Attacks on Starfleet propel Kirk and crew into a manhunt in Klingon territory. Second of the alt-timeline reboot film series works fine as a pacy SF adventure with plenty of comedy to counterpoint the action, though struggles – as before – with its villainy and a need to over-reference its predecessors. A third movie followed.
A temporal anomaly brings Picard and Kirk together in uniting against a common temporal foe. Awkward series entry passing the movie baton to the Next Generation crew. Televisual story and handling, though, with a low-key exit for Kirk. For completists only.
Picard and crew time-travel to mid-21st century Earth to ensure the Borg do not disrupt human space development. Action-centric first full feature for the Next Generation crew; this series continuation does a lot of stuff right, though there’s a lot of fan-service here.
An old adversary returns, seeking vengeance on Kirk. Second and perhaps the best of the movie adventures, this captures the series well in its sense of adventure, while delivering both in action and SF spectacle, as well as in some deliriously hammy acting. Huge fun.
The newly-refitted Enterprise answers a call from space. The first film adventure in the cycle has an intriguing conceit, but struggles to balance 2001-style spectacle and grandeur with post-Star Wars popcorn thrills. A slow misfire, but not without its moments.
The crew of the Enterprise face a Romulan rebellion led by a clone of Picard. Action-heavy final instalment for the Next Generation crew, which revisits plenty of old series themes. Surprisingly tatty in places; for fans and completists only.
The Enterprise crew battles a Klingon captain bent on destabilising the prospect of peace. A fine send-off for the original series crew, part six of the franchise effectively comments on Cold War anxieties while delivering on character and space battles.
The Enterprise crew assembles and fights a renegade Romulan across two generations. Slick and funny on the surface, though with an awkward backstory (alt-timelines and time-travel), this franchise reboot delivers acceptably with a well-cast crew.
The Enterprise is destroyed by an alien race seeking a device that will allow them to attack the Federation. A pacy, light, though ultimately disposable third instalment of the alt-timeline Kirk adventures. Feels like an expanded TV episode; not altogether a criticism.