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Listen to the BSE Podcast for STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS on iTunes!
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https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-script/id602272713
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Filmmakers: Directed by J.J. Abrams, Sceenplay by Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman
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The Script - Beat Sheet Edition: "STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS"
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Blake Snyder Beat SheetDavid Negrin's BEATsAlec Pollak's BEATsChris Durham's BEATs
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Opening ImageVolcano, disaster is about to strike the crew of the enterprise. His name is Khan.

Volcano represents WAR.
KIRK and team IRRESPONSIBLY IN TROUBLE on an alien world.

SPOCK tries to sacrifice himself to save the day.

KIRK IRRESPONSIBLY saves SPOCK.
Enterprise crew saves primitive race from Volcano
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Theme Stated-Pike feels Kirk hasn't earned the chair. Kirk's immaturity is a metaphor for The Federation's immaturity. It's been frightened into going to war when they're supposed to be explorers.SPOCK says "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one."

PIKE reiterates this when he reprimands KIRK, trying to make him understand that to earn the chair he needs to think of the responsibility he has to others.

KHAN echoes this later as well when he says he would do anything to save his crew.

THEME of selfless responsibility of leadership continues throughout.
Dual: Kirk asks Bones what would Spock do in his place; Bones replies "he'd let you die" -- Kirk asks Pike what he would do; Pike replies "I wouldn't have been there in the first place."
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Set-up-Kirk loses the Enterprise
-Spock and Kirk aren't working as a team. (STASIS = DEATH)
KIRK's irresponsibility break up the team.

Kirk is stripped of his command, separated from Spock, Enteprise given back to Pike, Federation Archive is blown up
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Catalyst-Khan bombs the "archive".
-Khan attacks the Starfleet Command meeting
The attack on the archive followed by the attack on the Starfleet leadership kick off the story.Harrison attacks the meeting of Starfleet Command
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Debate-The Federation is on a war footing preparing for new enemies, not focused on exploring (Nero's threat may have changed the timeline from original films)
-Kirk suspsects Khan is up to something more than bombing a Library.
-Spock disagrees with a mission to kill him, believes Khan should be brought to justice.
-Scotty protests the secret weaponization of the Enterprise with special torpedoes.
There is debate with the Star fleet leadership (Now more agro thanks to 911... er... Nero's Vulcan Attack.) and then with Admiral Marcus about how to handle the situation.Harrison reinstates Kirk's command with orders to hunt down Harrison, Spock and most of the crew debate Kirk on the morality of outright execution without trial, Scotty resigns his post over it.
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Break into Two-Kirk decides to pursue Khan and "bring him to justice" not to assassinate himThe Enterprise and her crew reunite on the ship and head off into the adventure to go get the terrorist Osama... I mean Khan... I mean Harrison.Kirk decides to go against orders and arrest Harrison
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B Story-Kirk meets Carol Marcus
-Uhura and Spock are in a fight
Kirk and his team meet Carol Not-Marcus-but-really-Marcus. Spy? Enemy? Mother of Kirk's children? We shall see...Khan and his Crew (B-story should be the circus mirror image of the A-story)
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Fun and Games-Our crew prepare their stations for depature
-Enterprise leaves Space Dock
-Warp Speed
-Engine "trouble"
-Sneaking past the neutral zone into Klingon Territory
-Scotty's secret mission to Jupiter
-AWAY MISSION: the crew gets on a ship, goes down to a planet, runs into badguys and fires phasers.
So much Star Trek fun.
The new and more thoroughly explored Enterprise herself!
A neutral zone! Forbidden space! Regulations! Moral quandaries! Dissenting crew opinions all aired and weighed by a slightly mad but benevolent captain!
New ships (Mudd!)
Ohura and Spock (and Kirk) lovers spat!
Klingons! (Now more agro thanks to Nero's Vulcan Attack.)
Ohura faces the Klingons with her superpower! (Best exploration of ("What exactly is Ohura's job?" since Sigourney Weaver in Galaxy Quest.)
Kick-ass hand to hand combat brawls in space!

