By Brian Ives
Over the years, Star Trek has been one of the few franchises to mostly avoid using contemporary music, either as a theme song, or in the context of the show or movie, and has never used modern music to sell itself.
Call it the “Fast and Furious” effect, but that has changed today, with the release of the first trailer for Star Trek Beyond, directed by Justin Lin (of the Fast and Furious franchise) which is soundtracked by the Beastie Boys‘ 1994 classic, “Sabotage.”
Watch the trailer below.
This isn’t the first time that song has surfaced in the world of Trek; in the 2009 franchise reboot, a young Captain Kirk was seen stealing his mother’s boyfriend’s vintage car, and when he put on the stereo, “Sabotage” was playing.
Apparently, that moment made a big impression on Kirk; in the next movie, 2013’s Into Darkness, he’s seen listening to a remix of “Body Movin’.”
The love goes both ways: the Beastie Boys have referenced Trek through the years as well, namely in their underrated classic “Ch-Check It Out,” from 2004’s To the Five Boroughs, which has the lyrics, “All you Trekkies and TV addicts…” and “All you Klingons in your Grandma’s house…” The video, meanwhile, sees the Beasties wearing old-school Trek uniforms and also beaming down to Brooklyn, transporter style.
On the same album, “The Brouhaha” has the lyrics: “Communicator check one two one two/This is Bones McCoy on a line to Sulu/Set the bull—- to warp factor one/Check your tricorder set your phaser to stun!”
And, of course, in “Intergalactic,” they namedrop the franchise’s most famous Vulcan: “I’ll stir fry you in my wok/Your knees’ll start shaking and your fingers pop/Like a pinch on the neck of Mr. Spock!”
What other Beastie Boys easter eggs will pop up in the next Trek? Find out when Star Trek Beyond opens on July 22.