Star Trek Into Darkness Ignites Online Grammar War

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With the release of Star Trek Into Darkness only a few months away, there have been numerous mysteries regarding the film’s plot and villain. It’s all part of J.J. Abrams’ design, and his penchant giving audiences variations on the “mystery box.” And while fans have been arguing about who Benedict Cumberbatch is playing, whether J.J. Abrams is Trek‘s savior or the devil, and so on, but there’s one online squabble we didn’t see coming. It’s not a war between Star Trek and Star Wars fans, or even the Original Series versus the Next Generation division. It’s a war between Trekkies and Wikipedia Editors. Yes, it’s a grammar war!

According to Blastr.com, The argument is over how to properly capitalize the title of the film Star Trek Into Darkness. Star Trek fans would contend the proper way to spell the name of the film is with a capitalized “I” at the beginning of “into,” while Wikipedia believes the proper way is with a lowercase “I,” thus reading “Star Trek into Darkness.”

Why the lowercase “I?” Well, there are firm rules in Wikipedia’s official guidelines that suggest that since the word “into” is a preposition with four letters or fewer, it should be lowercased. The biggest point of contention is whether the “Into Darkness” part is a subtitle, or if the entire title is meant to be read as a sentence. Since there is no colon in the film’s title, many interpret the “Into Darkness” as being part of the title itself. According to Wikipedia user Frungi:

Arguments for the lowercase I

  • “Into Darkness” may not be a subtitle, and “Star Trek into Darkness” may have been intended to be read as a sentence.
  • Assuming it’s not a subtitle, the [manual of style] dictates a lowercase preposition.
  • Treating “into Darkness” as a subtitle without punctuation would be original research.
  • Allowing it to be interpreted as a subtitle would play into the studio’s marketing.
  • The creator said that the title would not have a subtitle with a colon

Arguments for the uppercase I

  • “Into Darkness” may be a subtitle, in line with the precedence of every Star Trek movie title longer than two words.
  • Assuming it is a subtitle, the [manual of style] dictates the first word be capitalized.
  • Treating “Into Darkness” as part of a sentence would be original research.
  • Capitalizing the possible subtitle would allow it to be interpreted either way.
  • Every official, and the vast majority of secondary, sources capitalize it, and Wikipedia should follow this real-world use.
  • The sentence “Star trek into darkness” makes no grammatical sense.
  • The creator said that the title would have a subtitle rather than a number, and that the subtitle would not have a colon.

Does it sound confusing? There are arguments for and against the usage of the uppercase versus the lowercase use, but ultimately it should be left to the people making the movie. Considering it is a title of a movie, then all the words should be capitalized, regardless of differing style guides, so it’s grammatically irrelevant.

Whether it’s grammatically incorrect, we will continue to spell Star Trek Into Darkness with the uppercase “I” at the beginning of “into” because, at the very least, that’s how it’s spelled on Paramount’s official site and how J.J. Abrams refers to it.


  1. ChicGeek77 says:

    I cannot believe I read this. I guess I have as much time on my hands as those who are arguing the fact. :p my penny’s worth? It should be ‘Into’ capital I not lower case.

  2. This is idiotic, they’ve opted to use all caps, why would you use a lower-case “I”? That’s ridiculous. Grammatically, you don’t capitalize every letter in a word anyway, ever, so this is a non-debate engaged by utter twits.

  3. miko says:

    Of course it is capitalized. Wiki is loosing it. It may technically the subtitle, but Star Trek is the name of the series. In this case the “subtitle” IS the title of the film. Regardless, it should be capitalized either way.

  4. Igneous101 says:

    There’s a perfect Family Guy meme for this, where Peter says, “OMG WHO THE HELL CARES?”

  5. BrokenSorrow says:

    To GFR, please… PLEASE! Never post anything this mind-numbingly dumb ever again. It’s obvious how it should be spelled for anyone with half a brain, and anyone who has seen the official title. Also while I’m on a rant, would you stop ignoring the information given out concerning the name of the villain. We were all told it’s “John Harrison”. Is that the real name of the character? I don’t know, but that does tell me that no one is going to find out for sure until they watch the movie. So I will leave with this… yes to a capitalized “Into” and for now it’s “John Harrison”, end of story.

  6. infamous says:

    Does your pussy bleed when people mispell. Is your baby murdered. does the world stop

    I never get why people even care. The best is to bish about grammar while in game. Here let me work the mouse and keyboard in COD or Halo but you must spell right!