Thursday, December 06, 2012

"Star Trek Into Darkness" Unveiled

I was not an enthusiastic fan of JJ Abrams' "Star Trek" reboot. It was good... just not especially good. Passable. Decent. Not-unwatchable. Might've been better if Chris Pine were capable of displaying a recognizable human emotion beyond vague self-satisfaction.

Anyway, here's the trailer for the sequel, "Star Trek Into Darkness" (no, I didn't forget the colon, they did) which doesn't really reveal what everyone wanted it to reveal, i.e. the identity of Benedict Cumberbatch's villain. Everyone has been assuming he's Khan, which would be an overly obvious and safe choice (which is why it probably IS Khan) but the case could also be made for him playing Gary Mitchell. The only "special" thing we see him do is display some sort of superhuman strength, so really it could be either of them (in modern movies, telekinesis gives you all the other super-powers too, generally.)

In any case, he's blowing shit up in front of big crowds while ranting about Starfleet/Federation/etc not being as secure and safe as everyone thinks, so... yeah, whoever he is looks like another riff on The Joker. I let that slide with Silva in "Skyfall" because theres was a bit more to him eventually... I'm not inclined to be as kind here.

Whatever. Low-priority release on my end. Could be good, could be bad, not going to make or break my year one way or the other. We'll see. Would like to know if the new blonde gal is playing Nurse Chapel or Yeoman Rand, though.