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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Holy sheepshit!

DEFINITELY Gary Mitchell…. In my opinion!

Detonated. Odd choice of words. Sounds good…

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


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

Trying not to read until I see the trailer!

*closes eyes, plugs ears*

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

-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.

Yeah what does “fleet detonated” mean?

All self destructs initiated by remote?

what’s that all about?

This movie sounds really good.

That phrase really makes no sense.

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

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

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!

Perhaps “decimated the fleet”?

Detonated? Wtf?

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


“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.

Section 31

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

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

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


oh man now i’m itchin’ for that trailer

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

Great synopsis. Can’t wait

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

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.

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.”

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

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

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.

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

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?

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.

@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.

How does one “detonate” the fleet?

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.


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.

What a poorly worded description! Paramount should be proud.

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

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.

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.

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!!! :]

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

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.

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.

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.

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…