In the midst of all the Star Wars hype that’s captured our attention this week, the trailer for Star Trek Beyond seemed to be more of an afterthought than a major release. Compared to the reaction for Independence Day, you’d almost think that people hate the Star Trek reboot or something (and apparently want to wipe Into Darkness out of existence). Beyond is meant to return Trek to its original form, giving it that feel of exploration and wonder that the series captured time and time again. Movies are different than TV shows, but it doesn’t mean we can’t get some of that Star Trek flavor in there. Then the trailer hit, we got the Beastie Boys “Sabotage,” and it really didn’t seem like Star Trek.
That doesn’t mean it isn’t good, but it does mean that something seemed off. Something that folks noticed, including Simon Pegg. He obviously plays Scotty and helped to write the movie, so he helped shaped the film a bit. And that’s also why he disliked the trailer:
“Because I know there’s a lot more to the film. There’s a lot more story, and a lot more character stuff, and a lot more of what I would call Star Trek stuff.”
Pegg chalked it up to the marketing team needing that wider audience to come in on the film, noting that things seemed “action-packed” and there is a need for Paramount to “beat the drum” in order to bring attention to the film ahead of its release. With such a stacked summer, one can understand the need to create a Star Trek that isn’t your classic Star Trek film. But then again, we got Into Darkness. You know what happened there.
That said, I thought the Vengeance was pretty cool. And it would really suck to get blown off the ship at warp speed.