The Ed Zone

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - The Ed Zone - Richard Ed­wards, Ed­i­tor @RichDEd­wards

Five-year mis­sions. Ex­plor­ing strange new worlds. Seek­ing out new life and new civil­i­sa­tions. Boldly go­ing where no one has gone be­fore. Has there ever been a more ex­cit­ing scifi mis­sion state­ment than Star Trek’s? As with fel­low quin­qua­ge­nar­ian (it’s a word!) fran­chise Doc­tor Who, its strength is its in­fi­nite pos­si­bil­i­ties, the op­por­tu­nity to do any­thing and go any­where in the galaxy.

So it was some­thing of a dis­ap­point­ment when, after the spec­tac­u­lar fran­chise re­ju­ve­na­tion of JJ Abrams’ first Trek movie, Into Dark­ness opted to bring back the film series’ great­est vil­lain, and make a few-too-many nods to the won­der­ful The Wrath Of Khan. Luck­ily, Star Trek Be­yond looks set to learn from those mis­takes, bring­ing the crew to face an all-new vil­lain with ma­jor is­sues with the Fed­er­a­tion. We’ve spo­ken to the most im­por­tant names on the movie – in­clud­ing a huge one-on-one with cap­tain of the ship Chris Pine – to get the Starfleet in­tel on the big­gest space-set movie this side of De­cem­ber (p44).

And in some­thing of a block­buster is­sue, we have the plea­sure of chat­ting with Paul Feig, the di­rec­tor tak­ing the reins on the Ghost­busters re­boot (p62), and Roland Em­merich (and his cast) about de­stroy­ing the world (again) in In­de­pen­dence Day se­quel Resur­gence (p72). There’s loads go­ing on, so make sure you keep your fin­ger on the genre pulse by sub­scrib­ing to SFX. De­tails on p42.

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