Wisdom can be gained in the unlikeliest of places—like in a crowded movie theater, watching the new Star Trek movie Into Darkness.
Over the weekend, my wife and I saw the film CNN has called a “sleek, thrilling epic”—and during that 127 minutes, I learned a few things that I believe make me a much more enlightened person:
10. If possible, sit far away from the overzealous guy who has already seen Into Darkness multiple times and is quoting significant lines from the movie as they happen. (And if shushing doesn’t work, Junior Mints make excellent mint missiles.)
9. The use of cryogenic suspension in a movie instantly increases its coolness. (Pun intended.)
8. Setting your phasers to stun is never a good idea.
7. Good friends are hard to find. Would your BFFs risk their lives attempting to pull your smoldering butt out of an erupting volcano? If so, they’re definitely keepers.
6. A dynamic supporting cast can make a mediocre movie very good. The actors who played Spock, Uhura, Scotty, Sulu, and particularly Bones, were just brilliant.
5. The crush I had on Uhura back in the ‘70s is alive and well in 2013. (Call me, Zoe!)
4. You can never truly get rid of Tribbles. They’re just too cute and cuddly.
3. Screaming “Khan!” at the top of your lungs can be very therapeutic. Try it. Right now.
2. Life is a lot like the Kobayashi Maru. Oftentimes you just have to make your own rules.
1. The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few. The oft-repeated theme of Into Darkness played out right there in the theater seats—after being assaulted by Junior Mints and other assorted concession stand treats, the loudmouth Trekkie fanatic decided to cut and run. Fittingly, he disappeared into darkness….
Have you seen Star Trek Into Darkness yet? What did you think?