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Old June 30 2014, 12:50 AM   #61
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Re: Why didnt they include a Khan flashback in STID?

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Fans of long-running franchises, are in general looking for obvious changes to be reconciled. It happens in Doctor Who all the time, and often in ways that neither harm the episode or cause the whole story to derail for general viewers. A throwaway at least. A whole bonus piece of supplementary drama, like a minisode... which is basically what deleted scenes are sometimes.
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But would that really have improved the movie, made it more dramatic or exciting or compelling or whatever? Would it have improved the acting or the directing or the pacing? Would it have made the slightest bit of difference at the box office?

In other words, what would it have accomplished, aside from scratching some sort of continuity itch? And in a rebooted version of the franchise to boot?

(And, yes, I understand the fictional time-travel gimmick involved. But, in the real world, it's basically a reboot aimed a new generation of viewers. And what's the point of rebooting the whole shebang if we're still going to treat the old episodes as gospel?)

Rationalizing discrepancies away is what fanzines, message boards, and novels are for!
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Old June 30 2014, 01:05 AM   #62
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Re: Why didnt they include a Khan flashback in STID?

Like everything it's subjective. I'm not qualified to comment on Box Office. So I'll call that moot. Same. No difference. If it succeeded or failed - having images of Peter Weller, the Botany Bay and somebody who may or may not look like Montalban in one of those tubes, flash up while Cumberbatch tells us who he is - isn't exactly going to have been responsible for it.

For my own enjoyment, I'm obviously going to say yes... as far as the additional bit of Khantext is concerned. Improved.
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Old June 30 2014, 02:07 AM   #63
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Re: Why didnt they include a Khan flashback in STID?

Well, we're digressing a bit here, but my main point was that, from a practical standpoint, some bits of Trek lore are more fudge-able than others, especially when you're talking about what is basically a brand-new cycle of Trek movies anyway. And that bit from "Space Seed" hardly seems like something etched in stone at this point.

Nostalgic nods to the old version are fun for us old-timers, of course, but "canon" doesn't really matter anymore. Or at least it's hardly the only consideration that matters.
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Old June 30 2014, 03:28 AM   #64
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Re: Why didnt they include a Khan flashback in STID?

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My question would be "Why include Khan at all?"
As has been reported in many threads, there was disagreement among the writers about whether or not Harrison should be Khan.

But they did it, and now we live with it.
I'll more than live with it. I like BC as Khan.

I never answered the earlier question as to why I felt the comic took something away from Cumberbatch. BC as Khan, to me, created a fresh character with a past which was new territory to be explored, much as the other characters are slightly different in the new movies. The comic basically says, never mind, this Khan really IS your father's Khan. I guess I would rather have left Khan's transformation unexplained to give BC more story to tell in a future installment, if Trek goes that route.
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Old June 30 2014, 05:30 AM   #65
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Re: Why didnt they include a Khan flashback in STID?

My issue is NOT with Cumberbatch playing Khan. My issue was that after only 12 movies, they were ALREADY copying themselves by using the same villain as before. I think the movie would have been much better if they had simply used him as John Harrison and left out all the Khan business, since it really added NOTHING to the story, and I think, detracted from it.
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Old June 30 2014, 06:40 AM   #66
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Re: Why didnt they include a Khan flashback in STID?

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If they want to change his looks, then why not wipe his mind clean of his memories, too? Make him believe he is John Harrison.
Clearly you haven't read the comic because that is exactly what they did. For some reason, his memories begin to come back when Praxis explodes. Then he has his own "My name is... Khan" moment.
So Section 31 … wiped Khan's memories of being Khan so they could … better use his mental abilities to develop weapons and strategies … which they had to do so their top-secret plan to usurp civilian control of the military and start a galactic war … might not be tainted by the association of someone with the same name as a war criminal from three centuries back … in case someone learns about the project before it's done and … learns about the name of one of the weapons developers and … thinks worse of the scheme for it.

You know, sometimes, it really is easier to pretend you didn't notice the recasting.
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Old June 30 2014, 11:34 AM   #67
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But, in the real world, it's basically a reboot aimed a new generation of viewers.
It's not a reboot, despite people on the internet always insisting that it must be. They took great pains in the last film to explain that it was an altered timeline branching from the original, including the appearance of post-Unification Spock in the form of Nimoy, and they continued to lampshade this fact in STID with the discussion of how things must have turned out in the original timeline.

