Star Trek into Darkness: Fighting Against the Time
J.J. Abrams’s science fiction and action film, Star Trek into Darkness, is an entertaining piece of work and gives a concept of belief and ritual throughout the movie. In this respect, a key message in this film is that trust and honesty are essential for a team’s success. This aspect of belief and ritual can be supported by Malory Nye, Religions the basics. I shall analyze the means in which “belief [,] reductionism” (Nye, 108) and “rituals [,] symbolism” (Nye, 135) relate in the film as I emphasize on the ideas presented by J.J. Abrams.
The character’s belief in Star Trek into Darkness have strong effects on the members of the team. This is evident at the start of the film when Mr. Spock, a science officer goes to a volcanic eruption area on a mission, to save the planet and almost dies. Team members try to convince him to teleport to the space ship but he refuses to take this step because he does not want the indigenous species to see the space craft. Subsequently, the Commander/ Captain of the team, James T. Kirk views the scenario and decides to teleport him. Kirk believes to save one’s life instead of following the Prime Directive. It can be argued that Kirk endangered everyone’s life, but he believed to save one’s life and yet Spock does not see him as the “rescuer” or a form of “God”. Influenced by German philosopher, Ludwig Feuerbach, Nye explains, “God is, then, merely what humans want him/her/it to be, a projection of one or more aspects of human nature, and humans make up images of gods for human purposes” (Nye, 109). As per Nye’s idea, the one usually calls the savior of one’s life a god. However, Spock sees Kirk with so much anger that he forgets to that he saved his life. Spock valued and paid attention to Kirk violating the rules and regulations of the space ship. Spock’s devotion to the rules cause him to get Kirk demoted for violating the prime directive. However, Spock ignored the essential reason behind Kirk’s actions. After all, Kirk as a Commander of the team, took initiative in saving one’s life. Nevertheless, Nye’s view has a strong impact towards the end of the movie. This is because one merely makes someone a “god” for its own purpose has shown in the movie when the whole spaceship was in danger and Kirk risked his life to establish the solution to save rest of the lives. Hence, belief is shown to be relatively week to strong factor in the movie to establish the image of God in one who saves the lives of others.
The rituals and symbolism component could be found throughout the movie. It is shown mainly in the struggles of the task each character faces. To illustrate, in the middle of the movie, the opponent Khan plans to betray Kirk and members by “pretending” to help them attain their goals. However, as a wise and dedicated...