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Films

The Original Series films

Films which feature the cast of Star Trek: The Original Series.

Title Film # TOS # Stardate US Release Date Critical Reception Domestic Gross Foreign Gross Worldwide Gross
Star Trek: The Motion Picture 1 1 7410.2 1979-12-07 47% $82,258,456 $56,741,544 $139,000,000
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan 2 2 8130.3 1982-06-04 90% $78,912,963 $18,087,037 $97,000,000
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock 3 3 8210.3 1984-06-01 77% $76,471,046 $10,528,954 $87,000,000
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home 4 4 8390.0 1986-11-26 84% $109,713,132 $23,286,868 $133,000,000
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier 5 5 8454.1 1989-06-09 21% $52,210,049 $17,999,951 $70,210,000
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country 6 6 9521.6 1991-12-06 83% $74,888,996 $22,000,000 $96,888,996
TOS Totals 67% (avg) $474,454,642 $148,644,354 $623,098,996

The Next Generation films

Films which feature the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Unlike the preceding TOS films, these did not carry sequel numbers ("Star Trek VII," "Star Trek VIII," "Star Trek IX" or "Star Trek X") except in pre-production.

Title Film # TNG # Stardate US Release Date Critical Reception Domestic Gross Foreign Gross Worldwide gross
Star Trek Generations 7 1 48650.1 1994-11-18 45% $75,671,125 $42,400,000 $118,071,125
Star Trek: First Contact 8 2 50893.5 1996-11-22 92% $92,027,888 $54,000,000 $146,027,888
Star Trek: Insurrection 9 3 52200 (approx) 1998-12-11 55% $70,187,658 $42,400,000 $112,587,658
Star Trek Nemesis 10 4 56844.9 2002-12-13 38% $43,254,409 $24,058,417 $67,312,826
TNG Totals 57% (avg) $281,141,080 $162,858,417 $443,999,497

Alternate reality films

Films which feature a different version of the TOS characters portrayed by a new cast, and set in an alternate reality from earlier films and series.

Title Film # AR # Stardate US Release Date Critical Reception Domestic Gross Foreign Gross Worldwide Gross
Star Trek 11 1 2258.42 2009-05-08 94% $257,730,019 $127,950,427 $385,680,446
Star Trek Into Darkness 12 2 2259.55[1] 2013-05-17 [2] N/A N/A N/A N/A
AR Totals 94% $257,730,019 $127,950,427 $385,680,446

Summary

Star Trek: The Motion Picture reunites the TOS cast aboard the original USS Enterprise, refurbished after its five-year mission as documented in the television series. The story was originally conceived as the pilot episode of the aborted Star Trek: Phase II series, in which the now Admiral Kirk and crew must engage with a powerful, threatening force that is heading directly towards Earth.

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home together form a loose trilogy, beginning with the reintroduction of an old enemy from a popular TOS episode ("Space Seed") who resumes his conflict with Kirk in epic fashion, leading to the death of Spock, the discovery of his katra and the destruction of the Enterprise during Kirk's efforts to save him, culminating in a time-travel adventure to 1986 aboard a captured Klingon vessel (Bounty) in order to save Earth from destruction.

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier moves Kirk, demoted back to captain as a result of defying Starfleet orders in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, and crew onto the new USS Enterprise-A, which is hijacked by a renegade Vulcan (Sybok), who pilots it to the center of the galaxy in an attempt to find the source of creation.

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country sees Kirk and crew attempting to prevent derailment of the Federation/Klingon peace talks by conspirators from both sides. As well as bringing the TOS cast to its retirement, the film also ties up various threads first established in the series (most notably, the conflict between the Federation and the Klingons) and paves the way for the story lines of TNG, set some eighty years later.

Produced during the fall of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s, the film's plot may be regarded as a metaphor for those events and the effect they had on international relations at that time.

Star Trek Generations brings the cast of TNG to the big screen, set less than a year after the end of the series ("All Good Things...") and filmed straight after the completion of its last episodes. Picard and the crew of the USS Enterprise-D must try to stop a brilliant scientist (Tolian Soran) from committing an act of genocide in order to enter the Nexus, a mysterious hedonic realm in which time has no meaning. Appearances by three of the TOS cast (Kirk, Scotty and Chekov) and the heroic death of Kirk who joins Picard by means of the Nexus, served to "pass the torch" from the old generation to the next; the appearance of recurring enemies Lursa and B'Etor and the revelation of their fate provides a key link with the TNG series. The film also includes the destruction of the Enterprise-D.

Star Trek: First Contact brings back the TNG cast in their first truly independent big screen adventure aboard the new USS Enterprise-E. Picard and his crew are pitted against their deadliest foe from the series, the Borg, who travel back in time to prevent the first warp flight by Zefram Cochrane.

In Star Trek: Insurrection, Picard and crew discover a covert effort by Starfleet, in co-operation with the belligerent Son'a, to relocate the inhabitants of a "fountain of youth" planet. Standing by his morals, Picard must take up arms against the Federation to save paradise.

Star Trek Nemesis sees Picard and the Enterprise ordered to investigate the sudden fall of the Romulan government, replaced by a leader from their neighboring race, the Remans. The dark secret of this new leader, Shinzon, brings Picard into conflict in a way he never thought possible, and culminates in a fight to save Earth from a terrible weapon – at great cost. With the death or departure of several main characters – Riker, Troi, Data and Beverly Crusher – this film marks the end of the TNG cast's adventures. Much as with the (chronological) final big screen appearance of the original cast, which laid the foundations of peace between the Federation and the Klingons, this film includes the establishment of an alliance between the Federation and the Romulans, enemies throughout the TNG era just as the Klingons had been in TOS.

Star Trek, released in 2009, creates a new timeline in the Star Trek franchise, which is tied directly to the Prime Universe, effecting a return to the TOS era, albeit one populated by an all-new cast of actors. It also features a new look, and remains in-universe by explaining all changes as being inadvertently caused by time-traveling Romulan villain Nero. This film focuses on younger versions of Kirk, Spock and the crew and showcases their very first mission aboard the Enterprise.

Star Trek Into Darkness, continuing the alternate timeline story, is due for release in 2013.

Cast and crew listings

Background

The odd number / even number phenomenon

  • A number of Star Trek fans have expressed the opinion that the even-numbered films are generally better than the odd-numbered ones. Such an appraisal is obviously subjective, but it has its roots in a number of factors. The even-numbered films (apart from Star Trek Nemesis) have enjoyed relatively greater success at the box office and higher critical acclaim, as opposed to various lukewarm reviews received by the odd-numbered films. Fans and critics have also noted that, in their opinions, the even-numbered films are better paced and more action-packed, with more memorable story lines, eminently quotable scripts and exciting special effects. (The first two films are often held up as examples of this trend from the outset of the series: Star Trek: The Motion Picture presents Kirk and crew with a mostly cerebral challenge with very few battle scenes while Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is dominated by a more epic conflict resulting in several battle sequences and heavy damage to the Enterprise and its crew.)
  • By the time the TNG movies were being produced, the "odd/even" phenomenon was effectively regarded as a curse, with members of the production crew fearing that, despite their best efforts, future odd-numbered productions were fated to be less successful than even-numbered ones. Jonathan Frakes, when interviewed by Star Trek Monthly during pre-production for Star Trek: Insurrection, commented that he was looking forward to directing his second film "even though it's an odd-numbered Star Trek." In 2002, however, the phenomenon was broken by the release of Star Trek Nemesis, which experienced the lowest box-office takings of any Star Trek film to date and was poorly received by even long-standing fans.
  • The phenomenon has seemingly been broken further by the critical success of Star Trek, which has obtained a 94% on the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, as well as an opening weekend gross of nearly twice the full run of Star Trek Nemesis. [5]
  • In a 1999 episode of the British sitcom Spaced, the phenomenon was mentioned by the show's lead character, Tim Bisley, who was played by Simon Pegg – an irony not lost on Pegg during and after his work on Star Trek.

