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The 13 Star Trek Films in the Ranking: From Worst to Best
And the series continues, with the current expansion Star Trek Beyond (which is one of the better ones of the series) and a 14th film in planning. Here is our ranking of the 13 films that have already appeared, including the most recent. We hope that new fans can use this list as a helpful guide as we invite the Diehards to join the discussion to debate. Ready? Then we bravely plunge into it ...
13. Star Trek V: At the Edge of the Universe (1989)
Unfortunately, it cannot be denied: William Shatner's only attempt to direct Star Trek remains at the bottom of the league. The jokes are not funny, the actors are all obviously uncomfortable and ridiculous (poor Nichelle Nichols) and the plot which starts with Spock meeting his never-mentioned, long-lost half-brother and ends with our heroes, "God “To be face to face is simply stupid. Shatner's directorial work is bungled and the movie looks awful too, even for 1989 the effects are cheap and amateurish. After a trilogy of good to great movies and followed by one of the best, it's easy to label On the Edge of the Universe as a simple slip up. Only the bundled fascination with the Star Trek brand prevented Shatner's nonsense from destroying the entire series.
12. Star Trek: Nemesis (2002)
This strip, on the other hand, actually seriously damaged the series. After it came out, Trek was on hold for seven years (even only Enterprise was on TV at the time). Honestly, it took a break: Nemesis is a mix of disjointed ideas that are downright stupid (the new leader of the Romulans is a clone of Picard and we know that because they're both bald) or stolen (another duplicate data is found) . Then there are questionable moments like Deanna Troi's mental rape by the Romulan leader Shinzon (a young Tom Hardy with a solid performance) and Data's attempt to give the film a climax a la The Wrath of Khan by sacrificing himself at the end. All in all a pretty disappointing proposition. As mentioned, Hardy plays well, Patrick Steward is always a plus, and the clash of Shinzon's ship with the Enterprise is pretty cool and never been there before. But Nemesis is itself its own worst enemy after all.
11. Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)
Though technically as hellishly impressive and with a cast that can safely boast of being the heirs of the Original Seven, Star Trek Into Darkness is incredibly offensive to Trek fans in many ways. The script is terrible, on the one hand peppered with ridiculous concepts such as beaming via transporter across the galaxy (then what do we have space ships for?) Or "magical blood" - an idea that the authors Roberto Orci and Alex Kurztman also have in their equally terrible one The Amazing Spider-Man 2 used. In addition, thanks to Orci, an unhealthy dose of politics in the form of a 911 conspiracy theory is mixed into the film, not to mention a cynical attempt to do the fans a favor by making Benedict Cumberbatch a half-hearted version of Khan. The crowning glory is the copy of the third act of Der Zorn des Khan, but without the emotions and the gripping climax. Director J.J. Abrams continues to be responsible for some dire episodes, but the release of this piece can rightly be seen as a darker moment in Trek history.
10. Star Trek: The Uprising (1998)
It's strange that for a long time about the even numbers of the Trek films were good and the odd numbers were either boring or bad. This ninth strip of canvas proves that (the subsequent film Nemesis breaks tradition). There are just so many stupid moments in this movie - from Worf struggling with acne to Data's special relationship with a little boy. In the end, the whole thing feels more like a sluggish, overly long TV episode. The locations are bland, the story is vague (the Federation and an alien species are in cahoots to lure a few indigenous people from a planet that's basically a fountain of youth) and the bad guys (Anthony Zerbe and F. Murray Abraham) screw up everything within their reach. One finds the germ of an interesting idea about corruption in the Federation, but it is never expanded. For a film with such an inciting title, Star Trek: The Uprising is only moderately exciting.
9. Star Trek: Generations Meetings (1994)
The idea behind Meet the Generations was great: to find a way to bring together the classic and cast of The Next Century in one epic adventure. Sadly, more than half of the original crew, most notably Leonard Nimoy, didn't play. Of the three who were there, we only get to see William Shatner actually interacting with someone (namely Patrick Stewart) from The Next Century. James Doohan (Scotty) and Walter Koenig (Chekov) disappear after the opening scene. The story that eventually brings the two captains together, with Malcolm McDowell as a scientist desperate to destroy a star to get into an alternate reality called "Nexus," is confusing, vague, and feels too small - yes, even with it the exploding star - for such a historic moment as the meeting of the two most famous Enterprise Commanders. Plus, Kirk's death isn't nearly as elegant or poignant as Spock's five films earlier. On the other hand, Steward and Shatner are playing great, especially considering what they're dealing with, most of the Next Century actors are performing well, and the Enterprise crash landing is a gripping scene.
8. Star Trek: The Movie (1979)
I can still remember seeing this film in the cinema in which the Enterprise - bigger than ever - practically hovers over my head. And floats ... and floats ... until the camera had finally filmed every inch of the ship, 20 minutes had passed. This first attempt at taking Trek from the small to the big screen was an inflated (for a short time it was the most expensive film of all time), sluggish and self-indulgent affair that nonetheless secured a special place in the hearts of fans. After all, it was great to see our heroes in (slow motion) action. Shatner looks uncomfortable and stiff, but Nimoy and Kelley settle back into their roles as Spock and McCoy as if it had only been six months and less than ten years since the show ended. The plot is pure science fiction and the new characters Will Decker (Stephen Collins) and Ilia (Persis Khambatta) bring a breath of fresh air. It's not quite enough to Star Trek: To place the film higher in the ranking, but at least it has shipped the Enterprise back into space.
