Star Trek: Into Darkness: The Wrath Of Khan

The Star Trek franchise was created by Gene Roddenberry in 1966 under the title Star Trek: The Original Series. Out of this, the most notable Star Trek series came. They were Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek Voyager. There have now been twelve Star Trek movies with the two latest movies being Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013). The J.J Abrams’ reboot of Star Trek brought many newcomers to the franchise. He made it so that you need not need to have seen any of the previous TV series to understand the movies. He had brought many people who had been sceptical towards the franchise over to it. He had made them “Trekkies”.

In an instance of terror within Starfleet, the crew of the U.S.S Enterprise are called backed to Earth. In defiance of rules and the Prime Directive, Captain James T Kirk (Chris Pine) leads his crew with members such as Mr Sulu (John Cho) and Uhura (Zoë Saldana) to apprehend a terrorist known as John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch).

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Kirk (Chris Pine) & Khan (Benedict Cumberbatch)
(Star Trek: Into Darkness, Paramount Pictures)

J.J Abrams has boldly gone where many others have gone before. But he has done it on a grand scale. The Next Generation of actors manning the U.S.S Enterprise and bringing peace to the galaxy, even if it means going to Kronos to do it. Oops spoilers. Star Trek II or Star trek XII is either the second or twelfth movie depending on how you look at it. It shows you much of the great work that J.J did on the Star Trek XI. The 2009 reboot gave us a new start and gave new viewers a chance to open their minds to the world of Star Trek. All ties with the earlier Trek movies were cut and burnt at the root.

The story begins one year on with Kirk thinking he is firmly in the captain’s position…or so he thinks. When a routine mission on a primitive planet goes pear-shaped, Kirk ends up breaking the Prime Directive by exposing the Enterprise to the preindustrial locals. This then alters their course of natural development in the process then rescuing Mr Spock (Zachary Quinto) from certain death. Kirk is demoted in rank due to Spock writing a report and grassing him up to his former-captain, Christopher Pike (Bruce Greenwood).


Khan looking very evil indeed
(Star Trek Into Darkness, Paramount Pictures)

Before we can assimilate this, John Harrison is an angry Starfleet crewman and wants to bring Starfleet to the ground in the most violent and catastrophic way he possibly can. It doesn’t take much time before the Enterprise is on his case to bring him to justice. This is by the orders of Admiral Marcus (Peter Weller). This takes them on a chase to the Klingon home planet of Kronos.

One of things that Abrams is in need of credit for is that there is never a dull moment in the movie. This is much the same as the predecessor. It goes from amazing chases to great fighting sequences such as Klingons chasing Kirk and co then going to Benedict Cumberbatch showing off with his fighting skills. Benedict Cumberbatch is a fantastic actor and will go on to do great things. He plays the part of John Harrison really well. The role was made for him. Cumberbatch is highly praised in hit BBC series Sherlock and his evil menacing voice as John Harrison making him a great super-villain in the movie. It has to be said that John Harrison is no Khan. Film Makers are at a loss of how to perceive Khan. At some points you want to love the guy but at others you hate him. Make up your mind Sundance! He’s meant to be a terrorist of evil intentions so make him one. He’s meant to be ruthless! So make him ruthless!


The menacing Khan (Cumberbatch) on the Klingon homeworld, Kronos
(Star Trek: Into Darkness, Paramount Pictures)

In conclusion as a Star Trek fan I thoroughly enjoyed this movie and Benedict Cumberbatch stole the show. It is a great movie and has embelished on the excellence which was Star Trek (2009).

This movie also stars some of the main characters which are: Mr Scott (Simon Pegg, Hot Fuzz) Bones/Dr McCoy (Karl Urban), Chekov (Anton Yelchin) & Carol Marcus (Alice Eve)

Sequels tend to be bad but this defied the saying ‘history repeats itself’