Into Darkness

Into Darkness

Episode 83: Khan Noonien Singh

SUPERIOR ABILITY BREEDS SUPERIOR AMBITION

KhanThis week we focus on the greatest adversary Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the Starship Enterprise ever faced! We speak, of course, of Khan Noonien Singh!

We’ll examine the backstory of this genetically-engineered super human, look at his appearances in Star Trek and talk about the character’s evolution from Space Seed all the way to Into Darkness! Plus, we’ll also discuss some of Khan’s other appearances in books and comics.

Plus, we’ll give our picks for the actors we would have cast as Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness–and some of our picks just might surprise you!

All that and news–and did we mention we’re giving away a thing–all in Episode 83 of the Trek Geeks Podcast! You’ll want to chase us ’round the moons of Nibia and ’round the Antares Malestrom and ’round Perdition’s Flame before you give this one up!

 

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SPECIAL THANKS

Five Year MissionWe can’t thank FIVE YEAR MISSION enough. We are truly grateful to them for allowing us to use their music for every episode of Trek Geeks. You really should check them out–they’re writing and recording one original song for each episode of  the classic Star Trek series from the 1960’s.

Warp on over to their website at FiveYearMission.net and check out all of their fantastic albums!  You can hear them all: Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, The Trouble with Tribbles, and of course, the amazing Spock’s Brain!  Plus, here is a little secret…they are working on Year 4 right now!

Here’s a rundown of the Five Year Mission songs you’ll hear in this episode!

Themes
The Cage – [Track 1] – Year One
The Trouble With Tribbles 6 – [Track 6] – The Trouble With Tribbles

Bumper Music
Amok Time – [Track 15] – Year Two
Catspaw – [Track 5] – Year Three
Return of the Archons – [Track 6] – Year Two

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Episode 59: The JJ-verse

The JJ-verse

LOTS OF LENS FLARE!

Ever since the reboot of Star Trek took place in 2009, there have been polarizing opinions on the so called “JJ-verse”  This week, Dan and Bill tackle this controversial topic and give their insights into what they like and what they don’t like about this alternate timeline.

It seems that the majority of people that don’t like this timeline are extremely vocal in how JJ Abrams “destroyed Star Trek”.  The Trek Geeks discuss those topics and bring up several facts about how these stories actually honor the original series on a variety of different levels!  Is everything in this universe perfect?  Heck no, and they discuss the things that rub them the wrong way, too.

[0:00]  Show Open/Intro: Star Trek Continues’ Cat Roberts
[1:30]  Bill Intros Dan
[4:17]  Listener eMail: Trey Womack disagrees with Bill on Trek III
[8:34]  Listener eMail: HubcapDave asks us to clarify our comments on Axanar
[14:56]  The News from TrekNews.net!
[25:58]  iTunes Subscribe & Review Info
[27:22]  The JJ-verse
[60:04]  Trek50 Information
[62:05]  Five Year Mission Thanks
[63:34]  Preview of Episode 60!
[65:01]  COCONUT!

DID THEY KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT TREK??

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SPECIAL THANKS

There just aren’t enough words to convey our gratitude to FIVE YEAR MISSION for allowing us to use their music in every episode of our podcast! They are a fantastic group of guys and we’re excited to see them on stage at Creation Entertainment’s 50th Anniversary Celebration at the Official Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas this August! Five straight days of Five Year Mission–we feel spoiled!

Prepare yourself, though–head on over to FiveYearMission.net and get ALL of their music. We promise, you’ll love it.

Here’s a rundown of which 5YM tracks we used in this episode!

Themes
The Cage – [Track 1] – Year One
The Trouble With Tribbles 6 – [Track 6] – The Trouble With Tribbles

Bumper Music
Amok Time – [Track 15] – Year Two
Colder in Russia – [Track 6] – Spock’s Brain

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Episode 55: The Worst of Times

“IT WAS THE WORST OF TIMES…Ep 55 - The Worst of Times

…it was the worst of times.  Message, Spock?”

“None that I am conscious of, except of course, these movies sucked.  Surely, the worst of times.”

This week on Trek Geeks, Dan and Bill tackle what they think are the worst of the Star Trek movies!

It isn’t always rainbows and unicorns and eternal happiness when it comes to good Trek stories and today’s discussion focuses on the the ones that they would both like to flush down the Trek toilet!

