Since Star Trek Beyond is coming out in the next week, I thought it best to jot down a few thoughts on the reboot franchise as a whole and of Star Trek Into Darkness in particular.
In general terms, I’m a fan of the reboot franchise. I recognize it’s not as Trekky as the original films, but that doesn’t bother me. There hasn’t really been a proper Star Trek film since The Undiscovered Country.
And right here I’ve lost a few people. I don’t care for First Contact. It’s an okay film, but it’s not very good Star Trek. Oh, it’ll enjoyably entertain you for a couple of hours, but it’s an empty couple of hours. If I ranked all TNG episodes and films, I figure I’d list at least twenty episodes ahead of First Contact. (Just for kicks, I did it. Came up with 37 just on a quick glance. And at least ten of those are in a completely different league than First Contact.)
Why? It’s an action movie. A fairly slick one, I’ll grant you, but that’s not what we needed or wanted from Trek.