Tim and Rachel Review: Star Trek Into Darkness

Into DarknessTim and Rachel Ward have been married almost four years. They are both a little geeky with their movie tastes. He likes post-apocalyptic movies with quality story and action, and she just wants the girl to get the guy in the end.

Other titles they’ve reviewed: TV show Touch (Season One) and movie John Carter.

SheriffTim: Going to see Star Trek Into Darkness, what were your hopes, expectations, and maybe fears?


BraveRachel: Going to see Star Trek Into Darkness, I had high expectations because everyone I spoke with said it was awesome. However, I didn’t know how that would translate to my interests as I would say the first Star Trek was just ok for me as I do not really enjoy alternate reality/story-lines/time travel, and that is what the first movie was about. My hope was that I would understand the story line, enjoy the action, and not get sick from all the special effects. 🙂 My fear was that there would be really scary-looking creatures.

SheriffTim: So how did it turn out?



BraveRachel: I really enjoyed the movie from start to finish. The story was great, the action was varied and intense, and the characters are likeable, or evoke emotion of hate if they are supposed to do so. 🙂


SheriffTim: My expectations were cautiously optimistic. I like J.J. Abrams and Bad Robot from LOST and thought the first film was good. The time travel was a little confusing, so I’m glad the plot was more linear in this one.

As far as execution, I was impressed beyond my expectations. The casting did a tremendous job, even on side characters like the father mourning over his dying daughter. Chris pine is a good Kirk. Spock has a funny haircut, but is also a great cast. I liked how they made him funny even though he is supposed to be stoic. Was Spock funny in the TV show?
I only ever saw the movies. Speaking of, how does the casting compare to the originals? As you know, I love Jacob Cumberbun (or whatever his real name is), aka Sherlock BBC. He had an intense cry scene, which, normally I might have thought cheesy, but he made it look genuine, and added likability to a nasty villain.

The fight scenes had the right amount of grit to keep you excited, and only one time did I think them cheesy (Cumberbun was a little slow sweeping a guy’s legs out with that big gun he had). I liked the taser guns and the punch they supplied. The flip phones were a little funny, but okay, I guess. Speaking of punch, I love warp drive, and how they exit their ships like kamikazes. Very exciting action, and a nice mix of emotional weight to the consequences.

I think they have a tremendous beginning to what could be a long series of movies. The Klingons are scary looking and as the war is just beginning, could provide a lot of conflict for future movies.

BraveRachel: Yes, I am glad it was linear as well. Which is funny that you mentioned linear because that is exactly the word what my co-worker used as well when I told him I was glad it was not filled with time-travel, which confuses this girl.
Cumberbun? You mean Benedict Cumberbatch? Yeah, I wasn’t sure what he would be like as a villain, but he was intriguing. Like you said, he’ll have to bulk DOWN to come back to Sherlock. 🙂
Yeah, that part was a little cheesy with the Klingons, but the other scenes were pretty decent. HAHA, I thought the “flip-phones” were funny too. 😉
Oh dear, did anyone else want to cry at the end? That was just the sweetest, most awesome manly show of grief and emotions, but I’ll stop there as to not spoil anything. That was my favorite part.

Yes, you know they are not done with the Klingons anytime soon. Is that blonde chick in the original series and is she going to be Kirk’s girlfriend? I hope not.
I really want to go in space now, and fly in spaceships. This is not good.

About Timothy C. Ward

Timothy C. Ward is a former executive producer and Hugo Nominee of Adventures in SciFi Publishing. He has been broke and lost on the other side of the world and now dreams of greater adventures from his keyboard in Des Moines, Iowa. This summer, he released his second Sand Divers book, Scavenger: A.I., where two parents use an ancient technology to fight a reproducing A.I. while trying to resurrect their deceased infant, and a new series that begins with Godsknife: Revolt, an apocalyptic battle for godhood in the rift between Iowa and the Abyss. Sign up for his newsletter for news, sales, giveaways and more: http://www.timothycward.com/newsletter/.

3 Responses to Tim and Rachel Review: Star Trek Into Darkness

  1. Awww, how sweet. You guys are just kids. Makes me feel old! 🙂

    Great to see your thoughts back and forth on the film, pretty much the same experience I had with the film. I’m hoping to see it again soon.

    I don’t mind time travel elements in films or books. Rather like them, but approach them not trying to figure them out. I just go with the flow.

    Spock was funny in the show at times. Leonard Nimoy used that trademark eyebrow raise to convey humor and it worked well. This Spock is a little more in touch with his human side and that makes for an interesting characterization of him in this alternate timeline.

    Bottom line: fun film and worth seeing on the big screen. Hope this cast stays together and has many more successful outings.

  2. Just in case Rachel did not know (is this a SPOILER?), the blond chick is Carol Marcus, who is the mother of Kirk’s son, David, in the original timeline. Of course in that timeline she hated weapons and was a scientist, not a weapon’s specialist. Not sure why she is so much more violent this time around!

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      That is interesting. I did not know that. I told Rachel not to read because I don’t think she knows that either. A book review friend said the acting was over the top and the writing awful. I didn’t think so at all. What about you?

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