Star Trek Into Darkness (J.J. Abrams, 2013)

May 9, 2013


The closing moments of the 2009 reboot of Star Trek saw a revival of its source material’s famous slogan regarding the Enterprise: “Their ongoing mission: to explore strange new worlds; to seek out new life forms and new civilisations; to boldly go where no one has gone before.” Though J.J. Abrams’ film acknowledged the property’s history, the conceit of its alternate timeline story made it so that the film wasn’t actually a prequel to the original series, laying down a path in which the younger versions of the crew could have new adventures with no obligation to align with established Star Trek mythology.

It is notable that the mission statement that closes Abrams’ film should be delivered by Leonard Nimoy’s incarnation of Spock rather than Zachary Quinto’s, or Chris Pine’s Kirk. In hindsight, tying the reboot series to its past one last time, before the apparent venture towards the new, now reads as a forecast of the 2013 sequel’s direction. Rather than relishing in the freedom to introduce fresh ideas and boldly go where no one has gone before, Star Trek Into Darkness is extremely reliant on repeating what has come before in its own franchise…

Full review at Sound on Sight


One comment

  1. Cool review, glad to see you liked the film as much as me 🙂 Check my review out if you get the time! http://conordcfc.wordpress.com/2013/05/29/film-review-star-trek-into-darkness-2013/

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