'Star Trek 2': Casting Khan...why couldn't it be a woman?
Oh, how the internets loves its casting rumors. Today, the nugget that caught my eye came from comingsoon.net, who not only floated the idea of Khan Noonien Singh being the villain in the next Star Trek flick, but that — “if they started filming today” — Lost‘s Nestor Carbonell would be the deep-sleeping warlord who harries Kirk and Co.
Of course, they aren’t filming today, and comingsoon.net admitted as much, but it got me thinking: If they are gonna do Khan — and I’m not convinced they should — who should play the part?
My answer: a woman.
Star Trek, while always on the forefront of social equality — interracial kisses, minorities and women in leadership roles; heck, The Next Generation even did a transgender episode — there have not been an abundance of female villains. The second wave of Trek (NextGen, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise) had a handful, but only a few worth remembering. The Borg Queen was cool, but more like a sequel to a villain (the Borg themselves) than an actual villain.
And if we’re talking about young Kirk, full of vim and vigor, I think the perfect foil for him is a woman; confident, ruthless, brilliant — one who shares the same appetites as the captain of the Enterprise, with none of the moral restraint.
So, yeah, I want a female Khan. And I want Sarah Shahi (pictured) to play her. She was terrific on NBC’s canceled Life, and she can totally bring the necessary steel to the role.
What do you think? Am I crazy, or just crazy like a dude who likes foxes?
Regardless, this is the last time you’ll have to put up with my particular brand of craziness, as this is my last post for EW.com. It’s been an honor, boys and girls, to explore the nooks and crannies of the geekosphere with you, lo these past few years. The wonders of Battlestar Galactica, the pain of Heroes, the nigh-obsession with Nathan Fillion: I’m glad we got to do all of this together, and I’ll miss each and every one of you — even the ones who hated my guts. We geeks are a passionate lot, and I wouldn’t have had it any other way.
You can find me on Twitter, if you like: I’ll be the idiot holding it down at twitter.com/marcbernardin. So long…and thanks for all the fish.