StarTrek: Into Darkness. I’m going to tell you what I liked and then I’m going to tell you what I didn’t. A review.

Oh, and there are going to be spoilers… so don’t whine if I reveal something and you have not seen the film. But first, the Spoiler Force Field

We need to talk about Act One for a moment.

What I liked: The excitement, the chase, the edge of your seat danger…
What I did not like: We have been to this trough before.  I can think of several TOS episodes right off the bat where Kirk breaks the Prime Directive to influence another culture.  I can also think of several TOS episodes where a rogue Star Fleet captain breaks the Prime Directive and influences another culture.  I can even think of a few TNG and Voyager episodes, as well.  We get it, we get it: you break the Prime Directive and the native culture indigenous to the planet will worship you.  And apparently Spock realized this too, because he continued to lecture Kirk on the subject while getting ready to burn up in an active volcano.

This, to me, was the worst mistake of the film, (my opinion).  This first act should have been used to set the entire tone of the film, a chance for Kirk and Spock to deepen their friendship… or to at least prove that they even have a friendship.  Because, by the end of the film, I did not believe for one second that Kirk and Spock were friends… also, I can barely believe that Uhura and Spock are more than friends.  Something is off here.  It’s called relationship building.  They haven’t done it quite enough.

And this is why things didn’t add up at the end…

So, lo and behold, we get to the end of the film and what do we have here?  We have the iconic death scene from The Wrath of Khan… only, it is in reverse and in this new time-line it is Kirk saving the ship and it is Kirk who dies behind the glass.  Not for one moment do I believe that the time-shifted Spock would “go off all half-cocked” “hell-bent for revenge” because his “friend” is dead.  This Kirk and Spock have not built the requisite relationship (there’s that word, again) for this level of high drama.

If I were writing this film, I would have done something completely different for the first act.  Those first few scenes should have been all about bonding.  Instead, we have tattle-tale Spock ratting-out Kirk, Kirk being relived of duty, Pike dying (which, if you think about it, was VERY believable from Kirk’s point of view, because the film(s) DID THE WORK with these two, they built the scenes which showed the Pike-Kirk father-son relationship, and Kirk’s grief at Pike’s death was absolutely correct.  So bearing that in mind, why didn’t the writers (and director) do the work for Kirk and Spock?

Ok, so I have got it off my chest and told you what got on my nerves, however, do not for a second believe that I didn’t enjoy the film.  I loved the film!  I’m going to see it again.  I am going to buy the DVD.  But inside of me, as a TOS lover, I am going to have to set these new films aside.  Because even though this is Star Trek… it is not really Star Trek.  But that is another debate which I don’t have time to get into at the moment (I’m in the middle of moving).  But that is a debate we WILL have.

Oh, and BTW: If I never see Carol Marcus again, I would not cry.  There only one reason she is even the film and it was a dumb reason.  I hated her character!  That is all.

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5 thoughts on “StarTrek: Into Darkness. I’m going to tell you what I liked and then I’m going to tell you what I didn’t. A review.

  1. You’re in the middle of moving? To where?

    Yeah, I don’t like Carol Marcus either. Zip. Nada. Nothing. Meh. I will be peeved if she is pregnant with Kirk’s son and goes on to create Project Genesis.

    • By reading the protected post you will have read all about my “Portland” drama. Well, what can I say: onward and upward and around the corner I go. I moved less than a mile away from my present place. A much more adult atmosphere. I was getting late to work nearly everyday just from to 10 zillion kids getting on the school bus in the morning.

      Anyway, Star Trek… yes, Carol Marcus. They only put her in because of the Khan connection. Really STUPID reason. I would have much rather they had cast a Nurse Chapel. Chapel was much more a part of Star Trek lore than Carol Marcus, That LAME line about Chapel taking another assignment because of Kirk… Kirk and Chapel never were a thing so why were they intimating that they were? (must keep saying: time-shift, time-shift… ) but come on, if you are going to time shift, forge new territory… don’t just rehash old TOS story-lines. I thought the whole reason for the shift was so they could make new stories?!?!?

      How did you like the film?

  2. I totally agree with your critiques. I also didn’t like the race switching, sexism, and the minimization of the Spock/Uhura relationship. It’s like they waited all those years then finally decided to pen a script 3 months before filming. Some of the character interactions played out like bad fan-fiction. Spock crying, yelling, and behaving like a murderous malfunctioning robot because of his “best friend” was cringeworthy. Zachary deserved better than that. There was no careful consideration or logic in some of those scenes at all. I’m truly surprised at the writers and JJ Abrams. They have a great cast of actors that has always made it a point of saying how much they trust the writers and director. In my opinion, they failed those actors/actresses. Some of it was good, but I didn’t like most. I thought the film was just…ok. The writers, director, etc. could have done better. The actors did great with what they were given.

    • My main gripe was the fact that they promised us NEW stories and just wrote a fan-fic re-imagining of THE Wrath of Khan. But all and all the movie was great for us action junkies… I just wish they would have gotten a bit more creative with the storytelling.

      • Yep. The fact we got something re-imagined instead of something brand spanking new is what completely deflated me. I just don’t see their point in rebooting if they are going to go backwards. I do think they’ve learned some important lessons on this outing, and we will get something new in the next installment. I did like some of the movie, and a lot of the character moments are really good; but I didn’t feel any of the excitement I felt after watching the 2009 film. I do hope the movie does well though, and I’m glad you were able to enjoy the film in spite of its flaws. I just hope we get something new and amazing next time.

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