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Shot-By-Shot Analysis Of Star Trek Into Darkness Teaser Trailer

The teaser trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness ‘has all sorts of interesting things to ponder for Trek fans looking for insights into the movie. As we do with all new trailers and previews, TrekMovie takes an in depth shot-by-shot look at this trailer, trying to pry out the secrets. Find out what’s inside the trailer below, but beware of Spoilers.  

 

Star Trek Into Darkness Teaser Trailer Analysis

Once again TrekMovie dives deep into the new trailer with a shot-by-shot analysis. The captions below are based on what TrekMovie considers to be confirmed information. In some cases it will note when there is supposition or conjecture.

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Trailer starts out with some quiet shots of San Francisco and the USS Enterprise…


San Francisco skyline



Empty corridor and bridge of USS Enterprise

We now hear the voice of Admiral Christopher Pike (Bruce Greenwood) speaking to Kirk with an ominous warning…

There is greatness in you. But there is not an ounce of humility. You think you can’t make mistakes. But there is going to come a moment when you realize you are wrong about that. And you are going to get yourself, and everyone under your command killed.


Capt. James T. Kirk in flight suit uniform




Kirk and Dr. Leonard ‘Bones’ McCoy running from aliens on planet Nibiru – jump into ocean (to waiting submerged USS Enterprise – not seen here)


Kirk looks on (appears to be watching Harrison fight Klingons on Qo’noS)


Chekov runs though lower decks of Enterprise (wearing Engineering red)


Spock (apparently in command chair of USS Enterprise)


Uhura on Qo’noS


Unknown character (probably Harrison) looking down at destruction in a city (possibly from the bridge of a ship through broken screen/window)


Bones looks concerned


Scotty looks more concerned


Sulu looks cool


Ships fly by in missing man formation (presumably for a memorial)


Federation flag being folded by Starfleet honor guard (presumably for a memorial ceremony)


What appears to be tubes with people inside of them (more on that below)…with two unknown characters leaving the holding room (cargo bay?)

Music changes again, now we hear the voice of John Harrison (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) who is (presumably) also speaking to Kirk, saying…

You think you are safe. You are not!



John Harrison in brig of USS Enterprise (note: ship is at red alert)…wearing Starfleet uniform


Small ship fires through window of a building (possibly related to Starfleet meeting attack seen in ‘announcement trailer’)


Unknown character (possibly Kirk) in space suit dodging debris (possibly over Earth’s moon or similar cratered body)


Spock in Nibiru volcano



USS Enterprise sustaining damage


Kirk and Scotty unable to grab unknown crewperson as they fall/slide down Enterprise corridor


(Presumably) Klingon ship chases smaller craft (possibly on Qo’noS)

Once again the musical tone changes and again we hear Harrison, this time asking a question…

Is there anything you would not do…for your family?


Kirk enters room on USS Enterprise


John Harrison in command chair of a ship (not USS Enterprise)


Explosion (possibly on Enterprise)



Uhura and Spock kiss


Dr. Carol Marcus screams (note someone is on the ground behind her)



"Father" (played by Noel Clarke as seen in 9-minute IMAX preview) drops Starfleet Academy ring into glass of water


Scotty is just hanging on by his fingertips (unknown location)


Kirk in space suit looks a little concerned (probably due to his visor cracking and the whole dying in the vacuum of space thing)



Kirk punches John Harrison and Spock and Uhura look on (presumably on Qo’noS)



John Harrison beats someone up (note victims wrist in lower image)




Kirk (presumably at scene of Starfleet meeting attack) fires phaser rifle through window at what appears to be same ship hovering outside building (see above)



Spock jumps off floating barge or platform



Ship (not the USS Enterprise) crashes into San Francisco Bay


Kirk (at location of Starfleet meeting attack seen in ‘Announcement Trailer’) looks concerned


(Presumably) Kirk and Spocks hands touch through transparent wall

What have we learned? What about those tubes?

The trailer confirms (or at least implies) some new things for Star Trek Into Darkness...

