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Video: First 'Star Trek' reboot movie trailer

The wait is over: Here's our first real look at J.J. Abrams' Star Trek reboot movie.

The wait is over: Here's our first real look at J.J. Abrams' Star Trek reboot movie. Apparently, Captain Kirk began life as the world's worst classic car thief, Spock has anger issues, Uhura likes to parade in her underwear, and Scotty is really just Shaun of the Dead. To quote another sci-fi franchise that didn't do so hot with prequels, "I've got a bad feeling about this."

(Found via SF Signal.)

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28 comments
Dr_Zinj
Dr_Zinj

I am so not impressed with the trailer. Don't need to know about Kirk, McCoy, Spock, etc as teenagers. Especially from a, "Stupidest thing I ever did as a kid" viewpoint. Star Trek was all about an idealized view of the future based on a premise that we've survived and managed to escape out home planet; and are engaged in learning about, how to live with, and how to survive contact with people different from ourselves. What we knew back in the early-'60s, the mid-'80s, the '90s, and since the turn of the century, has changed. Many technological visions shown in the original series have come to pass; and many as still stuck on the ground. But Star Trek was about change, and how we can take the most optimistic road through change. As such, the stories of the Star Trek universe should also change. These visions of the future have come back into their past and are changing where the future itself is going. Rather than a prequel, this new Star Trek movie SHOULD have been a retroactive continuity change to reflect where we are now, and how and how long, we are likely to take to get to the point of being able to have a Star Trek environment. To wit: what do we know or hypothesize about physics and how to achieve faster than light travel? Are we looking at a eugenics war or revolution in the next 50 years as we begin to genetically enhance our children? At what point are we likely to encounter intelligent extra-terrestrials? Does anyone REALLY think an extra-terrestrial intelligence is going to have a form based on the human stereotype? Where are we going with pollution, energy use and manufacturing, recyling, overpopulation, food production, transportation, and planet surface to orbit transport?

MikeIT
MikeIT

...or did he really say his name was James "Siberious" Kirk...instead of the correct "Tiberius"? My coworker and I listened to that at least 4-5 times. I vote for lisp. He votes for a quick re-edit before the movie comes out.

Wild Card
Wild Card

when STTNG came out and the sci-fi community was aghast. How dare they make a Star Trek series? Data is taking the place of Spock, the uniforms are the wrong color, there is a klingon on board, etc. This movie will probably be a lot of fun but is just a side project as they decide what to do for a new series. The only problem is, Star Trek scripts usually parallel today's issues. There are only so many dilithium shortage and Federation bailout scripts they could do. Maybe they could combine Star Trek with Voltron mix in some Battle of the Planets and a dash of Visionaries just for fun.

mdhemphill
mdhemphill

I saw the trailer, I have mixed ideas. I thought it reminded me way too much of Lost In Space, the new movie not the old series. I thought the characters were rather boring and Abrams is using more sex appeal than actual sciFi glory that we all love in the Original. I don't know if I will see it, I love Star Trek, but don't tread on the fundamental excitement the Original series gave us.

Ursus Horribilis
Ursus Horribilis

There is an airplane (sky scraper) going pass Spocks forehead at 1:11. I wonder if this will be in the movie too?

Michael Jay
Michael Jay

I'm a doctor not a copyright lawyer. Video pulled. edit: Video reinstated, what happened there?

LarryD4
LarryD4

This movie, is the first movie ever, that will take the classic roles of the original Star Trek cast created, and cast them with new actors. They are messing with serious stuff... Star Trek is a monster in the SciFi community, the entertainment community, and has impacted our society in a whole. The firsts that the original series racked up on televison alone, is legend. Walk up to someone on the street and simply say Star Trek, the first thing the pops in to a persons head, is either Bill Shatner, Leonard Nemoy, Forest DeKelly, or another member of the original cast. I'm sure it will be exciting but it already looks like it has lost its way, going back to Kirk's younger days. The movie needs to thorougly convince the masses that this is Captain Kirk, this is Spock, this is Bones, etc.. Fom the trailer alone,it seems that they are missing the boat. Their are way to many 40 somethings, that lived the life of the Star Trek Series, StarTrek:TNG, Voyager, DS9, and Enterprise all through their life. Could this be the point when the Star Trek franchise, really, jumps the shark? I hope not, but I also see this movie making money only because it has Star Trek in the title..

Forum Surfer
Forum Surfer

I loved those shows, but without that original cast we need something new. The Transformers movie was a big departure from the original but it made more sense in today's time. I had the original Optimus G1 truck and I saw the movie in theaters as a kid, and I also loved the new movie as an adult. My kids did, too...so now I get to play with cool new toys all over again! I can only hope the same for the new star trek movie. I'd rather make it appeal to a whole new generation and keep the same overall theme going. No matter what you do with a star trek movie you're going to pi$$ off a trekkie somewhere, somehow. So they may as well make a cool movie with a few surprises that passes the concept to a younger generation to run with it and risk pi$$ing off a few trekkies. I mean we already know how the old series and movies ended, so give us something new and exciting...like that adolecent Spock with anger management problems! And of course young ensigns for Kirk to pillage and plunder, lol.

