Monday, May 23, 2016

Star Trek Beyond Trailer #2 Is ...More ...Star Treky?

It's an interesting thing, and it comes up more often than we realize, especially with "geek" properties. There are translations of our favorite comics/cartoons/what have you that seem faithful...made by people who actually LIKE what they've seen and wish to make a feature film that would make the original creator smile from ear to ear and give fans something to cheer about and beg for more. The first trailer for Star Trek Beyond was lacking in..shall we say..Star Trekkiness. It may as well have been a preview for a generic space adventure fueled by rock music and peppered with scantily clad women and men who inexplicably lose their shirts mid-battle. After binge-watching the entire run of Star Trek: The Next Generation, I am no closer to pinning down the exact elements you NEED in any property claiming connection to the Star Trek mythos, but I know what it feels like, and like most fans, I can tell when it's missing. The second trailer for "Beyond" takes several steps back in the right direction...

Still, my concern is the crew that has been putting these modern films together doesn't fully "get it". The films are fun but we've lost that connection to a larger, more hopeful universe. Maybe it's time for a new crew to take control of the films and put things back on track.

"Star Trek Beyond," the highly anticipated next installment in the globally popular Star Trek franchise, created by Gene Roddenberry and reintroduced by J.J. Abrams in 2009, returns with director Justin Lin (“The Fast and the Furious” franchise) at the helm of this epic voyage of the U.S.S. Enterprise and her intrepid crew.  In “Beyond," the Enterprise crew explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a mysterious new enemy who puts them and everything the Federation stands for to the test.

Star Trek Beyond hits theaters July 22nd!

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