Star Trek: Into Darkness

"She's breakin' up, Cap'n!"

“She’s breakin’ up, Cap’n!”

So, we finally saw  Star Trek: Into Darkness and I have to say, I was very impressed.

Without giving anything away (even though others didn’t mind doing so…especially as to the identity of Mr. Cumberbatch’s character…ahem), here’s a brief rundown.

The Good:

"Damnit Jim, I'm a doctor not a ____"

“Damnit Jim, I’m a doctor not a ____”

  • Karl Urban as “Bones”. For me, he’s one of the most entertaining parts of the film and doesn’t get near enough screen time. I think DeForest Kelley would be proud.
  • Kirk gets to be Kirk and not a shadow of William Shatner. Thank God, as I’m not a Shatner fan….besides T.J. Hooker, of course. Loved him in that!
  • Overall look of ‘the future’. Things look futuristic, without looking “too” futuristic. If that makes sense. The words ‘retro future’ keep coming to mind.
  • Simon Pegg: Again, I wouldn’t call myself a “fan” of Pegg’s. I don’t dislike him or his work, I guess, but I don’t seek it out, either. He makes a great “Scotty”, though, and has some of the best bits in the film.
  • The story. I like when we get to see ‘layers’ in the Federation and find out that not everything is as ordered and regimented as they appear. There are dissenters.

As an added bonus (at least for me), Whovians will see a familiar face for a small bit.

The Bad: 

  • Spock. Not so much Quinto’s performance….I think he’s, actually, pretty good as our favorite Vulcan….it’s the whole idea of the character in a relationship. It just comes across as ‘forced’, to me. Also, on the subject of Spock, (Highlight after for semi-spoiler….)  I hope his cross-dimension doppelganger isn’t used as a “deus ex machina” in every installment.   
  • The Enterprise…..once again….gets shot up, to say the least. I’m hoping that’s another trend from the old franchise that doesn’t make it’s way into this one.
  • The story. Yes, it was both good and bad. Mostly good, but there were a few bits that were pretty predictable and you didn’t need to be a fan to see them.

That was, for the most part, all that I found ‘bad’ about this flick without getting into ‘nit-pick’ territory.

The Ugly:

  • The Klingons…..but in a cool way and I was glad we got to see them in this universe.

All in all, this was a very entertaining film with a solid cast. While I, usually, gripe in a ‘get off my lawn’ sort of way when Hollywood does their “re-imaginings” I can’t really complain much about their latest offering in the Trek series.

Since Paramount has said “make it so” to breathing new life into the Star Trek franchise, I’m just glad that  J.J. Abrams is sitting in the captain’s chair.

Until next time…

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4 responses

  1. That’s a good review. I plan on actually going to see it this weekend after holding out the last few weeks.

    And now… not to nitpick you, Mark, but there’s not really a colon in the title. Abrams went off in an interview about it, going so far as to say,

    “There’s no word that comes after the colon after Star Trek that’s cool. Not that Star Trek: Insurrection or First Contact aren’t good titles, it’s just that everything that people are turned off about when it comes to Trek is represented by the colon.”

    I’m not sure I agree with him on this, but I just thought I’d share that little tidbit with you.

    1. LOL….”thanks”, Robert 😛

      I didn’t know there was such a hubbub over the colon (which, I’ll admit, I didn’t pay attention to) for old J.J.

      If you liked the last Trek film, I can practically guarantee you’ll enjoy this one.

      Thanks for the comment 🙂

  2. Great review, I have got to get someone to take me to this movie! Damn! I loved the series, except for Kirk and his womanizing, and the constant fighting, okay, so what did I like — the story lines, the social commentary, the hope and unity, the whole damn thing except what I mentioned. Kirk, wasn’t that attractive, some of the others should have had a chance to socialize, and I hate fist fighting! 🙂

    1. Thanks Yolanda, I think you’ll really like it. LOL…yeah, I was never a Kirk fan, either, but I did like the interaction between him, Spock, and Bones. For me, that made the show. The film does a pretty good job of mimicking that dynamic, too.

      Let me know how you like it! 🙂

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