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They don't remake films as TV movies for artistic reasons. But even given that, this was a horrible desecration, made with absolutely no understanding of what made the original click or why it's still loved.
Part one of a two part ranking of all 12 Star Trek films, from worst to first.
“It’s Planespotting; two characters struggle with substance abuse and their road to recovery is a turbulent one.”
“Yes, much like Armageddon, a team of experts are dispatched with nukes to a hostile environment to save the Earth from imminent destruction, only this time they get launched in the opposite direction.”
“Can we open up Abrams’ Mystery Box and find out why he bothered to bring back [REDACTED] in the first place?”
“Alas, no one knew the Star Trek franchise was about to take a massive dose of stupid pills.”
At this point, I am convinced that J.J. Abrams is the single greatest threat to good filmmaking today. The usual reaction to a statement like that is for people to rush and defend him by pointing out how “not bad” his handful of films are. The repeated use of the phrase “not bad” is really all I need to illustrate my point.
Ursa takes a newbie's-eye view of the 2009 Star Trek movie, and talks lens flares, Chris Pine, and how this movie relates to Jeremy Brett. No, really. This episode also includes a completely spoiler-free "review" (read: extended impressions session) of Star Trek Into Darkness. Caution: May contain Benedict Cumberbatch.