A Happy Thanksgiving post is our most recent effort??? What the deuce?? We are terrible nerds. I for one am ashamed of us both. Gah!
How about a quick reintroduction... Nerd-dom, I am kapgar. I am one of you. Hear me roar.
Well, a confused roar anyway.
I've been reading some more updates about Star Trek Into Darkness and I am a bit befuddled. Currently, they are saying that Benedict Cumberbatch (he who I detailed in a much earlier post) is going to be neither Gary Mitchell nor Khan. Officially, his character's name is John Harrison.
Who is "John Harrison"? Well, you got me by my taped-bridge spectacles. Nobody knows. And J.J. Abrams is being as intentional obfuscating about details as J.J. Abrams is known to be.
I've seen pictures and trailers where Cumberbatch is clearly shown in Starfleet regalia indicating he's a part of some starship's crew, presumably the Enterprise. And I saw another scene in the trailer where it looks like beams of power are either shooting into or out of his hands. This, to me, would make me think he's Gary Mitchell.
Then there's the casting of Alice Eve as Dr. Carol Marcus, the head of the Genesis project, former lover of James T. Kirk, and mother to their son (at least insofar as Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan built her up). Since the Genesis project was so closely tied to the plot in ST2, this fact leads me to believe he's Khan.
There is also a third alternative being posited that he's Khan as a member of Starfleet, either in disguise or prior to him becoming the Kirk-reviling baddie we've all come to know and love. This could also be played with a bit more since we're now very well entrenched in an alternative Star Trek universe due to the happenings of J.J.'s first Trek foray in 2009.
I don't know what to think about Cumberbatch's role anymore. This whole thing is annoying, but fascinating. I am dying to see this movie. Well, that may be a poor choice of words considering what J.J. did for a real dying fan recently.
Mr. Abrams, I may be ticked at how intentionally misleading you are being right now about the film, but what you did for Dan Craft was above and beyond. Kudos to you.