Director: Thomas Lee (or Walter Hill)
Starring: James Spader, Angela Bassett, Robin Tunney
Space… vast, unknowable… what lies beyond its endless, intemerate dark? Perhaps worlds of zephyrean solitude, or monstrous, despairing horrors the human mind was never meant to comprehend. Or maybe it’s just a bum-fluffed cockwomble blatting endlessly about sod all. From visionary director Thomas Lee comes this exercise in SF terror as a medical ship receives a distress call from a distant mining colony and on arrival the crew discovers a lone survivor in possession of a glowing alien artifact… May contain the bamboozling sight of a 1970’s robot dressed as a 1940’s fighter pilot & spoilers.
Director: Bert I. Gordon
Starring: Ed Kemmer, June Kenney, Gene Persson
This is the beginning of a periodic series featuring the wonder and pageantry of decades-spanning science fiction cinema. We kick off down the well-trod path of abnormally ginormous creatures and who better to direct us, ‘Mister BIG’ himself, Bert. Anyone even slightly arachnophobic should look away now; anyone who hasn’t the patience for cack flicks should probably put a swerve on as well… May contain a blatant bat-murdering Sheriff & spoilers.
Director: J.J. Abrams
Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban
So, anyway, Trek died with Insurrection and got zombiefied with Nemesis. I could see a tentative new telly series somewhere down the line, maybe, but not a movie. When I heard about a reboot, my first thought was Next Gen and we’d have that dimwit android B-4 bumbling about comically. Fortunately – or not, if you’re a blinkered nerd – we didn’t get that…
Director: Stuart Baird.
Starring: Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Tom Hardy.
So, they made a complete ‘Ed Balls’ of Insurrection. They took a longer than normal time-out, brought in non-Trekkie Stuart Baird to direct and hired Gladiator scribe John Logan (who is a Trekkie – big mistake) to co-write alongside Rick Berman and Brent ‘The Singing Android’ Spiner. Are the shackles off this one then? Are they f… This’ll barely qualify as a review and will be full of SPOILERS, etc…
Director: Jonathan Frakes
Starring: Patrick Stewart, Donna Murphy, F. Murray Abraham
This write-up will contain SPOILERS but there’s no need for anyone to watch the film anyway, unless you’re a Trekkie in which case you’ve already seen it…
So there you are, you’ve made First Contact, it’s been well received by critics and fans alike, you’ve banished all those wistful reminiscences of the original crew and got the franchise back on target after the frightful honk of Generations. All Frakes and his writers have to keep doing is that; instead they do this…
Director: Jonathan Frakes
Starring: Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Alice Krige
The Next Genners didn’t get off to a good start in Generations did they and when the follow up was announced, the sight of Paramount keeping it in-family didn’t instil much confidence in this one either. So how’s this re-watch gonna stand up? My memory is it’s the best of the post-original crew movies (2009’s re-imagining not included). I’m wary but hopeful…
Director: David Carson
Starring: Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, William Shatner
… The Search For Roman Numerals. I actively don’t want to do any more of these but I started the sodding series so I’m gonna have to finish it. Time for the Next Generation-ers to take the field and usher in a brave new era for the beloved series… or maybe not, maybe they’ll just bore the feckin pants off of everyone.
Director: Joe Carnahan
Starring: Liam Neeson, Frank Grillo, Dermot Mulroney
Release date: January 27 (UK). They’re a bit like cats sometimes, aren’t they – movies; you don’t choose them, they choose you. I wanted to watch The Grey, I surely did, but I wasn’t in any hurry to do so. Then came this, the 2012 film conundrum. Do I pick another, even though by doing one extra I’m inadvertently making myself a year older? May contain a palpable dearth of dancing wolves and spoilers…