Discussion in 'Star Trek Movies XI+' started by Cara007, Nov 1, 2013.
Yes and yes.
See I don't see STID as being written different. Sure, he's different from Derpy Khan in TWOK, but he's right in line with Space Seed Khan in terms of personality and style. STID Khan is what Space Seed Khan would have been had he won at the end of the episode.
With TARDIS-casting services, I think Montalban could have played CumberKhan's role brilliantly. I'm imagining the "cold corpses, shall we begin" speech, rendered in the whispering style of the TWOK "buried alive" speech and punctuated by the craziness in "stab at thee." It's chilling. It would have been different in tone from what we got, but I think it could have been shocking nonetheless.
Sorry, but Khan's ethnicity really wasn't important to the story or the character.
Hell I'm not seeing how he would be very different than the original idea where he was a Norwegian superman.
All you need is a charismatic brilliant megalomaniac who doesn't mind killing people to get what he wants, who ruled part of the world until being driven off into space.
I doubt there would be.
Wrong on both counts, for my money. The "Derpy Khan" business aside -- which I still think is a silly evaluation of that character but there's no accounting for taste -- Khan in TWOK is a mad Ahab-style version of Space Seed Khan, both of whom are foreign princes. Khan in STID lacks that element of the character completely. So convincingly arguing that they're written the same is pretty difficult.
Eh, Starfleet has a United Earth, no country is supposed to be dominant. So, where does this idea of "Foreign Prince" come from, unless the Foreign Prince is from another Planet?
Foreign and exotic to the culture most of the characters come from. In a practical sense Starfleet of course plays as Americans in space (yes, they have Chekov and Scotty and blah blah blah -- they're still Americans in space). Within the story he is of course, perhaps just as importantly, from an exotic time centuries gone. Space Seed is about his inability to adjust to the modern world.
Well, sort of.
I mean, he kills Pike. Orchestrates a terrorist bombing. Sure he's got a "reason" but it's hard to sympathize with that.
It also helped that he was exotic, hence part of his race. You're right in that it could've been Norwegian as long as there was that same allure. But if what was just plain American white guy, no it wouldn't have been the same. That's the extent that race mattered, which is not much.
Any character that's not a straight, white, male is often going to have their differences highlighted. There's no way that he would be written the same.
An interesting interpretation, but I don't see it. Khan and his brethren represent Totalitarians with a healthy dose of Nazism/Fascism. He's not foreign and exotic to them, but primitive and brutal. An artifact from primitive and brutal time. I don't think Khan was having any trouble with the modern world. As he says in "Space Seed"
He isn't done in by the modern world but by Marla's shifting loyalties.
The Khan we see in STID is closer to the one we see in Space Seed. He is ruthless and brutal when needed, but also intelligent. He's not the scenery chewing, easily tricked Ahab we see in TWOK.
Take the Khan from Space Seed and put him under the boot of a "inferior" man for a year, and you get STID Khan.
Plus don't forget to add having a better understanding of Starfleet tach which actually makes him more dangerous and likely added to his being more ruthless this time around.
Maybe, maybe not. According to Orci and co, that's what you get.
As well as a lot more time to get up to speed and plan. Versus a few days--tops--that he had in Space Seed.
Odd comment. Sort of like reading the statement "take the Khan from Space Seed and put him on a hellhole of a world for 15 years, and you get TWOK Khan" and then responding Maybe, maybe not. According to Bennett and co, that's what you get.
Maybe it is odd. But maybe if nuKhan was better realized, I wouldn't be so skeptical.
It's odd, because of course thats what Orci and co. would have you believe, they wrote it.
The idea that Khan would chafe under the the thumb on someone he sees as inferior, doesn't seem far fetched.
^ But if Khan is so superior, how could he have allowed himself to be chafed? He should have used his so-called smarts to find a way to outsmart Marcus and get his "crew" to safety.
Marcus is laughing at the superior intellect. Though Khan had the last laugh.
Well that's what he did, wasn't it? Granted it was a back and forth game between Marcus and Khan with the torpedoes:
Khans put his people in--Marcus tries to use them on Khan--Khan nearly gets them back.
The mistake was the same one Khan made in TWOK: Ego. He was so sure that he had Spock figured out. Khan had been told by Marcus that he needed Khan cause there was no one savage enough to plan/fight the impending war. Khan didn't think that the man that "can't be expected to break bone" might be willing to sacrifice "innocents" just to take out Khan and the Vengeance. It was a move that Khan might make, but wouldn't expect from Spock or anyone else he'd encountered on the Enterprise.
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