“House: the ultimate frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise.” Star Trek followers have heard these phrases a number of instances earlier than, and all through the previous few a long time (which has exceeded properly past 5 years, at this level), they’ve seen a number of mission and explorations — lots of which have made their technique to the silver display screen. Suffice to say, by means of a few years of movies, they’ve boldly gone the place no man has gone earlier than a number of instances over.
There are 13 Star Trek films in complete by now, and it hasn’t at all times been a clean journey for the sequence. For each triumph, there have been a number of adversities. And for each rise, there’s inevitable a fall or two. Nonetheless, it has been a unprecedented flip of occasions for the Star Trek sequence, and it’s the failures that make the successes all of the extra sweeter. Subsequently, we’ll have a look again in any respect the Star Trek movies and rank them from worst to greatest.
Now, it ought to be famous that I am merely one man. On this enterprise generally known as CinemaBlend, I can solely converse for myself with regards to the Star Trek filmography, and I can guarantee you that my picks won’t at all times be typical. Do not fret. Be at liberty to voice your individual picks within the remark part on the backside of the web page, and we will disagree accordingly there. It’s honest to say, although, that my picks will not at all times match up with widespread perceptions of the movie, and I’m particularly nervous about one movie specifically.
However with out additional ado, this is how I would rank the Star Trek films to date! (Additionally, count on spoilers for a couple of of those films.)
13. Star Trek: Generations (1994)
On paper, Star Trek: Generations has implausible potential. A likelihood to mildew the previous, the current and the long run on this futuristic sci-fi sequence, the seventh Star Trek film is the one one to function each authentic forged members and The Subsequent Technology crew. The latter, having just lately concluded its TV run, lastly made its first journey onto the massive display screen, and it could enable followers —previous and new —to come back collectively to have a good time an epic Star Trek expertise.
Oh, what may’ve been. Generations, which finds Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) and Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner) becoming a member of forces so as to deliver down an intergalactic dangerous man hoping to destroy a planet, is an thrilling concept in idea, and it may’ve been one thing really particular if it have been performed properly. However the poor screenplay, blended with a rushed and manufactured really feel, resulted in an unsatisfying finish for one of the vital iconic characters in science-fiction historical past, and a equally disappointing big-screen foray for our Subsequent Technology crew. Only a massive bummer all-around.
12. Star Trek: The Movement Image (1979)
The late ’70s have been a unique time. The general public’s notion of sci-fi was painted by considered one of Stanley Kubrick’s masterpieces, 2001: A House Odyssey, and it was clearly an affect on quite a few movies after its run. That features Star Trek: The Movement Image, the primary foray for the tv sequence to make it on the massive display screen, and the filmmakers clearly needed to make it right into a spectacle. The movie actually fills out the display screen, to its credit score, in a giant method.
However alas, with out the identical significant commentary and mental insights to the psyche of man and its relationship with developments, expertise and machines, notably on the brink of evolution, you get a painful boring film (and a weirdly hyper-sexual one too), with no clear sense of plotting or construction that is an absolute slog to endure. Star Trek: The Movement Image follows the Enterprise as they try to find the hidden powers of an unknowable alien intent on destroying planet Earth. That would’ve been attention-grabbing, however as a pale imitation —at greatest — of an important movie, it is onerous to take a seat by means of its hyper-slow orbit by means of area.
11. Star Trek: Nemesis (2002)
In contrast to the unique Star Trek crew, The Subsequent Technology by no means discovered the identical success on the massive display screen. Whereas there have been some field workplace highlights and one or two films that broke by means of the mildew, these have been the exceptions somewhat than the norm. Sadly, Star Trek: Nemesis, the ultimate Subsequent Technology movie, not solely ended the franchise on a whimper, but additionally stalled plans to make one other Star Trek movie till Paramount determined to reboot in 2009.
The premise is kooky sufficient that, in the fitting phrases, it may’ve been loads of enjoyable. The Subsequent Technology crew is coping with a menace to the United Federation of Planets from Shinzon (Tom Hardy), a clone of Captain Picard, who takes management of the Roman Star Empire. It is goofy, but it surely’s additionally not the worst concept for a late-in-the-game Star Trek film.
