The final feature film to star the entire original series cast, The Undiscovered Country sputters, spurts, and takes its sweet time to get where it needs to go, but once it does, is actually pretty cool. Kirk and Spock’s relationship isn’t tested in the ways I thought it might, DeForest Kelly never once utters his immortal classic “Dammit Jim, I’m a doctor, not a….”, and central villain Christopher Plummer spends the entire film spouting Shakespeare (as a Klingon, no less), but the rousing, fitting-finale feel to proceedings gives the Trek crew an entertaining send off.
The point in the Trek franchise where the original series characters went from straight-up sci-fi adventuring, and into metaphysical pondering, questioning the meaning of their existences. The Final Frontier has several memorable moments, and works best when the focus is on Kirk, Spock and McCoy, but otherwise it’s a fairly forgettable effort in the film canon, with an unweildy “God” presence being both ill-advised and ill-explained as a Boss Level villain.
Action packed, if flawed, Trek film, and the final of the Next Gen series, Nemesis is a fitting finale to the now stagnating Trek franchise. Stuart Baird directs this film with an eye for action and style, something the Trek universe could have badly done with about six films ago. Nevertheless, this is a dramatic, dark and melancholy finale to the original Trek Universe film series.
Daring, yet ultimately dull, Trek franchise entry, with Picard going for a romantic-lite journey and discovering a “perfect moment” along the way. Solid direction cannot overcome a sloppy, mixed-messages screenplay, although the cast do their utmost with the material they have been given. F Murray Abraham overacts badly, hamstringing the emotional weight of the conflict at hand.
Defining, momentous Trek entry, with the Next Generation crew going toe-to-toe against their sworn enemy, the Borg. After travelling for ages, a Borg cube has finally reached earth, and it seems that the entire Federation Starfleet is unable to thwart their plan to destroy the planet. Mind you, nobody said anything about them destroying the planet in the past, did they? Mind bogglingly cool, this Trek film still holds up under scrutiny today, even in the face of the modern re-think by JJ Abrams. While the first Generations film had little to redeem it overall, this entry, directed by co-star Jonathan Frakes, remains perhaps the best of the Picard-era Trek film, its slam bang action and sly, humorous screenplay ensuring it’s got the one thing a lot of “serious” sci-fi often fails to take into account: a sense of fun.
Mild, innocuous outing for the Next Gen crew, being handed the baton (in a way) by the outgoing original Trek team, particularly William Shatner. Should have been iconic, instead is rendered somewhat mediocre by a poor storyline and a hodgepodge of Trek-lore which would baffle any newcomers to the franchise. The cast give their all, but an obtuse screenplay renders this adventure an opportunity missed.
This film rocks. Seriously, it’s going to go down as one of the best Trek film ever, perhaps even THE best Trek film ever. Everything about this film, from the dialogue to the special effects, are of a calibre the franchise has long since been avoiding due to the sleepy, somewhat ancient, characters the storytellers have had to play with.
Brilliantly conceived Trek outing with the original series cast in pitch-perfect form, bringing their futuristic sensibilites to present day Earth: a time before computer technology had allowed us to travel beyond the stars, and before music became “civilised”, this film is filled with the warmth and humour that Trek is capable of delivering, and it took four films to get it right. Genuinely exciting, filled with great moments of laugh-out-loud hilarity, and a romance of sorts for Kirk, The Voyage Home hits a Star Trek Home Run, and remains one of the most enduring legacies of the early features.