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Star Trek Into Darkness Teases ‘Unstoppable Force of Terror’

First there was a cryptic title. Then there was a sly three-frame preview. And now there’s an honest-to-goodness synopsis for director J.J. Abrams’ eagerly anticipated sequel Star Trek Into Darkness. Sure, it’s vague, referring to “unstoppable force of terror from within their own organisation” and “a one man weapon of mass destruction,” but we can safely presume that’s Benedict Cumberbatch’s mysterious villain, whom we figured out months ago is a member of Starfleet. Still, that’s something, right?

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.

Star Trek Into Darkness, which opens May 17, 2013, also stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Bruce Greenwood, Alice Eve and Peter Weller.


  • Fiascocoyote

    It could be about Kirk and Spock discovering a new recipe for cheescake and I’d go see it.

  • Chris

    While it’s interesting to see them diverge from the original timeline by now supposedly getting rid of the starfleet, I imagine this storyline won’t go well with the Trek fans who like the shows and previous movies because of their optimism and sci-fi storytelling as oppossed to summer action films.
      Even the more action-oriented Star Trek films from the original crew such as TWOK and TUC had some sort of message, same with TNG’s First Contact.

  • Paul Moses

    Exactly.  This is not really Star Trek.  Roddenberry would not approve.

  • Bass Guitar Hero

    Roddenberry would actually love this. He was quoted once saying that Trek could live on without him and be reinvented one day. The only thing Roddenberry really hated was studio execs telling him what he could and could not do.

  • Lewis4510

    Sounds like that this will be a mash up of different episodes and characters from TOS. In the episode “Where No man Has Gone Before” Lt. Gary Mitchell got his powers from exposure to an alien energy source. In the movie I believe he gets the from being genetically enhanced as part of a covert Starfleet super soldier program using illegal techniques left over from the Eugenics Wars. Mashing together the two characters Khan and Mitchell.

  • Jimmy

    It’s not Gary Mitchell. He’s already appeared in the comic bridging the two films. The comic, according to the film’s production team, is canon.

  • Jimmy