I absolutely loved JJ Abrams second Star Trek film, Star Trek Into Darkness, yet it would seem that a number of hardcore Star Trek fans did not.
Star Trek Into Darkness was praised by critics all over the world, and grossed a very respectful $258 million worldwide. I personally thought it was excellent, a non-stop action blockbuster that was both tense and a lot of fun, with plenty of nods for the hardcore fans. However, even though Trekkies seemed to embrace Abrams’ Star Trek, it would seem that Into Darkness was a step too far?
This weekend the annual Star Trek Convention took place in Las Vegas, and Star Trek Into Darkness was voted the worst film in the entire Star Trek collection of movies, and even landed below the spoof Galaxy Quest (which isn’t even a Star Trek movie!). Into Darkness came bottom place in the poll, with the largely hated William Shatner directed Star Trek V: The Final Frontier one place above it.
As a real kick in the teeth for Abrams’ film which featured Khan as the villain, Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan came top place in the poll results. However, it was not all bad for Abrams, as his Star Trek (2009) reboot came sixth place in the poll, suggesting that Trekkies did have faith in him, but that possibly treading on Khan territory simply took things too far. Considering Wrath of Khan came top, this might suggest that fans were simply not happy with Abrams tackling Khan so early on.
Some are saying that Into Darkness was too much of an action film, and was simply an effects action blockbuster and nothing more. Reporting from the convention, blogger Devin Faraci of Badass Digest wrote: “Star Trek Into Darkness was met with boos when it was mentioned, and one guy took the mic to say these reboots shouldn’t even be considered for a list of Star Trek movies.”
I don’t get all the hate myself, and if anything Abrams has given Star Trek an almighty boost at the cinema after the movies began dropping in popularity. Abrams managed to make two films for both the hardcore fans, and those who weren’t as into the Star Trek universe, but might well have started enjoying its brilliance thanks to Abrams bringing it back to the masses. It is clear that Trekkies did respect Abrams’ vision as his first film made sixth place, but sadly Into Darkness just didn’t seem to connect with those at the convention.
Here is the poll results:
13- Star Trek Into Darkness
12- Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
11- Star Trek Insurrection
10- Star Trek Nemesis
9- Star Trek: The Motion Picture
8- Star Trek Generations
7- Galaxy Quest (!!)
6- Star Trek (2009)
5- Star Trek III: The Search For Spock
4- Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
3- Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
2- Star Trek: First Contact
1- Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan