Watch the new “Star Trek: Beyond” trailer wondering what that impressive space station was? Well, wonder no more.
“Beyond” co-writer and co-star Simon Pegg told IGN the station is in fact called Starbase Yorktown, and is located at the edge of Federation space. It’s a “diplomatic hub,” where Federation inductees can interact with each other and “better understand what being part of the Federation means.”
Yorktown also has tactical importance for the Federation, Pegg added.
The station will be featured early in “Beyond” with the USS Enterprise docking at the space station after 10 months of deep exploration, without contact with other people. And just like the Enterprise, the trailer also reveals the Yorktown will be attacked sometime during the film.
The name “Yorktown” has a place in Star Trek history. It was the original name Gene Roddenberry was going to call his starship when creating the original “Star Trek,” before changing his mind and going with the Enterprise instead.
Two starships have actually carried the Yorktown name over the years, including the NCC-20045 commanded by Capt. Joel Randolph (Vijay Amritraj) in 1986’s “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.” A ship with the same designation number also popped up on deployment and other reports in both “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
When Pegg was asked if the Yorktown will be similar to the Mos Eisley spaceport from the Star Wars film, the actor — who had a small role in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” — said no.
“That’s a wretched hive of scum and villainy,” Pegg said. “This is the opposite of that.”
To read the full interview, click here.