In late breaking news tonight, nearly a week after the passing of Leonard Nimoy, another tall figure in Star Trek history has passed away. Writer and producer Harve Bennett died today at his Oregon home, ending what had been a long and prolific career primarily as a TV producer and executive. By and large though, nerds everywhere will remember him as the man that got the Star Trek franchise back on track in 1982 when he made a number of shrewd moves that lead to the production of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Bennett is being remember tonight as the unsung hero of Trek, someone that made sure that the series lived long and prospered during some lean years. (more…)
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
The rumors about the real identity of the villain in J.J.Abrams‘ Star Trek into Darkness continue to swirl around the Internet like a runaway transporter beam, coalescing then disappearing like smoke in the wind. When one of the major characters in the upcoming film makes a public appearance at an event, they know they’re going to get the Khan question: Is Benedict Cumberbatch‘s mysterious John Harrison character really Khan?
Alice Eve, who plays Carol Marcus (Kirk love interest?) seemed ready and quite definite in her answer while working the Red Carpet at the BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) awards last night. I re-checked all I’ve learned from watching CSI, Tell Me Lies, Doctor Phil and couldn’t find any tell-tale indicators that she wasn’t completely honest in her answer.
“He’s not playing Khan,”
I’ve come to the personal conclusion that she is telling the truth, Cumberbatch is not playing Khan. He’s playing the role that Judson Scott played in the Star Trek: Wrath of Khan, Khan’s right hand man and number two, Joachim. Khan, perhaps played by Peter Weller, will make an appearance at the end of the movie setting up the story of the third movie, but then again maybe I’m wrong, it won’t be the first or last time.
J.J. Abrams‘ Star Trek into Darkness hits theater screens on May 15th starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, John Cho, Bruce Greenwood, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin Alice Eve, and Peter Weller.
The official word is out that the Star Trek sequel, J. J. Abrams‘ baby, will be hitting IMAX theaters in full 3D glory when its released on May 17, 2013! I’m sure many nerds will be pleased by this because … well, because. Hit the jump for the full press release! But before we get to that, there’s another little bit of Star Trek news to share with y’all. Turns out that in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Khan Noonien Singh actually had a child. Yep. And there’s visual proof! From Badass Digest:
Khan originally had a child. In the movie the child first appears as Terrell and Chekov come upon the Botany Bay; Chekov sees the kid through a window briefly, and then the child scurries away. It’s a moment of added tension as the two examine the wreckage of the ancient ship. The baby doesn’t show up again until the very end, and his return comes at a very sobering time. As the USS Reliant is in ruins, as Khan is all but defeated, he activates the Genesis Device, which still sits on the transporter pad. Attracted by the bright lights, the baby crawls towards the device… which then detonates, turning the Mutari Nebula into the Genesis Planet and killing everybody.
It’s definitely an interesting plot point. Would you guys have wanted this to stay in the final cut of the story, or do you think this choice worked out for the better?