By Rory Noble
News & Features Editor
The second film in the Star Trek reboot, “Star Trek: Into Darkness”, warped onto theater screens a few weeks ago. Trekkies of the world rejoice; the franchise is alive and well.
The new crew of the Enterprise returns in full force: Chris Pine as Captain James T. Kirk, Zachary Quinto as Spock, Zoe Saldana as Uhura, Karl Urban as McCoy, Simon Pegg as Scotty, John Cho as Sulu and Anton Yelchin as Chekov.
The beautiful Alice Eve plays Carol Marcus and Benedict Cumberbatch is the better-than-you-at-everything Khan. Add Peter (Robocop) Weller as the war-mongering Admiral Marcus, and you have quite a cast to keep track of.
The chemistry between the main characters is beginning to show in this film. They seem more at ease with their characters and with working together. This may have something to do with the actors stepping out of the shadows of their 1980s counterparts and building the characters in their own way.
The action begins early and never really slows down the rest of the film. There is the obligatory in-space battle between starships, in which the Enterprise is pounded mercilessly by a dreadnaught-class ship. The battle on Kronos, home world of the Klingons, is very intense; full of phasers and fists. The dreadnaught-class battle cruiser crashing into the futuristic San Francisco skyline is a sight to behold as well.
With all of the action, there is still a story to be told, not only about the Enterprise and her crew, but about Khan and his crew as well. Almost 30 years after the first Khan (Ricardo Montalbán) filled the big screen with his “superior intellect”, the Khan of 2013 seems even more superior, and more vengeful.
As a huge fan of the 1982 film “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan”, I found the story changes fresh and fundamentally sound. While not giving away any major plot twists for those who have not seen the film, differences between this film and its 1982 counterpart are apparent. Even these differences did not distract me from enjoying the movie.
One minor complaint: Leonard Nimoy returns as older Spock again. I agreed with and understood the tie-in from the first movie, and even though it was “logical” in this film, I feel that the scriptwriters of the next film should let the new kids take hold of the reins and ride free.
Where will the next film take us? No one died, so there can’t be a “Search for Spock” sequel. I hope they don’t start playing with time travel yet; warping in an out of the past to save whales and stop the Borg gets a little old after a while. I’d vote for a “Next Generation” nemesis to come and play though: Q anyone?
“Star Trek: Into Darkness” is a must-see for Trek fans and non-fans alike. This is what a science fiction/action film should be. 4.5 out of 5 stars (without Nimoy, 5 out of 5).