By Chris Lee
Updated December 14, 2015 at 12:00 PM EST
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Whether somberly intoned by William Shatner in the original Star Trek TV series or by Patrick Stewart in Star Trek: The New Generation, the Star Trek preamble begins the same way: “Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise.”

But in the new trailer for Star Trek Beyond, the third installment of the franchise’s second generation of movies, a crazy-looking alien informs Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) that the rules of engagement out in space have changed. “Captain, this is where the frontier pushes back,” says the character (played by Idris Elba), before hurling Kirk face-first into a wall.

The trailer’s action is both fast and furious — no doubt an aesthetic consideration of director Justin Lin, the filmmaker behind the blockbuster successes of Fast & Furious, Fast Five, and Fast & Furious 6, who takes over from J.J. Abrams, director of 2009’s Star Trek reboot and 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness. And while the new spot raises more questions than it answers about Beyond (due in theaters July 22), its footage has already tantalized Trekkies with a series of compelling developments:

The Enterprise takes heavy fire

About 20 seconds in, we see the Star Fleet exploration vessel navigating what initially appears to be an asteroid belt but is actually an armada of hostile alien spacecraft. More than a few of them smash, kamikaze-style, into the Enterprise — the presumed loss of life seemingly at odds with the Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage” jauntily playing beneath the action — forcing some kind of crash landing.

Separation anxiety

Somewhere during the emergency ejection process, Kirk and the Star Trek primetime players (Uhura, Spock, Scotty, Sulu, and McCoy) get separated from the Enterprise’s rank and file — as well as one another — on the surface of an unidentified and presumably hostile planet. “No crew,” Kirk says. “How are we gonna get out of this one?”

Kirk goes old school on a motorcycle

Can 23rd century extraterrestrials order vintage human technology on some kind of outer space eBay? That’s one explanation for how Star Fleet’s most loveably roguish starship commander winds up on a souped-up dirt bike and Super Bowl Motocross-es off a jump into the midst of a bunch of trippy spaceships. No idea what’s going on in, but this is downright Vin Diesel-ish compared to most Star Trek set pieces.

A friend in need

We don’t yet know her name, her agenda, or her home planet. But some kind of Sith-like, albino, ninja, alien woman (Sofia Boutella) seems to be on the Enterprise crew’s side in their time of need, delivering spinning heel kicks and Bo staff wallops to various bad guys. And she holds the key to understanding their predicament. “I know why you’re here,” she says. “Why we are all here!”

Check out the trailer above.

Star Trek Beyond

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  • Movie
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  • PG-13
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  • 120 minutes
director
  • Justin Lin

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