If you have read Scifispace for a while, you know Star Trek started my love of science fiction when I first saw the Original Series when I was about 12 (in syndication). So I had to see the new movie, especially since a friend and I released the Enterprise Edition variant cover for the prequel comic.
I wasn’t expecting to really love Into Darkness – especially after reading a spoiler and knowing the what sounded like a horrible plot before I went to see it. Have to say though I was totally blown away!
Trying to keep an open mind as the film started, I was happy to see the movie start in the middle of a mission. It adds a sense of continuity – that the Enterprise is doing other things we don’t see. I enjoyed the somewhat cheesey nod to the original series with the way too red trees and bad makeup aliens and the film was off and running from there.
The hard part of writing a review is not spoiling the film for those of you who haven’t seen it. So in my best plot in a nutshell with a minimum of spoilers:
Kirk violates the Prime Directive (during that opening scene mentioned above) and is demoted from Captain of the Enterprise only remaining on the ship thanks to Admiral Pike who is given command back. This is due partially to Spock so he and Kirk are at odds during the first part of the movie. But the pretty much expected emergency to change everything happens and Kirk ends up back in command of the ship hunting a former Section 31 (shades of Deep Space Nine here) agent named Harrison who has attacked Starfleet Headquarters killing a number of high ranking officers. Kirk manages to knock Harrison’s ship out of the sky putting him on the path to hunt him down and bring him to justice.
The rest of the movie involves the hunt of Harrison, discovering who he really is and who is responsible for setting him on his path of vengeance. Of course Kirk and the Enteprise are the key players in the chase with a lot of twists and nods to the original series and original movies throughout.
What could have been a really bad rework of some of the original series plots becomes a very interesting, edge of your seat adventure movie. The actors seem more comfortable in their roles this time out and Benedict Cumberbatch makes one of the best Trek villians ever.
Star Trek fans will like the little touches of original lore such as “The Mudd incident” and non Star Trek fans will be able to enjoy Into Darkness as a science fiction adventure movie without having to know any of the lore. Yeah there are a few plot holes and I’m sure a few more than I noticed the first time thru, but all in all, it’s an enjoyable ride. Star Trek: Into Darkness is a definite must see and I give it 5 out of 5 rockets.