Originally Posted by Chip R
Just saw Star Trek into Darkness. Pretty good. Cumberbatch was outstanding. The story was either somewhat derivative or an homage to STII.
The unfortunate things about these franchise movies is that there is no real suspense to them. You know despite what happens to the main characters in the movie, they are not really in any mortal peril because there's going to be a sequel - or a sequel to the sequel. No matter how good the movie is - storywise or with the special effects - it loses some drama because you know the good guys are going to survive and win in the end.
I finally saw the first new Star Trek (in cable). The movie itself was fine, but I agree with the sentiments above. They should have made a completely new ship with a new crew. Using the old crew really limits you or makes fans of the old shows needlessly angry (my dad was furious about the major thing destroyed in the first one...no spoilers).
I hope they do the same thing with the new Star Wars. Forget the Skywalkers, forget Han. I really don't want to see either of them as decrepit old men. Instead, use the giant sandbox that Lucas created and start a new story. It will work.