Why add Khan in the first place? I loved Cumberbatch’s performance, but for all the secrecy surrounding his role, I expected something more. The line between villain and hero was blurry for the most part. On the one hand, you have him using a dude to blow a building, but only after he uses his blood to save the guy’s daughter. I mean, a true villain would have kidnapped the guy’s daughter and threatened to kill her unless he blew up the building. Not this one. Then there’s his crew, the underlining method behind his madness. Again, hero? Villain? It’s hard to tell, so I expect that pissed off a few fan boys, as did the fact that many of the key scenes were almost photo shopped from the original WRATH OF KHAN.
Khan aside, I didn’t like how Bones was merely there for comic relief. That bothered me. In the show, Bones was every bit as crucial a voice and hand in helping Kirk and Spock save the day. He didn’t just spout off one liners and then disappear until someone was sick or dying. The other small issue I had was with Scotty’s secret missing to sneak onboard that ship. I mean dude just slips in unnoticed like nothing’s going on. I found that a bit farfetched. Other than that—spoiler—the whole fake death thing was annoying as well. Why bother? It felt cheap. These small issues aside, the rest of the flick was entertaining.
STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS isn’t nearly as bad as people would have you think. Visually, it’s phenomenal and what you’d expect from a STAR TREK flick. The dialogue and camaraderie is there, and the storyline isn’t bad for a re-telling. The Klingons looked hella badass (I wish we’d seen more of them), I enjoyed the addition of Peter Weller, but felt Alice Eve was wasted. It’s hard to give proper balance to so many characters, but I’ll hand it to J.J. for doing his best. There’s still loads of potential for this series, but as far as future titles go, I’d like to see them do something different like they did with Nero, and not simply redo every villain from the past. Obviously, we’ll need to see the Klingons and the Borg, but specific villains they’ve crossed paths with over the years don’t all need to show up. It’s a different timeline after all, so who’s to say they’d even cross paths with all these fools anyway.
Attack on Starfleet: A closer look at Khan blowing the bejesus out of the Starfleet council. Though the trailers didn’t spoil it in its entirety, I’d have rather had the whole thing be a surprise.
The Klingon Home World: It was cool and all, just wish we’d seen more of it though as it was one of the highest points of the film.
The Enemy of my Enemy: A closer peek at Khan coming to the Kirk and Spock’s rescue against the Klingons. I was hoping Khan would be a hero this time around, rather than a quasi-villain.
Ship to Ship: Pretty much the same deal as the drill sequence in the original, only their propelling through space instead. Predictable, but entertaining.
Brawl by the Bay: A quick look at Spock giving Khan the beatdown of a lifetime. It was a tad out of character for him to do this, but I still enjoyed it.
Continuing the Mission: J.J. commemorates the folks over at ‘Continuing the Mission” with their funeral ceremony. A touching gesture. We also get their commercial.
Previews: There are a handful of trailers as well as a DVD and Digital Copy of the film.