The Star Trek Into Darkness thread

By on May 17, 2013 5:19:34 PM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

Frogboy

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imagePutting aside the debate over whether the  I in Into is capitalized or not, the movie was terrific.

No spoilers in this post.

Having managed to avoid spoilers going into the theater I was surprised again and again as the movie progressed. It’s very much a character driven story.  Sure, there are some great special effects and some surprisingly detailed depictions of Earth in the 23rd century (more than I think we’ve ever gotten in a Star Trek film).

Because of the massive interweaving references between the previous movies and the original series (even a few subtle references to Enterprise) I am definitely going to have to see it again.

I went to the 2D showing of it so I have no comments on how the 3D is.

Have you seen it? What did you think?

IF you have spoilers please warn people first along with some carriage returns before showing the spoiler. (we need a spoiler tag).

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May 17, 2013 5:23:21 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

I thought you've already got a spoiler tag?

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May 17, 2013 5:33:53 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Not sure.

Let's see:

Darth Vader is Luke Skywalker's father

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May 17, 2013 5:34:08 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

I guess we do kind of.

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May 17, 2013 5:47:13 PM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums

It's kind of like Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Hereos

Star Trek: Into Darkness

 

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May 17, 2013 5:54:06 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Quoting Frogboy,

Not sure.

Let's see:

Darth Vader is Luke Skywalker's father

 

OMG, that means Luke was kissing his sister.... oouuu

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May 17, 2013 6:20:31 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

I'm a Trekkie dinosaur, the sort miffed by the first JJ iteration ... what irked me the most was the "comic superhero-ization" of the TOS characters (especially James T. Kirk) and the re-write of so much that not even the "new timeline" can explain, such as the idea that Chekov and Kirk's careers in Starfleet started virtually simultaneously.

Yeah, Shatner's Kirk was probably rightfully mocked for Shatner's wooden acting ... but however much of an egomaniac Shatner might be, at least his Kirk was believably human, fallible and flawed.  From TOS into the movies, we got the sense that while, yes, he was a young Captain, he learned some things through experience (and some of that through trying the wrong thing first and learning a lesson the hard way) that the Academy could not teach.  As he earned rank and prestige, his arrogance cause problems, too -- he nearly destroyed the Enterprise in the first Roddenberry-Trek movie when the Enterprise's engine imblance (due to the Enterprise being rushed amid refit to intercept V'ger) created a wormhole and the Enterprise was on a collision course with an asteroid in the wormhole; Kirk's attempt to deal with the situation would have resulted in the Enterprise being destroyed and the actual captain of the Enterprise, Decker, whom Kirk usurped to regain command of the Enterprise countermanded Kirk's order and saved the ship.  Similarly, in The Wrath of Khan, Kirk disregarded Starfleet regulations -- as cited by Spock's protege, Saavik -- in regards to encoutering a starship, even a 'fellow' Federation starship, when communications have not been established, resulting in devastating damage to the Enterprise and a lot of fatalities aboard the Enterprise, including Scotty's nephew.  Shatner's Kirk made a lot of mistakes, but was able to recover and deal with them ... there was a real sense, for me, that Shatner's Kirk was a real, believable character who forged his own destiny.

The Kirk portrayed by Chris Pine in the 2009 film was, by contrast, infallible and seemed to have "superhero"-esque predestiny/fate regardless of the complete lack of experience earned by Shatner's Kirk.  He was fated to be right in his arguments with more experienced officers including Pike and Spock despite having zero experience.

Is character development any better in Into Darkness?   For those of us die-hard "Trek dinosaurs" psychotically loyal to the original characters, would we find Into Darkness more palatable than Abrams' first Star Trek film?

 

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May 17, 2013 7:40:49 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Going to see it tomorrow...

I grew up with the original series....but all of them after I thought were rubbish.  The movies weren't much chop over the years either...until the last one....somehow it seemed 'better'....to the point that I'm looking forward to this one.

[normally that was something reserved purely for the Alien/s series]...

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May 17, 2013 9:35:01 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

I saw it and enjoyed it. I mis-remembered some of the original lore, which made some of it confusing. 

But the action scenes and character development throughout was engaging. Spock has always been a hero to me (and Gene Roddenberry / Majel Barrett in real life).

 

 

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May 17, 2013 10:34:51 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Watching it tomorrow. Can't wait! (just 2D)

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May 18, 2013 1:36:21 AM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums

Good movie, good times!

