Star Trek Into Darkness

Star Trek Into Darkness
Star Trek Into Darkness | Courtesy of Paramount

The 2009 “reboot” of Star Trek by J.J. Abrams and his creative team (Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, and Damon Lindelof) made money for Paramount Pictures. So, the powers at Paramount, always looking for more green stuff, sent the Enterprise, and its Kelvin crew back into action. As we all know, J.J. loves to take old stuff that we all love and repackage it into something new. Believe it or not, 2009’s film had much more original content and ideas than its sequel — Star Trek Into Darkness

The entire “original” Kelvin crew returned, including Chris Pine as Kirk and Zachary Quinto as Spock. Star Trek Into Darkness grossed $467 million worldwide, which made it the top Trek money-maker. 

STARDATE: 2259.55

The film starts out with Captain James T. Kirk and Dr. Leonard McCoy (Karl Urban) embedded within an indigenous human-like tribe on the planet Nibiru. They were “made” as they immediately start running for their lives — since if they were discovered, they would have violated the Prime Directive. Their mission was to move the natives away from a volcano, which Spock, Hikaru Sulu (John Cho), and Nyota Uhura (Zoe Saldana) were working to neutralize the thing before it erupted and destroyed this young species. 

Sulu piloted a shuttlecraft above the volcano and dropped Spock into it with the device. Spock was wearing a super-cool suit of armor, which protected him from the heat. 

NOTE: The designer of this suit must have been a Marvel Comics fan, specifically, an Iron Man fan, as Spock’s suit bears a striking resemblance to a mid-80s Iron Man suit. Not a bad thing, to base this fire suit on Iron Man. The “Silver Centurion” suit never made it into the Avengers or Iron Man films. But it made its way into Star Trek instead.

Spock and Iron Man
Spock’s fire suit and Marvel’s Iron Man from 1986. Spock even had the triangular chest symbol. Courtesy of Marvel / Paramount

As soon as they began to lower him, ash built up into the shuttlecraft’s engines. Sulu, who served the Enterprise as its primary pilot, told Spock that they would have to pull him back aboard. Spock said that he would not come back, as this was the only way they could save this new species. Sulu ignored Spock, and started to reverse engines and pull Spock out … but Spock’s line to the shuttlecraft broke, and the Enterprise’s First and Science Officer fell into the volcano.

Sulu and Uhura both had to jump out and swim, as Sulu announced that they were going to “ditch” the shuttlecraft. 

Meanwhile, Kirk and Bones jumped off the side of a cliff into the ocean. They had small thrusters (or something like that), which propelled them into the deep, where the U.S.S. Enterprise was waiting for them. 

As they got in, the ship’s chief engineer, Montgomery “Scotty” Scott (Simon Pegg), began to complain about the saltwater damaging the ship’s skin. Uhura, the ship’s communications officer (and Spock’s girlfriend), tried to contact Spock, but the heat was interfering. 

Kirk said that they ought to beam Spock back aboard. Pavel Chekov (Anton Yelchin) said they might be able to if they tried line of sight; Sulu protested, since hovering above a volcano was super-dangerous. Spock argued against it as well, saying that the indigenous species will see the massive ship. McCoy said, “we’re trying to save you!”

Spock responded: “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.” Communications were then lost due to the volcano. Uhura gasped.

NOTE: That line, to all Trek fans, was a blatant call back to Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. This would be more than just foreshadowing. And there would be more of this — a lot more.

Kirk asked McCoy what Spock would do if their roles were reversed. McCoy said that Spock would let Kirk die. This may be true in this Kelvin Universe, but in the “Prime” timeline, we just don’t know what Spock would have done.

Anyhow, the Enterprise emerged from the water, and the tribe stood there and watched in complete awe. Just before the lava overtook where he knelt, Spock was beamed out, and the cold fusion device froze all of the molten rock. 

Rather than thank anyone, Spock was upset that the tribe saw the Enterprise

The story shifted to show a family in London, whose daughter had some sort of terminal illness. And if it could not be cured with the medicine of the 23rd Century, then you know it must be bad. Anyhow, a mysterious dude (Benedict Cumberbatch) approached the patriarch, saying that he could save the child’s life. The father agreed.

Later, the mystery man gave the father a vile (of his blood) and a ring. Dad took the blood and put it into the daughter’s medicine drip, and her vitals miraculously improved. The dad went to work the next day and used the ring to destroy the Starfleet facility, which he worked at.

Meanwhile, Kirk and Spock got hauled before Admiral Christopher Pike (Bruce Greenwood), who yelled at Kirk and took away command of the Enterprise. Spock blabbed about Kirk breaking the Prime Directive on his Nibiru report. Kirk his submitted his report and did not mention the Prime Directive. Oops! 

NOTE: Check out the striking similarities in Pike’s uniform and William Shatner’s from Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Pike’s suit is almost like an updated version of what the original Kirk wore back in 1979.

Kirk and Pike
Check out Pike’s uniform — an update of Kirk’s in The Motion Picture. Pretty neat! Courtesy of Paramount

Kirk went to some dive bar to get blasted (much like he did in the previous film), but Pike found him. Pike lectured him about doing the right thing and following orders. He also told Kirk that he was now the First Officer of the Enterprise, and he was captain. Spock got transferred to the U.S.S. Bradbury

While they were drinking, Pike got a priority call from Starfleet, saying that there was to be a big meeting at Starfleet Command H.Q. at Daystrom with all the top brass. Pike and Kirk were to be part of that meeting. 

When Kirk arrived, he saw Spock, and blasted the Vulcan, saying that Spock “threw him under the bus.” Spock said that he didn’t know that Kirk was not going to be truthful in his report. He also said that where he comes from, friends don’t “stab each other in the back.”

The meeting finally started, led by Admiral Alexander Marcus (Peter Weller), who said that the explosion (set off by the dad of the sick child) was a terrorist act that destroyed a data archive and killed 42 personnel. Marcus said the one responsible for the attack was Commander John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch). Marcus had no idea why Harrison would attack Starfleet.

“In the name of those we lost, you will run this bastard down. This is a manhunt, plain a simple,” said Marcus. “So, let’s get to work.”

As Marcus gave more details on Starfleet’s reaction to the attack, Kirk looked at photos from the attack. He saw a photo of Harrison in the streets after the explosion, carrying a bag. Kirk asked Pike why Harrison would attack a data archive. Marcus heard them whispering and told Kirk to speak to the group. 

Kirk asked why Harrison would attack a data archive, which held information that was public record.

“If he really wanted to damage Starfleet, this could just be the beginning,” Kirk said. As Kirk spoke, a jump ship rose to the story of the building they were all in. It was Harrison in the ship, and he fired at will, killing Pike and wounding many more.

Kirk eventually threw fire suppression equipment into the ship’s engine. But Harrison beamed away. As Pike died, Spock mind-melded with him. Kirk ran over, checked Pike’s pulse, and cried.

The next day, Scotty called Kirk and Spock to say that Harrison had gone to the one place they could not follow — Kronos, the Klingon homeworld. Kirk ran to Marcus to ask for his command back so he could hunt down Harrison. Spock said Harrison was hiding in a Klingon province that was not inhabited. Kirk noted that Harrison went to Kronos because Starfleet won’t follow him — but he would. 

Marcus said that war with the Klingons was “inevitable,” and then listed off all the run-ins that Federation ships have had with them. While he said that, he was staring at a model of an enormous ship on his desk. That ship, the U.S.S. Vengeance, would be seen again. 

Admiral Marcus and the Vengeance
Admiral Marcus and the Vengeance. Bad guys always get the cool ships. Courtesy of Paramount

I wonder if they will bring back the Vengeance design in a later film (known as the Dreadnought Class). It would be very nice to see Mr. Sulu with his own ship (as we saw in ST:VI and Voyager). Using a Dreadnought Class ship would mean that there was some kind of enormous war going on, perhaps with the Romulans. Maybe the Enterprise and a Dreadnought Class ship in the same film on the same side would give us the giant ship-to-ship battle that Trek has yet to deliver in the movies — but we did see in Star Trek: Discovery – Season 2, Episode 14. 

He also admitted that the attack in London was not on an archive, but rather, it was against Section 31. This was a secret division of Starfleet whose purpose was weapons development, training, and other military-specific operations. 

As Pike mulled over Kirk’s request, he showed off a new “untraceable” torpedo that Section 31 developed. Marcus agreed to let Kirk take the Enterprise to the edge of the Neutral Zone, fire the torpedoes on Harrison’s position, and then “haul ass.” Kirk asked that Spock be reinstated as his First Officer. Marcus agreed. 

