J.J. Abrams long-awaited sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness (yes, that's the real name), is just six months away from being released, and Paramount has finally decided – or perhaps "convinced J.J. Abrams" is the correct phrase – to release a plot synopsis for the film. The summary, via Coming Soon, is as vague as any other official studio plot synopsis (what, you expected a scene-by-scene breakdown?) but it does finally give fans of the 2009 reboot a clearer indication of what's in store for them on May 17, 2013.
"When the crew of the enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis.
With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction.
As our heroes are propelled into an epic chase game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew."
Okay, so Starfleet has been betrayed from within, the entire fleet has been "detonated" (which will be pretty cool to watch, assuming that's not just a metaphor), and the plot revolves around their search for a "one man weapon of mass destruction" to save the day. That's a plot for a movie, alright. It also sounds a lot like the tease that Karl Urban accidentally let slip back in July, when [Potential Spoilers] the actor mentioned that Benedict Cumberbatch was actually playing Gary Mitchell, a former friend of Captain Kirk who developed dangerous, godlike powers in the original series episode "Where No Man Has Gone Before."
What could be a new twist on fan speculation is the idea that, if true, Cumberbatch might not actually be playing the villain after all, but potentially a neutral party (or at least chaotic neutral) needed to turn the tide against an entirely different foe.
But that's just speculation. Manhunt in space, that's what we're getting. Let's just hope it's better than those Rocky Jones movies.
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