A Sequel to Star Trek Into Darkness That is Still So Important
The new comic book movie Star Trek: Into Darkness is widely considered the best one ever, with so many extremely talented actors playing roles that one would not even recognize their real personalities. This episode of Star Trek: Into Darkness was produced at the highest level, by all accounts.
However, I think there is a problem with the plot of this episode of Star Trek: Into Darkness. It’s the Klingon character of Khalid. He’s the leader of the Empire of Kahless, and he is supposed to be the most powerful force in the Federation, along with Data.
Khalid has a plan to use the new technology from Kahless and to use it to defeat the Federation. Khalid wants to conquer Earth, and then conquer the galaxy! This all seems very out of character for the character.
But in my opinion, the problem with Khalid is the premise of the plot. He’s a major player in the Federation. He has a very big role in the Enterprise being blown up. But then, instead of killing him and stopping the destruction of the Enterprise, he and Data just die.
Now we have Khan, who is a much bigger player than Khalid, and thus we know that he doesn’t want to destroy the Enterprise. We also know that he won’t let the Klingons take over the Federation, because he does not wish to kill all the inhabitants of the Federation! So how is this possible?
What happened here is that they have created a major character who is only concerned about himself, and his status in the universe. When Khan tried to speak his mind, he doesn’t want to die, he does not want to let his people lose, and he doesn’t want to destroy all of his enemies. He simply says, “I have no fear.” That’s the problem with the character of Khalid.
He doesn’t fit into the classic protagonist mold. It will be interesting to see where they go with this character in the future. Or maybe they should just make him like a number two character on the Enterprise?