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Old August 12 2013, 06:05 PM   #104
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Re: What you DON'T want to see in Star Trek 3

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Into Darkness was about terrorism and drone warfare and growing up and paranoia and etc. Didn't you see those apparent themes?
It's hard to see a theme when all you have are random story elements stuck into a flimsy framework to set up and connect action scenes.
Action scenes like....

*Kirk and Spock discussing the ethics and legality of their mission

*Scotty and Keenser resigning over their mission

*Kirk deciding to capture Harrison alive for trial rather than execute him with the long range missiles
Those are all setup/framework scenes for action sequences later in the film. Kirk and Spock discussing the legality of the mission leads to Kirk deciding to capture Harrison, which ultimately results in a fight scene involving John Harrison and the whole rest of the film. Scotty and Keenser resigning sets up Scotty's discovery of the Vengeance, Scotty saving the Enterprise from the Vengeance, getting Kirk and Khan on the Vengeance, and everything else on the Vengeance. All these scenes are necessary for the plot, but they don't really form a cohesive theme besides "standing up for your principles at the wrong time gets people killed." And I'm pretty sure that's not what the writers were trying to say.
A business man and engineer discuss how to launch a communications satellite in the 1960s:
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