Monday, December 10, 2012

Speculation on Star Trek Into Darkness

Over at Ain't It Cool News, Mr. Beaks gives us a teaser of the teaser of the new Star Trek film, and the L.A. Times proclaims that the villain's identity is still a mystery. I don't think so, not at all.

Bear in mind that the identity of the villain was slipped inadvertently some months ago; Gary Mitchell. Karl Urban (who plays McCoy in the new films) stated (speaking of Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays the villain) “he’s a great addition, and I think his Gary Mitchell is going to be exemplary.” The Internet then exploded with speculation that Urban's remark was a deliberate misdirection, planted by the ever-secretive J.J. Abrams to throw fans off the trail.

For those who aren't familiar with classic Trek canon, Gary Mitchell was the navigator of the Enterprise in the episode "Where No Man Has Gone Before". An old friend of Kirk's from their Starfleet Academy days, he gains psionic powers of telekinesis and telepathy that appear to grow in strength at a geometric rate. Eventually Kirk is forced to kill his old friend to save himself and the ship.

Now, compare that with the official synopsis of Star Trek Into Darkness:
After the crew of the Enterprise find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction.
That certainly sounds like a good description of a Gary Mitchell with godlike psionic powers to me.

My thought is thus; Gary Mitchell, rather than having gotten his powers accidentally by contact with some deep-space phenomenon, is the result of some sort of experiment conducted by Starfleet (perhaps even Section 31). As his powers grow, they lose control over him, to the point where he destroys most of the fleet, ravages cities, and Kirk et al must deal with him once and for all.

All just speculation, of course, but it does fit, I think. We'll know in May!

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10 comments:

scottsz said...

JJ Abrams is probably pulling tricks - making sure people think it's Mitchell or Khan.

I'd put my money on this guy, though.

Timothy Brannan said...

I am with on this being Gary Mitchell. I even posted this to my Tumblr page.

http://timsbrannan.tumblr.com/image/37346479205

Joseph Bloch said...

I think you're spot-on with that blonde in the teaser trailer being Dr. Dehner. First thing I thought of when I saw her.

Joseph Bloch said...

Not buying the HuffPo "John Harrison" thing. Just sayin'

James Mishler said...

I'm guessing... both! The "danger within" is Gary Mitchell, and the "one man weapon of destruction," the only thing that can oppose him... is Khan! Dun da dun!

Lee B said...

13All I know is Starfleet HQ is the most boring place in the quadrant. Get back to warping somewhere...

The Recursion King said...

That's a good episode. I watched it only a few weeks ago, very tense, proper scifi horror. I suspect the villain is not dead; after all, he was smashed into a grave by a rock. It may have only bought Kirk enough time to get off the planet before the villain wakes back up and goes on an angry rampage or spontaneous act of creation for company...

baronkohinar said...
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baronkohinar said...

Rather than retyping all my comments, I will simply plug my fledgling blog (and especially my comments under said post) where I share my thoughts on the subject - now with the correct link!:

http://anditsnotpleasant.blogspot.com/2012/12/star-trek-into-darkness-teaser.html

Geffyl said...

I'm with scottsz, it's gotta be Garth... er, LORD Garth! that is.

If the Abramverse was a complete reboot (as it should have been, NOT just a timeline change), then I would say anything would be possible including Kahn.

Of course, considering how much ENTERPRISE with Capt Archer swiss-cheesed the timeline so much it would make Dr Who's head spin, it could still be possible.

...and Peter Weller IS going to be in the next movie too, and I recall his ENTERPRISE character was a big eugenics fan.