Random Thoughts on Star Trek: Into Darkness

May 23, 2013 in Guest Blogs by Firebird

A guest blog by Sister

First off, I am weird. I know this. I have been told so by multiple people. My brain is wired strangely, so I can care a great deal about fictional characters, almost as it I really knew them. When I watch movies I practically live what’s on screen. This probably accounts for why I tend to not see bad acting, I simply assume that is how the character would act. Oh, and I consider myself a Trekker, even though I have only watched TOS and the movies I through VI and XI and XII, and still haven’t seen the episode “Friday’s Child.” I plan on putting all of the spoiler content together at the end of this blog post, but I am assuming that you have seen the trailers for the movie. Anyhow, that seems like enough of a disclaimer to me.

My biggest complaint with the movie was the scene in which a woman asks Kirk to turn his back so she can change, and he does, only to stare at her over his shoulder. The Captain Kirk I know would respect a woman’s privacy if she asked for it, (unless he suspected she was about to attack him or endanger the Enterprise.) At the very least, he would be subtle enough about it that she wouldn’t catch him blatantly staring at her. My minor complaint is that they refuse to use the phrase “Where no man has gone before.” Are some women actually offended by such wording? Brother’s minor complaint is that he thinks Chekov looks ridiculous in his goggles.

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Moving on to the better aspects of the film, we come to the look of the movie. First, to quote my Brother, “I didn’t notice a single lens flare the entire movie,” a statement I agree with completely; without a doubt they were there, but we were so captivated by what was on screen we never noticed even one. (Admittedly, we were never bothered by them in the first J.J. Abrams Star Trek film either, though we do remember them being there.) Perhaps when we see the movie again our brains will start to spot them.

Star Trek: Into Darkness had many humorous moments with enjoyable character interaction. The Spock and Uhura romance continues, but this is an alternate universe running alongside the universe of TOS, (at least that’s how I view it,) so I don’t mind too much. (And honestly, even in The Original Series, there were moments between those two that always made me go, “huh?” Knowing that Benedict Cumberbatch would be in the film caused concern that I would continue to think of him as Sherlock Holmes throughout the movie, however, that was not the case. Unexpectedly, Noel Clarke had a role, and both Brother and I could not help but see him as Mickey Smith from “Doctor Who.”

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The Enterprise is beautiful. Inside and out, she is the loveliest ship I have ever seen. Again to quote Brother, “When I watch the Original Series, I’m sure they did the best they could with the money they had, and I buy into the sets and the model of the ship that is shown flying by, but if they could have had a ship that looks like this new one, Gene Roddenberry would have loved it.” Considering that the Enterprise is the true love of Kirk’s life, it is fitting that she is a real beauty. That does however make moments of the film hard to watch, because who wants to see something so aesthetically pleasing and important to the characters get damaged?

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Alright, it’s time to move on to the part of the Random Thoughts that involves spoilers, so I am going to post a picture; you have almost certainly seen this before, so don’t feel compelled to study it. Beneath the picture is the SPOILER content, so don’t read any further if you have not already seen the movie. Seriously, I meant it, STOP READING RIGHT NOW AND JUST GO SEE “STAR TREK: INTO DARKNESS” AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!!!!!

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There were a number of nods to those of us who love TOS, as well as more obvious stuff from, well, I’m not going to say here because this text is still so close to the picture, but you know what I am talking about if you have seen the movie and know Star Trek. I am going to list the ones I can remember. No doubt there are others, so feel free to comment and fill out the list.

1. Khan.

2. The Tribble. Yes, there was one in the previous Star Trek film, but this time Captain Kirk actually got to say, “What are you doing to that Tribble?” (Please note that was probably not a perfect quote, but it’s close enough.)

3. Christine Chapel was mentioned by name. (Actually, Nurse Chapel was mentioned in the previous movie too, but this time you can’t miss it.

4. Doctor McCoy mentions a Gorn. (They don’t lay eggs?)

5. Bones gets to say his “I’m a doctor, not a ______” line.

6. Moments of music from TOS.

7. A certain scene involving two friends both placing their hands on a sheet of glass that is separating them, as one of them dies.

8. KHAAAN! (Sorry, I couldn’t resist. )

Even though I had already seen the episode “Space Seed” and “The Wrath of Khan” I did not feel as though I could tell what would happen. It was rather like watching Sherlock, I have read every Sherlock Holmes story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, yet as I watch that show I can never use my book knowledge to predict how everything will go down.

Scotty was awesome in this movie. This is probably his biggest role in any Star Trek movie or show ever made.

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Well there you have them, my random thoughts about “Star Trek: Into Darkness.” Admittedly, by this time they are not quite so random anymore. Please be thoughtful as you comment to avoid spoiling the movie for those who have yet to see it.