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Star Trek Movies XI+ Discuss J.J. Abrams' rebooted Star Trek here.

View Poll Results: Who is John Harrison?
A new character named John Harrison 26 23.64%
A new character with the psuedonym John Harrison 16 14.55%
Khan 19 17.27%
Gary Mitchell 19 17.27%
Harry Mudd 3 2.73%
Nero 0 0%
Trelane 1 0.91%
Other (Please Explain) 26 23.64%
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Old December 11 2012, 04:18 PM   #1
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Who is John Harrison (Possible SPOILERS or Insane Babbling)

So, who is John Harrison?

Personally I think he is a character we have met before we has assumed a new identity for some reason or another. It could be that the new timeline has set his life in the direction where he ends up in Section 31 as Starfleet's version of James Bond. Or he could be listed as dead and works under an assumed name for one reason or another.

I'm still leaning towards the presumed dead Gary Mitchell--who may have had a long connection with Carol Marcus.

I do not however think it is Khan or any of his men. It would strain things for Khan to be found by someone else and then fake an identity to gain vengeance for something.
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Old December 11 2012, 04:24 PM   #2
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I think he's a new character. It would be the most interesting option to me. I've said it before, I'll say it again - why would I want to see a story I've seen before retold with different actors? Why would they go to the trouble of rebooting an entire universe to retell a story that's already been told?
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Old December 11 2012, 04:39 PM   #3
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I think he's a new character. It would be the most interesting option to me. I've said it before, I'll say it again - why would I want to see a story I've seen before retold with different actors? Why would they go to the trouble of rebooting an entire universe to retell a story that's already been told?
Bringing back a character doesn't mean retelling the same story that featured him. The Wrath of Khan was a completely different story from "Space Seed." The 2009 movie had Pike, but it was completely unlike "The Cage." It also had Sarek and Amanda but was completely unlike "Journey to Babel" (though parts of it were very close to scenes from "Yesteryear").
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Old December 11 2012, 04:44 PM   #4
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Old December 11 2012, 04:47 PM   #5
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I think he's a new character. It would be the most interesting option to me. I've said it before, I'll say it again - why would I want to see a story I've seen before retold with different actors? Why would they go to the trouble of rebooting an entire universe to retell a story that's already been told?
Bringing back a character doesn't mean retelling the same story that featured him. The Wrath of Khan was a completely different story from "Space Seed." The 2009 movie had Pike, but it was completely unlike "The Cage." It also had Sarek and Amanda but was completely unlike "Journey to Babel" (though parts of it were very close to scenes from "Yesteryear").
But none of those characters were really the focus of the story. They were there as familiar parts of the setting to establish that the universe is similar and familiar and then they blew up Vulcan to show it was very different and the focus of the movie was getting the crew together. The origin story.

Now, you're not wrong - they could bring in Khan and do a different story with him. Or Mitchell. The problem is, Space Seed and WNMHGB were stellar, memorable episodes and TWOK is still a perfect movie. It doesn't make sense to compete with those - and make no mistake, they will be compared if that is the case.

I prefer to see the Star Trek mythos expanded upon. I'd rather have a new villain to hate than a different reason to hate Khan.
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Old December 11 2012, 05:08 PM   #6
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The problem is, Space Seed and WNMHGB were stellar, memorable episodes and TWOK is still a perfect movie. It doesn't make sense to compete with those - and make no mistake, they will be compared if that is the case.

I prefer to see the Star Trek mythos expanded upon. I'd rather have a new villain to hate than a different reason to hate Khan.
By that logic should the Dark Knight have not used the Joker since Batman '89 was the only good Burton film?

Should TUC not have had Klingons since they had been used in many episodes and movies beforehand.

Now I personally don't think that Khan shows up in the movie. And if he did I wouldn't want him wandering around under an assumed identity without a really good reason, but I would have no problems at all if Khan did show up in the new timeline.
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Old December 11 2012, 05:16 PM   #7
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I think this is a new character and we'll just have to wait for some more info to see if that's true.
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Old December 11 2012, 05:30 PM   #8
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By that logic should the Dark Knight have not used the Joker since Batman '89 was the only good Burton film?

Should TUC not have had Klingons since they had been used in many episodes and movies beforehand.
The Klingon argument is nonsense. By that logic I would never want to see a human in a sequel because there were humans in the previous one. They didn't reuse Kruge or Klaa for TUC. They had new (and great) characters in Chang and Gorkon.

As for Joker reuse, I think that's more acceptable because comic storytelling always has that. The villains always turn back up over and over again with some crazy new plan. Each hero has their rogues gallery that they pull from time and again.

Trek literally has a galaxy filled with characters that haven't had their story told yet - why continue to play in the shallow waters of Trek past?
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Old December 11 2012, 06:11 PM   #9
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Kirk's Iowa childhood friend Johnny. Wanting vengeance because he was left behind on earth and had to move to London, England where constant rain made him suffer severe colds
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Old December 11 2012, 06:15 PM   #10
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What is that thing on Cumberbatch's right forearm?

Reflection on the glass door?
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Old December 11 2012, 06:32 PM   #11
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What is that thing on Cumberbatch's right forearm?

Reflection on the glass door?
it's where he keeps his Ceti Eel
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Old December 11 2012, 06:56 PM   #12
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So far, it looks like he's either Khan or a follower of Khan.
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Old December 11 2012, 07:00 PM   #13
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Has anyone tried to anagram his name?
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Old December 11 2012, 07:07 PM   #14
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Bishop76 wrote: View Post
I think he's a new character. It would be the most interesting option to me. I've said it before, I'll say it again - why would I want to see a story I've seen before retold with different actors? Why would they go to the trouble of rebooting an entire universe to retell a story that's already been told?
I have no problem with revisiting people, places, things seen before. Think about it. With the new timeline we still have V-ger, the giant omeba, the whale probe, the doomsday maching, Nomad, etch are now out there again to be run into. I would find it fascinating to see them encountered again by this crew. They are the same people as the prime ones but with a different back story and so they may approach it differently.

What I would really like is to not completely ignore them. Those things are out there and some are on their way to Earth. What about a passing reference in communications traffic about an encounter by another starship. I didn't like TNG trying to ignore most of TOS and I think have some nods or new takes on events seen before done.
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Old December 11 2012, 07:11 PM   #15
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By that logic should the Dark Knight have not used the Joker since Batman '89 was the only good Burton film?

Should TUC not have had Klingons since they had been used in many episodes and movies beforehand.
The Klingon argument is nonsense. By that logic I would never want to see a human in a sequel because there were humans in the previous one. They didn't reuse Kruge or Klaa for TUC. They had new (and great) characters in Chang and Gorkon.

As for Joker reuse, I think that's more acceptable because comic storytelling always has that. The villains always turn back up over and over again with some crazy new plan. Each hero has their rogues gallery that they pull from time and again.

Trek literally has a galaxy filled with characters that haven't had their story told yet - why continue to play in the shallow waters of Trek past?
If Konom would ever show up in a movie i would have a huge nerdgasm.
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