The Star Trek franchise has always been popular not just for its political themes and ever-expanding universe, but also for its infamous pairing of James T. Kirk and Spock. However, the latest entry into one of the biggest sci-fi franchises is going to continue its fresh spin on the classic series by shaking up the original pairing of Kirk and Spock during their latest adventure.
Star Trek Beyond follows the crew of the USS Enterprise as they crash-land and become separated on an unknown planet with no ship and no means of reaching out for rescue. In trying to find a means of escape, the stranded crew also find themselves fighting a formidable foe with a major hate for the Federation. Check out the new trailer for the third entry into the rebooted franchise:
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In getting separated while evacuating from the crumbling Enterprise, we have yet to see how the crew mates actually find each other, but the cast did mention at a recent event that the partnerships would be very different from previous installments, and based on the trailers, it appears the teams will be as follows:
Kirk (Chris Pine) will be travelling with young Pavel Chekov (Anton Yelchin), Spock (Zachary Quinto) will be fighting alongside Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy (Karl Urban), Lt. Cmdr. Montgomery “Scotty” Scott (Simon Pegg) will be partnering with newcomer Jaylah (Sofia Boutella), and Lts. Nyota Uhura (Zoe Saldana) and Hikaru Sulu (John Cho) will be working together.
It will be interesting to see how the different partnerships will work out, and how the different personalities will evolve in learning from each other.
The Spock / McCoy Team-Up
The biggest and most fascinating team-up to see will be Spock and McCoy. In the original series, Bones and Kirk were really good friends, and the reboots have kept this going, with Pine and Urban showing great chemistry with each other. But in addition, Spock and McCoy were often at odds with each other, a lot of which has to do with Bones’ negative bias towards Spock’s Vulcan heritage.
While this element from the original series has only been explored very minor in the reboots, it’ll be interesting to see if it’s touched upon in the upcoming installment, seeing as how the two will be spending a lot of time together in the film. Since Spock is still trying to figure out who to be as a person, ever since the destruction of his home planet in the first film, and while he’s clearly embracing his human half, he still is struggling with what he should do, being one of the remaining members of his race. It will be cool to see them both learn from each other and hopefully grow, seeing as how they’re both very important to Kirk in different ways.
The Kirk / Chekov Team-Up
The Kirk and Chekov partnership will also be a very interesting one to watch, as well, partly just due to the age differences of the actors and characters alone. While Chekov does have some major responsibilities and has come through in major moments, he still doesn’t have quite the high rank to interact as frequently with Kirk as, say, Spock or Uhura. But in addition to the position difference, there’s also the lack of field experience from Chekov. While Kirk will obviously be taking a more leadership role, it will be interesting to see how Chekov is affected by what he sees and even might have to do in the field.
The Uhura / Sulu Team-Up
While the Uhura and Sulu team-up would typically be a routine and efficient one, as they are both pretty routine and organized, Sulu might not be quite as calm and collected. As seen in special footage at the recent Star Trek fan event, Sulu keeps a photo of his young daughter at his controls, and she appears very young, around three to four years old. While this provides Sulu with better reasons to want to live, it also will clearly rattle him, as his main concern will be getting out alive in order to see his daughter again, and this may affect his behavior in the field, compromising himself and Uhura.
Scotty and Jaylah’s team-up will also be one of the more intriguing ones to watch for two reasons: Scotty will not be near Kirk, and he will have to trust an unknown alien to help him get to his friends and get home. Now, Scotty has some experience in the field, having sabotaged Khan’s ship and fighting some goons in the previous installment, Into Darkness, so he will be able to hold his own to some degree, but it will be cool to see him be his own action hero, rather than just the comic relief.
Star Trek Beyond hits theaters July 22. The original and spin-off series, as well as original films can be streamed on Netflix.