While Kirk got to the shuttle bay to take off for the Enterprise, McCoy attempted to examine him. When he got into the craft, Spock “strongly objected to the mission parameters.” Spock made a bunch of good points, including condemning Harrison to death without a trial. Kirk was like, “yeah, yeah, yeah.”

Then suddenly, a new character joined the story. As Kirk and Spock were arguing, Science Officer Carol Wallace (Alice Eve) introduced herself, said that Admiral Marcus assigned her to the Enterprise and sat between them. Spock didn’t like it, but Kirk said, “and yet, the more, the merrier.”

Carol Marcus
“I’m Doctor Marcus!” Carol was played by actress Alice Eve, Courtesy of Paramount

When they arrived, Scotty was refusing to allow the new torpedoes on board the ship, as he could not scan them and determine their power source. The guy from Starfleet who loaded them said it was “classified.” Eventually, Kirk ordered Scotty to sign for the weapons, but Scotty resigned. Kirk put Chekov in charge of engineering instead.

Wow, what a big moment! Scotty not aboard the Enterprise? That’s like peanut butter without jelly! It was a mini-shocker that let us all know how serious Mr. Scott was about these torpedoes.

“But he keeps saying they are classified.” Courtesy of Paramount

Kirk and Uhura got into the turbolift together, and he told her that Scotty just quit, and Spock was second-guessing everything he did. Uhura agreed that Spock was difficult, and revealed to Kirk that she and Spock had been fighting. Funny!

After they left spacedock, Kirk addressed the crew. He told them of their mission, which would avenge the death of Pike and bring Harrison back to Earth for a trial. That was different than what he pitched to Marcus! When Kirk said this, Spock said he had made the “right decision.”

Later, while Science Officer Carol Wallace was inspecting the torpedoes, Spock snuck up and asked what she was doing. “Verifying the torpedoes,” she said. Spock cut her off and told her that he knew that she forged her transfer documents and that her real name was Carol Marcus. 

This was soooo cool because Carol Marcus was one of Kirk’s love interests, which audiences only got to hear about. Carol appeared in ST:II, but she and Kirk had agreed long ago not meddle in each other’s affairs. Oh, and they had a child together named David (who would be killed by the Klingons in ST: III).

Before she could explain why she was there, the Enterprise suffered some sort of warp core problem, which stranded them 20 minutes from Kronos. Chekov didn’t know what caused the problem but started looking into it.

Kirk decided they were close enough to do the job and selected a few redshirts, Spock, and Uhura to go to Kronos and capture Harrison. Kirk asked them if it would be a “problem,” Uhura and Spock working together. 

Kirk and Uhura
Capt. Kirk and Lt. Uhura were both upset by Spock’s fight-winning logic. Courtesy of Paramount

Uhura glared at Spock and said, “Absolutely not.” She then stormed off.

Spock looked at Kirk. “Unclear,” he said. TOO FUNNY! Kirk left Sulu in charge and told him to send Harrison a message after they left, saying that they’d launch the torpedoes if he didn’t surrender.

Sulu said: “Attention John Harrison, this is Captain Hikaru Sulu of the U.S.S. Enterprise. A shuttle of highly trained officers is on its way to your location. If you do not surrender to them immediately, I will unleash the payload of advanced, long-range torpedoes, currently locked onto your location. You have two minutes to confirm your compliance. Refusal to do so will result in your obliteration. If you test me, you will fail.”

Sulu liked sitting in the captain’s chair. Courtesy of Paramount

McCoy leaned over to Sulu, who was seated in the captain’s chair and said, “Mr. Sulu, remind me never to piss you off.”

Kirk and his team used a small craft that they captured during the “Mudd incident” (a reference to their old TOS friend Harcourt Fenton Mudd). They did not wear Starfleet uniforms, because they didn’t want the Klingons to know this was a Starfleet sanctioned operation.

They boarded the ship and detected Harrison right away. During the flight, Uhura attacked Spock, saying that he did not care about dying since he was willing to sacrifice himself in the volcano. Spock pushed back, saying that when Pike died, he joined with Pike and felt all of the admiral’s final experiences. Spock said that he’d felt those sensations before when Vulcan was destroyed and did not want to feel like that again. 

As they flew toward Harrison, a Klingon fighter began to chase, which was a surprise, as this area was supposed to be uninhabited. They lost the Klingon, by pulling the same, exact stunt that the Millennium Falcon did in Empire Strikes Back — by flying through a space, which was too small. Come on J.J.! Come up with something else. 

When they arrived on the other side of the tunnel, the Klingons were waiting. I guess that part was different from the scene in Empire, as the Tie-Fighters all were destroyed. 

They landed, and Uhura left the ship, in an attempt to bargain with the Klingons. The Klingons didn’t care that humans were trying to capture a criminal human. Their leader grabbed Uhura and was going to filet her with his giant knife when Harrison popped up with a massive gun and started attacking. 

A second on the look of the Klingons. They were a bit different than the standard “look” that audiences have been used to (since 1979). Their pupils were snake-like, and they had rings in each bone ridge on their forehead. I was fine with it, but some Trek diehards had heartburn. I figure that not all humans look the same either, so can’t there be different Klingons, too?

A new look for the Klingons. They like piercing too. Courtesy of Paramount

Anyhow, there was a big fight, which saw Harrison annihilating the Klingons by himself. He eventually surrendered to Kirk when they confirmed what Sulu said; they had 72 torpedoes trained on their position. 

Kirk accepted Harrison’s surrender, and then attacked Harrison with his fists and knees. Harrison stood there and took it until Kirk was too tired to go on. Kirk ordered that McCoy meet him in the brig, and he told Uhura to contact Starfleet, so they knew Harrison was in custody.

While Harrison gave McCoy a blood sample, he asked why the ship was not moving. He asked if there happened to be an unexpected malfunction in the warp core. Kirk, Spock, and McCoy walked away. As they did, Harrison said that if they ignored him, everyone on the ship would get killed. 

Kirk went back to Harrison and told him to shut his mouth, as Harrison was alive because Kirk allowed it. Harrison scoffed and said that he surrendered to Kirk because Kirk has a conscience. He then gave Kirk coordinates that Harrison thought Kirk should look into. “23, 17, 46, 11 … coordinates not far from Earth.” 

The captain asked Harrison why he should believe him. Harrison said he could give 72 reasons why, and they are all on the Enterprise. Harrison told Kirk to open one up. 

Kirk called Scotty, who was partying with Keenser in San Francisco. Scotty agreed to look into the coordinates. 

“You don’t think I can remember four numbers?” Scotty asked. “Ye of little faith! What was the third one?”

Kirk then asked Spock and McCoy why they thought Harrison would want them to open a torpedo. 

“Are you outta your cornfed mind?” McCoy asked Kirk. “You’re not actually going to listen to this guy? He killed Pike — he almost killed you — and now you think it’s a good idea to pop open a torpedo because he dared you to?”

McCoy thought that Harrison wanted to destroy the Enterprise. Spock said that perhaps “the admiral’s daughter” could help solve this and open one of them. She was a weapons expert, after all. 

“What admiral’s daughter?” Kirk yelled.

Spock explained who Carol Marcus really was. Kirk went to her and asked what she knew about them. She knew little but admitted that was why she forged her transfer onto the Enterprise. She explained that her father used to give her access to all of his programs, except these torpedoes. 

Marcus said that Kirk was smarter than his reputation would lead one to believe. She said that she knew Christine Chappell, who transferred the outer frontier to be a nurse and is much happier. (Another well-timed T.O.S. reference!) They boarded a shuttle. 

She asked Kirk if the shuttle was prepped to fly. Kirk said that it was. She told him to turn around and told him that she could open a torpedo on a nearby planetoid, but she would need help. She said all of this as she was changing from her standard uniform into an away-team gray suit. Kirk turned around and found her in just bra and panties. She told him to turn around “now!”

This scene was actually quite controversial as it was released, and some said that actress Alice Eve had been “exploited.” She said that she did not feel that she was, but later the producers of Into Darkness apologize for the scene.

Later Marcus and McCoy went to the planetoid to dismantle a torpedo. As they worked, McCoy got his arm stuck inside the device, and Marcus had to disable the self-destruct. She was able to disarm it, and as she did, a new panel opened, revealing a human in suspended animation.

By the way — Chekov figured out there was a leak in the warp core system, which he said he’d fix.

Meanwhile, Scotty took a shuttle out to those coordinates, and it turns out it was some kind of secret base near Jupiter. He snuck inside.

