I have just returned from seeing the latest Star Trek movie called Star Trek Into Darkness and I must confess I enjoyed it immensely. I was never a devout trekkie who attended all the conventions and knows every episode by heart, but always appreciated the series.
Now with the new cast in the movie series I really loved it. I liked this film better than the first one and the characters are so much like the younger version of the TV series ones. First in my book is Karl Urban as Dr. McCoy. His facial expressions and mannerisms are so identical to DeForrest Kelly’s that it is remarkable as if he really was McCoy at a young age. Second is Zachary Quinto as a young Spock who is almost identical to a young Leonard Nimoy and Chris Pine as a young Capt. Kirk is a lot like a young William Shatner only not overacting.
I thought Simon Pegg as Scotty and Anton Yelchin as Chekov were very good, but their accents and actions were a little too much while John Cho who played Sulu who is an oriental had no accent at all.
The USS Enterprise has been sent to the planet Nibiru to observe a primitive civilization. Captain James T. Kirk violates the Prime Directive when First Officer Spock‘s life is jeopardized, exposing the Enterprise to the planet’s civilization during the rescue. Called back to Earth, Kirk is demoted to first officer of the Enterprise, with his predecessor, Admiral Christopher Pike reassuming command. The two attend an emergency meeting at Starfleet Command to discuss the bombing of a secret Section 31 installation in London, perpetrated by former Starfleet agent John Harrison. The meeting is attacked by a small gunship piloted by Harrison, who kills Pike. Kirk neutralizes the gunship, but Harrison escapes. With Pike dead, Kirk is reinstated as the Enterprise’s captain. Discovering that Harrison has fled to the Klingon homeworld of Kronos, Kirk receives special permission from Admiral Alexander Marcus to hunt down Harrison. The Enterprise is supplied with 72 long-range prototype photon torpedoes, and is ordered to fire them at Harrison’s location once he is found. However, Scotty, Spock, Bones and Uhura convince Kirk to capture rather than kill Harrison.
Arriving at Kronos, an away team composed of Kirk, Spock, and Uhura land to find Harrison, but are surrounded by Klingons. Harrison wipes out the Klingons and confronts the away team, but surrenders after learning the precise number of photon torpedoes aimed at him. Returning to the Enterprise, Harrison reveals his true identity as Khan, a genetically engineered superhuman who was awakened from his nearly 300-year cryosleep by Admiral Marcus to develop advanced weapons for war against the Klingon Empire. The torpedoes are found to contain cryogenic pods with his colleagues inside, held hostage by Marcus.
I thought it was interesting to see subtle references to the original series like Dr. McCoy experimenting on a tribble and Admiral Marcus’s daughter Carol being introduced as a crew member. Carol Marcus is in the Wrath of Khan movie with the original cast and revealed to Kirk he has a son by her.
They also introduce Khan in this one played by Benedict Cumberbatch who plays Sherlock Holms in the BBC series. He plays an excellent cold blooded villain. Leonard Nimoy even manages another cameo as the future Spock like in the first one when the younger Spock somehow contacts himself in the future to ask if he ever heard of Khan. Future Spock tells him yes and it was at a great cost. Any fan of the series will immediatley associate that scene and reference
There are plenty of action shots, special effects galore, suspense, comical one liners and serious emotions and all around fun. If you are a Star Trek fan or if someone in your family is or you know of someone, I highly recommend Star Trek Into Darkness. Check out the trailer here.