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Old December 19 2012, 08:56 AM   #121
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Re: Who is John Harrison (Possible SPOILERS or Insane Babbling)

Mister Fandango wrote: View Post
Now, I'm fairly certain that he is, in fact, Garth of Izar as a couple of others believe. Garth was a member of Starfleet...
So were a lot of other people.

...a contemporary of Pike...
Is John Harrison a contemporary of Pike?

...a masterful tactician...
Is John Harrison a masterful tactician?

...and a looneybird bent on genocide and universal domination who was eventually locked away.
Is John Harrison any of that? (He may be a terrorist, but we don't know what his motives are or if he's mentally unbalanced.)

The fact that he learned how to change his shape fits in really well with having an assumed name (which only makes sense since there wouldn't have been any reason to keep it a secret for so long if he was in fact a new character)...
What? Why would he have an assumed name and be walking around looking like Benedict Cumberbatch when he really looks like Steve Inhat? Why would the casual moviegoing audience understand or even care about something like that?

...that he was an explorer...
Is John Harrison an explorer?

...that he is a recognizable character from TOS...
Garth of Izar is not a recognizable character from TOS, outside of hard-core TOS fans. A recognizable character from TOS would be Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Scotty, Sulu, Uhura, or Chekov.

and that revealing one of his pseudonyms is a way to give people what they want without letting the actual secret out all fits.
Again, why would John Harrison need a pseudonym, if there's no real payoff for the casual audience to get the Garth reference? Did any Star Trek bad guy, past or present, need a pseudonym?

The fact that Cumberpatch bears a (very, very slight) resemblance to him is just icing on the cake.
Benedict Cumberbatch and Steve Inhat look about as much alike as Anton Yelchin and 60's Walter Koenig.
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