McCoy and Marcus took apart the torpedo completely in sickbay. Bones said that the man was alive, but if he tried to wake him from the sleep in the wrong sequence, he would die. McCoy said this tech is “beyond” him — since it was 300 years old. 

Kirk stormed back to the brig and asked Harrison why there was a man in the torpedo. Harrison said that there were men and women in all of the torpedoes. It was at this point when Harrison revealed that he was a “remnant of a time long past” named Khan Noonien Singh!

Spock and Kirk did not react like audiences. In fact, casting Benedict Cumberbatch as Khan may have been a reason why Into Darkness did not make more money. You see, the original Khan, as portrayed by Ricardo Montalban, was supposed to a Sikh with brown skin. Cumberbatch is not brown. There was a lot of talk on this; many said that the producers white-washed the film by not casting someone Sikh or Indian. Even the original Sulu himself, George Takei, agreed. Like the bra and panties scene, the filmmakers eventually apologized. 

Is he Khan, or Sherlock Holmes, or Dr. Strange? Courtesy of Paramount

I thought Benedict Cumberbatch was an obvious choice… as he is one of the “hot” young actors of this era. He’s in Marvel flicks too (Dr. Strange). But I did think that they could have cast a dashing unknown from Bollywood to play Khan instead of the lily-white Cumberbatch. Perhaps this was why for Star Trek Beyond, the filmmakers chose Idris Elba as the main bad guy. However, depending on who you ask, Elba is “hot” as well. 

Anyhow, the boys didn’t know who Khan was, so he explained that he was a genetically engineered superman who was exiled a long time ago. This film didn’t get into specifics like S.T.:II did since the Eugenics Wars never did happen in the 1990s as Space Seed said it did. 

Khan said that after the destruction of Vulcan, Marcus and others started to search around, and they found him and his crew all frozen. They revived him and held the rest of the crew hostage so Khan could develop weapons and strategies for Starfleet and the war to come with the Klingons. Khan said that Kirk and the Enterprise were part of a set-up, which would start the big war with the Klingons that Marcus wanted. 

As soon as Khan was done talking, Sulu called to say that an unknown ship was warping in fast. Kirk ran to the bridge just in time to see the U.S.S. Vengeance coming out of warp. And wow, that Vengeance is a fantastic ship! It looks so cool! 

It was Admiral Marcus in command of the Vengeance. He was angry that Harrison was still alive, which was not what Kirk said he would do. He demanded to know why Harrison still lived, and Kirk said that when their warp core failed, they had to improvise. That’s why Khan was still alive, and they planned to take him back to Earth for a trial.

“Well, shit… you talked to him,” said Marcus. “This is exactly what I was hoping to spare you from. I took a tactical risk and woke that bastard up, believing that his superior intelligence could help us protect us now from whatever came at us next. But I made a mistake, and now the blood of everybody he’s killed is on my hands. So I’m asking you … give him to me so that I can end what I started.” 

Kirk asked what he ought to do with Khan’s crew. Marcus grew angry and told Kirk that Khan was “playing him.” Kirk told Marcus that Khan was in engineering (he wasn’t) and that they would move him to the transporter room (which they wouldn’t). Kirk ordered Sulu to keep the shields up (which prevents beaming). 

Kirk checked with Chekov to see if the ship could warp out; Chekov said they could. He then ordered Sulu to set a course for Earth at warp speed. In sickbay, Khan told McCoy and Marcus that the Enterprise was not safe at warp. Marcus ran to the bridge to tell Kirk that the Vengeance would overtake them, and her father would kill everyone on the Enterprise unless she spoke to him. 

Right as she said that, the Vengeance attacked. And this is such a fantastic scene! Could two ships traveling at warp speed in their own warp bubbles fire on one another? I don’t know, but it looked awesome.

The Enterprise got knocked out of warp about 200km from Earth. Marcus continued to attack, punching holes in the Enterprise’s hull, causing the crew to be blown from their stations into space. Carol Marcus finally talked them into hailing the Vengeance, and the firing stopped. 

She told the admiral that she couldn’t believe that her father would kill all these innocent people aboard the Enterprise. She said that if she’s wrong, then he’ll have to do it with her on board. He said, “actually Carol, I won’t.” The Vengeance then beamed her off the Enterprise

Marcus then told Kirk what he was being charged with going rogue with the fugitive John Harrison in enemy territory. Marcus had no choice other than hunting Kirk down and destroying him. Kirk begged Marcus for mercy, saying that it was his plan, not his crew’s. He asked to be punished, but the crew be spared. 

The admiral was impressed but told Kirk that he wasn’t going to spare the Enterprise’s crew. The audience then saw a big-ass cannon come out from beneath the hull of the Vengeance. Kirk apologized to the crew, and just at the moment they all should have died, the Vengeance lost power to its weapons systems. 

NOTE: This weapon looks eerily similar to the canons aboard the Star Destroyers in Rise of the Skywalker, which was also directed by J.J. I guess then Wars fans may feel the same “come on man” feeling that Trek fans did with Mudd’s ship acting out a scene from Empire, as mentioned earlier.

It was Scotty who saved the day! He hitched a ride on the Vengeance at Jupiter and shut down the power to its weapons. He contacted Kirk to say that he wanted off the Vengeance. Kirk said they couldn’t beam him over but would work on it. 

Kirk left the bridge, saying that even though they could not “fire or flee,” there was another option. He placed Spock in command, who knew what Kirk was going to try. Spock said that Kirk would need someone with knowledge of the inside of the Vengeance… Spock knew the only one who did was Khan.

“The enemy of my enemy is my friend,” said Kirk.

“An Arabic proverb attributed to a prince who was betrayed and decapitated by his own subjects,” Spock fired back. 

“Still, it’s a helluva quote,” said Kirk.

Spock stopped Kirk to tell him that he would not allow for the captain to act this way. Kirk agreed, saying that this was why Spock was now acting captain. Kirk had to do something, even if this was just “a gut feeling.”

Kirk went into sickbay and said that he could guarantee the safety of Khan’s people if he’d help out. Khan scoffed. 

At the same time, McCoy was futzing around with a dead tribble, injecting it with Khan’s blood. Hmmm. That’s not strange at all! We are at red alert, and the beds are full in sickbay after the attacks, but Bones is playing around with dead tribbles.

Karl Urban as Dr. McCoy. He’s always around for a good laugh. Courtesy of Paramount

Khan agreed to help. He and Kirk were going to jump into space and be pushed to the Vengeance by the air from the trash exhaust tube. POOF! They flew through space, and Scotty let them in on the Vengeance. It was a pretty cool scene, and Scotty had a bunch of funny lines.

Once they got onto the Vengeance, Kirk told Scotty to “drop” Khan after they had taken over the ship. The three fought their way to the bridge. Once they got there, Scotty stunned Khan, and Marcus lectured Kirk on war with the Klingons. Khan came to and beat up Scotty and Kirk, smashed Carol’s leg, and squashed Admiral Marcus’s head… just like in Blade Runner. “Come on, J.J.,” fans everywhere thought. He lifted from Wars and now Blade Runner?

While all that was happening, Spock contacted Spock (Leonard Nimoy) and asked him about Khan. Old Spock said he was the most dangerous adversary that they ever faced. Honestly, what a cool scene. Bringing back Nimoy again was a huge surprise. Young Spock came up with a plan. He needed McCoy to help him, who protested.

After Khan’s beat down, he contacted the Enterprise and proposed a trade — crew for crew. And he also had a phaser to Kirk’s head. Khan beamed all the torpedoes to the Vengeance and beamed Kirk, Scotty, and Carol Marcus back to the Enterprise

“Well, Kirk,” said Khan. “Seems apt to return you to your crew. After all, no ship should go down without her captain!”

Khan then locked phasers on the Enterprise. Then Spock detonated the torpedoes on board the Vengeance. Khan! You’re a dummy. You beamed over a bunch of torpedoes that Spock rigged up. McCoy helped Spock remove the 72 members of Khan’s crew from the torpedoes before they beamed over.

No sooner did they see the Vengeance exploding everywhere, then the Enterprise began to get pulled into Earth’s atmosphere. Another cool scene. But (spoiler) they got the ship going because Kirk crawled into the warp core and re-aligned the housings. Instead of falling and crashing, the Enterprise rose from the clouds.

Scotty called to the bridge and told Spock, “you’d better get down here.” Which is, of course, the same thing that Scotty said to Kirk in S.T.:II. I understand that some Trek fans got upset, but I laughed out loud. I thought it was great!

“Well, Kirk,” said Khan. “Seems apt to return you to your crew. After all, no ship should go down without her captain!”

