The Deeper Side Of Trek Movies

By Christian
August 18, 2000 - 9:17 PM

Over at, they've put up a new edition of 'The Deeper Side Of Trek', a bi-weekly column series by Trek reviewer Jamahl Epsicokhan. After last week talking about the Trek television series, this week's edition deals with the movies:

In the previous installment of "The Deeper Side of Trek," I mentioned the "source material" for Star Trek culture -- namely, the hundreds of television hours spanning The Original Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager. But, not at all surprisingly, some important chapters in Star Trek emanate not only from the small screen, but also from the big one, in the form of feature films.

So . . . what about these movies, anyway?

The Trek film franchise has often been described as "uneven." Many followers of the series will cite the theory of the infamous "odd-numbered curse," which holds that the even-numbered films are generally better than the odd-numbered ones. Overall, I tend to agree with that assessment, but that isn't the point -- I find that it's important to scrutinize the film series as a whole, considering larger sweeping trends in terms of the evolution of characters and the franchise.

A short look at all the films, plus a look at the future after Star Trek 10, can be found in the full column.

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