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YMMV: Star Trek: Into Darkness
Author Tract: Producer and co-writer Roberto Orci is a 9/11 truther, and the basic plot (False-flagging a terrorist attack for the explicit purpose of starting a war) is straight from those theories. The connection is hammered home with a tribute to 9/11 veterans in the credits.
Something of a Broken Aesop in that case, since Khan had gone off the reservation (thinking Marcus had killed his people) by the time he used Harewood to blow up Section 31, whereas in an actual false-flag operation, you attack your own people, pretending to be the enemy to gain public support for war. Conversely, Marcus intended to carry out a secret attack on the Klingons to provoke them into attacking and appearing to be the aggressor. He never intended to kill Federation citizens to do it, but merely seized on the opportunity Khan's attack presented.
Best Known for the Fanservice: Often brought up by critics discussing the film's flaws. Carol Marcus is in her underwear for only one short clip which only lasts a few seconds: she changes clothes, Kirk peeks, we see. Blatant Fanservice that could have been left on the cutting room floor without affecting the plot at all? Yes, no doubt. But, based on what critics say, one would think she did nothing but run around in her underwear for the entire film.
Broken Base: For starters, was Khan's casting worth it to see Benedict Cumberbatch's acting talent, or was it pointless whitewashing of a famous person of color role?note Despite the original actor still not being the same race as Khan's entire name would suggest. There's also the divide over the film being essentially a remake of a few specific Star Trek films, and Kirk's Disney Death.
As with the previous movie, there is a lot of debate over Kirk and whether or not he should be captain.
Into Darkness is currently sitting at an 87% on Rotten Tomatoes, with the consensus from the critics being that it is a very good, but not as good followup to the first film. Fan reactions have been mixed: some agreed; some thought it was an Even Better Sequel; and one Star Trek convention voted it the worst Trek film of all time.
Cry for the Devil: Harrison is unquestionably evil, but the impassioned speech he gives in the Enterprise's brig about how he failed to protect his crew and believed they were dead, complete with teary eyes and comparing them to his family, makes it hard not to feel a bit bad for him. That, and that his people's supposed murder was his motivation to strafe Starfleet's top officers.
Don't Shoot the Message: Kirk's closing speech is about not giving in to the hate and violence that your enemies live by. Except the first half of the film is all about him giving in to lust for vengeance, and when he's out of commission, Spock takes over the vengeful role and only spares the villain a brutal death because they needed his blood. By the end of the film, every personal consequence of Kirk giving in to his violent instincts is undone, seriously undermining the message; he might not have gained anything, but he didn't lose anything, either.
Heterosexual Life-Partners: Scotty and Keenser. Assuming Keenser is a man, of course. (He's wearing the standard male Star Fleet uniform, but beyond that it's anyone's guess if his species even has gender analogous to humans.)
Averted (at least by comparison to the original continuity) by Sulu and Chekov, who bordered on this trope at times in some of the original films, but don't have a single direct interaction in Into Darkness.
Ho Yay: Kirk and Spock. No surprise, since their friendship has been fueling shippers for years.
Foe Yay: We can also add this in with Harrison and Kirk or Spock as well.
Hurricane of Puns: Michael Giacchino's track 'Buying the Space Farm'. Which is actually a major Tear Jerker when one learns/realizes that the expression "buying the farm' means to die in battle.
It Was His Sled: Though it also overlaps with I Knew It, it has quickly become common knowledge that John Harrison is Khan.
The damaged and fiery Enterprise falling to Earth in posters and trailers garnered responses along the lines of "Oh great, they're blowing up theEnterprise ... again." However, The Enterprise is able to get back on its feet before it crash lands. The ship that does crash, however, was the USS Vengeance, piloted by Khan.
Khan being the main antagonist.
The role reversal of Kirk and Spock during the climax.
Late Arrival Spoiler: There's a comic coming out in October regarding Harrison's past called Star Trek: KHAN. Pretty blatant example, eh?
Like You Would Really Do It: Spock dying at the end of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan was just plausible enough that the viewers might believe it would stick (partially because, at the time, it was believed WoK would be the last Trek film; in fact, Nimoy called for Spock's death partially to force that exact issue!). When this film plays that scenario out with Kirk dying instead, no one believes it will stick.
Which is why that's not the dramatic climax— it's whether or not Spock will kill Khan.
Magnificent Bastard: Harrison plays just about everyone with ease and style. And then it's revealed that he's Khan, one of the franchise's most magnificent villains.
If it wasn't for the fact that he was a Smug Snake, Admiral Marcus could count. His entire plan (get Kirk to kill Khan with his torpedoes while also getting rid of his crew, sabotage the Enterprise and then destroy it to make it look like the Klingons did it) to jump start a war with the Klingons is actually pretty intricate and risky. If Kirk had just done what he was told, Marcus could have gotten what he wanted.
If his plot to start a war with the Klingons didn't do it, Admiral Marcus definitely crosses the line with the revelation that he never intended to spare the Enterprise or her crew, no matter what Kirk said or did.
John Harrison/Khan has several possible MEH's:
Manipulating Thomas Harewood into blowing up himself and a Starfleet institution by curing his daughter's condition.