Just before the radiation killed him, Spock ran down to engineering to see what happened. He demanded that Scotty open the door, which Kirk leaned on. “You’d flood the whole compartment,” said Scotty. HA HA HA!

Kirk told Spock that he was scared. But this time, Spock was the one living, and he dropped a tear. I think that may have been what pushed the diehards over the edge. A sober Spock hasn’t shown emotion like this since “The Cage.” 

Eventually, Kirk died, and Spock yelled — “KHAAAAAAN!” It was almost Shatneresque.

Anyhow, Khan piloted the Vengeance into San Francisco and Starfleet Headquarters and smashed it right through the city. It was Saturday Night Live alumnus Bill Hader who was the voice of the computer onboard the Vengeance. Nice!

Eventually, Kirk died, and Spock yelled — “KHAAAAAAN!” It was almost Shatneresque.

This may be the best crash scene in all of Trek. It was spectacular. And yes, Khan destroyed Alcatraz while he was on the way down. 

Spock was pretty sure that Khan would make it out alive — and he was right. Sulu zoomed the viewers onto the Vengeance just in time to see Khan leap out of the saucer section and slide out. Uhura, who was in tears, told Spock to “go get him.”

The angry Vulcan beamed down, and the chase and battle was on. It was wonderful. I think the best humanoid on humanoid chase seen in all of Trek. They fought on some sort of flying construction equipment.

Back on the Enterprise, the tribble, which McCoy was playing with, came back to life. 

Meanwhile, Spock tried the Vulcan neck pinch and a mind meld to slow down Khan, but nothing seemed to work. Khan was beating Spock until Uhura showed up and shot Khan a bunch of times. Then Spock gained the upper hand. 

McCoy called down to say that he needed Khan alive so they could save Kirk. At this point, Spock was beating on Khan (like Ralphie beat on Scut Farkus in A Christmas Story), but Uhura got him to stop. 

Thanks to Khan’s super-blood, McCoy brought Kirk back. Spock was in the room also, allowing Kirk to thank him. The screen faded to a warehouse somewhere packed with torpedoes. As the camera panned back, we saw the final one housed Khan — the great and powerful! Funny that he survived in this version of the story. Perhaps the producers thought they’d bring him back for a threequel. But after the public outrage of the casting, that will likely never happen.

We then saw Kirk speaking in front of pretty much everyone in Starfleet, as they rechristened the U.S.S. Enterprise. At the end of his speech, Kirk said that when Pike gave him command, the old admiral made Kirk recite the lines from the Captain’s Oath:

“Space. The final frontier. These are voyages of the Starship Enterprise. Her five-year mission, to explore strange new worlds… to seek out new life and new civilizations. To boldly go where no one has gone before.” 

Finally, audiences are treated to a few last moments before Kirk, Spock, and the rest of the crew launch a fixed-up Enterprise on its five-year mission. As Bones complained of going out for five years, Carol said she was glad to be a part of the Enterprise family. Kirk ordered Sulu to take them out.


I very much enjoyed Into Darkness! I realize that many people had problems with borrowing from the previous Star Trek II, but I was fine with it. People do the same stuff in different universes, I supposed. Khan was terrible in both.

In a way, this film was much like TOS, as it tackled real world problems in the guise of the 23rd Century and space. Khan was essentially Osama bin Laden; Starfleet, was the United States. Admiral Marcus trying to wield more power was like the politicians who created the Patriot Act in response to bin Laden. Some felt that those new governmental powers were too much. The destruction of Starfleet Headquarters was not unlike the destruction of the Pentagon.

Without getting into all of that, S.T.:I.D. was a lot of fun, action-packed, and had plot twists and turns. The effects, music, sets, production design, and everything were very, very good. Like any movie, it was not perfect, and they could have omitted some of the scenes that irked the old Trekkies, and it still could have been a great film.

RATING: 4 out of 5


Directed by J.J. Abrams
Written by Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, and Damon Lindelof
Based upon “Star Trek” created by Gene Roddenberry
Produced by Abrams, Bryan Burk
Produced by Damon Lindelof
Produced by Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman

Executive Producer … Jeffrey
Executive Producers … David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Paul Schwake
Director of Photography … Dan Mindel, ASC, BSC
Production Designer … Scott Chambliss

Edited by Mary Jo Markey, ACE; Maryann Brandon, ACE
Music by Michael Giacchino

Costume Designer … Michael Kaplan
Visual Effects Supervisor … Roger Guyett
Visual Effects Producer … Ron Ames
Co-producers … Tommy Harper, Tommy Gormley
Co-producers … Michelle Rejwan, Ben Rosenblatt

Casting by April Webster, CSA; Alyssa Weisberg, CSA

Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions present
A Bad Robot Production
A J.J. Abrams film

Unit Production Manager … Tommy Harper
First Assistant Director … Tommy Gormley
Second Assistant Director … Ian Calip

Leonard Nimoy


Kirk … Chris Pine
Spock … Zachary Quinto
Uhura … Zoe Baldana
Bones … Karl Urban
Scotty … Simon Pegg
Sulu … John Cho
Khan … Benedict Cumberbatch
Chekov … Anton Yelchin
Pike … Bruce Greenwood
Marcus … Peter Weller
Carol … Alice Eve
Thomas Harewoood … Noel Clarke
Rima Harew00D … Nazneen Contractor
Ensign Brackett … Amanda Foreman
Lieutenant Chapin … Jay Scully
Ensign Froman … Jonathan H. Dixon
Navigation Officer Darwin … Aisha Hinds
Science Officer 0718 … Joseph Gatt
Lead Nibiran … Jeremy Raymond
Nibiran … Tony Guma
Madeline … Kimberly Broumand
KLINGONS … Sean Blakemore, Nick E. Tarabay
Captain Abbot … Beau Billingslea
Keenser … Deep Roy
Lucille Harewood … Anjini Taneja Azhar
Doctor … Jack Laufer
Girls … Katie Cockrell, Kellie Cockrell
Cupcake … Jason Matthew Smith
George Kirk … Chris Hemsworth
Winona Kirk … Jennifer Morrison
U.S.S. Enterprise Shuttle Ensign … Seth Ayott
Torpedo Security … Marco Sanchez
Uniformed Mercenary … Lee Reherman
U.S.S. Vengeance Officers … Scott Lawrence, Usman Ally
U.S.S. Vengeance Bridge Officers … Nolan North, James Hiroyuki Liao
U.S.S. Vengeance Ensign … Rob Moran
Btarfleet Admirals … Berit Francis, Akiva Golosman, Benjamin P. Binswanger
Transport Officer … Christopher Doohan
U.S.S. Enterprise Bridge Crew … Andy Demetrio, Gianna Simone, Rene Rosario, Jacquelynn King, Long Tran, Ninegning Deng, Jodi Johnston
Lady V … Colleen Harris
U.S.S. Enterprise Security … Jeffrey Chase
U.S.S. Enterprise Nurse … Monisola Akiwowd
Shuttle Pilot … Paul K. Daniel
U.S.S. Enterprise Red Shirt … Ser’ Darius Blain
Moto … Heather Langenkamp
U.S.S. Enterprise Crew … David C. Waite
Bar Girl … Melissa Paulo
San Francisco Woman … Cynthia Addai-Robinson
San Francisco Bar Patron … Drew Grey
U.S.S. Vengeance Security … Douglas Weng
San Francisco Residents … Charlie Haugk, Max Chernov, Marc Primiani, Jesper A. Inglis
Nibiru Children … Jacob Rhodes, Kentucky Rhodes
Shaku… Anthony Wilson
Starfleet Ceremonial Guard … Eric Greitens, Melissa Steinman, Adam Mccann, Jon Orvasky
Starfleet Memorial Admirals … Gerald W. Abramb, James H. Mcgrath Jr.

