With Star Wars about to reclaim the “fun action sci-fi” mindshare of the world, the Trek films had two options: slow down or speed up. And hoo boy, with Fast & Furious director Justin Lin at the helm, you can guess which direction they chose.
I’ll admit to groaning less than 10 seconds into the trailer. The Sabotage riff contrasts so hard with everything I love about Star Trek. But… I don’t have any emotional ties to these movies and Justin Lin makes a fun-ass spectacle so y’know what? Let’s roll with it.
I think part of our hangup is that for decades Trek was synonymous with aged actors AaAAAaAACTiiiiinG to the rafters, and when the movies aren’t that again, ppl flip. I agree they’re pretty far off from the traits I most associate with Star Trek, but in the same breath we’ll all agree First Contact was tons of fun. So if Paramount wants to make a trio of wacky actioned-up Trek films, go for it.
I mean, Kirk on a dirtbike? A Kirkbike? A DIRKIRK? Fire off that NOS breh and see your ass on July 22!
There’s also a chance the trailer is merely meant to get F&F fans’ attention, and the actual film has a bit more character work and “adventure” going on than it seems. We also know very little about what actually happens. Who are those swarming aliens? Who is the new Dark Elf helper character and what Original Series character will Idris Elba almost certainly be mimicking under all that makeup? Hank suspects Beyond may be analogous to The Search For Spock (they lose their ship, trapped on a planet etc) but we’ll have to wait & see!
With the 2017 “TV” series still on the way, let the movies do their thing. Odds are they’ll have no bearing on each other, so until the show looks like it’s gonna be a Hollywood Studios stunt spectacular, let’s see if Beyond can at least be half as entertaining as Fast Five + Furious Six. Lin can string together a fun ensemble cast, and at least we won’t have the Khan “mystery” looming over the whole damn thing!
tl;dr – I am not invested in this and if I see it at all, it’ll be in the hopes of an outrageous spotfest on par with F&F.
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