Race against Klingon Ships, Harrison kicks Klingon Ass, Harrison drops clues that all is not what it seems, Scotty in the bar on earth (really fun scene), discovery of the person in the torpedo, Scotty visits Jupiter
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Midpoint-Harrison reveals he's Khan, torpedoes are prisoners
-Kirk has been used by Marcus to precipitate a war (see ST VI: UD)
-KIRK & KHAN TEAM UP!
Harrison is not Harrison, he is Khan and the 72 secret torpedo weapons are filled with his crew. Marcus lied and in fact might be a bigger bad guy than Khan!

Oh and his GMO blood has regenerative properties that McCoy tests on... Let's completely randomly say... A dead Tribble. (Dead Tribble is a GREAT name for a band.)
Harrison revealed as Khan. Kirk realizes he's been duped and that a shitstorm is coming his way
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Bad Guys Close In-Admiral Marcus turns on Kirk, attacks Enterprise
-Dreadnought class ship, twice the size of Enterprise with special capabilites Bigger weapons, can pursue and fire in Warp
-SPACE SKY DIVE to take over the Vengeance from Marcus
-Khan turns on Kirk, disables the Enterprise
-Enterprise crashes towards Earth
This isn't just bad guys close in, it is Bad Guys Close in Fun and Games!
Marcus shows up with mega-secret Section 31 warship and threatens to destroy Enterprise.
Bad guys are about to blow them to bits when Scotty saves the day!
Scotty is threatened one-on-one by a bad guy and eventually Scotty blows him out the airlock!
Threat-laden, ship-to-ship space-jump!
Arrival of the Vengeance, Enterprise threatened by Marcus, Khan revealed as antagonist, Enterprise chased through warp by Vengeance, Enterprise nearly destroyed, Enterprise falls into Earth's gravity.
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All is Lost-Kirk sarifices himself to save the EnterpriseKhan kills Marcus, wounds Carol, is about to destroy the critically damaged Enterprise and her crew and Kirk is powerless to save them, even when he tries to be selfless and offers himself up to save his crew.Kirk is about to die after saving the Enterprise and Crew
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Dark Night of the Soul-"I did what you would do."

Tears...
Luckily SPOCK had the forethought to trick KHAN and blows the explosives in the torpedoes that KHAN though were filled with his crew.

Day saved? Not quite. Enterprise hurtling towards Earth. Only Kirk can save the day... by sacrificing his life.
Kirk and Spock bond through the radiation Glass
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Break into Three-Spock goes after Khan
-Spock takes over as Protagonist
The Enterprise safely does not crash into the Earth but the much larger ship Khan is flying does. And Khan is on the loose–in the middle of San Francisco!Spock screams "Khan!!!!!!!" and unleases the Vulcan of war.
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Finale-Spock outsmarts Khan by preying on his affection for his frozen crew
-Spock chases Khan down to Coruscant and they fight geneticaly superior hand to vulcan neck pinch
-Uhura saves Spock
-Five Year Mission - "Space, the final frontier..." Enterprise returns to exploring missions not war missions.
SPOCK takes up the hero's mantle and chases down KHAN in order to save the many? No he's out for hot-blooded revenge for the death of KIRK. It is only thought the cooperation of the CREW that SPOCK doesn't go down that dark road and cross over to the dark side. Wait… that's another J.J. Story… Wait has anyone done a SITH LORD DARTH SPOCK yet???

The magic blood of the not killed KHAN brings KIRK back and besides the massive destruction in San Francisco that they just seem to gloss over, all's well once more.
Showdown in San Fran
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Final ImageWarp Speed Trail represents EXPLORATION.

Warp Speed Trail vs. Volcano
The resurrected KIRK resumes command of the ENTERPRISE and he and his CREW head of to undertake the five year mission of peaceful exploration that he wanted in the first place, a mission is he only now ready to undertake, having earned to through his heroism and selflessness.The enterprise begins its Five Year Mission
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