Additional Voices … Brian T. Delaney Arlen Escarpeta Chris Gardner Joe Hanna David Acord Joe Moses Kevin Michael Richardson David Sobolov Matthew Wood Fred Tatascidre Kiff Vandenhuevel Julianne Buescher Elle Newlands Candice Renee Audrey Wasilewski Emily Towers Gina Hirsch Bill Hader

Choreographer … Sarah Elgart
Assistant Choreographer … Andrea Shermoly
Stunt Coordinator … John Stoneham, Jr.
Fight Choreographer … Marcus Young

Stunts … Daniel Arrias Brian Avery Sala Baker Marco Bianco Chris Brewster Rich Cetrone Martin De Boer Thomas Dewier Brennan Dyson Dane Farwell Ryan Gray Mike Gunther Trevor Habberstad Dean Hart Charles Ingram Brett Jones Dave Lane Malobi Leonard Bethany Levy Kurt Ldtt Curtis Lyons Mike Massa Rex J. Reddick Tanoai Reed Monty Simons Brian Simpson Daniel Stevens C.C. Taylor Steve Upton Cord Walker Nico Woulard

Aerial Pilots … Cliff Fleming, Cory Fleming, David Calvert-Jones


Production Supervisor … Michelle Brattson
Production Controller … Chris Furia
Supervising Art Director … Ramsey Avery
Visual Effects Art Director … James Clyne
Art Directors … Kasra Farahani • Michael E. Goldman • Andrew E. W. Murdock • Harry E. Otto • Lauren Polizzi
On-Set Art Director … Jason Baldwin Stewart
Set Decorator … Karen Manthey
Assistant Set Decorator … Amanda Moss Serino
“A” Camera/Steadicam Operator … Colin Anderson
“B’ Camera Operator … Phil Carr-Forster
“C” Camera Operator … John Skotchdopole
Librahead Technicians … John Bonnin • Adam Austin
First Assistant Photographers … Serge Nofield • Keith B. Davis
Second Assistant Photographers … Simon England • Anorae Crawford • Robert Campbell
Imax Technician … Tim Lovasen
Film Loaders … Kristen Correll • Justin Zaffiro
Script Supervisor … Dawn Gilliam
Sound Mixer … Peter J. Devlin, C.A.S.
Boom Operator … David Fiske Raymond
Cable Person … Scott Bolan
Video Operator … Daniel P. Moore
Video Assists … Peter Taylor • Michael J. Davis • Tom Loewy
Chief Liohting … Christopher Prampin
Technician Assistant Chief Lighting Technician … Mark Hadland
Chief Rigging Electrician … John Manocchia
Assistant Chief Rigging Electrician … Anthony T. Ofria
Fixtures Foreperson … Mike Visencio
Dimmer Operators … Joshua Thatcher • Scott Barnes
Electricians … Patrick R. Hoeschen • Hootly Weedn • Jimmy Ellis • Hal Groshon
Rigging Electricians … Kevin Lang • Edward J. Cox • Dickinson Luke • Ralph Johnson • Robert Allen • Gomidas Semerjian • Jerome Ward • John Cybulski
Fixtures Technicians … Michael Lyon • George Lozano, Jr. • Sean Roberts • Damon Liebowitz • Eric Davis
Generator Operator … Ted Basso
First Company Grip … Charley Gilleran
Second Company Grip … Andrew Taylor
First Company Rigging Grip … Kevin Fahey
Second Company Rigging Grip … Scot Hatley
Dolly Grip Operators … Brad Rea • Mike Moao • Dj Tedesco
Rigging Grip Forepersons … Carlos De Palma • Michael Hester • Don Telles
Grips … Mark Wojciechowski • Thomas Watson • Cameron Thorburn • Clayton Fowler
Rigging Grips … James Hughes • Andrew Sykes • David A. Gonzalez • Jose Gonzalez
Technocrane Operators … Brian Mcpherson • Jason Conmay
Special Effects Supervisor … Burt Dalton
Special Effects General Foreperson … Dale Ettema
Special Effects Forepersons … Gintar Repecka • Terry P. Chapman • Albert Delgado
Special Effects Shop Forepersons … David Greene • James Henry
Pyro Forepersons … Anthony Simonaitis • William Aldridge
Set Pyrotechnics … Blumes Tracy
Special Effects Ripping Foreperson … William G. Curtis
Tool Person … Chris Adams
Assistant Chief Rigging … Christopher Jones
Mechanical Engineer … Douglas M. Call!
Electrical Engineer … Arnold E. Peterson
Special Effects Technicians … Michael D. Roundy • Ronald Goldstein
Supervising Location Manager … Becky Brake
Location Manager … Stephen Woroniecki
Assistant Location Managers … Kathy Mccurdy, Lmga • Peter Gluck• Golden Rob Swenson • Leo A. Fialho • Christina Beaumont • Scott Trimble
Property Master … Andrew M. Siegel
Assistant Property Masters … Josue Rodriguez • Chela Fiorini
Props … Melissa Harrison • William P. Mcginley • David Eland • Paul J. Preshaw Ii
Lead Persons … Scott Scibbitt • Eric Ramirez
Set Dresser … Richard Andrade • Greg Lynch • Robert Sica • Anne Tobin
On-Set Dresser … Merdyce Mcclaran
Set Designer … Robert Fechtman
Prop Shop Supervisor … Damon Allison
Set Decoration Models By … Quantum Mechanix
Assistant Costume Designer … Ann Foley
Costume Supervisor … James Tyson
Key Costumer … Dawn Y. Line

Costumers … Corey Deist Stacy L Tyson Lauren Pratto Gillian Waterman Kiersten Ronninei Betsy Glick Julie Lauritzen Sean Haley Stacia Lang Bill Traetta Joseph Richard Collins Karine Avakyan Kacy Treadway Laurel M. Taylor Karen Mason Mila Hermanoski Jen Starzyk

Set Costumers … Myron Baker • Lisa A. Doyle • Antonio Almaraz • Jason M. Moore
Cutter/Fitter … R.A. Hossie
Table Persons … Patrick J. Rogers • Mary Jegalian • Varsenik Vicky Antonyan • Hermine Kedssian
Drapers … Heather Vandergriff • Teresa Jimenez • Hasmib Karabiosian
Tailors … Francisco Mares • Luis Jimenez • Jorge Hernandez • Julio Medina • Juan Carlos Jimenez
Dyer/Textile Artist … Phyllis Thurber-Moffitt
Textile Artists … Dennis Mccarthy • Matt Reitsma
Milliners … Jill Tomomatsu • Jill Thraves
Costume Illustrators … Keith Christensen • Phillip Joseph Boutte Jr. • Constantine Serkis
Specialty Costumes By … Film Illusions, Inc.
Creatures Created By … Afx Studio
Creature Desirn By … Neville Page
Makeup Department Head … David Leroy Anderson
Assistant Makeup Department Head … Deborah Patino Rutherford
Makeup Artists … Karen Iverson • Vera Steimberg • Jamie Kelman • Brian Sipe • Scott Wheeler
Hair Department Head … Mary L. Mastro
Assistant Hair Department Head … David Danon
Key Hairstylist … Janine Rath-Thompson
Hairstylists … Sheryl Blum • Michele Payne
First Assistant Editors … Julian Smirke Rita Dasilva
Assistant Editors … Matt Evans • Robert Stambler • Nathan Orloff • Evan Schiff
Visual Effects Editor … Martin Allan Kloner
Assistant Visual Effects Editor … Kerry Joseph Blackman
Previs Editor … Adam Berstel
Post Production Supervisor … Jessica Parks
Post Production Assistants … Ailene Roberts • Carson Horvath • Anahuac Valdez
3D Producer … Phelicia Sperrazzo
3D Coordinator … Alicia Drury
3D Assistant Coordinator … Tony Damjanov
Playback/Graphics Manager … Cindy Jones
Supervising Engineer … Monte Swann
Operative Supervisors … Jared A. Rosen • Dave Landaker
Video Projectionist … Dan Murbarder
Production Coordinators … Jenny Sandell • Nick Jordan
Assistant Production Coordinators … Sara Bartkiewicz • David Heffler
Production Secretaries … George J. Hrico • Sean Gerace
Digital Asset Manager … Blake Fabian
It Consultant … Derek Woods
Second Second Assistant Director … Kevin O’neil
Dga Trainees … Kathleen Dome • Sally Edwards
Casting Associate … Erica Silverman
Casting Assistant … Jessica Sherman
Background Casting … Maryellen Aviano
Unit Publicist … Heidi Falconer
Stills Photographers … Zade Rosenthal • Jaimie Trueblood
First Assistant Accountants … Gene Strange • Jamie Oad010
Second Assistant Accountants … Jerry Carville • Tauren Deatherag • Dee Benardello • Jason De Meo • J.P. Arias • Peter Woods
Payroll Accountant … Irene Naydichev
Assistant Payroll Accountant … Brian Cote
Payroll Clerk … Patrick O’connor
Construction Accountant … Marisol Jimenez
Assistant Construction Accountant … Talia Leone
Location Accountant … Susana Ines Fatitirini
Visual Effects Associate Producer … Tj Falls
Visual Effects Plate Coordinator … Chris Antonini
Visual Effects Data Wranglers … Jason Chen • Andy Halseth • John Tyler Ott
Visual Effects Assistant Data Wrangler … Peter Tobyansen, Jr.
Visual Effects Assistants … Jennifer Ivy • Diane Codte
Assistants To Mr. Abrams … Ryan Parrot • Morgan Dameron • Gina Atwater
Assistants To Mr. Burk … Max Taylor • Alex Leibowich
Assistant To Mr. Lindelof … Josie Kavadoy
Assistant To Mr. Kurtzman … Kim Cavyan
Assistant To Mr. Orci … Ben Kim
Assistant To Mr. Chernov … Cindy Marcari
Assistant To Mr. Ellison … Bill Bost
Assistant To Ms. Goldberg … Matt Grimm
Assistant To Mr. Schnake … Natalie Masciale