Once their lists have been revealed and discussed, it is THUNDERDOME time as they go head to head for the ultimate Star Trek Toilet Trophy for Worst Trek Film EVER!

Plus, from our friends at TrekNews.net, we can look forward to a new BluRay of ST:TWOK, a new ST:BEYONNND trailer, and some rumors about the new CBS ALL ACCESS Star Trek series, set for launch in January 2017.  Also, we have a special favor to ask of the listeners of our podcast–and you could win $25 as a result!

And what’s this?  A special message from Balok?  Well then, sit!  Be comfortable!

The conversation may be about the worst, but you will have the BEST time tuning into this week’s episode!

FIVE YEAR MISSIONSPECIAL THANKS

All of the music you hear on Trek Geeks has been graciously provided by your house band for the Official 50th Anniversary Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas this summer–FIVE YEAR MISSION!

We truly can’t thank them enough for allowing us to use their music every single episode. Please go to their website and get yourself a copy of Spock’s Brain. While you’re at it, pick up all of their albums including Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, and The Trouble With Tribbles!

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J.J. Abrams Regrets Khan Secrecy

star-trek-2If Star Trek Into Darkness director J.J. Abrams had one regret with his film, it would be the way arch-nemesis Khan was introduced to the audience.

Speaking to MTV News, Abrams says that he would have liked to have introduced the character in the film differently but Paramount Pictures wanted to keep the secret to attract a larger audience.

The truth is I think it probably would have been smarter just to say upfront ‘This is who it is.’ It was only trying to preserve the fun of it, and it might have given more time to acclimate and accept that’s what the thing was. The truth is because it was so important to the studio that we not angle this thing for existing fans. If we said it was Khan, it would feel like you’ve really got to know what ‘Star Trek’ is about to see this movie,” he said. “That would have been limiting. I can understand their argument to try to keep that quiet, but I do wonder if it would have seemed a little bit less like an attempt at deception if we had just come out with it.

The clip from the interview can be seen below:

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I don’t have a problem with how they tried to fool the audience into thinking Khan was John Harrison.  I do have a problem with it having been the worst kept secret in Hollywood this past Spring.  Everyone in Trekdom knew that Benedict Cumberbatch was playing Khan despite the weak denials to the contrary.

It wasn’t that they tried to keep the secret; it’s that the keeping of this secret was done so poorly.  If they were going to keep the secret, they should have really locked it down–like they’ve done with every other Trek film (including J.J.’s first Trek).  That, or they should have just made John Harrison a stand-alone character and built the story that way. I think that would have been more compelling, honestly.

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IDW’s Khan Tie-In Comics Coming Soon

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SFX Magazine (UK) has posted a new interview with writer Mike Johnson, who is writing the “Star Trek: Khan” comics for IDW. These issues will provide an origin story for Khan that tie directly into the events of “Star Trek Into Darkness.”

Johnson talks about the issues and, in particular, how he tried to bring some of both Ricardo Montalban and Benedict Cumberbatch to the character:

When you wrote it, did you see Ricardo Montalban or Benedict Cumberbatch?
Both. Yeah, I see them as both. Trying to capture what Montalban brought to the character which is kind of a charm, like he’s very sort of manipulative and charming in the original episode. But then in Into Darkness especially, he’s so angry, he’s like a bullet firing from a gun in that movie. And you’re gonna see why he is like that, because the scope of the mini-series will be the Eugenics wars, up and through the opening of Into Darkness. We’re going to see him get woken up. We’re going to see Admiral Marcus, and we’re going to see how John Harrison came to be. And a lot of that has to do with, not only why he looks different, but why he’s so angry.

There’s an unusual aspect to this in that you know what Khan will eventually become in the other timeline. Did The Wrath Of Khan version of the character inform this take on the character?
Yeah, definitely. I think there’s definitely a tendency with villains now to sort of excuse their behaviour. Like something bad happened to them when they were kids, their puppy died, or they didn’t get the Christmas present they wanted and that’s why they’re evil. I kind of like evil for evil’s sake, like some people are just bad dudes. And I think Khan, you know, you can sympathise with the fact that in Into Darkness at least he was woken up and his 72 brothers and sisters were being held hostage. In Wrath Of Khan, you can sympathise because he was left on the planet to die and he felt betrayed by Kirk. So you can sort of sympathise, but at the end of the day, he’s a megalomaniac who wants to take over the world. Or the galaxy. And I love that sort of straight, simple, direct some guys are just bad.

