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Sometimes, it takes three worlds...
―Tagline

Star Trek:Monsters Unleashed is the fourth installment in the NuTrek film series, and the official sequel to 2009's Star Trek, 2013's Star Trek Into Darkness and 2016's Star Trek Beyond, directed by Noah Hawley.

Development

The pitcher, Leyenar Oh, had been in love with the infamous fan pairing Kirk/Spock for a while, and had lamented the lack of Kirk/Spock crumbs in the newest movie, Star Trek Beyond.

Greatly roused by the groundbreaking success of the #ReleaseTheSnyderCut campaign, and taking inspiration from the series finale of She-Ra & The Princesses Of Power as well as some of her favorite movies such as the second Angry Birds movie, the fifth Ice Age movie and Chicken Little, she began devising a scenario for a potential fourth Star Trek movie, to encourage Paramount to "boldly go" where everyone was too afraid to go, as well as explore on the notion of compulsory heterosexuality or simply "comphet", on Spock keeping up a charade with Uhura when in reality, he felt nothing for her and Kirk was the person he truly loved.

The "Khandemption" idea derives mostly from the pitcher's personal attachment to Benedict Cumberbatch's Khan, but it, as well as the idea of having the Federation, Klingons and Romulans end their conflict and form an alliance to face a greater threat, was one that was made out of a desire to surprise audiences with a new experience with the same characters, as well as attempt to outdo what was accomplished in the preceding films with an unprecedented level of creative freedom available.

From her thoughts, she pictures Starlight City, one of the idea's main locations, as a utopian metropolis with a dark underlayer, one which Princess Arasen strives to get rid of.

Learning from movies like Captain Marvel, the pitcher also suggests portrayals of powerful women in the film, represented by Jaylah, Carol Marcus, General Kalor, Commander Charvanek and the Enterprise. (Kalor moreso, since the pitcher felt like NuTrek's Klingons deserved a female figure as fierce as Discovery's L'Rell.)

On August 20 of 2020, the pitcher posted a statement on her Twitter, about how Monsters Unleashed would be the best way to uphold Star Trek's ideals of infinite diversity in infinite combinations.

On September 12 of 2020, the pitcher posted another statement on her Twitter, about every ideal her idea embodies.

Direct references to "Star Trek II:The Wrath Of Khan"

The pitcher thought about making her idea a second remake of the aforementioned classic, as she felt Into Darkness wasn't "from hell's heart-y" enough, so she began wanting some direct Wrath Of Khan references in her idea, such as the Mutara Nebula existing someplace near Starlight City and the "He [Mr. Spock] tasks me. He tasks me and I shall have him. I'll chase him round the moons of Nibia and round the Antares maelstrom and round perdition's flames before I give him up!" and "do you know the Klingon proverb that tells us "Revenge is a dish that is best served cold"?" from Khan's lines. Also, Chekov's funeral at the beginning of the film is meant to pay homage to Spock's funeral from The Wrath Of Khan.

About the "gender" of the USS Vengeance

In the film, the USS Vengeance is repeatedly mentioned by Khan, either flaunting about how superior and lethal "he" is or lamenting on how much Khan wants "him" back, breaking centuries of tradition in which all Starfleet ships use she/her pronouns.

The pitcher states that this was due to influence, in which she once read a NC-17 fanfic in which the Vengeance was featured as male, and she liked it so much that she wanted to carry it all the way to canon lane.

Elements

  • "Continuity!!!! Make the events of the previous movies be acknowledged and affect the characters in the next movies! Like, I don't know. Acknowledge that Kirk died in Into Darkness? I know it's far from perfect but it still exists. It’s still a part of the storyline and therefore at least the most dramatic plot point should be acknowledged."
  • "Seriously, death is not some sort of weird personality trait."
  • "More scenes where characters just sit down and chat because they’re friends, or they have a buncha issues to work out—basically, allow them to be people."
  • "Zero gravity. Fellas, you’re in SPACE, show me at least one scene where there’s no gravity on the Enterprise. Bonus points for using it for both comedy and action!"
  • Someone saying Spock’s full name
  • Spock calling Kirk his t’hy’la
  • a well-balanced amount of action and heartfelt conversations

And all the K/S shippers' efforts finally paid off.

Plot

When life throws you lemons, cut 'em open and squirt the juice in its eye.

When life throws you lemons, throw a brick back.

When life throws you lemons, throw them at somebody else.

