Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Star Trek Into Darkness Plot Synopsis

In likely prep for the upcoming 9 minute preview with The Hobbit in IMAX 3D and trailer, Paramount has revealed the official synopsis for Star Trek Into Darkness.
In Summer 2013, pioneering director J.J. Abrams will deliver an explosive action thriller that takes “Star Trek Into Darkness.”

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 chess 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.
Some of the phrases are very stilted and strangely phrased suggesting this synopsis was very carefully crafted to reveal as little as possible yet allow fans to insert whatever assumptions they want while not being actually a lie once the full story is revealed next summer. For example "own organization" could mean Starfleet. It could also mean the Federation. The choice of "detonated the fleet" is also very odd as not something you would save when a bunch of ships get destroyed. Again the ships do not necessarily have to be Starfleet since the Federation as a whole has its own. How does destroying a fleet also destroy what is symbolizes? A Federation fleet for peace or exploration perhaps? Then there is the personal score. Why is it personal? Is the "one man weapon of mass destruction" an ex-member of his crew or from his past? Or like the Star Trek Prime Kirk, an attack on the Federation or Starfleet is by default personal? One thing for sure, it is clear that Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan was used as a blueprint as have a personal story around Captain Kirk and a threat to the Federation as an allegory to contemporary times. In this case can't get more contemporary then a terrorist using weapons of mass destructions leading to a hunt in a warzone. Lots of questions and no answers until next summer.

1 comment:

  1. A very intriguing synopsis. It sounds a lot like Gary Mitchell.