I mean I hate A&F more than the next guy, but the answer is still no, no, no, no and fucking no.
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It’s clear that JJ has found a way to pull off that perfect balance — two films in a row — of a movie made for the spectrum of Star Trek fans and the non-Trekkies among us. He’s figured out that there’s no need to Trek up a Star Trek film outside of the commonest elements — starships, Starfleet, redshirts etc. — and that subtle acknowledgements of established canon are enough. Thus, the Tribble; the Klingon province where Chancellor Martok was born; Section 31; the model of the Phoenix (and I believe the NX-01!) in Pike’s office; and many more nods, all momentary and meant to show Trekkers that JJ and his writers know their fucking Star Trek shit. It’s all stuff that’ll go right over a non-fan’s head, but that by no means ruins the experience. Take it from a hardcore Trekkie.
Also: great script (the twists are positively awesome), great pacing, great score, great perfs (Cumberbatch, you fucking god). And the 3D was used very effectively. Overall, a great, great movie.
So thank you, JJ and crew. Into Darkness will live long and prosper indeed.
THE DARKEST TIMELINE.
Trekkies are simply the best.
My singing voice is infinitely better after a few swigs of alcohol. Ask anyone who may have heard me belting out “The Drugs Don’t Work” on the subway tonight.
— It was FUCKING AWESOME.
— Section 31 gets a mention. Niners, that’s for you.
— The villain isn’t who you think he is, which makes it totally worth it.
— A Tribble makes an appearance.
— Look for nice continuity touches, like the Kelvin memorial library and Ketha province on the Klingon homeworld.
— In one scene, you see the Phoenix from First Contact.
— Seriously, just go see the movie. It’s fucking awesome. Especially with wine and a friend.