As reported on TrekMovie.com, the storyline for Star Trek 12 has been cemented and scripting has begun.
Trekkies and Trekkers alike are theorizing and suggesting plots and characters to fill up the void that is left by this news: What will the story be about?
Firstly there were rumors that Kirk’s old nemesis, Khan Noonien Singh would arrive on the scene to rip Kirk and crew to shreds. There was even some discussion of who could play Khan best, since Ricardo Montalban (bless his soul) is no longer with us.
No matter what the fans are saying, it’s the writers who are going to be creating this script, and recently Damon Lindelof was quoted by TrekMovie.com as saying: “You have got to write the movie for yourself and we are obviously aware of what people are saying on the web and we are interested in it, but at the same time Trek is not about villains, it is about the crew and their relationship with each other – that family. If the villain helps sort of flesh that out and bring that to life, then we have hit a home run. It really doesn’t matter who it is, it is not like the Batman movies where you are like “OK they have done the Joker, how do you one-up the Joker?”
Lindeloff is right in saying that Star Trek was an always has been about humanity. From the very beginning, Gene Roddenberry created Star Trek as a “Wagon Train to the Stars”: essentially, the story of the colonization of space, and how it would affect the poor sots who had to do it. This is why Star trek fans agonize and salivate through every word of an Original Series episode. It’s the “humanity effect”. A character feels pain, and his brother in humanity feels it too- they discuss, they lean upon each other, and in the end, make things right. It’s also about morality. What’ right, what’s wrong, and how do we fix it.
So for now if there is an alien involved, we’re not going to be privy to whom or what it is for some time. As Star Trek fans I think we should be more interested in the timeline changes. At the time when Kirk was supposed to have been released from the academy with his classmates, he was assigned to the USS. Farragut under the command of Captain Garrovick. He was deeply involved in the first contact on planet Neural, where he met Tyree, of the Hill People. So where is the Farragut? What happened to the USS Republic, which Kirk was supposed to have served on before graduation? There was also a peace mission that Kirk went on – and eventually won the “Palm Leaf” for bringing alien cultures together. Where did it all go?
Will Tyree live and die and never meet Kirk? Will the warring alien civilizations continue to battle and cause havoc across the galaxy? What about the Romulans? No, not the one we just met, but the real Romulans? Wasn’t there supposed to have been a war? Where’s the darned Neutral Zone?
Since the next Star Trek film is to be released on June 29th, 2012, there is plenty of time for fans to argue. Please, let’s be a little more rational about this! Who cares about villains, people! Let’s start wondering how Kirk and Spock are ever going to cement their relationship.