“They’re trying to kill us, Jim!”
So, here we are. The long-awaited Star Trek Into Darkness post – or long awaited by me, whatever. This will have spoilers, so I’m putting it behind a “more…” tag so everyone can decide for themselves whether or not they want to read it. Obviously, it’s been almost a week since the movie premiered on May 17th, so plenty of people will have seen it, but just in case you haven’t you can skip this post.
I’m gonna start this off with the big spoiler. We all knew Benedict Cumberbatch was in Star Trek Into Darkness; we all knew he was the villain. There was a lot of speculation about whether or not Cumberbatch’s character would be a new reincarnation of the villain from “Star Trek: The Original Series” and Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan: Khan Noonien Singh. But from what I remember, fans were assured that Cumberbatch’s character was not Khan, but a man named John Harrison.
Well, he was John Harrison. But John Harrison was a fake name used as a cover for none other than Khan Noonien Singh. So, STID was in fact, another Khan movie.
Now, don’t get me wrong – I seriously enjoyed STID. It was very funny – Bones is hilarious with his weird metaphors and we get to see a new side of Spock in the movie (as my best friend likes to point out, we see Spock cry in this one, when he didn’t cry after his mother’s death). But generally speaking, the movie is pretty much a recreation of The Wrath of Khan. We even get the whole, warp drive killing with radiation poisoning. Interestingly enough, Spock is not the one who dies.
Kirk is. (But I have to make a side comment here – Kirk’s death in the movie was kind of bad. I used to watch the show “Chuck” back when it was on, and there was this character, Bryce Larkin who died in an episode. It was the worst display of acting I’ve ever seen. Chris Pine’s death in STID was pretty bad, not as bad as Bryce Larkin, but oh man, was it close. Larkin literally turns to the left and tilts his head. That’s his death. Totally lackluster. Eyes don’t glaze over and you expect him to laugh and be all, “Kidding!” But I digress…)
Now, anyone reading this far has, hopefully, already seen the move, but before anyone gets in a tizzy, Kirk is brought back to life with the medical prowess that McCoy always showed in “TOS”.
So, there’s that.
The other spoiler is that we get to meet Doctor Carol Marcus, who “TOS” fans will remember as the woman that Kirk had a son with, David Marcus. But anyway, yeah. Carol Marcus. I’m not going to lie, I was hoping that Alice Eve would be portraying Christine Chapel, but that wasn’t to be. Although Chapel is mentioned by Doctor Marcus, calling out Kirk on his womanizing ways.
But there were two points that I loved about the movie, apart from the comedic aspects. First, there was the fact that there were a lot more aliens in this movie. We even got to see Klingons, which was pretty neat. Secondly, STID gave us a look at future Earth. “TOS” never really gave viewers an idea of what the Earth of the Star Trek universe was like outside of Starfleet. Here, the architecture, methods of travel, and clothing of the future was displayed more prominently. I’m not gonna lie, it was pretty cool.
I enjoyed Star Trek Into Darkness. Did it sink or swim? Swim, totally. Granted, it was more for people who didn’t watch “TOS” but it was still a fun movie that I would see again. Chris Pine is great as Jim Kirk, Zachary Quinto is an awesome Spock, and Karl Urban kills it as Doctor McCoy. The cast, the CGI, everything was great. Totally recommend it.
Here’s the trailer for those still interested.