Film wise Star Trek has the longest running stretch in a marketable franchise, it has 11 films, to date, from the TOS (The Original Series) era, through to the Next Generation era and now back to slightly pre-TOS - I say slightly pre-TOS because it's set before Kirk's original 5 year voyage and concentrates on the first adventures of the TOS crew, during their Starfleet Cadet years. Each film has its highs and lows and the series itself has a stigma attached, as the even numbered films are generally better than the odd numbered ones.
For those that don't know, the films are:
The Next Generation era
Slightly Pre-TOS era
As you can see it, starts off being numbered, then they drop the numbering, which can be confusing - but hey, let's just go with it as we'll know that this is the Next Gen era. Then for the 11th film they go back to the original era and just call it Star Trek, which, although I can see why it was done, it can be even more confusing given the previous entries. I really hope they come up with something imaginative for the title to the twelfth/second Star Trek film because it'll just be a repeat of the confusion with the Star Wars films, as in when someone asks you if you've seen the first Star Wars film, do they mean Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999) or Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)??
Now, I know, I did throw you with the use of "twelfth/second" and as I explained earlier, the latest film was set during the cadet days of the TOS crew.
Star Trek XI is the only film in the series that I really can't make my mind up whether I like it or not. It is seen as a reboot to the series and it makes a huge change to the continuity that has been established during the TV series and subsequent films (see above). That is, to completely change everything the fans know about the film by going back in time and disrupting events a la The Terminator.
Reasons to not like it:
Reasons to like it:
As you can see, there is, for me, points for and against, it has enough points for me to see it again (and I have), so lets just wait for the follow-up and see if it improves. Although I would have preferred it if they went from the Next Gen era to DS9 or Voyager, but it looks like that'll never be.
You can't expect miracles from Hollywood.
05/10/2019To The Missing
It looks like a giant PS2 :D