Is there a better way to spend Memorial Day than rewatching the Star Trek film franchise? It’s interesting to look back at Trek and think about how far it has come since it first premiered in 1966. Who would have thought a series that only lasted three seasons could spawn five spin-off TV series, 12 feature films, and a massive array of Star Trek merchandise?
With the recent release of Star Trek Into Darkness, the people at JoBlo put together an impressive film tribute to the 12 movies in the Star Trek film series. The video above features three iterations of the U.S.S. Enterprise crew (OST, TNG, and Reboot), and many of highs and lows we’ve experienced throughout the entire Star Trek film franchise.
It’s an odd choice to begin with the origins of James T. Kirk in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek reboot, and then moving into the original movies with Star Trek: The Motion Picture, but the video does do a good job paying tribute to the film franchise as a whole. Making the transition from the Original Series crew to the Next Generation crew is pretty smooth, thanks to Kirk’s final log update from The Undiscovered Country. It’s a nice touch!
After a new high with First Contact, the lowest point for the Star Trek film series had to be the last two movies before J.J. Abrams’ reboot in 2009. Insurrection and Nemesis never felt like feature films, but rather like extended TNG episodes. Although there were some really strong actors and performances in each film — from F. Murray Abraham and Tom Hardy, respectively — the last two TNG movies just fell flat in so many ways.
Some feel the height of the Star Trek franchise is J.J. Abrams’ entries in the film series. While the Star Trek reboot is thrilling and action-packed, Star Trek Into Darkness feels like there is something missing. Let’s hope the film series can find its footing again with Star Trek 3, which might be released in 2016 for Star Trek’s 50th anniversary.
It’s disappointing that JoBlo’s Star Trek ultimate film tribute video doesn’t feature the Captain Kirk and Picard making breakfast scene from Star Trek: Generations. You can watch the scene below: