Yeah, I'm going to go ahead and click the spoiler button now.
Kirk's sacrifice is a big character moment, but I don't think a lot of the audience believed he was actually 'gone'...or would remain 'gone' with Extremis...er genetically modified lifeblood available.
John Harrison had to live. He had to…
Cumberbatch's monologue in his cell was riveting.
I understand that completely.
The third movie (if there is one), needs to tell a new story. Either that or it needs to be two hours of the crew chatting over dinner while in deep space. This rebooted crew has no problems creating entertaining interactions.
I'm a completist. I must have them.
They are all so good! Pine out-Shatners Shatner! (In all seriousness, there's a reason Abrams gives Pine so many close-ups.) Urban, Pegg, Soldana (loved her big moment), Quinto, Cumberbatch, Greenwood, Cho...all so good!
I wish the filmmakers, Paramount brass (which is where I think the real blame lies), etc. would give the audience enough credit to understand that that audience does not need recycled moments like the one about which we've both written.
Your point about Star Wars has me scared.
It would give me a reason to finally buy the Next Generation films on blu-ray.
I've been thinking about making on of these. It would be very similar to yours.
Maybe I should do a complete series rewatch too! You've inspired me.
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Well put. It's that depth that people don't seem to be noticing.
I'm happy that the destruction of Vulcan (In "Star Trek") was not just a throwaway moment used to schock the audience. Its ramifications shape Into Darkness to an important and appropriate degree.
I just wrote a review and stayed away from the socio-political themes (mainly because I didn't think to mention them). You're right: the films haven't really taken that on since The Undiscovered Country (fall of the Soviet Union, etc.) I'm happy that Into Darkness does have that allegorical side to it.