Simon Pegg and Justin Lin Say Star Trek Beyond Will Deconstruct the Trek Franchise

Friday, 22 April 2016 - 5:32PM
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Friday, 22 April 2016 - 5:32PM
Simon Pegg and Justin Lin Say Star Trek Beyond Will Deconstruct the Trek Franchise
Star Trek Beyond might be coming to theaters in just a few months, but we still know barely anything about the movie or what it will add to the Star Trek franchise. One thing we do know is that geek legend Simon Pegg has stepped in on writing duties, while Justin Lin has filled JJ Abrams' directing boots. So far, the pair have done a good job at keeping key plot points a secret, but in a new interview, they gave details on their upcoming movie and its attempt to take a deeper dive into what the Star Trek franchise is all about. 

Pegg and Lin sat down with Empire recently to reveal the long-awaited details, and it would seem that there is a certain weariness to the crew who are now two years into their famous five year mission.

"They've come to rest at a Federation outpost, a sort of diplomatic hub," said Pegg. But we soon learn that there will be very little rest for the Enterprise crew, as Idris Elba's Krall –an alien with a deep hatred for The Federation – is quickly leaving his mark on the weary party. Pegg says Krall's violence leaves Kirk and the crew questioning their mission.

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"What's the point of it all?" continues Pegg. "We're gathering a great community within the galaxy, but to what end? What does it all mean?"
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All of this introspective thinking appears to be characteristic of Lin's goal for the movie. The director says he wanted Star Trek Beyond take a deeper look at the various elements that make the franchise what it is.

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"This is the 50th anniversary," says Linn. "I felt like it was important to really deconstruct the idea of Star Trek, the idea of the Federation and why it's special. We'll really be poking at a lot of different things."
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Whilst this seems like an admirable motive, it might have many rolling their eyes. It's one thing to pay homage to a great franchise, but you need to be able to offer more than a bit of fan-service. Take a look at Star Wars: The Force Awakens, for example – I admit I am committing the cardinal sin of comparing Trek with Wars, but it feels relevant here. JJ Abrams may have received a little flack for coming too close to A New Hope with familiar Star Wars tropes throughout, but many will be hard-pressed to deny that he offered up brilliant foundation with which to drive the franchise into a new era. Taking a deeper look at what Star Trek and its story stands for is all very well and good, but if it does nothing to drive the characters forward, then that has to be bad news for the future of this movie franchise.

With so many long-running TV shows and its plethora of movie titles, Star Trek has been regularly deconstructed over the course of its 50 year history. We've often found ourself questioning the effectiveness or even the purpose of the Federation, and if it takes a nasty Blue Idris Elba to do that on the big screen, so be it.

Some people will no doubt jump on Lin's comments with outrage locked and loaded, and while the first trailer did little to convince us that Star Trek Beyond will right the wrongs of Into Darkness, let's at least wait until the next trailer is released before we get too carried away. Speaking of which, you will likely be able to catch the second trailer shortly after it's premiere at Paramount's Star Trek fan even on May 20th

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