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.