If you saw the IMAX prologue that played by with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey a few months back, then you've already seen this clip, or at least a slightly different version of it. The clip comes from very early in the film, the opening action sequence, which has the Enterprise hiding underwater to avoid detection by a primitive culture with no understanding of Starfleet, the Federation, or warp speed. So in order to save Spock, Kirk will have to reveal his ship, violating the Prime Directive and putting himself in a whole lot of trouble.
It's fast-paced and fun, showing that once again, JJ Abrams is opening his Trek movie with action and emotion. Most importantly, it suggests that Star Trek Into Darkness won't sideline its ensemble. Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, John Cho, and Anton Yelchin all get at least a moment. The most promising thing here, though, is the prominence of Karl Urban as Dr. McCoy, who is fulfilling his role as the third member of an improbable trio with Chris Pine's Kirk and Zachary Quinto's Spock. He gets to end things ominously and even has a good "dammit, man" kind of moment.
Also, this clip from AOL gives Pegg some room to absolutely nail it as Scottie.
"The needs of the many," eh Spock? If Star Trek Into Darkness really isn't a play on Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, then it's still comfortable alluding to the movie widely considered the gold standard of cinematic Trek. And if we're not supposed to wonder if John Harrison is, in fact, Khan, then these little shout-outs don't help.
Nevertheless, this is good stuff.
But it's just a taste of the film, which remains mysterious. Let's attempt to cut through the mystery a bit with the official synopsis, shall we?
In the wake of a shocking act of terror from within their own organization, the crew of The Enterprise is called back home to Earth. In defiance of regulations and with a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads his crew on a manhunt to capture an unstoppable force of destruction and bring those responsible to justice.
As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.