Sunday, February 3, 2013

Star Trek Into Darkness' Superbowl ad indicates it's Khan

Talk about free publicity. During the third quarter of the Super Bowl between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers, half the lights went out. Hey go watch a movie that goes "into darkness." See Star Trek Into Darkness opening on May 17. :-) Anyway in the first half, Paramount debuted a new Star Trek Into Darkness trailer. The question becomes "Is there any new information?" The answer is yes.

The new trailer has a few new scenes. It went by rather fast. But what I do recall, is seeing Starfleet ships being damaged. I saw one ship look like it was falling to earth from orbit. But the important thing to remember is the voice over by Benedict Cumberbatch who plays John Harrison, the villain. He says something like "I'm better." And then he says again as he said in the announcement trailer a comment about getting revenge. UPDATE. I was wrong about the revenge comment. That's from the announcement trailer. Looking at the ad from Trekmovie, the comment from Harrison is "I am better." Kirk then asks, "At what?" Harrison replies, "At everything." I expect will do a breakdown so in the next couple of days, head over there. Update. Trekmovie has done a breakdown. Here it is.

But what does it mean? Did we learn anything? As I said above there is new information. When Harrison says, "I'm better" that means he is likely to mean an advanced human being. When we talk about advanced human beings in Star Trek, at least in the original series episodes, we're talking about genetically engineered humans. And the biggest enhanced human in Trek is Khan. (TOS episode, "Space Seed"; Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.) Remember that Khan is pissed because he was forced to leave earth rather than being able to rule the planet.

But why Khan? Look at all the evidence. There was an initial search for a Hispanic actor ala Ricardo Montalban. We've seen the trailers and the secret video all demonstrating that Cumberbatch has superhuman powers in strength. Alice Eve plays Carol Marcus from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. There was the DVD commentary about a proposed scene featuring the Botany Bay, Khan's ship of exile. Of course, there's the story which cites sources that the villain for Star Trek Into Darkness is Khan. And when you couple Cumbertbatch's comment about being "better" ala advanced human with his desire to get vengeance, we're talking Khan. Or at least, someone in his band of superhumans.

If they release the ad for me to embed, I'll post it at the bottom. Update. The Super Bowl spot is embedded below.


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