“There’s no reason to be mysterious for mysterious’ sake,” says Lindelof.
Leonard Nimoy didn’t know why the creators of the recent Star Trek-based Audi commercial had asked him to sing a few bars of his hilariously campy song from 1967, “The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins.” “I said, if you want me to do it, I’ll do it. I don’t know why it’s in the spot.” Nimoy, who created the role of Spock in the 1967-1969 series Star Trek, told me in a telephone interview that the response to song “was a complete surprise to me.”
Let’s cut to the chase. Unlike the misfired Star Trek (2009), Star Trek Into Darkness (STID) is an extremely good Trek film. While not perfect, STID gives us a well-paced and action-filled 132 minutes with all the characters we know and love (Captain James T. Kirk, the Vulcan first officer Spock, the cantankerous doctor McCoy, and the rest of the crew), along with moments film-goers are hoping to see…and more than a few they won’t see coming.
You have but to google the words “release date” and “Star Trek Into Darkness” to learn that the highly anticipated sequel to the 2009 reboot of Star Trek will be released on Friday, May 17. But you—and Google—would be wrong. Recently, Paramount announced that the general, non-IMAX, release of Star Trek Into Darkness has actually been moved up to May 16. (The IMAX release remains at Wednesday, May 15, at 8pm.) Here’s why.
Star Trek Into Darkness won’t be beaming into our theaters until May 17—which makes this the perfect time for Paramount to tease us with three “Disruption” trailers. Instead of the good space-faring fun of the other clips that have recently been released, these clips are far more dark. It shows Starfleet’s new nemesis coolly analyze Captain Kirk, first officer Spock, and communications officer Uhura for weaknesses that he intends to exploit.
If you’ve seen Star Trek, either the classic series or the rebooted movie, you’ll know that the two main characters, Kirk and Spock, complement each other. Kirk is brash, while Spock is thoughtful. Kirk loves the ladies, and Spock loves the logic (or Uhura, in the case of the movie). Now the enterprising duo are the main characters in the upcoming videogame, Star Trek, bringing their different attitudes to the game’s co-op play. I recently spent some time playing a hands-on demo of this upcoming third-person action-adventure, voiced by the actors of the rebooted movies, and the tricorder readings are promising. I can safely say that this is one of the best co-op experiences I’ve ever had.
We know almost nothing about John Harrison, Kirk’s nemesis in the upcoming movie Star Trek Into Darkness, the sequel to the 2009 reboot of Star Trek. Thanks to the international trailer, we learned that he’s brilliant and dangerous. But we learned something even more important about actor Cumberbatch: He makes an absolutely fantastic villain.
I’ve recently become concerned about J.J. Abrams role as the director of the next Star Wars movie. After all, he could be bringing some of his Star Trek sensibility into the galaxy far, far away, and the two are–and should continue to be–extremely different. It turns out that my concerns have been warranted, albeit in reverse. The latest Star Trek trailer has a moment taken straight out of Return of the Jedi.