In honor of Star Trek’s 50th Anniversary, here are some of our favorite Star Trek films! #livelongandprosper
5. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home – On paper Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home sounds terrible. The plot revolves around the Enterprise crew going back in time to bring a few “extinct-in-the-future” humpback whales to the 23rd century. In order to prevent an alien force from destroying the world, the Enterprise crew sets out. Oh, and it’s a comedy. As ridiculous as the plot sounds, it totally works as a film. Although some fans bemoan the lack of science fiction in this film, The Voyage Home proved that these characters are so strong that they can survive when ripped out of their traditional setting.
4. Star Trek Into Darkness – How did this film work? The screenplay isn’t just bad—it’s broken. On top of that, it openly and defiantly demands to be directly compared to another classic Star Trek film. However, Star Trek Into Darkness is an action movie with such scope and visual imagination that you cannot help but forget the film’s sloppy plot. This film is a testament to J.J. Abrams and his perfectly cast Enterprise crew.
3. Star Trek III The Search For Spock – Star Trek III is not like any other Star Trek film. Although it reverses one of the greatest character deaths in film history, it does so in the most ingenious ways possible. This surreal and occasionally spectacular film disproves the myth that odd numbered Trek films are bad.
2. Star Trek – It’s easy to list the problems with J. J. Abrams 2009 reboot of the Star Trek franchise. It’s dumb and full of plot holes. However, Abrams is a magician – he makes sure you don’t see any of these problems until after the movie. While you’re watching, Star Trek feels absolutely perfect. The film is so fast, so fun, and so exciting it leaves the screenplay in the dust. This is a rare film that manages to outrun all of its problems and there is something very special about that. Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, and Zoe Saldana were given the job of stepping into the shoes of some of the most iconic characters in pop culture. All these actors stand toe-to-toe with their predecessors. For the first time since…ever… this cast and director made “Star Trek” sexy and cool.
1. Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan It had to be Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan! Out of all the classic “Trek” films, it’s the only one that stands alone as a great movie. You didn’t have to see the original series or even the first film to enjoy Wrath of Khan. This is about as good as genre cinema gets, folks. Although it’s a fun, fast, sci-fi adventure movie on the surface, Star Trek II takes advantage of is middle-aged cast to tell a story about aging, friendship, and mortality. People came for the submarines in space-style showdown between Captain Kirk and his greatest nemesis, but stayed for the emotional catharsis of the final fifteen minutes and one of the greatest character deaths in cinematic history.