If you were on Twitter at all in the day or two following the release of the Star Trek Beyond trailer, you probably already know this, but nobody is happy with it. Not even Simon Pegg, and he’s in the movie.
The problem for most people is that the trailer was all action. Non-stop. And it was set to “Sabotage” by the Beastie Boys, which is a great song, but pretty out of place in Star Trek. That the new movie was directed by Justin Lin, famous for directing parts of the Fast and the Furious series, also didn’t bode well.
Since the beginning of the reboot/alternate timeline films originally directed by J.J. Abrams, we’ve been told that the films are getting back to the more action oriented 60s series. But the problem is that the movies are overwhelmingly action packed and, well, despite having a reputation for lots of punching and romancing of aliens, Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise did a lot more thinking and talking than people seem to remember. Star Trek was not an action show: it was a drama about space exploration that featured action. The films don’t seem to understand that, and the trailer seems to highlight fans’ worst fears.
But as Simon Pegg, director Justin Lin, and numerous other people have pointed out, there’s a lot more to the movie than the trailer implies. Yes, it’s a poor choice for a Star Trek trailer to show nothing but action, especially for the third film in a series that, while commercially successful, hasn’t pleased a lot of fans. Trek fans are known for being picky about things like this, but they’re also a pretty big group of people, more than happy to buy all kinds of licensed merchandise and support the shows. It does give one pause to wonder about the new TV series that CBS is apparently working on, and wonder how it will fit into the franchise as a whole.