The JJ Abrams reboot (now officially called the Kelvin Timeline) of Star Trek has been something of a strange beast for me. On one hand, I did enjoy the first film as a science fiction adventure but I still have a hard time calling it Star Trek.
I thought Star Trek Into Darkness was a let down, and I did not like the first trailer for Star Trek Beyond. The second trailer was an improvement, and Paramount has now released a third trailer. Check it out below:
Recently, Chris Pine who plays Captain Kirk added more fuel onto the “this isn’t Star Trek anymore” fire by saying:
“You can’t make a cerebral Star Trek in 2016. It just wouldn’t work in today’s marketplace. You can hide things in there – Star Trek Into Darkness has crazy, really demanding questions and themes, but you have to hide it under the guise of wham-bam explosions and planets blowing up. It’s very, very tricky. The question that our movie [Star Trek: Beyond] poses is “Does the Federation mean anything?” And in a world where everybody’s trying to kill one another all of the time, that’s an important thing. Is working together important? Should we all go our separate ways? Does being united against something mean anything?”
On top of that, I don’t tend to listen to pop music or Rihanna, and I can’t even name any of her songs off the top of my head. I know she’s a talented singer, but marketing one of her songs with Star Trek Beyond seems like a very awkward partnership — when I think of Rihanna, Star Trek is at the bottom of related media that pops in my head, and vice-versa.
This is all to make the disclaimer that I’m iffy on the current incarnation of Star Trek, and the musician choice for this film in particular. With all that in mind, surprisingly, I found myself really enjoying this trailer.
I know that Pine said some relatively controversial things but, really, it isn’t anything new. The original pilot of the original series was rejected because it wasn’t swashbuckling enough for CBS so a cerebral Star Trek is always something that tends to lurk under the guise of an action franchise.
While the musician choice has me scratching my head, I actually really liked it. Turns out that one of the few pop singers I do like helped write the song, which is probably why I don’t mind it. For those of you who are curious, Sia helped write it.
Minus the first trailer, it looks like Beyond is finally starting to steer Star Trek back into a direction that I can possibly begin to recognize as Star Trek. Sure, it’s more action based to hit all four quadrants, and the marketing is what I expect from a tentpole, but I am detecting hints of serious questions under the surface.
I may not like the new glossy paint job of this Star Trek film franchise but it seems that this entry may have more thematic weight than what Abrams has given us in the past. It could finally be a step in the right direction. We do have the TV show, which could be more cerebral like classic Star Trek TV shows from over the years.
Star Trek Beyond will premiere in theaters on July 22, 2016.