Star Trek Into Darkness writer argued against the use of Cumberbatch’s character

Star Trek Into Darkness Harrison

Oh boy, the mention of Damon Lindelof can have a really negative effect on any entertainment property these days. He’s like a good scapegoat for displeased fans to lay blame on. If you haven’t seen Star Trek Into Darkness, then there are potential spoilers ahead.

In a recent interview with, Roberto Orci talked about how he wasn’t keen on the idea of having Khan reprising as a character in the Star Trek sequel. Once Orci saw what Lindelof had in mind, he changed his tune and was okay with the use of Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness.

OK, I’ll do a deep dive with you. In a way, (fellow co-writer and co-producer) Damon (Lindelof) and I were the biggest debaters about this. He argued for Khan from the beginning and I argued against it. The compromise that we came to was, let us devise a story that is not reliant on any history of Star Trek. So, what’s the story? Well, we have a story where our crew is who they are and they’re coming together as a family. Then, suddenly, this villain arrives and his motivations are based on what happens in the movie. They’re not based on history. They’re not based on Star Trek. They’re not based on anything that came before. They’re based on his used by a corrupted system of power that held the things he held dear against him and tried to manipulate him. That story stands alone with or without Star Trek history. That’s how we approached it, and God bless Damon for going down that road.

So, once we had that, that’s when Damon came back and reared his ugly head and said, “OK, now that we have that, is there any reason why we cannot bring Star Trek history into this?” And he was right. So we ended up sort of reverse engineering it. We started with, “What’s a good movie? What’s a good villain? What’s a good motivation? We cannot rely on what’s happened before. Now that we have that, can we tailor this villain into something that relates to Star Trek history?” And that’s what we did. So, step one was “Don’t rely on Star Trek.” Then, step two was “Rely on Star Trek.”

That’s a pretty interesting way to go about the Star Trek history, but I know some of our team members aren’t too satisfied with how J.J. Abrams portrayed Khan in the film. Check out Laura and Glen Ilnicki’s Star Trek Into Darkness reviews.

So what did you guys think of Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness?

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