To go where no one has gone before is now the politically correct term for the famous Star Trek saying. Now, Chris Pine is of course no William Shatner, but he does one hell of a Captain Kirk, and the same goes for Zachary Quinto as Spock (as Leonard Nimoy goes too). The rest of the familiar characters for the saga get played by equally suited and well talented individuals which I don't have to go into. In this film, Star Trek: Into Darkness we have a few new introductions like the Klingons, Dr. Carol Marcus, and John Harrison last but not least. There are a few interesting notes about these characters, but I won't spoil it for anyone, but I do have to say that I really like how he did the Klingons, which I hope he goes more into with the future, or brings in some cool enemy or something. Star Trek: Into Darkness was awesome. The 3-D was immersive, the special effects were mind boggling, and for the most part the action sequences were tastefully done and not too over the top, except for a few occasions maybe. George Lucas and Steven Spielberg remain the definitive masters of awesome, dynamic actions sequences that I have seen so far that aren't dull and always seem to be fresh. The story is somewhat complex so I am not going to boil it down, or give away any secrets, other than it delves further into character development and growth for Spock and Kirk. The screenplay was well written and the film kept pace very effectively, was interesting, and kept you on edge until the very end. The music by Michael Giacchino was good, but I am still leery of him composing music for the new Star Wars films if it comes to that, although he would probably be a good second choice, I think, although truth be told they should hunt for the best and right composer to fill those perfect shoes, because no one can compose Star Wars music except John Williams, and no one can create Star Wars except George Lucas, although we shall see how Kathleen Kennedy and J.J. Abrams do. I digress, talking about Star Wars when I should be talking about Star Trek. Anyways. I'm giving it a "Strong Ability" because it really does kick your socks off and brings it to the next epic cinematic level. Benedict Cumberbatch was supremely awesome as John Harrison the terrorist, and I think everyone will agree that he was the....perfect fit for his character. I would encourage you to see it if you enjoy good action films, or ones that are even science fiction. I would certainly watch it again, and I would watch in the theatre again if I saw it with some people. So it's been an interesting news week for particularly the United States of America, but also for the Middle East as it appears that Russia is flexing its antiquated naval muscle because they don't want any Western involvement with Syria, and of course China & Iran along with Russia disapproved of a U.N. measure against Assad's regime. The Syrian Civil war is getting out of control and is beginning to destabilize the entire region, which if intervention would have been early as it had been in Libya, than this wouldn't be happening. Once again, it is the Syrian people who are suffering as they are stuck in between a rock and a hard place. I don't know what is going to happen, but it would be nice to have clear and direct leadership from the President and his cabinet concerning this issue. God bless and protect those people. Right now there doesn't seem to be a lot of hope and light in the world as things grow more grim. Even at job my as I work with the mentally ill, things are beginning to seem more untenable at the current rate at which humanity is becoming more and more evil and debauched. Not a fantastic note to end on, but life is what it is unfortunately; we all just get to decide how we're going to react. Good luck with that.