I was a trekker since the beginning of the next generation, and I enjoy what they have done to the series.  It's an alternate timeline, kirk has different experiences and had to grow up faster.  Kirk is a lot younger, fresh out of the academy.  He's flying by the seat of his pants, staying true to the old vision of the character.  He is a bit more of a boyscout though.

I'll probably have to see it again.

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May 18, 2013 2:52:24 PM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums

I grew up with TOS being the only Trek for years before the first movies started being released. I personally was disappointed with the first trek film, because it was essentially a re-hashed episode of the "changeling" put on the big screen. I enjoyed WOK though i questioned why they would use Khan. An obscure villain from an even more obscure tv episode. Regardless it worked very well. WOK is considered by many to be the best of the TOS movies. The rest of the films up to TUC were mediocre at best, and abysmal at worst (Referring to ST:V).

I also enjoyed TNG/DS-9 until the Killer B's (Berman, and Braga) started tossing in their "I wish TOS never existed" attitude. Re-hashing tired old plots, and ideas. Up to the point of the "unofficial reboot" of Star Trek which was Enterprise. Which also used tired old plots, and ideas. You want to talk about Shatners cardboard acting. He was just Hamming it up for the camera for a show that could have been canceled any day back in the 60's. The entire cast of ENT easily falls into that category. The entire ENT cast seemed tired, bored, and uninteresting. I would be too if it was "Same crap, Different show".

Trekkies/Trekkers are the toughest critics on the planet. You can not satisfy them. No matter how hard you try. That is why i have respect for JJ Abrams. When i saw ST:2009 i went in expecting that this "Star Trek" not to be the same Trek as what i was used to. Inconsistencies, Plot holes the size of a black hole, Established canon totally disregarded. Yes it was all there. However there was one thing about JJ's Trek i can say that i cant say for most of the "prime movies". It was actually GOOD. Flaws and all Trek '09 was actually a good movie. THAT is what has been missing all these years from the prime movies, and shows. A GOOD TIME. JJ Abrams didn't give a damn about what trekkies thought, He made His Trek HIS way, and his reboot IMO will be as successful as the BSG reboot.

I haven't seen Into Darkness yet, but i've already been spoiled on it. I know the whole plot. Trekkies are bitching about re-hashing a tired old plot yet again. They fail to realize that Yes, This is an old plot. A plot, and villain for which Trekkies have demanded. With new twist. In a totally new universe. Yet we get bitching. I rest my case about Trekkies being impossible to please. JJ made a huge mistake IMO by trying to please the old school crowd. This is what JJ Abrams gets for giving the unforgiving trek fans what they wanted. Regardless of that the reviews are nothing but positive of Into Darkness.

I will go see the movie spoiled, and all. I will enjoy it for what it is.

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May 18, 2013 2:57:41 PM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums

KHAAAAAAAAN!

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May 18, 2013 4:37:20 PM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums

 

Quoting Jafo,

Going to see it tomorrow...

I grew up with the original series....but all of them after I thought were rubbish.  The movies weren't much chop over the years either...until the last one....somehow it seemed 'better'....to the point that I'm looking forward to this one.

[normally that was something reserved purely for the Alien/s series]...

Heresy! TNG, DS9 and Voyager were absolutely brilliant! Especially DS9. 

Only Enterprise was bit shit, but even that one had its moments on occasion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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May 18, 2013 4:42:58 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Not giving a damn about what Trekkies though is exactly why it shouldn't be called Star Trek.  Its very reminiscent of what Alan Emrich did to Master of Orion III.  JJ Abrams is Star Trek In Name Only, just as Quicksilver's Master of Orion III is Orion In Name Only.

Star Trek was not meant to be a plastic action series, it had a niche following and its abandoned it.  That's like creating some ritzy sparkling wine and calling it champagne.  Abrams' Star Trek is not better than Roddenberry's.  Popularity != better.  Its lost its origins and its touch, it lost its human-ness and has become basically a comic book set in space with flat, two-dimensional characters.  Shatner's Kirk was much more complex and had a lot more depth ... I don't blame the new actors, I blame the writers and Abrams for insulting slapping the name Star Trek on it.  Why the hell did he not just create something new, the way he wants, and give it an original name instead of taking a well recognized name and slapping it on something that bears little resemblance to it?

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May 18, 2013 5:30:56 PM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums

Quoting Timmaigh,
Heresy! TNG, DS9 and Voyager were absolutely brilliant! Especially DS9. 

Only Enterprise was bit shit, but even that one had its moments on occasion.

I never liked DS9 all that much. I never really liked Captain Sisko thus I never got into it.

TNG and Voyager I got into it pretty fast due to their captains especially with Picard.

