STAR TREK 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION PART 5
It had been seven years since the last Trek film arrived in theaters. Now with director J.J. Abrams at the helm a new and re-imagined Star Trek universe was reborn. A new and fresh take on the franchise with a young Kirk (Chris Pine) and a young Spock (Zachary Quinto) leading the way. When Vulcan is destroyed by Romulans from the future, it’s up to Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise to save Earth from suffering a similar fate. This film is a reboot of sorts but unlike a true reboot that resets the mythology, this universe takes place in an “alternate reality” of the original. It uses time travel to alter timeline. Leonard Nimoy appears as Ambassador Spock to bridge the two realities. This is one of the very best films made for this franchise and I love the camaraderie that gets established in this film and those that will follow.
Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) ***1/2
As with Wrath of Khan, a final sacrifice is made but instead of Spock, it’s Kirk who decides that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few or the one.