Star Trek Into Darkness is the Worst Star Trek Movie According to Fans


Both William Shatner and our resident Star Trek expert Reed Farrington will be happy to hear that Star Trek V: The Final Frontier is no longer considered the worst Star Trek movie of all time. At least, not according to the hardcore Trek fans in attendance at the latest Star Trek convention in Las Vegas. One of the panels at this year’s con involved a room full of fans ranking all of the Star Trek movies in order, and the movie that ended up at the very bottom of the list was also the franchise’s most recent entry: J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness.

Devin from Badass Digest offers up the full list that the fans arrived at along with some explanation for each, and although the results were gleaned from a rather small sample size and a decidedly unscientific method, the list is still somewhat fascinating. Perhaps the most surprising part of the whole thing is that Galaxy Quest is apparently considered to be an official Star Trek film and somehow it ended up at #7. WTF? Still, I had no idea that Star Trek Into Darkness was so despised by fans, although it largely seems to be because of the “reboot” factor. Check out the full rankings after the jump and let us know what you think.

13. Star Trek Into Darkness
12. Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
11. Star Trek Insurrection
10. Star Trek Nemesis
9. Star Trek: The Motion Picture
8. Star Trek Generations
7. Galaxy Quest
6. Star Trek (2009)
5. Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
4. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
3. Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
2. Star Trek: First Contact
1. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

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  • pcch7

    That’s bullshit. Personally I think it’s the best tied with Star Trek 2009. Then WoK, after that I don’t know. I haven’t seen all of them.

  • …Galaxy Quest?

  • Reed Farrington

    Seems like the sample size was about 100, so I guess there’s bound to be some eclectic ranking. Also, ranking was determined by discussion which biases toward the most vocal and the wise-asses. Galaxy Quest originally started at #2!

  • not_impressed

    #2 First Contact? PLEASE.

  • Jason

    So sick and tired of people demanding “the feeling” of the previous films and so on. There is no such thing! There is only a good crafted film, and that’s it. Look at the Star Trek film series throughout the 80’s, and you’ll know what I mean. Just look at what’s looked upon as the best one: The Wrath of Khan. Full of cheesyness. Very simple and stupid plotline. Bad acting. Even worse dialogue (”KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN” basically nailed it). And it goes on. And that is the best film of the series. And I don’t need to remind people that the level of variation is ridiculous in the series. What’s also hailed as a great film in the series is the The Voyage Home. This isn’t even a Star Trek film. It’s a satire! But no one gives a shit, because it’s a good film. And it’s a great example that this bullshit old fans say about the new films being different is not worth taking seriously.

  • parapa

    They’re absolutely right. Not only is Into Darkness loud and stupid, but it’s unoriginal to boot, taking some of Star Trek’s most iconic moments and completely fucking up the execution.

    Final Frontier may be badly made, but there’s still some fun in the cast interactions, and at least it was trying to do something new and original with an ambitious concept.

    I’d personally rank some of the Next Gen movies as worse, but Into Darkness is absolutely one of the worst Star Trek films.

  • Owozifa

    I sense a Sean agenda. :)

  • Ripplesdip

    I’m not going to say I agree with the order of list, but I will say that now a few months has passed my disappointment with Into Darkness has only amplified. Definitely my biggest let down in a while. Last year there were a whole load of elements about Prometheus that disappointed me, but I still liked it overall, bought the Blu Ray, seen it a few times and can talk about it all night.

    Seriously, last week I had to ask a co worker “What happened to the Cumberbatch Khan again? Did he live or die?”

    A telling moment!

  • Ripplesdip

    And that picture of Khan up there with the wind blowing…looks like he’s about to jump on stage and do some modern dance…

  • devolutionary

    I have a hard time objectively calling this the worst Star Trek film ever (technically), but in my selective memory, it’s definitely near the top for most disappointing Star Trek installment based on premise. I definitely feel that the potential was wasted after essentially creating a new alternate timeline from the previous self-titled film (which Sean, Jay, and Frank alluded to in the premium podcast).

  • jason

    That was the whole point, wasn’t it? That it is implied he didn’t die. Cause we haven’t seen his “Wrath” yet…

  • jason

    Hahahha, youooo soooo fannnnnnyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!

  • Ripplesdip

    True, but the reason I asked it, was because I’d pretty much forgotten the movie a day after seeing it. I did actually like the first hour

  • Theo

    Looks like he’s wearing a wig.

