October 23, 2016
Star Trek: Vengeance takes the already pretty good but very flawed Star Trek Into Darkness and makes it genuinely great, up there with the other two Kelvin Timeline entries of the franchise. The plot feels much more clear, without any unnecessary distractions like Carol Marcus' striptease or the more fan service-y bits and pieces. The changes I appreciated the most are incorporating the deleted scene explaining why Carol has a British accent and re-arranging the Spock hunting Khan bit where he's now chasing him to get his blood as opposed to wanting revenge. While I did enjoy Leonard Nimoy's appearance and the relationship tensions between Spock and Uhura in the original film, I had no problem with them being cut out for this edit as a means of keeping the story focused. This feels less like a Wrath of Khan wannabe and more like a standalone strong Star Trek adventure, and for that alone, I got a real kick out of this edit.