I’ve already seen a lot of chatter online saying that this trailer “doesn’t look like Star Trek” and other variations on that theme.
I’m not sure I agree with that.
Look, I’ll be the first to admit, as a fan of the original series, as someone who grew up with William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, etc. as the only Star Trek that no, from this trailer, the upcoming Star Trek Beyond isn’t what I would expect from a movie built around the original franchise. But that’s kind of the point, isn’t it? This isn’t the original franchise. We’ve known ever since the first J.J. Abrams “it’s not a reboot” movie that we were no longer going to be dealing with the original characters/framework – or at least not in the way we were used to.
In a lot of ways, the clue is right there in the title. This isn’t Star Trek. This is Star Trek Beyond. This is a new Star Trek, for a new generation. (No “Next Generation” pun intended there.) At the same time, let’s take a look at what we do have here. We’ve got the Enterprise (at least for a little while, though it does look like dire things may be happening to it.). We’ve got a new world, a new civilization. We’ve got strong, at times comedic interactions between the main characters (including a completely in-character line from Karl Urban’s McCoy who in my mind is the one actor who has really gotten the heart of his predecessor). We’ve got action that yes, I’ll admit looks more like any other space movie than I’d like, but I’ll defend that by saying it’s what’s necessary to draw in today’s crowd beyond just the die-hard fans. The only thing we’re missing really is Kirk macking on the alien chick, but hey, they’ve got to save something for the film, right?
Plus, there’s one other thing you have to keep in mind. This is just the first trailer. There are sure to be plenty more to come before the actual film comes out. And as such, it does what it’s supposed to. It sets the tone and looks to get people excited about the movie. Does it succeed? Is it an accurate portrayal of what the final movie will look like? Well, we won’t really be able to answer that until the movie opens next year.
So no, it doesn’t look like an Old School Star Trek trailer like some of us might have been hoping for. But for now at least, I’m still willing to climb on board this new Enterprise and see where she takes me.