Review: “Into Darkness”

Most of us are all well aware of Gene Rodenberry’s masterpiece, “Star Trek” and its history. For those who are a bit rusty on their Trek-trivia, the epic series was created in 1966 starring William Shatner, who played the character of Captain James T. Kirk and his half-human, half-Vulcan science officer Spock, played by Leonard Nimoy.

The series ended in 1969, even so, but the legend continued. The movie “Star Trek II: Wrath of Kahn” in 1982 with the same original star fleet crew maintained the story despite the lost years. A few years afterwards, the 1987-1994 series “Star Trek: The Next Generation”, continued the story 15 years after Captain Kirk and his crew traveled through space. A new group of “Star Fleets” took over the Enterprise, led by Patrick Stewart, who played the role of Captain Jean-Luc Picard. There were several movies created after this series ended such as “Star Trek: First Contact” (1996) and “Star Trek: Nemesis” (2002) also starring Patrick Stewart.

Finally, in 2009, there was a movie created before James Tiberius Kirk became captain of the Enterprise. Chris Pine stars as the rebellious captain who doesn’t always abide by rules. The movie introduces some prime characters such as Spock, played by Zachary Quinto; it revealed his Vulcan background. And just when you think “Star Trek” couldn’t get any better, Trekkie fans were lured “Into Darkness” with the 2013 box-office hit. Pine and Quinto star in the epic sequel alongside Zoe Saldana, who played Uhura this movie finally revealed the true ‘wrath of Kahn’ and its origins behind Kahn Noonien Singh, played by British native, Benedict Cumberbatch.

Not only did “Into Darkness” have a beautiful, witty and factious captain to lead them out of darkness but the always logical and unemotional, Spock finally shed a tear for Kirk, a touching moment for Trekkies.