He must be a great character to write because he has strength, he has intelligence and he’s a brilliant villain.
Yeah, and I’m not as clever as he is. The challenge for any writer is trying to show how clever he can be, and it’s just keeping that in mind that he’s manipulative, and clever, and for all his strengths as an augment, all his physical strength, he’s mentally tougher too. He’s just mentally more accomplished than anybody he meets.

“Star Trek: Khan” launches Wednesday, October 16 and you can get issues at your local shop or via Comixology.

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Into Darkness comes to DVD/BluRay on 9/10

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Digital Download for iTunes (and presumably, Google Play) will available three weeks earlier in 8/20.

From StarTrek.com:

Star Trek Into Darkness will beam onto Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, DVD and On Demand in the U.S. on September 10, via Paramount Home Media Distribution; fans can access the Digital version three weeks early, on August 20. The J.J. Abrams-directed blockbuster, which is still playing in theaters across the U.S. and internationally, has so far grossed a whopping $445 million, making it the top-grossing Star Trek film…ever.

The Blu-ray/DVD combo pack, which includes the Digital edition, will feature numerous extras, including “Creating the Red Planet,” a peek into the creation of the world glimpsed in the film’s opening sequence; “The Klingon Home World,” a featurette about Kronos and the new-look Klingons; “Attack on Starfleet,” with the cast and filmmakers discussing the pivotal sequence; “Ship to Ship,” a piece about the space jump scene; “Brawl by the Bay,” with Zachary Quinto and Benedict Cumberbatch discussing the Spock-Khan throwdown; and “The Enemy of My Enemy,” which examines the how and why of choosing Khan as the villain and the decision to keep his identity under wraps.

The Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack includes all of the above, plus the film in hi-def and 3D (on a disc presented in 1080p high-definition), while the Single-Disc DVD presents the film in widescreen enhanced for 16:9. The Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD/On Demand Combo will cost $49.99, with the Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack priced at $39.99 and the Single-Disc DVD at $29.99.

Star Trek Into Darkness is available from all major retailers, as well as online retailers like Amazon.com (which comes with a replica phaser from Quantum Mechanix), BestBuy.com, and Walmart.com (which comes with a Hot Wheels 1/50th scale version of the U.S.S. Vengeance as a Walmart exclusive).

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Into Darkness’ Alice Eve added to Vegas Con

STID_eveCreation Entertainment’s Official Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas has added yet another guest–this time, it’s one from the new film Star Trek Into Darkness.

Alice Eve, who stars as Dr. Carol  Marcus in the J.J. Abrams sequel, makes her first convention appearance and is the second Into Darkness cast member to appear at the convention scheduled for August 8th-11th. (Deep Roy who plays Keenser was the first.)

Eve will also be present for photo opportunities on Sunday of the convention ($50), as well as autograph signing on Sunday ($30).

This brings the guest count at the giant convention to 94!   For more information on the convention, you can go to Creation’s web site.

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Thoughts on Into Darkness

BEWARE SPOILERS!

If you haven’t seen the film “Star Trek Into Darkness” yet, read no further!  This posting contains spoilers and will ruin key elements of the film if you proceed! 

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Into Trekness

st_1I’ve come to believe that there is a new “third rail” in conversations.  You know, those topics that you just avoid like the plague when engaging people in conversation because it’s likely to turn into an argument.

For the longest time, people have always said the two items on that list should be “religion and politics.”  However, it would seem that I could add how much I enjoyed “Star Trek Into Darkness” to the list–at least as far as some Trekkies are concerned.

There are definitely two camps: those who like the new films by J.J. Abrams and those who think that the films are tantamount to heresy and are causing Gene Roddenberry to roll over in his grave.

In the interest of full disclosure, I’ve seen “Into Darkness” in IMAX 3D three times.  My first viewing was in a packed theater for the Fan Sneak Premiere the night before the movie opened in wide release and I had a great time!  I thought the movie was a fun ride that spoke to the heart of “Star Trek.”  It had great allegory, it had character development, it had humor, it had an engaging plot…it wasn’t a perfect film, but that’s not a surprise.  I did have a few problems with it, but overall I thought it was a great follow up to its 2009 predecessor.

