Star Trek Beyond Plot Details Revealed

When the first trailer for Star Trek Beyond landed a few months back it had many fans of the classic franchise scratching their heads. For a series that often uses science fiction to ask deeper questions about humanity, there seemed to be an awful lot of things exploding. Simon Pegg even came out to relieve concerns and tell us that the trailer was not representative of the final film. Now Pegg is back and the co-star and co-writer of Star Trek Beyond is finally giving us some information about what the film actually is all about, which as it turns out, is questioning the core assumptions of the entire franchise.

Speaking with Empire, Simon Pegg talked a little bit about the setup for Star Trek Beyond. As we had already heard, the film picks up two years into the Starship Enterprise’s five-year mission, and we find the crew more than a little worse for wear. They stop off at a Federation outpost which Pegg describes as a "diplomatic hub" to get a little rest from their ongoing work. It’s at this point that Idris Elba’s character, Krall, makes his appearance by attacking the outpost.

You see, Krall doesn’t think much of the Federation or its ideals, but that’s where Star Trek Beyond really finds itself according to Simon Pegg. He says this random attack by an alien will cause the crew of the Enterprise to question their entire purpose.

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While this brief setup does look to have more than its share of things exploding, and there’s nothing wrong with that, what always made Star Trek great is something else entirely. The TV series and films would cause the viewer to look at themselves and ask questions about humanity in the modern day by looking at these people within a fictionalized future. Fans of classic Star Trek will likely be somewhat relieved to hear there are some more cerebral aspects of Star Trek Beyond to go along with the action.

Want to see that full trailer? We have it for you right here:

The newest Star Trek film is directed by Justin Lin of Fast & Furious fame, and continues the story of the rebooted universe begun by J.J. Abrams. We’ll get to see where a new director, and writer are able to take the final frontier when Star Trek Beyond is released July 22.

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What else do we know about Star Trek Beyond at this point?

- Idris Elba is playing the main villain. Read about him here.

- Simon Pegg reached out to fans when he hit a snag while writing the screenplay. Here’s what they helped him figure out.

- There’s a revolutionary new way that Star Trek Beyond will be screened in select theaters. This one you HAVE to read about.

- And finally, will William Shatner actually appear in Star Trek Beyond? Here’s what the legendary actor said.

Dirk Libbey
Content Producer/Theme Park Beat

CinemaBlend’s resident theme park junkie and amateur Disney historian, Dirk began writing for CinemaBlend as a freelancer in 2015 before joining the site full-time in 2018. He has previously held positions as a Staff Writer and Games Editor, but has more recently transformed his true passion into his job as the head of the site's Theme Park section. He has previously done freelance work for various gaming and technology sites. Prior to starting his second career as a writer he worked for 12 years in sales for various companies within the consumer electronics industry. He has a degree in political science from the University of California, Davis.  Is an armchair Imagineer, Epcot Stan, Future Club 33 Member.