A few days ago Star Trek: The Next Generation actor LeVar Burton voiced his disappointment about J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness, saying that he was “missing Gene Roddenberry in J.J.’s interpretation.” One of Burton’s TNG castmates is on the other end of the spectrum when it comes to Into Darkness. Geek icon Wil Wheaton, who played Wesley Crusher, has posted a lengthy review of the movie, and he had a lot of positive things to say about the Trek sequel.
On his personal website, Wheaton says that he loved the film, so much that it may be his favorite Star Trek movie ever. (I don’t even want to think about how many angry comments that will generate.) He talks about Into Darkness as a metaphor the post-9/11 world, and “the dangers inherent in letting vengeance eclipse justice, and reflexively choosing the military option at all times.” And while Cumberbatch’s role as Khan is easily the most controversial element of Into Darkness, Wheaton raves about it, in particular praising Cumberbatch’s performance:
Benedict Cumberbatch is one of my very favorite — excuse me, favourite — actors today, and he brought his brilliant mixture of confidence and strength to Khan in a way that, with all due respect, Montalban never did. Never once does Cumberbatch make the obvious choice, his performance is always subtle, always controlled, and when he finally goes full-Khan, scary as hell.