Fans Vote “Star Trek Into Darkness” Worst Star Trek Film
When you want to get fans' opinion of Football, you ask people at the Super Bowl. When you want to get fans' opinion of Star Trek, you ask people at the Creation Entertainment Star Trek convention.
The Creation Entertainment Star Trek Convention, the Mecca for Star Trek fans, took place this past weekend in Las Vegas, with panel discussion and guest speakers from across the Star Trek franchise. During one panel discussion, StarTrek.com writer Jordan Hoffman worked with the fans on-hand at the convention to compile the definitive list of the Star Trek films from best to worst. The results were...
- Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
- Star Trek: First Contact
- Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
- Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
- Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
- Star Trek (2009)
- Galaxy Quest
- Star Trek: Generations
- Star Trek: The Motion Picture
- Star Trek: Nemesis
- Star Trek: Insurrection
- Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
- Star Trek Into Darkness
So why is this list interesting? Two reasons: First, a non-Star Trek film is right in the middle of the list, considered by fans to be better than half of the actual Star Trek films. And second, the most recent film is considered by the most loyal fans to be the worst. The J.J. Abrams reboot films are the most financially successful of the series world-wide, appealing to the mass audience instead of the loyal fans who have stuck with the franchise for years.
In my review of the film, I admit that its an enjoyable film, but not a terrific Star Trek movie, and apparently I'm not alone. This has been a trend as of late in Hollywood, taking long-loved geek products and rebranding it to appeal to the broader audience, and in many cases, alienating the fan base with the changes. While some directors like Christopher Nolan and Joss Whedon have made an art form out of creating something that appeals to all audiences, others like J.J. Abrams and Michael Bay have the financial success, but not the critical success from those who the films should have been made for. Unfortunately, as they don't seem to appeal to the fans in the first place, I doubt the fans speaking out like this will have any effect on the studios. The films make money, and unfortunately that's all that matters to them.