I remember sitting on the couch and hearing the words that would forever make me a trekker. "Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds; to seek out new life and new civilisations; to boldly go where no man has gone before." …. before you say, “Set phasers to stun.” I was hooked.
With the 50th anniversary of Star Trek fast approaching, I felt the need to re-watch all the Star Trek movies and each of the series’ and then to review everything, however reality set in. That would probably take as much time as a Vulcan’s pon farr cycle before that task would be completed. So, I decided to do the next best thing, watch the Star Trek movies only and break down my reviews into four specific categories. So grab your tricorders and let’s begin.
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier: Looking for God. Interesting idea but everything about this movie was horrible. Don’t even bother to watch it.
Star Trek Insurrection: Protecting the fountain of youth. Would have made an interesting T.V episode as a movie it falls flat.
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock: Deals with the aftermath of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. It’s emotional, action packed and funny. An underrated sequel. No other Star Trek movie has quite the same style or feel.
Star Trek: The Motion Picture: The crew of the Enterprise is sent out to intercept an alien entity. This is also known as the “boring” movie. After watching Robert Wise’s director’s cut however, it gave me a new appreciation for the movie.
On the Fence
Star Trek Into Darkness: A rehash of the Wrath of Khan. Hated in the theatre, loved watching it at home. Entertaining, but is it a good Trek movie?
Star Trek Nemesis: Picard’s clone (played by Tom Hardy) wants to take over the Romulan Empire while destroying Earth and killing Picard. Sometimes I love this movie and sometimes I hate it. Paramount cut out 50 minutes of the film, maybe they should put it back in a director’s cut.
Star Trek Generations: The passing of the torch from Captain Kirk to Captain Picard. It is not a bad film per say, except for the lame, lame and did I mention lame way Capt. Kirk gets killed.
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home: The one with the whales. It’s cute light hearted fluff.
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Kirk and his crew battle their deadliest foe. The best of the bunch and the film that solidified the franchise. It has action, adventure and an emotional ending that has never been matched.
Star Trek: First Contact: The Borg travel back in time in order to change history of earth’s first contact. If you only watch one film with the Next Gen cast, “Make it so” … I mean, make it this one.
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. Finally a story with the Klingons and a worthy final voyage for the original crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise.
Star Trek: A reboot, re-telling and re-imagining of the original series. J.J. Abrams is given the keys to the Enterprise and delivers the most action packed adventure since the Wrath of Khan.