  • The father (Noel Clarke) is a member of Starfleet

  • The USS Enterprise sustains some serious damage

  • At some point in the film Chekov is reassigned to Engineering

  • A small ship is used to attack (presumably Starfleet) building

  • Some major damage is done to a city (possibly London or San Francisco)

Also it can’t go without saying, but those tubes could be a HUGE clue. One possibility is that they are coffins for whoever was killed in the Starfleet meeting attack. While coffins are a possibility, windows on coffins (especially coffins following a terrorist attack with possible severely disfigured corpses) seems unlikely. Another line of speculation could be that these are some kind of bio-isolation chambers and could be related to the sick girl seen in the IMAX preview. This is a more plausible theory, but the girl wasn’t isolated in the IMAX preview. It also may not fight with the sheer number of tubes, but a plausible theory.

However, another intriguing possibility is that this is a clue to the true identity of John Harrison. TrekMovie’s John Tenuto put together this comparison shot from the Star Trek episode "Space Seed," which introduced Khan Noonien Singh.


Top from Star Trek’s "Space Seed" and bottom image from "Into Darkness" trailer

There appears to be frost on the windows, which would indicate a cold environment within. That indicates these could be cryo-chambers for keeping people in stasis, like those seen on the Botany Bay in "Space Seed." These chambers held Khan’s crew of genetic supermen. One could say that if these are his fellow genetically engineered exiles from the Eugenics Wars, they could be the "family" he refers to in the dialog heard in the trailer.

Regardless, it is also intriguing to speculate as to who are the two figures seen leaving this room (cargo bay?). The one on the right might be Cumberbatch’s Harrison. The one on the left appears taller and more broad-shouldered (and possibly has a pony tail). The white outfits might indicate medical staff?


Who are these guys?

 

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Now that you have seen the second trailer (and the IMAX preview), who do you think is the villain?

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December 17, 2012 11:24 am

Interesting. Who knows, could be Kahn yet. Though there’s a part of me that would be disappointed with the lack of originality. Still, maybe a fresh take on Kahn could have enough originality.

December 17, 2012 11:25 am

Dr. Carol Marcus screaming gif should become a meme.

Disinvited
December 17, 2012 11:25 am

Me first?

Elias Javalis
December 17, 2012 11:26 am

This could very well be the most sophisticated Star Trek Flick…ever!

Luther Sloan
December 17, 2012 11:27 am

Did you notice The Motion Picture insigna pin?

cmdrdiaz
December 17, 2012 11:28 am

Thank you so much for this Anthony!, I am absolutely looking forward to this movie.

December 17, 2012 11:28 am

1. If you plan on killing Pike, please use this break until the movie comes out to fix that and kill Kirk instead. Kirk is a jerk.

Baxter
December 17, 2012 11:28 am

Or the tubes could be the caskets of the starfleet personnel killed in the terrorist attack…

gov
December 17, 2012 11:29 am

I’m thinking the scene with the rows and rows of cryo tubes might be a “final” (or at least toward the end) type shot. Ala Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Perhaps we’re looking at Starfeet’s (or some regulatory authority’s) temporary solution to the augments. Just freeze em. They’ll be tucked safely away from society.

just a guess, of course.

Jonathan
December 17, 2012 11:29 am

Isn’t Scotty hanging on by his fingertips in Engineering?

The area above his head looks like the area the Warp Core(s) eject at the end of the 2009 film. It also fits with the rest of the ship being upended.

Roddenberry was a Peacenik
December 17, 2012 11:29 am

Hmm. Post disappeared.

Anthony did I say anything out of order by saying that there’s alot of outfits in this movie? I didn’t curse or anything so I’m not sure why that merited a deletion.

Anyway, as I said in the other thread, looks even better than the 9 minutes.

miketen
December 17, 2012 11:30 am

I guessed it Khan with a twist. Harrison could be Jachim (sp).

December 17, 2012 11:30 am

2. Don’t kill Chekov, he’s just seventeen. :(

Blair
December 17, 2012 11:30 am

Anybody else concerned that the look of the Botany Bay and the cryotubes should not have been affected by the timeline split, and therefore should lookexactly the same as in “Space Seed?”

