The newest trailer for Star Trek Beyond hit the internet recently and got many fans excited. However, there were some things that fans didn’t understand. This includes a space base that no one recognized, yet apparently was housing the Enterprise. During a visit to the set, IGN talked with Simon Pegg, who happily explained what it was.
“It’s a kind of diplomatic hub,” said Pegg. “It’s where all the most recent Federation inductees can come and mingle with each other and learn about each other. It’s a kind of lovely…” In more detail, this is the Starbase Yorktown, which acts as the final Star Fleet base in Federation territory. A perfect setup for the “Five Year Mission” that Kirk has been wanting to do.
Pegg went on to talk about the look and feel the Starbase has, and its important to both the universe of Star Trek, as well as the movie itself:
“You can imagine — me and Jung joked that there were various aliens with leaflets, handing them out to other aliens like, ‘Come and see our world!’” he said. “But it’s basically a place where they can go, where they can better understand what being part of the Federation means. It’s an important kind of tactical establishment for the Federation. It’s been built locally, so it’s very interesting to look at, but it’s where the Enterprise docks up. [This is] the first time in like 10 months [that the Enterprise has] had kind of proper contact with other people, and that’s where the story begins.”
He added: “Designing that — you know, you say that in a screenplay, you describe it, and then you get it to a production designer, and they come back with these amazing concept designs,” he explained. “That was the most amazing thing for Doug and I. You know, you write away and write away, and then suddenly you see all these boards with this beautifully designed, incredibly imaginative stuff, and you kind of feel like you can take credit for it. [Laughs] Even though you shouldn’t!”
Star Trek Beyond comes to theaters July 22nd.