With the Next Gen era completed, we now go back to 100 years before any other Trek so far. A prequel designed to tell new stories, and illuminate new details, about the franchise, Enterprise wasn't much loved by the fandom. Maybe we can find out why.
Original Series Era
Star Trek: Discovery
Set 10 years before the events of the Original Series, as apparently everything has to revolve around that property, Discovery tells the story of a new, unconventional crew on a very unconventional ship dealing with dire threats to the Federation that might just change the course of history as we know it.
We begin our discussion of Trek with a five-episode dive of the best the series has to offer. This gives us a chance to see what Trek could achieve and if, perhaps, going back to watch the series that started it all is worth the time of most new fans.
Released in the decade that followed, the The Animated Series gave Trek gave fans something to sate their appetite while bigger projects were on the way. We take a five-episode look at the series to see if it was a lost gem or terrible mistaken.
The Motion Picture was Trek's first appearance on the big screen. It's also often derided as a mis-step for the series, a long, boring slog of a story that maybe should never have been made. We watch the film and see if that opinion still holds or if, just maybe, there's a good film here.
Although a financial success, The Motion Picture was hated by critics and fans. With its sequel, Wrath of Kahn, the studio tried to correct for the errors of their previous installment. We take a look at the film to see if it was worth all the hype around it.
Wrath of Kahn took the franchise to new heights, so a direct sequel was a foregone conclusion. Picking up soon after the events of the previous film, Search for Spock looked to build on that success and carry the story further with new villains and new dangers. Although not beloved by the fans, we take a look at the film to see what it does right and if anything went horribly wrong.
Concluding Paramount's "Star Trek Film Trilogy", this fourth film picks up once more after the events of the previous film, neatly concluding that story while also providing an environmental romp to save the Federation (from itself). We take a look at the film to see if it's a winner or a weirdo.
Pushing forward, we sit through what's considered one of the worse of the Trek films and see how it compares to the previous films. Is it really as bad as they say, or is there something good in this film after all?
While the motion picture series was slowly coming to an end, Paramount took another stab and launching Trek on the small screen, this time with an all new cast. Set 100 years later in the continuity, we take a journey through the future of Star Trek.
With Next Gen off the air, Trek needed a new series focused on exploring the great unknown. This third TV production set in the era focused on just that: a ship, lost in space, exploring untold reaches of hte cosmos. But how doesn't it hold up to what came before?
This is the last, and most-hated, of the Next Gen crew films, and also the last hurrah for this era of the Star Trek universe (so far). So let's see just why no one likes this film, shall we?
Star Trek: Lower Decks
We venture on to the Cerritos, a "Second Contact" Federation ship devoted to follow-up meetings with alien species. But instead of focusing on the leadership crew for the starship we're hanging out in the underbelly of the ship. the lower decks, with the ensigns of Beta Shift.
Picard is back, in charge of a new quest to save the fate of the Federation... from itself. After an attack of Mars, the Federation turns its back on the galaxy, but Picard looks ever forward, with hope for all (even if the series doesn't understand that).
For it's third season the show bounced 900 years into the future, giving us a new era to explore, with a very different Federation to contend with. It'll take the hop and optimism of this crew to rebuild Starfleet and make the universe right once more.
After a long period off the silver screen, Trek returned with a twist: we were back in the time period of The Original Series, but an event further back in the timeline has changed the present we know, and things aren't at all what we'd expect. We take a look at this reboot film to see what all the fuss is about.
With the success of the 2009 reboot, Paramount capitalized on their revived franchise with a film that looked to the past in ways fans were none too happy about. We take a look at this film to see if it's worth the derision or if it might just be a secret success.