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Star Trek Into Darkness Japanese trailer throws new scene at fans

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Homage or misdirection...?

Star Trek Into Darkness Japanese trailer throws new scene at fans

If you haven’t seen the recently released trailer for J.J. Abrams’ next installment in the Star Trek saga – Into Darkness – then you are truly missing out on something that hints at what may be the one movie that you should not miss in 2013. I’ll give you a moment to watch that right now.

There is so much going on in this trailer, all narrated by a menacing voiceover by Benedict Cumberbatch (the next Trek villain). We get some great action sequences involving Kirk, Uhura and Spock, some alien worlds, an attack on some city on Earth (apparently London if rumors are to be believed) and we see a Constitution Class Starship crashing into the ocean, while one is also being risen out of the water, with only NCC being legible on the engine (the designation number is obscured, but one can only assume it’s the Enterprise, unless this is more misdirection by Abrams and company). Also, while there are those who firmly believe that Cumberbatch will still be portraying Khan (the main antagonist of the TOS episode 'Space Seed' and the fantastic Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan), some are postulating that it may in fact be none other than Gary Mitchell (originally portrayed by Gary Lockwood), a Lt. Commander aboard the Enterprise under the command of – and close friend of – one James T. Kirk. Fans will remember that Mitchell had been hit by a force of Negative energy and was granted God-like powers, and was killed in a fight to the death by Kirk (TOS episode 'Where No Man has Gone Before'). He also mentions in the episode that he sent a young blonde lab technician in Kirk’s direction, and that Kirk had nearly married her (thought by many to be Carol Marcus, who bore Kirk’s only son David). One hint that this may be the direction they are going is the presence of a young blonde Starfleet officer in a blue medical tunic, who may be Dr. Elizabeth Dehner (originally portrayed by Sally Kellerman), a psychiatrist who was stationed aboard the Enterprise, and was granted similar powers by Mitchell, but whose lingering humanity allowed her to help Kirk defeat him.

Now that the backstory is out of the way, we look at a scene added to the Japanese trailer for the film not present in our version. Again, I’ll allow you a moment to check it out.

Did you see it? Cumberbatch says in a still threatening, yet saddened voice, “Is there anything you would not do for your family?” We then see a hand pressed against glass, with Spock’s hand on the other side of the glass performing the Vulcan salute. Every fan should recognize that as a clear homage to the final moments of Wrath of Khan (if you haven’t seen it, I won’t spoil it, and if you have seen it, you know why I’m tearing up thinking about this). I believe that Khan isn’t going to be the villain, mostly because it’s too easy a choice. Especially since in one scene, Cumberbatch is wearing the black Starfleet tunic like Kirk wore in the first movie. However, what is one to make of that last scene of the foreign trailer? Could that be the end of a character? Or is it just something to get all of us fanboys riled up? Oh, I can’t wait until May 17th of next year to find out!

Star Trek Into Darkness: homaging the famous Spock moment from Wrath of Khan...


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