Revenge of the villains! ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ already feels like recycled remake
Like everyone, I watched the Star Trek Into Darkness teaser trailer (or announcement trailer, which many people were calling it). And after seeing it a few more times, I’m left thinking… wow, I feel like I’ve seen all this already.
A powerful villain attacks Earth to avenge some past wrong. We don’t necessarily know which character Benedict Cumberbatch plays (is it Khan? Doubtful; Gary Mitchell? Not likely (although it should be/have been); Charlie Evans from TOS episode “Charlie X” (via The Ready Room)? Very possible, and interesting), but he already seems to be similar to the one in the last movie.
Eric Bana was a Romulan out to seek vengeance for the destruction of his home planet in the 2009 reboot. This included destroying the planet Vulcan, torturing Spock (one version of him, anyway) and nearly destroying Earth. This came after Star Trek Nemesis, the last involving The Next Generation crew, with a villain named Shinzon (and portrayed by Tom Hardy) who was out for revenge (which drove a large part of his actions).
Now we’ve got another guy, who seems to share Bana’s fashion sense, out for revenge. What or why we don’t quite know, but either way it feels like villains can’t want other things in this new, Star Trek 90210.
To a degree I guess I understand the logic. These last few villains all seem to be modeled after the film franchise’s most famous bad guy, Khan. As such, revenge is a key ingredient. But why does it need to be the central driving force so often?
Look, I’m anxious to see how this all pans out, don’t get me wrong. But where’s the new? So far it just all feels like all they want to do is recycle and reuse.
Okay, you gave us a new Captain Kirk and a new Spock and a new ship. Now give us a new story. Give us some new characters. Give us something we haven’t seen over and over again for the last 50-odd years. (Of course, this isn’t all that new to people who haven’t seen Star Trek before, so maybe that’s all they’re really counting on.)
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