Opening Today: “Star Trek Into Darkness” (5/17/2013)

“Space… the Final Frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Her ongoing mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life forms and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before”. Such was the phrasing of the very famous quote from the classic television show at the closing of the 2009 “Star Trek” film as they were read by Leonard Nimoy himself. Today the sequel to that film opens in theaters everywhere and is entitled “Star Trek Into Darkness”.

Poster - Star Trek Into Darkness - 2013

Speaking personally, I remember the original “Star Trek” series as one of the earliest things that I ever watched. Despite the very young age that I was when it first aired I remember watching it with my Grandmother and my Mom when it began to run in syndication. Since I was born in 1965 there was no way that I would recall its first season since I was only “1” but I do recall it being always on the television at an earlier dining time so guessing my recollections were that of syndication. I also remember that Nan really liked Spock. Anyway, that being said I was only a tad skeptical when the idea about a new go at the now legendary crew was going to happen. Let’s face it, the original cast members were getting on in years and now in 2013 we live in a world were some of them have passed away already. Anyway, it was refreshing to see how they did the new film and I immediately felt a connection in the actors who each gave a great homage to their predecessor. The film itself was a lot of fun and even gave us an appearance by the original Spock in Leonard Nimoy. So what of the new film? It’s sequel finds the crew already out and about on missions where they encounter a dangerous enemy who seeks to bring Starfleet to its knees and ultimately destroy it and while this is a lot to handle there is something even more sinister at hand. What can that possibly be? Well you will have to see the film to learn the answers to that and I know I am going to be seeing this within the first few days of it being open since I don’t want any of my friends to spoil it for me. What are your initial thoughts and hopes for the release? Please don’t spoil anything that you might have learned, no one likes a broadcast when its not asked for after all.

The Cast:
Chris Pine as Captain/Commander James T. Kirk
Zachary Quinto as Commander Spock
Zoe Saldana as Lieutenant Nyota Uhura
Benedict Cumberbatch as John Harrison/Khan
Karl Urban as Lieutenant Commander Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy
Simon Pegg as Lieutenant Commander Montgomery “Scotty” Scott
John Cho as Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu
Anton Yelchin as Ensign Pavel Chekov
Bruce Greenwood as Admiral Christopher Pike
Peter Weller as Fleet Admiral Alexander Marcus
Alice Eve as Lieutenant Dr. Carol Marcus
Leonard Nimoy as Spock Prime

Supporting Cast and Cameos:
Noel Clarke as Thomas Harewood, a Starfleet Officer
Nazneen Contractor as Rima Harewood
Christopher Doohan (son of James Doohan) as Transport officer
Amanda Foreman as Ensign Brackett
Jay Scully as Lieutenant Chapin
Jonathan Dixon as Ensign Froman
Aisha Hinds as Navigation Officer Darwin
Joseph Gatt as Science Officer 0718
Bill Hader as Additional voices
Deep Roy as Keenser
Anjini Taneja Azhar as Lucille Harewood
Nolan North as a Vengeance Helmsman
Sean Blakemore as a Klingon
Heather Langenkamp as Moto

I’ve embedded some links for you to enjoy since almost everything that has been televised or released as a film in the “Star Trek” universe has been released at this point in time. Some view parts as better than others and some folks worship the whole mythos. Where do you stand and what are you missing from your collection? Allow me to help, well, with links at least. You will have to do the purchasing yourself.

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