In coming to the tip of watching the entire Star Trek movies I really feel like I critically need to ask myself if I even like Star Trek anymore, or what Star Trek has turn out to be, or if it has simply shrunk within the context of so many different choices, or if I’ve simply outgrown it.
Severely, as highly effective of an affect as the unique sequence had on me as a child the way in which issues have carried on since then has been one unfulfilled promise after one other.
I assume, initially, I’ve to attempt to describe how vital Star Trek was between the cancellation of the unique sequence and the launch of the primary movie.
I’ve talked about, in reference to the Star Wars expanded universe, the good Star Wars drought, the place between Return of the Jedi in 1983 and The Phantom Menace in 1999 there was this large eager for extra Star Wars stuff that was crammed by books and fashions and toys and video games of various types.
It was like that, solely extra so as a result of, for many of that stretch, there wasn’t one other main area fantasy IP to distract. (Okay, possibly Physician Who, however sharing cons with these weirdos…) The unique sequence wrapped up as a result of manufacturing price issues whereas nonetheless very talked-about. The Spock’s Mind episode apart, it by no means jumped the shark, by no means drained folks out by dragging on too lengthy.
So the three seasons of the present had been constantly accessible in syndication. Within the age of broadcast TV earlier than VCRs, it was a present you can discover on the TV schedule a number of instances every week in case you lived in a metro space with extra that a few broadcast stations.
However to fill the void, the feed the necessity for extra, all of the stuff you would possibly anticipate out of your Star Wars reminiscences of its drought appeared. Toys, posters, video games, cosplay, conventions, and books… so many books. There have been books in regards to the ships, books in regards to the sequence, books in regards to the toys, posters, video games, and motion figures, and its personal expanded universe of novels, some good, although most had been fairly unhealthy. However they bought as a result of folks needed extra so badly.
There was a retailer on the identical open air mall the place my beloved San Antonio Passion Store was situated known as Starbase One or some such, which principally bought Star Trek stuff. Sure, there was some Physician Who stuff in its personal nook and the occasional Blake’s 7 merchandise would seem on the shelf, but it surely was largely Star Trek stuff… and the place survived for a number of years within the mid-70s promoting toy phasers and unhealthy uniform tunics and plastic fashions of the Enterprise and no matter different tchotchkes had been accessible.
So I’m going down a rabbit gap right here for a bit a few time 50 years previously to set the stage for a way I really feel about Star Trek… and, truthfully, Star Wars… in the present day.
I grew up in an period the place there was an nearly determined need to have extra Star Trek on TV or on the massive display. That is completely parallel to the sensation many Star Wars had within the period between Return of the Jedi and The Phantom Menace. It was a deep seated need to have MORE of those tales, and I simply occur to be of precisely the precise age to have a double dose that need, and it by no means actually goes away.
So regardless of having sat by 13 largely mediocre and sometimes regrettable Star Trek movies and having seen what number of seasons of no matter exhibits they’re as much as producing, I’ll at all times say I would like extra, as a result of there isn’t any solution to sate that want for extra that the preliminary lack led to.
And it’s the identical for Star Wars. I don’t actually like greater than half of the Star Wars motion pictures and have felt the ups and downs of their tv productions from the Vacation Particular onward, however in case you put me in a spotlight group and pitched a present about Bib Fortuna and his life on Tatooine earlier than he went to work for Jabba, I might unhesitatingly be in favor of that present being produced.
This is similar me that bitches how every thing has to occur on Tatooine and who doesn’t like half of the films.
However one thing inside me would somewhat have extra crap than one other drought… and, after all, there may be at all times that sliver of me from the mid-70s who simply desires to really feel the way in which I did about Star Trek and Star Wars the way in which I did again then and possibly, simply possibly, THIS TIME the
Anyway, sufficient rambling. The sum of that is that I’ll at all times need extra looking for the unlikely objective of constructing me really feel the way in which the franchise did when it was new. On this case, to really feel a few movie the way in which I felt in regards to the unique sequence again after I was… nicely… someplace between very younger and merely younger.
Which implies, for the ultimate rating of the Star Trek movies, I’m going to separate them out by the diploma to which they made me really feel like I did when Star Trek was only a cancelled three season science fiction drama that was just about continually accessible as re-runs in syndication.
Now, that could be a fairly onerous to quantify metric. It’s an emotion response, a intestine examine on the feels of hope, exploration, and *pew* *pew* that the unique sequence instilled in me after I was a child, the issues that made Star Trek a future I needed to dwell in.
