– by Joseph Jammer Medina

STAR TREK BEYOND is a mere week away from its release in the U.S. It’s a film that’s been mired in doubt. Yes, the first two films did well enough (although, for some reason, a lot of fans seemed to thoroughly dislike INTO DARKNESS) at the box office, but one specter that could not be escaped was the changing of directors. J.J. Abrams had been the one to shepherd in the new STAR TREK tone that had more in common with STAR WARS than TREK, and as such, it’s no surprise the director made the jump the STAR WARS when the opportunity arose.

This did, however, leave the rebooted STAR TREK film franchise in strange territory. It had abandoned any resemblance to the STAR TREK source material, and was now left fatherless — and it didn’t help that the most recent film, INTO DARKNESS, was less well received. Now, it seemed like STAR TREK was the stepchild no one wanted to care for.

Doubt went into overdrive when the first “Sabotage” trailer hit the web. Fans became worried that the franchise was trying to hard to cater to the mainstream. The two trailers since then have done some work to reverse that negative impression, but the deed has been done. To top it all off, this film had FAST & FURIOUS director Justin Lin at the helm, and many doubted his ability to tell a compelling story outside of that franchise.

The film is almost here, and with that, we’ve received an all-new clip, showing the Enterprise crew face off against a mysterious foe.

Check it out below!

What do you think? Has this clip done anything to quash any doubt you’ve had about STAR TREK BEYOND? Let us know your thoughts down below!

STAR TREK BEYOND hits theaters on July 22, 2016.

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SOURCE: Paramount Pictures

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.