Back in January, before I was ill, I made a list of reasons I was looking forward to the second instalment of the new, alternate version of Star Trek. For one reason or excuse after another I kept putting off sharing it. Now I have seen the film, I thought, why the hell not? So here it is, finally!
The First one was an excellent redefinition; it wiped the slate clean, not bogged down to continuity- off on voyages in a brand New Direction!
Into Darkness looks like the Pilot Episode ‘Where No Man Has Gone Before’ but spun in a new way.
It has already inspired a Federation-type gathering for Tiglet’s Time Travels series 2 and 3 (which has happened!) The Thondarions especially could be New Aliens never seen before and fit in the New timeline!
The redesigned Enterprise is so cool!
Could the Romulans and Klingons be at war??
In the Classic series, the two Empires were briefly aligned before falling out and scrapping every now and again, tensions and mistrust always high. Uhura noted that Nero had attacked a Penal colony (Rura Penthe?) and destroyed a fleet of 47 Klingon ships. Would they have forgiven that? Not the Klingons, no chance. So there would be no alliance, no swopping of technologies, so Klingons wouldn’t get cloaking devices and Romulans wouldn’t get Cruiser design. Will there be all-out war?
The whole crew are involved, including Scotty.
If Spock Prime’s Mind-meld told Kirk about Nero, what else could he have learned? The Borg? Dominion War? Will the Original Spock try and change things??
Nimoy Spock told Quinto Spock to let his emotions out, so will he lose his rag? I hope so.
The Villain is Sherlock Holmes! Benedict Cumberbatch is playing John Harrison, said to be a terrorist, but there have been all kinds of rumours that it could be Khan, Charlie X, or maybe even Gary Mitchell.
Maybe that’s just wishful thinking; this is a new timeline after all.
It’s gonna rock! The news that JJ is going to make a new Star Wars is inspiring. Let’s face it; the Prequels saw three films that should have only been one. If JJ does what he’s done with this reboot- dynamic characterisation, give it dialogue that sings and an adventure story, then that will be so cool. And he’s shooting in the UK, something else the Prequels got wrong, so I’d best get my Acting hat back on if I want to be a Stormtrooper or Background Extra in the Cantina then!
Now that I have ACTUALLY seen it, did it live up to my expectations?
In a word yes, even exceeded them in a few ways. A great opening shows Kirk breaking the Prime Directive, while Spock tells on him. In London a terrorist attack by the mysterious John Harrison leaves a Starfleet secret facility in ruins before attacking Starfleet HQ, Kirk saving Admiral Marcus who orders them to Kronos, the Enterprise armed with new photon Torpedoes to destroy Harrison’s refuge. Disobeying orders, Kirk, Spock and Uhura watch Harrison take down three ships full of Klingons and reveals Marcus has ordered construction of new weapons and ships to use against the Klingons and other threats to the Federation.
Facing Marcus on his massive ‘Dreadnought; class Starship, it is the presence of Doctor Carol Marcus, his daughter long enough for Kirk and Harrison to board the ship and save the Enterprise in the nick of time.
Star Trek: Into Darkness is an exciting action adventure, full of exciting twists and turns, two amazing ones toward the end, but I won’t spoil it for you if you have not seen it yet. (I hate reviews that give away the ending, which they’re not supposed to do anyway.)
Suffice to say that it is a great sequel and it will be very interesting to see where it Boldly Goes next.