To celebrate the 50th anniversary of “Star Trek,” Paramount released a gorgeous trailer pulling from the franchise’s feature films. The original series, which premiered on September 8, 1966, is a veritable pop culture phenomenon that has spawned a cartoon series, five additional live action series and 13 feature films.
The trailer sticks to the 13 movies, intercutting footage from the films based on “Star Trek: The Original Series” and “Star Trek: The Next Generation” with clips from the rebooted films directed by J.J. Abrams and Justin Lin.
The piece opens with William Shatner’s Captain Kirk stepping onto the bridge of the Enterprise in “Star Trek: The Motion Picture.” We then hear the late Leonard Nimoy’s voice in narration. “I have always and ever shall remain your friend,” he intones.
The words are not from “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” as some may think, but from it’s sequel “The Search for Spock.” With this utterance, the resurrected Spock not only echoes his death speech from the previous film, but also remembers his sacrifice, and how he saved the Enterprise by manually re-activating the warp core, thus exposing himself to a lethal radiation dose. The line is truly a fitting opening for a piece that is ultimately about celebrating 50 years of memories.
Perhaps the most touching of the trailer’s many emotional moments comes near the end of the minute-and-a-half piece. Walter Koenig, who originated the role of Pavel Chekov, is seen saying, “So, this is goodbye,” in a scene from “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.” This scene from the final big screen adventure of the original cast is clearly a tribute to the late Anton Yelchin, the 27-year-old actor who played Chekov in the rebooted film series and who died in a tragic accident earlier this year.
And what retrospective would be complete without a montage of the various Starships Enterprise?
You can view the trailer on Paramount’s “Star Trek” Facebook page. The latest “Trek” film, “Star Trek: Beyond” is currently in wide release and will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on November 1st. A new TV series, “Star Trek: Discovery,” is currently in production and will begin airing in January, 2017 on CBS All Access.
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