Countdown to Beyond.July 8th, 2016
Star Trek Beyond is set to have the first ever outdoor IMAX world premiere at Embarcadero Marina Park South at the beginning of San Diego Comic-Con on July 20. If you can’t make it to SDCC, you may be able to catch the film early in one of these marathon screenings, also on July 20. The Events Guide for the show features Spock and Star Trek is shaping up to have a huge presence at the convention this year. There will be a one hour panel in Hall H entitled Star Trek: Celebrating 50 Years, which will feature William Shatner, Michael Dorn, Brent Spiner, Jeri Ryan, Scott Bakula, and Bryan Fuller. Additionally, there will be an art exhibition called 50 Artists. 50 Years. It’s very likely that we will learn some details about the upcoming CBS All Access show during the Hall H panel on Saturday since Bryan Fuller will be in attendance — it would be fantastic if this were live streamed, but there hasn’t yet been any mention of that happening. CBS has the run down on all of the other panels as well as the convention exclusives that will be available at the show.
With just two weeks to go until the release of Star Trek Beyond, the film’s promotional tour has begun. Minor spoilers ahead.
On Wednesday, the film had it’s Australian premiere after which the news has spread quickly that John Cho’s iteration of Sulu not only has a daughter — revealed months ago via a set video featured on Entertainment Tonight during which he hinted at ‘another revelation’ — but he is shown in the film with a male partner. This was meant to be an homage to George Takei, however Takei disagrees with this choice stating that, “…it’s a twisting of Gene’s creation.” While Takei has always thought of Sulu as “straight”, we never actually saw him portrayed in a romantic relationship on The Original Series or in any of the films. He was occasionally flirtatious with women, but that hardly proves anything. Demora Sulu exists, but canonically, we know nothing of her backstory as it was never explored onscreen.
Clearly, Cho’s Sulu is the product of an alternate timeline, like Zachary Quinto’s Spock, and as such it should come as no surprise that the character is the product of a different environment, with different life experiences, and a slightly different personality. That is not to suggest that being gay is an alternative lifestyle resulting from an alternate universe, but that perhaps whatever inherent factors that define sexuality were somehow altered by the butterfly effect. (Or would it be the Kelvin effect?) Sulu is younger than Kirk, so it stands to reason that he was born after the universe changed, becoming a different individual that isn’t necessarily identical to Sulu Prime.
The overall reaction from fans in regards to this news seems to be, “It’s about time!” for Star Trek to have a main character representing the LGBT community. It has long been implied that in the future portrayed by Star Trek, sexual orientation would simply not be an issue, with individuals free to engage in whatever relationships they desire irrespective of gender. Star Trek has certainly approached this subject before, allegorically in The Next Generation (“The Outcast”, “The Host”) and Enterprise (“Stigma”) and then directly in Deep Space Nine (“Rejoined”, “The Emperor’s New Cloak”), however there has never been a main character explicitly defined as LGBT. Supposedly, the scene in which this is revealed about Sulu is not treated as unusual, true to the core of Star Trek being inclusive. We can also look forward to seeing diversified characters in Bryan Fuller’s upcoming Star Trek series.
We really can’t wait to see what this installment has in store. 14 more days!
“Sledgehammer” Official Video Released.June 30th, 2016
On Monday, we learned that Rihanna’s latest single will be featured in Star Trek Beyond. Today, she released the official video for the track. I’m not sure about you guys, but I really dig the song and find the video to be very visually appealing. I’m guessing the song may play over the end credits.
Yesterday, Paramount released this featurette in which Rihanna discusses the fact that her father is responsible for her being a lifelong Star Trek fan.
Star Trek Beyond Trailer #3 and SingleJune 27th, 2016
Did you know that Rihanna is a Star Trek fan? The final trailer for Star Trek Beyond has been released and with it comes her latest single, “Sledgehammer”, which is being described as the theme for the film. Check out the trailer and the full song below. Michael Giacchino returns to score the film and if you’re a fellow soundtrack nerd, you may also be interested in the track listing — beware minor spoilers in the form of his signature puns. Oddly, the soundtrack is set for release on July 29, a full week after the film’s release on July 22.
Per aspera ad astra, Anton Yelchin.June 19th, 2016
We were deeply saddened to learn of the tragically unexpected death of Anton Yelchin. By all accounts, he was extremely kind, supremely talented, and definitely much beloved by fans. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.
Star Trek Beyond Trailer #2 and PosterMay 21st, 2016
The full trailer for Star Trek Beyond, set for release on July 22, 2016, is here! We’re glad to finally see more of the film the cast and crew are refreshingly enthusiastic about. New aliens, deep space, away missions, intriguing villains, character development… looks like we’re back to the good stuff. Take a look:
Fans were also given this promotional poster at a recent event in L.A. (during which Paramount named a street on their lot after Leonard Nimoy.) It’s a clever nod to the classic poster for Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979), also signifying Beyond as a new “human adventure” that is just beginning. Consider us onboard!