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A Batch of Cumber: Star Trek Into Darkness Plot Summary

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | November 27, 2012 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | November 27, 2012 |

Look, you can’t have a Star Trek sequel without Roman numerals. Just consider the Next Generation films. Or don’t, one out of four just is not good enough odds to risk your brain cells in that kind of Roulette. So we’ll refer to this as Star Trek XII on general principle. I also don’t enjoy the name structurally, the way that it has the double meaning of both an implied colon (Star Trek: Into Darkness) and the literal implication of a journey into darkness. While I can dig the spirit of Joseph Conrad in there, I believe that only pornographic movies should have double meanings.

The trailer is not due to drop for another few weeks, but the studio has deigned to let us know what the film will be about. Here’s the plot summary, with the stupid PR masturbation crossed out:

“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.”

It has been inferred that the one man weapon of mass destruction is neither Lt. Riggs nor the Mule, but will be Benedict Cumberbatch’s character.

This plot summary also does not mention whether the most significant character of Abrams’ first Trek film will be returning. The one who was in every single scene, dominating the visuals and capturing attention from every other actor to grace the screen. Lens flare should have been up for an Oscar for that performance.

(source: Cinema Blend)

Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.

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