“Star Trek Into Darkness” Official Teaser Trailer

December 6, 2012

“So… shall we begin?”

Yes, please.

There will be plenty of time for theologizing, sci-fi Christian style, about this in the days and weeks ahead. For now…

Great Bird, but this looks so cool!

Bleak (an eventuality for which the teaser poster prepared us), but cool.

What say you? Is Sherlock Holmes Smaug Benedict Cumberbatch indeed playing Khan? (Remember how Star Trek II’s original title was The Vengeance of Khan, before what would’ve beenĀ Revenge of the Jedi forced a now moot but fortuitous title switch?) If so, I suspect his take will be “similar but different” from Montalban’s; in fact, it may be closer to the Khan of “Space Seed”–suave, charismatic, with danger always simmering just beneath the surface–than the Khan of ST II, which may prove a revelation to audiences who only know the Trek feature films. That’s promising.

On the other hand, will Into Darkness be yet another story with no “moral” deeper than, “Revenge bad (even when served cold)”? Not necessarily. Given hints from the synopsis, it may be that this timeline’s Khan, just as the Prime timeline’s, is a “product of late 20th-century genetic engineering,” who has now come home to roost in a Big Bad way. So we may get a dose of BSG-style (or, heck, Frankenstein-style) cautionary messages about the dangers of boldly going where man may not be meant to go–an unusual but not completely unprecedented message for Trek tales. (Drs. Roger Korby and Richard Daystrom, I’m lookin’ at you!)

Who’s that blonde woman? My first thought was Elizabeth Dehner. My second thought – once Khan seemed the likely adversary -was Carol Marcus.

Is that the Big E herself crashing in (I presume) San Francisco’s waters at the end? Will the JJ Abrams Trekverse have any Starfleet left by the time he’s done with it?

Are you excited? (I am!)

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7 comments on ““Star Trek Into Darkness” Official Teaser Trailer

  1. I’m not convinced he’s Khan . . . although I’m not convinced he’s Gary Mitchell. I lean more toward Mitchell, but the clues lean both ways in this teaser. The woman certainly looks like Dehner, so much that I’m sure they did it on purpose (because she is Dehner, or to throw people off the scent?) . . . imagine if it WAS Dehner but the villain was Khan anyway!

    My own write up (with pictures!) here: http://strangersandaliens.com/2012/12/star-trek-into-darkness-teaser-trailers/

    The last few seconds of the Japanese version of the trailer suggest they are at least giving Wrath of Khan an homage.

    • Michael Dec 6, 2012

      Ben, I liked your write up of the trailer.

      Yeah, I am going to publicly state here and now I am not so sure it’s Khan, either. I guess, for the mass audience who doesn’t know Gary Mitchell, him in place of Khan in the basic plot of ST II: TWOK might qualify as “new.” Also, since Mitchell and Kirk were supposed to be so close, the reference to “family” might be multivalent.

  2. Palindrome Dec 6, 2012

    First note: VERY EXCITED!!!

    Second note: it’s funny that you should mention Frankenstein because Cumberbatch did that too http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aY85IzWexWo

    I really don’t think he should be Kahn though, I like Kahn, but Benedict Cumberbatch doesn’t really fit him. But I’ll still be happy if he is.

  3. Two things I’ve noticed about the branding for this movie so far: the movie poster looks like The Dark Knight Rises and the trailer sounds and feels like the Prometheus trailer. Both good movies, both did well at the box office. Unfortunately, I saw Abrams’ classic lens flare throughout the trailer (probably toned down) that makes the future look shiny and gritty at the same time. Excited for the movie, can’t wait to see it!

  4. Brandon Dec 6, 2012

    Apparently the one minute video is a preview for a longer 2 minute trailer, coming next week with The Hobbit.

  5. This looks good…and intense.

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