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Don’t Take “Star Trek: Into Darkness” Too Seriously

I was a good little Trekkie this weekend and saw Star Trek: Into Darkness on Sunday night. No, I didn’t go to an earlier showing because I was trying not to die of the plague. It’s a testament to my devotion that I pulled myself together enough to make it to the theater at all, and it was totally worth the effort. [SPOILER FREE]

The movie has been getting great reviews, but it has faced some criticism. This happens with any film and it’s usually deserved to a degree, but with Star Trek: Into Darkness it feels like some of it is a bit off course. This is, after all, science fiction, emphasis on the fiction.
Movies like this one aren’t the type that generate Oscar buzz in all the right circles. They generate excitement. They generate passion. They give us something completely fictional that lets us run away from the real world for a few hours with characters we’ve come to adore. You really, really can’t take it too seriously.
I’m going to say that again. Don’t take it too seriously. Star Trek: Into Darkness is a movie about spaceships and aliens that takes place in the not too distant future on a made-up version of Earth. It’s fiction. Yes, there’s an expectation that it will make sense, but it’s still fiction.
Think of all the “scientific” mumbo jumbo they rattle off in every movie. There might be a few words that are actual words an engineer would say, but in the context of what is happening on the screen there’s usually a lot of stuff that makes absolutely no sense. At all. And that’s okay.
We’re all willing to accept the mumbo jumbo and we all know that’s exactly what it is because without it, the story just isn’t as fun. You can’t have science fiction without the fiction and that extends from the scientific mumbo jumbo to other elements of the story.
I promised there wouldn’t be any spoilers, so I can’t go into specific details, but let’s just say that overanalyzing ever scene for moral, historical and scientific integrity is, well, silly. This is science fiction. Things are not going to make sense if we try to put them into the context of our world because it’s not our world.
It’s Star Trek. It’s a world where a young, hot-shot captain with a weakness for beautiful women manages to break all the rules and save the day with the help of his loyal friends. Take it for what it is, and definitely don’t take it too seriously.
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4 Responses to “Don’t Take “Star Trek: Into Darkness” Too Seriously”

  1. I enjoyed it quite a bit. Abrams and company made an entertaining movie and I was pleasantly surprised at who turned out to be in charge at starfleet. Haven't seen him in a movie in a while and that was cool.
    My only real complaint was there weren't enough women in the movie. I'd go into more details about the specific nature of my complaint, but I can't think of how to at the moment without spoilers.

  2. Etto says:

    Great article! Very well put. The only thing ruining this movie is the intense over-analyzation of whether races or genders were properly represented in this sci-fi movie.
    Exactly, the movie is supposed to be exciting – it's main job isn't to carry someone's political agenda.
    It would be very VERY nice if some folks did not take this Star Trek too seriously, but we may be too late (hence Damon L. having to apologize for a 3 second scene.)

  3. Etto says:

    Great article! Very well put. The only thing ruining this movie is the intense over-analyzation of whether races or genders were properly represented in this sci-fi movie.
    Exactly, the movie is supposed to be exciting – it's main job isn't to carry someone's political agenda.
    It would be very VERY nice if some folks did not take this Star Trek too seriously, but we may be too late (hence Damon L. having to apologize for a 3 second scene.)

  4. Etto says:

    Great article!
    It would be great if people didn't take this Star Trek movie so seriously. Instead, some are just over-analyzing the tiniest details that somehow strike them the wrong way. The movie was made to be exciting and tell a killer sci-fi tale, not to be picked apart because it doesn't represent everyone's social agenda.
    Not enough women in charge? Not enough blacks or other ethnicities (even though they're all in the movie)?
    Honestly, enough already.

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