Sadly, not like the considerate and nuanced tv sequence, The Subsequent Technology films are sometimes uniformly dumb, and never in a campy, foolish type of method. They’re extra annoying than charming, and that’s no exception right here. However it’s enjoyable to see Tom Hardy in such an early function in his profession. Fortunately, it is secure to say that issues labored out for the British actor in the long term, regardless of this massive hiccup.
10. Star Trek V: The Last Frontier (1989)
Whereas he is a straightforward particular person to mimic and make enjoyable of, there is not any denying that William Shatner’s performing carries a weirdly charming charisma. It is formal, in a really theatrical type of method, but it is extremely fascinating and sometimes likably honest. It is the type of campy showmanship that drove the unique 1960s sequence into the hearts of science-fiction lovers in every single place. The present (and the Enterprise) would not have the identical magnetism with out him on the helm.
That stated, William Shatner’s course leaves lots to be desired. After 4 films, and his co-star Leonard Nimoy commendably calling the photographs on the final two, Shatner’s ego obtained in the best way and he determined it was his time to be within the director’s chair with Star Trek V: The Last Frontier. The outcomes, sadly, weren’t notably nice.
Whereas I’d (tentatively) argue that this fourth sequel, which follows the Enterprise within the seek for God on the heart of the galaxy with a renegade, may need extra going for it than its fame may recommend (together with an intriguing brainwashing scene that exhibits that Shatner may’ve had some promise as a director if he tried it a couple of extra instances), it is sadly as stilted as a half-hearted Shatner imitation, and it would not have the enjoyable you’ll hope to seek out within the sequence after the previous few thrilling adventures. It is an sadly middling movie, and never value trying to find.
9. Star Trek: First Contact (1996)
Alright, that is the purpose the place my listing formally turns into controversial — relying on the way you felt about the previous few movies, admittedly. Whereas Star Trek: First Contact is essentially the most critically acclaimed Subsequent Technology film and one of the vital financially profitable within the sequence, this eight Star Trek film is best than Star Trek: Generations, but it surely by no means matches the success of its predecessors — even when it as soon as once more brings time-travel into the Trek fold.
First Contact brings The Subsequent Technology crew to the yr 2063, particularly the day of Earth’s first encounter with alien life, so as to stop first contact from the opposing Borgs. The Borgs have been at all times a fan favourite from the sequence, and there’s extra power and life on this new movie than there have been previously couple Star Trek films prior — together with a shocking and memorable opening dream sequence.
However Jonathan Frakes, in his function directorial debut, shouldn’t be in a position to make the smoothest transition into blockbuster filmmaking, with awkward tonal shifts and a few baffling story choices getting in the best way of admittedly sturdy motion sequences. First Contact shouldn’t be the worst, by any means, but it surely’s in the end not fairly as sturdy as folks make it out to be.
8. Star Trek: Riot (1998)
Admittedly, Star Trek: Riot shouldn’t be an important movie. It is corny, wonky, notably cheaper after the extra cinematic First Contact and never with out its personal story issues. However of all of the Subsequent Technology films, Riot is the one which, for my cash, is the closest to capturing the attraction and wit of the spinoff sequence. I do not count on lots of people to agree with me on this one, and that is completely okay. However I would put it a smidge above First Contact.
In Riot, the Enterprise uncover a conspiracy with the species Son’a to steal a peaceable planet generally known as Ba’ku for its rejuvenating properties. It’s a foolish plot with some environmentalism thrown in, and it does really feel much more contained and corny in comparison with the extra robustly action-packed First Contact. However I assume that is what makes it interesting to me. Greater than every other Subsequent Technology film, Riot appears like an extension of the sequence that impressed this spin-off sequence, and it is the one one which feels prefer it matches within the perimeters the present made. It additionally has Picard doing the mambo.
