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Old June 28 2013, 05:26 AM   #1
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The Illyrians should be the next movie's antagonist

Link to this very forgettable race:

http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Illyrian

The fact that there is a species whose first contact with humanity was, "We met aliens called 'humans' from the planet 'Earth' on a ship called 'Enterprise.' They stole our warp coil and marooned us for years." seems like too good a story opportunity to pass up.

Obviously no movie should spend more than 10 seconds referencing "Damage" specifically or "Enterprise" in general, but doing so isn't necessary. There is a race that justifiably thinks humans are the bad guys, and that's all you need to know. Just like you don't need to know jack about "Space Seed" going into "Wrath of Khan" other than that Khan met Kirk before and is pissed at him.

Using the Illyrians presents storytelling opportunities that I personally find intriguing:
  • Kirk and his crew are on a five-year mission. What happens when they start running into species who have been warned about humans in general, and a ship named Enterprise specifically?
  • What do you do when the antagonist is not a villain and has a very legitimate reason to oppose you? How do you hope to establish peaceful relations when you have the gall to name your ship after a pirate vessel?

That gives an opportunity for blockbuster action (random species may attack the Enterprise when they introduce themselves), mystery (why are these guys attacking us?), and a moral quandry (what do you do when you can't convince another race that you're not the bad guy, but they're making your mission or peaceful exploration impossible?). Three of the things that make Star Trek great.
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Old June 28 2013, 05:33 AM   #2
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Re: The Illyrians should be the next movie's antagonist

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What do you do when the antagonist is not a villain and has a very legitimate reason to oppose you?
That's basically what we had been promised for STID, and look what we've got.

I'm sure the Illyrians won't be any different than Nero or Khan. They will have a leader that is full of hate against humans for whatever reason (maybe his father or grandfather was onboard the vessel from "Damage") and he. will. have. his. vengeance.

That being said, I really like your idea ... but I doubt we will ever get a sophisticated antagonist in a Trek movie ...
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Old June 28 2013, 09:05 AM   #3
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Re: The Illyrians should be the next movie's antagonist

I opened this thread hoping it would suggest a time travel story that visits and explores the potential ancient ancestors of Albanians. I am disappointed it is another suggestion for aliens with weird foreheads. The next film will have a big enough budget, it can afford more elaborate and distinct aliens. Stop with these foreheads. I am tired of these humans, er, humanoids.

OTOH, I was surprised that I do remember those Illyrians from Enterprise. What Archer did was really really bothersome. A follow-up to that story would be pleasant to see, particularly when they would be extremely wary of humanity, but I don't think it is something that would work for a film. Next series, though, why not? Even then, too much time has passed, it would have worked for season five of Enterprise if it ever happened, now who even remembers what Archer did in the Expanse? Both in the audience and the Illyrians?
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Old June 28 2013, 02:04 PM   #4
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Bad idea.
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Old June 28 2013, 02:15 PM   #5
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Why is this a bad idea? I figure it's worth a try and that even if it doesn't turn out very good it'll be on par with '09 and Into Darkness. Those were pretty fun movies, after all. Sure they weren't 100% true to the source material, but it's hard to get something like that right.

Besides that, if it is actually done right we'll be in for one awesome treat

Ignoring all that, aren't the reboots basically an AU universe? Presumably things changed quite a bit with Nero and future Spock tumbling through the space time continuum - Kirk lost his Dad, young Spock seems more emotional, etc.

If none of this makes sense or if you want me to explain something further, please don't hesitate to tell me. I love to discuss things. I just don't get why Admiral Buzzkill seems so bluntly opposed to the idea.
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Old June 28 2013, 04:01 PM   #6
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I opened this thread hoping it would suggest a time travel story
'Just say no' to time travel.
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Old June 28 2013, 05:28 PM   #7
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I opened this thread hoping it would suggest a time travel story
'Just say no' to time travel.
Yeah, we don't need more films like The Voyage Home, First Contact, Star Trek, or episodes like The City on the Edge of Forever and Yesterday's Enterprise, I guess?
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Old June 28 2013, 06:54 PM   #8
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Yeah, we don't need more films like The Voyage Home, First Contact, Star Trek, or episodes like The City on the Edge of Forever and Yesterday's Enterprise, I guess?
Maybe not. I don't know. I guess I just was confused by the blunt, unexplained refusal that I saw above.
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Old June 28 2013, 07:12 PM   #9
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I opened this thread hoping it would suggest a time travel story
'Just say no' to time travel.
Yeah, we don't need more films like The Voyage Home, First Contact, Star Trek, or episodes like The City on the Edge of Forever and Yesterday's Enterprise, I guess?
I'm kinda burnt-out on time travel. Though I could easily put those feelings aside if the right story were to come along. Like, having Kirk and Company face off against Khan again with the Eugenics War as the backdrop. This time Khan would have home-field advantage.
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Old June 28 2013, 07:27 PM   #10
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Eugenics Wars would be painful for me to watch. But yes, if done right it would be highly entertaining and make a good movie.
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Old June 28 2013, 07:29 PM   #11
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Eugenics Wars would be painful for me to watch.
How so? If you don't mind me asking?
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Old June 28 2013, 07:40 PM   #12
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Wow, I've been a fan my entire life, and I didn't know who the hell they were.
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Old June 28 2013, 07:42 PM   #13
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How so? If you don't mind me asking?
Though it would undoubtedly be extremely fascinating, I hate the idea of someone working to bring about the actual destruction of a race. I can and will watch things with that subject matter but it makes me feel extremely depressed afterward and I cry a lot during them.

So yes. I basically don't like watching things that would make me cry, though I will if they are well done. It's a complicated kind of love-hate relationship.

Does that make any sense?
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Old June 28 2013, 07:42 PM   #14
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Wow, I've been a fan my entire life, and I didn't know who the hell they were.
You and me both.
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Old June 28 2013, 07:44 PM   #15
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How so? If you don't mind me asking?
Though it would undoubtedly be extremely fascinating, I hate the idea of someone working to bring about the actual destruction of a race. I can and will watch things with that subject matter but it makes me feel extremely depressed afterward and I cry a lot during them.

So yes. I basically don't like watching things that would make me cry, though I will if they are well done. It's a complicated kind of love-hate relationship.

Does that make any sense?
Absolutely. I usually don't find myself drawn to those types of movies either. Though, surprisingly, I did like World War Z. Besides, a Trek version of the war would be sanitized so they can make sure to get a PG-13 rating.
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