Star Trek Into Darkness is out today and to celebrate the twelfth movie of the franchise, we take a brief look at some of the stand out moments in the movie cannon. Clearly, Star Trek’s II and III are my favourites in terms of moments, though III is not my top film by any stretch. But as you can see, it contains two very special sequences. But first…
“…THE NEEDS OF THE MANY…”
The most tear inducing moment in Star Trek’s long history, the moment which Spock is dying from radiation poisoning, separated from Kirk by glass after repairing the warp drive and saving the ship from Khan’s final act of vengeance. James Horner’s strained score plays well and serves a scene which had been set up from opening moment. But still, even after countless viewings, it carries an emotional weight. Spock did die on an occasion in the series too, but Kirk didn’t take it as hard as he does here, but anyway…
“DESTRUCT CODE: ZERO-ZERO-DESTRUCT-ZERO”
After the Klingon Bird Of Prey cripples the already knackered starship, Kirk orders the Enterprise’s destruction and we have one of the greatest scenes in Star Trek history. The Enterprise explodes with style and the series transformation from the cult TV show’s effects to the epic space blockbuster series was cemented. Star Trek III is a patchy film but when it’s good, it’s good and the Enterprise’ s final moments are handled perfectly. Much better than Kirk’s (Star Trek: Generations), that for sure…
“SIR, SOMEONE IS STEALING THE ENTERPRISE”
Denied permission top return to Genesis, Kirk and co. steal the Enterprise. Again, Horner’s score says it all and the masterful sequence is fast paced but takes enough time for us take it in. At the time, only being six years old, I couldn’t understand how Captain Kirk could steal his own ship!
“V’GER. V-O-Y-A-G-E-R, VOYAGER!”
The long, slow, slow burn mystery if what the massive force is which is threatening the Earth pays of with the revelation that V’GER is actually a Voyager probe launched in the 1990’s, though this never actually happened. The concept is brilliant, though it was done before in Season 2’s “The Changeling” in which a small probe could encounter an advanced race and be upgraded to an epic scale. And of course, this computer want’s what we all want,and that is to meet its creator, or God. That’s us… Profound?
“ONE HAPPY FLEET…”
Khan, having hijacked the U.S.S. Reliant is out to destroy Kirk and his ship. The moment in which the two vessels first meet is tense and sharply executed, as we know what Khan plans to do but Kirk and Spock suspect nothing until it’s too late… “Fire!!!”
My complex views of the new incarnation of Star Trek are well documented but there’s no doubt that the opening sequence, or namely the opening shot of the U.S.S. Kelvin flying onto our screen is brilliant. A combination of new and classic sound effects and the reveal of an advancement in effects and tone set the scene like no other Star Trek movie to date. This is a new era and it starts right here…
SAVE THE WHALES
The environmentally friendly Star Trek movie ends up with a race to save the whales, literally from a whaling ship. There’s something timelessly satisfying about the moment that a Bird Of Prey decloaks over the ship, which promptly turns about and runs. B*****ds!
Whether or not the latest movie will have anything as memorable or iconic as these, but time will tell. There’s a lot more to choose from than these and The Next Generation era is not included as this is about the Kirk’s era, even the revised one, but this is reflective of a Trekie’s taste.