Captain’s Log: Saw the first 9 minutes of Star Trek Into Darkness

Spoiler alert: But, you’re so smart that you already knew that…

So, my dear friend paid for us to go see The Hobbit in IMAX 3D.  I am terribly appreciative because I nearly pulled out an old Chris Rock skit when I saw how much it was.  “Good Lawd!  Can I just get one 3D lens and pay $7.50.”  I wear glasses and wearing two pair at once is terribly uncomfortable and 3D makes the film darker.  IMHO, the only reason to go see The Hobbit in IMAX 3D is to see the Star Trek preview.  So, here’s my take on it:

First, any follower of this blog knows that I want to see more diversity in these reboots.  The future is surely going to have more black and brown people in it than we see in the shows and movies.  Star Trek has been such a progressive force for good in our collective psyche, so my hope is that these reboots will continue to blaze trails.  I was pleased to see the long-form trailer begin with the gentleman below.  I have no idea who he is or what his role will be in the movie, but I was glad to see him and his wife.

Color me a little worried about the movie from what I saw in the trailer, I’m just not getting it yet-  we have the love story between Uhura and Spock clearly taking a more important role, the crew clearly gets into some Prime Directive mess on Nibiru, Admiral Pike dresses down Kirk over some risky action, and it appears San Francisco takes a beating.  Because Dr. Carol Marcus is in the movie, we know that there is some sort of connection to the Wrath of Khan.  We know Benedict Cumberbatch is playing a terrorist of epic proportions and he has said that he hopes the audience will empathize with the character somehow.  I’m anticipating a whole backstory on Eugenics and augments.  How the heck is Damon Lindelof going to fit all of that into one good screenplay and how will J.J. edit it down?  I just don’t know. But, ooh, I hope they don’t mess up.  I personally lightweight hated Lost and found the storytelling in Alias to get quite clumsy, so I just don’t want them to try to do too much at once.

Here’s hoping!?!

Oh and what was with Spock striking the “accepting death with open arms” pose in the volcano?!?  Melo0000000000drama, anyone?  I was glad it was dark in the theater so no one could see the mean side-eye I gave.  My Spock wouldn’t do this:

Photo credit: ONTD-Star Trek.

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