Monday, December 5, 2011
Is this the plot to the new Star Trek movie opening in 2013?
TrekMovie.com and the Vulture Blog are reporting a rumor that the new villain for J.J. Abrams next Star Trek film is Khan. If you don't remember Khan, let me remind you. He was a genetically engineered superhuman who ruled over large portions of planet earth with other superhumans. See the original series episode called "Space Seed." (1967) Later, in the movie Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) Khan dies while trying to kill Kirk for the death of his wife.
Okay, TrekMovie.com is also reporting that Peter Weller has been hired to play a role in the new movie. Weller is no stranger to Star Trek. In Star Trek: Enterprise he played Paxton a man who headed a terrorist organization opposed to alien-human contact. Those episodes were "Demons" and "Terra Prime." (2005)
Here's my opinion of what I think the plot of the next Star Trek movie (2013) is going to be. Paxton escapes or is released from prison. He's still anti-alien or xenophobic towards non-humans. He finds Khan and convinces him to purge earth of aliens. How does Khan do this? Probably he uses a super weapon to threaten the home worlds of the aliens and convince them to remove their citizens from earth. Maybe Khan uses the Planet Killer from the original series episode, "The Doomsday Machine." (1968)
Let me say, I hope the antagonist is not Khan. First, do we need another mustache twirling villain? This is Star Trek not Star Wars. It's science fiction. Yeah, Khan had deeper motivations than your average bad guy but he was clearly evil. Some of the best Star Trek had no villains. See the original series episode "The City on the Edge of Forever" (1967) "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home." (1986) Second, the story of Khan has already been done and it was finished up in the classic Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. (1982) Come on Bad Robot, I'm ready for a new adventure.