Star Trek Into Darkness trailer tantalises

startrek2-sherlockApart from some silly time travel elements and ridiculous coincidence levels, J.J. Abrams' first Star Trek film was masterful and compelling. The new actors were perfectly cast and the humour and adventure skillfully directed. The trailer and title of his second Star Trek film, called Star Trek Into Darkness, suggests that his second outing will be a more sombre and serious piece.

Called home, the crew of the Enterprise must stop a terrorist force that has destroyed the fleet, leaving the world in crisis. According to the official synopsis:

"With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one-man weapon of mass destruction. As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew."

James T. Kirk (Chris Pine), Zachary Quinto (Spock), Zoe Saldana (Uhura), Simon Pegg (Scotty), and Karl Urban (Bones) must protect the universe from Benedict Cumberbatch (John Harrison). Cumberbatch is the star of the BBC's modern day Sherlock Holmes  adaptation called Sherlock.

Based on the trailer footage and plot outline it appears that most of the action takes place closer to Earth, with some interesting glimpses of our future lifestyles. Cumberbatch's voice over in the trailer is particularly powerful. About half way through there's also a moment that is very reminiscent (most likely deliberately so) of Spock's moving death scene in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (hand to hand contact separated by a glass barrier).

The trailer left me wanting more, as all good trailers should. Star Trek Into Darkness is due out May 2013.

Watch the new Star Trek Into Darkness trailer below.

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