Star Trek Beyond

Year: 2016

Synopsis: A mysterious survivor tells of her stranded crew in uncharted space, while what the crew of the Enterprise find was a far more significant story and threat.

Pros:
• The whole cast seemed very comfortable in their roles, adding to the already well written story.
• A sense of the passage of time was a bittersweet and necessary addition in the referencing of Spock — Leonard Nimoy’s death.
• The film was genuinely fun, while highly reminiscent of the best one off episodes from the various series in the franchise.
• Especially for fans of Enterprise, the referencing of events during and after the 2250s was great, as was the explaining of what happened to certain groups post-founding of the Federation.
• Sofia Botella stole the show as the alien scavenger-engineer savant Jaylah, as the banter between her and Scotty was hilarious and amazing.
• The gravity defying fight sequence in Yorktown (a giant snow globe space station) was genuinely well done and fun.

Cons:
• The title was oddly vague, in spite of it referencing a line from the film.
• Lacks some of the shimmering glamor of the prior two films.
• Possibly the last we will see of the Kelvin timeline.

Discussion:
Intentionally or no, this installment succeeded where Insurrection failed. Beyond certainly felt more like an episode from the original series at times, but there was nothing underwhelming here. Everything just felt right and comfortable, as we were given a story about a lost crew that made themselves beyond wrong and uncomfortable to unnaturally extend their lives. It was a story about sacrifice, and how some lines should never be crossed in that endeavor. In the end, everything about this installment was bittersweet. We will never see another of Anton Yelchin’s amazing rendition of Pavel Chekov, as Leonard Nimoy’s ancient and wise Spock is now but memory. All exacerbated by how this might just be the last of that shimmering, bright, alternate Kelvin Timeline. Still, what we got of it was a hell of run.

Related:
Star Trek Franchise


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Rotten Tomatoes — 86%

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