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What Does Benedict Cumberbatch’s Star Trek Into Darkness Character Have To Do With Starfleet Academy?

We’re still mostly in the dark about Benedict Cumberbatch’s role in Star Trek Into Darkness , and that’s how some would prefer it but a recent interview, writer Roberto Orci revealed something interesting. Or so we think. 

Director J.J. Abrams has said Cumberbatch’s villain is “completely rational. He’s someone that you can have conversations with.” And although the actor himself is frustrated with the secrecy surrounding the role, Damon Lindelof said it’s important. “The audience needs to have the same experience that the crew is having. Kirk, you’re Spock, you’re McCoy, so if they don’t know who the bad guy is going to be in the movie, then you shouldn’t know,” said Lindelof.

That being said, Orci discussed the character of John Harrison with the official Star Trek magazine.

Well he understands Starfleet because he was enlisted in a similar way. Some might see part of the title coming from the fact that he’s kind of a dark shadow of members of our crew. He too has gone through the process to some degree, that some of our crew have gone though, and clearly for some reason it’s failed to bring him over, so I think he represents that part of our heroes.

Does that mean Harrison was a Starfleet cadet who dropped out? Or is the “enlisted” bit just a way to say he was recruited into doing something for the Federation?

(via io9)

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  • Whitney Lynn

    This was was obvious for me, from the new trailer. Watch any DS9? My money is on a rogue section 31 agent.

  • Nomadic Scribe

    Maybe they literally mean “enlisted”, as in “not an officer.” Almost all Starfleet characters are officers. So maybe this is an enlisted guy who is severely underestimated.

  • Anonymous

    This is why you stay in school, kids. Otherwise, you grow up to be a supervillain that gets killed by Captain Kirk.

  • Isen

    “Who needs the Starfleet Academy, when you can be in the Academy of Awesome?”

  • Anonymous

    He doesn’t kill him! He puts him in a glass box. Because villains never ever escape from glass boxes.

  • Craig Moore

    I totally forgot about Section 31, but I also think he is some sort of rogue agent. I also think that he might have been enhanced like Khan and the other “supermen” and that relates to why he goes rogue.

  • Liz Clarke

    I heard that he plays Gary Mitchell, the man that becomes telepathic and telekinetic

  • Mandy

    Help a noob out, what is section 31?

  • John Allen

    Section 31 is a secret organization within Starfleet that has existed since Archer’s time, they do the dirty work outside of the Prime Directive.

  • John Allen

    Harrison is wearing the same kind of black Starfleet shirt that Kirk wears, so he’s Starfleet…whether as enlisted or officer, or a hired gun.

  • Anonymous

    Garth of Izar makes sense.

    I’m presuming “John Harrison” is just the cover name until the big reveal.

  • Anonymous

    Section 31 is a super secret organisation like Military Intelligence or CIA/CSIS/MI6(Secret Intelligence/CounterIntelligence Organisations)… They work with their respective countries’ Elite Militaries… The United Federation of Planets Starfleet Armed Forces did that with Section 31. It seems that Spooks are never out of style, in the Death, and Violent Destruction Game…