- Composed by Michael Giacchino
- Varèse Sarabande / 2013 / 45m
Star Trek Into Darkness is a bit of a paradox, really. On the one hand, it’s badly-written: the traditional Abrams/Lindelof reliance on coincidence to drive the plot forward; an ill-advised attempt to recreate one of the most beloved scenes from the original cast’s films; indeed, an assumption that (and reliance upon) a fondness for the characters as portrayed for decades by other actors will carry over to the new actors who are playing rebooted versions of them; the almost instantaneous reversal of what is intended to be the big emotional moment towards the end with a ridiculous deux ex machina. And yet… and yet… I couldn’t help but enjoy it, more so even than its predecessor, which had a similar list of problems and a similar ability to disguise them by throwing quick action and humour at the viewer.