STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS plot revealed . . .

In news that has been reported pretty much everywhere . . .

I want to know what you strangers and aliens think about this information. We’ve got the official synopsis, and I have a few thoughts of my own . . . but let the fanboy speculation begin!!!

Here is the official synopsis of Star Trek Into Darkness. Vague spoilers ahead . . .

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.

So we now know about the villain. An “unstoppable force of terror” is involved, and a “one man weapon of mass destruction.” I think they are two different things. I think the force of terror created the weapon of mass destruction.

But I could see the case for Khan still being made.

I know Gary Mitchell, the guy with glowing eyes who turned into a God and almost killed his best buddy James T. Kirk in the second pilot that they made for the original series, is also being tossed around a possibly suspect. “Friendships torn apart” seems to reveal this.

But what interests ME, personally, is the “manhunt into a war-zone” aspect. When they first revealed the title, I said that I hoped the title meant we would get something of a “Heart of Darkness“/”Apocalypse Now” vibe, of journeying through a dark, deadly land to find one of their own who has gone bad.

This refers to the Jospeh Conrad book, Heart of Darkness, which was adapted into the movie Apocalypse Now — both tell the story of a man journeying physically and metaphorically into the dark interior of a jungle (the Congo in the original, Vietnam during the war in the movie) in search of Kurtz, who has gone mad and believes himself to be something of a god to the inhabitants. Star Trek has played with this idea before.

And I can’t help thinking they are using this as their roadmap. If so, I heartily approve of the title.

What do you think? Do you believe I have gone mad?  We know what the title is, we know what the synopsis is . . . there is SO much more to talk about!

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