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MOVIE REVIEW: Star Trek Into Darkness

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After four years of anticipation, speculation and misinformation from JJ Abrams, Star Trek Into Darkness is finally here. The sequel to the 2009 film, simply titled Star Trek, and second chapter of the JJ Abrams Star Trek series, Star Trek Into Darkness is as fast-paced, action packed and groundbreaking, as least as far as Star Trek is concerned, as its predecessor. It's also the first Star Trek movie to be released in 3-D. Unfortunately, it's also highly derivative and in a lot of ways veers dangerously close to remake territory. A rogue Starfleet Admiral, the death of a major character and a villain named Khan, Star Trek Into Darkness doesn't really offer much in the way of originality.

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COMIC BOOK REVIEW: Star Trek: Countdown to Darkness

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Star Trek: Countdown to Darkness is a four issue miniseries that acts as a prequel to the new film Star Trek Into Darkness. The name is reminiscent of the title of the comic book prequel to the 2009 film, Star Trek: Countdown. Countdown to Darkness was written by Mike Johnson, writer of the original Countdown as well as the limited series Nero and the ongoing Star Trek monthly comic book, which is set in the JJ Abrams timeline, and was illustrated by David Messina, the artist on Countdown and Nero. Countdown to Darkness is a very interesting story and, with what little we know of the plot to Star Trek Into Darkness, does seem to set the movie up in the sense that you want to find out what happens next. It isn't "To Be Continued" so much as it definitely hints at another story, the film's story.

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COMIC BOOK REVIEW: Star Trek "Where No Man Has Gone Before" (IDW, Ongoing, Issues 1&2)

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Welcome to our first review of the new ongoing Star Trek comic book from IDW Publishing, a company that specializes in TV and movie tie-in comics such as GI Joe, Transformers and Ghostbusters, to name just a few of their genre titles. The series is set in the Abrams-verse of the 2009 movie and new timeline. The series is planned to reimagine TOS episodes for the new continuity as well as present new stories set in that timeline. Appropriately enough, the first story arc is an adaptation of the second pilot, or the first episode of the series that actually went to air, "Where No Man Has Gone Before".

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MOVIE REVIEW: Super 8

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Super 8 is the highly anticipated, though not highly hyped, science fiction thriller from the acclaimed filmmaker (who I am personally dubbing the new Steven Spielberg) JJ Abrams and produced by the old Steven Spielberg (who also happens to be the actual Steven Spielberg). As the follow-up to Abrams' reboot of the Star Trek franchise, Super 8 had some fairly large shoes to fill (size 12 at least), and it fills them quite nicely. The best thing Abrams does to follow-up his Star Trek film is to go the exact opposite direction. Super 8 is the antithesis of what we've come to expect in a summer film. If you were to take the X-Files, the Stephen King coming-of-age story which was the basis for the film Stand by Me and throw in just a pinch of the Spielberg classic ET and mix it all together, well, you would pretty much have Super 8.

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Movie Review: STAR TREK

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To preface, let me be clear – I am not a big fan of JJ Abrams. I have maybe seen 15 minutes tops of Alias across three episodes, and for Lost you could safely add another 10 minutes to that total. I loathed Star Trek: The Next Generation and had no use for the movies. I cannot speak intelligently about any of the other Next Generation series other than crack Borg Jokes about self-important looking status climbers sporting their latest blue tooth ear pieces or an occasional completely out of context sexist Seven of Nine comment.

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