All Things Star Trek

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Leonard Nimoy & William Shatner
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We have a metric ton of Star Trek coverage here at Doux Reviews. Here's a rundown of what TV shows and movies exist, and links to what Doux has covered.

TV Series

1. Star Trek (1966-1969): The first, and some still argue, the best. Billie Doux and Ben P. Duck reviewed all 79 episodes of the original series several years ago. And by the way, you don't need to have seen the original series to get into Star Trek; you could try any other Star Trek series. No, we never reviewed "The Cage," the original 1965 unaired pilot, but we included our discussion of "The Cage" in our review of "The Menagerie."

2. Star Trek: The Animated Series (1973-1975): After cancellation, the original series kept re-running on television five nights a week and eventually developed a huge following. There was so much demand for more Star Trek but difficulty in rebooting another live action series that the Trek Powers That Be decided on a cartoon. It ran for two seasons (only 22 episodes total) and featured the voices of the original series actors. It was unsatisfying and is still mostly unloved and ignored by fans. We don't plan to cover it here at Doux.

3. Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987-1994): The first live action spinoff, Next Gen was set several decades after the original series and ran for seven full seasons and 176 episodes. Unlike the animated series, it was much loved by fans. Several Doux writers (Billie Doux, Mark Greig, J.D. Balthazar, drnanamom, Juliette Harrisson, Joseph Santini) have been reviewing Next Gen in rotation since 2014, and we're currently at the end of season six. We absolutely plan to finish, probably during the summer of 2019.

Next Gen cast, led by Patrick Stewart as Captain Jean-Luc Picard

4. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993-1999): Set aboard a space station instead of a starship, Deep Space Nine began airing as Next Gen was winding down, and ran for seven seasons and 173 episodes. Many cite Deep Space Nine as their favorite Star Trek series. Reviews-wise, we're nearing the end of season three. (ST:DS9)

DS9 cast, led by Avery Brooks as Captain Benjamin Sisko

5. Star Trek: Voyager (1995-2001): While DS9 was still airing, Voyager arrived with a starship setting and a female captain, and ran for seven seasons and 170 episodes. Unfortunately, Voyager reviews are currently on hiatus. We're discussing the possibility of finishing Voyager when DS9 is complete. (ST:VOY)

Voyager cast, led by Kate Mulgrew as Captain Kathryn Janeway

6. Star Trek: Enterprise (2001-2005): A prequel set on a starship years before the original series, Enterprise wasn't able to hold the Star Trek audience and was cancelled in its fourth season when (arguably) it was finally hitting its stride (98 episodes). Doux writer CoramDeo has just taken on Enterprise and is currently posting reviews.

Enterprise cast, led by Scott Bakula as Captain Jonathan Archer

7. Star Trek: Discovery (2017- ): After a long dry spell filled only by movies (and books, although we're not covering those), Discovery arrived on television with a female lead and an edgy storyline. Like Enterprise, Discovery is set earlier than the original series. The Doux writers are currently covering Discovery as it airs; season two is coming soon. (ST:DIS)

Discovery cast, led by Sonequa Martin-Green as Michael Burnham

8. Star Trek: ...? It was recently announced that Patrick Stewart would return to television as Jean-Luc Picard in a new Star Trek series. Whatever it is, we will cover it here at Doux.

Movies

When the Star Trek Powers That Be were still trying to figure out what to do with the post-cancellation popularity of the original series, they gave us Star Trek: The Motion Picture in 1979, featuring the original series actors. It is a terrible movie that fell with a distinct thud.

1. Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)

Fortunately, the "slow motion picture" (as the fans called it) made so much money that a few years later, they came back with a completely different, unconnected second movie that was a critical and box office success. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is still considered by many to be the best Star Trek movie ever made, and can be watched on its own without any previous Trek knowledge. In fact, it was so successful that they made it a trilogy. The Wrath of Khan was based on "Space Seed," an original series episode that guest starred Ricardo Montalban. Best return engagement ever.

2. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
3. Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984)
4. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan set the bar high
Unfortunately, William Shatner then decided to take over the franchise with his own movie, Star Trek V, and it was terrible. V was unrelated to II through IV, and can safely be ignored. Which nearly everybody does.

5. Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)

The original series actors then did one more movie, again unrelated to the previous movies. Fortunately, it was much better than The Final Frontier, a fitting ending to the string of movies starring the original series actors.

6. Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)

In 1994, the Trek Powers That Be decided that, instead of moving directly into Next Gen movies, they would do a transition movie. It starred William Shatner from the original series and Patrick Stewart from Next Gen. It was not a success. In fact, it's a perfect example of the fan theory that only the even numbered movies are good.

7. Star Trek: Generations (1994)

The captains meet in Star Trek: Generations.
Generations was followed by three movies starring the Next Generation cast. These three movies are unrelated, plotwise. The first, which is also by far the best, is a follow up to the excellent Next Gen television two-parter, "The Best of Both Worlds."

8. Star Trek: First Contact (1996)
9. Star Trek: Insurrection (1998)
10. Star Trek: Nemesis (2002) (not yet reviewed)

Patrick Stewart and Brent Spiner in First Contact
Insurrection and Nemesis did not do well. A few years passed with no new movies, the series Star Trek: Enterprise was cancelled, and for awhile, there was (*gasp*) no new Star Trek at all. Then J.J. Abrams decided to reboot the movie franchise by going back to the original series and recasting with new, young actors Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto as Kirk and Spock.

11. Star Trek (2009)
12. Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)
13. Star Trek Beyond (2016)
14. (a fourth movie in this series is in the works)
15. (and a Quentin Tarantino movie as well)

Zachary Quinto and Chris Pine
So here we are. There's a lot of Trek, isn't there? I haven't even attempted to address the book situation. There are so many Star Trek novels (here's a link to the Wikipedia page) that it's absolutely insane. None are considered canon.

Comments welcome. I'm aware that this listing is relatively brief. In fact, I think I'm going to follow all that text with a simple chronological list:

Star Trek (series: 1966-1969)
Star Trek: The Animated Series (series: 1973-1975)
Star Trek: The Motion Picture (movie: 1979)
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (movie: 1982)
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (movie: 1984)
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (movie: 1986)
Star Trek: The Next Generation (series: 1987-1994)
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (movie: 1989)
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (movie: 1991)
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (series: 1993-1999)
Star Trek: Generations (movie: 1994)
Star Trek: Voyager (series: 1995-2001)
Star Trek: First Contact (movie: 1996)
Star Trek: Insurrection (movie: 1998)
Star Trek: Enterprise (series: 2001-2005)
Star Trek: Nemesis (movie: 2002)
Star Trek (movie: 2009)
Star Trek Into Darkness (movie: 2013)
Star Trek Beyond (movie: 2016)
Star Trek: Discovery (series: 2017- )
Star Trek: ...? New series starring Patrick Stewart (series: 2018?- )
(as yet untitled movies in the works)
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Billie Doux loves good television and spends way too much time writing about it.

5 comments:

CoramDeo said...

Since the fourth Kelvin timeline film is on here, you may want to add the Quentin Tarantino Trek film currently in development.

sunbunny said...

Phew that's a lot of Star Trek. Fun fact: my mom went to school with one of Gene Roddenberry's kids. That's literally all I have to contribute to this discussion, having only seen a few episodes of Next Gen.

Billie Doux said...

Done, CoramDeo -- thanks.

Sunbunny, yeah. There's a lot. This piece came about because I wanted to create a list that I could add as a related link to all of the different Trek series, like our MCU list. But when I was putting it together, it kind of got long. :)

CoramDeo said...

Speaking of forgetting about Star Trek V, the novel 'The Autobiography of James T. Kirk' actually tried to write it out of canon. They used the law of parallel planetary development that made an alien Roman Empire show up in 'Bread and Circuses', and said that Star Trek V was a movie made on a planet that developed similarly. Kirk, Spock, and McCoy visited the planet and watched the movie. Like everyone else, of course, they hated it.

Billie Doux said...

CoramDeo, that is hilarious.