Getting more than just a first look at the new trailer, fans at the first ever Star Trek Fan event at Paramount Studios last Friday were treated to about 10 minutes of footage from Beyond that haven’t yet made it to the web. Here is the blow-by-blow of what we saw.
CAUTION: SPOILERS AHEAD!
The first scene opens with a shot of Captain Kirk in his quarters as a classic “Captain’s Log” monologue is being recited by the captain. He talks about the monotony of spending so much time out in space, his words mirrored by his actions as he goes through the motions of getting ready for his day. After washing his face in the sink, a shirtless Chris Pine (you’re welcome, ladies) opens his closet door revealing a rack of identical gold Captain’s tunics. Kirk laments that each day seems to blur into the next.
“Everything feels so episodic,” says Kirk as we see our favorite characters living their daily lives — 3 years into their 5 year mission.
We see the captain walking down a corridor on the Enterprise and onto the bridge. He is carrying a mug with a stylized Starfleet insignia.
He talks about how all this time out in space has taken a toll on the crew and how each of them have made sacrifices. As the camera pans over Sulu hard at work at his console, we spot a photograph of his daughter placed on his work station.
As Kirk sits down in the captain’s chair, he spills his morning coffee on his clean tunic. It’s one of those days.
In the next scene, Kirk and Bones are talking in a private room (we see parts of this scene in the new trailer, where Kirk tells Bones he joined Starfleet for all the wrong reasons). They are discussing the fact that Kirk’s birthday is coming up, but Kirk reminds his ship’s doctor why he doesn’t like to talk about this particular day of the year — not only was it the day he was born, it was also the day his father died (as we saw in Star Trek 2009). This will be a particularly rough birthday since this year, Kirk tells McCoy, he will be one year older than his father ever was.
Despite Kirk’s woes, McCoy breaks out a celebratory drink — a bottle of whisky he stole from Chekov’s locker. The pair share a joke at how they both assumed Chekov would be “a vodka guy”.
“Let’s keep this birthday thing under wraps,” Kirk says to McCoy.
While the pair share this tender moment, the ship is attacked, and they run to their duty stations.
The final scene is total sci-fi action. This is the scene we’ve seen so much of in the first and second trailers — where the Enterprise is attacked and torn to shreds during an onslaught attack by a swarm of small ships. The final touches haven’t yet been put on the CG (although you can hardly tell – they’re close), and so instead of one continuous scene, we saw bits and pieces cut together. But, it all looked great.
Immediately seeing that the Enterprise isn’t equipped for this kind of swarm attack, the captain orders Sulu to warp the ship out of there. He tries but is unable to engage the engines. Kirk sends a message to Scotty to get warp power up and running immediately. But, all Scotty can do is watch in horror on his console and relay to the captain, “The nacelles…. they’re gone.” We see a shot of the exterior of the ship as the nacelles break off and fall away from the body of the Enterprise.
As the crew begin to realize that the Enterprise isn’t going to make it out of this one, the Captain orders everyone to their escape pods. We watch as crewmen run to single-person pods, barely large enough to fit a human, which are then shot out into space and hurtle toward the planet below. Some of the pods get struck down by the enemy swarm only moments after ejecting.
This nail biting scene ramps up as more pods are ejected and the Big E is torn into more and more pieces. At the climax of the scene, the STAR TREK BEYOND title card comes over the screen.