Friday, May 31, 2013
Ok, I pulled out my geek card to get stamped last weekend and trundled off to the movies with the family to watch the second J.J. Abrams Star Trek film, Into Darkness. It was awesome! The knitting of the old story timeline with the new one fit right in and Benedict Cumberbatch's portrayal of Khan was well done. I know there are many of us Star Trek purists out there that believe that no one could replace Ricardo Montalban as Khan, but come on. Just face it. Benedict did the character proud.
There was only one issue I had with the movie and that goes back to the purist thing. Long ago Gene Roddenberry declared that the Enterprise design could not operate in an atmosphere. Well, even in the first movie, Starfleet was building the ship on a Earth ground based shipyard. Not in space. With the right thrust capabilities and stabilizers, I believe it could work, but that is my engineering background coming out again.
One spoiler. I did like the movies role reversal with Kirk and Spock. This time it was Kirk that lay dying in radiation chamber and Spock looking helplessly on the outside. Very well done and nicely played.
Ok, second spoiler... My son asked my why Spock went after Khan in the final big chase and not some of the security guys. One, the red shirts die.. The walking dead...sorry. Two, Vulcans are strong. Much stronger than humans and there had to be someone that could face off with Khan in a hand-to-hand fight.
Only one final comment. Alice Eve as Dr. Carol Marcus... Hot!