It's a good time to be a Trekkie. With the new Star Trek TV series underway, and Star Trek Beyond's trailer premiering soon, this 49 year old franchise is experiencing something of a renaissance. It's no secret that JJ Abrams' time at the helm of Trek was a somewhat divisive era for the fanbase. The reboot movies managed to balance the weight of Trek's history with exciting new plots, bringing many new fans to the franchise. Of course, they had their drawbacks, which Abrams has since admitted.
Now, with the new show on the horizon, fans have a lot to be hopeful for. And as we learn more about it, Star Trek: Beyond is looking more and more awesome! So here's why you should be totally psyched for the new Star Trek movie...
The success of Star Trek has always relied on who's making it, and with Simon Pegg, nerd extraordinaire, penning the script for Beyond, and confessed Trekkie Justin Lin directing, the outlook is distinctly hopeful for the new film.
So what can we expect from the plot? Well, one thing's for certain: the Enterprise is not going to be hanging around in the spacedock. While the first two reboot films centered around Earth, Pegg and Lin are ready to take the NCC-1701 out on that Five Year Mission we've heard so much about. And as Justin Lin reveals, the possibilities are endless in deep space...
"They haven’t really gone on their five-year mission, so what we experienced in the TV show hasn’t been touched on yet. There's still a lot to be mined from these characters, and the mission sets up an opportunity for exploration and the deeper you go, the more you are examining humanity. Those are the things that I absorbed as a kid and hope to tap into and embrace and celebrate. "
Hooray for space exploration! Facing dire situations and the loneliness of space together, the crews went from professional colleagues, to friends, to family. J.J. Abrams' films mostly focused on the relationship between Kirk and Spock, so it'll be nice to see some other characters get time in the spotlight, and Lin's remarks do seem to set up a decent amount of character development.
The Human Element
One of The Original Series great successes was the banter between the crew. A good cast dynamic is crucial to make any story interesting, and with all the big personalities on the Enterprise, this can be very entertaining!
Sparks often flew between Spock and Bones, as their clashing personalities and quick wit created some of the best moments in the show. In the new movies, these two characters haven't had much interaction, but Zachary Quinto recently assured fans that we'll see Spock and McCoy team up in Star Trek: Beyond!
"Those characters are so diametrically opposed that it’ll be nice to see them interacting."
As Spock and Bones both pretended to have nothing but contempt for the other, their interactions were the source of much of the humour in The Original Series.
Challenging Our Ideas
Although it can be fun and silly, or action packed, ultimately Star Trek is very thoughtful. The philosophy of the show rests on Gene Roddenberry's ideals of acceptance and diversity, and this was reflected as the characters of each Trek show dealt with moral dilemmas.
Gene Roddenberry always intended the story to be a philosophy within itself, an optimistic prediction of what the human race could achieve if it only took "special delight in different ideas and different lifeforms". According to Simon Pegg, these ideas will be continued in Star Trek: Beyond.
"It's going to be spectacular, but we're going to underpin that with some genuine 50th Anniversary ideas about what's happening in our world and the Star Trek world and try to make it a bit thoughtful too."
This bodes well for Beyond, but it's not going to be all thought experiments and ethical conundrums. Pegg is also hoping to emulate the spirit of adventure that made Star Trek so fun!
"We just want to take it forward with the spirit of the TV show. It’s a story about frontierism and adventure and optimism and fun, and that’s where we want to take it, you know."
Put all this together and there are plenty of reasons to be excited about Star Trek: Beyond. And we don't have too long to wait until we get our first glimpse of the film - the first trailer will be released to coincide with the Star Wars Episode 7 premiere.