Into Darkness? Discussing the Star Trek Movie

So, rather than just filling this blog up with posts about me trying to tank in World of Warcraft, I thought I would let you have an insight to my thoughts about the films I watch. Now, before you get excited – these will never be a plain review of the film – more my own unique discussion about them – interested? Then let’s go into the darkness with the second Star Trek Film.


Star Trek will always come second in my order of scientific fiction films – the first, of course, bring Star Wars! However, I have grown to like the concept of Star Trek more and more. The original series with William Shanter are what I grew up with, the Next Generation and Voyager were TV shows which I used to like and the films focusing on both the original cast and the Next Generation have been enjoyable. However, the Star Trek movie with the crew starting on their perilous journeys got me hooked. The first Star Trek film was epic! Coupled with a grand and moving sound track, I really enjoyed it from beginning to end – I was then really looking forward to the second film…what did I think of it? Well I really enjoyed the film and plot line – although there were some points which I think I need to discuss further…here is the unique bit.

  • Can defeat a whole troop of Klingons but can’t defeat Spock?– So Khan, glad to meet him after first seeing in the film – “The Wrath of Khan” appears to be super powered and genetically engineered to take out at least three ships worth of Klingon troops, one of the best soldiers/warriors in the galaxy – Khan even took out the three ships! A truly epic performance. But in the final scenes – he found it difficult to defeat Spock, a mere half human, on what can only be described as a floating dustbin wagon. Are we to believe that Spock can match the genetic engineering which is Khan? Surely this is pushing the point a bit beyond the ‘reality’ of the film – although I was pleased to see the infamous Vulcan Death Grip being used!

  • Good idea about the life support! – So in the final ‘your ship is again dead in the water and you need to discuss for time while you are thinking of a new plan’ scene Khan mentions that instead of destroying the Enterprise (which Spock comments on by stating that Khan would destroy his own family) he would take out the life support since his crew who are still in cryogenic status do not need the life support. If this is the case, and we are to believe Khan’s brutal and unsympathetic intelligence, why bother to discuss the option at all…hasn’t he realised that they are buying for time – just blast the life support – kill the crew and take his family back. It would seem a much effective plan – although not very interesting viewing as the crew slowly suffocates.

  • Kirk lives! – So yes – after a very similar scene from the “In Search of Spock” film, Kirk is resurrected by using some of the extremely powerful regenerative blood of Khan. Took me a while to figure out how they were going to save Kirk since I knew he was going to survive. Does this mean, however, that Bones now has samples of Khan’s blood which he can synthesise using the wonderful on board ship machinery (Earl Grey Tea – hot) in order to bring people back from the dead on a regular basis? Is this the answer to true immortality? Apparently Star Trek 3 is currently being written – if anyone dies I bet that someone suddenly has a tube of Khan’s blood in their pocket – just in case of emergencies like this!

  • A good sign to whether I have enjoyed a film or not is the fact that I will watch it again and I will certainly be viewing Star Trek – Into Darkness again. Although the plot line is a bit shaky at times, it does maintain the feeling of Star Trek throughout and the characters are really enjoyable to watch and seeing develop. Picking up a plot line from one of the previous films was a great idea and I am wondering when we are going to find out why Kirk is allergic to Red Nox 5. Of course, we can all guess what will be happening with Dr Carol Marcus and Kirk in the next film…

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    1. February 19, 2017 at 2:00 pm

      Would be cool to play an one off, one of the dungeon crawls you made! Maybe the 8 level one!!!

    2. March 21, 2017 at 12:05 am

      I miss those early days so much. The current state of rpg’s , the rpg xubculture if you like, doesn’t feel like it did back then. I can’t quite put my finger on it.

