Star Trek

News, Reviews & Features
  • Encounter at Midpoint: just what the h(olod)eck is going on in Picard?

    TV Feature | Luke Whiston | 6th March 2020

    I'm finding Picard a very difficult show to place - part mawkish reverence, part campy nostalgia, quite a lot of waiting for that classic TNG vibe to kick in. Will it ever settle on a tone? I'm not the hugest Trekkie but back in the day The Next Generation was perfectly timed for getting in from school, doing your homework, then sticking on Sky One to have an adventure with Jean-Luc and the crew of the Enterprise D, hopefully learning something about the nature of humanity (or at the very least a holodeck episode where they're all wearing period costumes). So there's a lot of fondness there. And sure all my friends were out smoking and necking, but who are they going to call on to arbitrate grave matters of existentialism? Probably not me as I've fallen out of contact with many of them in the 20 years since. I wonder if they've ever looked me up and seen I write about Star Trek on the internet now? Oh God, I've wasted my life!

  • Star Trek Beyond

    Movie Review | Ali Gray | 21st July 2016

    The things you remember from Star Trek Into Darkness: the theatrical dramatic pause before the shitty Khan reveal; Benedict Cumberbatch doing that weird over-enunciation thing he thinks makes bad dialogue sound better; Kirk kicking the warp core like a broken printer; the bit where Bones basically cures death; Tribbles; the platform game level at the end where Spock channels Super Mario. The things you don't remember from Star Trek Into Darkness: the good stuff, I guess? I don't recall it being a terrible film, quite enjoyable in the moment in fact, but a post-viewing breakdown revealed the story to have as much structural integrity as a piss-soaked newspaper. Star Trek Beyond, however, rights everything that Star Trek Into Darkness put wrong. It may not be as polished or as ambitious as its predecessor, but it is far truer to the core themes of what Trek is all about; crucially, it's a film that looks to the future, not the past.

  • Star Trek Into Darkness and five other spoilery DVD covers

    Movie Feature | Matt | 2nd September 2013

    Star Trek Into Darkness is released on DVD and Blu-ray today and, in case you haven't already heard, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD DON’T READ THE BACK COVER.

  • Serious corner: Why nostalgia is stunting Hollywood's growth

    Movie Feature | Ali | 11th June 2013

    Yeah, this is a long one. If you want a TL;DR, then I guess I can sum up this article by saying 'Wah wah waah'. Also spoilers for Star Trek Into Darkness and Iron Man 3.

  • The 5 (million) dumbest things about Star Trek Into Darkness

    Movie Feature | Luke | 24th May 2013

    When Matt reviewed Star Trek Into Darkness he echoed what many others have said: lots of fun but bobbins plot and too much reliance on nostalgia. So with my expectations suitably lowered I embarked upon a little trek of my own to the cinema, and - unfortunately - it turned out to be much more of a Slow Slog Into Dumbness than I had feared. Here's my best attempt at explaining why. (Mahoosive spoilers and frothy entitlism ahead - you have been warned!)

  • New poster trend alert: Just add motion blur

    Movie Feature | Matt | 10th May 2013

    Following on from posters with sparks, posters with diagonals and 16 poster traditions that need to die in a fire, here are some... wait, do we do this too much?

  • Reviewing Star Trek Into Darkness with gifs

    Movie Feature | Matt | 7th May 2013

    So you may have seen our official, in-depth Star Trek Into Darkness review posted a few days ago. But what’s that you say? Tl; dr? Right, so what would you prefer? A quick, short review cut down into bite-size chunks and, I don’t know, accompanied by funny moving pictures? (*sigh*) Make it so...

  • Star Trek Into Darkness

    Movie Review | Matt | 4th May 2013

    Right from the very first scene, which sees Kirk and Bones sprinting through bright red flora to escape from a primitive alien tribe, Star Trek Into Darkness proves to be a film of relentless adventure. It’s non-stop action through and through, and, once this opening chase sets the pace, the film seems to always be constantly accelerating. As such, the film spends all of its time going somewhere; and it goes quickly, it goes loudly and it goes spectacularly. The only problem is that it never seems to live up to the franchise’s original mission statement and go boldly.

  • Something about this Star Trek Into Darkness poster seems a little off

    Movie News | Ali | 16th April 2013

    I can't quite put my finger on what's weird about it.

  • Fixing Paramount's Star Trek Into Darkness 'cinemosaic'

    Movie Feature | Luke | 11th April 2013

    Today Paramount revealed something called a 'cinemosaic' for the upcoming Star Trek Into Darkness. To be honest I'd never heard of one of them before, but when I found out it was basically a bunch of animated gifs sitting on the internet and none of them featured cats, well... something had to be done.