FlavoredAir
December 17, 2012 11:30 am

@Luther Sloan – I noticed that too. Curious. Very curious.

Commodore Shaggy
December 17, 2012 11:32 am

I’m starting to think that is the case – he is a superman but not Khan himself, just one of the followers probably looking to restore Khan, a lot like the storyline from ENT. Or perhaps just bring back the idea of genetic work being able to save people (thus explaining Noel Clarke’s character and their dilemma)

TUP
December 17, 2012 11:33 am

Here’s my take. BC *is* an augment. But not Khan. The film will end with him waking up Khan just in time for the third film.

miketen
December 17, 2012 11:33 am

This also explains where Chekov was at during Space Seed, he was assigned to engineering. But this time maybe the Klingons got to the Botany Bay first and “Harrison” is trying to free them. I have to say the first movie kind of disappointed me but I am looking forward to seeing this one in May.

Harry Seldom
December 17, 2012 11:33 am

Now that I’ve seen those tubes, I’m in the Harrison is Kahn camp. Although I’m not thrilled with the idea (I wanted a new baddie).

– Harry

SherlockFangirl
December 17, 2012 11:34 am

Where is Peter Weller? :-(

SimHns1
December 17, 2012 11:34 am

another theory is the ship kirk is firing at through the window could be the Botany Bay. This trailer is awesome may cant come soon enough

Phil
December 17, 2012 11:34 am

Federation flag being folded by Starfleet honor guard (presumably for a memorial ceremony)….or a surrender.

Spock seems to jumping off of everything in this movie.

Curious Cadet
December 17, 2012 11:35 am

Hey Anthony, thanks for contributing to the gigantic misdirect on those stasis tubes. There couldn’t be any other possible explanation!!

December 17, 2012 11:36 am

3. This Spock dislikes Kirk, wants him dead, spends all his free time away from him? It’s getting old.

Where is that friendship that is supposed to define them both?

It’s not gonna happen with Bones being the only one around Kirk and Uhura hogging all Spock’s time and the two of them never meeting unless both are on the bridge at the same time.

Roddenberry was a Peacenik
December 17, 2012 11:36 am

Okay so it looks like that the red plane/ship that Spock jumps on is the one that attacked Starfleet HQ, as well as being the vehicle that Kirk fires on through the window. Since it matches up with the leaked fight photos between Spock and Cumbers, I think it’s safe to assume it’s being piloted by Harrison… Quite interesting.

Jefferies Tuber
December 17, 2012 11:36 am

The small ship attack on the building at night matches the shot of Kirk defending himself with the phaser rifle. But the building also resembles Kirk’s cylindrical apartment tower in TWOK.

Son Of MJ
December 17, 2012 11:36 am

Cumberbatch as Khan in my opinon would be like Harvey Dent changing from Billy Dee Williams in Batman to Tommy Lee Jones in Batman Forever.

Moputo Jones
December 17, 2012 11:37 am

A new Klingon BOP and Augment stasis chambers = nerdgasm.

Curious Cadet
December 17, 2012 11:39 am

ANYBODY NOTICE there are NO DEPICTIONS of alleged SUPERHUMAN STRENGTH in this trailer?

Interesting …

captain_neill
December 17, 2012 11:40 am

Please don’t redo Khan! please don’t redo Khan! Please don’t redo Khan!

Roddenberry was a Peacenik
December 17, 2012 11:40 am

Can anyone read the lettering on that red flyer ship? I see a “208” and then something below it. If that’s Harrison’s ship it could be a clue.

Zedlander
December 17, 2012 11:41 am

I really don’t mind who ‘John Harrison’ turns out to be… it looks like he’s going to be a formidable foe for Kirk and co.

The cynic in me does think that vast amount of uniform changes each characters has (Chekov in gold and red uniform, Kirk in what appears to be 5 or more outfits) seems to be a merchandising tool – see how many action figure variants they can get out it it…

but that aside I am so excited to see this film. After Star Trek (2009) I have complete faith in J.J. and his team to bring us the best Trek yet.