      I was introduced to Advanced D&D 1st Edition, by my sisters boyfriend (the BEST boyfriend of the many she had IMHO..), who showed me S3 Expedition to the Barrier Peaks module after discovering I enjoyed computer based adventure games, I was hooked immediately and it wasn’t too long before I was hanging around the local game shop, Games Gallery, from which I was invited to join in a game run by the assistant manager, who was to become my long and good friend Steve, who was coincidentally, the reason I got to work at the local branch of Games Workshop for a time. Working there, in those days, before it became a Warhammer only shop, was amazing. It was the proverbial kid in the sweet shop!. Staff discount made it even sweeter – 50% off GW’s own products, and 25% off everything else. We also ran a great rpg club, with about 60-80 members at its peak.
      I was always the GM for my main group as no one else had the time it took to prepare a game properly, though after a few changes to the group, and people from the club popping up, I eventually got to play. Games by a company called Fantasy Games Unlimited (FGU) were very popular in all of my groups. FGU sold games such as Bushido, Aftermath,Space Opera, Chivalry & Sorcery, Freedom Fighters, and Bunnies & Burrows, but there were many many more games, by many different companies, covering all sorts of genres – and I still have them all. Many were, as was the style back then, table and chart and rule HEAVY. We loved that. Comparing themto the current crop of “rules lite” systems, I would certainly go back to the old games instead. We played these games sometimes 5 days a week, as for a time we were all unemployed. It was all we did.
      I often spent days creating scenarios, making maps, creating player characters as well as npc’s. I found it quite therapeutic, as is miniature painting – thousands of the little buggers packed away testify to the time I spent doing it. My “toy soldiers” as my brother in law calls them…
      I used to get quite attached to my favourite characters, and whilst one or two died over the decades, most did not.
      For almost all of my characters I would go overboard by most people’s standards. I like to have an image for my characters, whether a photo or artwork. Sometimes I will see an image and that is the base for the whole character, built around the image.
      I always believed as a player, that giving the GM a detailed background, list of goals, motivations, friends, contacts and enemies, will help the GM bring my character into the game more, by using some of what I have given him in the game. As a GM I like to see what players come up with for their characters, and will often use it in the game. It involves the player more, makes the game more personal if part of the game is suddenly about them, and it can help the players become more invested in their characters.
      For myself, I would often map out the characters home, create a family tree, siblings, etc.
      For our Star Trek RPG (by FASA Corp), I created the whole crew of a 500+ personnel star ship… All as detailed player characters. Unnecessary and a bit OTT I know, but it helped bring every department on the ship alive, every member of the landing party was a person not simply a red shirt.

      I am often bemused whilst watching streams when I see the gm of a streamed game pull some “new” idea out of his box of tricks, and the players are like “wow!”, “that’s original”, “I would never have thought of doing it that way!”, knowing we did it 30-40 years ago.

      The games my most recent group and I played/ran, were very detailed games with a lot of depth. Quite dark games too, mature themed, and often very emotional and intense. Having played with the same people for nigh on 20 years, you create a bond, a closeness and familiarity that allows you to communicate in a way you couldn’t, with people you don’t know very well.
      I have been brought to tears several times in recent years during the last (decade long) game we played ,as some scenes were simply too emotional or powerful, overwhelming (GM was a bastard – but an EXCELLENT GM).

      Sadly the group folded, but the GM offered to keep the game going for just me, which he did for a few years, which to be honest I really needed, as it helped me through a bad depression at that time).
      Over the years I have experienced a lot of things because of rpg’s, and made some great friends, too. I have a lot to be grateful for, regarding rpg’s. I was discussing with my brother in law, my collection of rpg’s and miniatures. When he realised how much they are worth, (some regularly sell for £100’s!) he always tells me to sell sell sell. He doesn’t grasp what they mean to me .
      Yet I won’t. Part of me hopes and prays that I will get a local group together (even some of the old group!) and start using them again. But aside from that, as my memory fails, little by little each year, these boxes and books and miniatures on the shelves are my constant reminders of happy and sad and exciting moments, and great fun, and more importantly, great friends.

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