Star Trek Into Darkness has a new international trailer that has enough new footage in it to essentially be a new trailer entirely. I expect we’ll be seeing versions similar to it on American television soon enough. And this looks fantastic. I’ll get my words out of the way and just point to the trailer:
There is no one in the world better at this point at condescending gravel voiced superiority than Benedict Cumberbatch. And the funny thing is, that for much of the trailer his voice was reminding me of Patrick Stewart, of Picard’s low intonations in the very darkest of times, when the diplomat would slowly boil into a cold and quiet fury that was all the more terrible than anything shouted in rage.
The trailer feels at a lot of points like Wrath of Khan and Search for Spock, with the references of going rogue out of uniform, and the familiar sight of the Enterprise plunging from orbit in flames.
And the more I see of the film, and especially given the efforts to keep plot points secret, the more I think that Cumberbatch’s character is going to end up being on the side of the angels, no matter how wrong his techniques were. I have this idea that he is trying to wake the Federation up, that his actions are not the real threat, that he is the Cassandra trying to get them to wake up to something much worse. Perhaps the Borg, perhaps something new. But likely, whatever it is will be in the third film anyway.
The other thought I have is that the character reminds me more of the Mule from Asimov’s Foundation series than anything else. The singular individual who can break empires.