We’ve been pretty harsh on Star Trek Into Darkness on this site, and I still stand by the problems the movie has. Most of those are directly related to the script, and not JJ Abrams so much. But if you watch Star Trek Into Darkness and try to not compare it to past Star Trek, or the franchise in general, it doesn’t completely suck. Here are ten reasons why:
The Kirk/Spock/McCoy Trio Develops More
In the original Star Trek series, the key to the entire show was the interplay between the logical Spock, ultraman Kirk, and the crotchety country doctor Bones. For many people, that trio IS the Original Series. It’s very important to nailing that trio, and Into Darkness makes good strides with the three of them, opening up the door for the third movie do do even more..
The Enterprise Actually Has a Warp Core
The thing the bugged me the most about the 2009 Star Trek was the use of a Budweiser plant as the Enterprise’s main engineering. The plant still shows up in the sequel, but now they have built an actual warp core. It’s a big step and hopefully the third movie will ditch the Budweiser plant completely.
The Klingon is Accurate
In a movie where they spell Qo’noS wrong, you’d almost expect the lazy writers to make up some gibberish and pass it off as Klingon. But as there are a lot of fans out there who actually speak the language, they couldn’t do that. So they called in Mark Okrand and had him help with the Klingon dialog to make sure it wouldn’t piss off those fluent.
It Begins the Five Year Mission
The end of the movie is my favorite part, and the only part I like more than the 2009 original. It’s the perfect start to the crew’s legendary Five Year Mission. Using Alexander Courage’s theme as they depart for the mission just gives longtime Trek fans chills and the hope that the next movie will live up to that that means.
Khan Chewing the Scenery
Once the “John Harrison” lie is tossed out and Benedict Cumberbatch switches over to full Khan mode, he chews up the scenery like it’s made out of candy. Some may consider it to be over-acting, but I thought it fit Khan well and I’d love to see Cumberbatch’s Khan face off against the Shatner Kirk in his prime.
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