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

  • Whereas the preceding live-action television series had open endings that allowed for continuation into motion picture format, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine ended quite firmly and conclusively, with all its various plot lines resolved and the departure of various main characters. Any subsequent film would therefore have required a significantly different premise and different casting, departing radically from the series' format which had been so familiar to its fan base. On the possibility of a Star Trek: Deep Space Nine film ever happening, Ira Steven Behr commented: "I don't think so. I think we could do a pretty kick-ass Deep Space Nine movie, but not even in my wildest imaginations do I consider it". He also commented "The only Trek I think about is Deep Space Nine, to be honest. If they did a Deep Space Nine film, I certainly would like to be involved if that ever happened, which I doubt". [6]
  • After the release of Star Trek: Insurrection, Patrick Stewart commented, "I think we should pass the mantle on to the Deep Space Nine characters. We don't want to become The Rolling Stones of the Star Trek films". [7] [8]
  • Andrew Robinson commented "My feeling is that there is never going to be a Deep Space Nine movie, they still have more to go with The Next Generation. I think it ("What You Leave Behind") was really the right way to end the series. [9]
  • A campaign for a Deep Space Nine film (or a miniseries) was launched in 2000 by fans Stacy Powell and Doug Wilson. Nana Visitor was thrilled to hear of the existence of the campaign and J.G. Hertzler and David B. Levinson joked with fans to "take one of these [flyers], don't throw it away or I'll come after you." [10] [11]
  • Fans Terry Harris and Gisele La Roche also launched a petition for a Deep Space Nine film, receiving several positive responses from actors. [X]wbm
  • Notwithstanding the foregoing, elements from the series have appeared in all TNG films. The Enterprise-D crew wore the uniforms which had been introduced on Deep Space Nine (in addition to their own series' uniforms) in Star Trek Generations; the uniforms were also used on Star Trek: Voyager, which premiered several months after the film's release. The USS Defiant appears in the Battle of Sector 001 during Star Trek: First Contact, under the command of Worf (Michael Dorn), who had become a regular character on DS9 by that time; he also appears in Star Trek: Insurrection. Both Star Trek: Insurrection and Star Trek Nemesis contain references to the Dominion War story arc from the series. For Star Trek: Insurrection, a scene was written and filmed involving an appearance by Armin Shimerman as Quark; this was cut from the film, but a still from it can be found among the extras on the DVD release.
  • In 1998, Rick Berman commented "There are a few more movies left in the Generations franchise and there's a good chance we'll see a Deep Space Nine film. What we'd like to do is introduce a few of the characters from Deep Space into the next Generations movie just to tease audiences. [12]

Star Trek: Voyager / Star Trek: Enterprise

  • The conclusive endings of both these series likewise indicate little or no probability of future movies being based on them. There is a gap of six years between "Terra Prime" and "These Are the Voyages..." which could serve as the setting of an ENT movie, although the timeline position of Star Trek and its sequel suggests that this would be unlikely. In any case, the potential for continuation has been explored in novels.
  • Star Trek Nemesis features a cameo by Kate Mulgrew, reprising her role as Kathryn Janeway from Voyager and thus marking the only direct big-screen appearance of any character from that series. (An EMH Mark I, played by Robert Picardo, appears briefly in First Contact, but this is not exactly the same character as the Holographic Doctor in the series.)
  • Nemesis also features a graphic containing a reference to a USS Archer, named after Captain Jonathan Archer, the main character in Enterprise.
  • Additionally, "Star Trek" features a reference to "Admiral Archer's prized beagle", intended by the writers to be a reference to Jonathan Archer, [13] and his beagle Porthos.

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