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May 18th, 2013
|10:18 pm - that one where I keep misreading the titular acronym as a term for venereal disease |
Oh my god, okay, I promise, I do feel bad about recurring here twice yearly at most, but-- Into Darkness. I had no choice but to pop up.
To start with, I really enjoyed it! I watched the first one again a couple of months ago, and discovered it didn't quite live up to my memory of its entertainment value, but then because of that I was pleasantly surprised by how engaging I found STID. Same gloss, same breakneck pace, but it didn't have to bother with slightly hokey introductions, and I thought they did a great job with offscreen character development, especially on Spock's end. In general I prefer established relationships to uncomfortable team-building, and the Uhura-Spock and Kirk-Spock dynamics were a more fun for me to watch when there was a history to take for granted. Actually, I came out a lot more invested in that threesome's group interplay than I did from the reboot: there was a pandering quality to the scene with them bickering in the shuttle, but it was also adorable, and it worked in a weird way to highlight Kirk's growth as well. Kirk probably had a lot of nightmares after he realized that he was the only person behaving professionally aboard that vessel. Kirk did not sign up for a reality in which he has to manage the most able and self-assured people he's ever met because they keep lapsing into arguments about feelings. There is no escaping his fate.
Uh, let's see, what else. For some reason (delusional, star-crossed love) I didn't immediately recognize Pike's reassignment to the Enterprise for the death knell it was, and so there followed a really funny five-minute period where I was so emotionally overwhelmed by the prospect of kayliemalinza's Rambleverse becoming an AMAZING PIKE-LADEN REALITY that I had to sit on my hands to keep from flapping around the theater like a giant delighted bat. Then there was an even funnier period in which I made a face like I had accidentally fellated a lemon. To suppress any outward signs of my bitter heartbreak! It was very sad. Though nothing helps me get over the deaths of pet characters like… their actual, tragic death scenes, and this was no exception, I'm afraid. I still can't believe Spock decided to go brain spelunking for last words and didn't even get exposition out of it. Spock, it's like you don't understand what genre you're in.
Casting issues aside, I thought what they did with Khan was--interesting, though compressed. Kind of disappointed that they didn't go the original route and have Kirk maroon him and his crew somewhere; I mean, I guess the sequel-baiting is a bit unstylish and would have demanded direct continuity in the next film, unlike with a TV show episode, haha, but I just like when villain collaboration doesn't go totally awry, and instead bears uneasy compromise fruit. Was pretty amused by the "and then they put him back to sleep and left the 73 cryochambers to be antagonists for some future generation" bit. Maybe they're just going to drain each of his crewmembers of blood as need arises? I mean, yes, it's unlikely, but given the most casual discovery of a resurrection serum in the history of sci-fi character revival techniques, we should keep an open mind. Seriously, that was cute, how no one even pretended to care about the wider ramifications of superblood once Kirk was up and about.
- BOO TO THE KLINGON REDESIGN. I liked the piercings but the actual ridges look like a staircase. A boring staircase! Klingons should be crusty and organic about the skull.
- That said, Planet In Medias Res was striking and beautiful--good foliage, good flaky chalk people, a total winner. That and the Enterprise underwater made me really crave more TOS-style shenanigans; I'm crossing my fingers that the next movie is going to deliver on the five-year-mission promise at the end of this one, and give me all the hot settings and absurdity I could ask for.
- Tearing through DS9 has ruined me for Klingons generally, I mean, I'm down for them as antagonists but I was so disappointed that there wasn't more back-and-forth and glimpses of their world, particularly because I loved Uhura as leatherclad liaison. Let me speak Klingon. You can read the howling opera librettos to me any day, Lieutenant.
- God I just can't get over Kirk being the grown-up in the Kirk-Spock-Uhura mess. And then lapsing in the elevator. And the shuttle. They're all so charming.
- I did think the faintly incestuous Starfleet system, and its parallels with Khan's icy murderclan, were pretty nicely done; I liked how Admiral Marcus' assertion that he groomed and doomed Pike makes him a sort of grandfather to Kirk, and how Kirk and Carol Marcus get to watch him die as fucked-up heirs to his power and legacy. That is going to be such an interesting romance. Imagine them getting drunk together and reminiscing half-hysterically about the noise his head made when it came off his neck. Ah, trauma. No better glue to bind.
//For some reason (delusional, star-crossed love) I didn't immediately recognize Pike's reassignment to the Enterprise for the death knell it was//
//God I just can't get over Kirk being the grown-up in the Kirk-Spock-Uhura mess. And then lapsing in the elevator. And the shuttle. They're all so charming.//
Yes. Just yes. It was all good fun and a breathless blur of action and explosions and really all I remember clearly are the moments when people got to be human people (admittedly at breakneck speed) in between.
YOU EVEN WARNED ME. And I remembered. But only once Kirk made his deduction about how the attack on the archive had ALL BEEN LEADING UP TO THIS EMERGENCY CONFERENCE. :((((
And yeah, really delightful flashes of unstilted personhood wedged in around the lensflare--things which stand out all the more now that, ten hours later, my scant understanding of the plot has drained to a torpedo-y residue. Why did Khan put them in the torpedoes again? Plot. Yes.
Glad to see you show up again <3
God I just can't get over Kirk being the grown-up in the Kirk-Spock-Uhura mess. And then lapsing in the elevator. And the shuttle. They're all so charming.
Yes, I loved this one too :)
I did think the faintly incestuous Starfleet system, and its parallels with Khan's icy murderclan, were pretty nicely done; I liked how Admiral Marcus' assertion that he groomed and doomed Pike makes him a sort of grandfather to Kirk, and how Kirk and Carol Marcus get to watch him die as fucked-up heirs to his power and legacy.
Interesting point about Kirk being Marcus' "grandchild" in a way! There's a lot of favoritism going on IMVHO - I'm saying this despite loving Pike so much, but some of his decisions regarding Kirk are a tiny bit insane IMO ;)
The movie leaves so many beautiful fanfic hooks IMO, I hope the fandom will deliver...
Haha, thank you! It's good to feel the pull of this fandom again. But yeah, Pike is not the world's most objective employer--"let's dump the guy who actually made the honest report on some creakier ship and pick the wild card and egotist for first officer," yes, Pike, that is definitely a nepotism-free system you are operating.
I'm looking forward to seeing the fic rush. I'm surprised I haven't seen a more solid kinkmeme resurgence, actually, though maybe I'm just not checking the right comms. Still. My faith is abiding.
We just got back from seeing the movie, and I loved it. The emotional porn of Kirk's death scene was worth the price of admission. I'd have paid to watch a two hour loop of those few minutes. LOL
Speaking of DS9, did you catch the reference to Section 31 with Admiral Marcus beginning that underground operation? *loves*
Yessss, I was very appreciative. Though anything that makes me daydream about a sleek reboot-style update of DS9 is a double-edged sword, man. ONE DAY. One day someone will pick it up, and………... probably make it super grimdark.
I think I am pretty okay with that. LOL DS9 is pretty grimdark anyways for me. LOL
there was a pandering quality to the scene with them bickering in the shuttle, but it was also adorable, and it worked in a weird way to highlight Kirk's growth as well.
Yes, this is the best phrasing ever!
I want to see Jim and Carol drinking and reminiscing, yes.
Maybe while Bones sleeps th sleep of the well-fucked between them.