This one is just fun.
This latest generation of the iconic characters have started to
show their own chemistry, and it’s working well.
Too bad one of their number, Anton Yelchin, who plays Chekov,
recently met an untimely death. The
movie was dedicated to his memory, as well as the venerable Leonard Nimoy,
the original Spock.
In this adventure, Captain
Kirk (Chris Pine) finds himself a little melancholy after several years in
space. It seems that it’s
part of his personality to get restless if there’s not a crisis to
attend to, and soon the plot indulges him.
A exhausted alien asks for help with rescuing her ship through the
unchartered nebula, and Kirk can’t resist coming to the rescue of a
damsel in distress, particularly another ship’s captain.
The trouble is, the “rescue operation” is a set-up:
she leads him right into the trap set by the evil Krall (Idris
Elba), who manages to bring down the fabled ship “Enterprise” and
capture most of its crew.
It’s the primary
characters, of course, who manage to escape, and are soon plotting the
rescue attempt of the rest of their crew, aided by another stranded
ship’s captain, who’s gone native by hiding out in an older model
Federation ship, which she’s managed to conceal by use of shape-shifting
holograms. That technology
comes in handy as Kirk creates the distraction for Spock (Zachary Quinto)
and Bones (Karl Urban) and Scotty (Simon Pegg) to free their crew and
attempt to foil the dastardly plot of Krall, who intends to blow up a huge
space station colony, just because he can.
Part of what makes the whole
series so endearing, besides the adventurous spirit of “going where no
one has gone before,” is the way the main characters are kind of their
own emotional caricatures, and yet their interplay is dynamic:
Spock, half-human and half-Vulcan, tends toward the analytical, and
has a hard time understanding anyone’s emotions, including his own.
Bones is the resident curmudgeon who’s nonetheless cool in a
crisis, and so is Scotty, the irrepressible engineer who can fix
everything and jerry-rig anything. Kirk
is the pure adventurer, an adrenalin freak who gets bored without a
challenge, but all of them have developed an affection for each other, and
recognize that that they are so much stronger as a crew, along with their
trusted lieutenants, Uhura (Zoe Saldana) and Sulu (John Cho).
Krall, the enemy, has turned
into a dangerous terrorist because he considers himself a “warrior”
who thinks that unity is overrated, and solidarity is a Federation myth,
and he’s determined to bring violence in order to prove his point that
all is chaos, and only the strong survive.
It turns out that he himself is a former Federation captain who
felt he was abandoned to his own devices, and so he now lives only for
revenge and vindictiveness.
Of course we want to see our
intrepid and noble crew of “The Enterprise” overcome all the evil and
adversity, so they can embark on their next grand adventure.
We can’t wait.