Saturday, May 21, 2016

'Star Trek Beyond' Trailer: It's Starting To Look A Lot Like 'Star Trek'

Remember how that last Star Trek Beyond trailer sucked so bad even the guy who wrote the movie admitted it wasn’t very good? Yeah, well, apparently Paramount took that to heart and released a new, much better trailer. There’s not a single Beastie Boys track to be found. Check it out.

This trailer debuted last night at the Star Trek Fan Event to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the franchise (I know, I know, the actual anniversary isn’t until later this year. I get it, guys, seriously).

While I enjoy J.J. Abrams’ 2009 reboot, and I don’t hate Star Trek Into Darkness like many (though it is not good), neither has felt like a real Star Trek movie. From what we see here, I don’t know that Star Trek Beyond will rectify that, but it’s progress.

The plot reportedly finds the crew of the Enterprise in the midst of their five-year mission, and if nothing else, the film at least spends most of its time tooling around deep space. There’s been fully too much Earth in the previous installments, and I can’t wait to leave it in the rearview.

This trailer is a marked improvement from the last, and Star Trek Beyond is starting to resemble an episode of The Original Series. Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) and crew head to an unexplored region of space, run afoul of the locals, and wind up in a pickle on the surface of a new planet. That general plot structure forms the basis for a large number of the episodes, and though it appears director Justin Lin (many Fast & Furious movies) has given it a high-octane makeover, that’s comforting to see.

And it doesn’t hurt that Idris Elba’s villain, Krall, continues to look totally badass.

While I’m not sold, I was hopeful that Star Trek Beyond wouldn’t be as bad as our first look. This is a step in the right direction. We’ll see how the movie is when it boldly goes into theaters on July 22.

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