It’s okay. You’re allowed to enjoy ‘Star Trek into Darkness’. It’s well-paced, well-acted and, for the most part, well-directed. But let’s be clear, it’s not true ‘Star Trek’. At least not the ‘Star Trek’ most of us grew up loving. Yes, I realize that the 2009 film established a whole new universe where anything could happen going forward. However, that new universe still needs to play by the rules established up until the point that Spock and Nero time travelled into it. Sadly, ‘Star Trek into Darkness’ plays fast and loose with far too many of those rules. I’m talking to you, Orci, Kurtzman and Lindelof! The following is just a short list of some of my problems with the new movie. (Major, major, MAJOR spoilers follow. You’ve been warned.)
These days, it seems like any even remotely popular movie franchise is required to get the dark and gritty reboot treatment. Everything is “Dark” this or “Darkness” that. ‘Star Trek’ is just the latest example. What happened to the days when summer movies could just be fun without their characters turning into brooding vigilantes hell-bent on revenge for something or other? It may be a while before we see that again. In the meantime, we use today’s Roundtable to make some predictions for the next major properties destined to go dark.
I must admit that when I walked into the crowded theater to watch J.J. Abrams’ second journey into the ‘Star Trek’ universe, I was a bit apprehensive. The studio didn’t hold any press screenings before the film was released on Wednesday. For some reason, the actual press screening was one hour later than the regular screening for paying audiences. Usually, studios do this when they know they have a terrible movie on their hands and don’t want negative reviews published before opening day. Would that be the case here, or did Abrams simply want to keep the film’s many secrets under wraps until it was released?
Da Vinci finds himself on trial for his life in ‘The Tower’, the fifth episode of Starz’s new series from creator David S. Goyer. This is another (for the most part) standalone episode, though we get to see some additional character development, particularly when it comes to Leonardo’s father.
The penultimate episode of this freshman season of ‘Bates Motel’ is everything that loyal viewers could have hoped for. Full of mystery, dread and perhaps the best performance Vera Farmiga (who plays Norma Bates) has given all season, ‘Underwater’ is a perfect set-up to next week’s season finale.
Last week, we offered you the chance to win a genuine classic, John Sturges’ all-star WWII prison break drama ‘The Great Escape’. One of our readers will slip away with that prize today. Let’s find out who won.