First STAR TREK BEYOND Trailer Is An Odd - But Fun - Blend Of Influences

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First STAR TREK BEYOND Trailer Is An Odd - But Fun - Blend Of Influences
Right. I think it's safe to say that where Star Trek is concerned the time has come to pretty much throw expectations aside as far as how the Trek universe is supposed to behave and just kind of roll with it. Because after spending quite a lot of the first two movies of the JJ Abrams Trek era trying very hard to update while also keeping the old guard on board it now appears as though the guiding principal basically boils down to, "Screw it. the original series was, more than anything else, a goofy adventure show. Let's have a goofy adventure."

Abrams steps into a producing role with Star Trek Beyond with Fast And Furious director Justin Lin taking over directing duties and both influences are obvious with Lin pretty much immediately sticking Kirk on the back of a motorbike. Because, as noted above, 'goofy adventure'. This is not to say things are entirely ignoring the past here as one scene in particular is the most obvious - and best executed - nod both to the production design and Spock / McCoy banter of the original show I've yet to see attempted since.

Notably absent from this first trailer: No Idris Elba or The Raid star Joe Taslim, both of whom are very much in the film and both of whom have thus far had their character names withheld from the IMDB to prevent spoilers. So, what say you, Trek faithful? Are you excited or annoyed? And, given what you're seeing here do you think the character names are being withheld because what we're looking at is a callback to a classic character? Check out the trailer below.
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MehliensDecember 14, 2015 12:11 PM

Cant be any worse than what JJ did

KurtDecember 14, 2015 4:39 PM

Would still rather the films be about ideas than action. This is far 2 Fast & The Ferengi for my tastes.

Keith AllisonDecember 14, 2015 4:47 PM

Why is tough space lady using Hong Kong movie kungfu? Shouldn't she be using Anbo-jyutsu, the ultimate culmination of the martial arts?

UilickMcGeeDecember 14, 2015 5:32 PM

Cardassian Drift.

Batty MysticDecember 14, 2015 7:02 PM

I first thought this was a prank or something the Onion would do.

realreelzDecember 14, 2015 7:17 PM

the end of star trek as we know it

paul evansDecember 14, 2015 9:22 PM

Immature SciFi from the American movie moguls, best leave this for TV. So many good stories out there but we get old crap rehashed over and over. When will someone make a visual spectacular with a decent story and no more bipedal characters that should be on the Muppets show.

wagnerfilmDecember 15, 2015 4:41 AM

Oooh, never underestimate Hollywood's ability to fuck up even worse the next time around.

Oh Goo TakDecember 15, 2015 8:56 AM

What the trailer for the second one looked like that did it get into deeper issues? In a cowded blockbuster marketplace this trailer is perfectly understandable.

BosDecember 15, 2015 9:27 AM

This is so the director a 12yo boy?

DragonSpikeXIII .December 15, 2015 10:49 AM

Star Trek by way of Star Wars was already a stretch, but braindead action ala Fast & Furious is a new low.

ManateeAdvocateDecember 15, 2015 11:37 AM

Yeah, so, I'm totally going to pass on this one. As Kurt so aptly put it below:

"Would still rather the films be about ideas than action."

Peabo BronsonDecember 16, 2015 11:42 PM

I think it looks very colorful and has a lot of personality. The marketing may be a bit misleading (of course there is big action, but i'm sure the whole movie is not like this). I think this is actually very reminiscent of Trek, in the sense that the plot will take place on an alien planet, and the crew will get involved in a local dispute and have to help one another -basically like any given Trek episode, but bigger and louder.

I would love to see a Trek film marketed as contemplative and existential, but with the budgets these films are demanding, they have to compete with the other blockbusters out there.

Also, Idris Elba is definitely in this trailer. He's the scaly reptilian looking guy taunting Kirk.