George Takei Gives ‘Star Trek Beyond’ Trailer a Pretty ‘Meh’ Review (Video)

“It doesn’t have that element that made … Gene Roddenberry’s ‘Star Trek,’ what it was,” actor says

Last Updated: December 16, 2015 @ 7:52 PM

Were you underwhelmed by the trailer for “Star Trek Beyond” that was released this week? If so, you’re not alone, as George Takei wasn’t exactly bowled over by it either.

Takei — who played Hikaru Sulu on the original “Star Trek” series — has offered his thoughts on the trailer, and they’re pretty lukewarm.

“It doesn’t have that element that made ‘Star Trek,’ Gene Roddenberry‘s ‘Star Trek,’ what it was,” Takei said.

He did, however, allow that it will likely be successful thanks largely to its action elements.

“It looked like a terrific action-adventure movie. A lot of clinging on cliffs and getting smashed against rocks, so it should be a very successful ‘Star Trek’ movie,” Takei continued.

Which, again, doesn’t make it as weighty as the original.

“I didn’t in the preview note anything of the substance of what made Gene Roddenberry‘s ‘Star Trek’ so engaging and it was the commentary on social justice, political reality at the time,” Takei offered.

“Star Trek Beyond” stars Chris Pine again as Capt. Kirk. Zachary QuintoZoe SaldanaSimon PeggKarl Urban,John Cho, and Anton Yelchin also reprise their roles from the previous films. Idris Elba is set to play the villain.

The sci-fi film will hit theaters July 22, 2016.