Geek Out On The Dark Side

7 Dec

I’m going to place a bet, and say that the character connected to the ominous voice is not Khan Noonien Singh (via io9).

But the moment that is sure to spark the imaginations of Trekkies everywhere isn’t seen, it’s spoken — by the seeming villain played by Benedict Cumberbatch (i.e. Benny Batch). “You think your world is safe,” he intones darkly over shots that start out on Earth. “It is an illusion, a comforting lie told to protect you. Enjoy these final moments of peace. For I have returned. To have. My. Vengeance.”

You catch that? “For I have returned.” Wonder who in the Trek universe would have left Earth, only to return, filled with…what’s the right word? Wrath? Hmmm. I wonder…

It just doesn’t make sense for a franchise that has successfully, in my humble opinion, rebooted itself needs a legacy character, like Khan. It’s a smart move to sucker loyal fans with a Khan association, but create a new villain for the next generation of Trekkies. Loyal diehards like me will forgive, indeed ask for the misdirection. If anything, the first two series were always so damn earnest and straight. Why else would J.J. Abrams go out of his way not to hyphenate the title with something like “The New Generation” or a roman numeral? And, at least in the teaser, there’s none of the old Original score or monologue. The rebooted franchise can stand on its own. Anyway, it looks awesome!

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