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Monday, December 2, 2013

JJ Abrams admits the Khan mystery in Star Trek Into Darkness was a mistake

I'm not sure there was a bigger disappointment for me this year on the film front than Star Trek Into Darkness. Sure, there were solid performances, and the cast chemistry from 2009's revelatory Star Trek was still in abundance. Yet, the sequel was hampered by a barely thought through villain(s) motivations, the mystery regarding his identity, amongst other plotting issues. 

When that identity, perhaps the single most talked about aspect of the film pre-release, was finally revealed, it hit with a dull thud and no small amount of head scratching from many audience-goers.

Now Director JJ Abrams has finally spoken about the "twist" in an interview with MTV News:
"The truth is I think it probably would have been smarter just to say upfront 'This is who it is.' It was only trying to preserve the fun of it, and it might have given more time to acclimate and accept that's what the thing was,"

"The truth is because it was so important to the studio that we not angle this thing for existing fans. If we said it was Khan, it would feel like you've really got to know what 'Star Trek' is about to see this movie..That would have been limiting. I can understand their argument to try to keep that quiet, but I do wonder if it would have seemed a little bit less like an attempt at deception if we had just come out with it."
Abrams is currently scrambling to put together the still untitled Star Wars Episode VII for its December 2015 release date.
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