Post Production Sound Service by SKYWALKER SOUND, A Lucasfilm Ltd. Company, Marin County, California

Supervising Sound Editor/Sound Designer … Ben Burtt
Supervising Sound Editor … Matthew Wood
Re-Recording Mixer … Andy Nelson
Re-Recording Mixer/Additional Sound Designer … Will Files
Additional Re-Recording Mixer … James Bolt
Additional Sound Designer/Sound Effects Editor … David Acord
Sound Effects Editors … Malcolm Fife • Dustin Cawood • Pascal Barneau
Dialogue Editors … Cheryl Nardi • Steve Slanec
Adr Editor … Stuart Mccowan
Foley Editors … Kevin Sellers • Frank Rinella
Assistant Supervising Sound Editor … Coya Elliott
Assistant Sound Editor … Trey Turner
Foley Artists … Sean England • Ronni Brown
Oley Mixer … Tony Eckert
Foley Recordist … Clint Smith
Assistant Re-Recording Mixer … Tony Villaflor
Recordists … Danielle Dupre • Ryan Cole
Re-Recording Engineer … Tom Lalley
Engineering Services … Doug Ford • Brian Long
Digital Editorial Services … Danny Caccavo • Ryan Frias • Bonnie Wild
Post Production Sound Accountant … Renee Russo
Post Production Facilities Provided By … 20Th Century Fox Studios
Music Editors … Alex Levy • Ramiro Belgarot
Assistant Music Editor … Paul Apeloren
Music Orchestrated And Conducted By … Tim Simonec
Music Score Coordinator … Ndrea Datzman
Additional Orchestrations Sy … Brad Dechter • Norman Ludwin • Andrea Datzman • Cameron Patrick • Larry Kenton • Marshall Bowen • Susie Benchabil Seiter
Music Preparation … Booker White
Orchestra Contractor … Reggie Wilson
Vocal Contractor … Bobbi Page
Music Recorded And Mixed By … Joel Iwataki
Scoring Engineer … Denis St. Amand
Recordist … Tim Lauber
Scoring Stage Managers … Tom Steel • Christine Sirois
Pro Tools Engineer … Incent Cirilli
Additonal Score Preparation … Marshall Bowen • David Giuli • Jeff Kryka
Music Recorded And Mixed At … Newman Scoring Stage, 20th Century Fox
Music Consultant … George Drakoulias
Assistant To Mr. Giaccsino … Dave Martina
Assistant Art Directors … Steve Christensen • Natasha Derasimova
Art Department Coordinators … Christine Youngstrom • Andrea Carter


Graphic Designer … Clint Schultz
Concept Modelmakers … Eff Frost • Jason Mahakian
Modelmaker … Dan Engle
Illustrators … Ryan Church • John Eaves • Victor Martinez • Steven Messing • Christopher Ross • Nathan Schroeder
Construction Coordinator … Chris Snyder
Construction Buyer … John Moore
Construction General Foreperson … Dale Snyder
Construction Forepersons … Stephen Andrew Ginoorf • Andy Wedemeyer • Gerry Forrest • Jeffrey A. Brooks • Jerrold F. Brooks • Paul H. Roberts • Dennis Richardson
Propmaker Forepersons … Garry Bailey • Eirik Stout • Billy Liamb, Jr. • Pete Anderson
Staff Shop Supervisor … Michael Carroll
Labor Supervisor … Scott Lodwig
Labor Foreperson … Lou Economides • Eddie Esparza
Paint Supervisor … Hank Giardina
Paint Forepersons … Neil Rust • Louie Esparza, Jr. • Erika Gray
Plaster Foreperron … Adam L Barker
Lead Sculptor … Fred Arbegast
Tool Persons … Fredric Meininger • William Lodwig
Greens Supervisor … Jason Vanover
On-Set Painter … Andy Flores
Electronic Prop Shop Supervisor … Tom Pahk
Electronic Prop Shop Forepersons … Cory Faucher • Thomas Pelton Ii
Electronic Prop Shop Technicians … Lee Ford Parker • Bruce Gidoens • Robin Reilly • Clark James • Jane Kilkenny • Ivan Drehspul • Thomas Zell
Picture Car Coordinator … Tim R. Woods
Transportation Coordinator … Tommy Tancharoen
Transportation Captains … Thomas Whelpley • Rock Leroy
Transportation Dispatcher … Lori Maxwell
Language Consultant … Britton Watkins
Medics … Kevin A. Canamar • Michael D. Hird • Nicholas Tolmasov
Craft Service … Michael Kehoe • James Kehoe • Randy Schwiesow • Eric Winn
Catering by … Gala Catering


Second Unit Director … Roger Guyett
Production Supervisor … Cory Bennett Lewis
First Assistant Director … Clark Creole
Second Assistant Director … Francesco Tignini
Second Second Assistant Director … Aaron C. Fitzgerald
Director Of Photography … Bruce Mccleery
‘A’ Camera/Steadican Operator … Andrew Rowlands
‘B’ Camera Operator … Dale Myrano
First Assistant Photographers … Nino Neuboeck • Bob Hall
Second Assistant Photographers … Rodney Sandoval • Dan Schroer
Film Loader … Roxanne Stephens
Script Supervisors … Lisa Mcneil • Vanessa R. Meier
Assistant Production Office Coordinators … Charlotte Rapak • Mo Stemen
Costumer … Donna Pollack
Chief Lighting Technician … Michael Ambrose
Assistant Chief Lighting Technician … Paul Howard
Dimmer Operator … Benoit Richard
Electricians … Shawn Duchscherer • John J. Mcgonegle • Greg Reyher • Daniel Controneo
First Company Grips … Joseph Macalliso • Peter Chrimes
Second Dolly Grip … Michael Travers
Dolly Grip … Michael Wahl
Grips … Douglas L Wall • Ryan Louden • Robert Nelson • Glen Purdy
Sound Mixer … David Wyman
Boom Operator … Tom Caton
Special Effects Foreperson … Jd Schwalm
Vioeo Playback … Gary P. Martinez
Production Assistants … Kyle Mlodzik • Robert Parker Clemente • Christian Labarta
Transportation Captain … Brett Round

ILM Visual Effects Co-Supervisor … Patrick Tubach
ILM Visual Effects Producer … Luke O’Byrne
Ilm Animation Supervisor … Paul Kavanagh
Ilm Visual Effects Art Director … Yanick Dusseault
Ilm Associate Visual Effects Supervisor … Patric Roos


