STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS - Grading & Discussion [SPOILERS]

Discussion in 'Star Trek Movies XI+' 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. JarodRussell

    JarodRussell Vice Admiral Admiral

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    Chekov went from yellow uniform to red uniform! That's gotta count!
     
  2. BillJ

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    So he got the same amount of growth as he got in two seasons and six movies in TOS. :lol:
     
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  3. Belz...

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    Isn't that a downgrade ? :rommie:
     
  4. Ovation

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    It's Star Trek. At what point does reality hold the upper hand? ;)
     
  5. The Old Mixer

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    As I reflect on the film, I think that having Chekov sub for Scotty actually highlighted a problem with his character in the ensemble...we don't really need two characters to provide manic physical comedy relief. They need to find a new angle for Chekov.

    You want reality, you might be watching the wrong movies.... :p Even nuBSG, with its grittier and more naturalistic approach, couldn't escape the inconvenient dictates of drama...hence the "SuperStarbuck" phenomenon.
     
  6. Belz...

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    I was just illustrating the contrast.

    Maybe he can be like the old Chekov, always saying everything comes from Russia and looking like a teen idol. :D
     
  7. RAMA

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    They still publish Cinefex??
     
  8. AnnLouise

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    Hi - my husband and I just saw STID and I have an initial question - why did Kirk and Spock seem to not really know who Kahn was? I thought the Eugenics Wars still happened in this timeline (in some form or another). Wouldn't there be some information in the Enterprise computers if they input the name Kahn? Or did they just need a reason to bring in Nimoy for a cameo?

    We did feel a different type of sadness. Seeing Kirk ask how not to feel, and confess that he's afraid...for these characters, it worked for me. It was less a loss of a long friendship, than seeing a great friendship ended before it's time.

    Thanks!
     
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  9. beamMe

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    God knows what results they would get when they input Kahn. Or Khan for that matter.

    I find it absolutely plausible that Kirk and co. wouldn't know who Khan was.
     
  10. Ln X

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    Finally saw Into Darkness and my verdict; it is a train wreck! A steaming pile of boiling emotions, illogical actions and threadbare plots.

    It doesn't explain too well about Admiral Marcus' reasons for becoming this dictator, so he wants a war fine. But at best he has authority of ships in the Sol system, what about the rest of the Federation?

    Spock is way too emotional. The Uhura/Spock romance still doesn't gel and Spock even contradicts his own logical reasons at times.

    As for Kirk... The first quarter of the movie kind of destroyed the very reasons why Kirk was promoted to captain in the first movie. I know TOS Kirk broke the rules from time to time, but those were under exceptional circumstances, yet Into Darkness just portrays Kirk as this hothead who recoils at following orders.

    Kahn was good, but boy did he make some dumb decisions! He beamed over those torpedoes without checking their contents! I mean if this really is the great masterful Kahn, who sees all and anticipates all, then he didn't cotton onto Spock's Trojan Horse until it was too late.

    Kirk's 'death' scene was good but it was ruined by Spock crying and then shouting 'Kahhnnnn!!!' That was really embarrassing! It would have worked much better if Spock took it stoically like all Vulcans did, it would have worked ten times as well if all you could see was the pain in Spock's eyes but that would be the extent of his outward reaction to the death of Kirk. Hell Odo didn't cry once, but you could always tell when that character was in pain. But no, NuTrek Spock is illogically emotional.

    While there are references to the first movie NuTrek movie, this movie doesn't come close to being as good as JJ's first Star Trek film. It needed a solid plot, but there were so many holes, inconsistencies and question marks that the plot didn't add up. It was muddled. I mean why aren't the Klingons at war with Starfleet? Didn't humans attack those Klingons on Qo'noS? Also those Klingons looked hideous! Where was the good old TNG and DS9 Klingon make-up? Finally using a tribble as the mechanism to revive Kirk is so embarrassing.

    Lastly Into Darkness felt like a very watered-down version of Star Trek. It couldn't go two minutes without some action scene, it couldn't get (or dare to be) a bit ponderous and contemplative without some new threat popping up. Finally this movie tries to give a sense of an 'epic' feel but it doesn't work with Star Trek. This movie was trying to be like the dozen or other epic movies out there: Transformers, the new Batman trilogy, LOTR, Superman Returns and so forth.

    This is not reinventing Star Trek, instead this is killing the franchise because Star Trek cannot compete with superhero movies and (epic) origins movies which are big on action, bling and intense emotions but very light on a decent plot, morality and more natural character development.