A Galaxy Far, Far Away

The new “Star Trek” films are epic and in a way that the first ten movies featuring the TOS and TNG casts just couldn’t be.

For years, “Star Trek” fans bemoaned the fact that the studio wouldn’t give the movies the budget they needed to appeal to a wide audience. This was especially true with the TNG era films, several of which seemed like they would have been better served as two-part episodes rather than feature films.  As a result, the movies started making less money at the box office. “Star Trek: First Contact” was a success, earning twice it’s production budget domestically.  However, “Insurrection” and “Nemesis” didn’t fare nearly as well.  “Insurrection” made $200,000 more than the budget and “Nemesis” didn’t even come close. (It had a budget of $60,000,000 and only made $43,000,000 at U.S. theaters.)

Paramount committed big money to reinvigorating the film franchise, giving 2009’s “Star Trek” twice the budget that “Insurrection” had. They wanted something huge that would make “Star Trek” a tent pole franchise again and they turned to J.J. Abrams to do it.

It seemed like a brilliant idea, at least until J.J. admitted he was more of a “Star Wars” fan growing up and wasn’t into “Star Trek.”  It didn’t matter that writers Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, and Damon Lindelof were Trek fans–J.J. wasn’t and that was all they needed to hear. Their minds were made up: this film might have the name “Star Trek,” but it “didn’t fit with Gene Roddenberry’s original vision.”  It might as well be called “Star Wars.”

I heard the same criticism about “Into Darkness” before the movie even opened.  Yes, the movie is epic.  Yes, the movie is packed with action.  No, the movie doesn’t have the “submarine style” starship battles that the franchise has been known for in the past.  It also doesn’t have Storm Troopers, Jedi, Sith, or The Force, either.  These films are definitely not Star Wars, but they’re Star Trek updated for a different audience–moviegoers that are used to and more inclined to see big movies with lots of action.

klingonTake the scenes on Qo’noS, the Klingon homeworld. Everything from the ship pursuit to the battle on the ground was treated in a way we’ve never seen before in a Star Trek movie. The Klingons seemed more ominous and dangerous than they have in previous Treks, too.

In “Star Trek: The Motion Picture,” they were expendable window dressing to introduce V’Ger. In “Star Trek III: The Search for Spock,” they were paper tigers–and most people mock them because Christopher Lloyd was totally unbelievable as a warrior.  (It’s hard to be the badass of the galaxy when you sound like Reverend Jim from “Taxi” with a turtle head.)  In “Star Trek V: The Final Frontier,” they were largely comic relief.  In “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country,” they were a race with an uncertain future–who seemed to be largely British.  In “Star Trek: Generations,” they were Soran’s taxi.  (Lursa and B’Etor didn’t exactly move the plot along, either.)

The Klingons of “Star Trek Into Darkness” are a people we know we don’t want to go to war with. They are fierce, they are brutal, and they’re definitely an adversary that will provide great conflict in future films if handled correctly.  These are definitely not the Klingons of the TOS era, that’s for sure.  I can’t wait to see them have a more prominent role in a future “Star Trek” movie.

“From Hell’s Heart, I Stab at Thee”

639px-Khan_artWhen the first rumors came out that Benedict Cumberbatch was playing Khan Noonien Singh, I was beside myself.  Cumberbatch is an amazing actor, but…well…he’s a pasty white Englishman.  (Sorry, Benedict…no offense intended.)  He’s not a Sikh from Northern India, like Khan is supposed to be.  At least, that was the conclusion that Lt. Marla McGivers came to as the Historian assigned to the U.S.S. Enterprise in the original “Star Trek” series.

At that point, I considered the original casting of the great Ricardo Montalban as Khan in the 60’s.  They hired a Mexican actor to play an Indian character and made his complexion seem darker with make-up.  In reality, Montalban didn’t fit the ethnicity of Khan any better than Benedict Cumberbatch does today, but he gave a performance that Star Trek fans almost unanimously agree is nothing short of incredible.

