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An Excellent Follow-up, Keep Them Coming!

  • May 20, 2013
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I don't know what the critics were saying in their preliminary reviews.  I loved this film from start to finish and am looking forward to the next installment.  As the whole universe changed when Nero attacked Kirk's father's ship in the first film and that Vulcan was wiped out, one cannot expect that these movies should follow anything that the original series and movies did.  And because of the way Spock felt his race die, he will certainly have more "human" emotional outbursts at times.  It is only "logical."

When the movie starts, the Enterprise is on one of their first missions and two things go wrong.  Namely Spock needs rescuing and in doing so the Enterprise makes itself visible to a primitive group of people.  This violates the Prime Directive of non-interference in developing cultures (when was this ever a big deal in the original series?  All they did was interfere).  Kirk does not record anything in the ship's log but Spock does, because he can't lie.  (If you remember Taggart in the Beverly Hills Cop movie you will have an idea how this will play out later).

Kirk is briefly demoted and told to report back to Starfleet Academy for remedial training (I was wondering if he was going to meet up with Finnegan).  This lasts until a terrorist attack on London wipes out a bunch of senior Starfleet officers.  Kirk is told to get the terrorist (Harrison who goes by another name that us oldtimers know well) who has hidden himself in the Vulcan sector of space by Admiral Marcus.

The movie moves at breakneck speed as the Enterprise goes to bring back "Harrison," despite the lovers spat that is going on between Spock and Uhura.  Mr. Scott seems to be on the "out" with Kirk and after an argument, quits the Enterprise and Mr. Chekov has to get Engineering up to speed.

The character that steals the movie is McCoy.  The new McCoy goes overboard with spewing cliches that would make DeForest Kelly proud to the point of getting on Kirk's nerves.  He is also worried about Kirk's health and will pick the "wrong" times to examine him.

Note possible spoiler - there is a brief mention of having to take care of Mudd's ship, so of course we will see a familiar furry friend make an appearence.

I really hope that Abrams will continue with a third installment of this film.  If this film is any indication, then the Star Wars franchise is in good hands!
 

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June 03, 2013
Excellent review! And I absolutely agree, it's pointless to expect the "continuum" keep in line with TOS after the events of the first movie. In terms of storytelling, I absolutely enjoyed the new twist on the characters and their relationships, the nods to several TOS episodes and the movies, and the flawless meshing of each character's story with the main plot. I liked the pacing, editing and directing. I also found the casting and photography of the film superb. The one thing I did not like about the movie was the 3D treatment, even though I usually watch movies in 3D. With this one, my eyes felt tired a couple of times, and I even experienced some temporary dizziness during the last action sequence. I've head the same complaints from others, so this is something to keep in mind if you choose to watch the movie in 3D.
June 03, 2013
I gave up on watching 3D movies with Avatar. I got a splitting headache from those glasses about two hours in and don't want to go through that again. I saw The Great Gatsby recently and realized that the movie was really intended for 3D, especially all those shots of Manhattan and Queens.
June 03, 2013
The trailer to "Gatsby" was attached to Into Darkness, and I noticed that too when watching it. As I said, I had never experienced a problem with 3D before, not even with the new Clash of the Titans (even though the so-called 3D was absolutely terrible on that). Maybe the problem with Star Trek was that it wasn't originally shot on 3D? I guess I'll probably still watch Gatsby on 3D anyway if I watch it at the theater at all. :)
 
May 21, 2013
Excellent review, Michael! If I was a reader who was on the fence about seeing it, I would definitely go now.
May 21, 2013
You should definately go. I realized that the original is what it was with the original cast. This has taken on a different direction and is trying to hook a new generation of fans that have grown up on computer games and superhero movies.
May 21, 2013
Very true. Modern American cinema in a nutshell.
 
May 21, 2013
This was real fun, but I thought the plot needed more intricacies. What did you think of the new Prime directives here? @ made some good observations....
May 21, 2013
I don't think the prime directive is new. I was just saying that everyone seemed to violate it in the original series. In this film the Enterprise hadn't gone on their 5 year mission yet so maybe that is why they were all over Kirk.
 
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