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.
They both love their ship — the Enterprise and the Milano — with both being destroyed in the film.
They both have an alien friend who doesn’t always understands how humans behave with Spock playing the role of Drax.
They have spunky comedic relief sidekicks. Bones and Scotty are the Rocket and Groot of Star Trek.
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.)
Both look tough riding their motorcycles … Oh, wait. Wrong Chris Pratt character. But still.
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.”
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?