My inner geek is gratified! The entire time Star Trek Into Darkness was in theatres, I was astonished people were seeing it multiple times. I’m not even a Trekkie, and I walked out of there feeling insulted. Imagine my vindication when I read in the Huffington Post that the film was “voted worst Star Trek film by fans.”
Perhaps it was the way in which the strong, self-assured Uhura (played by Zoe Saldana) from the first film was relegated to ‘pouty and petulant girlfriend’ status for one of the male leads (that would be Zachary Quinto’s Spock). The scene on the bridge where they were just finishing a spat and Spock ordered her to her station immediately comes to mind. Had he not been above her in rank I could have visualised screenwriters making Uhura stomp her feet and walk off in a huff. They didn’t, but dear writers, you
dohave some ‘making nice’ to do. Perhaps it was Karl Urban ‘trying too hard’ to be McCoy. Every other actor seems to have a passing familiarity to their iconic predecessors, but is still trying to make the respective roles their own. Urban, on the other hand, looked like he was trying to out-Bones the late Deforest Kelley. And, do I need to mention Spock’s lame “Khaaaaaaaaan!” outcry? Yup, didn’t think so.
The attendees at last weekend’s Creation Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas even ranked the 1999 Star Trek-culturespoof Galaxy Quest higher (in 7th overall) than the most recent commercial blockbuster, grossing $226 million domestically and almost as much again internationally – and it’s not even a Star Trek film. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed JJ Abrams’s first kick at the Star Trek can in 2009 – I thought it was the perfect cinematic summertime romp. The fandom at the convention even ranked it in 6th place overall.
I was looking forward to seeing Simon Pegg again as Scotty, and, as was the rest of the Trekkie-verse, Benedict Cumberbatch’s portrayal of John Harrison and his evolution into the iconic baddie Khan. Instead, I alternated between expressing my disgust at how cheesy elements in the dialogue were, and just being dismayed at the polar opposite of Saldana’s character in relation to the previous outing, and Alice Eve merely serving as eye candy in her bra and panties during a rather voyeuristic change-of-clothes scene and couldn’t add much else. No wonder the audience booed at the film’s mention during the convention. Which film did the fans rank first? That would be Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Natch.
As I’ve said before, the only thing I liked about this film happens before the opening titles: my friend Jeremy Raymond was the ‘lead Nibiran’ and he was great.
If you want to check out the full list as voted for by Star Trek con-goers you can see it here!