It is a slow news day, but we continue our look back at previous Star Trek cinematic trailers as we await next weeks big trailer for the new Star Trek movie. Today comes the trailer for the final TOS film, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country from 1991.
Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war
Theatrical trailer for Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.
The trailer has perhaps the most serious tone of all the Star Trek feature film advertisements. The solemn music and use of slower edits at the start build tension until the action scenes are shown. This is the first Star Trek trailer since The Wrath of Khan to use music from the film itself. The trailer reveals some of the film’s surprises, including the fact that it is now Captain Sulu of the USS Excelsior! The narration of the tagline "Now the crew of the starship Enterprise fights not to win battles, but to end them forever" is wonderfully edited into the trailer. The "VI" in the logo is incredibly and distractingly huge, which was a noticeable trend in the original Star Trek films. The sequel number tended to get bigger with each film. The "VI" though is a monstrosity. A fabulous trailer, though, which captures the mood of the film perfectly.
Teaser: an early mashup
The teaser trailer for Star Trek VI was a bit of an early version of mashup videos seen today. Instead of shots from the film, it utilized scenes from previous Trek films and The Original Series, beautifully projected onto the hull of the Enterprise A. It was a nostalgic look back on the history of the Original Series with the only nod to the new film being the narration by Christopher Plummer (who plays Chang in STVI).
The DVD features this theatrical trailer and the teaser trailer.
Thanks to YouTuber ShipHunter