Montalban and Cumberbatch both give exceptional performances as Khan Noonien Singh, but it took seeing “Star Trek Into Darkness” for Cumberbatch to win me over.  His Khan has a little more depth than just being a genetically altered super human bent on world domination.  His Khan has emotion beyond that of vengeance and his motivation is more than that of despot or dictator.  It was rough for me to admit intially, but Benedict Cumberbatch is a great Khan, even if he doesn’t look the part at all.

My other significant problem with the Khan story line is that, presumably, they put these 72 cryotubes in storage on the very planet Khan was trying to take over in the 1990’s: Earth.  They lock him away like the Ark of the Covenant and close the door.  Brilliant.  Yeah, like he’s not going to accidentally get thawed some day and turn up for a sequel.

“The Needs of the Many…”

From the moment that Spock uttered those words in the volcano on Nibiru, you knew that something epic was going to happen at the end of this film.

In 1982, word got out that Spock was going to die at the end of “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan,” so they added a scene where his character dies a fake death during a Bridge simulation.  It served as a harbinger of what would happen later in the film, but it also served to diffuse the rumor that had spread by faking out the audience.  It was masterful.

“Star Trek Into Darkness” was taking on Khan and taking on an epic story, so more than likely meant that someone had to die.  Instead of following the same ground that “The Wrath of Khan” did, they juxtaposed the final act of the film.  The Enterprise was put in peril with the death of her crew all but certain were it not by a final, selfless act by…

star-trek-into-darkness-2James T. Kirk.

The Kirk death scene was practically a mirror of Spock’s death scene thirty-one years earlier. It used some of the same dialogue, but the outcome was still the same: the Warp Drive was fixed, a major character died behind a glass wall, and Khan was defeated.

The critique I read from many Trekkies was that the scene was unoriginal and the writing was lazy–that the writers had ripped off Trek’s best movie.

Personally, I thought that it was a gracious nod to the best film in “Star Trek” history.  I don’t think that’s lazy story telling at all–it’s a plot twist of the story from the “prime timeline.”  It created a story that the audience would feel engaged in while giving “Star Trek’s” biggest fans something familiar.  The critique that it’s lazy just doesn’t ring true.

The Great Bird of the Galaxy

geneTMPI think the critiques I hear the most about “Star Trek Into Darkness”–and the one that I have the most difficult time understanding–is either that “it isn’t Roddenberry’s vision,” “it isn’t recognizable as Star Trek,” or that “Gene would hate it.”

I think “Into Darkness” is perfectly recognizable as “Star Trek.” Aside from the obvious things like the characters, Starfleet, and the Enterprise, it has elements that have always been part of Trek.  It’s got allegory that makes clear and definitive statements–especially on a post-9/11 world and the pitfalls of sacrificing your core beliefs for vengeance.

It’s got relationships that resonate with the audience.  Kirk and Spock, Spock and McCoy, Uhura and Spock, Kirk and Khan, Pike and Kirk…each of the interactions has a purpose and moves the characters through their development in the story and in the Star Trek universe as a whole.

It’s got humorous moments that highlight a compelling story line as “Star Trek” has always had–and there are far too many of those to mention, for sure.  It’s definitely Trek, even if it is an alternate timeline and on a bigger scale.

Is “Into Darkness” compliant with “Roddenberry’s vision?”  Well…yes and no…but there’s a lot of Star Trek that didn’t always comply with Gene’s idea.

His original pilot, “The Cage,” was criticized by NBC for being “too cerebral,” so they had him do another pilot.  (Read: one that would get people to watch.)  The original “Star Trek” series wasn’t entirely Gene’s vision, as good as it was.  He had several key contributors like Bob Justman and Gene Coon, among others.  Some of the most loved and respected episodes of the series weren’t written by Roddenberry.  The universe is absolutely his creation, but credit belongs to many creative people for creating timeless stories.

It’s almost a similar story with the films, in a sense.  Roddenberry writes a script for the first feature film called “The God Thing” which eventually becomes “Star Trek: The Motion Picture.”  I remember going to see TMP in 1979 with my older brother.  We both fell asleep.  After that, Gene’s involvement with the films was limited to “Executive Consultant” status with little to no active participation.

Please don’t misunderstand–I’m not saying that Gene Roddenberry had nothing to do with “Star Trek’s” success and I’m not saying that the things he wrote were bad.  Rather, I am saying that the majority of “Star Trek” films didn’t fit with Gene’s “vision” of “Star Trek”–especially in Treks II through VI, where Starfleet is clearly a more military-type organization and is less about exploration.

