Things are finally falling into place for 2016's Star Trek 3[Star Trek 3](movie:817262)after the director and writer shake-up has settled down with Justin Lin taking the director's seat and Simon Pegg and Doug Jung taking on the writing duties. Since the previous films have dipped into the classic Star Trek stories for inspiration, it feels like a good time to take a look back and see what the new creative team may come up with.
Every good Star Trek movie needs a good villain. Except maybe if you're Star Trek 4: The Voyage Home, in that case you make a comedy and get your hands on a humpback whale. Otherwise, yeah, you need a good villain. Perhaps the best known villain from the original series is Khan, which Benedict Cumberbatch portrayed memorably in the last go-round - so who else is there?
The one hint at the plot of Star Trek 3 which has persisted is that we'll finally be settling in with the crew of the Enterprise as they are in the middle of their five year mission. This sets up all kinds of great possibilities, the first of which...
Klingon Commander Kor
While Star Trek Into Darkness touched on these classic Starfleet foes, I feel like they might still be at the top of the list for idle fans and Simon Peggs alike, no? The first of the new Star Treks went to the Romulans before briefly visiting some Klingons in the second, so will the third movie be the real Klingon charm? And if you're introducing your first major Klingon villain, why not go to the very first one, Kor? (Or do you prefer General Chang?)
Kor is legendary in Star Trek lore, the first villainous Klingon that appeared in the very first season of Star Trek when they introduced the Klingons as a war happy bunch intent on taking over planets with Commander Kor leading the charge. The character reemerged in Deep Space 9, making him one of the more enduring characters. There are plenty of great ways Star Trek 3 could introduce a Klingon antagonist for the movie, and putting a great actor in the role of Kor has to be the best way to get fans excited.
Speaking of Deep Space 9, would the new Star Trek movies stray from using only characters and concepts from the original series? If they did, then maybe the Dominion foes of Deep Space 9 would be at the top of their list. If the new series of movies is planning on maintaining their action-oriented tone, then the Dominion, and their intense desire to rule all civilizations and use armies of birthing chamber clones to do the dirty work, would provide for a lot of cannon fodder. And not only are they possibly the most ruthless of Star Trek villains, they're super creepy!
No, not the Kardashians, though they could certainly give the crew of the Enterprise a fair amount of headaches. The Cardassians would probably make up the holy triumvirate of Star Trek foes along with the Klingons and the Romulans. Even though they are more of a Next Generation bad guy, they would make an excellent villain for Star Trek 3. They're intelligence and use of those Obsidian Order agents (who are immune to the Vulcan Mind Meld!) make them more of a deceptive warfare type than the other two, which could make for a more interesting, classic Star Trek battle of wits.
Yes, who wouldn't want to see the Borg back on the big screen, but the Borg, like Q, just feels too closely tied to the Next Generation series to be considered a viable option for a [Star Trek 3](movie:817262) villain. What do you think?