The USS Enterprise has been rebuilt...but at what cost? As the heroic crew attempt to cope with Chekov's death, Spock and Kirk discover that they have unspoken feelings for each other but are both too afraid to say that out loud. Meanwhile, Keenser's epic pursuit of the elusive Gaila catapults him into the universe where he accidentally sets off a series of cosmic events that transform and threaten the world as we know it. To save themselves, Kirk, Spock, McCoy and the rest of the crew must leave their home and embark on a quest full of comedy and adventure with the help of a returning foe, travelling to exotic new lands and encountering a host of colorful new characters. But when an intergalactic conqueror who's way worse than any of the foes the crew has faced before comes into the picture, what's to stop even the most carefully-laden of plans from falling apart?

Returning Characters

  • Chris Pine as Captain James T. Kirk
  • Zachary Quinto as Commander S'chn T'gai Spock
  • Benedict Cumberbatch as Part-Time Commander Khan Noonien Singh
  • Sofia Boutella as Lieutenant Jaylah
  • Karl Urban as Doctor Leonard "Bones" McCoy
  • Zoe Saldana as Lieutenant Nyota Uhura
  • Simon Pegg as Lieutenant Commander Montgomery "Scotty" Scott
  • John Cho as Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu
  • Alice Eve as Doctor Carol Marcus
  • Joseph Gatt as Science Officer 0718
  • Deep Roy as Keenser
  • Rachel Nichols as Gaila
  • Jason Matthew Smith as Lieutenant Gregory "Cupcake" Hendorff
  • Doug Jung as Ben Sulu
  • Jennifer Morrison as Winona Kirk

New Characters

  • Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Lieutenant Keisha O'Neil, one of Carol's two best friends
  • Ko Shibasaki as Lieutenant Lydia Kuze, one of Carol's two best friends
  • Meryem Uzerli as Romulan Commander Liviana Charvanek, Jaylah's love interest
  • Kristen Bell as Janice Rand, Jaylah's roommate and best friend
  • Min Tanaka as Admiral Heihachiro Nogura
  • Charlize Theron as Klingon General Kalor
  • Nichelle Nichols as Nyota Uhura Prime
  • Michael Early as Doctor Geoffrey M'Benga
  • Danai Gurira as Debbie, leader of the Starlight City Resistance
  • Celine Dion as Amadi Trei, a Betazoid singer
  • Brenton Thwaites as Mito, the youngest of Lord Starlight's Three Knights
  • Rebecca Ferguson as Clora, the only female member of the Three Knights
  • Jude Law as Enzai, the leader of the Three Knights who forms a rivalry with Khan
  • Mads Mikkelsen as Lord Starlight(real name unknown), ruler of Starlight City and the main antagonist
  • Chloë Grace Moretz as Princess Arasen, Lord Starlight's good-natured niece and future ruler of Starlight City

Featured Songs

  1. The Mariner's Revenge Song(Khan's Theme)-The Decemberists
  2. Amazing Grace-James Horner
  3. Lovin' You-Minnie Riperton
  4. Don't Wanna Think About You-Simple Plan
  5. You Get What You Give-New Radicals
  6. Boom Shack-A-Lack-Apache Indians
  7. HandClap-Fitz & The Tantrums
  8. That's The Way It Is-Celine Dion
  9. Thank You/Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin-Big Brovaz
  10. Poi E-Patea Maori Club
  11. The Rockafeller Skank-Fatboy Slim
  12. Wooly Bully-Bad Manners
  13. How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful-Florence & The Machine
  14. Good Time-Owl City
  15. Uptown Funk-Enterprise Crew
  16. Shining Star-Ruben Studdard
  17. Flagpole Sitta-Harvey Danger
  18. Get Ready For This-2 Unlimited
  19. What Makes You Beautiful-One Direction
  20. Play That Funky Music-Wild Cherry
  21. Here We Go-Bowling For Soup
  22. Love Shack-The B-52's
  23. Ain't No Mountain High Enough-Diana Ross (space battle theme)
  24. One Moment In Time-Whitney Houston
  25. The Zing Song-Enterprise Crew
  26. Let's Just Be Friends-Luke Combs (end credit song)

