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50th Anniversary of 'Star Trek' Events: Including 'Star Trek Beyond' Premiere 2nd Movie Trailer and Release Date

( [email protected] ) May 23, 2016 09:00 PM EDT
Star Trek fans are celebrating the 50th anniversary of Gene Roddenberry's classic 1966 hit science fiction show. On Friday the 20th, fans at a special event in Los Angeles were introduced to the premiere of the new 2nd trailer of the new Star Trek movie, Star Trek Beyond, which will make an appearance on the big anniversary of the movie. What else can fans expect this year?

Star Trek fans are celebrating the 50th anniversary of Gene Roddenberry's classic 1966 hit science fiction show. On Friday the 20th, fans at a special event in Los Angeles were introduced to the premiere of the new 2nd trailer of the new Star Trek movie, Star Trek Beyond, which will make an appearance on the big anniversary of the movie.

Here is the trailer posted by Paramount Pictures International on Youtube if you haven't seen it yet:


According to the comments left, this trailer is looking better than the first one that came out five months ago, and had fans complaining about everything from the music used, to the trailer being underwhelming, and worried that it was because JJ Abrams wouldn't be directing this one. Simon Pegg, co-writer of this movie and also the actor portraying Scotty even admitted that he didn't love it, saying, "I didn't love it because I know there's a lot more to the film. There's a lot more story and a lot more character stuff and a lot more what I would call 'Star Trek stuff.'"

Not everyone is excited about the trailer, though. Nick Casale, a YouTuber who does Adobe Photoshop tutorials on YouTube stated, "I hope they actually make a Star Trek movie again someday. Trek is about so much more than heroes, villains, explosions, and dumb action. It's about pushing boundaries, shining a progressive light on current social issues, about bettering our species, and most importantly... a hopeful and optimistic future. Kirk out."

From the trailer, it looks like the Enterprise is gone. The crew appears to be dispersed, and there are new aliens to battle.  We see Captain Kirk (Chris Pine), Mr. Spock (Zachary Quinto), Dr. McCoy (Karl Urban), Scotty (Simon Pegg),  Chekov (Anton Yelchin), and Uhura (Zoe Saldana).

Although there will be some true "Star Trek stuff," from what Simon Pegg tells IGN that there might be some questioning the notion of the Federation, saying,"We liked the idea of, on the 50th anniversary, looking at Roddenberry's vision and questioning it," he says, "whether it's a good thing or a bad thing, or how productive is inclusive. What is the true cost of expansion... that kind of stuff. So we went in with some big, philosophical questions to ask. You know, Star Trek's had to evolve in order to exist in the current marketplace. A film that was totally in the mood of the original series would not be made today or make money today, because people want event cinema. They want things to be a little more brash and action-oriented, so we've had to fold that into the Star Trek brand. But at the same time, that doesn't mean that can't be fundamentalized by all the tenets of what Star Trek is and how all of those characters have evolved over the years and to really give its DNA an authenticity."

The movie will have 50 new alien species in honor of the 50 year anniversary. Other celebrations include a concert tour commemorating the music of Star Trek called Star Trek:The Ultimate Voyage. San Diego ComicCon goers will be able to see the first open-air IMAX movie of Star Trek Beyond at the Embarcadero Marina Park South. There will also be a live concert performance of the film score performed by the San Diego Symphony Orchestra. This will happen on July 20th, two days before the movie hits theaters in the United States and United Kingdom.

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