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Movie: Star Trek Into Darkness

Posted by on November 9, 2015

I finally saw Star Trek: Into Darkness. I know. I’m a little late to the party. Story of my social life. Ha!

Disclaimer: I don’t like to watch movies where the same character is played by a different character. It’s just so hard to relate to them as the character you’ve grown to love, but look so different. That might be why I have a hard time embracing Doctor Who. Perhaps after I make it through several more regenerations, I’ll be able to accept it. Ha!

And I loved the original Star Trek series. Grew up watching them and the movie. So, I was apprehensive about Into the Darkness.

The Characters. Although, by the end of the show I could almost see a resemblance…if I tilted my head just right and squinted. But when Checov spoke, it sounded just like the real Checov!

I do have to say…I got a little excited to see Doctor Who star, Noel Clark AND Sherlock’s Benedict Cumberbatch. BUT it was a little weird for Cumberbatch to be Khan, who in Wrath of Khan, was a blonde.

But the best part of the movie? Leonard Nimoy’s cameo. I might have teared up a bit. I mean, it was a little bittersweet when I finally convinced my hubby to watch Star Trek IV last month and seeing Nimoy in action for the first time since his passing. But this was different. It was his last performance, I think. So to see him in Into Darkness? *sob*

That said, why’d they have to recreate TWO iconic Star Trek scenes? Sure it was foreshadowing…but…it felt like it cheapened it a bit. Maybe? I’ll have to rewatch the other movies and see.

And what was that relationship between Spock and Uhura? I do not remember anything about that from the original series or movies, but then it’s been a looong time since I’ve watched them. Something I hope to remedy soon! And you know what??? My son is BEGGING to watch Star Trek IV. (Humpback whales, space…it’s his latest obsession.) So we introduced him to Trouble with Tribbles. 😀

So have you seen the movie? What did you think? Are you Star Trek fan or more of a Star Wars fan?

Have a great rest of the week!

14 Responses to Movie: Star Trek Into Darkness

  1. Jenelle

    Erm… are you saying that you only watched Into Darkness, and not the first one?!?!?! Because I feel like you’d be confused watching Into Darkness without watching Star Trek first. Maybe I misread that.

    I really like the new movies. I don’t like what they did to Kirk’s character… particularly in Into Darkness. I get why they did it in the first one, and was able to accept it without having to like it, but I felt like he grew so much in movie 1 and then regressed a lot in Into Darkness and it annoyed me greatly.

    Other than that, I really enjoy both movies. I love Benedict. However, I didn’t feel he did a great job as Khan, and ultimately, I think I enjoyed the first one more than Into Darkness. But now I feel the need to rewatch both. 😉

    • J.L. Mbewe

      So….would you believe I didn’t realize there were two movies? I knew they had made a new version and I just assumed it was a remake of Star Trek I. Which, I don’t think I ever watched because my mom said it sucked. Ha! I didn’t feel confused, but a lot of my anticipation of the movie was influenced by what I knew of in Star Trek II and III. Perhaps I need to hunt down the new first and see. It will be interesting to see how they handled Kirk’s character in the first one then, since it sounds like he will be regressed, a lot.

      Still, I’m quite partial to the original series/movies and the people who played them. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. sparksofember

    Did you see the prior Star Trek starring these same actors? It’s important because in it, Spock from the future came to the past and the bad guy followed him. So time was changed and the entire tv series that we knew was altered.

    Because of that, Spock and Uhura did not have a relationship in the original series but it’s believable and within character that they could have now after the way time was altered. But the replication of the death scene made me beyond angry. That moment in the original movie was powerful because of the depth of the friendship between Spock and Kirk. But in these reboots, their friendship is still in the beginning stages. Duplicating such an iconic, deep scene without the depth definitely cheapened it. What was the other iconic scene they duplicated? I don’t remember…

    I’m definitely a little bit of a Trekkie/Trekker. I’m a Star Wars fan, too, but I think Star Trek wins for me. I’ve read a lot of books from both series but my favorites are the ST books by L.A. Graf.

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Ah, you are right. That would have definitely put a different spin on things, eh? I will definitely have to hunt down the first movie then. BUT I hate it when they mess with time and change the series. Are they going to do the whole sort of remake of the others, based on the decisions they’ve made in the altered series? Hmmm… And I get that Spock and Uhura could have….maybe… (was that introduced in the first movie as well?)

