Official synopsis released for Star Trek Into Darkness

News Simon Brew 27 Nov 2012 - 06:53

Get your first substantive, official news on the story for JJ Abrams' Star Trek sequel right here...

Given the veil of secrecy that still exists over JJ Abrams' forthcoming Star Trek sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness, the release of an official synopsis for the film is a little more momentous than it ordinarily would be. After all, we’ve barely had a hint of a story detail for months.

However, courtesy of Paramount Pictures, we get our first flavour of just what the new Star Trek film is about. And here’s how the synopsis reads:

“In Summer 2013, pioneering director J.J. Abrams will deliver an explosive action thriller that takes Star Trek Into Darkness. When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis.

With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.”

Star Trek Into Darkness is released next summer. The first trailer for the film is due in the middle of December.

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Definitely sounds like Gary Mitchell to me...

"The only family Kirk has left." We're forgetting about his brother entirely then?


Thats one of the most excitingly written synopsis' i've ever seen released (seriously)...
This had REALLY best live up to the hype created by this synopsis... can't imagine anyone was excited at all before reading this.

I am the baddie. I am Q

Couple of things:

1) 'Pioneering' ........ really? That's a bit much. Cameron, yes........... Scott, yes ............. Abrams, pushing it.

2) What on earth are Starfleet doing? "has detonated the fleet" ...... dear lord will there be hardly any left after the last film and this one. They'll be left with the Enterprise, 2 Miranda Class and a space tug at this rate.

That synopsis tells us nothing. It's a pretty typical "THIS FILM WILL FRY YOUR BRAIN WITH ITS AMAZEBALLS EPIC EXPLODY ACTION LIKE YOU'VE NEVER SEEN BEFORE!!!!!!!111!!!!" blurb written by a PR department. Still excited for it, though.

You know..they have taken SO LONG to get this film out, it had better be good. If its crap can you imagine? Why did they bother? Its taken so long to do and this is all we get ? etc etc..."Detonated the fleet..." WTF? Like what? Cartoon Bugs Bunny style with dynamite? Maybe the baddie is Wile E Coyote? After the utter boring crap fest of Skyfall, I find I no longer trust media hype and reviews for films. I am going to try reverse psychology, and hope and think it will be crap, and then maybe it will be good. What I dont want to see is a Skyfall type film with lots of sitting around, looking moody, talking and being bored. I want action, I want to see the Enterprise in a space ship battle that lasts 30 minutes at least. I want to see the crew on the ship doing their jobs, and interacting like in the old series. I dont want to see everyone split up all over running about in their own little action film segments. I want to see the big three together in banter and having fun like the Kirk, Spock and Mcoy of old. I want to see stuff on alien planets with action adventure and really wild things....hehehe if I dont get that, I suppose I still have the classic seasons to fall back on.

They're destroying the Fleet again? Hmm, okay...

Still, really looking forward to this one...

That's exactly what I was thinking.

I may be in the minority here, but I still don't think it's Mitchell. They used him in the connected IDW comics already and those are supposed to fit in canon wise with the new movies. I could be wrong, but I just don't see it.

An action thriller? So, not science fiction then.

Of course it could also be Q, Trelane or Charlie X as the 'one man WMD' but, comics canon aside, Mitchell seems to fit that bill best.

I'd be very surprised if it was Khan as some are speculating.

Hmmmm - same old story (Star Trek The Motion Picture, Star Trek The Return Home, Star Trek The Final Frontier, Star Trek Generations, Star Trek Insurrection...) just change the name of the villian, change the hardware a bit, change the camera angles, recycle the script.... goodbye forever originality!

Oh god.. I'd bet good money that it isn't Khan. I think despite what people think about Abrams, he has the good sense not to try and redo such an iconic villain on the first "fresh" take in the new universe now that the "origin" is done.

I personally can't see it being Q or Trelane. Charlie X presents an interesting idea that I hadn't considered. The other thing is that "one man WMD" is wide open for interpretation. I know we all want to jump to the conclusion that it's someone with superpowers etc.. but it could also mean someone who is just plain out trouble.

What we do know from Abrams is that it's a classic series villain and from leaked photos that he is a Starfleet officer with the strength to fight Spock. I guess Charlie would be too young at this point in the alternate timeline to be the late 30s Cumberbatch - which led me to speculate Mitchell - Q maybe as he had a penchant for dressing in uniform but otherwise I am struggling to think who else it could be.

Honestly, I'm convinced it's not Mitchell. Based solely on the comics connection, and they've been pretty adamant about how the comics line up with the movies.

As to Q.. sure he could go hand to hand with Spock, but the thing is, he wouldn't. He wouldn't need to. So I really doubt him as well.

When you suggested Charlie X, aside from the age thing, that really got me thinking. If in this timeline he somehow joined Starfleet etc.. that would make for an awesome story. I mean, I don't think it's him, but that seems more likely on the available info than the other villains you mention.


correct me if I'm wrong but, he has no brother in the new Abrams universe... seeing as his parents died before they could think to make him a sibling.

Having thought on this for a while now there is one other candidate - not with the physical power to destroy the fleet but someone who certainly has a grudge and the potential to become a terrorist or dictator... Garth of Izar from Whom Gods Destroy.

"detonated the fleet"..?

"an unstoppable force of terror", "a one man weapon of mass distruction", "an epic chess game of life and death"...let's not oversell it now.

Well his brother is older than him. Originally he was going to be the boy that became "Johnny", the boy young Kirk shouts towards at the beginning of the film.

But you're right, they've probably written him out.

Maybe it's Gary Seven from the original series but gone bad?

I've gotta say, you've got some really good ideas. I doubt entirely it's Garth.. but damn.. that's a good idea...

I guess we'll just have to wait and see. As the film approaches I will probably try to avoid articles like this because I'd like the antagonist's identity, be it Garth, Charlie X, Khan, Mitchell or some other Trek alumni we all overlooked, to be a surprise. So Den of Geek - please, when announcing the inevitable news of who Cumberbatch plays, make your headline "Trek Villain Announced" and not "Khan Is New Trek Villain"

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