  • Derek McFarland

    Wrath of Khan, Search for Spock, Undiscovered Country, First Contact, and Star Trek Generations are my top 5 favorites, in that order; from greatest to least…. But I enjoy watching them all, from time to time. Star Trek into Darkness did to me, what Total Recall (2012) did…. and that’s not really a good thing. JJ is probably better off working in the Star Wars universe, cause you can feel it all over his version of the original S.T. crew. With as much action as there was in Into Darkness, I found the film to be pretty tired, especially around the whole reverse death scene between Kirk and Spock.

    Don’t get me wrong Benedict is an awesome actor, but lets face it…. he didn’t do justice to Ricardo Montalban… and his British accent didn’t help give me the belief that his character was of Indian descent, in any way. I was really hoping that he wasn’t Khan…. The Star Trek universe is such a huge one…. so why fuck it up with watered down shit we’ve seen before…. in more memorable and original moments. But what can I say?….. It could have been worse….. JJ could have used Ewokes in the opening scene instead of white painted humanoids…. and even that scene looked like something bit off from the ending of Indiana Jones 4.

  • DrewNugent

    Im slowly but surely going through the Star Trek legacy so I haven’t seen all of the films but heres my ranking of what i’ve seen so far.

    1. The Voyage Home
    2. The Motion Picture
    3. Into Darkness
    4. Star Trek (2009)
    5. Wrath of Khan.

    So far i’ve pretty much loved everything i’ve seen, those are just my faves in order.

  • PlanBFromOuterSpace

    If “Galaxy Quest” gets to be included, I’m also throwing “Turkish Star Trek” (Turist Ömer Uzay Yolunda) in there. It would be #4, easy. While obviously an untouchable classic now, it was unfortunately a franchise killer, as it was the final film in the Ömer the Tourist series. Have you seen it, Reed?

  • Justicerulez

    Who in the world could think that cheesy pile of shit that the Voyage Home is better than Into Darkness? It’s lame ham-fisted 80’s environmentalism. I’m a fan of the TNG series but none of their movies worked for me. I’d put ID right around 5, without having rewatched Undiscovered Country or Search For Spock in a long time.

  • I consider myself a halfway-decent Trek fan, but I consider myself a fan of good movies first and foremost. Into Darkness and even Trek V are significantly better than the pieces of hot garbage that are Insurrection and Nemesis. Into Darkness may not have the same series significance as Wrath of Khan but it’s far from a bad movie.

  • Rick

    I loved into darkness…it was my fav movie of the summer! of course…i’m not a trekkie

  • Jason Black

    Thats not far off my own list.
    I would put Insurrection at 9 though.
    Galaxy Quest..??.. ye id go with that.

  • Jason Black

    forgot to mention that Into Darkness would be at 7 where Galaxy Quest is :P

  • Corey Watts

    I haven’t even seen Into Darkness yet, but there is NO WAY its a worse movie than Nemesis, Insurrection and Final Frontier. The awfulness of those three extends well beyond them just being the worst of Star Trek. And I’m sorry, the fact that Galaxy Quest is somehow qualified to be on this list, invalidates the whole thing, in my opinion. What were these people smoking?

  • Gerry

    I thought Star Trek 11 was excellent, rebooting Trek brilliantly, which is why STID was such a crushing disappointment for me.

    It wasn’t a bad film, just unbelievably meh. It’s way down the list of Trek films for me.

    Galaxy Quest may not be a Trek film but when it kicks into action adventure mode it’s way better and more exciting than STID.

  • kyri

    I haven’t seen into darkness, Star Trek V, Insurrection, Nemesis, Star trek The motion Picture, Generations, Galaxy Quest , Search for Spock, The Voyage Home, Undiscovered Country or First Contact.

    Basically I just saw, Wrath of Khan and the horrible 2009 Reboot.

    nevertheless the list seems just about right to me :p

  • Loren

    Hmm.. will have to give “Into Darkness” another viewing. I had a pretty good time watching it on 3D Imax. I would have it above Star Trek V though.. Reed’s favorite.

  • Andrew Lincoln

    First Contact at #2? That movie has not aged well at all.

  • devolutionary

    I would humbly say that a good portion of the Star Trek films haven’t aged terribly well. Rose-tinted glasses and all. The only one I haven’t seen in recent memory is Final Frontier and I don’t remember that one being particularly good either. I really liked the premise of First Contact and I remember a lot of TNG fans really jumping on board for that one but it’s definitely not as good as I once thought.

  • Derek Reilly ?

    What a complete bullshit poll. Apparently there was something of an agenda from the organisers of the poll or so I’ve been hearing. V is clearly abysmal.