STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS - Grading & Discussion [SPOILERS]

Discussion in 'Star Trek Movies: Kelvin Universe' started by Agent Richard07, Apr 18, 2013.

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Grade the movie...

  1. A+

    18.7%
  2. A

    20.7%
  3. A-

    13.1%
  4. B+

    11.1%
  5. B

    8.0%
  6. B-

    4.2%
  7. C+

    5.4%
  8. C

    5.1%
  9. C-

    3.5%
  10. D+

    1.5%
  11. D

    1.6%
  12. D-

    1.3%
  13. F

    5.7%
  1. Captrek

    Captrek Vice Admiral Admiral

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    Just call it a freaking retcon and get over it. A product (implausibly) of "selective breeding" in Space Seed becomes a product of "genetic engineering" in TWOK. When an entertainment franchise spans decades, there are going to be little changes like this.
     
  2. KirkusOveractus

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    <cough> James Bond movies <cough>
     
  3. Xaios

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    Matthew Lillard IS John Harrison. :weep:
     
  4. KirkusOveractus

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    Keanu Reeves IS John Harrison, dude!
     
  5. Captrek

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    Ricardo Montalban IS John Harrison in Star Trek Weekend at Johnnie's.
     
  6. Franklin

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    Let's just put this in the "for what it's worth" category as long as the debate about the "proper" person to play Khan is going on.

    Most Sikh males have Singh as their last name. So in "Space Seed", Noonien Singh would be his first and last name, and Khan would be his title. But I can't find any use of that title in Sikhism. The title came from the Mongols and was adopted as both a title and a surname among Muslims in central Asia (including India). It is not a Sikh or Hindu title or name.

    So, the whole thing may be screwed up six ways to Tuesday in every aspect. We have a character who was a Sikh tyrant taking a Muslim title being played by a Mexican in TOS and by an Englishman in STID.
     
  7. KirkusOveractus

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    ...with Andrew McCarthy AS James T. Kirk and Jonathan Silverman AS Mr. Spock!

    (is it bad that I remember those names?)
     
  8. Cinema Geekly

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    I think it has been covered here but JJ, Orci and Co. have a propensity for using the larger story of being unable to escape the inevitable no matter what universe you are in (see Fringe).

    The WOK moments (in the way the makers of the film see the universe and/or multiverse) were inevitable, they happened before they will happen again, the changes to this universe could (and by all accounts in this movie did) happen differently.

    I mean I'm sure it was cool to relive it and make it their own (like a cover song) but at the end of the day I am 100% convinced that it was really done as part of this over arching view the creators have about this universe and a lot of the other universes they have created.
     
  9. SalvorHardin

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    They could have even made him a woman.

    Catherine Tate IS Joan Harrison.
     
  10. KirkusOveractus

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    While you have the information here based in fact and history, the basics are that this was a fictional character from a television series.

    Beyond that, in the fictional sense, the world in which Khan ruled could have had so many messed up customs and cultures by that point, even being that Khan was "ruler than more than a quarter" of Earth, he could have taken whatever titles he wanted - who would have disputed him?
     
  11. Captrek

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    It's tough to blame Abrams, Orci and Kurtzman for bringing that idea to Trek. It goes back at least as far as Mirror, Mirror.
     
  12. Franklin

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    Oh to be sure, there are thousands of ways to rationalize the title in the Trekverse. It's not that big a deal.

    However, out of universe, it does make me wonder about the choice of the title during the writing of "Space Seed". Was it a deliberate choice to mix them to show that chaos probably existed at the time, or that Singh chose it for political reasons, or was simply an accidental or careless mixing up of two different religions and cultures by the writers that made it all the way to shooting?
     
  13. Flake

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    If/when we get another movie I would like to see the producers bring in a veteran from the TNG/DS9 days just to make sure they don't go too crazy because clearly they have got carried away here :)

    TWOK is turning into the millstone around Star Treks neck. Better to ignore it and come up with something original. They could have quite easily made a new and self contained section 31 story if they wanted to but they just had to go back to 1982. I am still looking forward to it and I am glad I have seen the spoilers I have seen because I am now better prepared for it :) the shock has worn off :)
     
  14. section9

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    Gad, the people over IMDB who obsess about the appropriateness of Benedict playing Khan are basically jumped up AICN fanbois.