7. Star Trek III: The Search For Spock (1984)
Following the triumphant success of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek III: The Search For Spock had lots to show. With the tv sequence lastly making an important transition onto the massive display screen, this second sequel had an opportunity to make or break the muse being shaped. It was important for Star Trek‘s longevity that this movie labored. Fortunately, it did. Though, it is secure to notice that, between II and IV, it doesn’t have the identical success.
Star Trek III: The Search For Spock had an attention-grabbing proposition: how may it backtrack from essentially the most emotionally-impacting second within the sequence, the loss of life of Spock, and justify it whereas nonetheless holding true to its tenants. The end result, which because the title recommend, finds the Enterprise hoping to deliver Spock again to his Vulcan type as his spirit is revealed to be lodged within the thoughts of Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy (DeForest Kelley).
As a Star Trek film, it is a fairly gratifying one, full of a pleasant mixture of motion, pathos and humor. As a sequel to The Wrath of Khan, nonetheless, it’s a bit underwhelming. Ultimately, it is a commendably first rate Star Trek journey, if one which by no means fairly reaches the best highs or the bottom lows of the in depth movie franchise.
6. Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)
As soon as once more, I’m making a reasonably controversial assertion right here, so far as Star Trek lore is anxious. However I should be sincere, I assume Star Trek Into Darkness is a very gratifying slice of cinematic cheese. It is full of nice spectacles, a terrific sense of pacing, some good jokes, some sturdy performances and a substantial amount of power. However the place it in the end falls brief — and this can be a massive, very essential error — is being a great Star Trek film.
When discussing director J.J. Abrams’ one-and-only Star Trek sequel so far, there are two components at play: how does it work as a blockbuster and the way does it work as a continuation of this new, freshly-rebooted Star Trek sequence. To me, it does succeed within the first class, whereas fully falling brief within the second camp, which is why I imagine it’s so controversial to recommend that Into Darkness holds any actual advantage.
The sequel retraces the steps of The Wrath of Khan by making Benedict Cumberbatch a extra malicious, vindictive variation of Star Trek‘s most infamous foe. It’s miles from the strongest concept for a sequel, and it solely makes itself look inferior to such an important movie. However by means of its burst of power, well-shot motion, visible splendors from partaking set items and one other pair of sturdy performances from Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto, you have got the weigh the great and the dangerous. I in the end prefer it.
5. Star Trek Past (2016)
With J.J. Abrams stepping out of the director’s chair to deal with one other sci-fi galaxy, this one far, distant, director Justin Lin (Quick 5, Livid 6) took over the directorial reigns, which many followers assumed would spell out extra motion and fewer contemplative science-fiction. However surprisingly, Star Trek Past is the movie that is the closest to what Star Trek was: a considerate, character-driven sci-fi exploration into what it means to reside with others.
Certain, there are motion and stunts galore. However Star Trek Past is a notably far more contained sequel, one which harkens again to the basics of the sequence in a method that feels extra respectful to the fabric than the earlier sequel. A lot of the credit score ought to possible go to screenwriters Simon Pegg and Doug Jung, a pair of Star Trek followers who needed to make a sequel they needed to see on the massive display screen and which continues the communal spirit of Star Trek actors taking on inventive reigns on the sequence.
They appear to get the property, crafting a narrative that appears like an extension of the Star Trek of yesteryear, whereas nonetheless promising that this franchise can go to daring new locations. It additionally options Chris Pine’s greatest Star Trek work so far (possibly ever) and it makes shockingly glorious use of Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage.” The result’s a surprisingly bittersweet and beautiful reminder of what Star Trek will be for a brand new technology.
4. Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Nation (1991)
Following the underwhelming response to Star Trek V: The Last Frontier, the producers determined to return the keys to the person who made the movie sequence what it was as soon as earlier than: Nicolas Meyer. The screenwriter/director is the principle purpose why Star Trek turned a cinematic treasure with The Wrath of Khan, and it was shocking that it took Paramount this lengthy to deliver him again to the fold. It is higher late than by no means, as this film would recommend.
