There is no such thin as "the best" Star Trek film, just which one you prefer

No Star Trek film is definitely the best.
2015 TCM Classic Film Festival - Christopher Plummer Hand and Footprint Ceremony
2015 TCM Classic Film Festival - Christopher Plummer Hand and Footprint Ceremony / Mark Davis/GettyImages

We like to think of ourselves as pretty knowledgeable Star Trek fans. We've been around for a while, with myself getting into the franchise in the early to mid-1990s. As a child I had my favorites, don't we all, but as I grew up, I stopped thinking that my favorite had to mean it's the best. As something being the best is very subjective. Yet, there are still people who like to utilize this idealogy that something can be definitely better than another thing when there is no real way of proving it.

There are fans who love certain movies and fans who don't. There are people who will swear by Star Trek: Discovery is not only their favorite show but the best show. Are they right? I don't think so, but that's an opinion. One no more or less powerful than those who disagree with me.

Yet, there are still people who have to prove an opinion as fact. We don't get why but we're here once again to argue to the contrary. Matt Stinger of Screen Crush has just published a new article stating that Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country is definitely the best Star Trek film ever. Or as Stinger puts it;

"Don’t get me wrong; The Wrath of Khan is a very good movie. The Undiscovered Country is just better."

Now, there are a lot of good points here that Stinger makes about why he believes Undiscovered Country is better than The Wrath of Khan. Here's the thing though; they're all emotion-based. There is no quantifiable way to say which movie is better.

If this were just a discussion about which movie he most enjoyed, cool. Have your take, we're fine with people having different opinions than us. Yet, to say that one is definitively better than the other? That's just not possible.

No Star Trek film is proven as the best. If you're not a fan of Wrath of Khan, that's cool. If you think Beyond is your favorite; no harm there. Personally, I'm all about that First Contact goodness, but I don't believe it's the definitive best. At least, not anymore. I've long accepted the idea that everyone has a fair view of what the "best" truly is.

I think the best film is First Contact, but I don't know what it is. He has a right to his favorite movie, as do I, and they don't need to be the same, but saying something is definitely better requires evidence, evidence that can't exist when the argument is based on emotion and opinion.