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Old October 1 2013, 06:17 PM   #1
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My name is.....SORAN!

James T. Kirk: Who the hell are you?

John Harrison: A remnant of a race long forgot. A race of listeners, superior so as to lead others to peace. But we were attacked by a cybernetic race and forced into exile. For years we travelled, hoping things would be different. But as a result of the destruction of Vulcan your Starfleet began to aggressively search distant quadrants of space. My ship was found adrift. I alone was captured

James T. Kirk: I looked up John Harrison. Until a year ago he didn't exist.

John Harrison: John Harrison was a fiction created the moment I was taken by your Admiral Marcus to help him advance his cause, a smokescreen to conceal my true identity. My name is... SORAN.

James T. Kirk: Why would a Starfleet admiral ask you for help?

Soran: Because I am better.

James T. Kirk: At what?

Soran: Everything. Alexander Marcus needed to respond to an uncivilized threat in a civilized time, and for that, he needed an El-Aurians mind - my mind - to design weapons and warships.

Spock: You are suggesting the Admiral violated every regulation he vowed to uphold, simply because he wanted to exploit your intellect.

Soran: He wanted to exploit my knowledge of what is to come! Of what might have been in another reality! Intellect alone is useless in a fight, Mr. Spock. Marcus used me to design weapons. I helped him realize his vision of a militarized Starfleet. He sent you to use those weapons, to fire my torpedoes on a star that would cause it to collapse, and then he purposely crippled your ship in enemy space, leading to one inevitable outcome: the Klingons would come searching for whoever was responsible, and you would have no chance of escape. Marcus would finally have the war he talked about, the war he always wanted.

James T. Kirk: No, I watched you open fire in a room full of unarmed Starfleet officers! You killed them in cold blood!

Soran: Marcus took my people from me!

James T. Kirk: You are a murderer!

Soran: He used my friends to control me. I tried to smuggle them to safety by concealing them in the very weapons I have designed. But I was discovered. I had no choice but to escape alone. And when I did, I had every reason to suspect that Marcus had killed every single one of the people I hold most dear. So I responded in kind. My people are my family, Kirk. Is there anything you would not do for your family?

_________

Spock: Mr Spock.
Spock Prime: Mr Spock.
Spock: I will be brief. In your travels, did you ever encounter a man named Soran?
Spock Prime: As you know, I have made a vow never to give you information that could potentially alter your destiny. Your path is yours to walk, and yours alone. That being said, Doctor Tolian Soran is the most dangerous adversary the Enterprise ever faced. He is brilliant, ruthless and he will not hesitate to kill every single one of you.
Spock: Did you defeat him?
Spock Prime: At great cost, yes.
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Old October 1 2013, 06:53 PM   #2
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Re: My name is.....SORAN!

Alt-alt-verse fic?
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Old October 1 2013, 07:27 PM   #3
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I'm fairly certain this isn't the FanFic forum.

Also, Soran couldn't give two shits about anyone except Soran.
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Old October 1 2013, 07:35 PM   #4
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soran could have made kind of sense as:

-more intelligent/stronger than a human

-obsessed with family

-part of an escaped race in exile (due to the borg - El Aurians attacked by borg in 2265 in PT but Neros interference may have brought it forward pre STID 2259 - esp since his vessel was borgified thus maybe alerting the borg sooner)

-would possibly be around the age Cumberbatch is in 2259 (Generation Ent B opening takes place in 2293)

-BC is british and kind of looks/talks like a young Malcolm MacDowell

-responsible for killing Kirk (again)

-dresses in black jumpsuit

-ability to detect alternate realities/things arent be as they should could’ve been a fun thing for the story (see Guinan in Yesterdays Ent)
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Old October 1 2013, 07:55 PM   #5
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Fascinating.
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Old October 1 2013, 09:49 PM   #6
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Khan 2.0 wrote: View Post
soran could have made kind of sense as:

-more intelligent/stronger than a human

-obsessed with family

-part of an escaped race in exile (due to the borg - El Aurians attacked by borg in 2265 in PT but Neros interference may have brought it forward pre STID 2259 - esp since his vessel was borgified thus maybe alerting the borg sooner)

-would possibly be around the age Cumberbatch is in 2259 (Generation Ent B opening takes place in 2293)

-BC is british and kind of looks/talks like a young Malcolm MacDowell

-responsible for killing Kirk (again)

-dresses in black jumpsuit

-ability to detect alternate realities/things arent be as they should could’ve been a fun thing for the story (see Guinan in Yesterdays Ent)
Yup. They're both Brits.