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And what's the point of rebooting the whole shebang if we're still going to treat the old episodes as gospel?
What's the point of using Khan as an attention-grabbing device at all, if it's not aimed at people familiar with TWOK ( and possibly Space Seed as well )? If it's all about a whole new generation of viewers unencumbered by baggage from previous canon, why not just have Cumberbatch play John Harrison the supersoldier and leave it at that?

austen_pierce wrote:
The comic basically says, never mind, this Khan really IS your father's Khan.
Since the Prime timeline and the Abramsverse share the same history before a certain point, that would seem inevitable.
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Old June 30 2014, 01:32 PM   #68
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When I heard 'my name is Khan' in the cinema (confirming 3 years of rumours) I was fully expecting either:
a) he was lying and was just one of the 72 (Joachim - BC looks abit like Judson Scott) posing as khan like Ras Al Gould in Batman Begins, or even a Rambo/Danar/Bourne type supersoilder born from a certain superhumans DNA/blood (big mystery until we find out its from Khan) , and the film would then be about 'The Search for Khan' with Khan still in a cryo pod in a secret S31/Area 51 type location (Khan wouldve been like the Ark in Raiders or the alien at the end of Crystal Skull or the engineer in Prometheus. something mystical/mythical, frightening, too dangerous to awaken) the film would then build toward the climax and the reveal...are they going to show Khan and if they do who will it be (some guy like Del Toro or Barhem?) then big surprise its the REAL Khan (CG 1967 Space Seed Montalban) who would either then be awakened by Harrison like the engineer in Prometheus leading to a Khan rampage finale like 'Arnie' in Terminator 4, before hes killed along with Harrison (or just defeated and put back in storage ) or wed just see him in the cryo pod and thats all . I was still kind of expecting something like that right at the end when we see Cumberbatch in the cryo pod - the camera would pan across and wed see 1967 Montalban in the next pod (an in joke for the fans...non fans would just think BC was Khan)
 
b) hed had his face changed as in the comics and at some point wed get the flashback scene or wed see Montalbans face on a computer screen as Spock researches him (like the briefing room scene in Space Seed) or even a line of dialogue from BC saying hed had his face changed.
 
When neither happened I was in trekkie turmoil!...and later started to accept the fact that this nuKhan always looked like that (like Pine Kirk, Qunito Spock etc and indeed Savvik) and as in TWOK they were downplaying the Indian warlord angle (in Space Seed anyway) and emphasizing the genetically altered/artificially created angle which is why Khan looks almost manufactured like David in Prometheus or a more humanoid Data (apt considering Soong featured in the Augment 3 parter – which also featured another Caucasian augment with an indian name - 'Malick') or even a slimmer T800 (which he basically turned into when he went 'full Khan' at the end). it was more the nietzschean superman route.
 
Then they did the comic...

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Old July 4 2014, 01:15 PM   #69
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The idea of Section 31 having brainwashed him, and a proud man like Khan seeing his change in appearance, as mutilation - is an interesting one. Tie that into his background, some kind of sacred belief or just a view that his former likeness was arrived at perfectly through the Augment program. It adds an extra dimension to his anger, and the extreme way he finally deals with Admiral Marcus. Despatching him with the line "You should have let me sleep."

I'd have quite liked some visual reference to the Botany Bay being found, Khan being awoken after all that Section 31 had done and hallucinogenic images of activity in-between... Cover whatever controversy arises from such a backstory that way. Leave what's going on in the images being recalled by Khan up to interpretation.

They wanted the Botany Bay to pop up after the credits for Star Trek (2009) ended. Would presumably have had to recreate its established look, in order for anybody to have got such a 'stay until the end' joke.
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Old September 17 2014, 09:30 AM   #70
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I wonder if BOrci will reference/tie up the CumberKhan dilemma in ST3? (onscreen not just comic book)
e.g a brief nod to MontalKhan via Kirk or Spock checking out that Space Seed photo on a consol in the background etc
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Old September 17 2014, 10:06 PM   #71
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I doubt it. They'll probably just move on.
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Old September 18 2014, 03:36 AM   #72
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How does it take anything away? It just explains why he looks nothing like the guy from Space Seed ( or really anyone you're likely to find with a name like "Khan Singh" ). It also makes sense in context of the false Harrison identity - a smokescreen devised to conceal the truth - as described in the film. And as has been pointed out in another thread, the comic's treatment informs the "My name is Khan" scene in a way that is different from what is implied by the film alone, but that still doesn't take anything away from Cumberbatch.
Well when someone uses a Plastic Surgery explanation as to why Khan looks different, then what happens when the Enterprise Crew reach the age of TOS crew and don't look the same?
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Old September 18 2014, 08:46 AM   #73
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I wonder if BOrci will reference/tie up the CumberKhan dilemma in ST3? (onscreen not just comic book)
e.g a brief nod to MontalKhan via Kirk or Spock checking out that Space Seed photo on a consol in the background etc
No thank you.
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Old September 18 2014, 09:14 AM   #74
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^ Amen, brother.
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