Star Trek: Into Darkness
May 17, 2013
Pure space opera, delightfully old school. As we know I’m a sucker for big spaceships, and oh they were so beautiful.
The plot. . .standard, and some of the details didn’t pass the refrigerator test. (Is your disbelief suspended until you get home to get a drink from the fridge?) Heck, they didn’t pass the two second test. So it’s best to skate as fast as possible through this thing. Too bad most of the action scenes went on twice as long as they needed to. That’s my big complaint. And there was some really goofy science. Cold fusion? Really? I do not think this means what you think it means…
But there also was a lot to love: Peter Weller and Noel Clarke, for example. Uhura speaking Klingon. Pretty, pretty spaceships. Some fan service in the climactic moment that I thought was marvelous, but some of my companions thought was goofy. To say more would be a spoiler. But did anyone but an old fan even get what was going on there?
Also, does it strike anyone else that the Enterprise is basically structurally unsound in its entirety?
HUGE SPOILER BELOW, WHERE I HAVE REWRITTEN A PORTION OF THE MOVIE IN MY HEAD BECAUSE I COULD:
There’s a moment in this movie where the story could have zigged instead of zagging — and I think I prefer the zig. Like, what if Khan isn’t the bad guy? This is an alternate timeline. Things are different here. What if old Spock tells new Spock this is the most horrible person ever — but before Spock can tell Kirk, Kirk has decided to give Khan a chance. Kirk decides not to stun Khan on the bridge of the Vengeance. Khan has been used and manipulated, and at this point he needs an ally — he’s planned on betraying Kirk, but has a change of heart because of the trust Kirk shows. Because Admiral Marcus is the real bad guy who’s manipulated them both. What if what if what if… It’s a missed opportunity, I think. The new Trek movies seem intent on rehashing old plot lines in shiny new ways (tribble cameo, anyone?). Why not really make it alternate? Really upend our expectations?
Anyway, that’s how I would have done it.