Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982, dir. Nicholas Meyer)

An old adversary returns, seeking vengeance on Kirk. Second and perhaps the best of the movie adventures, this captures the series well in its sense of adventure, while delivering both in action and SF spectacle, as well as in some deliriously hammy acting. Huge fun.

Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979, dir. Robert Wise)

The newly-refitted Enterprise answers a call from space. The first film adventure in the cycle has an intriguing conceit, but struggles to balance 2001-style spectacle and grandeur with post-Star Wars popcorn thrills. A slow misfire, but not without its moments.

Star Trek: Nemesis (2002, dir. Stuart Baird)

The crew of the Enterprise face a Romulan rebellion led by a clone of Picard. Action-heavy final instalment for the Next Generation crew, which revisits plenty of old series themes. Surprisingly tatty in places; for fans and completists only.

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991, dir. Nicholas Meyer)

The Enterprise crew battles a Klingon captain bent on destabilising the prospect of peace. A fine send-off for the original series crew, part six of the franchise effectively comments on Cold War anxieties while delivering on character and space battles.

Star Trek (2009, dir. JJ Abrams)

The Enterprise crew assembles and fights a renegade Romulan across two generations. Slick and funny on the surface, though with an awkward backstory (alt-timelines and time-travel), this franchise reboot delivers acceptably with a well-cast crew.

Star Trek: Beyond (2016, dir. Justin Lin)

The Enterprise is destroyed by an alien race seeking a device that will allow them to attack the Federation. A pacy, light, though ultimately disposable third instalment of the alt-timeline Kirk adventures. Feels like an expanded TV episode; not altogether a criticism.