Following on with the second instalment on the new Trek timeline, Star Trek Into Darkness brings us closer to home. A new enemy threatens mankind. From Starfleet itself, a single man threatens total destruction.
In Star Trek Into Darkness, we get to see more of the future planet Earth, and how the ideals of Starfleet have impacted mankind, and how it’s peacekeeping armada has that one small blemish, a small piece of darkness within, that makes for double crossing, and intrigue.
Chris Pine (Kirk) and Zachary Quinto (Spock) bring humour to the burgeoning relationship we know them for. Simon Pegg (Scotty) brings his flare of humour to the part, and Benedict Cumberbatch (Khan) makes for a menacing, yet well mannered, villain. Peter Weller (Marcus) makes for an interesting character, you’re not too sure whether to hate him, or accept him, just yet.
There are FX filled action sequences abound, and great future-scapes to admire, but Star Trek Into Darkness is missing a ‘little something’. Whether this be a reliance on viewers knowing the Trek Universe, or the fact that some of the grander sequences were green screened and computer generated, lacking the more physical of the previous movie, it’s all subjective, but doesn’t detract from an enjoyable story.
Be on the look out for the strategically placed in-jokes, and homages to the various television series and spin-offs, hinting at Enterprise, and The Next Generation.
Star Trek Into Darkness maybe just have broken the long running Trek Curse. The previous Star Trek edges it out slightly, even if just on pure adrenaline rushes, but this new instalment is well worth a watch.