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2nd Look Review: “Star Trek Into Darkness” (2013)

star_trek_into_darkness_poster_enterpriseWarning: MAJOR SPOILERS IN THIS REVIEW

Synopsis: Set after the events of the 2009 reboot, Star Trek Into Darkness pits the crew of the Enterprise against a former Starfleet agent, John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch).

For Chris Dorsey’s take on the film, read his review.

Review: We learned at the end of the first Star Trek that the characters appearing in the reboot are that of an alternate timeline. That being said, Captain James Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto), and the rest of the Starship Enterprise may not travel down the same paths that the original cast did.

After rescuing Spock on a planet full of uncivilized inhabitants, the Enterprise is taken from Captain Kirk and given back to Admiral Pike (Bruce Greenwood). However, a Starfleet building in London is attacked by Harrison and has moved his actions to Starfleet HQ and kills Pike and many others in the process.

Kirk is re-certified as Captain of the Enterprise, and it is his duty to find Harrison and execute him. Admiral Marcus (Peter Weller) gives the Enterprise 72 torpedoes that will be able to take out Harrison if he causes any trouble. Scotty (Simon Pegg), who doesn’t want anything to do with the torpedoes, resigns.

AVERT YOUR EYES NOW! IF YOU CONTINUE, THE MOVIE SHALL BE SPOILED!

After tracing Harrison’s location to Kronos, home of the Klingons, Kirk, Spock, and Uhura (Zoe Saldana) attempt to bring Harrison in, but the Klingons try to attack them first. With Harrison’s help, they take down the Klingon’s and Harrison eventually surrenders.

This, being the second film in the reboot series, decided to revisit what is arguably the “best” Star Trek film amongst fans: The Wrath of Khan – the second film in the original series. Harrison is revealed to be Khan, and like the original source material, is a genetically advanced superhuman that has been in cryogenic sleep for 300 years.

Khan tells Kirk that the 72 torpedoes that are on board aren’t in fact torpedoes, they are the rest of his crew. Khan implores Kirk to send someone to a set of coordinates to see what Admiral Marcus was really hiding.

Into Darkness proves to not only being a delight for hardcore Star Trek fans, it is a great movie even for the casual moviegoer. While having a bit more knowledge of Trek lore will help with all the inside references (did someone say tribble?), the film is just as enjoyable for the plot and humor among the rest of the characters.

While the film is still very much about Kirk and Spock’s relationship, this film is definitely an ensemble, giving more screen time to the rest of the cast, including Sulu (John Cho), Chekov (Anton Yelchin), and McCoy (Karl Urban).

There is much to be said about the second entry of the new Star Trek franchise, that has been directed wonderfully by J.J. Abrams. Abrams gave the hardcore and the not-so-hardcore fans exactly what they wanted, and gave the new fan something to jump right into at warp speed. There is said to be another film in the works, but it will remain to be seen if this “second” film in the series will also be the “best” in the franchise.

Final Grade: 9.75/10

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