Well, I don't think it would work. No one outside Trek fans gives two shits about Star Trek: Generations.
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Old October 1 2013, 11:07 PM   #7
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Re: My name is.....SORAN!

Why does that argument keep cropping up?

Let's nip this one, nobody in the general audience will "give a shit" about anyone from the Trek mythos beyond whether they provide solid entertainment value. The only people who will care either way are the fans. So it makes no difference whether you use Soran, Khan, Kang, Kor, Koloth, Garth of Izar, or Garry Mitchell. What matters is whether they're well written, well performed, and impress upon the audience a sense of gravitas, pathos, and importance.

Now, i'm not saying Soran was the way to go... I just don't understand the logic behind "the mass audience won't care." They won't care about any of this, one way or the other. They're not in it for that. All they care about is whether the movie is entertaining. Right?
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Old October 1 2013, 11:20 PM   #8
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Khan 2.0 wrote: View Post
soran could have made kind of sense as:

-more intelligent/stronger than a human
When was this ever mentioned

-obsessed with family
No he was obsessed with getting back to the Nexus

Also why would Marcus give a crap about the El-Aurians outside of being another reason to militarize Starfleet.

Not to mention I think they should use some TOS villains instead of bringing up TNG villains.

-ability to detect alternate realities/things arent be as they should could’ve been a fun thing for the story (see Guinan in Yesterdays Ent)
Yeah I'd rather not waste time mentioning that the timeline has changed since they're probably never going to reset button it.
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Old October 2 2013, 12:17 AM   #9
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I like how people always forget that this film was advertised with John Harrison. Khan was a secret and surprise. People went in to see Kirk & Co go against Benedict Cumberbatch who delivers deep voiced monologues while looking menacing.

The point being? The name of the villain was completely irrelevant. It could have been Soran, it could have been Khan, it could have been John Doe, it could have been John Harrison.

All those "the audience doesn't care for a villain unless its Khan" arguments are nonsense.
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Old October 2 2013, 12:31 AM   #10
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All those "the audience doesn't care for a villain unless its Khan" arguments are nonsense.
Trek's first two big Trek moneyspinners (TMP, ST IV) both had a mysterious, menacing, space probe as the villain.
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Old October 2 2013, 01:42 AM   #11
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Well, I think this is brilliant. And it further shows how unnecessary it was for Khan to be in STiD. Just a simple change to the expository backstory dialogue and Soran perfectly fits instead of Khan. Actually, it would even make more sense for Soran to be the bad guy. As a member of an advance alien race would be a much better choice to make advance weapons and ships than some 20th century despot frozen for 300 years.
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Old October 2 2013, 02:06 AM   #12
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Well, I think this is brilliant. And it further shows how unnecessary it was for Khan to be in STiD. Just a simple change to the expository backstory dialogue and Soran perfectly fits instead of Khan. Actually, it would even make more sense for Soran to be the bad guy. As a member of an advance alien race would be a much better choice to make advance weapons and ships than some 20th century despot frozen for 300 years.
Perfectly fits. Well fits as being intelligent and English.

Otherwise:
* As The Stig has said Soran only cares about Soran and its really unlikely that Starfleet would hold Soran's biological family hostage. 20th century criminals maybe but not kids and a wife.
* In the 23rd century Soran is presumably some sort of happy guy.
* Other El Aurians are known to be hanging around Earth who might help Soran out

I agree he fits the same sort of arrogant personality though. I don't really care that much if the enemy's TNG or TOS but Soran fits no better than Khan
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Old October 2 2013, 02:10 AM   #13
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But Soran is blonde!
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Old October 2 2013, 03:18 AM   #14
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It would have worked. No one expects Soran to be revisited, hell I don't even think the novels have done anything with him, so it really would be a twist if he were John Harrison's true identity. Plus he permanently killed Kirk and destroyed the Enterprise, making him a legitimate threat. And finally it could have left the door open for the Borg to be brought into Trek XIII which you know Bad Robot's salivating to attempt.
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Old October 2 2013, 03:31 AM   #15
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Re: My name is.....SORAN!

I don't think it would have worked, but it would have explained why Harrison actually seemed to care about his 'crew'. The Khan I am familiar with cares nothing about anyone but himself (Well, maybe Joachim. But that's it. ) That's one of the things I didn't "get" about the film - it actually made Khan care about people. His appearance in TOS made it clear that Khan cares nothing for anyone other than Khan. (Don't believe me? Look how he treated Marla McGivers.) Soran, for his part, would not have had this problem. But Khan would, since he was an Augment, and it's pretty much built-in that Augments have no compassion.
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