Centered around all forms of combat, from hand-to-hand, to more traditional battle scenes and even scenes featuring the Federation having to use their formidable spaceships on various enemies.

It's prompted a trend of scenes where the cavalry arrives just in the nick of time to save the heroes, or when the heroes are the cavalry, arriving to save their friends and allies. There are quite a few of these moments, so many so that Star listed 10, many of whom we think you should go check out for yourself.

We're just here to talk about the number one, which, we believe, is the best calvary rescue in Star Trek history; the U.S.S. Enterprise-E arriving to battle the Borg as they try to reach Earth in Star Trek: First Contact. There are many reasons why this moment works the best of all of them but we're going to focus on just three.

The first main reason is that this is the first time we've gotten to see Jean-Luc Picard and his crew taking the USS Enterprise-E out for a spin. The Enterprsie-D having been destroyed in Star Trek Generations, the E was brought in for First Contact and it did a great job going up against the Borg.

The second core reason why this is the pinnacle of the rescue trope is due to the fact it featured Picard arriving to save his allies from his greatest enemy, after having been ordered to stay out of the conflict. Due to Picard having once been a Borg himself, The Federation was uneasy about Picard and his crew joining the battle, and so they disobeyed a direct order and came anyway. While we'd like a more competetent representation of Starfleet, it did add some drama to the scene. Drama that, admittedly wasn't necessary.

The last core reason revolves around the ship's introduction. The USS Defiant, the core ship of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, was involved in a shootout with the Borg and was taking heavy damage. Worf, former Next Generation, and then-current Deep Space Nine character, was the commanding officer of the vessel and was the only member of the TNG-era Enterprise not aboard the new E. As the ship was about to be destroyed, the Enterprise-E arrived, saving the Defiant, and bringing Worf aboard so that he could be part of the movie's overall plot.

There are a dozen or so more reasons why this scene deserves the top spot, but the three previously given are the best.