Star Trek I – IV

One line review: The first four Star Trek movies are a fantastic representation of Star Trek, combining the exploration, the action, and the cheesiness of the series.

Movie Title: Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

Actors: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, George Takei, Majel Barrett, Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols, Persis Khambatta, Stephen Collins, Grace Lee Whitney, Bibi Besch, Merritt Butrick, Jeff McBride, Paul Winfield, Kirstie Alley, Ricardo Montalban, Phil Morris, Scott McGinnis, Robin Curtis, Robert Hooks, Jane Wyatt, Catherine Hicks, Mark Lenard

Director: Robert Wise, Nicholas Meyer, Leonard Nimoy, Gene Roddenberry

Year: 1979 / 1982 / 1984 / 1986

Genre: Action / SciFi

Method of Viewing: DVD

Location of Viewing: Home

Viewing with: No One

Rotten Tomatoes:

Star Wars: 50% – More of an event than a movie…more flash than content.
Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan: 90% – Considered by many fans to be the best of the Star Trek movies, Khan features a strong plot, increased tension, and a sharp supporting performance from Ricardo Montalban.
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock: 76% – TThough it may be short on dazzling special effects, The Search for Spock is still a strong Star Trek installment, thanks to affecting performances by its iconic cast.
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home: 84% – Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home is perhaps the lightest and most purely enjoyable entry of the long-running series, emphasizing the eccentricities of the Enterprise‘s crew.

My rating: ***

My assessment (the first 101 words at least):
I decided to stop at the first four Star Trek movie, partially because the Angry Video Game Nerd reflected on Star Trek II, III, and IV as the closest thing that the Star Trek series has to a trilogy. It certainly does a fantastic job of representing the Star Trek series. The first movie capturing exploration, the second and third representing more of the action side, and the fourth representing the cheesy and silly plots. I believe Wrath of Khan is my favorite of the movies, mostly because the entire film seems better written, better acted, and an absolutely fantastic film.

Star Trek: The Motion Picture felt like it was 2001: A Space Odyssey minus a lot of symbolism, plus Star Trek. I seriously did not enjoy this, as it felt like a bad episode of Star Trek had been stretched to movie length.

Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan seems like the peak of the series in every way possible. It really shows what writers can do when they are forced to deal with a character’s death. Unlike the first movie that seemed to drag, this one seemed to always be moving, whether it was plot, action, or character development. Definitely a fantastic movie.

I’ve heard it said that the odd Star Trek movies are bad, while the even ones are good. I really feel that this movie should be the exception to the rule. Yes, it isn’t as good as Wrath of Khan, but still, for a movie centered entirely around undoing what was done in Wrath of Khan, they did a fantastic job. The constant theme of the many sacrificing for the one was a great contrast from the last movie.

….. Whales? Seriously. You stumbled on the first movie, did great on the second one, the third was pretty good…. and then whales. I’m really annoyed at… whales, and I’m even more annoyed at how casually the Captain decides to go back in time. The only reason I don’t hate this movie more is that this entire movie seems to be more than willing to make fun of itself, and Star Trek in general. It’s such an odd movie to have after so much action before, but it’s still an okay Star Trek movie.


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