Friday, April 12, 2013

K is for ...

TGIF! And a perfect day for the kooky letter K!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Your villain of the day is ...

                                                       (photo credit fredericknewspost.com)

KHAN

Captain Kirk's old nemesis is a favorite villain for any Star Trek fan. A genetically engineered tyrant, Khan blames Kirk for killing his wife after being exiled on another planet which later exploded. Ruthless, but with a purpose, he implants mind controlling eels into his victims. Quite possibly Kirk's greatest adversary ever.

The actor who played Khan, Ricardo Montalban, had this to say about villains:

"All good villains do villainous things, but think that they are acting for the right reasons."

How you like them apples?? Right up the villain alley. And important for us to remember when we're crafting our own villains.

And for your setting:

                                                  (photo credit outerspaceuniverse.org)
K-PAX

And it's out there somewhere, right? A little to the left, yeah, that's it. What's great about K-Pax is that it's fully fictional, yet presented in such a believable way.

A few interesting tidbits about K-Pax:

* It's over 1K lightyears away
* K-Paxians are able to travel through advanced light teleportation technology
* The family unit doesn't exist on K-Pax but they all learn from each other

Goes to show you can make your world anything you want it to be. K-Pax offered me a bit of inspiration on my last story, The Desiree. What I like about the K-Pax concept, is that the planet itself is never shown, and there's very little special effects in the film. The screenplay requires imagination from the audience, and trusts us to get the picture.

The universe is enormous, and who knows what's out there?! Sure gets the wheels of my brain turning to dream up new settings.

How about you? What inspires your settings or villains, or stories in general? Hope your weekend is keen. ;) 

23 comments:

YVONNE LEWIS: said...

Great post PK, as I don't write about villains in my poetry I have no problem, unless it's about the doctors here who at the moment is making life a misery for me.

Great post, enjoy your week-end.
Yvonne.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Great choice for K, PK. And K-Pax sounds interesting too. Glad you took inspiration from it.

mooderino said...

I liked the way in K-Pax kept it unclear whether he was really an alien or not. Nicely handled.

mood
Moody Writing

Nick Wilford said...

Yes! The best villains have an ironclad belief they're doing the right thing. Makes them all the more scary.

J.L. Murphey said...

Keep up the momentum. BTW it was worms not eels that Khan used for mind control.

Cathrina Constantine said...

Is that Ricardo's real, defined chest?
I'd be surprised.And I giggled, a little. Lots of Kooky villain's out there.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Khan will always be the best Star Trek villain.
K-Pax! Not many people remember that movie. I thought it was really interesting.

C. Lee McKenzie said...

Nothing better than a well-intentioned villain, especially the insane ones. I agree.

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Robin said...

Yes, he nailed down exactly what good villains do-bad things, but completely believing they are doing the right things. brilliant.

Mark Means said...

Great pick and Montalban was awesome in that role.

I'm a bit surprised, though, that no one has done this, yet....


"KHANNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN!!!" :)

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Oh man, those eels still give me the heebie-jeebies!

Andrew Leon said...

I'm looking forward to the new version of Khan, and that's about all I have to say about it.

Michael Offutt, S.F.A. said...

But the question is: Is Ricardo wearing a rubber chest? Or is he really that buff in that pic at that time?

LD Masterson said...

Oops, I don;t know K-Pax. But I sure know Khan. Love his final scene.

William Kendall said...

As I understand it, Montalban did work out in preparation for picking up that role again, so he was in shape.

It's a terrific role. I was watching the movie a few days ago, and there's such intelligence and relish in the way he plays Khan. And from Khan's point of view, he's more than justified. He doesn't view himself as the villain... but he wants revenge, and that's a great take on the villain in general.

The K villain that I would have thought of isn't a villain anymore. Kaine is a clone of Spider-Man, once a brutal disfigured killer. He was redeemed, cured of what ailed him, and now headlines his own book, walking the line between his old instincts and the conscience he got from Peter Parker.

Janeal Falor said...

Can't believe I haven't heard of either of these two before. *hides in shame* No excuses for not knowing K-Pax. But in my defense, as a teen girl I just never noticed Star Trek. I'm really liked the new movie and am excited to see the next one though.

Jeff Hargett said...

Khan is quite possibly the greatest villain in sci-fi. And Ricardo Montalban played him masterfully.

DL Hammons said...

Star Trek II is rated second on my list off favorites, right behind the most recent re-boot. Great Villain!! :)

Julie Flanders said...

Now in my mind I keep hearing Kirk yelling "Khan!!" :D

So true about villains!

Zoe said...

Great villains. That bug thing with Khan still gives me the heebies...

Heather M. Gardner said...

Soon we will have to compare old Khan to new Khan!

I spit my last breath at theeeeeee!

Heather

Leslie S. Rose said...

I just bought the bluray set of the Star Trek movies. Khan, here I come.