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May 18, 2013 5:56:01 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

My only gripe about the first movie was this. Why in the world would you send your entire fleet off to wherever and leave a home world defenseless. That to me makes no sense. Other than that it was a pretty good movie even if it did venture far off the original.

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May 18, 2013 8:16:38 PM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums

Quoting Uvah,

My only gripe about the first movie was this. Why in the world would you send your entire fleet off to wherever and leave a home world defenseless. That to me makes no sense. Other than that it was a pretty good movie even if it did venture far off the original.

Well Earth already has a series of defensive lines to protect them. That's why the Romulans needed the codes to bypass since if those lines were triggered, even they can't stop the entirity of the Federation Fleet and defense structures coming down on them.

Also, given the state of things, nobody expected such a massive assualt on Earth at the time. It seemed impossible at the moment till they were proven wrong.

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May 19, 2013 2:51:52 AM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums

I still haven't seen the first one out of fear of being alienated, because none of the previews of either of Abram's Trek films even look like Star Trek to me.

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May 19, 2013 5:14:34 AM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums

There's a reason the new movies are actually making money.

 

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May 19, 2013 7:28:45 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Rovert10,
Also, given the state of things, nobody expected such a massive assualt on Earth at the time. It seemed impossible at the moment till they were proven wrong.

Exactly my point, it seemed impossible at the time. Only a fool would make such an assumption and you would think in that day and age the lesson would have been learned. Nothing is impossible.

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May 19, 2013 9:01:39 AM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums

Quoting Uvah,

Quoting Rovert10, reply 17Also, given the state of things, nobody expected such a massive assualt on Earth at the time. It seemed impossible at the moment till they were proven wrong.

Exactly my point, it seemed impossible at the time. Only a fool would make such an assumption and you would think in that day and age the lesson would have been learned. Nothing is impossible.

When you're one of the biggest powers in the known Galaxy, the last thing you expect is some large ship coming barrelling down to the capital planet. Especially when none of the other major known powers (aka the Klingons and Romulans) arn't even in a state of wars against you.

Perhaps I worded it incorrectly.

Rather than impossible, it was improbable. Earth has its own defensive system which they thought would protect them against incoming threats but when that system is bypassed, things start to go to shit. They didn't just have the fleet go off, without a form a defense. Starfleet isn't that foolish, and at this time it was the logical choice of action. So you're telling me if you were in their shoes you wouldn't be comfortable at least when it came to conflicts.(pre-Star Trek). With your large defensive perimeter and yet not even in a state of war.

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May 19, 2013 9:52:25 AM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Can someone say of this new film is a bit more...I dunno..."mature"? If the characters/story are more compelling.

 

I'm obviously a ST fan but I do have common sense and went to see the 2009 movie expecting nothing more than a cool sci-fi action flick with the Star Trek label stuck on it as a formality. And I was still disappointed. Plot was senseless (not that most other ST films are much better in this regard), characters were bland, Kirk was a generic "action hero", the Nokia product placement was in atrociously bad taste, scenes like Spock/Uhura making out and Kirk needlessly firing at the doomed villain's ship made no sense and were just inserted to blindly adhere to the pattern of a Hollywood blockbuster (we need a kissing scene, we need a shooting scene). Rehashed Star Wars scenes and filming style...

 

I really have trouble understanding why so many consider this film good (either as ST or generally), especially compared to the previous movies not counting the likes of Nemesis which is merely the precursor to the decline carried on by 2009. The first 5 minutes felt great but ultimately ST09 couldn't even provide the basic entertainment of a cool space battle (like Wrath of Khan or First Contact). 

 

Is there any chance I might enjoy Into Darkness? Has the financial success of 2009 given them leeway to come up with something more engaging?  Is there less lens flare at least? 

 

  

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May 19, 2013 10:16:46 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

[quote who="Jean=A=Luc" reply="22" id="3359640"]Is there less lens flare at least? [/quote]

I just wish people would avoid aerodynamic space battles......

.....with sound....

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May 19, 2013 11:42:04 AM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums

Quoting Jafo,
I just wish people would avoid aerodynamic space battles......

.....with sound....

 

Space battles need sound, it would be strange to sit in complete silence just watching how ships fire, although in space there is no(t enough) matter that can spread sound but still, it would be funny to see a giant space battle and hear nothing at all it is an unfortunate thing, reality is too boring for a film I think..

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May 19, 2013 12:09:30 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

The new BSG had a great compromise when it comes to space sound. It did have sound but everything was muffled and low-key. Made for a great atmosphere. 

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