If it's crap ... We'll tell you
With a film as high profile as the sequel to J.J. Abrams' 'Star Trek' sequel, certain news bits are almost as eagerly awaited as the film itself. We've been hearing whispers and unconfirmed reports that did little to instill in us a sense of what this movie would really be. Sure, we knew that central cast members like Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, and Simon Pegg were returning, but the rest of the early marketing had been absurdly coy. I mean, a half-second clip on a talk show? Come on. Today, we finally have something solid to work with. Paramount has released the official plot synopsis for 'Star Trek Into Darkness.' So without further adieu, here it is...
"When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis. With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew."
So yeah, still as vague as the back of the video box, but much more than anything we've had to go on up to this point. A traitor in the Federation? A personal score to settle? Suddenly Karl Urban's comments back in July don't seem so outlandish. He had mentioned during an interview that he thought Gary Mitchell was going to be exemplary in the sequel. Mitchell was a character who appeared in one episode of 'Star Trek: TOS.' He was formerly a comrade of Kirk's, but he then obtained telekinetic powers and turned on the crew of the Enterprise. It seemed a stretch that this one-off villain would be the principle baddie for the next blockbuster movie, and perhaps Urban was merely joking or deflecting. But then again, Khan was a one-off villain and 'Star Trek II' is undeniably one of the best movies in the franchise.
What do you guys think? Does this plot lend some credibility to the idea of Gary Mitchell being the villain? If not, where do you think they might go with the plot given this skeletal outline?