Star Trek: Into Darkness – Good, Bad & Ugly Review

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 87% (Critics) / 89% (Audience)
Directed By: J.J. Abrams
Written By: Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman
Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Anton Yelchin and Benedict Cumberbatch
Studio: Paramount

Synopsis:After the crew of the Enterprise find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. (Source)

Dead men walking...with the guy that is probably going to kill them. #ripredshirts
Dead men walking…with the guy that is probably going to kill them. #ripredshirts

The Good:
The Kirk/Spock bromance is a strong selling point for this movie. Quinto and Pine have a nice chemistry (its different than the chemistry that Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner had but the results are still the same) and their characters relationship is very real.
I also loved the way Scotty was used in this movie. I am a huge Simon Pegg fan and I have always loved the character of Montgomery Scott so having him play the funny action hero was great.
We got Klingons!!! And they were bad ass grumpy Klingons with ridged foreheads!!!!!
And Sulu got to sit in the captain’s chair (more than once)!!! I wish I could have been watching this movie with George Takei because I bet he had the biggest cheesy grin on his face during those scenes.
There also was a spiffy cameo that warmed my classic Trek loving heart.

Action Hero Spock with Battle Pompadour
Action Hero Spock with Battle Pompadour

The Bad:
I didn’t have an issue with the Uhura/Spock relationship in the first movie and even thought Quinto and Zoe Saldana had a good, quirky romantic chemistry. In this movie I was just not feeling it mainly because there seemed to be forced drama interjected into the relationship that really served no purpose and the two characters kept choosing to deal with their relationship drama in the most inopportune moments.
I also think that this reboot of the franchise is dropping the ball on Dr. McCoy and his relationship with Kirk and Spock. They are supposed to be the Big Three of the Enterprise crew yet Bones seems to be on the outside looking in at the tight bonds of the Kirk/Spock bromance.
And it is offical…Checkhov is just useless regardless of which version of Star Trek he is in.

Classic Starship for Sale! Needs work but has a killer teleportation system
Classic Starship for Sale!
Needs work but has a killer teleportation system

The Ugly:
It is common knowledge that J.J. Abrams loves a lens flare like Taylor Swift loves writing songs about ex-boyfriends but there were scenes in this movie where the lens flares were verging on the preposterous. It was like there were miniature suns going super nova in the background of some scenes.
I also realize that I only like Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and am annoyed by him in every other role he plays.

I had to run to the men's room at one point so I am not sure...was this scene even in the movie?
I had to run to the men’s room at one point so I am not sure…was this scene even in the movie?

Final Verdict: I am a Star Trek nerd through and through (call me a Trekkie or a Trekker I don’t care because I accept both designations) so any Trek makes me giddy like a school girl but big screen Trek doubles that excitement for me. Luckily STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS was OK Trek and not in the area of STAR TREK: INSURRECTION which I needed a spoonful of sugar to help go down. Sure this movie franchise is extra heavy on the action side and some of the relationship drama seemed forced and unnecessary but ST:ID is a fun enough movie to this Trek fan.

Rating: B-

7 thoughts on “Star Trek: Into Darkness – Good, Bad & Ugly Review

  1. Okay Folks My wife and I just got back from seeing the new Star Trek movie. The first part of that was quite corny, being chased by some clay looking aliens and Spock enjoying the sauna of a volcano1

    The middle part of the first part is admiral Pike gets killed, and the craze star fleet admiral goes of his wacko and tries to take over star fleet command. And yes this was ach evil Khan who is back.

    There was nothing original in this episode except Kirk trades place with Spock and dies and comes back to life. On the evil ship ship Khan help developed crashes in San Francisco. Folks unlike all the critics, and Chris Pine lovers, this is the worst Star Trek they ever made.

    The next episode is predictably will be the remake of the Wrath of Khan, book 2. Can they ever come back to anything original?


    1. So you didn’t like it? LOL
      I really do get why some people wouldn’t like it especially if you were a devotee of Roddenberry’s Trek mission statement. Abrams’ Trek is far heavier on the action and snappy banter stuff.
      And there hasn’t been an original bit of Trek since DS9 went off the air so I am not as bothered by the retread vibe that the new Trek has. As a “re-imagining/reboot” I am expecting to see old stories retold with a new spin on them.

      Thanks for stopping by!


  2. After seeing that last photo, I may just have to mosey on into the theater and see STID. Ha! Leave out the ‘I’ and it’s STD!


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