Star Trek Into Darkness: First Teaser Trailer(s)

The teaser trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness has done its job well, making me want to see the movie, but it accomplishes that feat by showing what I consider to be a lot of great stuff; more than usual in “teasers.” We are able to piece together the bones (no pun intended) of a story.

And, as if this great teaser isn’t enough, the Japanese version contains an extra scene, and it is a gobsmacker, hinting at a reprise of something major that happened in a previous movie. I will place that clip after the jump, because it could be considered spoilery…

Here is the American trailer:

And now, the Japanese clip:

So, the clip features all the old favorites played by the familiar new faces: Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto), McCoy (Karl Urban), Uhura (Zoe Saldana), Scotty (Simon Pegg) and Sulu (John Cho) – but no Chekov (Anton Yelchin). Unless I missed him. Did you see him?

What do you think, would the-powers-that-be dare kill off Spock in just the second movie? I don’t think so. I think they are using expectations against the fanboys; make them think they’re seeing what they’re looking for and let them jump to conclusions. Besides, if J.J. Abrams and the gang did off the Vulcan, then they’d be locked into fan expectation of a riff on Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. And I don’t think TPTB would enjoy that.

We still have no idea who the villain – played by the brilliant Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) – is, but we do know that “I have returned, to have my vengeance.” So he’s someone known to Kirk or, possibly, to Starfleet or Earth in general. He’s fast and strong; witness him drop down on that rope and fight a Klingon, and we already know he goes hand-to-hand with Spock. But does Alice Eve’s blonde hairstyle reinforce the idea that this is a “sequel” to the Gary Mitchell story, “Where No Man Has Gone Before”? In that second pilot for the TV series, Sally Kellerman played Dr. Elizabeth Dehner, who looked very similar (but parted her hair to the right).

Despite the mystery of the villain, the image I am left with is the Enterprise (presumably) rising up out of the water – is that San Francisco Bay? For some reason I think the idea of a starship going underwater is pretty damn cool.

Just like this teaser.

Oh, yeah? Sez you!

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