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Warp Speed to Hollywood Again, Captain!

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A couple of days ago, I got invited to go see Star Trek Into Darkness. After watching the previous movie, I knew that Hollywood would once again insult my intelligence and love for the Star Trek franchise, but curiosity and hours of work got the better of me, so I tagged along anyway.

Those who saw the prequel remember that James T. Kirk was studying at the Starfleet Academy. In this movie, he’s got his Enterprise, his crew and his rank as captain – until Spock’s complete honesty made him lose all of that. When his superiors are being attacked during a meeting, Kirk gets it all back along with a mission to get the one responsible, which is easily said than done when you have to fly through enemy territory that belongs to the Klingons to get the job done…

You can really tell that the director, J.J. Abrams, and the rest of the crew are happy about the time-travel storyline in the previous movie, because it gave them a lot of freedom to play with. As much as I love seeing the Klingons again (along with some other surprises that I can’t spoil for everyone), I noticed that they decided to speed things up a little storywise by adding details and characters that weren’t suppose to appear that early in the story. One detail especially that I can share, is the part about the Klingon foreheads. Those who remember the original TV-show that the movies are based on might remember that the Klingons looked very human during Kirk’s days, so how in their world did the Klingons get that huge forehead so soon? My theory is that a certain person had something to do with it. If you have no idea who I mean, I’m sure there’s a trekkie somewhere who’s screaming that person’s name somewhere as you read this. As a movie, however, it was an acceptable sequel, but there is something that a moviemaker must understand. When it comes to Star Trek, you don’t mess with physics. Observant fans with scientific knowledge will spot the flaws and insult you in “Klingonese” for it, because Gene Roddenberry, the one who wrote Star Trek, did a good job to keep most of the scientific parts of the TV-show as accurately believable as possible whenever it was possible, something that’s really hard to do in Sci-Fi stories. There was even an article a few years ago about a theory for the warp drive during the time when nations competed to send someone to the moon, but that idea had to step aside for the rocket fuel. I don’t know how accurate that article was, but I do hope that rocket fuel won’t be the only way to juice up a spaceship-worthy engine, because that stuff won’t last long in outer space…

Enough digressing. The movie gets a 3/5, which is too high of a score. But if you’re a true fan of Star Trek, not just a simple amateur fan like me, you’ll enjoy the entertainment value and the surprises enough to let the score stay the way it is. You’ll also smell the hint of a sequel coming, because there’s one character who’s has yet to appear in these new movies and if J.J. Abrams is going to speed everything up like he did in this movie, this character (and hopefully the actor who plays him) will most likely appear in it. I may not be referring to the Borg, but their line still fits very well here – resistance is futile.

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