And, simply to make clear, that is how profitable they had been at that measure on this re-watch of the movie. Every can also be linked to my publish about that individual movie.
Hit The Mark
Which of the movies I believe met that somewhat nebulous standards? And the ordering in these classes is irrelevant. That is solely an train of sorting them into buckets. I ranked them beforehand by technology if you’d like that type of scoring.
These are the three movies that the majority carefully acquired me there. Star Trek II, after all, was a direct pull from the unique sequence with the unique forged nonetheless not too outdated relative to the sequence, with a script that aligned nicely to how these days felt. It most likely helps that the present remastered model additionally appears to be like fairly good.
Then there are two of the three J.J. Abrams re-boot movies. What can I say? Regardless of their apparent flaws in script, story, continuity, and lens flare, these two managed to evoke a way of the unique in me that I used to be not anticipating. As I famous in these critiques, there have been a number of highly effective performances and results and music that helped them alongside, however these are usually not issues to be put aside, they’re a part of the entire of the image.
Add in the truth that in addition they go to pains to hyperlink themselves to the unique sequence, that what we’re seeing isn’t one other model of Star Trek, however a parallel universe model the place occasions transpired in another way… a chance established in unique sequence canon again with the Mirror, Mirror episode… and I’m keen to embrace the entire thing. I wish to be within the unique sequence Star Trek, however I might fortunately go to the J.J. model of Star Trek.
I might additionally flip round and re-watch any of these three once more.
Got here Shut
These 4 have some emotional resonance that put them a minimum of near the goal. They’re imperfect wessels of my fandom, however I nonetheless really feel like they’d one thing that was capable of seize a little bit of the elusive magic of Star Trek for me.
The third J.J. movie is right here. It fell off the rails a bit for emotions for me largely primarily based on script. Performances had been nonetheless highly effective, however not sufficient to beat the seeming obsession with the movie sequence of blowing up the Enterprise.
The remainder are unique sequence movies which, whereas goofy at instances, did nonetheless promote the unique forged fairly nicely with out getting too deep into that. Star Trek III was type of a tricky name, however Christopher Lloyd’s sometimes erratic Klingon commander efficiency type of bought it. I do know, not unique forged, however someway an unique really feel.
Likewise, The Movement Image is a really flawed story, but it surely nonetheless manages, in its personal means, to drag on the threads of need I felt again then to have some Trek, any Trek.
For causes beneath, these simply didn’t cross the emotional threshold.
I’m not essentially going to declare these unhealthy motion pictures or something. That’s not my standards. It’s extra a matter of my very own emotional attachment.
As you may see, all 4 The Subsequent Technology movies are right here, not as a result of they had been of poor high quality, however extra as a result of TNG has by no means actually felt like *my* Star Trek. By the point TNG got here round we had not solely had six Star Trek movies, we had additionally had Battlestar Galactica, Aliens, Terminator, and the unique three Star Wars movies, together with arguably the 2 greatest out of your entire bunch.
In that blend, TNG was type of okay. It had a tough first season for me. I don’t suppose I’ve even seen the total first season. And even when it settled down in season three and I used to be watching it each week, it nonetheless didn’t have that particular feeling that the unique sequence did. And I’ve by no means actually spent a lot time watching TNG in re-runs. So Kirk, for all his flaws, will at all times be my Enterprise captain.
However even that may’t get previous the final two movies within the sequence. I do know I’m bucking the even/odd good/unhealthy legend of the unique six Trek movies, however these movies really feel drained. The scripts are drained, the forged is drained, the Enterprise… no matter model it was… is drained, even the aliens appear drained. And, to present TNG its due, there was higher Star Trek accessible on tv whereas these movies had been being made. Neither related with me, and I’m going to assert to be to have been the core viewers when they’re launched.
So there we go. I’ve ridden the gauntlet of Trek movies and are available by on the opposite facet. It was actually a extra manageable job than attempting to observe all of the exhibits… and even all of one of many exhibits apart from the animated sequence or Brief Treks or one of many new exhibits that doesn’t have too many episodes. But when I had been to go watch one thing on the finish of this, it will most likely be a number of the remastered originals. However that most likely says extra about me and the place I got here from than what the most effective choices are.
Lastly, if there may be one lesson I can draw from your entire sequence it’s; when doubtful, put your goddam shields up. Past blowing up the Enterprise, how usually do they get caught with their shields down? There needs to be a Star Fleet regulation about that!