STAR TREK 2 skips the Khan and moves towards the unconventional
I'm a die-hard fan of Star Trek: The Original Series. As such, I am a bit of a nut when it comes to anything regarding TOS or its accompanying universe (no pun intended). J.J. Abrams' STAR TREK came as close to capturing the feeling of TOS as anything that's come out of the show since its first seasons. STAR TREK 2 is a film that I'm hotly anticipating, and today my prayers were answered.
According to Badass Digest, STAR TREK 2 will not feature Khan as the main villain. In fact, the team behind the film is aiming to "go where no man has gone before." Read on for more details.
In addition to learning that the first draft of the STAR TREK 2 script doesn't include Khan, we've also learned that there is no real conventional villain to speak of. They're revisiting the origins of Trek and pushing for a classic character as the main protagonist.
"It’s definitely a character that will make fans of TOS excited. Think along the lines of Harry Mudd or Trelane or Gary Mitchell or the Talosians or the Horta. Actually it’s one of those that I named."
We are talking season one stuff here (which just so happens to be my favorite). Badass Digest has a great read on each one of the options listed, but I place my bets most on either the Talosians or Gary Mitchell.
If the Talosians become involved, we've got a story that plays directly into the elements of a great sci-fi film. These top-heavy aliens have the ability to turn the imaginary into reality and are focused on capturing humans to place in their zoo. Having a group provide the conflict plays into the non-villain aspect STAR TREK 2 seems to be aiming for.
Should they go for Gary Mitchell, we've got a more cliche, singular villain thing going on, but there's unique elements peppered in. First off, Mitchell is Captain Kirk's oldest friend and, after entering into the farthest reaches of space, Mitchell is endowed with god-like powers. There are a lot of interesting character conflicts that come from this dilemma and it seems more in tune with what we saw in the first film. Plus they'll be able to cast another great actor to the new TREK universe.
Either way, I think it's safe to say STAR TREK 2 is going to rock this world, and possibly others too.