Star Trek Into Darkness
To boldly go where no man has gone before indeed. Star Trek has become the most iconic science-fiction television show of all time. It’s cult status has sent people worldwide into a spacy phenomenon of Klingons and photons. It’s hard to add anything new into saying something amazing about the franchise. What can I add to it? Honestly, not much. As a kid, I was a Star Wars fan. I grew up during that time when the original movies were being rereleased and the prequels were about to come out. My friends and I would talk long about the Star Wars world, yet never would discuss Star Trek.
Long story short, I never saw the original TV series or any of the movies. Like a lot of people, I was introduced to Star Trek, like a lot of people, through the 2009 reboot by J.J. Abrams. I was amazed by the film and saw it as absolute perfection of the Science-Fiction genre. It certainly got me very curious about the Star Trek universe, yet I have still yet to explore the original worlds. I’m sure it’s a great show (and set of movies) so I’ll get around to them soon enough. It’s been four years, but Captain Kirk and his crew have returned for Star Trek Into Darkness.
The Enterprise ship and it’s crew have just returned from another planet on a mission. Captain James T. Kirk (played by Chris Pine) calls the mission a success, despite having broken many rules to do so. He had to expose the Enterprise to primitive natives in order to save his first officer and friend Spock (played by Zachary Quinto). Back on Earth, Kirk is demoted by Starfleet Command. At the same time, they are pursuing a madman (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) who had just blown up a military building in London. Starfleet calls an emergency meeting to discuss this guy as he arrives in a gunship. Kirk is able to destroy it, but the bomber manages to escape. Kirk makes it his priority to go after this guy.
The Enterprise is supplied with seventy-two photon torpedoes and ordered to use them on him. Kirk, Spock, and Uhura (played by Zoe Saldana) arrive on the world on Kronos to find the guy, but are found by Klingons. They are whipped out by the bomber who surrenders himself upon finding out about the number of torpedoes that are aimed at him. But once on board the ship, Kirk may have just made his biggest mistake as the bomber has scarier intentions.
This movie has a lot of great secrets, so I can’t give much away, but I will say it is one hell of a ride. Star Trek into Darkness shows that J.J. Abrams has the magic that makes the once cult (but philosophical-preachy) franchise into something hip and cool. The greatest strengths of the film is that not only the universe feels large and unknown, yet exciting, but it’s goals are never too technical. It tries to keep things very simple.
I’ll admit that this sequel doesn’t offer as many surprises as the first movie did. It’s all fine as long as it’s entertaining. It opens with a fun mission, yet it does take it’s time to explain how this futuristic Starfleet works. You feel like you can follow along pretty good…for a while. Once the story goes into a lot of detail about the Klingons and a possible war, it becomes a little slow. While I honestly don’t care about them, there not in it for long. The real star of this galactic adventure is the villain by Benedict Cumberbatch. He’s very frighteningly aggressive as Kirk’s opposite, and he’s frighteningly intelligent as you really feel sorry for him when he talks about his backstory. You fear him, yet admire him at the same time. Again, can’t give anything away, but real Trekies will be in for a treat as they share it with a mainstream audience as they cheer along.
I’ll give this four and a half Enterprises out of five. While it doesn’t match the perfection of the first, Star Trek Into Darkness is a fun space opera that definitely show life in this universe. I just wonder if J.J. Abrams leaves, whether or not an obviously coming Star Trek 3 will be just as eventful.