Trek Into Darkness (2013) Spock (Zachary
Quinto) yelling "Khan"|
After checking the web, I found six reasons why Trekkers hated this movie, and why I disagree.
1. Into Darkness is All Style and No Substance
Into Darkness is too stylish, and has nothing solid underneath. I won't argue that Into Darkness has a lot of style. There are amazing visuals from beginning to end. But since when is that unique to Into Darkness?
Star Trek has always been about style; the transporter beam has always been a needlessly complex special effect with sparkling lights and swirling images. Likewise, Star Trek: The Motion Picture was all flash and dazzling special effects with very little story. And with its themes of revenge, death, and the overt struggle between the Federation's lofty goals and adapting to a violent world, I would argue that Into Darkness is far from empty.
2. Into Darkness is a Ripoff of Wrath of Khan
Some fans are angry that Star Trek Into Darkness is a 'remake' of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. I don't really understand this complaint. If Star Trek Into Darkness had been about Khan trying to destroy Earth with a missile that creates planets called Genesis, you'd have a case. Into Darkness' Khan had almost no resemblance to the original.
To be honest, I thought the story was better than Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. I mean, why did Khan hate Kirk in Wrath? For trapping him on a planet that turned into a wasteland. Kirk wasn't responsible for blowing the planet out of orbit; it just made Khan look stupid. But Into Darkness' Khan had been exploited and his people held hostage; he had a right to be angry.
What did Wrath's Khan do? Steal a missile someone else made. What did Into Darkness' Khan do? Create an armada of weapons, disrupt the entire Federation single-handed, almost trigger a war between the Federation and the Klingons, and crash a starship into Earth.
Wrath's Khan was a brilliant strategist and commander. Into Darkness' Khan was a one-man army. Into Darkness takes Wrath of Khan and makes it its own.
And another thing: do the same fans complain about how Star Trek: The Motion Picture ripped off the original series episode, "The Changeling?" How about the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode ripping off the original "Naked Now?" And exactly how many gods in the Star Trek universe turned out to be aliens, again? If there's one thing Star Trek is known for, it's recycled ideas and storylines.
3. Khan Was the Wrong Ethnicity
Some fans complained that the movie changed the ethnicity of Khan from Latino to white. It's true that Ricardo Montalban was Hispanic. But are you forgetting the original Khan in the episode "Space Seed" was supposed to be Indian? It's all racial bending.
4. The Enterprise Can't Go Underwater
A big moment in the movie comes at the beginning, when it's revealed the Enterprise is hiding under water at the bottom of an alien ocean. Some fans complained it was unrealistic; a spaceship can't endure the pressure of the ocean.
To them I say, it's their world. This is the future. Yeah, you can't take the Space Shuttle and put it underwater, but who's to say the Federation didn't think, "Maybe this ship will go underwater."
Besides, you've got spaceships going faster than light. You're breaking all the rules of science, anyway. If they want to have spaceships that can go underwater, it's their decision. And it looked cool.
5. Alive Eve's Underwear
A lot of people complaining about the scene where they show Alice Eve in her underwear. Okay. Yes, the scene was gratuitous, but you know what? It's not the most gratuitous scene I've ever seen, not by a long shot.
Dozens of movies are released every year with scantily clad women. Its not even the most gratuitous scene in sci-fi. Natalie Portman getting her top ripped off, exposing her belly in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones didn't have fans walking out.
If that's too far off the mark, how about Uhura's fan dance in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier? Somebody argue that wasn't gratuitous. At least Alice Eve was easier on the eyes.
6. Kirk Dies
It seems the scene most fans object to is the reversal of the death scene in Wrath of Khan, where Kirk dies instead of Spock. Into Darkness could have just done the same scene over again, but what would be the point?
Honestly, I thought the new scene had really deep resonance, in some ways more than the original. This wasn't two old friends saying goodbye. These were two people thrown together, just discovering their friendship, torn apart. Spock struggled to overcome the emotions Kirk's death caused in a way Kirk never had to. And Zachary Quinto is a better actor than Shatner.
I admit, they should have waited until the next movie to bring him back, though.
What do you think? Should fans be angry about Star Trek Into Darkness? Is it better or worse than Wrath of Khan?
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