The crew of the Enterprise is once again called upon to save humanity from some dude with a grudge.
"Do you think your world is safe? It is an illusion." So says Benedict Cumberbatch, who sounds disconcertingly like Patrick Stewart in the first Star Trek: Into Darkness trailer. And wouldn't it be cool if it actually was Stewart, playing the role of galactic super-villain bent on destroying this hip, new crew of the Enterprise and probably a significant portion of the cosmos in the process? Sadly, Stewart's pure, pulsating awesomeness means he could not help but emerge triumphant from such an encounter, and studio executives would be quick to point out that it's hard to monetize a franchise when everybody's dead.
Anyway, moving on. Here's what we learn from watching the Into Darkness trailer: Some dude is out for revenge, people fight, things blow up, bwaaaaam, and... where's Chekhov? Did I miss him, or is he just missing?
This may be the most useless movie trailer I've ever seen. The presence of explosions, fights and angry revenge dude was a foregone conclusion, so what's actually going on here? What's it all about? I have no idea. Call me old fashioned if you will (or maybe just old), but I tend to prefer my promotional videos with a wee little bit more to them than just fast cuts, CGI and ominously vague narration. I enjoyed the first J.J. Abrams Trek, and I'll probably go see this one too - but I have no idea why!