Star Trek: 8 Things The Kelvin Timeline Movies Got Right

Star Trek's Kelvin Timeline films often get a bad rap, but here are eight things they did right.


Derisively referred to by fans as the "JJverse" or "JJ Trek" (or even something more profane) and seemingly forgotten in CBS' rapid expansion of the franchise on TV, Star Trek's Kelvin Timeline movies get a bad rap. With the franchise's return to the Prime Universe and resurrection of old favorites like Jean-Luc Picard, it's easy to view these movies as "that other Star Trek".

Yes, a fourth movie has been teased periodically over the past four years since the release of Star Trek Beyond, most recently with Noah Hawley maayyyybe picking up the story JJ Abrams began back in 2009, but for now the Kelvin Timeline films remain a loose trilogy. Collectively raking in over a billion dollars at the box office, Star Trek (2009), Star Trek Into Darkness, and Star Trek Beyond undeniably reinvigorated the franchise after it languished in the post-UPN world and paved the way for your beloved Star Trek: Picard and slightly less beloved Star Trek: Discovery.

Set aside the super blood and lens flares, here's a reminder of the Star Trek Kelvin Timeline movies' successes.


I played Panicky Idiot Number 2 in Star Trek Into Darkness.