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Star Trek Into Darkness: Things I Liked, Things I Didn’t

This post contains spoilers. If you haven’t seen the film and don’t want to be spoiled, don’t read another sentence.

I should admit upfront that while I enjoy J.J. Abrams’ update of Star Trek, I ultimately prefer the quiet, more thoughtful and ethical dilemma-driven Original Series to the more action-oriented approach of the recent movies. That preference drives my major dislikes below, but I ultimately think it is a weaker film for its reliance on action, and that it’s not just my personal preference saying so.

I should also admit that I’ve only seen The Motion Picture of the original series movies, so I have very little knowledge or preconceptions of the particular Trek lore that informs Into Darkness.

Things I Liked

Benedict Cumberbatch

Now, THIS is a villain. Cumberbatch is menacing every second he’s on screen, but menacing in such an extremely charismatic way that I never wanted him to leave the screen. It’s only been a few days since I saw the movie, but I already remember every one of his scenes 10x better than all the other scenes. Kirk who? No, but seriously, he’s a villian who gives you chills simply with a glance or a tone of voice, and I loved seeing that.

The cast’s continued embodiment of the roles

I just said I didn’t remember the rest of the cast as much as Cumberbatch, and that’s probably true, but they still all did a wonderful job embodying their characters from the original series. That was my favorite thing about Abrams’ first Star Trek movie, and nobody’s fallen down on the job since then. I particularly liked the extra time given to Checkhov, even if he did prove not to be as good an engineer as Scottie. He was trying so hard!

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Spaced – Fake Gunfight

We had a Spaced marathon last night, and this was probably my favorite scene (of many). Spaced is a British sitcom written by and starring Simon Pegg of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. In this scene, Tim (Pegg) and Daisy (Jessica Stevenson) are confronted by a group of young thugs who are angry because they thought they had bought weed from the couple; in fact, Daisy had given them a packet of oregano. Tim and Daisy get out of the situation by pulling fake guns and shooting the thugs down. This was set up by an earlier scene, wherein Tim and his buddy Mike demonstrated that any group of males, whether they know each other or not, will succumb to the fake gunfight scenario. It’s brilliant and hilarious. As is the whole show, so you should try to see it, even though it’s difficult since it’s only available on Region 2 DVD (Europe). Lots of it is online, though, if you check around. ;)