The new trailer for JJ Abrams Star Trek hits theaters tomorrow (and some will be catching it in the wee hours at midnight movies). So today we bring an end to our retrospective look at Trek’s past trailers, with the final film for the TNG crew, Star Trek Nemesis from 2002.
For every good…There is an evil
Theatrical trailer for Star Trek Nemesis
The film may have been a financial failure, but you can’t fault the trailer for Nemesis for hurting box office receipts. It is a fantastic tour de force of music and images, stylistically rendered. The trailer begins with cool edits of eyes morphing into various shapes and comments by Shinzon. The trailer is the first since The Motion Picture to not feature music from Star Trek itself (the music is from the promotion of Tim Burton’s Planet of Apes). The style is also based on what is known by some fans as "The Episode I" style which is to feature short, almost unconnected dialog and scenes from the film at first, with text instead of narration, followed by quicker edits of action scenes. There are brief moments which are in the trailer, yet not shown in the theatrical feature film. Like The Wrath of Khan, which obviously is riffed in Nemesis, the trailer is mostly about the relationship between hero and villain, with a bit more emphasis on Shinzon than Picard. The trailer essentially gives away the reveal that Shinzon is Picard’s clone and even reveals the Enterprise and Scimitar colliding which is the big action scene of the film.
But all in all this is a very good trailer.
Teaser: A Generations Final Journey
The teaser for Nemesis is also quite good and shows a surprising amount of the film, including a number of effects shots (rare for teasers). It has action, humor, and even a little sex. And with the tagline, it set up the expectation that this would be the last TNG film.