I've rewatched the four major sequels that were released in 2015 and 2016 to see if I was right about the nature of releasing a sequel to a property that's been dormant for almost a decade.
Part one of a two part ranking of all 12 Star Trek films, from worst to first.
“For all of the criticisms of what the prequel trilogy did to the backstory of the original trilogy, it didn’t wipe away the accomplishments of the original trilogy in the way that The Force Awakens does.”
Our reviewers share their initial thoughts about the first of many new Star Wars movies.
“Now that the franchise has been purchased by Disney and handed over to someone a bit more... coherent, many had high hopes that Abrams would correct this bizarre gender imbalance. That hope is unfortunately a bit naïve.”
“One of Spielberg’s most famous and cherished movies is E.T., the story of a young boy who befriends an alien who’s just trying to get back home. Well, just imagine what that movie would have been like if E.T. ate people.”
“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.