7. Star Trek Beyond (2015)
Giving this latest trek adventure a place in the ranking is difficult, as it is difficult to assess whether it will be a success and how its rating will change over time. Placing the film in the middle of it is therefore more of a safe bet than a real assessment. What matters, though, is that Star Trek Beyond is a welcome return to the spirit and optimism of classic Star Trek after all the bloated paranoia of Into Darkness. It looks like a film-length episode of the original series with first-class effects and modern (that is to say: extremely edited) action scenes. Some are effective, but director Justin Lin sometimes shakes the camera a little too much and is more adept at the quieter moments. There are some great interactions between Spock (Zachary Quinto) and McCoy (Karl Urban), while Kirk (Chris Pine) is determined and commanding and therefore fits perfectly into the executive chair. Idris Elba's Krall is an excellent villain who fits in perfectly with the theme of the film. Star Trek Beyond is straightforward with the claim to revive the essence of Star Trek - which works for the most part.
6. Star Trek (2009)
Purists may not share this opinion, but director J.J. Abram's restart for the Enterprise crew was, against all odds, a huge success. The idea behind the story is an alternate twist (now known as the Kelvin Timeline) and brilliant because it allows the new team to go their own way without wiping out the previous 43 years. But Abraham's greatest achievement was the cast itself: each and every one of them lives up to expectations while maintaining respect for the cultural icons that represent their predecessors. Quinto and Urban are outstanding, but Pine is the flawless personification of a young, brash and impulsive James Tiberius Kirk who stirs Starfleet into turmoil. Leonard Nimoy's cameo also adds a welcome twist. The Romulan (Eric Bana) and "Red Matter" story is needlessly busy and negligible, but the new crew and overall energy of the film prove that Star Trek is alive - in every timeline.
5. Star Trek III: In Search of Mr. Spock (1984)
No, it is not as good as its predecessor. But standing in the shadow of The Wrath of Khan resulted in Star Trek III being underrated for many years. On the one hand the focus is really on the chemistry between the central crew members (except for one of course for almost the entire season) and on the other hand we see Kirk in some of the most emotionally formative moments of his life. Not only did he lose his best friend in the previous film, now his ship and son are also joining - and yet he manages to get back on his feet (in the truest sense of the word) and looks ahead. That's why it doesn't feel invented, but rather well-deserved when Spock comes back to life in the end. Nimoy makes a confident debut as a director and Shatner does a great job. Everyone else is given interesting assignments (except poor Uhura) and the destruction of the Enterprise is an impressive moment. On the other hand, Christopher Lloyd is quite funny as the Klingon villain Krug, but does not come close to Khan and the set of the planet Genesis does not look very convincing. Nevertheless, there are enough reasons to watch this film again.
4. Star Trek IV: Back to the Present (1986)
After the rather gloomy Star Treks II and III, producer Harve Bennett decided to take things a little easier, as easy as a story about a space probe that is about to destroy the earth and can only communicate with long-extinct whales can be. Nimoy is back not only as a director, but also as a full-time Spock, and it's pure joy to watch him pull back his memories and take Kirk too seriously. Here you can find the funniest Trek version when the crew makes their way through current San Francisco to find whales again. But even when things get really weird, it's never too slapstick. The appearance of the new Enterprise at the end also brings goose bumps. Almost the entire film without shooting the original ship shows how popular the characters had already become, and the result was the series' biggest box office hit to date.
3. Star Trek: First Contact (1998)
The second The Next Century film remains the best of four this crew starred in and one of the finest overall. Jonathan Frakes (Commander Riker) impresses with his debut as a director just like Patrick Steward as a wounded Picard, whose adaptation by the Borg years ago left deep scars that could endanger his humanity more than the Borg themselves. I'm still not whole sure about the concept of a Borg queen (as she should be a crush intellect), but Alice Krige is surprisingly sensual in her role. That the Borg are going back in time to cut off humans' first contact with the alien race (which paves the way for the Federation) is a clever idea, just like that of Riker helping Zefram Cochrane land its first warp flight. Some great action scenes, a sleek script and steward's performance make this film a highlight of the next century's gang.
2. Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Land (1991)
I swear The Undiscovered Land is the totally underrated movie in the Trek series and for a moment I thought of putting it at the top (even if that never happened). Nicholas Meyer's second outing as Trek director (he also worked on the script) proves why he is one of the most valuable comrades in the history of the series. He brings back elegance, tension and clarity after the series was brought to its knees with On the Edge of the Universe. Shatner and Nimoy are at their peak with the central premise of uncertain peace negotiations between the Federation and the Klingons. As they approach (cautiously), Kirk gets a real chance to explore his own conscience - and maybe find out it's paint. The film drags a bit in the middle of the visit to the Klingon prison planet, but it is saved by a fantastic third act that not only brings about an outstanding battle in space, but also a real exchange of blows between Shatner and Nimoy. And it's a magical moment for any true fan when the actors' signatures are scribbled across the screen as the Enterprise sails into the stars.
1. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
Ok, it's not a surprise. I admit that. But Star Trek II has to be surpassed first, because it set the bar for all films past, present and future. Finding yourself after Star Trek: The Movie wasn't easy, and the studio decided to bring a few new people on board by shoving maker Gene Roddenberry aside and bringing in producer Harve Bennett and director Nicholas Meyer. They took an intelligent look back at Trek history and found a plot and a villain with whom they could refer to mortality and memory and allow the characters to respect the passage of time while plunging headlong into a nerve-wracking adventure. Ricardo Montalban delivers an exaggerated (and appropriate) performance as Khan, who is still considered one of the best science fiction villains to this day. The rest of the cast also exceeds expectations and seems far more liberated than in Star Trek: The Movie. And the end ... yes, Spock eventually returns from the dead, but Star Trek II manages to keep you insecure the entire length of the movie. That's why it works and that's why this film remains the best trek of all.
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