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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