Quick, what’s the worst Star Trek movie ever made? Star Trek Into Darkness, according to most fans.
At the Creation Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas last weekend, Star Trek fans celebrated nearly 50 years of Gene Roddenberry’s classic sci-fi franchise, but they wanted to make sure they made one thing abundantly clear: They hated the newest film. More than Star Trek: Nemesis and more than Star Trek: The Motion Picture.
Star Trek Into Darkness was unquestionably their least favorite Star Trek movie.
“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,” wrote Badass Digest editor Devin Faraci, who reported on the fan poll of 12 Star Trek films.
Still, Star Trek Into Darkness proved a hit with general audiences. The J.J. Abrams follow-up to the 2009 reboot Star Trek grosses $226 million in North America and an additional $225 million from the international box office. Even still, the domestic take for the new film was less than that of the 2009 film.
The film also got positive reviews, but there were some common complaints. A scene featuring actress Alice Eve in her underwear was slammed as “wholly unnecessary” and “gratuitous,” and reception of the primary villain, Khan, was similarly mixed.
Most critics praised Benedict Cumberbatch’s performance, but bemoaned a “whitewashing” of the character (who is of Indian decent in the original canon). The “surprise” reveal of Khan as the villain after nearly a year of speculation that… that’s exactly who Cumberbatch was meant to be playing… was also derided as cheesy.
The weekend was just a huge loss for J.J. Abrams. Fans of his other sci-fi property, Star Wars, were similarly displeased when Disney’s D23 expo failed to yield any new information about the upcoming Episode VII. Are we sure we made the right choice here, guys?
Do you think that Star Trek Into Darkness is the worst Star Trek film ever?