“O HAI, IT’S ME JJ, I MADE YOU A DOPE MOVIE YO, IT’S FRESH, IT’S REBOOTED STAR TREK AND IT’S AIIIIIGHT, GO SEE IT AND I’LL SIGN YOUR PICTURE WITH THIS HERE RETRACTABLE SHARPIE, IT MAKES CLICKING SOUNDS AND DOESN’T HAVE OR NEED A CAP LIKE A TRADITIONAL SHARPIE, IT’S LIKE A REBOOTED SHARPIE AND I’M HEAVY INTO REBOOTS, YOU KNOW WHAT I’M SAYING, HEY ANYWAY LET ME GET BACK TO AUTOGRAPHING PIX, WHAT IS THIS GIRL STARING AT OFF IN THE DISTANCE, GO SEE STAR TREK BECAUSE IT’S TOTES MAGOTES AWESOME, LIKE A SHAVEN TRIBBLE! K THX BAI!”
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.
— 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.
Why don’t you watch where you’re going, dumbass!
The fifth-best Trek movie after Star Trek (2009), The Undiscovered Country (1992), The Wrath of Khan (1982), and First Contact (1996).