This week, the nerds change format slightly and decide to segment their movie reviews. Listen as they do a late summer movie wrap-up by discussing Ghostbusters, Star Trek: Beyond, and Suicide Squad. This episode was brought to you by Taco Bell and AARP (just kidding, but not really).
Editor’s Note: This week four of Nerdonomy’s writers will be posting reviews of Star Trek Into Darkness. Knowing that no review is without subjectivity, we hope to give our nerdlings four different perspectives. Don’t worry; we’ll warn you if there’s a spoiler.
As a big fan of J.J. Abrams and his production company Bad Robot, Star Trek Into Darkness was my most anticipated movie of the summer, narrowly beating Man of Steel. I’m not a huge Trekkist like Eric Bricmont, nor am I a huge fan of Star Trek in general, but it was J.J. Abrams’ 2009 Star Trek reboot that got me interested in the characters, and thus developing an interest in the franchise as a whole. After seeing Into Darkness with the Nerdonomy family (minus Sean, in which he joined us in spirit) in IMAX 3D, I found multiple things that satisfied & excited my movie-going experience and faith in J.J. Abrams style for future projects.
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#5 – Star Trek: Into Darkness
“Only number 5!?” cries every nerd worldwide. Yes, just number 5 but it’s a short list. Abrams’ Star Trek reboot in 2009 was, to be cliched as hell, A REVELATION! It was so good, I saw it five times in the theaters, then bought the Blu-Ray on release day. I can never get enough of it. It is truly a sci-fi masterpiece.
Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations
I was skeptical as I walked into the theater to watch Star Trek Into Darkness. After seeing early trailers for the film, I felt let down. What I saw was something that looked more like the Avengers than any Star Trek movie or TV show that I’ve seen. As J.J. Abrams has showed us before, this is not Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek. But that’s okay. As I watched the opening sequence and got to experience Kirk and crew violating the Prime Directive, I wondered if that was a metaphor for what Abrams was doing with the series.