BREAKING: Official Synopsis For Star Trek Into Darkness Revealed

Today the 2013 Star Trek: Into Darkness movie took another big step forward. Paramount Pictures issued the official approved synopsis for the film, which reveals some details about the plot. Read the synopsis below (minor spoilers).


Trek Sequel Official Synopsis

Here is the official synopsis for Star Trek Into Darkness...

In Summer 2013, pioneering director J.J. Abrams will deliver an explosive action thriller that takes Star Trek Into Darkness.

When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis.

With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction.

As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.

First thoughts….

Title Declares

Right off the bat you can see how JJ Abrams team see the title "Star Trek Into Darkness" not as a title and subtitle but as a declarative phrase.

Return to topical allegory

Long before the film went into production the team talked about getting more allegorical, like was often the case with TOS. Mentions of "terror," "war zone," and "weapon of mass destruction" certainly feel like topical issues.

The Enemy Within?

Also "within their own organization" implies that a bad guy could be within the Federation or possibly even Starfleet itself.

Kirk’s big test

We have heard things before from the cast about how the villain in the film "tests" Kirk and crew, and how Kirk "earns" his Captain’s chair this time. This bit about it being personal for Kirk, and Kirk sacrificing for true family could imply an evolution for the character. In the 2009 Star Trek film Kirk fell into the role of leader. It sounds like this time Kirk faces an even bigger challenge and one where he could grow into the captain we know who isn’t selfish but has only one true love…The Enterprise and her crew.

Source: Paramount Pictures


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Harry Ballz
November 26, 2012 8:52 pm

Holy sheepshit!

November 26, 2012 8:52 pm

DEFINITELY Gary Mitchell…. In my opinion!

November 26, 2012 8:53 pm

Detonated. Odd choice of words. Sounds good…

Harry Ballz
November 26, 2012 8:53 pm

If Kirk only has his crew left as family, that must mean that his mother and brother are killed during the attack on Earth.

Khan was Framed!
November 26, 2012 8:54 pm


Jerry Modene
November 26, 2012 8:54 pm

Either Mitchell, or maybe it’s Ben Finney. ;)

November 26, 2012 8:54 pm

Trying not to read until I see the trailer!

*closes eyes, plugs ears*

November 26, 2012 8:54 pm

Ummm “detonated the fleet”. If that means all ships blow up… that’s kinda lame.

November 26, 2012 8:55 pm

-If- it’s Gary Mitchell, that suggests it’s a terrorist-revamped version of him. Which I suppose fits the time, since most of Trek’s “best episodes/movies”, had analogues to then-current events. “The Undiscovered Country” for example dealt with the collapse of the Soviet Union.

If this is a 23rd century analogue to current events, it highly suggests some form of terrorism. As Spock would say… Fascinating.

Now we just need confirmation on who the villain actually is.

Khan was Framed!
November 26, 2012 8:55 pm

Yeah what does “fleet detonated” mean?

All self destructs initiated by remote?

what’s that all about?

This movie sounds really good.

November 26, 2012 8:57 pm

That phrase really makes no sense.

November 26, 2012 8:57 pm

Love the phrase “epic chess game if life and death.” I hope there is something to this.

Khan was Framed!
November 26, 2012 8:57 pm

“One man weapon of mass destruction” sounds like Khan.

November 26, 2012 8:58 pm

Awesome! This is like hitting two birds with one stone. You have the villain and the environment as threats for the manhunt. More exploration, yay!

November 26, 2012 8:58 pm

Perhaps “decimated the fleet”?

November 26, 2012 8:59 pm

Detonated? Wtf?

By the way, thanks for raping the franchise, J.J.

Dennis Bailey
November 26, 2012 9:00 pm


November 26, 2012 9:01 pm

“Fleet” has been used on a few occasions, to describe just one smaller part of the whole (usually what is referred to as a Task Force). It’s possible, that the “Fleet” are the unnamed ships that were headed into the Laurentian System in Trek 09.

November 26, 2012 9:04 pm

Section 31

November 26, 2012 9:04 pm

The last paragraph is so damn depressing. And does that mean that his mother will die in this movie?

November 26, 2012 9:04 pm

#18. I don’t think anyone has problem with “fleet”, its the “detonated the fleet” that makes no sense.

November 26, 2012 9:04 pm

But I thought Nero already “detonated” the fleet just before ANNIHILATING Vulcan…

November 26, 2012 9:05 pm


November 26, 2012 9:07 pm

oh man now i’m itchin’ for that trailer

Tanner Waterbury
November 26, 2012 9:07 pm

Wow… I am really looking forward to this now. This universe may turn out to be an interesting one.

November 26, 2012 9:07 pm

Great synopsis. Can’t wait

November 26, 2012 9:08 pm

Methinks they need to redo the official synopsis. Very clumsily worded.

November 26, 2012 9:08 pm

This sounds like it could be EPIC!!

And enough with JJ “raping” the franchise. If you don’t wanna see the movie, don’t see it. Plain and simple.

November 26, 2012 9:08 pm

I am so looking forward to the 12th big screen adventure from “the final frontier.” I hope the teaser would be attached to Universal’s “Les Miserables.”

November 26, 2012 9:08 pm

Clearly Garydict Mitchellbatch! Called it! Quite excited for this tho… he’ll make a great Mitchell

Tanner Waterbury
November 26, 2012 9:09 pm

I bet it’s Cupcake that detonated the fleet! I KNEW WE SHOULDN’T OF TRUSTED HIM!

