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After J.J. Abrams departed from the franchise, Star Trek Beyond had a rocky road to production. Simon Pegg was brought on board to pen the script, with Fast & Furious veteran Justin Lin directing. As both are confessed Trekkies, this bodes very well for Star Trek: Beyond, with the creative team assuring fans that this movie would return to the spirit of The Original Series.

When the trailer dropped, some fans were overjoyed and some were... less so. Check it out, if you haven't already!

Boasting impressive special effects and action sequences, the Beyond trailer proves the film will be a fun and adventurous romp in outer space. But if we look beyond that (heh), there's actually some interesting social commentary too, as well as some intriguing plot points!

Frontier Troubles

For me, the highlight of the trailer was the line from the mysterious, blue-skinned antagonist: Kraal, played by Idris Elba.

"This is where the frontier pushes back."

Star Trek has addressed many issues over the years, and even the Federation's mission has been called into question. Striking out to explore unknown areas of space and make contact with alien species is a fantastic mandate, but it can get complicated very, very quickly.

Is this Beyond's main antagonist?
Is this Beyond's main antagonist?

Star Trek Beyond is primed to address this issue, as Justin Lin explained to BirthMoviesDeath.

"What would happen if you go on a five year journey and you’re trying to not only explore but also maybe introduce other people to your way of thinking? What would that mean? What are the consequences of that? You’re spreading a philosophy that you think is great - are there going to be any philosophies that counter you? That was something I thought about since I was a kid, and we got to explore that."

Post-colonial social commentary in Star Trek Beyond? Oh yes, I am pumped for this. Critic Devin Faraci also confirmed this on his Twitter...

Obviously, it's difficult to represent the philosophical themes of a movie in an initial teaser trailer, but it looks like Beyond is definitely set to make some interesting social comments. Of course, it's not all thought experiments!

Spirit Of Adventure

Being stranded on an alien planet is the hallmark of any good Star Trek episode plot. The Original Series featured the crew exploring dozens of whacky planets, and that's definitely what Beyond will give us! We've also got some of that excellent Spock and Bones banter, as the two seem to spend some time isolated from the rest of the crew.

Gif via Trekgate on Tumblr.
Gif via Trekgate on Tumblr.

Spock and Bones stranded together is an excellent premise, and it certainly worked well for the TOS episode All Our Yesterdays (one of my personal favorites).

But is Spock ready to abandon the Enterprise and join another crew? Check out his badge in this screenshot - it definitely doesn't say "SS Enterprise"...

Did Spock desert the Enterprise?
Did Spock desert the Enterprise?

In fact, the badge seems to say "SS Franklin", which is interesting. Justin Lin recently revealed that Beyond takes place some time after Into Darkness, so it's definitely possible Spock spent some time on another ship.

"We pick the crew up about two and a half years after Into Darkness."

Why would Spock depart the Enterprise just as the crew embark on the five year mission? Well, at least he's back where he belongs now... sort of.

Sidenote: the new transporter beam looks awesome.
Sidenote: the new transporter beam looks awesome.

Of course, the Enterprise does get destroyed in Beyond, again. Which is a brave creative decision, considering that the Enterprise has traditionally only been destroyed in less liked movies of Trek history (see also: Search For Spock, Generations, Into Darkness). And this impromptu shore leave on the mysterious planet's surface doesn't look like the ideal vacation...

Who Are The Villains?

Kraal belongs to a strange species that we probably haven't seen before, but fans have already pointed out his physical similarities to Deep Space Nine's antagonists the Jem'Hadar. And those red ships also look pretty similar to the Jem'Hadar's vessels...

Image compiled by jimsdeadbones on Tumblr
Image compiled by jimsdeadbones on Tumblr

They seem to share a similar shape and color scheme, as well as a lack of view screens. Parallels aside, it seems unlikely (to me at least) that Beyond would use a villain from Trek's past. Getting them involved in the plot would be difficult enough, considering the Jem'Hadar hail from the Gamma Quadrant; The Original Series and the reboot movies are firmly set in the Alpha Quadrant.

Whoever the villains are, they've got to be pretty brave going up against the crew of the Enterprise and their badass new ally...

Sofia Boutella kicks some serious butt.
Sofia Boutella kicks some serious butt.

We still don't have any information regarding Sofia Boutella's character, but she definitely looks like a force to be reckoned with!

All in all, Star Trek Beyond looks set to return to Trek's adventurous roots, while challenging our perceptions of the Federation. Which sounds totally awesome. But what did you think of the trailer? Let us know in the comments, or write your own post!

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