Captain Sulu wasn’t too pleased with the ‘Star Trek Beyond’ trailer — at least, he didn’t think it matched the tone of Gene Roddenberry’s original series.
Speaking to Tech Insider, actor George Takei, who famously starred as Hikaru Sulu on the original “Star Trek” TV series, said the “Star Trek Beyond” trailer didn’t feel like what the franchise was intended to be: “It doesn’t have that element that made Star Trek — Gene Roddenberry’s ‘Star Trek’ — what it was.”
Takei continued, “It looks like a terrific action-adventure movie. It should be a very successful ‘Star Trek’ movie…I didn’t, in the preview, note anything of the substance of what made Gene Roddenberry’s ‘Star Trek’ so engaging.”
Check out Takei’s full response to the trailer in the following video:
The Sulu actor’s qualms with the film are on par with many diehard Trek-fans, who believe the series has steered away from its dramatic (warp) core since J.J. Abrams’ reboot in 2009. While the Bad Robot films have been commercially successful, there’s a consensus that the franchise has dumbed-down from what it once was.
Similarly, veteran Trek actor Wil Wheaton — who portrayed Ensign Wesley Crusher on “Star Trek: The Next Generation” (and in a cameo in “Star Trek: Nemesis”) — had the following criticism of the film on his Twitter:
I saw the weirdest trailer today. It was for a generic science fiction action movie, but it was all dressed up in Star Trek costumes.
— Wil Wheaton (@wilw) December 14, 2015
Directed by Justin Lin and written by star Simon Pegg and Doug Jung — following the departure of “Star Trek” and “Star Trek Into Darkness” exec Roberto Orci from the film — “Star Trek Beyond” beams into theatres July 22, 2016.
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