Nine Minutes Of Star Trek Into Darkness


Eager Star Trek fans were finally able to see the first nine minutes of Star Trek into Darkness last night.

The nine minutes were for the most part, an expansion on what was seen in the much shorter teaser trailer released earlier this month. Spoilers behind the cut.

The movie opens in London, Stardate 2259.55. Two parents (Noel Clarke and Nazneen Contractor) take a hover car to a hospital, where their gravely-ill daughter is a patient. When the father steps out of the room, a voice behind him (Benedict Cumberbatch‘s John Harrison) says, “I can save her.”

Next up, planet Nibiru. Kirk and McCoy being chased by “white-faced black-eyed locals” after he swiped some sort of holy scroll from them, to draw them away from a volcano that threatens to wipe out their population. A giant CG-creature is stunned by Kirk, which causes McCoy to yell “You just stunned our ride!”

Meanwhile, elsewhere on Nibiru, Quinto, Uhura, and Sulu are trying to stop the imminent volcanic eruption, but something goes wrong. Uhura and Sulu must leave Spock in the volcano when the shuttlecraft in which they arrived is damaged.

Kirk and McCoy are still being chased and the chase leads them to the edge of a cliff with water below. The pair jumps into the water, but fear not, rescue in the form of the Enterprise is waiting for them beneath the waves.

Back on board the Enterprise, the crew learns of Spock’s peril, but in order to maintain the Prime Directive, a rescue mission can’t be mounted. Spock echoes Spock Prime in The Wrath of Khan, saying that the “needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.”

Kirk asks McCoy would Spock would do if it were Kirk in the volcano. Spock would let Kirk die, replies McCoy.

Source: io9

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  • John (not McCain)

    Can anybody remember when they used to be explorers?

  • You are phrasing it as if it was a thing of the past. Take off your nostalgia goggles.

  • John (not McCain)

    Ah, I’m stuck on nostalgia – I get it. Perhaps I’d feel differently if there was a little honesty in labeling and it was called Star Blow Stuff Up and not Star Trek. Strange new worlds, and all that. Just more nostalgia I suppose. But now there’s not even enough time for Kirk to get some because of the Shiny! and Xplody!

  • Nope. They have always explored strange new worlds. It is no different today.
    You fail at trolling. 7 of the nine minutes of the prologue were spent on a ‘strange new world’

  • Polaris01313-1

    Even though I still find it hard to fathom that the Starship Enterprise will be rising out of some alien ocean, the first nine minutes sound very interesting. Hopefully, the rest of the film will be the same.

  • navamske

    Seven of Nine is in it?

  • Matt

    I’m with you John. Much as I wanted to like the 2009 movie, I just can’t get into it. That whole flavor of exploration is gone for me as well.

    Again I’ll be hopeful about this new movie but the description so far doesn’t really thrill me.
    Ooh the Enterprise hides in oceans now of course!!

  • LOL. No. I meant only two of the nine minutes are spent on Earth.

  • Remember when they were explorers? You mean the reason they’re on this alien world to begin with?

  • Tardis

    I agree with John as well. It’s kind of sad that this is what it takes to keep audiences entertained these days.

  • Before you decide that you are fit to judge it, at least watch the nine minute preview. If you can’t get to an IMAX theater, the preview has been leaked online.

  • By the way, the Enterprise had to hide in the ocean because the electromagnetic field of the planet is too strong for the transporter to work correctly.
    Although they probably could have used the transporter to beam someone to or from the surface, it is probably a risky procedure, much like beaming at warp.
    The Prime Directive stopped them from beaming Kirk and McCoy away in front of the natives. Beside, the whole purpose of the natives chasing them was to lead them away from the volcano.

    As for Spock, I guess the planet’s EM field combined with the interference from the volcano, and the fact that the Enterprise is in the water, prevented them from beaming Spock out.

    I’m not saying the writing for this sequence was without flaws. I’m just saying that they are explainable, more so than the ones in Star Trek XI. I like to just think that traveling through the black hole took them to a different time in an alternate but nearly identical (before events were changed) universe.

  • trekfan

    I also hope they’ll be explorers again. But I don’t think it will happen with Abrams et al.

  • trekfan

    7 minutes…. that’s like, at, 5% of the film? And even those 7 minutes are about running and jumping around with a ticking clock in the background.

  • trekfan

    “The Prime Directive stopped them from beaming Kirk and McCoy away in fron of the natives.”

    The Prime Directive should stop them from interfering in the first place.

  • Fanz

    This movie opening is nostalgia — running from natives throwing spears recalls 1930’s serials. It’s not your father’s Star Trek, it’s your grandfather’s.

  • Not if the natives did not know the volcano was going to erupt.

  • JOhn

    I think you’re confusing the show’s narration with the actual content of the show. Do you know what you when you watch “explorers”? Season 1 of Star Trek: Enterprise.

  • John (not McCain)

    Which, as it happens, is the first season of the best Trek since the original.

  • Polaris01313-1

    Judging by the violent content of the film, it will certainly be two notches up over the violence that Nicholas Meyer depicted in Star Trek II – The Wrath Of Khan.

  • Mudkicker

    Does anyone remember that Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan was not an exploration film? or for that matter most of the movies had nothing to do with exploration? Sheesh. Get over it Fanbabies.