The Sympathetic Harrison

Discussion in 'Star Trek Movies: Kelvin Universe' started by TrekToday, May 6, 2013.

  1. TrekToday

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    Even though he’s the villain of Star Trek into Darkness, fans may at times feel sympathetic towards John Harrison. There are mild spoilers behind the cut, and speculation on the character that is spoilerish in the original article. Harrison, according to Benedict Cumberbatch, is a “home-grown terrorist.” “He’s somebody who has the most extraordinary proficient [...]

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  2. Titus Andronicus

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    This is a mighty fascinating interview. Thanks for sharing!
     
  3. Admiral Buzzkill

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    A "reveal," huh? Cool.
     
  4. BenRoethig

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    The best villains are the ones who under different circumstances could have been the hero.
     
  5. Ríu ríu chíu

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    Some sympathy might be understandable. I just hope there's not too much of it.
     
  6. Admiral Buzzkill

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    The more the better.
     
  7. Ríu ríu chíu

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    ^ I don't agree. Too much sympathy is equivalent to justification.
     
  8. Ovation

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    For the bulk of the audience that will not have read any spoilers, though, a strong sense of sympathy would make the final twist towards antipathy (if that is the direction the film takes) more powerful.
     
  9. Ríu ríu chíu

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    I suppose you're right.

    As long as, in the final analysis, Harrison's actions are ultimately seen as evil (he does kill a lot of people, presumably in cold blood, after all), and that it's not presented as a good thing that he did what he did - I don't care how corrupt
    Section 31
    is in this film, even they don't deserve to die - then I'll be OK with that.