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Matt Carter

I want to start off my saying that I thoroughly enjoyed Paramount's Star Trek Into Darkness and with the movie grossing over $100 million at the domestic box office, I'm certainly not alone in thinking that. and his writing team crafted an exhilarating, action-packed and fun Trek movie that was jam-packed with awesome [email protected]%k yeah moments. The movie sped along at warp speed from action set piece to action set piece, barely allowing the audience time to catch its breath before something else exploded in an orgy of color, sound and lens flare. This is just as well really, because when you stop and think about it, there were some plot holes in Star Trek Into Darkness that were bigger than Captain Kirk's ego. Below are some of the plot holes that have been bugging me, so check them out and let me know in the comments below if you have any solutions.

Set phasers to stun

Khan is clearly a guy who can take a merciless beating, as Kirk painfully discovered. If he has one weakness though, it's being shot in the back at pointblank range by a phaser. When he's taken by surprise and smoked from behind on the deck of the USS Vengeance he goes down easier than a glass of wine at Christmas, crumbling in a heap at the feet of a visibly shocked Scotty. However, when Uhura shoots Khan repeatedly in the chest in the movie's fist-fighting climax, he's suddenly developed a superhuman resistance to photon beams, and is harder to put down than your favorite pet dog. Go figure.

Blood is thicker than water

As soon as Kirk went charging into the engine room to realign the warp core and thus expose himself to a deadly dose of radiation, I leaned across to my friend sitting next to me in the theater and whispered "Khan's blood." Obviously, this annoyed my buddy to no end (partially because I'd eaten garlic bread beforehand), but it was pretty obvious what was going to happen next in the movie. Kirk died, Spock went after Khan, brought him back to the Enterprise and they used his genetically enhanced blood to bring Kirk back from the dead. That's fine, but wouldn't it have been a hell-of-a-lot easier to simply use the genetically enhanced blood of the 72 superhumans lying in cryogenic pods on the ship?

Heal the world, make it a better place...

Let's stick to the subject of Khan's blood for a little while longer. If it's capable of bringing people back from the dead then couldn't it be could be used by Starfleet to cure diseases and death? The crew of the Enterprise discovered the elixir of eternal life. That's kind of a big deal, isn't it?

We can teleport when we want to...

Nothing has caused more head-scratching confusion here at Moviepilot HQ than the theory behind transwarp beaming. If I'm not mistaken, transwarp beaming allows individuals to beam from a planet onto a starship travelling at warp speed. What I don't understand is how Khan was able to transport himself from a small craft on Earth to the other side of the galaxy and the Klingon's home planet Kronos. I'm pretty sure this technology hasn't been invented yet, because if it had, it would make travel by starship almost redundant. Secondly, if Khan is able to teleport such great distances, why didn't Kirk and Bones beam onto the planet at the beginning of the movie and save themselves having to park the Enterprise at the bottom of the ocean and therefore break the Prime Directive?

Also, when the Enterprise got knocked out of warp speed in its battle with Vengeance, how did it end up a few kilometers from its intended destination of Earth?

Further points for discussion

  • Considering that Admiral Marcus was secretly building a weaponized Starfleet behind Jupiter, Scotty managed to infiltrate the complex without any problems or the need for any kind of multipass.

  • The USS Vengeance smashed into San Fransisco doing some serious damage and taking lots of lives, yet when Spock is chasing Khan through the streets people are walking around without a care in the world.

  • Spock reports Kirk for breaking the Prime Directive when he exposed himself to the natives at the beginning of the movie, but isn't Spock also guilty of the same thing, due to him stopping the volcano from erupting? Shouldn't he also have reported himself?

It's over to you guys now. Do you have any answers for the plot holes listed above? Are there any that you noticed that I haven't included? Use the comment section below to write things lots of things Trek related.


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