When Star Trek first came out in 2009, J.J. Abrams rebooted the entire Star Trek franchise that it so desperately needed by playing around with the timeline to great effect thus not having to be beholden to whatever came before it.
That being said, in the sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness actually manages to pay homages to what came before it.
To recap the plot of the movie, it is all about one John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch), a Starfleet officer, seeking revenge against what Starfleet has done to him. Harrison ends up attacking Starfleet headquarters and [SPOILER ALERT] Christopher Pike (Bruce Greenwood) is a casualty. And Kirk (Chris Pine) and his Enterprise crew of Spock (Zachary Quinto), Sulu (John Cho), Uhura (Zoe Saldana), Chekov (Anton Yelchin), Bones (Karl Urban) and Scotty (Simon Pegg) chase after him in Klingon space to avenge his death.
Things are revealed especially that Harris is actually [SPOILER ALERT] Khan but we all knew that was who Cumberbatch was playing.
Not to get too much into the plot without spoiling the movie but we get some shout outs to original series like a Tribble makes an appearance, we see Klingon’s for the first time in this universe and we get a twist on Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan too in this film that I really enjoyed. We also get introduced to Carol Marcus (Alice Eve) a significant character in the Star Trek canon that probably would get further explored in another film.
The action sequences were great as were the special effects and I greatly enjoyed the comic relief provided by Pegg and Urban.
Additionally, a tear was brought to my eye by the Kirk-Spock bromance. And I really love Quinto’s Spock, there is something I find quite attractive in how he plays him and he does have a nice chemistry with Saldana’s Uhura.
And Cumberbatch makes a fine villain but I can’t comment whether or not he was a better Khan than Ricardo Montalban as I haven’t seen his interpretation of the role.
Abrams has a fine follow-up to his Star Trek reboot and I can’t wait to see what he does with Star Wars Episode VII. And who ever steps in for Abrams for the next Star Trek film will have big shoes to film.