Today, Paramount Pictures officially unveiled the trailer to Star Trek Beyond – hitting theaters in 2016. As a Star Trek fan – I am beyond excited (pun very much intended)! If you haven’t, give watch the trailer:
I have probably watched the trailer over a dozen times this morning and I thought I would give my own personal analysis of the trailer with some questions that I came up with in my own mind that I’m looking forward to seeing answered when the film comes out. This analysis is of course sprinkled with some of my own opinion too.
The Enterprise is attacked.
“We got no ship. No crew. How are we going to get out of this one?”
In the trailer, it appears that the Enterprise gets attacked and ripped apart by a swarm of alien “spikes” while in orbit of a planet.
My guess is that this happens early on in the movie and sets up the main plot. It doesn’t look like the swarm alien spikes are piloted by anyone (they look too small) and looks as though they work together with some level of intelligence or programming.
At some point, it looks like the Enterprise is boarded by the aliens responsible for the attack. Is this our first real good look at Idris Elba’s character which is the movies big baddie? We hear him in the voice-over but it’s still unclear if we’re looking at his character or not. To me – these new aliens look like a cross between a Jem’Hardar and Reman. Overall, I think they look pretty awesome but I was really hoping to see more of the Klingons.
“This is where it begins, Captain. This is where the frontier pushes back!”
I think this line spoken by Idris Elba’s character is really important. This undoubtedly references Star Trek’s famous “Space, the final frontier”. At the end of Star Trek Into Darkness, the Enterprise crew began their 5 year mission. At what part of the 5 year mission does this movie take place in? The beginning? Middle? The end?
UPDATE 12/16: Director Justin Lin did several press interviews on the new trailer and provided some answers to some questions. Star Trek Beyond takes place two and a half years after Star Trek Into Darkness.
And did something Captain Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise do that resulted in the attack on the ship? I really, really like the line spoken by Idris Elba’s character because the heart of Star Trek is about exploration of space and that exploration can be dangerous. Clearly, Kirk and the Enterprise run into something very dangerous here. Was Kirk ordered by Starfleet to investigate something here? A missing starship perhaps?
UPDATE 12/16: So apparently one of the big concepts in Star Trek Beyond is that we have Kirk and the Enterprise crew out exploring space and pushing the principles of the Federation. But what happens when Kirk and crew stumble upon a group of people who have a very different perspective and point of view that doesn’t match the Federation’s? This is where the “frontier pushes back”. Here is how Justin Lin describes Idris Elba’s character who is called “Krall”:
“When [Idris] came in, he had a lot of [prospective] projects and when I talked to him about this character, it wasn’t about this or that it was about building or having a philosophy or point of view. And I like his character because his character is really challenging the way of the Federation’s philosophy and there are a lot of things that when I was growing up I wanted to see.”
One of the things I have always loved about Star Trek is the philosophy behind it and the characters and what happens in the situations where two good and valid philosophies of characters don’t match. Hopefully this comes through in Star Trek Beyond for a fantastic story.
Is the Enterprise destroyed?
The trailer shows various points in which the Enterprise crew are in escape pods and exiting the escape pods on a planet’s surface. And you see a scene in which Kirk is looking out from his escape pod watching the destruction of his ship. You can clearly see it is the Enterprise. And clearly she is being destroyed.
So I have mixed feelings about this. I was actually hoping for a Star Trek movie in which the Enterprise is more front-and-center and stands her ground in battle. The Enterprise was practically destroyed in Star Trek Into Darkeness, so here we are with the Enterprise pretty much getting destroyed again. Why does the Enterprise being destroyed have to be a key plot point? However, from a plot perspective with this movie – Kirk as Captain in an escape pod watching the destruction of the ship he loves and inherieted from his father-figure Captain Pike hopefully tugs a little bit at the heart strings when watching this play out during the movie. So does this mean by the end of Star Trek Beyond, Kirk and crew will get the Enterprise-A?
The Enterprise crew is scattered.
After the Enterprise is “destroyed”, we see clips of the crew scattered around the alien planet they were in orbit of. Scotty avoids falling off a cliff and McCoy and Spock find themselves face to face with the same alien spikes that took down their ship. And Uhura and Sulu find themselves in some sort of alien mining camp.
I think the scene in which the Enterprise crew is at this alien mining camp (I am assuming its some sort of mining camp) is important to the movie. And could be tied into the reason why the Enterprise was attacked. Did Kirk and crew stumble upon this group of aliens using the crews of starships passing by as slave labor for whatever their mining? Oh, and can you spot Keenser in the above shot? I can! Poor Keenser.
Getting the band back together.
At some point after the crew escapes the Enterprise, Kirk gets his senior officers back together. And since they have no ship – they’re going to need a ship…
We see quick shots of the crew on the bridge of another ship. We see Kirk in what might be a captain’s chair, Uhura at a computer station and Sulu and what is probably the help (with a viewscreen in front of him).
NOTE: If you look closely at the patch on Spock’s jacket in the above shot it says “U.S.S. Franklin” (Noted by Trekcore). So what kind of ship is the Franklin? Looks to be a older Starfleet ship. What happened to its crew?
And we see Scotty in what looks to be the engine room of the same starship trying to get things working again.
Back to the Enterprise?
I am pretty sure that’s the top of the saucer of the Enterprise. The wreckage is still smouldering. So at some point during the movie after the Enterprise is destroyed – Kirk and crew return to the Enterprise (or just Kirk and Spock?). I would assume the Enterprise has something really important they need.
I can’t figure out if the scene I mentioned above where the Enterprise is boarded happens as she is being destroyed or after she is being destroyed where Idris Elba’s character, in persuit of Kirk, finds his way to the Enterprise too.
The Enterprise crew has help.
This is Sofia Boutella’s character who appears to be a friend to the Enterprise crew in helping stop Idris Elba’s character. It’s unclear how her character ties in with the story so this piece is a bit of a mystery. Was she part of a doomed starship that was attacked and forced into slave labor like the Enterpise crew?
“I know why you’re here. Why we’re all here.”
And she knows something important!
Those of you unfamiliar with Sofia – she played the woman with swords as legs in Kingsman: The Secret Service. So she’s pretty bad-ass.
Overall – I’m pretty excited about Star Trek Beyond. Lots of questions though! I wonder when Paramount will release an official synopsis for the movie.