Roughly five months ago, the first trailer for Star Trek Beyond was released onto the internet. It immediately grabs you with its Beastie Boys soundtrack of “Sabotage”, starship destruction, and motorcycle action. Unfortunately, it failed to really impress fans, especially George Takei, who played Hikaru Sulu in the original Star Trek television series. With Justin Lin at the helm, who director credits include most of the Fast and Furious movies, the trailer’s direction should not come as a huge surprise. Even Simon Pegg, who plays Scotty and co-wrote Beyond, was not impressed but promised the film is more than action. Last Satuday, Paramount released a new trailer and I think it delivered better than the first.
According to IMDB, the official synopsis reads: “The crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise is exploring the farthest reaches of space, where they encounter a mysterious new enemy who puts them and everything the Federation stands for to the test.” From the trailer, we get more into the movie, which again reintroduced the scene of the Enterprise being attacked and boarded by aliens, forcing the crew to abandon ship. From there, it looks to be a fight for survival for the crew as they face down Krall (Idris Elba, Thor: The Dark World).
All of the original cast is set to reprise their roles from the previous movies. They add Idris Elba as Krall and Sofia Boutella as the mysterious Jaylah. This trailer lives up more to the legacy that creator Gene Roddenberry intended by defining who a character is, the unity of a crew, working with other species, and, of course, space travel. This trailer is definitely more of a deeper cut about what the film is but I’m still not sure how excited I am about this third installment into the reboot Star Trek series. I will hold off on an overall judgment until the film comes out. I love the Star Trek series: from the television series to the original movie series. The first reboot, directed by J.J. Abrams, was incredible and Into Darkness let me down so level expectations is where I’ll stay.
Star Trek Beyond flies into theaters July 22, 2016.