You’ve seen the latest trailer and heard Rihanna’s Star Trek Beyond inspired track “Sledgehammer”. Now see the music video, just released today.
The video begins by flying through space – planets and nebulae appearing as lighting strikes mark beats in the music. We then see a flash reminiscent of the TMP-inspired Beyond poster as the Enterprise warps into view.
The camera zooms into a planet where we see a desert scene and a woman standing in flowing orange robes. Rihanna starts singing, “I hit a wall…”
As the music swells, thousands of tiny ships fly through the sky, and we see the space station Yorktown in the background.
The whole video is very science fiction, with fantastical images of planets, space ships, and even a bit of magic. When Rihanna sings, “And, I will rise up from the ashes now…” the rocks and dust around her seem to rise in the air bending to her will.
The end of the video shows off some gorgeous shots of the Enterprise in space.
Overall, it’s a visually stunning music video for the eerie and intriguing “Sledgehammer”.