May. 26th, 2013

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I went to see Star Trek: Into Darkness today, and as I said on Twitter, it had absolutely no right to be as good as it was, and JJ Abrams is one magnificent bastard. Overall, this comic sums up my reaction to the movie quite well.

My main problem with the Star Trek reboot movies I think ultimately rests with the trailers. They're done in the same style as all the other testosterone-fueled, big explosions, big fights, partial nudity style of the standard summer blockbuster. And maybe that sells tickets and gets butts in the seats at the theater. But I need to accept that those trailers were not made for me. While I like a big cool explosion and pretty shots of starships as much as the next person, it's the characters and the plot that get me there. Though in this case, the main reason I went to see the movie today was because I didn't want anyone to spoil it for me, and I figure there's at least a small chance of seeing people over the next few months who might inadvertently say something before I could stop them.

The other issue I had with this one was the title. "Into Darkness," seriously?!? I think I had the same reaction upon hearing that title as a good chunk of the HP fandom did when they heard the title "Deathly Hallows." Having seen the movie, I can see how the title works, but I still think they could have done better. In the meantime, I fully expect the next one to be "Star Trek III: The Search for More Money."

So, what have we learned today, kids? We learned that Willow needs to ignore all advertising, including titles and trailers, and just enjoy a quality Star Trek film that knows what the important aspects of the Trek universe are. There's a whole lot more to say, but I don't think I can say it without spoilers, so onto the next post!
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Massive Spoilers Ahoy! Do not read until you have seen Into Darkness! Also, this is really long. )

Also, I'd like to do another Star Trek: Abridged if I have time and can get the scene order remotely clear in my head. I don't want to have to wait until it's out on video.

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