Die-hard Star Trek fans seem to have accepted J.J. Abrams’ reboot with remarkably little grumbling, thanks to the time-travel-prompted alternate universe that keeps the canon they knew perfectly valid while allowing for new interpretations of the characters and their adventures to flourish. As I was geeking out with a buddy earlier this week, talking about what a Trek sequel might look like, he reminded me of something: There are classic events in the Star Trek Universe that Abrams’ reboot didn’t undo.
1. Khan Noonien Singh’s imprisonment on the Botany Bay
The power-mad dictator and his eugenically gifted cohorts were exiled from Earth long before the U.S.S. Kelvin was destroyed by Nero – the Zero Event for this new Trek timeline. So he’s still out there, floating in space, waiting to be discovered. The question is: Are J.J. and company bold enough to reimagine Star Trek’s greatest villain? Part of me wants Ricardo Montalban’s Khan to be the only Khan I know…while another part can’t wait to see what they’d do and who they’d cast. (Online scuttlebut seems to favor Javier Bardem. Which would work, but wouldn’t it be nice to see an Indian actor play this Indian character?)
2. V’Ger is still coming home.
Remember, the Voyager 6 probe NASA sent out in the 20th century? One day it’ll return, threatening to destroy Earth unless it gets a hot bald chick.
3. Apparently, we will still run out of whales and a crazy alien probe will vaporize Earth unless we go back in time to find some.
Okay, maybe we can forget this one.
But are there any classic Trek tales you’d want to see the next Star Trek film tackle? The Mirror Universe, perhaps? Just because Zachary Quinto might look spiffy in a goatee?