“So… shall we begin?”
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 been 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!)