Star Trek: Into Darkness
The second in the line of new Star Trek movies proved to once again be cinematic and thrilling, and while it may not provide Trekkies with the scientific and humanitarian soul they are looking for, for half-assed Trek fans like myself, it feels enough like Star Trek to make us happy. It also happens to be a pretty kick ass sequel.
Into Darkness doesn’t have nearly as gripping an opening as its predecessor did, but it did set up some themes that would play out near the end. The plot itself, which involves Kirk and the Enterprise hunting down a former Star Fleet terrorist, started off a little muddled and iffy (not too mention a little too on the nose with the current political climate). However, the movie only got better and better as it went on, and the muddledness made sense when put into context. What happened is that the story turned from what appeared to be a basic action-in-space film that so many people were worried about into a more cerebral figure-it-out story. It was great.
The cast was as charismatic as the first time, with Chris Pine leading the charge, and this time they were met with a great villain in Benedict Cumberbatch. The visuals were great and the action set pieces were coherent and fun. Again, great stuff.
*SPOILERS I figured out the big plot twist once Kirk tried beating the crap out of John Harrison and he wasn’t getting hurt. When the rumours that Khan was the villain first started to leak, I was worried it would turn into just a remake of Wrath of Khan. Luckily, they managed to make their own story out of it and use the surprise to their advantage.
The only thing I didn’t really like about it was how they basically recycled the best scene from Wrath of Khan; Spock’s death scene. Yes, I know they switched roles, but it was still essentially the same. I’m not sure how I feel about it, but at the moment I feel it was kind of lazy to be honest. *END SPOILERS
So in Summary, Star Trek 12 (or 2, however you want to think of it) turned out to be a worthy sequel and managed up up the ante on drama and spectacle. Despite the fact that it wasn’t subtitled So Very Tired.
p.s. Tribbles rule.