The 6 Original Star Trek Movie Trailers

Compare JJ Abram's Trek trailer to the originals

In case you somehow missed it, the new trailer for JJ Abram's reboot of Star Trek has been finally been unveiled. And it's different, to say the least.

To illustrate how different it is, we've compiled the original theatrical trailers for every one of the classic movies. Spanning 1979 to 1991, some of them seem dated, some of them miss the mark and some of them are just plain awesome, but every one feels like Star Trek.

Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)

"...this is the return of Captain Kirk," says the voice over artist in a fashion not dissimilar to Shatner's unique delivery, and boy does it feel like it. The movie might have been a let down, but this trailer almost makes up for it.

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)

Ironically, the much improved second movie has a trailer worse than the first movie. Heavy on the action and light on the plot, but it gains points for realising Kirk's scream of his adversaries name is Shatner's career high point.

Star Trek III: The Search For Spock (1984)

Paramount's marketing department finally starts to find its footing, using Star Trek music and focusing on Kirk's humour, the crew and the stakes of their situation. It's actually cut much like a contemporary trailer too, which helps.

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)

And so Star Trek enters the era of every Hollywood ad conveying the plot of the entire movie. A brilliant trailer for a brilliant movie, but there's no real point in seeing the movie after watching it.

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)

Shatner's directorial effort was a much-troubled production and consequently a muddled movie. Looking at the trailer though, you wouldn't think it.

It wisely avoids mentioning the ridiculous God subplot that taints the finished project and instead concentrates on the relationships and characters that had become more integral to the series than any story could ever be.

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)

The last original movie... and the best trailer by far. George Lucas himself couldn't have cut together a more perfectly balanced ad, highlighting the story, themes, characters and action in equal measure.

Comments

    • dholleyuk

      Mar 20th 2009, 13:10

      6 is my best trailer followed by 2 then 4, seems to have all the fun of the series, nice feature Total, keep it up!

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