In moving to the future, J.J. Abrams has pillaged the past. One could make an argument that Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan has cast a long shadow over the entire Star Trek movie franchise. Attempts to recreate the suspense of the second Trek feature were evident in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, and Star Trek (X): Nemesis. Villains like Christopher Lloyd's Kruge, Christopher Plummer's Chang, Malcolm McDowell's Soran, and Tom Hardy's Shinzon were inevitably compared to Ricardo Montalban's iconic superman. For J.J. Abrams, whose genesis of an alternate Star Trek universe/timeline in his 2009 feature allows him great freedom to move forward without obliterating "canon," the decision to make another attempt at replicating the alchemy of the first Star Trek sequel might be considered "safe." But little about where Star Trek Into Darkness plunges is without risk.
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