• Strangely missing ‘Star Trek’ stripped


    Maybe I should not have watched Star Trek: Into Darkness in 3D at the IMAX.

    What I took home with me was not the story or the scene stealing presence and performance of the brilliant and (here) imposing Mr. Benedict Cumberbatch, but the largeness and the spectacle of it all.

    I remember the grandeur, the slickness of The Enterprise, the amazing array of futuristic space vessels both big and small. There’s the vastness of space, and the vast interiors of the ships. And there’s the vastness of the production devoted to a well-loved, 47-year-old franchise.

    My memories of Star Trek involved watching reruns of the original series with my late father in the ‘70s. I thought the tribbles were cute until they multiplied. I was so terrified of the Gorn too, that I asked that my bed be moved away from the window in case one would crawl in the middle of the night.

    However, the set pieces were so simple and basic and a 19” Sony Trinitron is a far, far cry from the IMAX. But I was properly amused, entranced, frightened, puzzled, befuddled and entertained by the conundrums. It was imaginative, groundbreaking, creative and intelligent. And it didn’t need to be monstrously spectacular. Looking back, the camp was rather charming.

    Strangely enough, to be able to enjoy and appreciate the plot of this one and focus properly on Mr. Cumberbatch, I may have to let go of the big bells and whistles and watch it on a television.

    Going back to Mr. Cumberbatch, who I enjoy immensely on BBC’s Sherlock, he, along with Dr. Who’s Matt Smith are currently the stuff of geek girls’ dreams.

    Benedict has that unique name—he is tall, pale, English and intelligent has often played brainy humans, such as Sherlock, Stephen Hawking, Prime Minister William Pitt and in Parade’s End his character, Christopher Tietjensis is a politician and statistician.

    According to Digital Spy UK, “In between being educated at prestigious public school Harrow and Manchester University, Benedict used his gap year to teach English at a Tibetan monastery.” So explains his current following of nerdy nymphs—often referred to as the “Cumberbitches.”

    It was a pleasure to see him here not just as a sharp superhuman but as a physically superior one as well.

    Overshadowing the rest of the cast is no mean feat seeing that I was quite entertained by Zachary Quinto’s Spock, Karl Urban’s Bones McCoy, Simon Pegg’s Scotty, and Chris Pine’s Kirk in the 2009 re-start of the film franchise.

    Karl Urban seems to have gotten De Forest Kelley’s tics down and it’s always fun to hear him say, “Dammit Jim I’m a doctor not a [insert designation here]!” when asked to do something way out of his job description.

    Hopefully this film gets a new generation curious enough about the original series to give it a shot.


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