Did Bones REALLY Spill the Beans?


A few months ago, did Karl Urban (who plays the rebooted Dr. McCoy* in the rebooted Abrams’ Star Trek) REALLY spill the rebooted beans on the next movie’s villain in an interview with SFX?

Karl Urban, who now carries on the character of Dr. Leonard McCoy, may have accidently spilled the beans on Cumberbatch’s character. During a recent interview when he was promoting Dredd with SFX, explained how Cumberbatch was “awesome, he’s a great addition, and I think his Gary Mitchell is going to be exemplary!” Oops!

After the interview, the slip was pooh-poohed by “people in the know” as a purposeful misdirection. But now that the first peek of the first trailer is out, evidence suggests the the new villain IS Gary Mitchell from the very beginnings of The Original Series. Take a look.

Now, for a take on the plot synopsis:

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.

Lt. Cmdr. Gary Mitchell assuming his Godlike powers / TOS

Lt. Cmdr. Gary Mitchell assuming his Godlike powers / TOS

Hmmmmm….. Sounds like Gary Mitchell to me. Appearing in the first season episode “Where No Man Has Gone Before,” he was Kirk’s best friend from the Academy who came to an unfortunate and untimely end. Exactly how the former Lt. Commander fits into the new mythology seems a little thorny** to me, especially considering his position in the original canon, but I’m sure all will be explained logically, if not explosively.

Given the dismal news of late, we finally have something fun to think about and debate.


*This rebooted thing is going to get complicated. Since he is the rebooted Bones, is he the first Bones or the last? Or just the new? Or is there more than one Bones, like Spock?

**So… in the reboot, Kirk becomes Captain on his first mission and even though the Academy was hurriedly turned out for defense against Nero, to my knowledge Mitchell was not assigned to the Enterprise. In TOS, Kirk and Mitchell are on a mission that occurs somewhere on the outer rim of the universe. So… in the reboot, has the mission already occurred that resulted in Mitchell’s alteration? Or did the force that transformed Mitchell find him on Earth, or on another ship? The synopsis did say, “…from within their own organization…” That means he is still a member of Starfleet. Puzzling this, am I.

***Long-time readers know this blog is rife with Star Wars imagery and double-entendre. Long-time readers also know that I can mix my galactic metaphors with the ease of a double-beamed light saber. Galaxies do not require monogamy. Just ask Tasha Yar.

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