    JJ's job is to make an entertaining movie with decent enough acting that is close enough to Trek that it will remain recognizably Trek AND put asses in seats.

    The producers had a choice between Benedict and Del Toro, who they couldn't come to terms with for some reason. Now they probably could have gotten a really good Bollywood Leading Man to play Khan and the guy might have become an overnight hit here in the states. There are some really great Bollywood leading guys that could have played Khan right into the stratosphere. However, Benedict has this huge, built in worldwide fan base due to his body of work.

    Trek fans and fanboys don't realize that the producers and Paramount need a return on their investment that beats the 2009 film.
     
  15. Captrek

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    TWOK became the millstone the moment the original cast signed off at the end of TUC. Every film since has centered on giving the heroes a Khan-like villain to battle. Nemesis was the most shameless in the pilfering, but it affected GEN, FC, INS, and IX as well.
     
  16. Flake

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    Yes your right.

    I think the screenwriters must assume they can do better but they don't realise that it is totally unnecessary to even try. Just concentrate on writing your story as if TWOK never existed..
     
  17. Roald

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    It may have been mentioned before, but can anyone confirm if either the term 'Section 31' or 'augment' is mentioned in the film..? And is there a reference to the Eugenics Wars being in the 1990's..?
     
  18. Lapis Exilis

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    She was - and very early on. First aired episode "The Man Trap", Salt Vampire turns into sexy African man who speaks to Uhura in Swahili and she responds in kind and with delight. Between that and her name, it is at least circumstantial for a language expert) confirmation of her native land.

    People were far more upset about him being bald and not Captain Kirk than the whole Frenchman with English accent thing. It got remarked upon after people stopped tearing their hair, rending their clothes and wailing though.


    See - this is the problem with time travel hokum to try to hook the reboot to the old series. It always just results in a far more incoherent fictional universe than a clean restart would.
     
  19. aeriolewinters

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    I don't know what to say about the Khan spoilers. But if this film is indeed intended for the Casual Fans who are looking forward to the new cast's adventures, but are still relatively new to the franchise, then I say the decision is fine. It's been 31 years since STII: The Wrath of Khan and that film timeless it might sound to us trekkies, It has aged alot.

    I am disappointed at the sheer dislike this movie has received, even though spoilers don't reveal that much over how they execute the plot. But I am sure that people will complain about the pew pew fast-paced action and not really focus on the fine little details.

    About Khan's ethnicity... Like most others have said, Khan's character has evolved from what was once an experiment on Selective Breeding in "Space Seed", to a Genetic Enhanced Augment in TWoK. Certainly an update would be nice. And besides, we haven't seen how Benedict Cumberbatch acts into the role. We have seen Snippets, but not all.

    Which leads me to say: The spoilers have made me want to watch more, because I want to SEE the execution of the film. I don't care how much some hardcore fans cry "BETRAYAL" when the film is made with Casual Viewers in mind, which are the majority and...wait for it...

    The Needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few

    JJ Abrams' Star Trek has a tough task of trying to appease both the casuals and the hardcore trekkies. In the end of the day though... I think your general reaction to the spoiler is a magnification of what you really feel for his franchise.
     
  20. sttngfan1701d

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    It should've been this time. They had a second shot years later to get it right and they whitewashed it. That's my point. This isn't about grudgingly complaining about changes in the Star Trek universe. This is me complaining about how they approached the casting process. They got it wrong from the start, focusing on Latino guys first (continuing in the Montalban vein) and casting a white guy in the end, when the role in question was for an Indian.

    Now, with that said, I have no problem with Benedict Cumberbatch as a person or an actor. He's generally great in everything he does. He will be great in this movie. The movie is filmed and released. If this was just "John Harrison" I wouldn't be complaining at all. But since it's Khan Noonien Singh, I'm disappointed an Indian actor didn't get a crack at it.

    That's all I have to say on the subject.
     
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