The upcoming sequel to director, J.J. Abrams' intensified, sexified reboot, Star Trek Into Darkness finally has some light shed on its mysterious plot thanks to an official press release by Paramount.
This time, it's not about rebellion, finding your place in the world, and fighting planet-destroying time-travelers, among other things most people do when coming to adulthood. Nope, this time, for Chris Pine's Captain James Tiberius Kirk, the battle comes home and it's personal!
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.
Of course, like any good bit of movie news teeming with rabid fan speculation, the revelation is predictably ambiguous, leaving us all with even more questions.
The most prominent question regarding this film surrounds the exact identity of Benedict Cumberbatch's villain role.
Described as "an unstoppable force of terror" from within Starfleet, a sizable majority of fans now believe that Cumberbatch is not, as previously rumored, playing the more famous Khan Noonien Singh, but rather, would be playing Gary Mitchell; an Enterprise senior officer and one of Kirk's oldest friends.
In 1966's "Where No Man Has Gone Before," the second pilot for the original series that introduces, among others, William Shatner's Captain Kirk himself, Mitchell (played by Gary Lockwood) came into contact with a strange space barrier which turned him into a silver-eyed, irrational megalomaniac with ESP and God-like powers. -- Not to spoil it, but things ended badly with a lot of death and explosions.
If Into Darkness is indeed an updated version of that episode, it would be a nice nod to longtime fans and would show that, despite the new franchise's more in-your-face aesthetics and new attitude, that it is still doing its part to contribute to the Star Trek legacy.
Of course, we're still speculating and for all we know, J.J. Abrams might be throwing us a curveball culminating in the revelation that they were in purgatory the whole time.
Star Trek Into Darkness chases "Might Be Gary Mitchell" across the galaxy to theaters on May 17, 2013.