Is Star Trek Beyond Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1.5?

The trailer for the latest Star Trek movie was released. And while I enjoyed it, I couldn’t help, but think I’d seen the movie before.

It follows an immature orphaned space pilot who learns to grow up with the help of his ragtag, mismatched team. He develops a relationship with an unusual colored alien, who is a better fighter than him. Unfortunately, he loses his ship, but is able to find inspiration in nostalgic pop music from Earth.

That’s a totally original plot. I mean, who else made the space opera into a fun, light-hearted romp? It’s not like that was the plot of one of the highest grossing movie of 2014.

Wait, that’s exactly it. Star Trek Beyond is totally Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1.5.

Here’s the trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy. Tell me I’m wrong.

Yes, I realize the Star Trek characters were created long before the movie incarnation of Guardians. But it’s hard not to notice the similarities between the Marvel hit and the trailer of the latest Star Trek film.

James Kirk is Peter Quill aka Star Lord.

Peter Quill Star Lord James Kirk Star Trek

Star Trek Kirk Star Lord Guardians

They both love their ship — the Enterprise and the Milano — with both being destroyed in the film.

Milano Star Lord ship Kirk Enterprise

Enterprise Milano

They both have an alien friend who doesn’t always understands how humans behave with Spock playing the role of Drax.

Drax Spock

Star Trek Spock Drax

They have spunky comedic relief sidekicks. Bones and Scotty are the Rocket and Groot of Star Trek.

Rocket Groot Bones Scotty

Scotty Bones Rocket Groot

They stay in danger with their (presumed) girlfriend. The new character in Star Trek Beyond is Gamora. (Not to mention, Zoe Saldana uniting both franchises.)

Star Lord Gamora Kirk alien female

Kirk female alien Star Lord Gamora

Both look tough riding their motorcycles … Oh, wait. Wrong Chris Pratt character. But still.

Chris Pratt Jurassic World motorcylce

Kirk Motorcycle Star Trek

When things get rough, they need to listen to their classic Earth music, be it Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage” or Redbone’s “Come and Get Your Love.”

Come and Get Your Love Guardians of the Galaxy Redbone

Beastie Boys Sabotage Star Trek

I can understand trying to differentiate the film from the Star Wars behemoth by moving away from the epic nature of that film, skipping the grandeur and going the light-hearted action route.

But they probably could have tried to avoid copying the most recent space opera box office juggernaut a little better.

Am I the only one or did you see a whole lot of Guardians of the Galaxy in the new Star Trek Beyond trailer?

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