As mentioned in the last post I did about Star Trek, when I watched the 2009 reboot movie, I'd never understood all the hype around Star Trek. Not to conform to cliches or anything, but as a generation Y-er, Star Trek was sci-fi for my parent's generation, and I wasn't interested in getting anywhere near the "trekkies" or learning anything about Klingon.
However, with Chris Pike playing Captain Kirk, and feeling awkward about explaining why, as a sci-fi author, I'd never managed to see any Star Trek, I decided it was time to give the franchise a fair go. And, as I admitted in that last post, I did really love the new version. But with JJ Abrams (responsible for some great shows like Alias, Revolution, Almost Human, and those are just the ones I'm a fan off) behind the development, it was always going to be hard not to like it. The guy knows how to create edge-of-your-seat, holding-your-breath action.
Anyhoo, so I don't know why it took me so long to get around to the second installment, Into Darkness. Well, actually I do. Its 'cos I'm freaking busy! But anyway, after finally getting around to this movie, I have to say, I loved it even better than the first, and can only imagine the next movie, Beyond, due out in July this year, is going to be better again.
I also have to say that Kirk went through tremendous character growth in this story (getting killed will do that to a person!) including his friendship with Spock dissected and put back together really well, leaving them with a new understanding of each other. So it will be very interesting to see where or how these changes continue into the next movie.
All in all, this was a really great sci-fi movie, which I've added to my DVD collection and will no doubt re-watch a number of times.
Whether you're a Star Trek fan or not, if you love sci-fi, then these movies should be on your watch list if you haven't seen them already.