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Revised Star Trek Into Darkness Synopsis Makes Some Changes

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Of all the Star Trek Into Darkness material we’ve seen so far, the official synopsis has been one of the most useful for trying to determine who Cumberbatch’s villain is, or at least what sort of character he is. Now a revised version of the official synopsis has been released, and while the changes may be largely for the sake of streamlining, it’s still worth noting the differences. Here’s the new version:

In Summer 2013, director J.J. Abrams will deliver an explosive action thriller that takes Star Trek Into Darkness.

In the wake of a shocking act of terror from within their own organization, the crew of The Enterprise is called back home to Earth. In defiance of regulations and with a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads his crew on a manhunt to capture an unstoppable force of destruction and bring those responsible to justice.

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.

Now compare that to the original version…

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.

The clever folks over at TrekMovie put the two synopses under their super-duper microscope and pointed out several possibly important changes.

  • The new version adds that Kirk is acting “in defiance of regulations” in his hunt for Cumberbatch’s “John Harrison.” That certainly fits with Kirk’s history and personality. I do recall him stealing the Enterprise at one point…
  • They’ve removed the bit about how Harrison’s act of terror “detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis.” As TrekMovie points out, that could just be a bit of prose streamlining, but it could also be because they decided “detonated the fleet” could be taken to mean that Harrison actually, literally blew up the fleet. I imagine it was a bit of metaphor, but blowing up Starfleet would certainly count as an act of terror.
  • They changed the description of Harrison as a “one man weapon of mass destruction” to “an unstoppable force of destruction.” Seems just a matter of semantics, but you never know.
  • The phrase “bring those responsible to justice” suggests Harrison will not be acting alone. Given his description of being a terrorist, that certainly makes sense.” In fact, the Cumberbatch scene shown in the nine-minute IMAX preview could hint at how Harrison operates and/or recruits followers.

Star Trek Into Darkness opens in theaters on May 17, 2013.

Comments

  • http://www.facebook.com/igniterider Ian Neo Lincoln

    I think Khan and Gary Mitchell can be laid to rest. As for the fleet. The entire cadet fleet got wiped out save enterprise. Straight forward bombs and sabotage from a leader of a network of terrorist could destroy the main fleet. Definitely subtle changes in the reworked synopsis so that people don’t go expecting a “naff of khan” or a reworked series episode. Expect Mr Abrams to be entirely original again.

  • Swoltz

    I’m starting to wonder if his name really isn’t “John Harrison”. I watched the 2009 movie yesterday, and I always wondered why when young Kirk drives by that boy walking, they did this brief dramatic close-up…but I had forgotten that Kirk yells “Hey, JOHNNY!” when he does. Coincidence?!

    • Yogibearinyourface

      Supposedly, Johnny is his older brother. There is a deleted scene/outtake where Johnny says that he can’t live under “their” step dads roof any longer, so he leaves. That’s why JTK blows by him on the side of the road. Maybe all parties involved set John Harrison in motion in the first film. It would be cool if he was Kirk’s brother, hence the line “Is there anything you would not do for your family?” I’m just dreaming here….but it could be pretty cool. I’m sure I’ll catch hell for my opinion.

      • Justyn

        No, George Kirk is his older brother.

    • heronymo

      Finally, a theory other than Khan, Mitchell, or Garth. Good catch!

      Can’t wait for this movie to come out. Then all this can finally be put to rest lol

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=827859671 David Wharton

      Yeah, that’s a great catch. Weirdly enough, that actor was actually cast to play Kirk’s brother, but when most of his scenes were cut they just changed his name to Johnny and made him one of Kirk’s childhood friends.

    • Justyn

      That was Kirk’s brother… George Kirk. He said “Hey Georgie” as he drove by, not Johnny.

      • Justyn

        Well… Apparently not. Guess that was a cannon rewrite by Abrams. How quaint. :-/

    • Justyn