The Late Movies: Star Trek Trailers

Chris Higgins

Let's have a little fun: let's see how the trailers for the Star Trek movies have changed over the years. To me, we see decreasing emphasis on character and increasing emphasis on action and explosions. There's also as a progressive increase of the cheeky Shatner-style wisecracking, until Shatner stops being in the movies and the franchise becomes (at least for a while) very action-oriented. Anyhoo, BEHOLD:

Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)

"The human adventure is just beginning." This is the teaser trailer:

And the full theatrical trailer:

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)


Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984)

"If you do this, you'll never sit in the Captain's chair again." When has that ever stopped anyone in Trek?

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)

I distinctly remember watching, and loving, this in the theater. "We're going to attempt...time travel!"

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)

"I do not think you realize the gravity of your situation."

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)


Star Trek (VII): Generations (1994)

"I was out saving the galaxy when your grandfather was in diapers."

Star Trek (VIII): First Contact (1996)

"Maximum warp."

Star Trek (IX): Insurrection (1998)

"How many does it take before it becomes wrong?"

Star Trek (X): Nemesis (2002)

"Don't be so vain."

Star Trek (XI) (2009)

"Are you afraid or aren't you?"

So What's Your Favorite?

I'm very partial to Trek IV and V (the earliest ones I saw in the theater), but I dug the most recent reboot (technically XI) quite a bit too. Post your opinions in the comments, and if you like snark (and can handle some weirdness), check out the amazing Red Letter Media reviews of the later films.