Star Trek Into Darkness is the latest movie by J.J. Abrams, the superman of movie producers and directors who rebooted the Star Trek series back in 2009 with a alternate version of Star Trek. Starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, and Karl Urban, Star Trek Into Darkness continues the story of Captain James T. Kirk, Commander Spock, Doctor “Bones” McCoy, and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise and her ongoing mission to explore space and what is out there. This time around there is a villain that is determined to destroy Starfleet and all that James Kirk holds dear.
In this alternate universe, Kirk is a reckless passionate young man, who in a moment of what others consider a weakness, loses his command and ship. He thinks he knows what is best, which is almost like the Kirk we know from watching the show and being fans. As the movie begins, Kirk and crew are trying to save a planet and its inhabitants from being destroyed by an erupting volcano. They succeed but in doing so, they have to reveal themselves when Spock becomes trapped and they have to mount a rescue. It is later that Kirk is reprimanded for doing what he considered right and he loses the command that he so loves. An explosion in London changes everything and a revelation that is almost jaw dropping. In this alternate version or universe, almost everything is different but some is the same. Benedict Cumberbach plays a character that many know from the movies and many have a love hate relationship with. I won’t reveal who is for those who have not as yet seen the movie, but he is pure evil and makes you wish mightily for him to die a horrid death.
His character manages to almost destroy Starfleet and almost throw the Federation into war with a warrior race. We meet familiar friends with Scotty, Chekov, Sulu, Uhura, and a young woman that will provide Kirk with a future if this future follows the other universe. It is an action packed movie from the start and keeps you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. You will not be disappointed. There is a death, a resurrection, a huge reveal, a crash, fight scenes, and so much more.
I have been a Star Trek fan for most of my life; becoming a fan when I was a teenager and watching reruns of the original before becoming a fan of the shows that came after. It has been a disappointment to see the comments made by other Star Trek fans that they are disappointed with the way that J. J. Abrams has seen fit to do to the franchise. I, for one, am thrilled and happy that he chose this way. It makes the series fresh and new. It also gives them many bountiful ways to doing justice to an aging series. He has revived Star Trek and did in a way that I, for one, approve of. I can’t see what other fans see in being disappointed and disapproving. Star Trek is Star Trek and always will be, no matter how it is brought back to life. So why not change it to make it different so any future directions can be done. There are so many numerous stories that can be told with the new direction that Abrams has done. They can be done so much differently than what we saw in the original. So, I enjoyed the movie and hope there will be more Star Trek movies in the future.