[SPOILERS] Here is chart expressing my level of excitement while watching the new Star Trek movie, Star Trek: Into Darkness.
Just to be clear, I loved the movie, but the plot and momentum was difficult for me. Also there seemed to be a lot of pandering to fans that rubbed me the wrong way. The whole “warp core scene” (I personally thought) was very distracting from the main plot. A more accurate statement would be to say that it wasn’t until the last 20 minutes that I realized that Khan WASN’T the main. It was more about Kirk & Spock.
I suppose the inevitable deus ex machina just put a bad taste in my mouth. Also, the tribbles saved him? We all knew from the Internet that Cumberbatch was Khan, and were expecting that they would deliver on the Khan storyline. I really wanted to go deeper into Khan/s character. I felt like Khan took a back seat to the Spock/Kirk thing and I totally left the theater feeling like both sub-plots were stretched too thin (“like butter scraped over too much bread” - Bilbo). I suppose I wonder if the story is emotionally confusing for someone who is not completely on board with the characters and who they are. Someone with a lot more connection to Star Trek (see the “P.S.” below) probably had a much different experience.
Note: The timeline may be off in this picture because I only saw it once and can’t remember the order of everything. All in all, sweet movie (great humor, action, and sci-fi experience), bad flow. That’s my opinion anyway.
P.S. My friend Ashley Rose over at My Year of Star Trek has a totally different take on the film. She’s a much bigger fan of the series than me and honestly understands it better. I just wanted to say that I respect her (and your) opinions about the film. You should read her thoughts on it too. Also, you should understand that this is just a fun way for me to spaz out about something I really care about. We’re hard on the things (and people) we love.
P.P.S. I’d like to watch this again knowing that Khan’s story is more of a catalyst for the growth between Kirk and Spock than anything else.