Star Trek Looking Back Through the Years


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According to IMDb, the movie from Paramount, “Star Trek Beyond,” is the third film in the Trek reboot cycle. The film was directed by Justin Lin and written by Simon Pegg and Doug Jung. The release date for the new installment of the iconic series was July 22, 2016.

According to “Forbes” even though the “Star Trek Beyond” movie was slated to be released on July 22, the film had already racked up $5.5 millions dollars with an advanced triple-feature screening on both July 19, and a midnight release on July 20. The advanced screening nights started in 2009, unlike the midnight releases, they are considered to be a rare occurrence, but Paramount has done them more than any other studio has.

Taking a Look Back: Through the Years of Star Trek

“Star Trek: The Motion Picture,” the first movie, came out in 1979. The director of the movie was Robert Wise and starred William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Deforest Kelley, and James Doohan. The movie was centered around an alien spacecraft that had great power and destroys three powerful Klingon cruisers, which allowed them to enter Federation space. This was when Admiral James T. Kirk took command of the USS Enterprise, it had been years since the Admiral has commanded a spacecraft. His mission? Well, his mission was to intercept, examine, and with any luck stop the intruders.

“Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” came out in 1982. The director of the movie was Nicholas Meyer and starred Shatner, Nimoy, Kelley, and Doohan. Since Admiral Kirk’s last mission aboard the Enterprise against the alien spaceship was a great success, of course, the Admiral yet again faced another foe, his nemesis Khan Noonien Singh. In this mission, he must stop Khan from using a life-generating Genesis Device as his ultimate weapon.

“Star Trek III: The Search for Spock” came out in 1984. The director of the movie was Nimoy and starred Shatner, Nimoy, Kelley, and Doohan. This time, Admiral Kirk and his infamous crew embarked on a mission to recover their fellow crew member Spock’s body. The endeavor involved the crew stealing a decommissioned Enterprise and return to the restricted planet Genesis.

“Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home” came out in 1986. The director of the movie was Nimoy and it starred Shatner, Nimoy, Kelley, and Doohan. Now that the crew had become fugitives it was time for them to embark on another mission to save Earth from an alien probe. To do this the crew must travel back in time to 20th century Earth and collect the only being able to communicate with the probe. What are those? Well, corpulent humpback whales, of course.

“Star Trek: The Final Frontier” came out in 1989. The director of the movie was Shatner, and it starred Shatner, Nimoy, Kelley, and Doohan. God was out there, and Spock’s long-lost half-brother was in search of him in this movie. Captain Kirk and his crew deal with Spock’s bother’s search for God, which led them to the center of the universe.

Star Trek“Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country” came out in 1991. The movie was directed by Meyer and starred Shatner, Nimoy, Kelley, and Doohan. It was the night before retirement for the Captain and his sidekick McCoy, but that will have to wait, for they have been charged with the assassination of the Klingon High Chancellor, and subsequently imprisoned. Now the crew of the Enterprise must save them and put a stop to the conspiracy in which was trying to sabotage the last hope of peace.

“Star Trek: Generations” came out in 1994. The director was David Carson and starred Patrick Stewart, Shatner, Malcolm McDowell, and Johnathan Frakes. A new Captain emerged, and his name was Picard, Kirk’s replacement came because it was thought that the captain was dead. What was Captain Picard’s mission? He must stop a madman who was willing to murder, even if it meant the whole planet, in order to enter an energy ribbon.

“Star Trek: First Contact” came out in 1996. The movie was directed by Frakes and starred Stewart, Frakes, Brent Spiner, and Levar Burton. Captain Picard must stop the Borg from preventing Earth’s first contact with aliens. In their pursuit of the Borg, they had to make sure Zefram Cochrane was able to make his maiden flight reaching warp speed.

“Star Trek: Insurrection” came out in 1998. The director of the movie was Frakes, and it starred Stewart, Frakes, Spiner, and Burton. In this movie a unique planet and its inhabitants were about to be hit by a Federation conspiracy. Captain Picard and the crew of the Enterprise learned of the conspiracy and began an open rebellion.

“Star Trek: Nemesis” came out in 2002. The director was Stuart Baird and starred Stewart, Frakes, Spiner, and Burton. The legendary Enterprise was diverted to the homeland of Romulan; Romulus. The reasons were questionable but said to be, to negotiate a peace treaty.

“Star Trek” came out in 2009. The director of the movie was J.J. Abrams and it starred Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, and Nimoy. Captain James T. Kirk, tried to live up to his deceased father’s legacy, and Commander Spock tried to keep the new captain in check. The Romulan were seeking vengeance, there was time travel, and the creation of copious black holes trying to destroy the Federation, one planet at a time.

“Star Trek Into Darkness” came out in 2013. The movie was directed by Abrams and starred Pine, Quinto, Zoe Saldana, and Benedict Cumberbatch. There was a one-man weapon of mass destruction on the loose. Captain Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise must find a way to stop this unstoppable force of terror. The manhunt led the crew to a world that could only be described as a war zone. Who was this unstoppable force? Could he be from their own organization?

Some say the new installment of the Star Trek movies is tedious to watch, describing the first two minutes of the movie to be good and rather funny, but the remainder of the movie was a hard sell. The Verge described Lin’s camera choices as being “sedate” compared to Abrams “speedy choices” in “Star Trek Into Darkness.”

Opinion News by Tracy Blake
Edited by Cathy Milne


IMDb: Star Trek Movies in order
Forbes: ‘Star Trek Beyond’ Box Office: Sci-Fi Sequel Beams Up Strong $5.5 Million Thursday
The Verge: Star Trek Beyond review: two minutes of humor, two hours of angst

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