Star Trek III - The [Speculation Begins] (Spoilers)

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  1. propita

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    They're sure lining it up for a war with the Klingons. Such a war would not be short--but a movie needs it resolved by the end. So the idea of an interlocking party, whether Borg or Romulan, uniting the Feds and Klingons does sound good.

    Face it, what we really need is a damn tv show for the five year mission with movies of the "big missions."
     
  2. LobsterAfternoon

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    I'd like to see, pretty much regardless of the plot, it be set in deep space. Given that the 5 year mission is now underway and the last two films heavily featured earth, I think a change of setting would be good. It's not a slam on 09/Into Darkness, I liked both and certainly I understand that for nabbing new viewers, using Earth helps to keep it somewhat grounded.

    As for the plot - I could see some sort of Balance of Terror take, perhaps subbing Romulans for Klingons.
     
  3. YARN

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  4. ThunderAeroI

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    No its Star Trek III: The Search for ISK
     
  5. YARN

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    I think Half in the Bag called this one - they're going for the most recognizable franchise villains Trek has. They just did Khan, next up is "the Borg."

    I'll bet 50,000 Quatloos on it.
     
  6. teacake

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    I'm not over the Borg like most people are but I would love to something else.
     
  7. Desert Kris

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    I haven't come across anyone mention the idea of playing with the chronology of events the way the second and third Jason Bourne movies did; ISTR it came up often when in the early stages of conceptualizing this latest ST movie. Most people assumed that meant cramming large chunks of this movie's narrative in between scenes from Star Trek (2009).

    The thing is, everyone was eyeballing that gap between the Enterprise escaping the red matter black hole and Kirk's promotion to captain; yet with this new movie there's a massive gap of time between Kirk's recovery scene and the re-christening/memorial scene that's more obviously suggesting the Bourne influence.

    The next movie might very well play out the aftermath of Wrath of Khan in the sense that in the "third" movie shows the Enterprise in a state of disrepair, yet pressed into service out of dire need.

    Also, anything could have happened with the Klingons. As some people pointed out, a very serious potential diplomatic incident occurred with the Enterprise's actions in Klingon space, which demands immediate follow up.

    And Khan is shown to be re-frozen as a cutaway that is paired with Kirk's speech at the re-christening. The details of what happens to Khan between getting knocked out by Spock and then getting put back into cryosleep are something of a question mark (that admittedly doesn't have to be answered right away, but it looks like some space has been left there to fill in some blanks.
     
  8. Belz...

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    What, the whale probe ? I wouldn't call that an antagonist.

    Anyway, I don't mind villains and antagonists. I'm just saying it'd be a nice change of pace.

    Yes !
     
  9. Ryan8bit

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    So I know the real world parallel rationale for Khan was the Joker, as in that they had to use the most recognizable villain*. But what is the rationale for the Borg? Batman writers knew they couldn't top the Joker, so they just picked the villain that could best suit Batman's story arc. I would hope that's what these writers would do, but I'm not sure if they would. Picking the Borg seems somewhat fanboyish.

    On top of that, since a villain seems to be a necessity, that would almost have to not be a Borg Queen type because wasn't that one of the big criticisms of First Contact? That the Borg Queen was weakening the concept of the Borg and making it seem very cliche? When the Borg were at their best, they were not characters, they were basically zombies or set pieces, giving them real terror. Giving them a very human face full of many human flaws removed any of that.



    *despite all the secrecy and not even marketing it that way.
     
  10. BillJ

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    Zombie movies sell. That and the Borg are probably Trek's second most well known villain.
     
  11. Faria

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    I hope the JJprise goes destroyed (i really don't like this enterprise)
     
  12. Ryan8bit

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    Zombie movies are definitely prevalent, but they most certainly do not sell.

    And the Borg are not really a villain. They're a race; a set piece. And they're primarily known for their association with the next generation. It seems odd to abandon the next generation crew, but then to use their same trappings.
     
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    The next movie could be during their 5 year mission, perhaps with a known TOS villain we've seen before.
     
  14. BillJ

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    Why? It's all Star Trek.

    Star Trek showed humanity having an uneasy relationship with technology long before the Borg showed up. Plus, a Borg story would allow them to flesh out Science Officer 0718.
     
  15. Ryan8bit

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    It just feels fanboyish, and it feels like it would take more convoluted explanations to make it work. "Because Nero," won't cut it.

    You spoke of a second best known adversary, but in reality, the first best known adversary (not Khan) is the Klingons. STID sets up the Klingons and they seem a more fitting piece. Granted, we've seen a lot more of the Klingons in the movies, it just has the better potential to fit this crew without seeming fanboyish. They can actually have a good villain without gutting the whole concept of the race. And they can probably make a more poignant piece about a war or the prospect of one.

    It just feels out of place. The analogy I've used before is, let's say for some awful reason they decided to reboot Cheers. Then for some reason they decided to focus a good portion of a story in Seattle with Frasier's family and radio show. That's what it feels like to do the Borg.
     
  16. Locutus of Bored

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    You could argue that they were not a villain originally, and were more like a force of nature, but once they introduced the Queen with her own independent thoughts, emotions, and shortcomings, they did become a villain, or at least were led by one. Hopefully they'll go back to the original force of nature concept if they do decide to reuse them.

    While it's true that the Borg are most associated with TNG, VOY comes a close second, with ENT and DS9 bringing up the rear with all of them having Borg appearances. So only the TOS series/TOS-era films & film segments and nuTrek have not had a Borg appearance yet, and even then, there are indirect connections and tie-in materials which have featured the Borg (El Aurian refugees fleeing the Borg on the Ent-B, V'Ger if you go by Roddenberry's hint about the planet of living machines, the Borg technology on the Narada, etc.).

    I was burned out with all the Borg appearances before and the way they were defanged, but now that the TNG-era films and series are probably dead, I wouldn't mind at all seeing them get a reboot of their own, especially if they can become the faceless unstoppable menace they were originally.
     
  17. JarodRussell

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    Star Trek writers don't do things like that.
     
  18. Ryan8bit

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    Locutus, what do you think the odds are of them staying faceless and without a Borg Queen if used in a movie?
     
  19. CrazyHorse89

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    My Trek friends are sick of hearing me say it, but I think a reworking of the TNG episode 'The Chase' would work really well on the big screen. You could bring together different races (Klingons, Romulans, maybe substitute the Cardassians for the Vulcans); have some really good action/fight sequences; and top it off with some thoughtful science-fiction on a strange new world.
     
  20. JarodRussell

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    I would have loved to see a TNG era film with Cardassians updated to the big screen. You know... shinier metal armor instead of obvious rubber armor, and updated make up for the necks, and stuff like that.