As a big fan of Star Trek, especially The Original Series, I have thoroughly enjoyed the JJ Abrams reboots. The first film successfully rebooted the series and gave us a very good angle in changing the timeline. The second film brought back the infamous villain, Kahn Noonien-Singh, who was played brilliantly by Benedict Cumberbatch. A third film is inevitable and I wanted to take time out as a writer to offer three of my ideas for the next installment.
The third film could be an exploration film.
If you saw Star Trek Into Darkness, the film ended with Captain Kirk and crew getting their five-year mission. Personally, I feel this sets up a reboot of the TV Series, but obviously, that’s not feasible given the high profile status of some of the major actors. Actors and actresses like Chris Pine and Zoë Saldana are too busy to put in the time it takes to film a TV Series, so of course, a third film is the best option.
Given the fact that the Enterprise crew has just received their five-year mission, the next film could play out like a longer version of a classic episode of The Original Series. We could see the crew exploring uncharted space and coming across some evil force that they have to give all to escape. No big name villains, just simple good old-fashioned jeopardy.
We could see all out war with the Klingon Empire.
This is the most plausible scenario, as in the last film, Kahn opened fire on an entire Klingon patrol, killing every last one. The Klingon Empire has no reason for knowing that the attack was carried out by Kahn, and has every reason to assume Starfleet is behind the attack. Given this scenario, the only outcome is all out war between the Empire and the Federation.
Star Trek: The Return of Kahn
At first, this idea might not seem that great, but hear me out. Kahn’s involvement in the first film was different than in the originals because of the alternate timeline. At the end of the film we see that Kahn and his crew were frozen and stored away at Starfleet, kept safe from being thawed out and unleashed once again. There is however one way that this can work and still should appease the die-hard fans.
The character of Marla McGivers should still be somewhere out there, even in the new timeline. It is also reasonable to assume that she still works for Starfleet. The new film could explore the idea of McGivers still having her same interest in Kahn that she had in Space Seed, and thawing him in an attempt to study him, and in the process unleashing him on an unsuspecting Starfleet and Enterprise crew. This option even opens the door for a new villain, or villains, as well.
Only time will tell where the writers go with the next film, but two things are for sure: I can’t wait to see it, and it’s going to be one wild ride, no matter where we boldly go.