There’s warriors like Christopher Lloyd’s Kruge in “Star Trek III: The Search For Spock,” and then there are talky villains like Khan in both “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” (Ricardo Montalban) and “Star Trek: Into Darkness” (Benedict Cumberbatch). And then, of course, you have talky warriors like Christopher Plummer’s Chang in “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.”
For Krall, a new villain brought to “Star Trek: Beyond” by Idris Elba, the Enterprise is going head-to-head with someone who is pure warrior. And it won’t be good for her crew.
“What’s interesting about him is that he has a real beef with what the Enterprise stands for,” Elba recently told Entertainment Weekly‘s Darren Franich. “Krall’s a character who’s deeply steeped in hatred — in my opinion, a well-earned hatred — for the Federation.”
In fact, like “The Undiscovered Country,” it could very much mirror the political climate of the time.