What better way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Star Trek franchise next June than by watching the latest cinematic installment? Since J.J .Abrams took control of the USS Enterprise in 2009, there has been considerably hype for the rebooted version of Captain James T. Kirk and his crew. And even though Abrams isn’t directing the upcoming Star Trek Beyond (he’s going behind the scenes as a producer), the series’ latest may still satisfy the hearts of Trekkies the world over. At least those who are looking for more motorcycle action and less spacefaring.
The cast is largely unchanged from Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), in terms of concrete story details, there’s not a lot to be gleaned from the Star Trek Beyond teaser. The trailer is more focused on showcasing action clips, whether it’s showing the U.S.S. Enterprise being torn apart by swarms of tiny spaceships (forcing its crew members to escape and land on a mysterious nearby alien planet) and/or highlighting the fighting abilities of the extraterrestrial character played by Kingsman: The Secret Service‘s Sofia Boutella – who, by the look of it, joins forces with Captain James Kirk (Chris Pine) after the Enterprise crashes and its crew members are separated.
“Star Trek: Beyond” (2016) | Credit: Paramount Pictures
The trailer really doesn’t give much away — there are bound to be at least two more before its June release. But one clever touch from Justin Lin, Star Trek Beyond‘s director and visionary of prior Fast and Furious flicks, is the continued use of Sabotage by the Beastie Boys (the song made a cameo in the 24th century world depicted in J.J. Abrams’ first Star Trek film).
Question is, can the team behind Star Trek Beyond manage that task without also sacrificing what made Star Trek unique in the first place? Or is it better to approach this as a fun-looking sci-fi action thrill ride first, a traditional Star Trek movie second? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
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