I am going to preface this that if you do not want to know the truth about Star Trek Into Darkness and who Benedict Cumberbatch is really playing, you should not be reading this.
A few hours ago, the movie had its huge world premiere in Sydney. While spoiler free reviews are popping up online, due to Abrams begging the press to not bust his lies wide open, people are leaking out the truth that JJ Abrams has been trying to hide for over a year. And it’s a truth everyone already suspected.
Benedict Cumberbatch is playing Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness. All that bullshit of him not being Khan and really “John Harrison” was just a cover to hide the truth from moviegoers. Oh, he does go by “John Harrison” in the movie…but that’s not his real name. He reveals his name to Kirk later in the movie.
Thanks to an IMDB forum poster, this is specifically how Khan fits in to the movie. As it’s a major spoiler I’m putting it in white text and you’ll need to highlight the stuff below:
“The Klingons are becoming more of a threat to the Federation. Try have already invaded two planets and are threatening more. Admiral Marcus thinks Starfleet is too weak ne focused on exploration and needs more superior weaponry to protect earth.
“Section 31 is involved. They have been scanning the region of space where presumably they tracked the Botany Bay to find the 300 year old augments and use their superior skills and intellect to build up Earth’s defences.
They find and revive Khan and use his crew’s lives against him to force him to do their dirty work…. But we only find this out as the story progresses.”
That’s all fine, and I really don’t have a problem with how they bring Khan into the picture. However, how the movie plays out actually pisses me off a little.
The Wrath of Khan isn’t just the best Star Trek movie, it’s one of the best science fiction movies ever made. The way Into Darkness plays out is like an alternate universe version of The Wrath of Khan, only without any of the lasting effects or emotional resonance of that movie.
If you want to know more you can highlight these spoilers:
-Pike dies, but this is sort of to be expected.
-Spock Prime shows up in one of the dumbest cameos ever. Basically when Khan is causing all his trouble, Spock calls his older self. Spock Prime basically says “I promised I wouldn’t reveal details of our lives, but Khan is super bad and we only defeated him with great sacrifice.” GROAN.
-Admiral Marcus is on Khan’s side, duh.
-”Khaaaaaan!” is yelled, but not by Kirk.
But if you want to know the part the made me rage, it’s the ending. I liked 2009′s Star Trek, but when you start to screw with The Wrath of Khan, then you face my wrath. This really pissed me off when I found out about it…
DO NOT HIGHLIGHT IF YOU DON’T WANT TO KNOW HOW STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS ENDS
Here’s the big stinger, Kirk does die like Spock did at the end of Wrath of Khan. However, it’s established early in the movie that Khan’s blood has magical healing properties. He’s the Holy Grail in a bottle, basically.
McCoy earlier injected some of Khan’s blood into a dead Tribble. After Kirk dies, McCoy sees the Tribble alive and realizes he can save Kirk. So Spock pursues Khan in a big chase scene, he and Uhura knock him out, and they use his blood to save Kirk who wakes up in a hospital bed. He gives a big speech and they begin the five year mission.
So instead of doing Star Trek III: The Search for Kirk, they inject some of Khan’s blood into dead Kirk and he comes back to life. Now Kirk has a little bit of Khan in him.
Help us Kal-El, you’re our only help.