There’s a new Star Trek movie in theaters right now.
Cool. Let’s rank it.
Hold on there buddy. Why can’t we stop and appreciate it, remember the good times (those Spock/McCoy scenes), lament the bad times (those Krall scenes….pretty much all of them)? Be grateful for what we got. Chew on it a little longer. Why must we rank it in comparison to the franchise catalog to this point?
Because, to echo Harley Quinn in the Suicide Squad trailer, it’s what we do. After all, thousands of Trekkies voted on all of the films three years after Into Darkness was finishing its theatrical run, and we all remember how that turned out, don’t we? Turns out the hardcore fans really, really hate Into Darkness.
Those same fans are meeting against next weekend for the annual Official Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas. I wonder what they think of Star Trek Beyond. I’ve heard some refer to it as being on par with Insurrection [wait – that was me], others have listed it as the second or third best Trek film of all time, without hesitation. Either way, here’s my updated ranking of Star Trek films, with my rankings of Generations and Insurrection possibly reflecting the fact that I grew up with the Next Generation cast (although that doesn’t blind me to Nemesis’ faults):
Here’s the full list:
- ‘Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan’
- ‘Star Trek: First Contact’
- ‘Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home’
- ‘Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country’
- ‘Star Trek’
- ‘Star Trek: Generations’
- ‘Star Trek Beyond’
- ‘Star Trek: Insurrection’
- ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’
- ‘Star Trek III: The Search For Spock’‘
- ‘Star Trek: The Motion Picture’
- ‘Star Trek: Nemesis’
- ‘Star Trek: The Final Frontier’
What does your list look like right now, even if you haven’t seen Beyond yet?