Star Trek: Into Darkness Review

Wow. So it’s been a while since I posted anything. I promise though I have a good excuse! (Kinda.) I was temporarily transferred at work to a much busier location for a few months and well, I just didn’t have the energy to keep up with this. I’m back to my home location now though and I’ve certainly got a lot of reviews to catch up on. Because honestly, what a summer for the huge fantasy/sci-fi blockbusters, am I right? So today I’ll talk about the the most recent movie I saw and hopefully work my way backwards until I’m all caught up.

Disclaimer: I am not a Trekkie. I saw the last Star Trek movie and enjoyed it. It led me to watching a few of the older original Star Trek (watch them here!) and I grew up around family members who loved The Next Generation. This means that I have a basic understanding and knowledge of the Star Trek world but I don’t know who would win in a fight: Kirk or Picard.

I’m going to try and keep this as spoiler free as possible.

The movie opens up with the U.S.S. Enterprise on a mission. The crew encounters  a few hiccups along the way to completion which causes some major issues for Kirk and Spock once they are back on the ground. Meanwhile, in London, a Star Fleet officer has been approached by a mysterious man- he will heal the officer’s sick daughter for a price. The officer’s acceptance and follow through of his part of the deal set in motion the events of Into Darkness and introduce us to our villain, John Harrison (played magnificently by Benedict Cumberbatch who seems dead set on getting into every geek fandom possible. Will he be in the next Star Wars movie? At this rate, probably!).

Well, some things happen over at Star Fleet headquarters in America (no need to be too detailed!) and the crew of the Enterprise ends up taking off in pursuit of the mysterious Harrison with 72 missiles to use against him. They find him easily enough on the Klingon home world where we get to see his amazing fighting skills. Despite his obvious physical superiority, he willingly surrenders to Kirk when he hears about the weapons they have on board and are threatening to use against him. Bones and another science officer (an important character but you can meet her yourself in the movie) end up making a discovery about the missiles that corroborates with the story Harrison has told Kirk and Spock. We also learn who John Harrison actually is.

The last half of the movie is the Enterprise trying to figure out what to do with the information they have learned. Do they help Harrison? Or destroy him as they were instructed? It’s a pretty intense second half but thoroughly enjoyable. We get to see Kirk be a sacrificial captain and we get to see Spock get emotional in defense of a friend. And we get to see the Star Fleet headquarters deal with more destruction. Poor guys. They just seem to have a giant target on top of them. Again, I’m not a huge Star Trek fan. But I really enjoyed this sequel. I don’t really like when successful movies turn into unending franchises but I personally would love to see another Enterprise adventure.

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5 thoughts on “Star Trek: Into Darkness Review

  1. Redhead says:

    For someone who didn’t grow up with Star Trek, these new movies are an excellent introduction. They’re fun, you get to meet all the characters, learn about the Star Trek world and who our allies (yay Vulcans!) and enemies (Klingons! booo! hiss!) are. I felt the same with with the XMen First Class movie. I loved that movie to pieces, but all my friends who had grown up with XMen comics were mad at how much had been changed.

    btw, this is my first time visiting you blog, is your background image from Logan’s Run?

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    • Mary says:

      Yes I’m kind of relieved I’ve never gotten much into comic books- it means I get to enjoy all the recent comic-based movies a good bit more than I would have really knowing the back stories they were taken from!

      Thanks for visiting- hope you come back! The background image is actually just something I found online and liked. I can’t really remember now where I found it but I don’t think it’s from Logan’s Run. At least not that I know of.

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  2. CMrok93 says:

    When there’s not action going on, the movie is still a lot of fun to watch. That’s just how Abrams rolls, and it totally works for the guy and the movie. Nice review Mary.

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  3. jubilare says:

    “who seems dead set on getting into every geek fandom possible.” He is certainly making great strides in that direction!

    I am a Trekkie (though I am not serious enough about it (or myself, I hope) to insist on being called a “Trekker”). As such, I’m a Trekkie on the side of these movies. I’ve really enjoyed them.

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