14 things that made Star Trek Into Darkness so controversial

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Apr 29, 2019, 7:29 AM EDT (Updated)

There's a reason why Star Trek Into Darkness was one of the most divisive movies of the summer. OK, make that more than a dozen reasons ...

The second Trek flick, set in a rebooted continuity shepherded by director J.J. Abrams and writers Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof, was one of the best-reviewed  and highest-earning blockbusters of the summer, but audiences were still tough on the film, particularly when it came to Trek purists, who found more than a few flaws in its characterization, logic, attention to detail and reverence for the core values of the franchise. The Trekker backlash was so great that a vote taken at a Star Trek convention this summer revealed that many fans view it as the absolute worst Trek film ever made. They considered it so bad that even a Star Trek spoof -- the much-beloved Galaxy Quest -- managed to rank higher. All the box-office dollars in the world can never erase that stain.

So what was it about this film that got fans so riled? What made so many Trekkers treat this film less like a disappointment and more like an abomination? Well, different viewers will give you different answers, but we've assembled 14 of the most widely seen complaints against Into Darkness below. Let us know if you share any of them, or if you had yet another reason to loathe the film.