Punished for being such a nimrod, the only reason Kirk isn’t thrown into space prison for life is due to the grace of Rear Admiral Christopher Pike (Bruce Greenwood), who speaks well enough of Kirk to only have him demoted back to his first officer again. Yet, this also seems short lived when several terrorist attacks initiated by Commander John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch) , a star league officer gone rogue, forces our lead hero back into the commander’s chair and initiate a series of events that seems to put the fate of the Federation in question. It is all wrapped up in character development that is off the galactic charts including a villain taking diabolical deeds to delicious heights, hilarious antics by Lieutenant Commander Montgomery Scott (Simon Pegg), the strength of resolve by those like Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu (John Cho), diving further into Spock’s human side and adding up to how survival depends on each of the smaller roles making decisions for the greater good.
For those open to a different angle in this alternate universe, it’s really quite clever to see how the futuristic Earth copes with being in the crosshairs of an epic undertaking such as this. However, being the latest chapter in a series passionately followed for about five decades, if one is unable to accept the changes that took place in the first J.J. Abrams film, they may want to keep sitting it out for this one as the fan boy rage will continue to go un-pacifiered.
All I know is that as someone who appreciated Star Trek for its social commentary of what our species can do to overcome its failings while growing up with the Next Generations model, I was more than satisfied and thrilled with the end result. I did not feel the impact came with any insult and place it as one of the best action entries of the summer. In the end, I’ll sleep just fine at night and give “Star Trek Into Darkness” four out of five photon torpedoes.