How STAR TREK 3 (2016) Can Exceed Expectations

How STAR TREK 3 (2016) Can Exceed Expectations

Star Trek (2009) was pretty great... Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) was kinda good albeit marketed incorrectly... here is how the 50th Anniversary film can shine.

Firstly... I'm going to get this out... I am a lifelong Trekkie that started watching Star Trek with the original series weekend reruns that the good ole' Sci-Fi Channel aired. You know, before the hip and trendy name change. 

Secondly I think they should quit with trying to play up the nostalgia factor. Star Trek is already an established cultural icon that everyone knows about. Just have Kirk be Kirk, Spock be Spock, Bones be Bones... ect... ect... besides, if you REALLY want to bring in a new generation... how much do you want to bet that they HAVE nostalgia related to Star Trek?

On to how Star Trek 3, not The Search For Spock of course, can be a fantastic sci-fi action adventure film that poses sociological questions without being a war mongering action thriller. 

STORY: Adapt the "Whom Gods Destroy" storyline. Garth of Izar is a fantastic adversary that offers the opportunity for the crew to explore the far reaches of this new Trek universe. Perhaps add a twist that Garth was driven insane looking for some ancient legend in the area about gaining access to other parts of the brain... like from the powers of the Q.

Start with a cold open... akin to James Bond... set up that the crew has been out on the new Five Year Mission for either a year or two AT LEAST. Show that they are the Enterprise crew now. No more trials that are supposed to lead to them down the road. Maybe the cold open could allude to the tensions with the Klingons while the rest of the story is NOT about that like Thanos. 

Maybe have the Enterprise report to a Starbase... hear about Garth of Izar's ship being "shot down" and then they get dispatched. I'm not going to go into a full plot, but have Kirk dealing with looking up to Garth for so long only to have seen him fall so far, get the REAL Bones/Kirk/Spock dynamic, get more background on Chekov, Sulu and Scotty with perhaps LESS of Uhura. Yes, I said it. But she and Spock have had PLENTY of development, let some others shine.

The point of Star Trek is "To Boldy Go Where No One Has Gone Before" so do that. Explore the human boundaries of greater access to the brain and ultimate knowledge. 

Starfleet is meant to be NASA, not the Department of Defense.


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Alphadog - 7/31/2014, 1:12 AM
Now that I've read about that story I like it but I'm not sure that it fits with the whole idea of exploring the universe.
MrSotoMan - 7/31/2014, 3:28 AM
Given the events of Into Darkness, it would be incredibly stupid to ignore the Klingons, even then, something that isn't actually a humanoid figure, like an entity would serve best as the big bad in the third movie. Sure have Klingons, but the big bad should be an entity of sorts.
WeddingTux - 7/31/2014, 7:20 AM
This is a... good idea

TheDonOfGotham - 7/31/2014, 12:36 PM
What's a "Cold Open"? Do you mean they should bring a jacket cause it's gonna get chilly?
Wolf38 - 8/2/2014, 1:33 AM
They've got the cold opens down to a science in the past two films, although the last one, with the Enterprise underwater (among other things) was not much to my liking.

I find this story idea interesting, although whether it is 'big' enough for a feature film, I'm not sure. But I would like to see a story with a group of wild-card adversaries in the mix.

As far as crew members, I think that Bones is the one who needs the most attention. I expect (and want) plenty of Uhura, and while she's been onscreen a lot, how much do we really know about her? Scotty got his own sub-plot in Into Darkness, so I hope that this next film gives Pegg a bit of a rest.

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