The Late Movies: Star Trek Trailers

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.

There's a Simple Trick to Sort Movies and TV Shows by Year on Netflix

Netflix is stocked with so many movies and TV shows that it’s not always easy to actually find what you’re looking for. And while sorting by genre can help a little, even that’s a bit too broad for some. There’s one helpful hack, though, that you probably didn’t know about—and it could make the endless browsing much less painful.

As POPSUGAR reports: By simply opening Netflix up to one of its specific category pages—Horror, Drama, Comedy, Originals, etc.—you can then sort by release year with just a few clicks. All you need to do is look at the top of the page, where you’ll see an icon that looks like a box with four dots in it.

Screenshot of the Netflix Menu

Once you click on it, it will expand to a tab labeled “Suggestions for You.” Just hit that again and a dropdown menu will appear that allows you to sort by year released or alphabetical and reverse-alphabetical orders. When sorted by release year, the more recent movies or shows will be up top and they'll get older as you scroll to the bottom of the page.


This tip further filters your Netflix options, so if you’re in the mood for a classic drama, old-school comedy, or a retro bit of sci-fi, you don’t have to endlessly scroll through every page to find the right one.

If you want to dig deeper into Netflix’s categories, here’s a way to find all sorts of hidden ones the streaming giant doesn’t tell you about. And also check out these 12 additional Netflix tricks that should make your binge-watching that much easier.


New LEGO Set Recreates Jurassic Park's Iconic Velociraptor Chase Scenes

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the fifth installment in the Jurassic Park franchise, is skulking into theaters on June 22. That makes now the perfect time to revisit the original film in LEGO form.

This LEGO set, spotted by Nerdist, depicts some of the most suspenseful scenes from the 1993 movie. There's the main computer room where Ariana Richards's Lex shows off her hacker skills while Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) struggle to keep a hungry dinosaur from barging in. Just like in the film, the door features a deadbolt lock that's velociraptor-proof (though, unfortunately for the characters, the detachable window is not). Other Easter eggs hidden in this part include a map of Isla Nublar and a screener saver of LEGO Dennis Nedry (Wayne Knight).

In the neighboring room, you'll find the cold storage unit where the dinosaur embryos are kept, along with the fake shaving cream can Nedry uses to steal them. The final section is the kitchen, where Tim (Joseph Mazzello) and Lex are stalked by the velociraptor. There's less room for them to hide in the LEGO version compared to the movie set, but there is at least one functioning cabinet for Lex to tuck herself into. Closer inspection reveals even more details from the film, like the lime-green Jello Lex is eating when the raptors first arrive and the step ladder the gang uses to escape into the air ducts during the final chase.

LEGO Jurassic Park set.

LEGO Jurassic Park set.

LEGO Jurassic Park set.

The Jurassic Park Velociraptor Chase set is currently available from the LEGO shop for $40.

[h/t Nerdist]

All images courtesy of LEGO.


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