As you read this, the Internet is once again ablaze with a hot new trailer, this time for J.J. Abrams’ highly anticipated reboot of the “Star Trek” franchise. Boldly going where no trailer has gone before, it’s stuffed with drama, explosions and passion — as well as the revelation that futuristic bras and tighty-whities look quite similar to those we wear in present day.
But what can really be learned from these rapid-fire images? Much like the “Twilight” and “Harry Potter” sneak peeks, and so many other major trailers before it, your MTV Movies team has abused our computer mouses so you don’t have to, and as we place our “pause-play-rewind” fingers on ice, we offer up this shot-by-shot breakdown. (Follow along with our shot-by-shot analysis here.)
0:01: It sure seems like a strange way to start a sci-fi movie trailer, with a high-speed car chase that looks like something out of “Thelma & Louise.” But as Trekkies know, some of the most memorable “Star Trek” adventures took the crew members out of their element (remember “Spectre of the Gun”?), and Abrams has made it well-known that he intends to reinvent the franchise. And is it just me, or is this early part reminiscent of the “Mission Impossible II” teaser trailer?
0:29: Following a cliff-defying, moving-automobile, slow-motion leap that contains more cheese than a fondue party, things get interesting. The driver is revealed as a blond youngster, while his pursuer looks like Boushh from “Star Wars” if he had a “Terminator” eye.
0:31: “What is your name?” Boushh asks, stepping off his land-speeder. The kid defiantly answers: “My name is James Tiberius Kirk!”
0:37: “You’ve always had a hard time finding your place in this world, haven’t you?” asks Bruce Greenwood (as early Enterprise Captain Christopher Pike). “Never knowing your true worth. You can settle for less in ordinary life — or do you feel like you were meant for something better? Something special?” Meanwhile, we see an earnest-looking Chris Pine speeding his motorcycle across the desert and looking up at what seems to be some kind of futuristic factory. Is that the Enterprise being built?
0:55: Now the fun really begins. A quick shot of the planet Vulcan looks slick, if not a bit too “Phantom Menace”-y. “You will always be a child of two worlds,” a voice explains as we see a young Spock looking quite logical, then sitting at the bedside of a woman in white. “And fully capable of deciding your own destiny.”
0:59: Spock seems to be standing in front of some sort of Vulcan tribunal. Hmmm …
1:01: Our first glimpse of Zachary Quinto as Spock, wearing the traditional blue uniform. Are those lights swirling around him giving us a peek at what it will now look like when a crew member is beamed down?
1:03: Clearly a shot of the Starfleet Academy, as young recruits in red are being instructed by a man dressed in gray. A small craft flies over their heads.
1:05: “The question you face is: What path will you choose?” As the British voice finishes his speech, we see the first shot of the new Enterprise crew: Pine and Quinto can be seen, as well as John Cho and Anton Yelchin.
1:06: The Enterprise in action, hitting warp speed and zooming through the galaxy.
1:08: A quick shot of Yelchin as Pavel Chekov, attempting to control his “wessel.” Note the funky handrails throughout the bridge — reportedly one of the first things Abrams insisted on creating for the constantly falling-down-while-under-siege crew members.
1:11: Spock leads a shrieking Winona Ryder to safety. There’s a sentence I never thought I’d write.
1:12: A quick peek at actual acting, as a scarred Kirk asks Spock: “Are you afraid, or aren’t you?”
1:13: Enter Eric Bana as the mysterious antagonist Nero, he of the expanding cane.
1:14: “I will not allow you to lecture me,” Spock counters, seeming much more hot-under-the-collar than we’ve ever seen Leonard Nimoy become.
1:15: “Than why don’t you stop me?” Kirk retorts. Oh, snap, it’s on like Donkey Kong!
1:16: As Spock unloads on his captain, we get a lot of very fast things coming at us. Either I’m reading too much into these shots, or Spock and Kirk enter some sort of X-Games sport that involves chugging a lot of Mountain Dew and free-falling without parachutes.
1:19: The Enterprise comes out of warp speed, into what looks like a heap of trouble.
1:21: A quick peek of the ship’s halls as Uhura (Zoë Saldana) and others scramble.
1:22: “Prepare to fire all weapons,” Pike exclaims while Kirk looks on from behind.
1:23: Somebody punches someone else. Your guess here is as good as mine.
1:24: “I like this ship,” says Simon Pegg, a.k.a. Scotty. “This is exciting!” Meanwhile, is Kirk playing Peeping Tom to Uhura? Is this a sly reference to television’s first interracial kiss?
1:25: Two people (maybe the punching guys again?) are battling it out with weapons on the outside of a ship.
1:26: We see what I believe is Kirk, hanging from a cliff, and a quick shot of Mr. Sulu (Cho) in some sort of space-exploration suit. Clearly, all this mysterious fighting and cliff-hanging must involve the crew members beaming themselves down to explore a planet. It doesn’t look like things go too smoothly, huh?
1:28: “Space is disease and danger, wrapped in darkness and science,” exclaims Karl Urban as Bones. Nice line.
1:30: A giant, red, dinosaur/lobster thing — sure, why not?
1:34: Whoa! Outer-space sex! Apparently, Kirk hasn’t lost his mojo.
1:38: The ship is under serious attack. Let’s just hope they put up the blaster shields in time — aw, c’mon, they never do.
1:39: “The wait is over.” Um, not really. Unfortunately, we still have six more months until the Enterprise soars once again.
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