Thursday, June 27, 2013

Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013)

Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013)
Directed by: J.J. Abrams
Written by: Roberto Orci
Alex Kurtzman
Damon Lindelof
Based on television series "Star Trek" by Gene Roddenberry

Chris Pine as Kirk
Zachary Quinto as Spock
Zoe Saldana as Uhura
Karl Urban as Bones
Simon Pegg as Scotty
John Cho as Sulu
Anton Yelchin as Chekov
Benedict Cumberbatch as Khan
My rating: 5

Per imdb:
After the crew of the Enterprise find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction.

Neat-o trivia bits from imdb:

* The screenwriters studied sci-fi novels by Arthur C. Clarke and Larry Niven for inspiration.

* This marks the first time a Star Trek film has shot outside the United States, with shooting in Iceland for special effects sequences.

* When calling down to the shuttle bay, Sulu commands the crew to prepare the transport captured during the "Mudd incident last month", a reference to the comic prequel "Star Trek: Countdown to Darkness".


My two-bits:
Totally fun summer must-see, especially if you enjoyed the first movie from this Star Trek series directed by J.J. Abrams.

Beloved Sherlock (Benedict) as Khan was fantastic!

Found it amusing to when Spock got a bit emotional and screamed KHAAANNNN! - very un-Spock-like (per original Star Trek tv series) but believable for this series


READ a prequel to this movie...

Star Trek: Countdown to Darkness
written by Roberto Orci
Mike Johnson
illustrated by David Messina
Marina Castelvetro
Claudia Scarletgothica

The countdown to the motion picture event of 2013 begins here, in this blockbuster 4-issue prequel mini-series that sets the stage for the upcoming Star Trek film! Like the best-selling Star Trek: Countdown in 2009, this all-new series leads directly into the next movie, with a story by Star Trek writer/producer Roberto Orci and Mike Johnson (Star Trek) ongoing series), and drawn by the original Star Trek: Countdown artist, David Messina! Star Trek: Countdown To Darkness is the can't-miss lead-in to the new adventures of the Enterprise crew!

DIFFERENT perspective...

A Novel with Three Codas
by John Scalzi

Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. It’s a prestige posting, and Andrew is even more thrilled to be assigned to the ship’s xenobiology laboratory, with the chance to serve on “Away Missions” alongside the starship’s famous senior officers.

Life couldn’t be better . . . until Andrew begins to realize that

(1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces,

(2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations, and

(3) sadly, at least one low-ranked crew member is invariably killed.

Unsurprisingly, the savvier members belowdecks avoid Away Missions at all costs. Then Andrew stumbles on information that completely transforms his and his colleagues’ understanding of what the starship Intrepid really is . . . and offers them a crazy, high-risk chance to save their own lives.


  1. Yes! Redshirts is AMAZING. Star Trek: Into Darkness was good, but Ricardo Montalban will always be Khan to me.

  2. Glad Star Trek was good. That's on my list to see.

  3. I can't wait to see this movie... OMG I love Pine!!

  4. It was fantastic! A lot of people didn't appreciate them kind of redoing the whole Khan aspect but I thought it was a nice homage to the old series while still making it interesting and character driven. One of my favorites!

  5. Loved it and I'm a huge fan of Sherlock.


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