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Star Trek Into Darkness - Extra Footage Japanese Teaser
As a HUGE Trek fan (though admittedly not of Enterprise) - whilst I absolutely loved the J.J 2009 Star Trek in all it's reboot / alternate timeline glory, I can't help feeling like Trek is really being dumbed down to cater to the masses. Yes I know it's a franchise and it should make money, but part of what made Trek was the morality and social commentary like in TNG and the complexity of the later seasons of DS9, something that I felt began to disappear from Voyager, and then there's Enterprise which I felt really messed up the timeline except for season 4 where they began to get clever and sew up the plot holes...
Of course, I'll have to wait to see the whole film before I can judge, but from the trailer looks like an action / adventure flick and IF the villain is Khan, despite Cumberbatch being a fantastic actor, will it do justice to that wonderfully nuanced performance by the late Ricardo Montalban?
The trailer was just people screaming, and slo-motion clips that weren't mean to be slow motion. Not an effective teaser, but I'm still confident the film with be stupidly enjoyable.
I take it the third film would form a trilogy, as is the norm these days?
There are some fan theories floating around that Cumberbatch is playing Gary Mitchell, and there is actually a fair bit of evidence to back that up in this trailer. Alice Eve in particular bears a striking resemblance to Sally Kellerman's character Dr Elizabeth Dehner, who was closely linked to Mitchell.
Unlike Khan, he's wearing a Starfleet uniform, which would make him a more likely Gary Mitchell.
The shot from the Japanese trailer, and is almost a complete recreation of Spock's death-scene from Wrath Of Khan, but could JJ still be playing with us - by combining elements of the Khan mythos with the Gary Mitchell character he would reward Star Trek geeks and film fans alike. What if the opening sequence involves the destruction of a Starship Gary Mitchell is onboard - one the Federation refuses to rescue? Mitchell survives, and seeks revenge - both on the Federation itself, and on Kirk, who stole his girlfriend (Alice Eve) while they were at the Academy together...
Then why would you put such an iconic scene there? obviously for the purposes of inciting debate.
Next, if you look closely, the person who appears to be dying's hand has a black uniform on, so I'm thinking it's either Kirk or maybe even the villain who realises the error of his ways and sacrifices himself to save the crew- whilst the person on the other side of the glass is wearing blue. That suggests it's either McCoy or Spock on the other side of that glass. I think it's most likely going to be Gary Michell as the villain as the Alice Eve thing seems to make sense.
Alternatively he could be Harcourt Fenton Mudd :P
Even if the line "what does God want with a spaceship" is easily the best quote from a science fiction movie EVER!
"So who the hell is Cumberbatch playing? Gary Mitchell? Sybok? The Gorn? I don't know, but it's a big deal. Noel Clarke's character asks Cumberbatch directly, and we get a slow, portentous push-in underscored by a menacing Giacchino cue. Not the Khan cue, however. That comes later," states AICN.
Confused? Looks like we won't be getting any answers in the 9 minute preview after all.
UPDATE: Paramount’s official caption on the image notes that Cumberbatch’s character is named “John Harrison.”
So he's a new character then.
“I play John Harrison who’s a terrorist and an extraordinary character in his own right,” the Brit said. “He’s somebody who is not your two-dimensional cookie cutter villain. He’s got an extraordinary purpose, and I hope that at one point or other in the film you might even sympathize with the reasons he’s doing what he’s doing — not necessarily the means and the destruction he causes. But it was a great ride, not just because he’s the bad guy and the antagonist but also because he has a purpose and it’s hard not to see his point of view at certain points.”
"My hope is that either this or the next film BOLDLY go high concept with a clever, original, philosophically challenging idea that's more about exploration than spectacle (I will lose interest if they don't do one by the 3rd because that always was the high point of Star Trek to me)."
Seems like a plot device I've seen alot recently, where the bad guy gets kidnapped / captured and it turns out it was his plan to get caught all along... Law Abiding Citizen, Joker in 'The Dark Knight'... Loki in 'The Avengers', Silva in Skyfall...