That is one of the stranger headlines I’ve thrown together but it does have the virtue of being surprisingly accurate. I think I can go even further with it, though…
“Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim appears to be a tale of GLaDOS from Portal teaming up with a G.I. Joe power armour-clad Charlie Hunnam (Jax Teller from Sons of Anarchy, still using the American accent but presumably not journaling these events for his sons) to fight alien Godzilla/Cthulhu-esque creatures with the aid of Transformers-ish giant robots.” How’s that?
And if the trailer is any indication, the entire score will just be BWRAAAAAAAM. BWRAAAAAAAM. BWRAAAAAAAM. What is it with that, anyway? Apparently, the Inception noise became the new “in a world…” so gradually that I didn’t notice. There’s even a supercut of that below!
Beyond just the crazy-ass trailer, I don’t really know what to think of this. Will the movie be too ridiculous, or just ridiculous enough? Will I ever be able to take Sons of Anarchy seriously ever again now that I’ve seen Charlie Hunnam in a “future linebacker” suit?
The Giant Bomb crew may have accidentally predicted this trend long before that supercut, as the noise has also found its way into game trailers.
This has been a very Trek-heavy week. The plot synopsis and one-sheet poster for Star Trek Into Darkness hit early, followed by the Season 2 blu-ray for The Next Generation on Tuesday, then came Star Trek Online’s winter event, and now the first teaser trailer for Into Darkness up above. Kind of an overload.
Nevermind all that other fluff, though. The trailer is why we’re here, so let’s pull this thing apart and see how it ticks.
The first major consideration is that Benedict Cumberbatch’s lead villain remains unidentified. Earlier reports stated that he’s someone we’ve seen before, presumably from either the original series or the first six movies, with the word “iconic” attached. Khan is the obvious first suspect – too obvious, and too not-British. Gary Mitchell (an American character originally) is generally the second most common name floating around. Reimagining him to be from England in this timeline is less of a head-scratcher than reworking a Vader-class villain like Khan.
Our second consideration could be a clue in disguise: the blonde woman seen here being mentally undressed by Kirk. If she turns out to be a young Carol Marcus, then Cumberbatch could indeed be Khan. However, she also strongly resembles Elizabeth Dehner from the classic TOS episode “Where No Man Has Gone Before”, which was Gary Mitchell’s story. It’s also possible that either Marcus or Dehner could appear independent of whoever Cumberbatch is playing, which throws this avenue of speculation out the window.
One quick note: Cumberbatch’s character is seen wearing Starfleet duds a couple times in this trailer. Khan and his people only really did that in the same manner as hunters wearing the bones or skins of their prey. Mitchell however, was a Starfleet officer. That said, it was only flirting with the galactic barrier that drove Mitchell to the dark side, so to speak. The mere glimpses we’ve seen here are very different in tone from that old story. Less action-adventure, more thriller.
On the subject of story themes, most of this teaser takes place planetside with our only ship shots being sea-based for once. Who knows if the real deal will really be so down to Earth, of course; but it could be an early indicator of the subject matter we’re in store for. Hey, wouldn’t it be funny if one of those ships messing around underwater is the Reliant despite Khan having nothing to do with this movie?
A proper extended version of this trailer opens with The Hobbit on December 14th (pray not to get stuck with one of the 48FPS versions) and Star Trek Into Darkness is out May 17th, 2013.
Picard and Riker both had maneuvers named after them, but neither involved flying a space fighter without a cockpit window and shooting at shit with a sidearm until it dies. Take that, Trekkies! Take that, suspension of disbelief!
Maybe this is why Blood and Chrome didn’t make it to television: Battlestar Galactica, for all its killer robots, ethereal “head people”, and invented expletives, was (relatively) grounded in reality. There was some science in that science fiction and even when there wasn’t, the gritty “you are there” style remained, which made it easier to swallow the occasional bouts of Lynchian weirdness. Or maybe it was just “Brannon Braga” weirdness.
The Sci-Fi Network SyFy airs far more ridiculous spectacles than what’s in that preview above, of course; we’re taking about the cats who thought Mansquito was a good idea. But if this clip is any indication, maybe the producers blinked at the last second and pulled some strings.
Kick the tires and light the fires, big daddy.
Should you require more, the decidedly less crazy launch trailer can be found below. Unfortunately, the really really awesome teaser from way back in March set to Trent Reznor’s version of Immigrant Song (itself lifted from the American Dragon Tattoo trailer) has yet to resurface legally. I guess that’s what DVDs are for.
Those of you who know me personally (or even just from certain excesses on the forums) should be well aware of my Atlus fandom by now. Persona titles specifically and Shin Megami Tensei at large have been my jam for years now, ever since the decline of Phantasy Star and Suikoden. These games are the last, best hope for the JRPG as we know it, and I have on occasion gone out and bought whole new consoles for them. Yes, I am that guy.
So here’s the full, uncut TGS trailer for Shin Megami Tensei IV that Atlus just unleashed into the wild. Give it a whirl. Tell me if you see what I see. Just be ready to lock down your wallet if you do; there’s a very real chance that I might end up buying a 3DS just for this, much like that shiny new Playstation Vita I’m tempted to obtain for Persona 4 Golden next month. I don’t expect you to fall down that rabbit hole with me.
Maybe I could get used to eating cat food? My Pickles seems to really enjoy it.
Head over to Siliconera for a subtitled version if you’re having trouble with that irksome language barrier. It’s okay. I won’t tell anyone.
Welcome back to Trailer Dissection, the CF probably-not-original series wherein trailers for movies, television, and games are (over)analyzed for your enjoyment. Our enjoyment. That’s what we meant to say. If you can’t suss out for yourselves how this works, check out the debut article on the Doctor Who Season 7 trailer.
This time, we’re taking a look at the first official trailer for Project X Zone for the Nintendo 3DS, a mammoth crossover strategy/RPG featuring characters from Sega, Capcom, and Namco Bandai franchises. Something about trailers with two minutes of nothing but character reveals and said characters beating the hell out of each other makes for solid article fodder… or just easily-written material.
Oh, hi there! Welcome to Trailer Dissection! This new feature will attempt to wring a little bit of actual content and discussion out of news posts that would normally just be me playing copy-pasta with YouTube embed codes and calling them “articles”. Look! We’ve even got timestamps and everything, so you can really tell that a quantifiable number of minutes and seconds of effort were put into this!
Honestly, I don’t know if we’ll be doing this every time a trailer is posted here, as sooner or later one will come along that doesn’t carry the same amount of fandom investment in our staff as, say, Doctor Who. But we’ll do our best.
UPDATE: NBC/Universal pulled the trailer with the speed of… something BSG-related that is very speedy, I don’t know. So you’ll just have to use your imaginations until it reappears someday on a DVD or something.
Frak. There, it’s done. Moving on!
There hasn’t really been any word on Blood and Chrome since the depressing revelation last year that SyFy had downgraded its status from “THE FIRST WORTHWHILE SERIES ATTACHED TO OUR NETWORK SINCE BATTLESTAR GALACTICA ENDED” to “oh, it’ll just be a webseries.” With that unfortunate handicap in mind… wow, this actually looks pretty good, doesn’t it?
Oh sure, there’s been the occasional success story in the series of tubes format – take Mortal Kombat Legacy as one example, which oh-so-coincidentally featured BSG‘s Tahmoh Penikett – but c’mon. You can tout online distribution as Lisa Simpson’s “wave of the future!” as much as you want; it’s just not an ideal showcase for your only franchise still capable of garnering both popular and critical acclaim.