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The Good, The Bad, The Benedict

By Carole

He’s hot, witty, smart, an amazing dresser and oh so well spoken, he’ll steal your word (and l should I know it happened to me) buts that’s not what has me excited about his role as the villain in Star Trek Into Darkness – I won’t lie it is part of it 😉
“Did I lock the shuttle bay door when I left this morning?”
I adore the ’09 JJ film but the one thing that I thought fell a little short was that the antagonist, the adorable Eric Bana, just wasn’t intimidating, I never felt that Kirk and crew were in true peril. But from what I’ve seen and heard so far (and its beginning like I’ve seen the whole film now) Benedict aka John Harrison is truly a force to be reckoned with. His voice alone has been sending chills down my spine.
John is a terrorist with an apparent noble cause who does terrible things but can still pull at our sympathies. He plays games with Kirk and crew, a puppetteer almost and they are the best sort of villain.
My fangirl moment
I know a lot of people are hoping that John Harrison is Khan but I don’t I hope he’s not. What I hope is we have a new iconic star trek villain who will be known and imitated outside of the trek world.

Star Trek into Darkness UK IMAX Exclusive Preview

Warning: contains spoilers!

We have lived the Trekkie dream this morning by attending the Exclusive Footage Preview at the British Film Institutes IMAX in London kindly shown by Paramount Pictures. Shown before any of the many 9 minute previews scheduled around Britain along side the Hobbit.

Initial reaction: replicate us some new underwear please!


Check out our video for the scoop.

Warning: this video contains detailed information about the first 9 minutes of Star Trek into Darkness:

 

We noticed that a lot of the images from the trailer make more sense when watched in this short sequence such as the vulcano, the red planet and why the Enterprise is under water.
As well as being action packed it looks like it promises humour. There seemed to be more of a sense of family amongst the crew, the comraderie rise of working together for some time.

Cumberbatch’s character John Harrison is introduced at the beginning, it is unknown if he is a Starfleet officer at this point. We did ask him but understandably he couldn’t say.

London looks incredible in the mid 22nd century and sat here in central London typing this in the 21st century, we can’t get there soon enough.

We were blown out of our cinema seats like a redshirt when JJ Abrams appeared on screen. He couldn’t make it as he was working on finishing the other 1 hour 55 minutes but sent Brian Burk the producer of Star Trek into Darkness. He was able to answer some questions about filming (so many questions from the audience about the use of IMAX!). Simon Pegg appeared on screen and gave some cracking Star Wars jokes!

Then Benedict Cumberbatch and Alice Eve appeared! Carole nearly stage rushed Benedict! We asked them first hand to confirm their identities and they are indeed Carol Marcus and John Harrison.

Highlight: Spock gives us a familiar nostalgic quote

Weird bit: Fear we will see Trekkie wearing Starfleet issue wetsuits at conventions from now on.

Waiting five months for the rest is going to torture but us fans are used to waiting. Trust us, this’ll be worth it!