I just had the opportunity to watch Star Trek Into Darkness, the second film in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek reboot.
SPOILERS follow for Star Trek Into Darkness. You have been warned.
Before I get into who John Harrison (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) is, the villain of Star Trek Into Darkness, let’s talk Vulcan. This was Spock’s (played by Zachary Quinto) home planet that was destroyed by Nero (played by Eric Bana) in Abrams’ first Star Trek film. Vulcan’s destruction by Nero’s advanced weaponry from the Star Trek Next Generation era sets Admiral Marcus (played by Peter Weller) in Into Darkness on a path to prepare the Federation for war; a war with the Klingons and maybe others.
In his efforts to militarize the Federation, Marcus discovers an unnamed spaceship with cryogenically frozen 300 year old super-humans. He uses its thawed leader’s super-intelligence to help advance his own goals of militarizing the Federation through the creation of advanced weaponary and a massive new “Dreadnought” class ship.
John Harrison was that super-man. He is a one-year old alias for classic Star Trek villain Khan Noonien Singh; originated by actor Ricardo Montalbán in 1967’s Star Trek The Original Series episode “Space Seed” and brought to the silver screen in 1982’s Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.
We also get a classic “KKKKKKHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAANNNNNNNN” mourning shout in Star Trek Into Darkness, but not how you might think.
Even with these spoilers, there is still A LOT going on in Star Trek Into Darkness; spoilers, homages and a lot of action, humor, and strong characterization.
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Tags: Benedict Cumberbatch, J. J. Abrams, Peter Weller, Ricardo Montalban, Star Trek, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Vulcan, Zachary Quinto