“A Very Entertaining, Though (Seemingly) Unoriginal, Voyage Of The Starship Enterprise”
Let me say for the record I am not a Trekkie. While more people are probably into the work of Gene Roddenberry I preferred Gerry Anderson and shows like “Space: 1999,” “UFO.” and “Space Precinct.” That ’s not to say that I didn’t respect the multi-cultural future Roddenberry portrayed, though it struck me as a bit Stepford-like.
Everyone dressed essentially the same, even non-Federation people, though this may have been due more to budget limitations than anything else. The inhabitants of Rodenberry’s universe even seemed to think the same and if “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and ’Deep Space Nine’ were any indicator, spent way too much time on holodecks imagining some swashbuckling event from the past, as if the future were so bankrupt it stopped generating stories and ideas of its own.
As I wrote earlier, I liked ‘Into Darkness’ much more than I thought I would. It moved briskly, and the way J.J. Abrams filled the foreground and background of a scene, as opposed to the more clinical approach of other directors, was very interesting.
He also reigned in his love of lens flares, which was most appreciated. In this film there was a greater emphasis on the geography of the Enterprise, which I liked seeing (particularly the Engineering Room, which in the first film resembled a very 20th century industrial space (which it was). This time it also looked like something real, but I couldn’t quite place the purpose of the huge machines that filled the space.
I also enjoyed the way the cast interacted with each other, which was very reminiscent of the original series. That being said, Karl Urban, as Dr. ‘Bones ‘ McCoy was easily the most amusing character among the crew, though he seemed at times to be almost a parody. The same thing applies to Scotty (Simon Pegg) who receives more screen time than I recall the character getting on the original series.
As I said, I enjoyed this latest voyage of the Starship Enterprise, though as I watched I noticed something odd: Despite being written by three of the biggest writers in Hollywood – Roberto Ocri, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelhof – “Star Trek: Into Darkness” is disturbingly similar to “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country” in term of its plot.
The big reveal at the end is also oddly similar to that from “Iron Man 3,” though that is probably due more to coincidence than anything else.