Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Star Trek Redux

Warning: Spoilers Ahead.

I saw the new movie, Star Trek Into Darkness. I liked it when I was watching it. The casting is spot-on, the dialogue is snappy and the action moves along at a speedy clip that rarely waxes or wanes.

But then there’s the one scene. The one scene that makes me angrier and angrier the more I think about it.

Old Spock.

I’m going to ruin a plot point right here, so cover your eyes if you don’t want to have it ruined.


Yes, KHAAAAANNNNNNN! But young Khan. Frankly, a more interesting and tragic Khan. A Khan that you’re not sure about. Maybe a Khan that could go a different direction given the right circumstances? A savior of people Khan.

And then Old Spock comes along.

The question I have for J.J. Abrams and Company is this: Why reboot the franchise with a time warp if you’re just going to pay homage to the original anyway? Get rid of the gimmicks and this could have been a spectacular movie.


Make Old Spock the unwitting villain.

The scene I refer to is, of course, the one where Spock says, “I’m not going to interfere, but … Khan is evil”.


What if Khan wasn’t “evil”? What if, in this timeline, Khan actually is a good guy? And by meddling, Old Spock is actually the one who is guilty of violating the “Prime Directive”?

How interesting would THAT movie be? How much guilt would Old Spock have for going against everything he once stood for?

That’s the movie I want to see.

Perhaps in another timeline. Kirk out.