Review: Star Trek Beyond

Spock and Chekov

BELOVED CHARACTERS: Spock (Zachary Quinto) and Chekov (Anton Yelchin) in Star Trek Beyond.

 

Just back from Star Trek Beyond.

While not a deliberate 50th anniversary celebration of Star Trek which first aired in September 1966, there were lots of nice nods to Gene Roddenberry’s original series and two very nice tributes to the late Leonard Nimoy (Spock) and the original Star Trek cast.

Star Trek Beyond’s story is much simpler than the Star Trek Into Darkness story that came before. . .the Enterprise crew find themselves stranded on an alien world, racing against time to stop Krall (Idris Elba)  and his cohorts from destroying the United Federation of Planets outpost of Yorktown. The name itself is a nice nod to the genesis of Star Trek – Roddenberry’s original concept being the adventures of Captain Robert April and his crew aboard the USS Yorktown.

Elba does a powerful turn as the heavy, such a shame he’s hidden under so much makeup.

All of the classic characters get their chance to shine, the actors doing a terrific job with Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Karl Urban leading by example as the triumvirate of alternate universe versions of Captain James Kirk, First Officer Spock and Dr Leonard “Bones” McCoy.

It was sad to see the late Anton Yelchin in his last turn as Lt Pavel Chekov, how wonderful that he should have such a large part in Star Trek Beyond at his captain’s side. Lovely that director Justin Lin should dedicate this film to Nimoy and say it is also for Anton. Here’s hoping Chekov, in the alternate Kelvin time line, gets a heroic death in the IDW comics which s referenced in the next movie. It would be a mistake to recast Chekov.

The appearance of an NX class starship, much like Captain Jonathan Archer’s Enterprise NX-01, is just icing on the cake.

Star Trek Lives! May it continue to be long, and prosper.

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