I wanted to watch a trailer that was geared toward an adult audience without being smutty. This is what I found:
As you undoubtedly noticed, the first minute and thirty seconds (written out long, because it feels very long) is backstory. It’s world building or milieu development. If the trailer is any indication, then there’s way too much of that going on in this book.
The story starts at about the 1:30 mark. It only lasts for about 25 seconds. We get a glimpse of character and plot. Then, it’s a flash of milieu development and the pitch for the book itself, though that lingers for too long, too. The division between backstory and character story is so blatant in this trailer the creator even changed the music to differentiate the bad situation and the heroic character.
The trailer would be much better if it started at the 1:30 mark and just carried on from there. Even if the creator snuck in some of the pre-1:30 stuff after introducing the characters that would be an improvement, though for the most part it would be unnecessary. As it stands, though, it’s too long and what’s worse is that it feels long.
Another thing comes to mind, though. We live in a world that is grappling with the question: How much freedom should we sacrifice to be/feel secure?
If you’re going to take that question, or rather propose an answer to that question, and do so by setting it across an inter-galactic backdrop, then you have to take it further than you could if you posed the question in our own real-world environment. I didn’t see anything to suggest that this book takes it any further than the question could be taken when posed in our own backyard. That’s a problem, at least for me, because it suggests a lack of complexity, which just goes to reinforce the sense of boredom created with the first minute and a half of trailer.
The fact of the matter is we just don’t need to be spread through the galaxy with an inter-galactic fleet destroying our far-flung civilizations in order to sacrifice our freedoms in favor of a feeling of safety and security. In fact, I suspect, it’s easier to do right here and now, considering that an inter-galactic nemesis probably wouldn’t be able to blend into our society and wreak havoc from within, which is the primary reason it’s “so important” for us to sacrifice freedom for security in our contemporary culture.
So, the premise leaves me with the question: Why, if we have become socially and technologically advanced enough to propagate throughout the galaxy, would we still be grappling with the same maddening sort of question that threatens to destroy us now? The trailer, for all its excessive length and backstory-dumping, doesn’t answer that.