No, I don’t mean Stargate. Poor, overlooked Stargate.
I went to see Star Trek Into Darkness this weekend, and I thought it was great! A great balance of action and character development, with some wit and humor thrown in. Michael Giacchino’s score was killer. It was just fun to watch; I haven’t had that much fun watching a movie since The Avengers. As I was leaving the theater, I thought: “If J.J. Abrams can do this again…if Episode VII is anything like this…I will be in heaven.” His Star Trek reboots are what the prequels could have been.
Kind of funny that after watching a Star Trek movie, my first thoughts were about Star Wars. I guess that just shows my priorities! I am not a Trekkie. It is simply by chance that I happened to see Star Wars in the 2nd grade and fell in love, while I have never happened to watch any Star Trek (except a little Next Gen). My husband is trying to fix this, with the help of Netflix, which has all the TV series and many of the movies. I tried to watch some Deep Space 9 with him, but I found it supremely boring; it’s all people sitting around talking on a space station. Too much politics, not enough space exploration. And I really don’t like the Ferengi. But I hear the later seasons are better.
My husband has now moved on to watching Stargate Universe; I’d like to watch that also, because I hear it is like Battlestar Galactica, and it features Robert Carlyle, lately Rumpelstiltskin on OUaT.
And here I said I wasn’t writing about Stargate.
Anyways, back to Star Trek. I have a different perspective on the new movie than many other nerds simply due to my lack of familiarity with the Original Series. I would never notice if someone did something “out of character,” and I would miss out on most of the little in-jokes. I can only comment on how the reboots “work” without reference to the source material, and quite frankly they work really well. I think Into Darkness was even better than the first movie, actually. Star Trek relied on a slightly confusing time travel premise, which to me was unnecessary since I have no conception of how the “real” timeline progresses. And I would never say a word against Eric Bana, but his villain Nero was a weak point; this time around we get a lot more “gray” from our bad guys.
True, there were a few things that bordered on cheesy, and some gratuitous female skin. But I liked that the movie did not take itself too seriously. Plus, Benedict Cumberbatch has a really. beautiful. voice.