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March 5, 2009

Trek spoilers revealed


While not giving away too much of the store, TrekMovie revealed the cover art for Alan Dean Foster's novelization of Paramount's upcoming reboot of the Star Trek franchise. (Foster is the king of film novelizations, have done adaptations in the past for everything from Star Trek and Alien to The Terminator). Normally this wouldn't warrant much more than a passing mention, except that with the cover art came the blurb on the back which actually reveals some key elements of the plot:

"One grew up in the cornfields of Iowa, fighting for his independence, for a way out of a life that promised only indifference, aimlessness, and obscurity.

The other grew up on the jagged cliffs of the harsh Vulcan desert, fighting for acceptance, for a way to reconcile the logic he was taught with the emotions he felt.

In the far reaches of the galaxy, a machine of war bursts into existence in a place and time it was never meant to be. On a mission of retribution of the destruction of his planet, its half-mad captain seeks the death of every intelligent being, and the annihilation of every civilized world.

Kirk and Spock, two completely different and unyielding personalities, must find a way to lead the only crew, aboard the only ship, that can stop him."

We already knew this reboot would be something of a coming of age story for the crew, particularly Kirk and Spock. But what this tidbit reveals is that the Romulan Nero is plunging back through time to wreak havoc after the total annihilation of his home planet, Romulus! How this occurs and who is behind it is, as of now, still a mystery.

The plot thickens?literally.


Actually, from what I hear, Romulus was destroyed in the current issue of Star Trek: Countdown, the comic-book prequel to the upcoming movie. (I haven't read it yet myself, because I'm waiting for the trade paperback.) So we already have at least an inkling of how this occurred, and why Nero holds Spock and his fellow Vulcans (and others?) responsible.

Check out the extraordinery, spine-tingling, tear-inducing new trailer:


Peter is correct. I highly recommend the Countdown comics...they're proving to be a nice bridge into this reboot.