“Space: the final frontier.” For 47 years, audiences have been enthralled with the continuing voyages of the starship Enterprise. Her mission is now on going: “to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life forms and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.” What a mission it has been, full of strange alien creatures, unrelenting evil masterminds, dynamic space battles and a whole lot of beaming. It’s no wonder Star Trek has maintained a die-hard following for nearly half a century. J.J. Abrams’ reboot of the famous series will pack hoards of people into sold out shows as generations of trekkies show their excitement for the starship’s voyage to continue.

Even though Star Trek Into Darkness is the second installment of the franchise, audiences and critics who’ve attended early screenings are already smitten. The visionary team behind these changes includes a few names Abrams has created masterpieces with before: Screenwriters Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Damn Lindelof and Producer Bryan Burk. Of course, we’ve already covered Abrams in our Director Series, as he is the visionary orchestrating the project. Kurtzman and Orci have written for Abrams on multiple occasions; you may be familiar with the TV show Alias and movies Mission: Impossible III, Fringe and the first Star Trek film. Lindelof and Abrams worked together closely on the show Lost. These talents are well accomplished in the realm of science fiction, which make them an ideal team to have at the helm… and probably why Paramount practically begged them to return for a sequel.

Star Trek also has an all-star cast behind the more literal helm, including Chris Pines (Captain Kirk), Zachary Quinto (Spock), Karl Urban (Dr. McCoy), John Cho (Sulu), Zoe Saldana (Uhura), Anton Yelchin (Chekov) and Simon Pegg (“Scotty”). Characters you may remember from previous films are reprised in this installment. Meet actress Alice Eve who portrays Dr. Carol Marcus — Kirk’s love interest and mother of his child beginning in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Speaking of Khan, we heard Benedict Cumberbatch’s villainous character, John Harrison, may be the formidable Khan in disguise or is that just a rumor? Whoever the character becomes, expect him to wreak ultimate havoc on Starfleet and Earth where only the crew of the Enterprise can stop him. Expect the friendship between Kirk and Spock to grow, the romance between Spock and Uhura to be tested and the crew to unite behind their captain to stop this evil mastermind.

We have your showtimes and tickets for Star Trek Into Darkness, and check the Eventful Blog next week as the string of spring flick hits continues!