Star Trek Beyond, the third film in the rebooted Star Trek franchise, opened in theaters yesterday to the excitement of Star Trek fans everywhere – especially since this year marks the franchise’s 50th anniversary. The film sees the return of Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto), Uhura (Zoe Saldana) and the rest of the Enterprise crew, and this time, they are forced to crash land on a hostile planet.

The film opened to largely positive reviews, with many critics saying that this third installment captures all those things that long-time fans want from the franchise.

Now, Paramount Pictures released a new video to promote the film, and it definitely sums up what Star Trek is all about. Featuring a voiceover from Captain Kirk, the short video is an emotional and inspirational summing up of everything at the heart of Star Trek‘s fifty-year success.

The minute-long video is titled “We Change,” and features clips from the new movie, beautiful music, and quotes from film critics. The bulk of the clips appear to be from scenes early in the film, as the Enterprise is attacked and forced to crash land. Each of the main characters gets a moment on screen, along with some later shots of new characters being introduced in the film. Speaking over the video, we hear Kirk: “We change. We have to. But we spend the rest of our lives fighting the same battles.” This emotional statement is followed by two more from other characters, one of whom instills confidence in the Captain – “These are the times when leaders are tested. But I believe in you, Captain.” – and the other reminding us of the importance of loyalty – “This is more than a rescue mission. This is my family. We are not leaving anyone behind.”

Recent events in the Star Trek universe give this message new layers of meaning. The big reveal that Sulu (John Cho) is in a same sex relationship received some negative responses – although most fans embraced this addition to the franchise – and a reminder that change doesn’t mean the end is one that could be taken as a specific response to those fans who were not happy with the change. The tragic deaths of both Leonard Nimoy (the original Spock) and Anton Yelchin (the rebooted Chekov) make us even quicker to well up when hearing a stirring speech about family, connection and believing in one another.

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The clip is heavy on emotion, and along with the quotes provided, it looks like Star Trek Beyond is going to be an emotional rollercoaster. With previous films praised for their handling of the characters (if not always the plot or pacing), this latest addition to the franchise needs to capitalize on the most successful elements of those that have come before — and if this video is anything to go by, the latest installment is going to nail it! Fans are likely excited to see a powerful story that puts the characters and relationships at center stage, and pays homage to the optimism and inspiration at the heart of the original series.

However, some fans who prefer the space-opera to the soap-opera might find Star Trek Beyond a little too much to handle if the film isn’t careful to balance the more dramatic elements with lots of action scenes and a solid plotline. The Star Trek franchise is classic sci-fi, and the film will have to find a way to please fans across the board. It’s also difficult to judge a two-hour film on a single minute. Still, for fans who haven’t yet raced out to see the film, “We Change” will undoubtedly stir up positive interest.

Star Trek Beyond is out in theaters now.

Source: Paramount Pictures/YouTube