I finally got to see Star Trek Into Darkness On Demand over the weekend and I have to say I was impressed by it for most of the film. While I was a bit upset that they used some elements from the original and everything it was done in a tasteful matter and it only showcases that this universe is different.
First off, this film can be seen as based off the 2nd Star Trek film Wrath of Khan as that’s the main villain and as you can guess he is sort of after the same thing, he wants his people back. However this explains something we learned in Wrath of Khan, it was said that Kirk put him away and we never really saw why Kirk did that in the original films.
The Star Trek TV show is about the 5-year mission to explore, which at the end of the film, happens they leave on a 5-year mission. So in truth so far these are all happening before the first Star Trek film and even before the TV show. That leaves the question if the next film will take place in the middle of the 5-year mission or after it’s over.
I know that was a bit of a spoiler for everyone but honestly doesn’t affect the film’s plot at all and I have to say it was well crafted, the only thing that really bothers me was the closing act which I feel was rushed out and I could have had maybe another 10 or so minutes of footage to explain some things out.
The script was well done and the action was amazing and the cast was dead on again, I remember when it first came out many people where bother by the scenes showing a woman in her underwear and that it wasn’t needed. I agree, but it not enough for me to knock it down, it was if anything distasteful.
The other big issue I heard was that in fact, Khan is of Indian descent in the Star Trek canon and the accusations of whitewashing by fans. Personally, I don’t have an opinion either way. I’m sorry but Cumberbatch was amazing as Khan.
Star Trek Into Darkness really showcase the universe and the story of Star Trek on a much darker note and even dived into many of the common themes played out in the original films which I really did like. The only real issue I personally had with Star Trek Into Darkness was the scene with Sock on the bridge of the Enterprise; I won’t really spoil it for you, but I felt it screw up something that I thought they stated wouldn’t happen in the first film.
Overall it’s a great film and that’s why it made so much money and if anything one of the most successful reboots of a series in a long time, alongside Batman. Honestly even more successful because Star Trek had a massive following and actors who played these characters for such a long time; the idea of them being replaced was almost unheard of. It’s done well and I am a bit sad that J. J. Abrams is not going to be doing the next film because he’ll be doing Star Wars.