The veil of secrecy lifted this morning on “Star Trek Beyond” as Paramount Pictures debuted the teaser trailer for director Justin Lin’s sequel to 2013’s “Star Trek Into Darkness.”
Make no mistake, much of the mystery remains. After the one-and-a-half-minute teaser, we really only know that the plot involves the destruction of the Enterprise (nothing new to the film series) and the stranding of its crew, and that dirt bikes are are apparently still a thing in the 23rd century.
Beyond that, however, we haven’t even heard the name of Idris Elba’s character, let alone his motivations. But what can we take away from the “Star Trek Beyond” trailer? Read on!
1. Maybe It Should Be Called “Star Trek Faster & Furiouser”
It’s not exactly a “moment,” but if the trailer is any indication, director Justin Lin — a veteran of the “Fast and the Furious” franchise — and script were well matched. This is clearly a very physical “Star Trek” film, with the Enterprise crew stranded on a distant planet and forced to fight for their survival. But while filmmakers have relished destroying the iconic ship on the big screen again and again, this feels almost like a callback to the original series. All that’s missing is a shirtless William Shatner to wrestle with aliens.
2. There’s Plenty of Humor!
Although 2013’s “Star Trek Into Darkness” had some lighthearted moments, they seemed overwhelmed by, well, the darkness. In this first trailer, at least, humor — a staple of the franchise since the very beginning — is front and center, from the return of the Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage” to the terrific scene in which Karl Urban’s Dr. McCoy says, “Well, at least I won’t die alone,” only for Zachary Quinto’s Spock to be beamed away.
3. There’s Hope!
Another trademark of the franchise is its optimism — about the future, about humanity, about the grimmest of situations — is front and center, as Chris Pine’s Kirk says, “We got no ship … no crew. How are we going to get out of this one?” The answer comes from Spock, who says, “We will find hope in the impossible.”
4. The First Look at Idris Elba’s Villain
Amid leaked set photos and endless speculation, director Justin Lin & Co. have been able to maintain J.J. Abrams-levels of secrecy concerning the mysterious villain played by Idris Elba — even after the release of this teaser trailer. We briefly see, and hear, the alien character, confirming repeated assertions that Elba isn’t playing a Klingon or a villain from the franchise’s long history. However, at this point we don’t even know his name.
5. Capt. Kirk, Lothario No More?
James T. Kirk has a bit of a history with female aliens, something that’s been played to comedic effect in the rebooted franchise. But in “Star Trek Beyond,” he appears to have met a female character who’s both unimpressed with his charms and able to kick his — and just about anyone else’s — ass.
“Star Trek Beyond” opens July 22.
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