‘Star Trek Into Darkness’: Plot involves ‘unstoppable force of terror’

Nov. 27, 2012 | 12:24 p.m.
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Zachary Quinto as Spock, left, and Chris Pine as James T. Kirk in “Star Trek.” (Paramount Pictures)

Fans anxiously awaiting J.J. Abrams’ upcoming “Star Trek Into Darkness” just got a little more information to ruminate over — Paramount has released the official plot synopsis for the film, and it offers a few juicy clues to the identity of the villain played by Benedict Cumberbatch.

The synopsis reads, in part: “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,” the synopsis continues, “love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.”

So who is this “one-man weapon of mass destruction?” Though no one has confirmed it, signs point to Cumberbatch’s character being Khan Noonien Singh, the genetically engineered superman who battled Kirk in the original series episode “Space Seed” and the second feature film, “Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan.”

Notice the description of the crew’s battle as an “epic chess game of life and death?” Recall that Khan (as famously depicted in his previous incarnation by actor Ricardo Montalban) was a master strategist, whose undoing came about because he thought of the battlefield as a two-dimensional plane. (Kirk and Spock played a lot of three-dimensional chess, which helped them get the jump on Khan while in the Mutara Nebula.)

It’s too early to know for sure, but audiences will no doubt get even more clarity when nine minutes of the film is screened before Imax 3-D screenings of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” when that film opens on Dec. 14.

“Star Trek Into Darkness,” written by “Lost” alumni Damon Lindelof, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, is slated for a May 17, 2013, release. Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto will reprise their respective roles as James T. Kirk and Spock. Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin, Simon Pegg, John Cho and Bruce Greenwood are also returning.

— Patrick Kevin Day

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27 Responses to ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’: Plot involves ‘unstoppable force of terror’

  1. John Whorfin says:

    Enough with the Khan nonsense. How would that even fit with "from within their own organization"?

    If anything, "an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization" and "a one-man weapon of mass destruction" sounds like Gary Mitchell.

    • Jason says:

      I like how you mind turns. However, I hope J.J. is not going to re-shoot old episodes, but I fear the worst.

    • badcyclist says:

      You are absolutely, positively right. I think. Benedict C doesn't fit the Singh type at all, does he? And yet Gary Mitchell? Yes.

      Besides, why go to Singh right out of the gate, when you know it is going to be a sure-fire hit if you find the right guy. And Javier Bardem, I'm lookin' at you. Expect him next time, maybe.

    • Nick Zippelli says:

      It's clearly Gary Mitchell and not Khan. First off Orci and Robertson have confirmed that it would not be Khan. Also Karl Urban let it slip a while back that Cumberbatch would be Mitchell

    • alx says:

      yep, the first person I thought of as well! Gary Mitchell!

  2. Mark says:

    An unstoppable force of terror that no doubt will be stopped.

  3. @komikero says:

    Yep, definitely Gary Mitchell. It fits in perfectly with the "Where No Man Has Gone Before" episode from the first season of the original series. It fits in perfectly with the timeline as well.

  4. Mike says:

    Its either the Monster From Cloverfield or V-GER

  5. Jason says:

    Yawn! Let me know when JJ is done messing up Gene's play ground.

  6. Adam says:

    Might it not be his brother George “Sam” Kirk? The comic book made him a little ambiguous. It would fall in with the comment that his crew is his only family now. It would be more original than rehashing Kahn or Gary Mitchell (who apparently died in the comic).

  7. Glenn says:

    Khan?? NOT! Its Gary Mitchell.

  8. John says:

    Nah, can't be Mitchell. They redid that episode in the comics. I bet they'll be remaking "Court Martial". The unstoppable force of terror is Ben Finney–a new, bad-ass Ben Finney revamped for the 21st century.

  9. spooky says:

    I know the answer…I watched the filming!

  10. Jack Meoph says:

    So Katy Perry is finally going to be in a real movie………….

  11. Phil Dert says:

    'unstoppable force of terror'- the GOP? Fox Noise?

  12. Rick says:

    Rupert Murdoch will finally get a chance at dominating the planet, will Kirk and Spock be able to stop him?

  13. Sheldon W. says:

    One-man weapon of mass destruction = Gary Mitchell.

    Khan was a bio-engineered superior speciman, but he led an army. He wasn't a one-man weapon of mass destruction. Plus, Khan did not come "from within their own organization" (meaning Starfleet) as Mitchell did.

    Hero Complex has really gone downhill since Geoff boucher left…

  14. alx says:

    Whoever the villain is in themovie, is there anyone else hoping that the next film after this should be a DARK MIRROR invasion? Would love to see Zach with the beard.

  15. Justin says:

    If it is from within why not Captain Garth. oh oh sorry LORD GARTH.

  16. Luke Warmwater says:

    Kirk's severe dementia nearly doomed the galaxy in ST:TWOK. Saavik reminds him of General Order 12: "On the approach of any vessel, when communications have not been established…" Kirk ignores her; Spock bitchslaps her, and Enterprise is crippled as a result. Later, Spock has to POINT OUT to Kirk that Khan is using two-dimensional thinking.

  17. Joan Hamilton says:

    I loved Star Trek eary years to now. I head that there will be anther Star Trek movie. If so when? Becore I would love to see it. Also I would like to get there newsleteter. And will they other convention? Here in NY or on L.I.? Yours Joan Hamilton

  18. JJ Robbins says:

    Nothing like ruining the franchise, by making this 3D

    • John W. says:

      A bit overly-dramatic, JJ? Since when has anything (much less a successful film franchise) been "ruined" because it was released in 3D? If a movie sucks, it usually does so on it's own merits regardless of what dimension we're looking at it in.

  19. Andrew Briseno says:

    I suggest that Captain Christopher Pike is the one. Those aliens gave him the power to live in an illusion since his real body was largely non-functional; what if they accidentally gave him enough mental abilities to project himself into a new presence that starts to change the Federation into his person vision of a correct organization….. The old notion of absolute power corrupting absolu8tly…..

  20. Rjsmith says:

    I wonder if Brent Spiner will make a cameo in this movie as Dr. Noonien Soong. Probably not, but it would be nice to keep the role as him.

  21. jinmmy says:

    Gary Mitchell wouldn't ask if you are the 1701. ah thank you

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