Did Entertainment Weekly just reveal the 'Star Trek' villain's true identity?
Ad for new issue might have given away J.J. Abrams' game
Benedict Cumberbatch just doesn't have the presence to pull off Khan. He's just this skinny guy with no real build. As far as looks, he is absolutely nowhere close to the built muscular ubermensh that the role of Khan demands. Remember Ricardo Montalbon's pecs? Why not reimagine someone that we're not expecting. I really don't want Gary Mitchell simply because he was never an enemy by choice. Kirk said it best: "He didn't ask for what happened to him". I'd like an enemy that really has or had a beef with Kirk and really want to do him in. For something original, they could have gone with someone like Benjamin Finney from the Court Martial episode?
It's sad when we have fresher ideas than the people whose task it is to create these flicks. If they were more inspired, we wouldn't need to play armchair director.
What's next? The City On The Edge of Forever? I think that Joan Collins might still be available...
Obviously, there are differences and discrepancies with the earlier productions, but so far it is at a level I find tolerable. It does concern me that if they are not interested in holding it together with some of the continuity of issues, such as John Smith pointed out, will they be able to hold it together with other issues which were vital to the overall fabric of the stories. To me, star Trek has always been about a glorified reflection of real life ideals, social vision and resolution of conflict in an extremely diverse universe. My guess is NO, they will not be able to do it, because the social climate of the world we live in today is not conducive to those issues. They will probably take the same road of Mission Impossible, which was originally about subtlety, subterfuge and espionage, but is now about high action, big explosions and great shots of Tom Cruise looking half as cool as 007.
As far as Khan...I wish they just wouldn't do it. If the story is completely different than the original, then just make it completely different altogether, but i it's similar enough to look like the original, but isn't, then it will be a rip off. Not EVERYTHING needs to be or should be readdressed. I think it would be better to come up with interesting new concepts, and address the multitude of concepts which were never completely fleshed out before, rather than to somehow try to make better, what is already MYTHIC.