For the next couple of weeks, we’ll be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Star Trek franchise. We’ve already chimed in once, with a rating of all the episodes of the Original Series. This time, though, it’ll be the films. I have been watching the films over and over again for over 30 years. Veronica has less of a memory of the films and so was sometimes surprised during them.
Just like when I did the James Bond posts, these posts are timed to a specific release. The plan is to run a review a day, with the review of Star Trek Into Darkness running on the 22nd, the release day for Star Trek Beyond. Then, the next day will be the lists having to do with the films. That Sunday then, will have my review of Star Trek Beyond.
Two more notes, both of them the same as from the James Bond reviews. First, there will be spoilers in the various reviews except for Star Trek Beyond, so if you’ve never seen them, don’t blame me for ruining films that are anywhere between 37 and 3 years old. Second, the reviews will run in release order, not rank order. They will all include a series rank, which may change depending on how good Star Trek Beyond is, though, unlike SPECTRE, I don’t have high hopes for it.
So, here is the schedule for the next couple of weeks:
- July 10 – Introduction
- July 11 – Star Trek: The Motion Picture
- July 12 – Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
- July 13 – Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
- July 14 – Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
- July 15 – Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
- July 16 – Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
- July 17 – Star Trek: Generations
- July 18 – Star Trek: First Contact
- July 19 – Star Trek: Insurrection
- July 20 – Star Trek: Nemesis
- July 21 – Star Trek
- July 22 – Star Trek Into Darkness
- July 23 – the lists
- July 24 – Star Trek Beyond
One last thing. With the James Bond films, I had definite preferences of one Bond over another. I don’t necessarily favor one crew over another. Each film has its own strengths and weaknesses, some of which are because of the filmmakers, and not the crew. Of the four best films, there is at least one from each of the three crews. I will say this, though. I feel bad because Anton Yelchin died recently under really awful circumstances. Unfortunately, I loathed Yelchin’s performances as Chekhov. It’s nothing against him personally, though I won’t modify my view of his performances simply because of his death.