I rarely go to the movies these days, but I did go to see Star Trek: Into Darkness with my sister and some friends today. I’ll give you a general opinion first, then warn you when you should stop reading if you don’t want any spoilers!

Overall, I found Into Darkness to be an enjoyable movie. It’s fast-paced and there’s definitely a lot of action going on. Parts of the movie were similar to events that happened in a couple of the old Star Trek movies. However, viewers who are not familiar with the older movies will still enjoy this one. Benedict Cumberbatch did an excellent job in his role as a villain; his character was ruthless, intelligent, and not someone who could be easily defeated. The returning cast was as fun to watch in this movie as they were in the previous Star Trek movie. We see that Kirk and Spock have forged a friendship, but they still don’t always see eye to eye. Chekov had very little for on-screen appearances this time around, and I also would have liked to see a bit more of Sulu and Scotty. At the beginning of the movie we find that Captain Kirk is a bit lacking in experience and maturity, but by the end of the movie he’s definitely grown as a character.

If you like Star Trek, or even if you’re just a science fiction fan, you’ll probably want to see Into Darkness.

Now, if you haven’t seen the movie, or you don’t want to read any spoilers, stop reading.

*spoiler alert*

There’s always been speculation that Into Darkness would feature Khan. I was not completely surprised that this turned out to be true, and while I do prefer Ricardo Montalban’s Khan, I was pleasantly surprised by just how much I enjoyed Benedict Cumberbatch’s performance as the notorious villain.

Threads are taken from The Wrath of Khan and a new spin is put on it. I did like the fresh take on the story, but I felt like there was a lot crammed into just one movie. The pace of Into Darkness was much faster than The Wrath of Khan. Khan had already been introduced in the original Star Trek series, when The Wrath of Khan was made, and it wasn’t until the next movie that Spock was brought back. Condensing all of that down to one movie pretty much necessitates a script that moves right along.

I was reasonably sure that one of the main characters would die in a way similar to Spock in The Wrath of Khan. I was however, quite surprised when it turned out to be Kirk and not Spock! I certainly liked that little twist, and of course cried when Kirk died saving his crew. The conversation between Kirk and Spock in that scene was good, but in my opinion was not quite as good as the scene in the older movie. I think that was largely due to the characters in Into Darkness being younger than they were in The Wrath of Khan. At this point in the new movies, Kirk and Spock have not yet been friends for many years either. I will say, the character development over the course of Into Darkness was particularly good, and one of my favorite things about the new movie.

In the end, they did find a way to bring Kirk back. It’s at the very end of the movie that Kirk and crew set off on their famous five-year mission. And so we are left to wonder if another movie or even a TV series will continue the story. J

My final opinion? Star Trek: Into Darkness is an excellent movie that is well worth watching. Even though some things didn’t quite live up to The Wrath of Khan in my opinion, I thoroughly enjoyed the movie and won’t hesitate to purchase it when it’s released on DVD.