    Again that's the problem with origin movies, you rehash a franchise with more modern themes and 'darkness', and you perhaps get a sequel to but when it comes down to it, how has it really developed that particular franchise? The answer it hasn't, all it has done is kept that franchise in the mainstream for a few months while not really adding anything new or substantial. I fear the same as happened to Star Trek now. It's been diluted to the point where the franchise is no different to the other hundred or so action movies out there competing for box office success. Nothing new has been offered and it's no longer a reboot, it's a dilution of a franchise to the point where it is blurred, generic and unrecognisable.

    I wouldn't even say this is what the audience wants because new movies of this calibre are now virtually the same: intense action scenes, a few heart-throbbing moments and a very thin story with not much going for it. It's what I suspected anyway, once you take NuTrek's bling there is not much going for it.

    And finally two more points: Starfleet feels too much like an army and those caps really suck! It looks like something the North Korean army wears for God sake! Finally in that ceremony scene for captain Pike, I swear to God there was an American flag flying in the background.

    With that all said I thought the movie was decent, I laughed in many places for how stupid it was and for all the character assassinations. But the bottom line is this; I would not buy this movie for DVD. Hell even Nemesis and Insurrection are better than this train wreck!

    What Star Trek needs is not another makeover, it needs to return to the basics: science, politics, spirituality and morality. Yes add in a bit more drama and action, yes have a decent pace, but each movie and (hopefully) new episode needs to have a lot more food for thought. Even with the bad Trek movies and episodes you always stopped to think about what was going on even if that alien race was cheesy or things didn't quite gel.
     
  11. BillJ

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    I'm wondering if Marcus had Starfleet database references to Khan wiped?
     
  12. King Daniel Beyond

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    With the exception of morality, when was Star Trek: The Original Series about those things?
     
  13. beamMe

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    science -
    politics - check
    spirituality -
    morality - check
    drama - check
    action - check
    pace - check

    Five out of seven, not bad for STID.

    The name's Khan, btw.
     
  14. BillJ

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    I'd say science is in there as well with cryogenics and radiation poisoning. :techman:
     
  15. Biffette

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    To clarify, you thought it was a decent movie, but a poor Star Trek movie? I'm just trying to wrap my head around your post because you seem to dislike the movie so much more than me and yet you gave it a C+ compared with my C-.
     
  16. The Old Mixer

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    ^^You can throw in a little spirituality...the volcano aliens.

    Just like some scenes can take you out of a movie, some statements can take you out of a critique:

    Who the heck is trying to be like Superman Returns? (Not Man of Steel, that's for sure....) If you'd name-dropped Spider-Man, Iron Man, or The Avengers, I wouldn't have blinked. But I don't think that other films trying to copy Superman Returns is a problem that we have to worry about....
     
  17. Belz...

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    Actually I thought it explained it quite well. May be easier to catch on a second viewing.

    Did you see the first movie ?

    I don't agree. I think he did the right thing. Living aliens worshipping Enterprise or dead aliens. Which is best ?

    Isn't that typical of villains, though ? It's not like he could check the contents, anyway. Scotty and Carol tried before and couldn't surmise what was inside until they opened one.

    You are aware that Vulcans have more emotions than humans, right ?

    Mechanism ? The tribble was the guinea pig.

    Yeah but that's not really Trek's or Abram's fault, is it ? A sign of the times, I'm afraid.

    I prefer that to Starfleet being explorers. Leave that to scientists and actual explorers, and protect the Federation, sirs.

    Please, no. The basics didn't work anymore. That's why Star Trek was on pause for all that time. And we're not out of the woods, yet.
     
  18. AnnLouise

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    I'd disagree only in the sense that if the Eugenics Wars still happened, then not knowing about Khan, especially for a member of Starfleet, would be like me not knowing who Stalin or Hitler were. Possible, but kind of odd. My husband also thought of Marcus wiping the record, but Khan was so (in)famous - nobody would know about him?
     
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  19. BillJ

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    In Space Seed, Kirk and Spock were real vague on the details concerning Khan until going to the memory banks. Maybe the Eugenics Wars aren't taught in 23rd century schools because so few records survived?
     
  20. The Old Mixer

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    I think that they deliberately tried to stay light on the details of the Eugenics Wars in order to not reinvent them (contradicting TOS) or introduce an event that's supposed to have already happened in our time but didn't, confusing general audiences. The offscreen attempts to portray the Eugenics Wars as a secret conspiracy, while clearly contradictory of the exposition given in "Space Seed", would fit this timeline nicely.