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Nation is not fairly as sturdy as Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, but it surely’s however a commendably well-crafted send-off to the sequence, earlier than the producers would get too cocky and mess all the pieces up once more with Star Trek: Generations. The ultimate movie to function the whole authentic forged, there’s a somber, melancholy really feel to this explicit Star Trek journey.
It does really feel like the top, at the least to a average extent. And the story, which finds the Enterprise racing to cease conspirators with a militaristic agenda, does have extra to say, thematically, than the previous couple movies. It is not fairly as quotable or iconic because the final Star Trek movie beneath Meyer’s helm, but it surely’s nonetheless fairly a stable movie. If solely they left issues properly sufficient alone.
3. Star Trek (2009)
After the disappointing slew of movies primarily based on The Subsequent Technology, it was obvious that Star Trek wanted a facelift. At this level, Star Trek was turning into a franchise the place previous folks have been working round attempting to carry out stunts they should not be doing for their very own well being and security. It was clear that the sequence wanted a technique to attraction to a youthful, extra energetic crowd. One thing that might make Star Trek a bit of extra accessible once more.
Whereas there are lots of people who object to what Star Trek did with the franchise, there is no such thing as a doubt that Star Trek was the kick within the pants that was wanted at this level. It made Star Trek enjoyable once more, in a significant method, with a return to the characters we beloved with an excited crew of younger actors — all of whom present some partaking, gratifying performances that really feel simply sufficient like impressions to respect their elders whereas nonetheless giving them a little bit of their very own spin to make them particular person to their new performers.
Together with sizzling younger director J.J. Abrams taking the helm, Star Trek (2009) turned the enthusiastic return-to-form that the franchise has wanted for an extended, very long time. Even when the next two sequels didn’t fairly match its identical success.
2. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Dwelling (1986)
Star Trek has at all times prided itself on specializing in a brighter utopia of a future, one which humanity ought to hope to try for as we reside out our days. That promise has been stuffed in many various respects, although we nonetheless have an extended methods to go earlier than we’ll ever board our personal Starship Enterprises. In any case, what if Star Trek was in a position to transfer ahead whereas additionally going again in time? It is an intriguing premise, and one performed properly with their fourth movie.
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Dwelling is a curious little film. As soon as once more directed by Leonard Nimoy, who helmed Star Trek III: The Seek for Spock, the movie finds the Enterprise going again to then-modern day 1986, the place the area crew finds themselves fishes out of water so as to shield the extinct hunchback whales. It’s a wacky film, and one that might’ve simply fallen flat if this sequel wasn’t simply the funniest movie within the Star Trek sequence.
One of many first instances through which Star Trek aimed for full accessibility, the result’s a splashy good little bit of enjoyable, whereas nonetheless respecting the integrity of the franchise and promising the hope of a brighter future — if we come collectively and combat the combat in the direction of preservation and concord. It is an important tribute to optimism.
1. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
What else may we put on the prime of this listing? Is there any movie that comes near topping this Star Trek journey? Whether or not it involves motion, excessive stakes, thrills, suspense or emotion, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is the best movie Star Trek has to supply, and it would stay that method for a very long time.
Simply essentially the most quotable and heavily-referenced movie within the franchise, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan takes a web page or two from Moby Dick to inform a story of formidable opponents combating towards each other within the nice recesses of area and time. But, that is the primary Star Trek film to actually drive dwelling the humanity of this space-based journey, capturing considered one of William Shatner’s greatest performances beat solely by Richardo Montalban’s title villain.
It is usually the one Star Trek movie to really perceive that so as to win, you have to additionally lose. The wants of the various should outweigh the wants of the few. It’s these sacrifices, whereas within the want to do good and protect what have to be righteous, that makes Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan the best Star Trek.
Once more, I ought to observe that I know these picks will not meet everybody’s fancy, and that is okay! I’m only one man. There are such a lot of Star Trek films on the market that there are a big selection of listing choices to be made. This is just one. However if you want to voice your individual picks, be happy to remark under on what you assume is the very best (and worst) that Star Trek has supplied to the silver display screen.