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Top 6 Reasons Why You Should Watch Star Trek Films

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Screengrab via Star Trek Beyond Trailer
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This article is more inclined to remind of the lessons that we could learn from watching Star Trek films rather than the CGI effects or the Trekkie aspect of these films. I would say there are 6 compelling reasons to convince readers like you on why you should watch Star Trek films. 

#6. Starfleet’s role as peacekeepers

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The Starfleet is neither wholly civilian, nor military, and are in fact best described as a “peace keeping force.” They report directly to the Federation’s Military Council but their Commander-in-Chief is the (civilian) Federation President who represents the elected representatives of the various Federation worlds. 

Gene Roddenberry, in the series’ original Writer/Director’s Guide (the “bible”) stated;

“Starfleet is not a military organisation. It is a scientific research and diplomatic body.

Although the duties of the Enterprise may include some military responsibilities, the primary purpose of the Enterprise — as with all Starfleet vessels is to expand the body of human knowledge.

In practice this means that our armaments and militarism have been de-emphasized over the previous series and very much de-emphasized over the movies. We will not see the act of saluting. We may hear the word “sir”, but it is extended as the same kind of courtesy accorded by junior and senior officers to civilian airliners. It is traditional, however, to use ship’s ranks on the bridge, as an acknowledgment of the naval heritage of Starfleet.”

As you can see, Starfleet’s primary mandates are to keep the peace, to provide sufficient defense to Federation worlds and to conduct scientific research by studying and surveying the space within Federation territory. Star Trek offers a positive look at the future and the possibility of extraterrestrial life.”

#5. It values friendship

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Capt. James Kirk and Mr. Spock are the closest of friends. Spock prime reveals to his younger self: “Because you needed each other, I could not deprive you of the revelation of all that you could accomplish together, of a friendship that will define you both in ways you cannot yet realize.”

There’s nothing more powerful than friendship, with friends, you can accomplish many tasks, escape any dangerous situations, solve mysteries, defeat the enemy—and you get to laugh together when it’s all over.

#4. It depicts leadership and versatility in challenging times

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Many times in the movie, some of the characters acted as acting captain (thru passing command leadership) of the USS Enterprise during emergency situations. We may say they were trained that way but it is always the best way to succeed in most difficult times.

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