Nerd Rants: Just Who is That Man in the STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS Trailer?

Posted January 1, 2013 by Derek Hansen in Features

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Paramount recently released a new image of the up coming J.J. Abrams film STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS. The image shows Chirs Pine as Kirk, Zachery Quinto as Spock, and the mysterious new villain played by Benedict Cumberbatch as he is being held in the brig. The image itself doesn’t give much away as it’s in the trailer, BUT  it was the caption provided by paramount that has the Trek forms going to red alert. The character’s name is….. John Harrison. Wait what ? Who’s that? So I did some digging and the closest I could find was… John Harriman.


John Harriman who was the captain of the Excelsior-class USS Enterprise NCC-1701-B (which became active on 2293 shortly after the events of STAR TREK VI: THE UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY) shown in the film STAR TREK: GENERATIONS. Problem there is, John Harriman was in grad school when Enterprise-A went on the first 5 year mission (2266) with Kirk and Spock in the non J.J. Abrams timeline. So either Paramount slipped up (which I doubt) or they put a name out there to mislead us.

Other candidates for the villain are : Khan Noonien Singh


At this point in the assumed timeline Khan would still be frozen aboard the S.S. Botany Bay and wont be found by Kirk until Stardate 3141.9 (2267) during the events of “space seed” episode 22 season 1 of the original series. On the other hand, it could be Khan due to the fact that Carol Marcus played by Alice Sophia Eve is in the newer film. She was Kirk’s old flame in the late 2250’s early 2260’s, and unknown to him, the mother of  his son David Marcus (2261-2285). She also was the head of the “Project Genesis” which played a major part of the movie STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN. There’s also the shot at the end of the trailer where you have Kirk and Spock saying goodbye to one another much like they did in STAR TREK II when Spock is dying from radiation poisoning.


The other candidate could be  Gary Mitchell


Long time friend of Kirk from the days at the academy when Kirk was a lieutenant and instructor there. In episode 3 season 1 “Where No Man Has Gone Before” he is hit with a galactic barrier that gives him god like abilities. When Mitchell becomes violent and dangerous Kirk is forced to strand him on the plant Delta Vega. But the plan fails and in the end Kirk kills Mitchell. Or did he? The problem here is the timeline again. Due to the events of the newest movie, Kirk becomes Captain at the end of that story, which means Kirk and Mitchell never meet.

In any case,  I’m super excited for the new film to see who this character actually is. Tell us what your thoughts and feelings are on the identity of the mysterious villain.

STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS lands in theaters May 17th 2013

Till more news, live long and prosper.

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Derek Hansen

NugneH! Derek here! Academy of Art University grad, have my BFA in 3D animation and VFX. Live in the bay area. Huge Star Trek and Star Wars fan, I’m a big gamer, love comics, movies, long walks on the beach, pressing flowers …… cough I mean working out and bro stuff. I also enjoy biking, photography, and drawing.

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    The whole point of J.J.’s first foray into Star Trek was to reset the timeline. By essentially restarting the series from the beginning, he was to able to pre-exonerate himself from future transgressions in the venerated Trek timeline. This, in my opinion, is what makes Abrams so frustrating as a writer. Too often, his protagonists are both ruined, then saved by an all-bets-are-off time travel caveat. Both Lost and Fringe used time travel to erase many mistakes the characters made. I can only hope he steers far from his time travel crutch in the next film. Having lived with J.J. Abrams for the better part of 2 decades now it has become clear he is unable to hide his influences. Lurking just barely below the surface they are starting to wear through. I am worried that he is going to present what is essentially a thinly veiled remake of Wrath of Kahn. I sincerely hope I am wrong, the trailer is pretty rad.

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