Star Trek Beyond doesn’t make its grand entrance until July 22, 2016 to kick off the summer, but the folks at Paramount decided the timing couldn’t be better to take advantage of the powerful interest in science fantasy films to send its brand new trailer out into the wild to see what happens.

Just released minutes ago, here is that trailer.

There are new aliens, new civilizations – and a lot of action. A lot of action. It’s too early in the publicity campaign for Star Trek Beyond to tell exactly what the balance is going to be between over-the-top action sequences and the fairly cerebral approach to storytelling which, up till now, has defined Star Trek.

Fan reactions are already mixed, a combination of being thrilled that there’s going to be another Star Trek movie, and being disappointed that the general trend of homogenizing science fiction so as to appeal to a broader audience might be compromising the integrity of the hopeful message Trek has always offered. In particular, fan reaction to the song Sabotage by the Beastie Boys as now apparently making the cut to be part of Star Trek canon is particularly distressed in nature and tone, and to be honest it’s hard to blame them.

There is also, of all things, a motorcycle jump. The fact that the film is directed by Justin Lin, the same man who directed Fast and Furious, may tell you all you need to know about this new Trek film. We’re hoping we’re wrong about this.

Star Trek Beyond is directed by Justin Lin, stars Christopher Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg and Karl Urban, and warps to terrestrial theaters on July 22, 2016.

Will Star Trek continue to go where no one has gone before, or will it devolve into Hipsters In Space?

What do you think? Comments are welcome below.



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