Posted on Tuesday, June 26th, 2012 by Germain Lussier
Getting a person to say something, anything, definitive about Star Trek 2 is akin to finding a fan who doesn’t like The Wrath of Khan. It just doesn’t happen. Even when Simon Pegg came out and said that his Star Trek 2 co-star Benedict Cumberbatch was not playing Khan, no matter how many people say the opposite, it’s hard to take him seriously.
Now one of the film’s producers and co-writers, Roberto Orci, has come out and said, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that five well-known (and not-so-well-known) Star Trek characters won’t be appearing in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek 2 on May 17, 2013. Khan is not on the list. See who is, below.
- Gary Mitchell
- Charlie X
- Janice Rand
- The Borg
Admittedly, I’m more a Wars guy than Trek guy so I had to do a little Wikipedia-ing on a few of these, but here’s who they are in case – like me – you had no idea. (If it was IG-88, Yakface, Aurra Sing, Ody Mandrell and Sifo-Dyas , no Wikipedia-ing would have been needed. But I digress.)
Gary Mitchell was a Starfleet Officer and friend of James T. Kirk who became kind of possessed during an episode of the original TV series and had to be killed. Charlie X was the name of an episode of the show featuring a boy named Charlie found stranded on a planet after 14 years who then attempted to take over the Enterprise. Ruk was an evil android, Janice Rand was a career Starfleet member who appeared both on the TV show and movies and The Borg are an alien race of baddies with a shared collective who appeared both on The Next Generation and in First Contact.
So yeah, thanks a bunch Orci. Of course none of those characters are in the movie. We know the film will have Klingons as per Abrams’ tease so that eliminates the Borg (more or less) and most everyone else is a pointless one off. Rand was a major character though so, I guess, her not appearing at least eliminates one potential love interest for Kirk. That’s something.
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