Geekery: ‘Star Trek – Beyond’ Final Trailer is Gorgeous

startrek-logo

Both the official and the fan made films put out trailers this week – come take a look.

Star Trek: Beyond has produced three trailers – previously and previously – seemingly selling three different movies with the same cast. It’s got everything a summer movie needs to success, and it sure is pretty to look at.

During the promotional rounds for the movie Chris Pine (aka Captain James Tiberius Kirk) said this in an interview with SFX Magazine:

“You can’t make a cerebral Star Trek in 2016. It just wouldn’t work in today’s marketplace. You can hide things in there – Star Trek Into Darkness has crazy, really demanding questions and themes, but you have to hide it under the guise of wham-bam explosions and planets blowing up. It’s very, very tricky. The question that our movie poses is “Does the Federation mean anything?” And in a world where everybody’s trying to kill one another all of the time, that’s an important thing. Is working together important? Should we all go our separate ways? Does being united against something mean anything?”

I’ll concede that he has a point about what sells in this day and age – something like “Chain of Command” is a hard sell to an audience that’s mostly made of 12-17 year olds. The movie going populace likes explosions, and plenty of action. Finding a balance of smart and what they like is going to require the right team… I’m not sure we’ve found that team just yet. Beyond might prove me wrong, but I’m not setting the bar very high.

hrus_ex_picards_4_lights_dd

a little too deep for the summer movie crowd…

 

After CBS dropped it’s new fan film guidelines the folks at Axanar Productions dropped this trailer with what I’m going to assume is a Richard Hatch voice over…

Alec Peters – executive producer – responded to the new guidelines:

“These guidelines appear to have been tailor-made to shut down all of the major fan productions and stifle fandom. In no way can that be seen as supportive or encouraging, which is very disheartening. While CBS and Paramount claim to want to encourage the passion of fans to produce ‘reasonable fan fiction,’ the restrictions presented do just the opposite, willfully ignoring over forty years of fan works that helped buoy the ‘Star Trek’ franchise through some very lean years and enthusiastically spread the magic of the franchise in more plentiful times.

Around the franchise’s 50th anniversary, we would have hoped CBS and Paramount would have taken this opportunity to unite with ‘Star Trek’ fans in celebration of their creativity, not seek to crush it.”

After the fighting is done I’m still hoping to see Axanar completed and released. There are some that will argue that a project with a $600,000+ budget doesn’t fall into the category of fan film, and I can understand that. It seems, though, that fan made productions are fulfilling what the core fandom – the folks that have been with the franchise for years – wants. Can they find a balance with CBS in order to keep moving forward?

The beloved Roddenberry universe seems to be in peril due to opposing views of the IP holders and the fandom. Is there a way for everyone to find a way to work toward what seem to be their separate goals?

 

The Star Trek franchise may truly be going “Where No Man Has Gone Before”…

  • D. B.

    I’m really curious what that NX-class vessel is that keeps showing up.

  • Jonathan B.

    Featuring Rihanna’s new single? Oh please, really? Gene Roddenberry is spinning in his grave.

    • SilentPony

      Don’t you meaning floating in space?

  • euansmith

    The sad thing is that fan files can actual provide a genuine Star Trek experience, focusing on talk and ideas rather than blowing $hit up. Now I’m all for blowing $hit up and am a big fan of Fast & Furious, but it is nice to have a change of pace.

  • Drpx

    Remember when you could tell the difference between Star Trek and Star Wars? Also, is that Zebra chick supposed to be a reimagining of those aliens that were black/white and white/black?

  • iscokeit

    Yes Man #1: Sir, people are saying that our second trailer made the movie appear to be an action movie, and not a philosophical treatise.
    Yes Man #2: Sir, people are having a hard time relating to our crew. They never spend time on the ship being themselves, but react to the latest explosion/threat/crisis. People complain that the characters are too flat, too stereotypical, and dull.
    Producer #1: MOAR SHINIES!
    Producer #2: Cut the dialogue out – make it a vehicle to attach Rihanna to juice up our Twitter and Instagram hits!
    Producer #3: Brilliant!

  • LordKrungharr

    Yep, no room for brainy themes or plots, plenty of room for Donald friggin Trump on the way to becoming President though!

  • I wouldn’t call this gorgeous. More obnoxious. But then again I’m an old-school trekkie.

  • durendin

    Stop blowing up the Enterprise!

    • ChubToad

      Completely agree. It’s getting annoying instead of producing the “Woah!” effect.