Let’s wind the clock back to around 2012-2013. Star Trek: Into Darkness is soon to hit theaters, but everyone has their eye on Benedict Cumberbatch’s mysterious new character of “John Harrison.” And everyone, from J.J. Abrams to Simon Pegg to Alice Eve to Cumberbatch himself all insisted about one thing: Cumberbatch was not playing Khan, in a nod to Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Right. And Marian Cotillard wasn’t playing Talia in The Dark Knight Rises, right?
Obviously, none of this was true. And Abrams has gone on to regret the secrecy around that decision, not to mention how many who reviewed Star Trek: Into Darkness found a number of similarities to Wrath of Khan. But what about the actual person behind the camera who directed the film? Yes, Nicholas Meyer, who directed the second of the original Star Trek films, had a bit to say when doing an interview with the YouTube channel Midnight’s Edge. He discussed various topics, such as his introduction to the Trek series.
But naturally, if they’re going to talk about Wrath of Khan, they’re going to talk about the film that drew inspiration from it decades later. And here’s what Meyer had to say about Star Trek: Into Darkness:
“It is, on the one hand, nice to be so successful or beloved or however you want to describe it that somebody wants to do an homage to what you did and I was flattered and touched. “But in my sort of artistic worldview, if you’re going to do an homage you have to add something. You have to put another layer on it, and they didn’t.”
Meyer went on to call the “homage” more of a gimmick, which isn’t too far off, given that instead of Kirk watching Spock make the sacrificial play to save others, during Into Darkness we had Spock watch Kirk die in order to save the Enterprise, all compounded with Zachary Quinto giving us his take on the infamous “Khan” scream made famous by William Shatner in Wrath of Khan:
“Just by putting the same words in different characters’ mouths didn’t add up to anything, and if you have someone dying in one scene and sort of being resurrected immediately after there’s no real drama going on. It just becomes a gimmick or gimmicky, and that’s what I found it to be ultimately. This is just one person’s opinion, mine…but I found it more clever than satisfying”
You can watch the interview with Nicholas Meyer in the video below and hear him address Star Trek: Into Darkness at the 17:41 minute mark.
So Nicholas Meyer isn’t saying that he flat out detested or hated the film, but that there are better ways to homage something than how Into Darkness did. I tend to agree. What do you say, though? What did you think of Star Trek: Into Darkness when it first came out and its similarities to Wrath of Khan? Has your opinion on the film changed at all since its initial release? Let us know in the comments below.
Directed by J.J. Abrams, Star Trek: Into Darkness stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Bruce Greenwood, Alice Eve, Benedict Cumberbatch, Peter Weller, and Leonard Nimoy. The film is available now on Digital HD, 4K, Blu-Ray, and DVD.
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Red Dead Redemption 2 has already broken pretty much every entertainment record imaginable. It’s had the most successful opening weekend for any entertainment product ever, so you don’t need to take my word on why this game is so good, just go look at the numbers. Underneath the massive, 60-hour story, is a beautiful world layered with complicated characters, powerful predators and painful memories. So, what are you waiting for, go jump on your horse and start playing this game!
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