Trivia

  • A considerable amount of Klingon is used both by Uhura and the Klingon troops, including the famous "Qapla'" as well as "tlhIngan maH tahjaj" and "Heghlu'meH QaQ jajvam".
  • There are lines and scenes that allude to Khan's past infatuation and sexual involvement with the now-destroyed USS Vengeance, such as "I only want vengeance for my Vengeance" and "he was the best thing that ever happened to me". (*wink wink*) On September 14 of 2020, the pitcher of the idea, Leyenar Oh, further elaborated on this on her Twitter.
  • When Kalor's Klingon army successfully rescues Spock from the enemy's clutches and arrives to save the Enterprise crew, Kirk attempts to hug Spock only to be told "Please, captain. Not in front of the Klingons." This moment is meant to pay homage to a certain moment in Star Trek 5:The Final Frontier.
  • At some point, Debbie provides the Enterprise crew(including Khan and Jaylah) with battle suits and weaponry made from Starlight City's advanced technology.
  • Kirk/Spock finally gains canon status with Spock's declaration that Kirk was the only person he ever loved, and the two's status as t'hy'lara.
  • And don't worry about Uhura, she has a little talk with her Prime counterpart and decides to leave Spock for good and be with the one who truly loves her and will acknowledge her for her brilliance:Montgomery Scott. (much to Cupcake's dismay)
  • Scotty and Uhura aren't the only ones who get together, Bones finds love within Carol too.
  • Lord Starlight is described as "an enemy so powerful that they have to free Khan in order to get even with him since the Federation, Klingons and Romulans put together is still no match for him" but ultimately, he is defeated by Jaylah in a one-on-one duel.
  • It is also revealed that "Lord Starlight" is a title, passed down to whoever sits on the Starlight City Imperial Throne.
  • Kirk wears the infamous green shirt in this movie.
  • To make up for how poorly she was treated in the last 3 films, the Enterprise plays a vital role in the story and gets her big moment in the Battle Of Starlight City, complete with Diana Ross's Ain't No Mountain High Enough playing in the background. And you can thank Khan for that, since he assumes command of the Enterprise while Kirk was down with Spock dealing with the superweapon.
  • Ben Sulu and science officer 0718 are featured as major characters in this one.
  • Liviana Charvanek is meant to be an alternate version of the Romulan Commander that appeared in "The Enterprise Incident".
  • General Kalor commands an armada consisting of ships that look like miniature replicas of the Narada but with a Klingon twist added to them, in order to stay faithful to the IDW comics where the Klingons used leftover technology from the Narada to upgrade their own ships.
  • In the ending victory party(before they sing the Zing Song), Kirk promises Khan that he will do everything in his power to get the Vengeance back, with Spock quickly adding that it will never happen.

    Leyenar wants this movie to be colorful...

    unlike the other three,

    and introduce an actual "strange new world" this time.

Dialogue

Spock and Khan's first conversation

Khan:Ah, Mr. Spock. You're finally here. Do you know the Klingon proverb that tells us "Revenge is a dish that is best served cold"? It is very cold…in space.

Spock:You agreed to aid us...in exchange for retribution, they said.

Khan:Indeed. I only want vengeance for my Vengeance.

Spock:I do not understand. You're the one who crashed that...

Khan(enraged):That could have been avoided! But you deceived me. You deceived me and now I am without the one thing that brought happiness to an otherwise dull life. He was...he was the best thing that ever happened to me and you took him from me.

Spock:Are you saying that...no, even if you really were, that is most illogical. That goes against the natural order of things. Even among the infinite diversity in infinite combinations, there is no place for you and your precious ship.

Khan:Oh, come now, Mr. Spock. I know how you feel about your captain. Believe me, back in my time, one feeling that way for another of the same gender was considered outrageous, which is what you think about me and my Vengeance. When it's all over, I shall leave you as you left him. Crippled...damaged beyond repair. (gets up and leaves, leaving Spock conflicted)

At the climax of the Battle Of Starlight City

Spock:Don't you get it? I love you! I always have! That day you cheated the Kobayashi Maru, yes, I thought it was outrageous, but at the same time, I...felt attracted to you. Felt you were an amazing person. So please, just this once...Cheat death for me!

Meanwhile, aboard the Enterprise...

McCoy:Where is he going with this?  

Jaylah, disheveled from her fight with Lord Starlight:It looks like Spocky just confessed love to James T.!  

Back to Spirk

Kirk:You love me?

Spock:I do.  

Kirk:I love you too.  

(The two kiss as Lord Starlight's superweapon explodes behind them, and as they break the kiss, they are beamed back to the Enterprise)  

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