4:51 pm - 12/06/2012

Analyzing The First ‘Star Trek 2′ Teaser Trailer - What Can We Expect From J.J. Abrams's Upcoming Ma

Ignoring the three-frame clip J.J. Abrams jokingly brought to Conan, the very first official footage from Star Trek Into Darkness was released by Paramount Pictures this morning in a one-minute teaser trailer.

Even with less than 60 seconds of actual footage, there is a lot to take in and dissect, beyond the special effects heavy visuals. So, let’s analyze what scenes and plot points were showcased in our first look at Star Trek 2.

Breaking down the trailer into the sequences, we can pull out the specific moments. Some are obvious, while others we’ll have to wait and see what they are and how they factor into the story.

  • Kirk giving a speech at a funeral – with a flyover aerial salute – after what we assume is an attack that resulted in his mother’s death since the plot synopsis specially states the crew of the Enterprise is his only family after the Starfleet was “detonated” and the Earth put into a “state of crisis.”
  • We see a red temple with McCoy and Kirk robed and running away from something, jumping off a cliff into the water. What is this place and why are they there? Is it the crew on an ordinary Star Trek mission?
  • First look at Alice Eve‘s new character in two separate uniforms, and a scene with her having an eye-to-eye moment with Kirk.
  • Cumberbatch makes a grand entrance with a flying leap, shooting an opponent while in the air and grabbing an overly large weapon to take out what looks to be a Klingon or Gorn. Is this paying homage to the episode “Arena” from season one of the original Star Trek where Kirk fistfights a Gorn?
  • Spock descends into a volcano with equipment. This is the same footage from the three-frame clip Abrams showed while on Conan and from previous set photos of Zachary Quinto suited up in front of a green screen. Where is this and why is Spock down there? Are they trying to quell a natural disaster? Are they looking for someone?
  • An unknown Starfleet vessel with familiar warp engines rises from the water, different hull than the Enterprise. The designation code following “NCC” is not visible.
  • Spock chases Cumberbatch on Earth, through the streets and into a building. When does this take place relative to the attack on Earth?
  • Kirk enters a bridge of a ship (not the Enterprise) to see Cumberbatch in the Captain’s chair in Starfleet apparel, reminiscent of the scene from Abrams’ first Star Trek with Kirk sporting a black shirt sitting in the chair.
  • In the Japanese version of the teaser, there’s a few seconds of extra footage which strongly hint at the major sacrifice teased in the official synopsis. It looks like Kirk and Spock’s hands on opposite sides of protective glass, potentially replicating the of the emotional conclusion to Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan where Spock dies to save the Enterprise. Except this time, the roles could be reversed if the synopsis is of any indication. Quite the tease.

There’s no dialogue from any of the familiar cast members and the entire one-minute trailer is narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch’s character who swears vengeance. Who wronged him? Fans will no doubt draw comparisons to the infamous Khan Noonien Singh in terms of the confident, tyrannical voice vowing to serve vengeance. Not to mention the superhuman strength and intelligence. This may add more fuel to those previous rumors.

The obvious difference is that whoever or whatever wronged Benedict Cumberbatch’s character wasn’t James T. Kirk as this will mark their first encounter. Clearly though, there’s an origin story that plays into the plot of how the character acquired superhuman strength and what his motivations are.

The more common theory, and strongly hinted at in the official plot synopsis, is that Cumberbatch is playing a variation of Starfleet officer Gary Mitchell (pictured above) who in the original canon was best pals with Kirk throughout Starfleet Academy and later served under him on the Enterprise. Mitchell, along with psychiatrist Elizabeth Dehner, were both significantly altered in a mission that saw the Enterprise breaching the galactic barrier. Mitchell became too dangerous after being granted psychic powers and Kirk was forced to kill him with the help of Dehner (who also gained ESP abilities). She also happens to look very similar to Alice Eve (see comparison image below).


The fact that we don’t know who Cumberbatch is playing and that there may be much more at work behind what we’re being shown only builds on the anticipation and excitement. For all we know, he may not be a villain at all, in the traditional sense.

The full two-minute trailer releases next week along with a full nine-minute sequence shot in IMAX for IMAX attendees of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

Tell us your thoughts and theories on the trailer, the story, the scenes depicted and of course, the two new characters mentioned above.

J.J. Abrams returns to direct Star Trek Into Darkness off a screenplay by Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof and Roberto Orci. It stars Chris Pine, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, John Cho, Anton Yelchin and Simon Pegg.

Star Trek Into Darkness opens in theaters (regular and IMAX 3D) on May 17th, 2013.

Source: http://screenrant.com/star-trek-into-darkness-trailer-analysis/

very informative for a ST n00b like me. I expect CB to reach Loki's level of fame on Tumblr.  

crazyfruitlady 6th-Dec-2012 05:07 pm (UTC)
I say this as a Loki stan... I do not understand why everyone is in love with Benedict Cumberbatch. I mean, you'd think I'd get the awkward skinny English guy thing if I like Hiddleston, but this guy is just so... dull.
soul_amazinn 6th-Dec-2012 05:11 pm (UTC)
IA I'm just assuming they're Sherlock stans.
allysouu 6th-Dec-2012 05:21 pm (UTC)
I mean I'm a fan simply because I think he's a really talented actor and I'm interested to see how he does is all of the roles he has lined up.

I still think he needs to shut up half the time but eh, I'm easy and I like watching him act.
zoaster_toaster 6th-Dec-2012 05:27 pm (UTC)
I think it pretty much all has to do with Sherlock. But yeah, I think Benny's face is just incredibly strange-looking that does not look good at any angle.
warsawed 6th-Dec-2012 05:34 pm (UTC)
He's a good actor though. I have zero interest in him as a regular human.
theblackwidow 6th-Dec-2012 05:39 pm (UTC)
Hiddleston is hot
wauwy 6th-Dec-2012 05:43 pm (UTC)
Snape Syndrome (misunderstood British misanthrope who is a secret woobie) + 50 Shades Disease (becoming more and more violently obsessed with something not because of its own merits but because your peers act as an echo chamber and ramp up the hysterical fangirling)
zoaster_toaster 6th-Dec-2012 05:56 pm (UTC)
I love everything about this comment.
fauxkaren 6th-Dec-2012 06:15 pm (UTC)
This sounds about right to me.
sukha4 6th-Dec-2012 06:22 pm (UTC)
shincaru 6th-Dec-2012 10:11 pm (UTC)
(becoming more and more violently obsessed with something not because of its own merits but because your peers act as an echo chamber and ramp up the hysterical fangirling)

sounds like Tumblr fandom herpes in general
ziggys_band 7th-Dec-2012 12:09 pm (UTC)
perfect comment is... perfect
celtic_thistle 6th-Dec-2012 06:09 pm (UTC)
No ia. I love Hiddleston but Cumberbatch is offensive on every level.
sukha4 6th-Dec-2012 06:23 pm (UTC)
I really like him in Sherlock. Not so much in other roles. idk he just looks kinda different in Sherlock
numbedtoe 6th-Dec-2012 06:35 pm (UTC)
IA with you. I love Tom but don't get the Cumerbatch thing. I can maybe see it in one role, but beyond i don't get it.
whutness 6th-Dec-2012 07:37 pm (UTC)
Yeah I love Hiddleston but this I just can't not get.
xdecadentx 6th-Dec-2012 09:48 pm (UTC)
I think he's a good Sherlock (come at me ONTD) and he's always pleasant in televised interviews and things. I know he's not attractive, but I like his voice and find him kinda hot as Sherlock.
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