Hey, "Star Trek Into Darkness" trailer, you got stars in my "Star Trek!"
Our first look at "Star Trek Into Darkness" was all about the doom and gloom bestowed upon our pals in Star Fleet by mystery baddie Benedict Cumberbatch, which promptly kicked off a super-duper case o' speculatin' from fans and journos about the identity of the "Sherlock" star. Is he Khan? Is he Gary Mitchell? Is he playing himself in a Charlie Kaufman-esque meta twist? Turns out, it's none of the above. Cumberbatch is playing John "Who?" Harrison, the possibly not-at-all-related to anything in "Star Trek" lore villain who seems to be out to punish the brash Captain Kirk. Is that actually who he is? Don't don't/won't know, as J.J. Abrams told us via his interview MTV Newsman Josh Horowitz, "...cool it, nerds!"
Okay, maybe he didn't say that. But he did say:
"The whole thing, not just his backstory, but his agenda, his plan, his secret, all that is what, for me at least, makes him such a frightening and cool villain," Abrams said. "Also, the real villains — when they're not just two-dimensional, angry vengeful types — don't see themselves as the bad guy. They are the good guy and have complete rationale and motivation. So true to form, the character that Benedict plays has an absolute sense of right and wrong, and he's on the right side."
"This movie was not made for 'Star Trek' fans; it was made for movie fans. But if you're a 'Star Trek' fan, I think you'll be really happy," Abrams said, once again avoiding answering the question directly. "There's a lot of stuff in here for you, but we couldn't just make the movie only for fans of 'Star Trek.' The thing about the movie that I love also is that we didn't even make it for fans of the first movie we did. A lot of sequels I've seen tend to assume you love the characters and know them really well and get things off to a fast start where you don't have any sense of investing in the characters in the beginning, so we tried to treat this as a movie that works on its own. Certainly it's a sequel, certainly if you saw the first movie, great. You don't have to have seen the first film. This movie is its own thing, and there are definitely nods to prior 'Trek' lore in the film."
To which I'll add:
There's more to this than meets the eye, me thinks. But I suggest we hang in there and be surprised by what J.J. and company have up their curiously meshy sleeves. It's a long way to May.
To which I'll also add: What's the deal with "Doctor Who's" Mickey (Noel Clarke)? Why is he dropping a United Federation of Planets(?) ring into a glass of water? Space Alka-Seltzer?
Set phasers to speculate!
"Star Trek Into Darkness" hits on May 17, 2013.