Digital Production Supervisor … Michael Bauer
CG Supervisors … Daniel Pearson • Robert Weaver
Compositing Supervisor … Jay Cooper
Digital Matte Supervisor … Barry Williams
Digital Model Supervisor … Bruce Holcomb
Viewpaint Supervisor … Ron Woodall
Creature Supervisor … Karin Cooper
Layout Supervisor … Tim Oobbert
Roto And Paint Supervisor … Trevor Hazel
Stereo Supervisor … Sean Mackenzie
Singapore Compositino Supervisors … Dave Dally • Alex Prichard
Visual Effects Editor … Lorelei David
Singapore Visual Effects Producer … Stuart Mcara
Location Associate Visual Effects Supervisor … Eddie Pasquarello
Lead Artists … Damian Doennig Thomas Fejes Jean-Denis Haas Sherry Hitch Onorej Kubicek Ben O’brien Jerome Platimaux Adrien Saint Girons Greg Salter Alex Tropiec Lee Uren Pieter Warmington Todd Vaziri
Visual Effects Production Managers … Brian Barlettani • Lauren Carara • Karen Kelly • Cheng Pei Shan
Digital Artists … Michael Allen Natalie Baillie Chris Bayz Catherine Burrow Can Chang Jane Chen Marko Chulev Christopher Oderhoff David Fish David Gottlieb Michael Halsted Noel Hocquet Jiri Jacknowitz Dean Koonjul Yadchenb Lam Keith Leung Patrik Marek Shuwan Mok Cameron Neilson Wodn Chi Ong Ben Radcliffe Gianni Aliotti Banthoshi Balabubramanian Florin Soieriu Owen Calouro Kai Chang Amelia Chenoweth Chase Cooper C. Michael Easton Timothy Gibbons Jeff Grebe Jeff Hatchel Bryan Horvat Jennifer Kim Michal Kriukow David Larochelle Lyon Liew Simon Marinof James Mohan Jia Hao Ng Phil Pham Wajid Raza Jessica Alcorn Jacobo Barreiro Dominguez Siksit Bodnyodom Christian Castaneda Mark Chataway Kathy Chi Sonia Contreras Selwyn Eddy Iii John Goodson Branko Grujcic Jaime Jabs° Hernandez Jen Howard Stephen Kind Markus Kuha Yann Larochette Richard Lim Mei Ganowen Timothy Mueller Lavanya Nobishwaran Jason Porter Megan Rible Siau Yene And Sam Bassett Sean Bittinger Karhoe Chan Chin Chee Cheah Terry Chostner Peter Daulton Will Eleidale Azzard Gordon Indira Guerrieri Neil Herzinger Kumboon Hwang Jean Le Koh Serena Lam Martin Larrivee Lod Kim Lim Joseph Metten Myles Murphy Richard Oey Christin Dliek Greg Rochon Petr Rohr Amanda Ronai Christopher Root Thomas Schaedlich Maureen Seng Amit Sharma Kodeeswaran Shensagaram Mark Siegel Soh Wee Lian Lionel Taillens Brikalyan Tallapradada Chin Kok Tan Janice Tan Jeffery Tan Roy Tan Tang Lai Lin Masahiko Tani Tay Chin Wong Chad Taylor Jeremie Touzery Alan Travis Yusei Uesugi Martin Usiak Jeff Vacant! Marion Voignier Yong Yong How Colie Wertz Eddy Wong Gary Wu Mark Youngren Dean Yorke
Production Coordinators … Andrew Ewert • Pei San Kang • Pei’an Lau • Winston Ng
Concept Artist … Chris Bonura
Production Support … Cathleen Carden • Jennifer Coronado • Marie Gruet • Derek Johnson • Koh Yishan • Bhakti Patwardhan • Linli Lim • Rebecca Teo
Technical Support … Alexander Bess • Adam Ferrall-Nunge • Chee Jun Ghai • Jason Holt • Yeo Keng Hong • David Lenihan • David Marte • Albin Ng • Erik Pampel • Jason Snell • Delan Tai
ILM Visual Effects Executive Producer … Jill Brooks
ILM Executive Staff … Vicki Dobbs-Beck • Samir Noon • Janet Lewin • Gretchen Libby

Visual Effects By … Pixomondo
Visual Effects Supervisor … Ben Grossmann
Visual Effects Producer … Richard Ivan Mann
On-Set Visual Effects Supervisor … Alex Henning
Dismal Effects Supervisor … Adam Watkins
Compositins Supervisor … Dan Cobbett
Division Visual Effects Supervisors… David Burton Jorn Groohans Saku Partamies Simon Carr Thomas Lautenbach Urs Franzen Sven Martin Michael Wortmann
Division Visual Effects Producers … Oliver Arnold Pam Hammarlund Christoph Malessa Laura Fitzpatrick Annika Hirsch Franzisca Puppe Sabrina Gerhardt Jing Li Christoph Zollinger
Global Vfx Coordinators … Tommy Furukawa • Perry Kain
Visual Effects Editor … Brian Miller
Visual Effects Stereoscopic Supervisor … Del Depierro
Compositino Td … Tzuen Wu
Division Compositing Supervisor … Jan Adamczyk
Division Compositing Leads … Micah Gallagher • Mathew Giampa • Noll Linbangan • Igor Majdandzic • Stephan Schafholz
Compositors … Xuzhen An Marco Castellani Larkin Flynn Ebru Gonul Niko Junge Wing Kwok Dirk Matzkuhn Christian Pundschub David Vivaldini David Zaretti Zheng Bad Michael Dohne Florian Franke Falk Hofmann Markus Kircher John Bowers Denny Ertanto Fend Gao Dartaydus Hunter Ivan Kokov Yu Li Oian Li Christophe Me-17 Gonzalo Fernandez Moyand Thomas Martin Tallosy Jonas Thorbroi3Ge Soren Volz Yanlin Wang John Brubaker Kelly Fischer Tobias Gerdtb Chao Jiang Patrick Kreuser Anthony Lyons Aymeric Perceval Daniel Trezise Lonni Wong Anton Zheltyakov
CG Supervisor … Enrico Damm
Division Lighting Leads … Rens Heeren • Benny Herliciek • Hansoo Im • Jonas Noll • Jiabin Tan • Tong Tran
Lighters … Ilya Astrakhan Sergej C. Eichmann Erik Fernando Christof Muller Christian Bahr David R. Espinoza Kevin George Manuel Rico-Freire Fikret Yildirim Jurgen Billstein Daniel Fazel Johannes Grob Tild Spalke
CG Artists … Sareth Stevenson • Emerick Tacketit • Vit Zelich
Modelers … Darrell Abney • Simon Brenner • Alexander Chiles • Marcos De Barros
Animation Supervisor … Sebastian Butenberg
Animators … Florian Friedmann • Berter Orpak • Bastian Wartenberg
Effects Supervisors … Pieter Mentz • Patrick Schuler
Effects Artists … Uli Baier • Andreas Bundenthal • Andy Byrne • Kevin Kim • Johanes Kurnia • Leon Loukeris • Dino Muhic • Danielle Romero
Look Development Artists … Max Riess • Duo-Fend Tans
Matte Painters … Damien Mace • Knuth Mode • Greg Szafranski • Bruno Werneck
Matchmove Supervisor … Steven Hansen
Division Matchmove Supervisors … Lianne Forbes • Martin Jurado
Matchmovers … Wenyi He • Dominik Moller • Ian Northrop • Johannes Weir • Edward Yu • Wei Zhans • Peng Zhang
Roto/Paint Artists Supervisor … Lance Ranzer
Roto/Paint Artists … Annalyn Betinol • Jason Bono • Wally Chin • Trea Cott0N • Bradley Gaines • Duff Chung-Pu Hsiao • Justin Pascal • Crystle D Schrecengost • Dongyue Yang
TD … Le Zhang
Visual Effects Coordinators … Mona Mohr • Trina Renee • Marlies Schacherl • Adrian Steel • Yinai Sun • Shanshan Xie • Yunrong Yu • Momo Zhan
Visual Effects Global Production Manager … Natasha Dzoux
Visual Effects Executive Producers … Thilo Kuther • Christian Vogt

Visual Effects/Titles/Digital Intermediate By … Kelvin Optical, Inc.
Visual Effects Supervisor … Adam Gerstel
Digital Intermediate Supervisor … Juan Ignacio Cabrera
Main Title Design By … Andrew Kramer
Flame Artist … Brian Battles
Senior Compositors … Olaf Wenot • Tim Ledoux • Ken Littleton
Compositors … Dave Woleeiemuth • Michael Jackson • Brian Begun
Roto Artists … Andy Halseth • Lauren Hulsey • Carlos Rosario
CG Animation … Brandon Fayette
Digital Artists … Alexander Alexandrdv • Vintila Stefan Marius • Dustin Hudson • Fabian Buckreus • Robert Hommel • Robertino Hertz • Sergio Gil • Thorbten Hary
Digital Intermediate Producer … Erin M. Davis
Production Support … Andrew Lee • Josh Tate • Dave Codeglia • James Codeglia • Chris Tonick • Zack Rosenblatt
Operations Manager … Beth Waisler

Visual Effects And Animation By … Atomic Fiction
Visual Effects Supervisor … Kevin Baillie
Digital Art Director … Chris Stoski
Comporitins Supervisor … Woei Hsi Lee
Visual Effects Producer … Dale Taylor
Visual Effects Coordinators … Ayse Dedeoglu Arkali • Deandra Stone
Computer Graphics Supervisor … Mauricid Baiocchi
Animation Supervisor … Jenn Emberly
Lead TD … Jim Gibbs
TD’s … Brian Freisinber • David Dame • Nestor Pradd • Anselm Von Seherr-Thoss
Matte Painters … Mat Gilson • Darin Hilton • Annemieke Loomis Hutchins • Leon Kogan
Digital Compositors … Youjin Choung • Aidan Fraser • Jedediah Smith • Mike Terpstra
Lead Developer … Alex Schworer
Visual Effects Editor … Alma Simonds
Production Assistant … Cindy Lin
Visual Effects Executive Producer … Sandra Scdtt

