Star Trek Into Darkness was fantastically awesome. I'm a geek and this was action packed, laced with awesome geek moments. It was what I wanted from the sequel to the last Star Trek movie. I loved Kirk, Spock, Uhura and the whole crew. I think the plot was a little busy, but whatever. Even the 3D was excellent. I actually had a moment where I kind of moved my head out of the way of something that felt like it was coming at my face. The entire first sequence of the movie hooked you right in.
My girlfriend and her husband came to see it with me and my Hubby. She had never seen any Star Trek incarnation before. Ever. No Original Series, no The Next Generation, nothing. She had not see the last movie until her husband sat her down to watch it the night before we went and she said she liked it. So my friend came to Star Trek Into Darkness with nothing but the last movie in her mind. She really enjoyed it too. That's something I like about where the Star Trek franchise is now and where it looks like they're going. A long time fan like me can watch the movies and love it, love the references and enjoy all the great moments between Kirk and Spock. Someone new, like my friend, can watch just the two latest movies and enjoy them. We talked about some of the references to the previous Star Trek movies, but not knowing they were there didn't diminish her enjoyment of the movie. The references, etc., were so seamlessly woven into the movie, that a fan might not even see them all at first.
That concludes the spoiler free portion of this post. If you venture further, there will be points about the characters and plot. I'll still try not to give too much away, but be warned.
Dr. Marcus! I took me a little bit to figure out who she was, but I got it before the end. Then I had to explain it to my Hubby. It's been a long time since we've seen Dr. Marcus. I can't wait to see how this will develop and I'm looking forward to... stuff.
When Kirk said, "It's what you would have done." I nearly lost it. So, good. Then Spock did the yelling of the name. Also, so good. That entire reverse from the other movie was fantastic.
Kirk wants to know what it's like when Spock and Uhura fight. He gets to find out! When Uhura and Spock have their fight in the shuttle, I think it was hilarious. (Though Spock doesn't so much "fight" as "emphatically argue".) I think this new Spock is a bit more emotional than the last. I think it's Uhura who is doing it to him.
My Hubby called it "phone a friend", Spock calling Spock when he has a question. Paraphrase: "I vowed never to tell you anything that could change the course of your destiny. That being said, here's everything you need to know to defeat this villain." Is he going to be in all the Star Trek movies? I didn't think he was going to be in this one. Shatner must be pissed.
Redshirts! I appreciate Kirk making them change. Did they die? Now I can't remember.
It was so good. Yay Star Trek! (I'm such a geek. Ugh.)