Attacking a gathering of Starfleet officers, killing Admiral Pike in the process.
Attempting to murder the Enterprise crew after his people were returned to him (or so he thought), at a point where none of the crew posed any threat to him.
Setting the fatally damaged Vengeance on a collision course with San Francisco after believing that his crew had been killed.
Narm/Narm Charm: As is the tradition with Star Trek, there are scenes that worked for some people and failed for others.
Spock's exclamation of "KHAAAAAN!" during the finale.
Many found Kirk's dramatic failed attempt to beat an increasingly confused Harrison on Qo'noS hilarious.
The somber engine room scene that ends up sounding silly after re-using multiple lines from a previous movie. Then again, if you never watched the movie... Much of that sequence can be this for some. It can be hard to feel an emotional connection to the moment where Kirk saves the ship when it is not only the exact scenario from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, but re-uses the same dialogue in some parts, except unlike WoK, no one believed Kirk was going to die. Also, the reason that scene is so powerful in Wrath of Khan is that Kirk and Spock have a friendship that's grown so strong over many years and many shared adventures. This version of Kirk and Spock really haven't known each other that long.
The Klingons redesign look more like Psychlos wearing a trenchcoat.
Carol's Lingerie Scene, which lasts for about five seconds, but some find gratuitous.
Harrison's scream when Spock attempts the Vulcan nerve pinch on him during their fight.
Ron the Death Eater: Since the release of the film, Admiral Pike has become a go-to villain for many fanfics.
Rooting for the Empire: Despite its writers' Anvilicious attempts to decry militarization and aggression, quite a few people who saw the movie ended up rooting for Alexander Marcus and his goal in militarizing Starfleet for a war against the Klingon Empire. Seemingly, Marcus' only detraction is that he went about it in the manner of a standard General Ripper, to the point that he brought Khan, an infamous genetically engineered warlord that nearly took over the Earth long ago, out of cold storage to utilize as a slave (thinking he could actually control Khan), as well as attempted to purposely start said war with the Klingons (using the oblivious crew of the Enterprise to do so no less) as opposed to letting it happen naturally.
On the flipside, John Harrison/Khan gets a lot of this due to his sympathetic motivations to save his crew from Marcus. Throw in Benedict Cumberbatch's charismatic performance, stylishthreads, booming voice and we've got a full blown example here.
Ship Tease: Between Carol and McCoy, when Kirk drafts Bones into helping her open one of the torpedoes.
Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Kirk's closing speech, in which he states that no matter how intimidating or threatening our enemies may be, you do not give in to the same fear and hatred they live by.
Stoic Woobie: Dr. Carol Marcus discovers that her father is at the head of a conspiracy to start a galactic scale war, is transporter-kidnapped by him so she can't stand in the way of his attempt to murder the entire crew of a Federation ship (which she is forced to watch helplessly from his side), has her leg broken by Khan, and then watches him brutally murder her father. She holds up remarkably well given what she goes through.
Having the originally dark-skinned Khan played by white Brit Benedict Cumberbatch. This article goes into detail about the impact this decision has on Star Trek and in the context of whitewashing. Ironically, Orci wanted to avoid other unfortunate implications - see Values Dissonance below.
Long before the movie came out it was speculated that Khan was going to be the villain. When Harrison revealed his true identity as Khan a lot of people were not surprised.
Many Trek fans who had watched "Space Seed" knew exactly what was in those torpedoes the moment the number 72 was uttered. In addition, a large number of filmgoers who were aware of how much the film was borrowing from The Wrath of Khan caught on to the fairly evident foreshadowing with the Tribble and correctly assumed both that the engine scene would be repeated and that Khan's blood would be used to revive the victim. Between these three untwists, many Trek fans complained of the film being predictable.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: An Alternative Character Interpretation of Admiral Marcus: he figured that the exploration-focused Starfleet would not be able to win a war against the Klingons, a war he thought was inevitable (and may or may not actually be). He was only doing what he thought was necessary to ensure the Federation's survival. It's not even really that much of an Alternative Character Interpretation - the guy just ends up tapping the Moral Event Horizon when he opts to try and murder Kirk and the entire crew merely for having Khan in their custody, along with other acts.
Even if Section 31 of Starfleet Intelligence is a bunch of Well-Intentioned ExtremistSecret Police imperialists, how could they be so stupid as to threaten to kill the family of the amoral superman who at one point had conquered a quarter of Earth.
Kirk falsified his Captain's Log and failed to inform his by-the-book second officer that he had done so or what he said instead. Oddly enough he seems convinced Spock stabbed him in the back by not guessing this.
The Woobie: Thomas Harewood. The man's daughter is dying, he's helpless to save her, and he winds up being manipulated by Harrison into killing himself and dozens of others in a suicide bombing in exchange for his daughter being cured.
What The Hell, Casting Agency?: Khan, one of the few non-Caucasian villains, was Race Lifted from an Indian character played by a Mexican actor (itself already a WTH casting decision) to an Indian character played by a white British actor. Intentional on the part of the filmmakers. See: Values Dissonance above.