Mini-Review: Star Trek Beyond

Simon Pegg (aka, Scotty) co-wrote this script. You can sort of tell because Scotty got a meaty role out of it. Not that he wasn’t good at it. He definitely delivered.

The breakout star though was Sofia Boutella who plays Jayla. Her character was fresh and charming, and steals every scene. You might also know her as the villainous Gazelle from The Kingsman.

I was expecting more from Idris Elba but I thought the script limited him to stereotypical bad guy. That kind of talent deserved better.

If I had one qualm about Star Trek Beyond, it’s that I felt it was a little preachy. The Federation subscribes to unity and peace while Krall (Elba) believes war and struggle make us strong.

It’s a common trope, the life blood of Babylon Five if any of you remember that series. That might be fine in the early 1990s but in 2016 it comes off as a dull story line. I can argue philosophy all day long but when I go to the movies I want to be entertained.

Still, the characters we know and love are all there, made even more bittersweet by the touching and elegant tribute at the end of the movie to Leonard Nimoy and Anton Yelchin.

The USS Enterprise flying through the universe, with the film's title "Beyond", and the film's billing below.The story revolves around the Enterprise getting tricked into a rescue mission by a ruthless soldier bent on retrieving an artifact that’s more than it seems. It’s up to Kirk to reunite his crew and save themselves and millions more.

There were so many instances when a simple beam out, or more logical steps should’ve been taken to reach a solution. Instead, they threw in a lot of contrivances to keep the story going.

It wasn’t a deal breaker because in the end it was an enjoyable movie, but as a writer, I can find plot holes in my sleep.

The plot didn’t have the headiness of the first two movies, but it’s still got all the Star Trek goodness and the camaraderie we love.

Once a Star Trek nerd, always a Star Trek nerd. It will go in my dvd collection when it comes out.


Have you seen Star Trek Beyond yet? Are you a Star Trek fan?

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  1. Glad you enjoyed it! We probably won’t see it in the theaters but maybe when it comes out on DVD etc.

    I hear you about plot holes. Whenever we watch a movie that was just okay or bad, I regal my poor husband with ways it could’ve been better – change that scene, have the protagonist do this instead of that, etc. Fun for me, not so much for my husband. 🙂

    • Madeline: When it comes to science fiction, hubby and I make it an entire date night just discussing plot lines. As a matter of fact one of our very first dates was spent at a pizza place discussing 2001: A Space Odyssey. 🙂

  2. I heard that the director who directed some of the Fast and Furious films directed this new Star Trek film so there was a lot of action in this one, which sometimes can get redundant I think (like watching a 20 minute Transformer action scene, its like “enough is enough is enough”). We will go and see this movie or wait to rent it because hubby too likes the Star Trek series and films. Nice with the tribute to Leonard Nimoy and Alton Yechin too.

    thanks for the review!


  3. JackieBCentralTexas

    Have not seen this latest in franchise, will wait till it comes out on DVD or Blu Ray and rent from Redbox as cheaper than theater and easier as well.

    Star Trek nut since first introduced to James T Kirk, Scotty, Bones and Spock when TV show was on with original cast.

    I hope my husband likes this one better than the last one, Darkness was not one either of us really got into.

    • Jackie: I think you’ll like this one better because it had the feel of a tv episode despite the big dollar cgi effects.

      There was more banter like the original tv series, but wittier and more contemporary. The banter between Spock and McCoy was especially good this time.

  4. I’m a burnt out Star Trek fan, chiefly because my son has been obsessed with it since the age of five. He’s now 26. I’ve gone through all the series with him – three times or more. I’ve learnt to hate Cisco, even hammier than Kirk. In short if I never saw another Star Trek again I wouldn’t unduly mourn. Hope we’re still friends 🙂

    • Mike: The old ones were so much cheesier than the latest incarnation.

      If you’re ever bored, rent the first one and see if it still feels like the old ones.

      PS Unless you dislike my dogs, we’ll always be friends. 🙂

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