Simon Pegg has a message for Star Trek fans: Be patient, young Padawans.
Before you pop a vein in your neck at my apparent geek ignorance, relax – I know Scotty didn’t really say that. But Star Trek fans have been getting it tough of late, what with Star Wars: The Force Awakens breaking box-office records (see our review) and the Star Trek Beyond trailer getting a mixed response, to put it mildly.
From our end, it all looked very action-packed and Fast and Furious-y, but bore very little resemblance to the original franchise (the same thing might well be said for the first two Star Trek reboots). Mr Sulu himself a.k.a. George Takei even came out to say that while it looked like a trailer for a very good action-adventure movie, it looked nothing like Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek.
Speaking at the London premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (there’s that movie again, Trekkers!), Pegg, who also co-wrote the movie’s screenplay, admitted that he “didn’t love” the trailer either.
“It was surprising. I kind of felt it to be the marketing people saying, ‘Everybody come to see this film, it’s full of action and fun,’ when there’s a lot more to it than that. I didn’t love it, because I know there’s a lot more to the film.
There’s a lot more story, a lot more character stuff and a lot more of what I would call ‘Star Trek’ stuff. But, you know, they’ve got to bring a big audience, they’ve gotta bang the drum. To the Star Trek fans I’d say, ‘Hang in there, be patient.’”
In retrospect, with The Force Awakens hogging all the limelight, it was probably the worst possible time to release the Star Trek Beyond trailer. And to be fair to Pegg and Paramount, it’s only 95 seconds of what will be a long movie.
Besides, we still haven’t seen Idris Elba’s supervillain. So we shall see what Pegg and co came up with.
The Star Trek Beyond Singapore release date has been tentatively set for July 21, 2016. In the meantime, here’s the trailer again: