Star Trek Sequel: Spoiler Edition
If you can't stand spoilers, look away now. This post is SPOILERIFIC!
If you're still here, we're going to assume that you're as big of a fan of spoilers as we are. There's something exciting about finding out small pieces of information about the movies and TV shows that we're all looking forward to, and the second Star Trek movie is one of the most anticipated ones out there for sci-fi geeks.
Unfortunately for us spoiler-fiends, it's also one of the hardest movies to find out information about (clearly the head script writer, Damon Lindelof, learned something about keeping the audience in suspense on his days running the show LOST). So it's understandable that we were thrilled to discover that TrekMovie.com had a few major spoilers for the movie up their sleeves. As always with spoilers, it's important to remember that none of this information is set in stone, nor is it from an official source.
Leonard Nimoy IS BACK
This one's a real surprise, as Leonard Nimoy announced he was done with acting after portraying William Bell in Fringe (amazing casting there) and Spock Prime in the first Star Trek reboot movie. But somehow J.J. Abrams convinced Nimoy, who's in his 80's, to come back for the sequel. Are we going to see Spock Prime helping build a new Vulcan colony? Is he going to get a chance to see the Enterprise? Might he advise Kirk on how to handle the movie's villain (more on that in Spoiler #2), since he's dealt with him a time or two before? Speculation possibilities on what Nimoy's role might be are endless, but here's hoping it has the meat of his role in the first Star Trek and isn't just a cameo. (Also, since he apparently came out of retirement for J.J. Abrams, can Fringe fans hope to see William Bell make one final appearance in the newly announced fifth and last season?)
Those rumors about Benedict Cumberbatch? Yup, they're true—Khan IS BACK TOO.
Khan was one of the most iconic bad guys of the original series, and the only one to make a reappearance in the movies. It's understandable that Abrams & Co. want to reintroduce this baddie to a new generation of Star Trek fans, but those devoted to the original series wonder if this might be Khan-overkill. At the same time, this spoiler isn't really a surprise, as it's been rumored for quite awhile. If nothing else, it will be interesting to see what they'll do with Khan and how they make him over into something entirely new.
KLINGONS. (Need I say more?)
There were actually scenes with Klingons cut out of the original Star Trek movie (the reboot original... This is getting confusing). If you ever wondered why Nero, played by Eric Bana, had a chunk missing from his ear after his initial appearance, it's because he was captured by the Klingons and taken to Rura Penthe (if you don't know what that is, you must watch Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. Now. Go on, this article can wait.). These scenes are available as extras on the Blu-Ray edition of the movie, so it's not really a mystery as to whether the Klingons will follow the appearance of the original series (no forehead ridges) or The Next Generation and beyond (forehead ridges). It's worth speculating, though, about what role they will play, and it's exciting to think that this iconic race will have a part to play in the next movie.
All we can say is 2013 can't come soon enough.
Do the spoilers make you more or less excited to see the new Star Trek?