Star Trek fans of every persuasion have been waiting. They’ve been waiting for what feels like a millenia to some when, in reality, it’s only been four years since they had their last taste of fresh Star Trek gourmet served up in the stylings of J.J. Abrams. Perhaps you’re the type that loved the new incarnation of Captain Kirk and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise, and can’t wait to see what new adventures await in this alternate timeline. Maybe you hated it with a holy passion that cannot be quenched and can’t wait to see what new abominations Abrams brings to the sacred series. Maybe you fall somewhere in between, but regardless of your stance; whether anticipation or apprehension, your wait is almost over… and for some, it already is.
On April 23, 2013 Star Trek: Into Darkness had its world premiere in Sydney, Australia, which was graced by the presence of Director J.J. Abrams who introduced stars Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, and Chris Pine to the audience. Pictures and videos of the red carpet event hit the internet immediately via Twitter and live streams. It was only a short time before the first reviews began to pop up on the interwebs… spoilers and all!
Overall, reviews seemed positive. Of course there were the critics and the naysayers, and the “didn’t quite do it for me”-ers.
“Mostly, this is fantastic fun: a two-hours-plus blockbuster that doesn’t bog down in exposition or sag in the middle. There are reversals and rug-pulls galore, most of them executed with whiplash skill. Trouble is, at a certain point peril-fatigue starts to creep in, putting the story (like the overtaxed Enterprise) at the risk of burning out,” States Matthew Leyland of TotalFilms.com, giving the film 4 out of 5 stars.
Lucy O’Brien of IGN.com gives it 8 out of 10 and has this to say:
“Star Trek Into Darkness is a hell of a lot of fun, maintaining such constant velocity that by the time you’ve half-formed a criticism in your head it’s swept away by the next plot-twist or action sequence. It still has that urgency that made the first film so appealing, those big, optimistic messages of right vs wrong in a world at war.
Ultimately, it solidifies a franchise reborn. It just risks – a tiny bit more this time – isolating the fan base that loved it so much in the first place. The question is, with a new generation poised to love these characters for years to come…does that matter any more?”
Ok, ok, that’s all fine and good, but where are the spoilers? Right? Well, you can stop holding your breath, because here they come.
Warning! Spoilers ahead!!!
When it comes to spoiling, it seems the critic at FuriousFanboys.com, Jeremy Conrad, had the most to say… and true to their name, don’t expect any of it to be pleasant. But you wanted spoilers so here they are:
The first big reveal comes as no surprise to most. Despite best efforts to throw fans off the scent, Benedict Cumberbatch does, in fact, play the role of Khan. He’s given an alias early on, but later in the film reveals his true identity to Kirk. Though fans may have a wave of excitement upon learning this, it seems this is the catalyst that sends the movie spiraling downhill for the writer of FuriousFanboys’ review.
“The Wrath of Khan isn’t just the best Star Trek movie, it’s one of the best science fiction movies ever made. The way Into Darkness plays out is like an alternate universe version of The Wrath of Khan, only without any of the lasting effects or emotional resonance of that movie,” proclaims Conrad.
Sited from an unidentified IMDB forum poster, which makes me wonder if Jeremy Conrad has even seen the movie yet. Here are the details that have his panties in a wad:
“The Klingons are becoming more of a threat to the Federation. They have already invaded two planets and are threatening more. Admiral Marcus thinks Starfleet is too weak and focused on exploration and needs more superior weaponry to protect earth.
“Section 31 is involved. They have been scanning the region of space where presumably they tracked the Botany Bay to find the 300 year old augments and use their superior skills and intellect to build up Earth’s defences.
They find and revive Khan and use his crew’s lives against him to force him to do their dirty work…. But we only find this out as the story progresses.”
Conrad makes a point to state that, so far, it’s not so bad but what really has him upset is this:
(Remember! Massive spoilers! So if you don’t want to know how it all ends, don’t continue!)
“The end of the movie is basically the end of Wrath of Khan, only with the Kirk and Spock roles reversed. Kirk goes down into the radiation in the Budweiser plant and the hands on the glass scene is there, only it’s Kirk dying.
Here’s the big stinger, Kirk does die like Spock did at the end of Wrath of Khan. However, it’s established early in the movie that Khan’s blood has magical healing properties. He’s the Holy Grail in a bottle, basically.
McCoy earlier injected some of Khan’s blood into a dead Tribble. After Kirk dies, McCoy sees the Tribble alive and realizes he can save Kirk. So Spock pursues Khan in a big chase scene, he and Uhura knock him out, and they use his blood to save Kirk who wakes up in a hospital bed. He gives a big speech and they begin the five-year mission.
So instead of doing Star Trek III: The Search for Kirk, they inject some of Khan’s blood into dead Kirk and he comes back to life. Now Kirk has a little bit of Khan in him.”
These massive spoilers have been corroborated at the StarTrek.com boards with more details about how the plot unfolds.
Don’t be disheartened by the dry plot descriptions. If there’s one thing reviews across the board are unanimous on, it’s that this movie is an action-packed thrill ride, that will keep you entertained.
“Star Trek Into Darkness really is one of the best looking sci-fi movies of our time. It’s more spectacular, more beautiful, more action-packed than just about anything I have seen in recent memory. It was always going to be difficult to follow-up the perfectly rebooted universe of Star Trek with a sequel, but JJ Abrams has raised the table stakes once again for every director looking to make a decent sci-fi.”