Star Trek and it’s selection of the Battle of Xahea as the best battle is confusing
With all the battles that Star Trek has produced, you’ll find few people who will agree that the Battle of Xahea is the best in franchise history.
Star Trek and it’s official website has named the Battle of Xahea as the most “breathtaking and consequential” battles in Star Trek lore. That is just maddening, especially when you see that other battles like the Battle at Wolf 359 are ninth. Just ninth on the list? What? Clearly, there was a push to show Star Trek fans just how “good” and “cool” Star Trek: Discovery is as both the No. 1 choice, Battle of Xahea, and the No. 2 choices, the Battle of the Binary Stars are both from Discovery.
In a wicked sense of irony, Star Trek (2009)’s Battle of Vulcan came in third. It’s a bit perplexing why those battles were ranked ahead of the more iconic ones. If it was a look at the most impressively rendered Star Trek battles, fair enough. Discovery has some of the most beautiful special effects going. That doesn’t make their battles “breathtaking” or even “consequential”.
Seeing as how the Battle of Wolf 359 introduced the Borg and their destructive powers into the universe it’s pretty obvious that was a huge monumental moment. Especially with regards to the fact that the alien race would affect three series and a movie. More so, the Battle at Deep Space Nine (both of them) involved nearly every Alpha and Beta Quadrant power in the series. Clearly, that had much higher consequences.
Lastly, the site claims the order is in “real-time chronology”. Yet the list goes from 2367 (Wolf 259) to 2375 (Battle of Cardassia) to 2258 (Destruction/Battle of Vulcan) to 2256 (Battle of Binary Stars) to 2258 (Battle of Xahea) and across two different universes. So clearly this wasn’t a “real-time” countdown, because if it was, the events of 2256 in the prime universe would have started first, leading to the end in 2375, and then over to the alternate time line’s 2258. Since the old Spock in the Kelvin Star Trek came over from the original universe.
The website got this whole thing wrong and fans, myself included, are left all the more confused by it.