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To Boldly Go

The New Star Trek Into Darkness Trailer Teases Character Death in a Big Way, Because J.J. Abrams Hates Us and Wants Us to Suffer

This new Star Trek Into Darkness has Christopher “I Dare You To Better” Pike and the CumberVillain splitting voiceover duties, creating a one-two punch of monologues that really gives the impression that someone is going to die (even more than the tail end of that Japanese trailer did). Unless J.J. Abrams is messing with us, which I absolutely would not put beyond him. Heed the words of the Backstreet Boys, Abrams, and please, please, quit playing games with my heart.

The trailer, as well as various questions and comments inspired by it, are behind the cut. Feel free to leave your own in the comments. We’ll get through this together.

  • Why does Bones look like he’s about to cry in that one shot? What’s going on, Abrams? *lip trembles*
  • Star Trek Into Darkness: People Jumping Off Things…
  • … and Punching Each Other!
  • [Obligatory "Who is the CumberVillain, tell meeeee!" comment]
  • There can never be enough purposefully striding Uhura.
  • I’m glad Noel Clarke (seen in the trailer popping a Space Alka-Seltzer) wasn’t cut, as I seem to remember reading something a while back where he said he had a really small role and wasn’t sure he’d make it in? But he did. Long live Mickey Smith!
  • They’re not… they’re not actually going to kill Spock, are they? Or pull a switcheroo and kill Kirk instead? I don’t think they’d do the latter, what with him being the main character and all, but… Spock? Stay with us, Spock!

(via: Collider)

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  • Anonymous

    It’s way too obvious for them to kill Spock. If there is a death I think they’ll try to really surprise us. Just like how I can’t see them rehashing Khan as a villain, I can’t see them regurgitating the death from Wrath of Khan.

    If anything I have a feeling the final shot is a massive red herring.

  • Anders Vesterberg

    bah who cares. its just a star wars clone in star trek metaverse. if they replace jarjar abrams with a director that is a star TREK fan i might actually start to care about the new era of star trek. until then i couldn’t care less.

  • gia manry

    Possible prediction: ending SEEMS to kill off a character, but doesn’t do so definitively. Perhaps this character is thrust or fades…into darkness.

    Then it’s gogo movie 3.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    I agree that killing Spock is so obvious that they probably won’t do it. (But then I worry that I’m jinxing it.) Still, I don’t think they’d hint so hard and not kill SOMEONE. That would go beyond “red herring” territory into “flat-out lies and manipulation.”

    (Which they could totally be doing—it IS marketing, after all.)

  • Hannele Kormano

    Another question: are there colours other than yellow, teal and orange?

  • Tim Astrop

    00:56 – looks like a lot of cryo chambers. Didn’t the Sleeper Ship SS Botany Bay have a tonne of those?! :)

  • Anonymous

    Prediction: no one more important than Bruce Greenwood dies in the film. It’s way too early in the franchise to kill off a member of the core crew.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    Good call. I’d be surprised if Pike makes it to the end.

  • Green Dragoon

    I’m starting to wonder if Kirk himself might be in jeopardy, at least seemingly so… Crazy thought, I know, but who would have more impact than Spock? The needs of the many…

    That said, I would also be surprised if Pike lives through this.

  • Anonymous

    Okay, I have a new theory for who “John Harrison” is. I don’t think he’s Khan, but I think he has something to do with him. I think perhaps he’s meant to be Khan’s progenitor or creator, someone who is trying to create a race of genetic supermen. Perhaps not actually creating Khan as we knew him in the original universe, but someone like him. (This feeling is mostly based on the first nine minutes where the character offers help to the sick child’s parents and trying to reconcile the villain as a former Starfleet officer). Any takers?

  • venturesister

    Is the crew going to boldly go anywhere this time? This version of the Enterprise seems to be more of a defense ship for Earth rather than a space exploration vehicle. Also, I want them to solve something, anything, even something small, with science. Exploration and science have always separated Star Trek from Star Wars, I’m hoping for more of that.

    That being said, I do love the action/fast pacing of these new movies. And the new cast is really great. I’m looking forward to seeing Cumberbatch, no matter who he is playing.

  • Adam Armstrong

    Oh my god! They killed Ken-Spock-y!
    You b******ds!

  • Pop Tarts Jen

    I think that the strong hints of Spock’s death are red herrings for sure. A major character death needs to be a shock. However, killing Kirk would be a MASSIVE shock and a huge risk. I would be sad (because I love me some Captain Kirk) but it would be insane.

    More likely, I think they might build up Pike as a majorly important character, then kill him.

  • Jeff Briggs

    Pike’s voice sounds a bit pained in his voiceover…

  • Amy C.

    I like it!

  • Brian