      I hear you about the iconic death scene…was just wrong. The other scene was when Spock screamed “KHAAAAAAAAAN!” I mean…really. Kirk screaming KHAAAAN has been made into memes and such that having Spock do it, cheapened the movie. I might rolled my eyes and was like, really??? It pulled me out of the movie. I thought Spock’s emotional growth in this movie was a big jump from doing everything by the book and always keeping his feelings in check to being pushed beyond and screaming like that. Although, I did find his explanation to Kirk and Uhura about his emotions and such touching.

      So, although, I did enjoy the movie such as it was, I still feel like I’m on the fence with it. You know?

      Thanks for stopping by!

      • sparksofember

        You definitely need to see the first one. It explains a lot about Kirk and Spock. Yes, Spock & Uhura started in the first one – you’ll see why but I don’t want to spoil what leads up to it.

        Yes, I forgot about the Khan screaming – we pretty much had the exact same eye-rolling reaction.

        I have mixed feelings about the altered timeline. I can see why they did it to relaunch the series to a new generation, trying to stay true to the original and yet rewrite it. And I’m all for new fans. But I tend to hate when timelines get wiped out because then, what’s the point of the first timeline – if no one retains any memory of it, than nothing was learned and who cares? (Disney just did that to my daughter with their Teen Beach 2 movie and we both were no happy with the choice.)

        • J.L. Mbewe

          I will definitely look into watching it. Spock and Kirk, yeah, I was thinking this was just the start of their relationship and that’s why they were acting the way they were.

          I don’t know how I feel about revamping the movies for a new generation. Those of who loved them, will share them with our children, but I suppose to reach beyond us. It will be interesting to see what they do.

  3. sparksofember

    Oh, Oh – speaking of! I read that CBS is planning to start a new Star trek series – It’ll be an online exclusive to get people to subscribe to their CBS All Access channel. Which we won’t do but the idea of a new series is interesting. We liked Next Generation and Voyager and were so-so on Deep Space. I could not get into Enterprise…

    • J.L. Mbewe

      I saw that! I’m very curious, but not curious enough to subscribe to their channel. I never could get into the other series, partly because I’ve not watched TV since the end of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and am just now starting to watch Doctor Who episodes every once an a while. No Time! Ha! But mostly I’m very partial to the original Star Trek.

  4. Rebekah Loper

    OMG yeah… you haven’t seen the first one?! Definitely watch it. Leonard Nimoy has far more than a cameo in it.

    I definitely prefer Star Trek to Star Wars. I grew up watching TOS, though as my storytelling tastes refined, I sometimes cringe at some of the original episodes! But they still hold a dear place in my heart, and I am very happy to see the revamps. Especially since they aren’t completely trying to remake and update the originals exactly, but instead are branching off in a different manner (which will make sense after you watch the first new movie).

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Okay, I must do that then! And here I was thinking they were just remaking Star Trek I because it sucked, according to my mom. Oh, I don’t know if I could handle watching Leonard Nimoy in more than just a cameo, but maybe it won’t hit me as hard, eh? Well, now I’m excited to see the first one! Thanks for stopping by!

  5. outandin

    You definitely need to see the first “new” Star Trek movie in order to get more out of Into Darkness. Much as I love Cumberbatch, I couldn’t see him as Khan. The original Khan was supposed to be an Indian but was played by a Hispanic actor! I just couldn’t see him as British though. I am definitely more of a Trekkie than a Star Wars fan. I’ve seen all the TOS multiple times, and we also have all of Voyager. Next Generation had it’s moments. I wasn’t as big a fan of DS9 and Enterprise annoyed me because they ignored the Star Trek formula. Roddenberry’s series had (mostly) united crews banding together to combat outside threats, but Enterprise brought in a lot of conflict within the crew and I didn’t care for that.

    • J.L. Mbewe

      We will! And I agree about Khan. I never got into the other series. Partly because I held on to TOS, and my TV watching is very sporadic. After Buffy the Vampire series, I was like no more. I can’t stand waiting for the next episode to come. Ha!

      Thanks for stopping by!

    • sparksofember

      Outandin – that’s exactly how they messed up Star Gate, too! We loved the first two series (for the most part) but when they made Universe, it was a soap opera of backstabbing and conflict. Lost all appeal for us.

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