The new Star Trek: Beyond trailer doesn’t seem to offer us much information about the new movie, besides showing us that all the crew of the Enterprise will be back for a third run. But watch carefully, and you’ll notice that the film does give away several secrets about the upcoming Star Trek movie such as:

1. Destruction of the USS Enterprise

The USS Enterprise. Credit: Screen Rant

The USS Enterprise. Credit: Screen Rant

On the surface, it seems like a relatively normal plot development. The heroes’ ship gets blown up and they have to find a way to get to whatever their destination is.

Except that it’s not! The bulk of any Star Trek movie or episode takes place aboard the Starship Enterprise. It’s almost as much a character in the series as Kirk and Spock are. Will the new Star Trek movie even feel like a Star Trek movie when its iconic spaceship has been destroyed? We’ve already heard rumours about how the original screenplay was deemed inaccessible to mainstream audiences because it had too much Star Trek flavour, so this doesn’t seem to bode well in light of the fact that:

2. It looks like an action film rather than a space adventure movie

Kirk (Chris Pine) revs it up in Star Trek: Beyond. Credit: Trek Core

Kirk (Chris Pine) revs it up in Star Trek: Beyond. Credit: Trek Core

The trailer makes Star Trek: Beyond look like a non-stop action fiesta with starship battles, motorcycle chases and hordes of aliens to defeat. There’s nothing wrong with action, but it seems to have prioritised stunts at the expense of that sense of exploration and adventure that we’ve come to expect from Star Trek. Not to mention, it seems that we might not be seeing a lot of ensemble scenes with the crew because:

3. The Enterprise crew is separated early on in the film

Crew of the Enterprise: Chekov (Anton Yelchin), Kirk (Chris Pine), Scotty (Simon Pegg), Dr McCoy (Karl Urban), Sulu (John Cho), Uhura (Zoe Saldana) in Star Trek. Not present: Spock (Zachary Quinto).  Credit: Wired

Crew of the Enterprise: Chekov (Anton Yelchin), Kirk (Chris Pine), Scotty (Simon Pegg), Dr McCoy (Karl Urban), Sulu (John Cho), Uhura (Zoe Saldana) in Star Trek. Not present: Spock (Zachary Quinto). Credit: Wired

It looks like the crew has to activate emergency evacuation sequences when the Enterprise gets shot down, and they all end up either separated as Scotty is, or in unlikely pairs like Dr McCoy and Spock. It’ll be interesting to see how they manage to survive in a hostile alien environment without the benefit of being beamed up whenever they’re in trouble. They’ve definitely been caught by surprise, as the trailer shows, since when they evacuate…

4. There’s nary a sign of a phaser

Kirk wields a phaser in Star Trek: Into Darkness. Credit: Games Radar

Kirk wields a phaser in Star Trek: Into Darkness. Credit: Games Radar

Scotty, Dr McCoy and Spock all appear unarmed in the movie. In fact, at no point does anyone even wield a phaser! The only combat we see is melee combat, and that’s not even with the Enterprise crew. It’s with the alien character that Sofia Boutella plays, which is the…

5. First instance of Sofia Boutella’s character in action

Sofia Boutella on the set of Star Trek: Beyond. Credit: Den of Geek

Sofia Boutella on the set of Star Trek: Beyond. Credit: Den of Geek

All we’ve seen of Sofia Boutella’s character are some green screen shots of her on set. We don’t know her name or her race (we do know she’s not a Vulcan or a Klingon though). At least now, we know that she can fight pretty well, which means her race is probably a warmongering alien race. Which fits in well with what we know of the story, seeing as which the premise is that:

6. A hostile alien planet shoots down the USS Enterprise

USS Enterprise approaches a planet. Credit: Comic Book Movie

USS Enterprise approaches a planet. Credit: Comic Book Movie

There’s no doubt about it – the USS Enterprise is actively shot down as it approaches the planet. And they look like they’re caught by surprise too, because they have no time retreat from the battle. Their evacuation is incredibly hasty, as pointed out earlier. The alien races of Star Trek are generally not hostile the way Klingons are, so to have come upon such an aggressive planet doesn’t bode well for the rest of the galaxy. Fortunately, though, it seems like they might have another ship on their hands because:

7. There’s clearly a teleporter at work, which means there’s another ship in the movie

Kirk  (Chris Pine) and Spock (Zachary Quinto) teleport in Star Trek. Credit: /Film

Kirk (Chris Pine) and Spock (Zachary Quinto) teleport in Star Trek. Credit: /Film

The trailer clearly shows two instances of teleportation – first Spock, then Kirk and the alien that Sofia Boutella plays. that means there’s probably a ship that’s planetside in the movie, since teleporters are usually installed on ships. It’s also probably a ship that has superb cloaking abilities, given that it wasn’t shot down by the aliens, and Kirk doesn’t seem all that surprise to be teleported. Will it be a new Enterprise for our heroes?

Spock (Zachary Quinto) and Kirk (Chris Pine). Credit: Movie Pilot

Spock (Zachary Quinto) and Kirk (Chris Pine). Credit: Movie Pilot

It looks like the new movie will give us a new Enterprise, new aliens, and a world without phasers. Star Trek: Beyond opens July 21, 2016, but admit it – you can’t wait for it to come soon, right?

Credits: Screen Rant, Trek Core, Wired, Games Radar, Den of Geek, Comic Book Movie, /Film, Movie Pilot