The first trailer for Star Trek XIII or Star Trek: Beyond (people get so squirrelly about numbers on sequels these days) was awful. It was a mess, featured the Beastie Boys song Kirk was listening to as a kid when he was joyriding, but that really did not mesh as the background to a space adventure. The second trailer was a vast improvement. The third trailer, featuring Rhianna’s song “Sledgehammer” from the film’s soundtrack, makes me want to see it.
We’re picking up with the crew of the Enterprise mid-way through the five-year journey of exploration they began at the close of Star Trek: Into Darkness. They’re tired. They’re burnt to a crisp. Things have gotten so sad they’ve taken to wearing the uniforms from Galaxy Quest (or is that just me?). This third trailer, while still featuring the destruction of the Enterprise which is not at all eyebrow raising anymore, gives you a sense that there’s actually a solid plot to the film. Things surrounding Beyond already have a pall cast over them from the tragic death of cast member Anton Yelchin. It’s nice to see his final adventure with his crew may be a good one. Star Trek: Beyond opens wide on July 22, 2016.
3 thoughts on “Trailer Time: Star Trek Beyond Trailer #3 (2016) *Sledgehammer*”
With some distance, I can safely say that Into Darkness was a letdown. STB needs to really deliver, because I think that, when you consider BvS, Alice2. TMNT2, and ID2, audiences are wising up. They’re becoming less gullible. They’ve been burned a few too many times.
That said, STB looks fantastic.
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It does NOW, but the evolution of the trailers has been something that’s kind of moved me from “that looks awful” to “I want to see that”. Plus, I’d hate for Anton Yelchin’s last film to be a letdown. Into Darkness was a poor idea in the second half, but we’re not talking Star Trek V or Star Trek: Insurrection level bad. And that opening scene seriously would probably make my top 5 opening scenes of all time.
Always assume that that whatever movie I’m taking about, I consider Star Trek V to be much, much worse.
Into Darkness was not actually a bad movie, but coming on the heels of JJ’s first reboot, the only iteration of ST I’ve ever truly loved, I let my usual guard down and was expecting a whole lot more, especially with Cumberbatch playing Kahn. That first scene was wonderful though, and the sad thing is, an entire movie could have been spun out of it.
I do suspect that JJ’s first reboot was an anomaly though. I don’t think it signaled a widespread public appetite for more ST. I think people enjoyed seeing these classic characters reimagined in a shining, retro form, but I also think it was one of those brief moments in time (like the releases of ST II ST IV) where ST briefly connected with the public before inexorably returning to the province of the nerds.