Takei, who played Lt. Hikaru Sulu on ‘Star Trek The Original Series,’ doesn’t appear to be too happy with what he is seeing if the shot below is any indication.
First off, Takei takes to commenting that “it doesn’t have that element that made Star Trek, Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek, what it was. I didn’t – in the preview – note anything of the substance of what made Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek so engaging and it was the commentary on social justice, political reality at the time.”
Honestly this theme of action over mystery has been a problem for many long term Trekkies where even if the acting and characters are pretty great, the heart just isn’t there. This trailer seems to match that. Of course, Takei didn’t only have bad things to say adding, “It looked like a terrific action-adventure movie. A lot of clinging on cliffs and getting smashed against rocks, so it should be a very successful Star Trek movie.”
Note that he did say successful and not good. Should we give up hope?
Simon Pegg who is playing Lt. Cmdr. Montgomery “Scotty” Scott and was intimately involved with the film’s creation wasn’t super happy with the trailer either. Could that be a bad sign for things to come? I mean if Simon Pegg didn’t like the trailer we’re going to be out of luck right? Well, it is the trailer that Pegg wasn’t thrilled with and not the movie. Here’s what he had to say:
“It was very action-packed. I find it to be the marketing people to be ‘everybody come and see this film, it’s full of action and fun,’ when there’s a lot more to it than that. I didn’t love it because I know there’s a lot more to the film. There’s a lot more, what I would call, ‘Star Trek stuff.'”
So it sounds as if the body of what makes ‘Star Trek’ tick could be in there, but we’ll have to wait for another trailer or ‘Star Trek Beyond’ to hit the big screen to know for sure. You can watch Pegg’s reaction below:
How did their reactions stack up to theirs? Do you think Pegg is right and we’ll be getting more of a ‘Star Trek’ film than this action piece set in space? Share your thoughts below!
‘Star Trek Beyond’ will be beaming into theaters on July 22nd 2016! It stars Idris Elba, Chris Pine, Simon Pegg, Zach Quinto, Zoe Saldana, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, and Karl Urban.