Review: Star Trek Into Darkness

Review: Star Trek Into Darkness

Only by the farthest stretch of the imagination am I a Trekkie. I haven’t even gotten through the original series. So, when I saw and fell in love with J. J. Abrams’ Star Trek, it was based solely on the merit of the movie itself. That’s right. I said it. I like Abrams’ work just because I liked it!

Ah… Anyway…

When I walked out of the cinema this afternoon having just watched Star Trek: Into Darkness (which, by the way, I don’t get the sub-title), I was torn. I felt “meh” about it. I walked out fully aware I won’t be pulling all day repeat screenings at the dollar cinema in a month. Here’s the biggest problem I had: too many inside references.

Now, because I don’t live under a rock, I did understand a lot of them. I even caught some of the really clever role-reversal ones. That still doesn’t change I hadn’t seen the original material, so half the time I couldn’t bring myself to really care. What I loved about the first Abrams Star Trek movie was it was a really good reboot. I didn’t need to know the series because what happened before mattered, but didn’t matter. Then suddenly this sequel comes along and I needed to know!

Overall, the story was decent. It didn’t draw me in, though. I didn’t lean forward in my seat, and that wasn’t because I was sandwiched between two people I didn’t know all that well. I didn’t find myself searching the screen for every detail. I don’t think I even remember much about it besides the funniest scenes.

All in all, my original statement of it was “meh” seems to cover it quite well. As a newbie to the fandom, between the lackluster story and the outcry from friends who are Trekkies about how things and characters were “ruined” (which is something else I don’t see), the magic that was in the first movie wasn’t there in this one.

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Dialogue flow was good.
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Felt like the viewer needed to see Wrath of Khan to fully appreciate Into Darkness.
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Average score from all categories.