Second ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ Trailer Goes For a Swim, Leaves You Gasping for Air

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Second ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ Trailer Goes For a Swim, Leaves You Gasping for Air

If you’re starting to look at pieces of Star Trek Into Darkness just to imagine what J.J. Abrams’s Star Wars movie will look like, the second trailer for the upcoming sequel is perfect for you. There’s a scene in which Kirk (Chris Pine) and Spock (Zachary Quinto) are in a small ship being chased around what looks like a trench on the surface of the Death Star, and they squeeze through a tight spot reminiscent of when the Millenium Falcon eludes two TIE Fighters on a large asteroid in The Empire Strikes Back. Also, the Enterprise crew appears to venture underwater… Maybe they’re looking to recruit Jar Jar Binks?

Seriously, though, let’s try to concentrate on the Star Trek movie without jumping too far ahead. And for that, this trailer promises a lot of action, including space chases and running from a volcano and going for a swim on a few occasions, whether jumping into the ocean for safety or some sort of aquatic mission or the Starship crashing into the sea. It’s a fast-paced trailer that might not leave you enough room to breathe, which is appropriate with all that water. We sure don’t get much Benedict Cumberbatch this time… And is it just me or are these spots completely void of my favorite character, Chekov? Don’t they know Anton Yelchin is the best actor in these films?

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Christopher Campbell began writing film criticism and covering film festivals for a zine called Read, back when a zine could actually get you Sundance press credentials. He's now a Senior Editor at FSR and the founding editor of our sister site Nonfics. He also regularly contributes to Fandango and Rotten Tomatoes and is the President of the Critics Choice Association's Documentary Branch.