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I recently went to watch Star Trek Into Darkness. So called because the director didn’t want anyone confusing it with Star Trek 2. God forbid.
I’ve never understood that necessity. It’s like The Avengers all over again. The Hollywood film makers renamed it Avengers Assemble over here for fear of UK citizens confusing it with the old 70s TV show ‘The Avengers.’ Cut us some slack, we’re not Americans. The moment Honor Blackman wasn’t on our screens we realised.
So again Hollywood made that decision. Although it definitely made sense. For anyone who wants to watch the film – look away now.
The Wrath Of Khan has some unique plot twists that many didn’t see coming. Spock dying is a poignant moment for any Trekkie. His moment of death is remembered by everyone who watches the film.
Into Darkness is brilliant in providing the same plot twists and shaping how the universe is after the events of the first film. The viewer is constantly reminded that this isn’t the ‘Prime’ reality, that this is another universe from the one we are accustomed to.
There’s also a lot more in it for the Trek fan compared to the first one. The introduction of Dr Carol Marcus and the acknowledgement of Section 31, Starfleet’s secret research and intelligence arm, being two brilliant additions to the new Trek family.
And then, of course, there’s the villain. John Harrison is superbly portrayed by the inimitable Benedict Cumberbatch. Such a performance deserves true recognition. As he speaks the words that for months people had speculated over, you get a chill down your neck. You know how awful a situation the Enterprise is in. You know that Kirk and Spock are going to have to pull something out of the bag.
Which they do. Well, actually, Spock and Spock do but that’s not the point. It’s an enjoyable film with some excellent ‘will he won’t he’ moments in them.
For those reasons, Star Trek Into Darkness drops into Room 102. I just hope that the starship the Enterprise faces in the next film isn’t just going to kick the shit out of it like the last two have.
Submitted By: James Higgins (Twitter: @obmij1)