NotSoChiGuy
NotSoChiGuy

I guess the best way I could summarize my take on the first trailer is this: If you took away the name and all the characters, and instead had the title 'Space War'; and had Capt. Joe Brown with his science officer Nimlak, would I want to go see the movie, based off the trailer? The answer: not really---would be a DVD flick. Of course, it is only the first trailer; and after the first 'Iron Man' trailer, I thought that movie would suck hard (turned out to be much better than I anticipated). I also didn't think I'd like 'No Country for Old Men' based off the trailer, but really enjoyed that, too. I reserve the right to be pleasantly surprised.

GSG
GSG

I kind of like the trailer. I don't like when trailers give too much away, so I'm tentatively saying that I think I'll like it. The only thing is the aliens. They have pointed ears, so I assume that they are Romulans. However, they look like the vampire in the old silent movie, Nosferatu.

Forum Surfer
Forum Surfer

My girlfriend INSISTS on watching netflix trailers that typically give away the entire movie. I have a photographic memory of sorts and after watching a long, revealing trailer the movie is completely ruined for me. Personaly I'd rather watcha movie I know very little about. Like Training Day and Meet Joe Black...somehow I missed all the hype on those two movies and I was on the edge of my seat watching both having never seen a revealing preview on them.

Support Slug
Support Slug

I hate when they take the ten best scenes in the movie, spread it all over TV for a month before the movie hits theaters and then when you watch it, the whole rest of the movie is garbage.

NotSoChiGuy
NotSoChiGuy

...Eric Bana is playing a Romulan named Nero, who has altered his appearance (via tattooing) to look more menacing. I guess Romulans and their enemies find vampires scary!?!?!?

santeewelding
santeewelding

You're too young to be so encrusted with rigidity.

Michael Jay
Michael Jay

But you can't judge a movie till you see it.

JamesRL
JamesRL

Abrams is ok, some good and some bad in his past, but holding up an association with people who worked on the Transformers movie doesn't reek of people who care about the classic StarTrek genre and how much it means to some people. I loved the "Dark Knight" reboot of Batman, both as graphic novel and as movie, as the campiness of the Burton movies was a little grating. (Takes a lot to get me to loathe Tommy Lee Jones, but they suceeded). James

Jay Garmon
Jay Garmon

I think I liked it better before I knew anything about this movie.

jred
jred

I thought the trailer was interesting, and enough to get me to watch my 2nd ST film. Not the first gen, voyager, the space station thing, none of ST ever interested me much. This, looks like a decent way to blow a couple of hours, though.

RipVan
RipVan

They are building it right here on the planet. No one has yet figured out that they WON'T be able to blast it off. However, don't let that get in the way of enjoying good effects of exploding things...

road-dog
road-dog

If the movie has a sufficient amount of action and wit to it, I can go along for the ride. Tell me a good story and blow enough stuff up, make sure the popcorn is fresh. I'm not the kind of guy that is going to carp about how this control or that control was on the other armrest of Kirk's chair in the original series. That's the problem with too many Trek purists. They leave no room to breathe.

techtalk
techtalk

This looks like a movie to skip in the theater, skip on DVD, but catch the video game because it'll be awesome. That being said, excuse my ignorance, but is spock being played by the guy from heroes that does sylar? if not, he could easily stunt double the patented sylar glower if necessary ...

JamesRL
JamesRL

Though Heroes is less of a draw for me and many others these days. James

Tink!
Tink!

I was an avid viewer of Heroes, but lost interest this season. There's too much jumping around and they take too long to tell the actual story. I do think however, that Gabriel [i](whatever his name is - no time to look it up right now)[/i] is a good pick for a Vulcan!

jck
jck

if it ends up a flop. "Which was worse? Star Trek:Reboot, or Star Trek IV: The Search for Whales??" lol I think they shoulda milked TNG for a movie or two more...but, what do I know?

NotSoChiGuy
NotSoChiGuy

...where the Borg are kicking the cr@p out of the Federation + allies; which results in Q saving the day. Or A full-out war between the Borg and 'Voyagerized' Federation (meaning, the anti-Borg tech seen in the last episode of Voyager was implemented fleet wide), where the Federation is actually the aggressor, and about to wipe out the Borg (I think the juxtaposition would make for an interesting social commentary if done properly). But that's just me. On a related note, speaking of Voyager tech...why wasn't the Enterprise able to steamroll the Romulan vessel in the last movie? Janeway was an admiral; meaning Voyager had been back for some time. One would assume all that tech would have been rolled out to other vessels; especially the flagship of the Federation. BLAH!!! I guess I could spend all day going over went wrong with the Star Trek films.