Star Trek Into Darkness: The Third Act
There’s a reason we called this feature the “Most Memorable Moments,” not the “Best Moments.” Sometimes the things that stick with you for years are the things that are anything but enjoyable. I sure as hell don’t enjoy the memory of dislocating my kneecap, but it was damn well memorable. Star Trek Into Darkness was controversial from the get-go, but that fan-baiting ramped up to insane levels with the twists of the third act. And love it or hate it, people are going to be arguing about it for years to come.
I’m on record as enjoying Into Darkness for what it was, and I still feel that way. I think they did an okay job of telling a new Khan story without by-rote recreating Star Trek II. I thought Benedict Cumberbatch did a solid, scenery-chewing new version of the iconic character (setting aside that inexplicable pigment change). But while I understand what they were trying to do with the third-act twists — acknowledge the legacy of the material by flipping it on its head — it’s not remotely surprising that the decision to reverse Kirk and Spock’s climactic roles sent many fans into a torches-and-pitchforks frenzy. Whether the reputation of Abrams’ latest Trek flick improves with age — although it is worth pointing out that it’s still rated 87% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes — you’d better believe that nobody is forgetting the end of Into Darkness anytime soon. – David
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