Star Trek Beyond Ignores “Into Darkness”?

While the 2009 reboot of the “Star Trek” franchise was well regarded by fans and non-fans alike, its sequel “Star Trek Into Darkness” wasn’t so kindly received with fans in particular taking great umbrage with the film’s tone and script. To be fair some of that anger is justified, most notably in the way the film essentially invents two things which fundamentally change the “Star Trek” universe.

On the one hand there’s transwarp beaming (actually introduced in the 2009 film) which renders space travel pointless as people now have the ability to beam themselves between planets in distant parts of the galaxy. On the other there’s Khan and his crew’s blood which effectively heals all injuries.

Both were inventions of narrative convenience, in the process though they re-draw the map for anyone to follow and make things a bit difficult. Speaking with Birth Movies Death in the wake of the trailer release, “Star Trek Beyond” helmer Justin Lin was asked about this and revealed that the film essentially and politely ignore the events of “Star Trek Into Darkness”:

“[Co-writers] Simon [Pegg] and Doug [Jung] and I have spent some time on that. [laughs] Star Trek has been around for 50 years, and every filmmaker that comes on has a different point of view, and it’s a universe that can support many points of view and journeys and adventures. I embraced what JJ has brought – without him this whole group wouldn’t be together – so I’m definitely very appreciative of him. At the same time, do we address it? No, but we don’t discount it. We don’t sit there and say it doesn’t exist, it’s part of this universe now.”

What does that mean for the more grounded elements of the film such as Kirk and Carol Marcus’ growing relationship or the pre-existing Spock/Uhura one? Lin says don’t expect much on either front:

“We pick the crew up about two and a half years after Into Darkness. There were many iterations where we did go and explore [Carol Marcus], but we figured it was two and a half years… It was something we talked about and worked on, but in the presentation of this film it didn’t quite fit in. It’s there with the transporter and everything [laughs].

What we’re doing is appropriate to the two and a half years. It’s a continuation in a way, and I don’t want to ignore things and act as if they don’t exist, so there’s an acknowledgement [of Spock and Uhura] and I think their relationship is consistent to the way it was before.”

The comments come in the wake of the release of the first trailer earlier this week. “Star Trek Beyond” hits cinemas July 22nd.