Bob Tompkins
November 26, 2012 9:09 pm

Have they been throwing us curveballs the whole time about the relationship of the graphic novels to the movie universe? Gary Mitchell has already been dealt with and dispatched in the comic/movie universe.
Khan is not part of the Star Fleet or the Federation, yet the villain is a known quantity.
The first 9 minutes of the movie preceding the Hobbit will probably not tell the tale of who the villain is, just set it up with a load of digital destruction. We may not even see the crew.

Bob Tompkins
November 26, 2012 9:11 pm

Look for Admiral Pike to be a casualty? He’s about the only ‘family Kirk has in Starfleet.

Josh C.
November 26, 2012 9:11 pm

while “detonating the fleet” might be literal, the whole phrase ” has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for” suggests that it could be metaphorical (as in to put in disarray). I mean, wouldn’t destroy the fleet be more appropriate if that’s what happened?

Also, isn’t Garth of Izar a starfleet officer? Wasn’t there speculation at some time that he may be the villian?

Starfleet Battles
November 26, 2012 9:12 pm

Garth of Izar. This one should be filled with starship combat, and no one could rival Jim Kirk in the chair, other than the original hero of the federation.

Brian Monson
November 26, 2012 9:13 pm

@Harry Ballz (that was weird) If you read the Star Trek tie-in comics (which are established canon) Kirk’s brother actually survived on Deneva this time around and still lives there.

November 26, 2012 9:13 pm

How does one “detonate” the fleet?

November 26, 2012 9:14 pm

Sigh . . . ok Gary is already dead in the comics and his brother Sam is alive. So is Sam’s wife and son. We don’t know about his mom. In the comics he was raised/living with his uncle.

Red Dead Ryan
November 26, 2012 9:15 pm


Hat Rick
November 26, 2012 9:16 pm

Sounds like Gary Mitchell.

Before anyone says otherwise, Mitchell is the only human-type villain capable of detonating things by himself. Even Khan isn’t capable of doing that. Mitchell is essentially a superbeing.

You know, it’s so obvious from this synopsis that it’s Mitchell, and in retrospect, it’s somehow so understandable why it’s been such a secret, that I have doubts that it’s Mitchell just on general principles.


The storyline could be that Mitchell found out from the historical records of the Prime Universe that, there, he was a godlike being who was killed by Kirk. Cutting Kirk off at the pass, Mitchell goes to that planet, gets god-ified, and challenges his friend Kirk to stop him in this alternate reality.

This would also tie in with the possiblity of still more alternate universes as Kirk attempts to track him wherever Mitchell goes, which could be a number of timelines — again, using Mitchell’s omniscence and godlike powers.

Or Mitchell could attempt to change the past in some way, resulting in the destruction of the Federation “from within.”

Shades of the overarching Q plotline from “Encounter at Farpoint” to “All Good Things….” (TNG).

Also, the engine room and overall shape of the Enterprise could change depending on how the timeline is changed.

November 26, 2012 9:20 pm

What a poorly worded description! Paramount should be proud.

Alex Prewitt
November 26, 2012 9:20 pm

I hope Orci and Lindelof don’t screw this up.

Red Dead Ryan
November 26, 2012 9:20 pm

Let’s not forget about Peter Weller’s character. He may end up being the mastermind of all of this….with Khan being the one carrying out his agenda.

Hat Rick
November 26, 2012 9:21 pm

Or Sam Mitchell, avenging his brother’s death.

Now, one should gird oneself for the inevitable criticism, whether it’s Gary or Sam or Khan, that Trek has once again succumbed to the “it’s a big bad baddie” syndrome.

If so, one can take solace in the fact that this time, it’s also an unstoppable force, not just some guy with a chip on his shoulder (Nero, Shinzon, Soran, Khan, et al.) According to the synopsis.

Hugh Hoyland
November 26, 2012 9:22 pm

I still cant call it. Sounds like Mitchell. Yet I still still get a Khan vibe for some reason!

Sounds like a fantastic ride no matter what!!! :]

Hat Rick
November 26, 2012 9:23 pm

^^ How do you know Gary didn’t have a brother named Sam?

November 26, 2012 9:26 pm

Sounds like Chris Pine will appear as the new Jack Ryan in this film as well.

Gene Roddenberry would have run wrung JJ’s neck after reading such a war-intensive movie.

This sounds like Battlestar Gallactica not Star Trek.

November 26, 2012 9:28 pm

It would awesomesauce if it is Gary Mitchell but man, that name just does not have a ring to it. Nothing iconic there. Haha. How shallow of me. But seriously.

Tue Sorensen
November 26, 2012 9:30 pm

Aw no. Not ANOTHER threat “from within their own organization”. This type of plot is an excuse for not having a real story: you have an organization (CIA, Mission: Impossioble, Starfleet) and then they make the organization the story. Saves them from having to think up anything original or challenging. This is the WORST type of plot, and a trademark Abrams plot, which made ALIAS and three out of four M:I movies so bad. Empty entertainment to the extreme, with no intelligent substance. Sigh.

November 26, 2012 9:31 pm

You’ve got to be kidding me – THIS is the actual synopsis? Didn’t we get ENOUGH of this “allegory” on Enterprise? Well it was nice to watch the BBC TNG Marathon over the weekend…