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11 things we love about the original 'Star Trek' movies

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J.J. Abrams' reboots owe a debt to their visionary predecessorsBy Bryan ReesmanSpecial to MSN MoviesI'm not a huge fan of reboots, but J.J. Abrams got it right with 2009's "Star Trek." He captured the humor, high drama and intergalactic awe that made the original television series and movie franchise so endearing while showing us his version of how Capt. James Tiberius Kirk and the crew of the USS Enterprise got their start. I have high hopes for his second installment, "Star Trek Into Darkness," which I hope will cover more metaphysical ground.Those accolades stated, I still love the first six (OK, five of the six) movies with the classic cast. Let's face it: Without the original you'd have no slick reboot. These films have generally aged well and still stand among some of the best science fiction ever created for the silver screen. The even-numbered entries are the best, and they all include the writing and/or directing talents of Nicholas Meyer, who chose or worked on intelligent, socially aware stories that resonated with real-world implications. Producer and co-writer Harve Bennett was also integral there, having contributed significantly to parts II through V.Bing: 'Star Trek Into Darkness' | Watch the trailerAre you a classic loyalist or a reboot fan? Tell us at MSN Movies on Facebook and Twitter. "Star Trek Into Darkness" is out in theaters May 16.(Paramount Pictures)
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