Fans of J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek series have thus far been thrown precious few bones for Star Trek Into Darkness as far as plot details and spoilers go. Among other things, we still don’t know for sure who Benedict Cumberbatch is portraying. Is it Khan? Gary Mitchell? Or someone else entirely?
Fortunately for fans – which is to say, those fans who enjoy pseudo-spoiling – a newly leaked official synopsis reveals some previously unknown plot details about the sequel. Furthermore, it may lend credence to rumors about the aforementioned villain’s identity.
Check out the synopsis below, courtesy of The Film Stage:
In Summer 2013, pioneering director J.J. Abrams will deliver an explosive action thriller that takes ‘Star Trek Into Darkness.’ 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.
(FYI: The synopsis was found on Paramount’s official press website, lest anyone doubt its validity.)
There are a few things of particular note here: First, it looks like what remained of Captain Kirk’s family prior to Star Trek 2 will probably be killed by this “unstoppable force of terror from within [Starfleet],” as his crew is referred to as “the only family [he] has left.” Last we checked, Kirk had a mother in the Star Trek reboot – his father, Thor, was killed by Eric Bana – so if Kirk is currently motherless and has a “personal score to settle,” it stands to reason that the bad guy did away with her.
Second, the bad guy is, and I quote, “a one man weapon of mass destruction.” Now, who might that remind you of? Does it start with a “G” and end with an “ary Mitchell”?
If you’re unfamiliar with Gary Mitchell, here’s a refresher for you (courtesy of our very own Kofi Outlaw):
Gary Mitchell appeared in the original Star Trek TV series, in an episode titled “Where No Man Has Gone Before.” It is the third episode in the original series (but was made as a second pilot), and chronicles a tale in which the Enterprise crew discover the record log of a long-lost ship at the (literal) edge of the universe. While there, the Enterprise experiences a strange phenomenon that transforms two crew members – one being Kirk’s longtime friend from the academy, Gary Mitchell – into beings of immense psychic ability. These new powers quickly corrupt Mitchell, who proclaims himself a god; when Kirk and Spock try to strand the power-crazed crewman on a remote planet, it results in a confrontation that claims lives, and forces Kirk to kill his old friend to save the universe.
A godlike, psychic-powered Gary Mitchell – who happened to be a Starfleet lieutenant commander – sounds an awful lot like a one man weapon of mass destruction “from within [Starfleet]” to me.
Previously, Karl Urban (Dr. Bones McCoy in Star Trek Into Darkness) let slip that Benedict Cumberbatch was indeed playing Mitchell, but some chalked that ‘revelation’ up to Urban’s tendency to say things just to mess with the press – especially because writer Roberto Orci had expressly said the exact opposite to JoBlo. So, really, who the hell knows?
Perhaps an official confirmation of the villain’s identity is imminent, as 9 minutes of the film will be shown in December on 500 IMAX 3D screens prior to The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. I guess we’ll just have to Star Trek into patience until that time.
Star Trek Into Darkness hits theaters May 17th, 2013.
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Source: The Film Stage