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As a follow-up to my last post, I wanted to do a short review of Star Trek: Into Darkness.  I’ll try to avoid major spoilers, but there will be at least one (the identity of the villain, which most everyone suspected anyhow).

As anyone who saw 2009’s Star Trek knows, the timeline has been changed from the classic Star Trek, to allow a reboot with novel story lines.  The latest installment takes full advantage of that (as we all suspected) to resurrect the greatest of all Star Trek villains (imho), Kahn.  The circumstances surrounding the discovery of the Botany Bay (the ship on which Kahn and his men were held in suspended animation) are vastly different in this new timeline.  As such, there is a new dynamic between him and the crew of the Enterprise.  I won’t go into details to avoid plot spoilers.

I will say that it was more action packed and less intellectual than Wrath of Kahn

Into Darkness takes full advantage both of the new timeline to form a new plot for Kahn, as well as the memories of devoted old Trekkies like myself to form a strange dichotomy.  Many of the elements in the movie echo the Wrath of Kahn, but they are not the same.  At one poignant moment, I actually knew the lines before they were spoken.  The identical lines were uttered by a different character (and referring to a different character) in the Wrath of Kahn

I am uncertain, still, how I feel about this mirroring of the classic Star Trek story line.  I very much like the idea thematically.  Some aspects of your destiny are unavoidable.  No matter what the specific circumstances are, when Kirk meets Kahn, it will be bad.  But the quantity of this seemed off.  Did they push this too far?  Not far enough?  I’m inclined to say that, for me, it would have worked better with either a softer touch or a heavier stroke. 

On the whole, I give the movie a thumbs up.  I’m not ready to say it was one of my favorite Trek movies, but it was definitely above average.  And competing as directly as it did against one of my favorite movies put it at a disadvantage to start.

I think Star Trek fans of all stripes will enjoy this one!

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There are two movies this summer which I’m looking forward to seeing.  Star Trek:Into Darkness and The Man of Steel.  In both cases, they refer to movie franchises that I adored growing up.  Neither is exactly part of the series – a new timeline for Star Trek and a “reboot” for Superman – but both carry a legacy to live up to.  The other tie for them is that they both will resurrect a villain seen in the early ’80’s.

In the case of the Man of Steel, this is General Zod.  In the Christopher Reeves led series of the 70’s and 80’s, he was the best foil (imho) Superman met.  He was intelligent and cunning like Lex Luthor, but also as powerful as Superman himself.  My admiration of the classic superhero would make me see this movie in any case, and a strong villain is icing on the cake.

For Star Trek: Into Darkness, we are relying on the rumor that the villain is non other than Khaan, whose wrath in the 1982 film that carried his name destroyed the Enterprise.  This was driven by vengeance, of course, over the meeting of the Enterprise with his ship in the 1960’s TV show (In the episode “The Space Seed”) which stranded Khaan on a barren planet.  In a new timeline, though, Khaan and Kirk would not necessarily have faced each other, meaning that Khaan could carefully devise a conquest of Earth . . . And the possibilities grow from there.  As an old Trekkie, I can hardly wait.