Willkommen, jolan tru, welcome!
It took me two weeks until I decided to
go and see "Star Trek Into Darkness", although it is shown
exclusively in 3D and I can't focus my eyes on 3D movies. Watching STID
was a surprisingly pleasant experience for my eyes, at least technically speaking.
But the movie could have easily done without the almost unnoticeable 3D
effects that were inserted into the live action scenes in post
Regarding the story of STID, I was
prepared that the villain would be Khan, the justification being that
the fans wanted him to return. It is clear that when Harrison reveals
who he really is, saying "I am Khan", he is breaking
the fourth wall. His true identity has no impact whatsoever on the
story. On the contrary, it would make a lot sense if he were any other
person, because Khan 2.0 (Cumberbatch) looks and feels very different
than version 1.0 (Montalban), because Khan 1.0 never was a fighting
machine with miraculous blood, and because Khan 2.0 has a weak back
story, as opposed to the 15 years that Khan 1.0 spent on a desert
But the worse rip-off was still to come.
STID repeats the death scene from "Star Trek II", the sequence
of events and the dialogues being almost exactly the same, only with
switched roles. At this point the movie lost me. Abrams has given
himself carte blanche to create a Trek universe it its own right, but
all he does is recycling characters, stories and plot devices. It is bad
enough that he includes all kinds of gratuitous references, as if he was
saying, "Look, this is still Star Trek. We've even got Khan for
you." When Kirk and Spock (who know one another for just one year
in this universe) press their hands on the glass pane, it is an
unintentional parody, and what was supposed to be the emotional
highlight of STID drowns in deserved laughter.
The perhaps most definite failing on the long term is that Star Trek has stopped exploring and is just about chasing villains. Agreed, this tendency is anything but new and was already visible in the last few movies set in the Prime Universe.
But isn't it dishonest that STID, like already "Star Trek
(2009)", ends with the famous words "Space - the final
frontier..." when true fans would rather ask, "Can anyone remember when we used to be explorers?"
Extremely little of the old spirit is left in this new Star Trek, and
the brief musings about friendship or the human nature feel like fillers
between the action scenes.
STID had great action, but that is not
what I want to see in Star Trek in the first place. Much less do I have
a desire to see Kirk, Spock and the other characters jump around as if
they had supernatural forces. In an effort to keep up with other summer
blockbusters, Abrams has sacrificed the essence of Star Trek, and has
turned STID into yet another superhero flick.
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