I got to meet Gene Roddenberry in 1983.  He gave a lecture at Laconia High School in Laconia, New Hampshire as part of a series funded by The Putnam Fund.  It was in between Treks II and III and he talked about “Star Trek” and it’s impact on society.  He was also very positive and upbeat about the last “Star Trek” movie and looked forward to the upcoming one–neither of which he wrote or had significant involvement with.

I honestly don’t believe that Gene would have hated this version of “Star Trek.”  He probably would have done some things very differently, no doubt, but I think that Gene understood that “Star Trek” would evolve over time. His vision of the future was one of Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations, and I think that must also be true of the method in which those stories are told.

geneTNGThat said, I also have to believe that Gene also knew that this all meant more “Star Trek,” and that manifested itself in a way in 1987 that many Trekkies certainly didn’t like.

I remember when I heard that Gene was working on a new “Star Trek” series, and that it wouldn’t include the original cast. I was beside myself.  I thought it could never work, and I wasn’t alone.  Trekkies everywhere were skeptical at the notion and didn’t want a new series with an unknown crew to dilute the “Star Trek” franchise.

It was a time where “Star Trek” had just had it’s most successful feature film to date: “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.”  It’s popularity was at an all-time high.  Fans wanted to see a new series with Kirk, Spock, and the entire crew–but instead, Paramount decided to move forward with “Star Trek: The Next Generation.”

It wasn’t great at first, but eventually TNG would become as beloved as the series that inspired it.  In hindsight, all of those who hated the notion were wrong, including me.  Gene’s participation was greatly reduced after the first season, but eventually TNG would find it’s way.

Ultimately, Gene Roddenberry hoped that “Star Trek” would live on and he knew it would someday take on a life of its own.

“I would hope there are bright young people, growing up all the time, who will bring to [Star Trek] levels and areas that were beyond me, and I don’t feel jealous about that at all. […] It’ll go on, without any of us, and get better and better and better, because that’s the… that really is the human condition. It’s to improve and improve.” – Gene Roddenberry, The Star Trek Saga: From One Generation to the Next, 1988.

“There’s a good chance that when I’m gone, others will come along and do so well that people will say, ‘Oh, that Roddenberry. He was never this good.’ But I will be pleased with that statement.” – Gene Roddenberry, Los Angeles Times TV Times, article “Star Trek’s New Frontier”, 1993.

Roddenberry intended for “Star Trek” to evolve as society evolved.   That was his vision of “Star Trek.”

The Final Frontier

No franchise that has lasted half a century is the same as it was when it started.  James Bond…Batman…Superman…The Lone Ranger…all have evolved over time and had countless versions of their stories told.  Not all have matched and, hell, not all have even made sense!  Yet, the characters and the stories are loved by generations of fans.  Those franchises may not have always made the best decision, but they’ve changed and thrived over time.

“Star Trek” is remarkable and the stories that have been brought to life through these characters have resonated with all of us in different ways.  Television episodes, novels, cartoons, comic books, films, websites, fan films…”Star Trek” has transcended them all.

“Star Trek Into Darkness” isn’t a perfect film.  It does have some plot holes and, at times, I do feel like the pace is a little too relentless and action packed.  Besides…a personal transwarp beaming device?  (Why the heck didn’t Spock have that in the volcano on Nibiru?)  Earth has no defenses against enemy vessels other than starships?  The U.S.S. Vengeance made it to where the Enterprise was (from Venus) before any Klingon forces from the planet below did?

Plot holes aside, it’s an entertaining movie and a fun ride that guarantees one thing: more “Star Trek” in the future.  (Besides, if the legendary Leonard Nimoy can be accepting and supportive of the new films, then can’t we all on some level?)

Trek fans are some of the greatest and nicest people on the planet and, while this issue divides some of us, I certainly can’t begrudge anyone who feels differently than I do.  We’re all wanting the best for the franchise we’ve loved for years.

As a child, my hero was Captain Kirk and the U.S.S. Enterprise was my boyhood ship of dreams.  I am glad that there are new adventures to inspire another new generation of fans and to propel our imaginations to strange new worlds.  Whether on the small screen or the big screen, they all live up to the name “Star Trek” in some way…and I think we all win when that happens.

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