Interactive Technology Design & Graphics By … 00011
Future Technology Designer … W. Kent Demaine
Lead Designer … Jorge Almeida
Interactive Technolory Designer … David August
Producer … Jennifer Sims
Motion Graphics Artists … Rudy Vessup • Slaise Kyle Hossain • Paul Luna
3D Artists … David Schoneveld • Andrew Tamandl
3D Conversion By … Stereo D
Stereo Executive Producers … William Sherak • Aaron Parry • Mike Gunter • Mike Bodkin
Head Of Stereography … Graham D. Clark
Stereo Producer … Adam Schardein
Stereographer … Brian Taber
Stereo Supervisor … David Phillips
Finaling Supervisor … Russell Mccoy
Stereo Production Supervisor … Jessica Smith
Roto Supervisor … Bryan Higgins
Chief Technical Officer … Kuniaki Izumi
Head Of Software Development … Scott F. Johnston
Head Of Information Technology … Bryan Sauna
Stereoscopic Post Executive … Milton Adamdu
VP Of International Production Services … Prafull Bade
Stereo Editorial Supervisor … Derek N. Prusak
Senior Stereo Editor … Greg Emerson
Stereo Editor Assistant … Michael G. Buck
Stereo Editors … Adrian Scherger
Vfx Manager … Charles Giarratano
Ingest Manager … Bryan Burger
Roto Manager … Andrea Stephens
Finaling Manager … Tim Johnson
Creative Services Manager … Lindsey Kaiser
Operations Manager … Deborah Selz
Stereo Production Coordinators … Todd Hoppmeyer • Jeffrey Stewart • Rebecca Kramp • Andrew Eick • Javier Paz
Production Assistants … Adam Fisk • Paul Ingegnari • Tennille Alcindor • Dane Bergerson • Matt Gill • Pat O’riley • Rebecca Andersen • Erik Barnes • Emma Sherrie
Depth Leads … Reginald Harber • Jeremiah Finn • Patrick Falenofoa • Tim Latham • David Maldonado • Brian Fanska • Farzad Namojod Sr.
Depth Artists … Anjel Alcaraz • Tony Noel • Carlos Mendoza • Ted Sandifer
Depth Artists … Carlos Zapien • David Miller • Francisco Estrada • James Davis • Jeffrey Warnhoff • Kevin Sallesly • Michelle Hunt • Peter Cromwell • Priscilla Landerer • Travis Fruci • Aaron Beyer • Alan De Castro • Cody Poag • Oavid Blythe • Gerardo Navarro • John Trotter • Monica Castro • Peter Newbauer • Tasha Lyn Carlson • Vincent Rosas • Peter Newbauer • Carol Vanhook • Dustin Blame • Francisco Estrada • Kevin Gallegly • Max Funke • Priscilla Landerer • Juan Ferra • Katie Hamberger
Roto Leads … Daniel Schrepf • Emily Francione • Adnan Siodioue • Marvin Yanez Sr.
Roto Artists … Ian Kelly • Raphael Oseguera
Roto Artists … Hung Le • Kate Hupp • Levon Oemirjian • Lisa Rogolsky • Demetrios Patsiaris • Ezra Pike • Maggie Balacd • Chris Ci’mahony • Naran Naidoo • Alicia Heraper • Alfredo Scheker • Dena Massenberg • Jen Sorensen • Juan Alvarez
Finaling Leads … Chris Terry • Prasanna Kodapadi • Scott Mitchell • Marbella Calvillo • Grant Lee • Rene Dominguez • Dane Dabs Sr.
Sr. Finaling Artists … Stanislav Shapetskiy • Jose Rovirosa • Derek Hanson • Jeannie Ben-Hain
Finaling Artists … Alvado Landaberde • Jackie Fenton • Jailin Chen • Jay Caguicia • Jose Alcarde • Lala Ghukasyan • Lucas Hull • Megan Mccollum • Michael Colburn • Patrick Reilly • Sari Gennis • Seth Lickiss • Vanessa Lamarche • Galen Caulfield • Dylan Sanchez • Brian Bentley • Jason Cutler • Oamon Martinez • Joshua Deason • Khuong Tran • Gerry Komi • Paul Ruiz • Sebastian Maldonado • Ryan Keely
International Production … Sourajit Bhati’acharya • Nikita Adrawal • Yogebh Khedkar • Vishal Jaiswal • Vijaykumar Kadapatii • Sainath M. Shinde • Stephanie L Phira • Shamitha Surendran • Bhavani Shankar Rad
International Artists … Saurabh Ramchandra Shingare • Prem Shankar Kumar • Mayank Pandit • Hardik Rathod • Rajesh Nimje • Krunal Tadse • Nebar Ahmad • Dharmenora Nath Verma • Nidhi Sharma • Sherin Varghese • Sashwata Das Vivek • Kumar Singh • Anit Kumar Aman • Srikanth Reddy Jakka • Vishal Tyadi • Ankul Asarwal Hima • Balaji Pindi • Krishna Datta Singh • Faiyazul Haque
VFX Lead … Milady Bridges
Element Qc Lead … Les Fodr
Tracking Lead … Eric Sanford
Vfx Artists … Beau Terra • Billy Morrison
Element QC … Alex Wolfe • Dennis Serras • Michael Brako • Jimi Clark
Tracking Artists … Michael Ligammare • Schuyler Anderson • Ryan Cleveland
Technical Support Staff … Val Oela Rosa • Rachel Decker • Sujitkumar Shirkar • William Hamilton • Mike Knox • Dadasaheb Shaikh • Mark Menaker • Thomas Tran • Zachary Rose • Amol Shinde • Mayur Khule • Nitin Nikumbh • Jeckson Edmilad • Niki Patterson
Software Development & Pipeline … Christopher Montesano • Yoon Kwan • Charlie Kim • Jonathan Angelo • Joan Sauna • Brogan Ross • Nicholas Haines • Tomas Pulmano • Brian Hawkins • Andrew Dennis • Bruce Lamond • Andy King
Analyst … Evan Jackson

Previsualization & Postvisualization … By Halon Entertainment Llc
Previs & Postvis Supervisor … Bradley Alexander
Previs Supervisor … Daniel D. Gregoire
Previs Artists … Ian Adams • Buffy Bailey • Bryan Chojndwbki • Stephen Deane • Kenny Digiordano • Brian Magner • Grant Olin • David Pritchard • Paolo Joel Ziemba • Jerry Zigounakis
Postvis Lead … Michael G. Jackson
Halon Producer … Patrice Avery

Digital Intermediate Provided By … Company 3
Co3 Executive Producer/Colorist … Stefan Sonnenfeld
Additional Color … James Cody Baker
Senior DI Producer … Andy Kaplan
DI Technologist … Mike Chiadd
Color Assistant … Jordan Fox
Head Of Production … Devin Sterling
Account Executive … Jackie Lee
DI Accountant … Ian Sullivan

35Mm/65Mm Film & VFX Dailies By … Fotokem
Project Supervisors … Katherine Kane • Jose Parra • Mark Van Horne
Dailies Colorists … Brian Kahovec • Robert Tomaszewski
Dailies Film Timers … Don Capaferi • Kristen Zimmerman
DI Visual Effects Producer … Jason Pelham
Film Digitizing, File Based Transcodino By … Nextlab, A Division Or Fotokem
Eno Titles by … Scarlet Letters • Ben Schoen/Josh Schoen



Theme From “Star Trek” TV Series Written By Alexander Courage & Gene Roddenberry
“Body Movin’ (Fatboy Slim Remix)” Written By Mario Caldato Jr., Michael Diamond, Adam Horovitz, Tito Puente And Adam Vauch Performed By Beastie Boys Courtesy Of Capitol Records, LLC Under License From Universal Music Enterprises
“Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven” Written By Don Nix Performed By Albert Kind Courtesy Of Concord Music Group, Inc.
“The Growl” Written By J.J. Abrams, Charles Scott, Anne Preven And Kabbia Conway Produced By Charles Scott Performed By Conway Courtesy Of Pulse Recordings Courtesy Of Bad Robot Music And Video, LLC
“Ritual” Written By Gerald Fried

The Producers Wish To Thank
Siemens Medical Solutions Usa, Inc. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Operated By Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC, For The U.S. Department Of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration.
Paramount Pictures Corporation Did Not Receive Any Payment Dr Other Consideration, Dr Enter Into Any Agreement, For The Depiction Of Tobacco Products In This Film.
American Humane Association Monitored The Animal Action. No Animals Were Harmed. (Ahad 03780)