Why isn’t it May already?! arg!

captain_neill
December 17, 2012 11:41 am

It will be unorginal and riffing off a better Trek movie

JC
December 17, 2012 11:41 am

I think it’s safe to say that the eugenics war theme will be a major factor in the story. What if John Harrison is Kahn’s boss?

Drunk Garak
December 17, 2012 11:41 am

@14 Blair “Anybody else concerned that the look of the Botany Bay and the cryotubes …. should lookexactly the same as in “Space Seed?”

Reality can be subjective. The past is never exactly what you remember. I seem to remember Captain Kirk having a very different face and voice in Space Seed, not sure how to explain that, and the bridge of that Klingon Bird of Prey really seemed like it changed completely between movies III and IV.

But anyway, I’ll say that as a fan I generally agree with you, sets shouldn’t change that dramatically if referencing previous productions, but somehow I don’t think that’s an issue here. I don’t think this the Botany Bay or anything we saw in Space Seed.

captain_neill
December 17, 2012 11:41 am

33

I don’t think it will be the best ever Trek but it will be a great movie.

ProtoMan
December 17, 2012 11:43 am

I think that John Harrison is an augment, but not Kahn (because you’ve seen the stasis chambers in the trailer). Kahn will appear in the end of the film (cliffhanger) as a shadow.

Actual
December 17, 2012 11:43 am

Until we see the last two digits of the registry number, we can’t be sure that’s Enterprise. It could say 1702 for all we know.

Also, is it just me or does it look like the deflector dish is ”hanging off” a little?

FusionVok
December 17, 2012 11:43 am

Leaked set pics from Spock/Harrison fight = top of that building Spock is jumping off of in the teaser?

Dee - lvs moon' surface
December 17, 2012 11:43 am

In the scene with the tubes … the guy who appears in the background wearing a yellow suit I think … ? … who is he? Harrison??

Roddenberry was a Peacenik
December 17, 2012 11:43 am

“The cynic in me does think that vast amount of uniform changes each characters has (Chekov in gold and red uniform, Kirk in what appears to be 5 or more outfits) seems to be a merchandising tool – see how many action figure variants they can get out it it…”

I know, right? I don’t really care if it’s just to sell action figures though…since I’ll probably buy them. ;) In the post I made that was deleted, I joked that there’s more outfit changes on these guys than Queen Amidala.

Drunk Garak
December 17, 2012 11:43 am

Anyone else catch that the Klingon Bird of Prey’s wings are rising in brief glimpse we get?

RedShirt232
December 17, 2012 11:44 am

The building from which Spock jumps looks an awful lot like the “space barge set” seen in the behind the scences photos:

http://trekmovie.com/2012/02/24/more-photos-from-star-trek-set-imax-camera-spotted/

Lux
December 17, 2012 11:45 am

Looks like a boring – albeit slicky made – action film. A brain-dead film for a brain-dead audience. I’ll pass on it, methinks.

Roddenberry was a Peacenik
December 17, 2012 11:45 am

Hey RedShirt, I don’t think that’s a building. As I mentioned above, that looks like the ship that Kirk was firing on through the window in another shot.

Sunfell
December 17, 2012 11:47 am

This movie’s title should be, “Star Trek Into Base Jumping”, judging by all the cliff- and skyscraper leaps we see.

Actual
December 17, 2012 11:49 am

Spock is merely attempting the Adama Maneuver.

Jonny Boy
December 17, 2012 11:49 am

All that damage to the Enterprise is pretty awesome/terrible… looks like the deflector isn’t just damaged. It looks like it’s about to sheer off of the ship completely… wonder if we will see a refit Enterprise by the end of the movie…

Josh C.
December 17, 2012 11:49 am

so to summarize:

The fact that the call number on the ship is __C-17__ is NOT proof that it is the enterprise, but capsules sitting planetside somewhere is IRREFUTABLE PROOF that Khan is in the movie.

Got it.

Son of MJ
December 17, 2012 11:50 am

I still want to know why Spock is doing Yoga in the Volcano as the lava is rising and bubbling around him in the prolouge.

I mean seriously Yoga? YOGA! come on this is Star Trek not Riverdance.

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