The latest episode of the Star Trek movie franchise is well worth going to see.  Now I don’t say this from the point of view of a Trekkie (or whatever the correct term is), but as some one who grew up watching the original TV series. I didn’t necessarily like the TV series because of the message of peace and love, or thought of the series as a Western set in the future. I liked the series because of two things: 1) it was science fiction, and 2) Ensign Chekov. I have always liked Walter Koenig’s portrait of Chekov as a slightly nationalistic Russian with a sense of innocence.  Anton Yelchin was a worthy successor to Koenig and that is one complaint I have with this film. Yelchin was not given enough screen time for my taste.


Now, as to the “nuts and bolts” of this film. There is more emphasis on the McCoy/Spock dynamic which works as well as it did in the TV series. The story line is interesting if not a little confusing at times. The villain Krall was very menacing and a bit psychotic. At this point, I will say that there is a twist in the story concerning Krall which raised a couple moments of credibility that sort of confused me. However, you will have to see the movie and let me know if you agree.  There are, of course, a couple scenes saluting the original cast members but they were relevant to the story. I also had some problems, not many, the make up for Krall was a little heavy handed when it came to the mouth and teeth prosthetics. It was a bit hard to understand him.

It was also mentioned by someone that it seems that each new film has a death scene of The Enterprise. Unfortunately, that tradition is kept alive (sorry for the pun) in this episode. I can say with some certainty that if you liked the first two movies of this franchise, then you will not be disappointed. I will have this DVD in my collection when it comes out. I give this 4 stars out of 5.


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3 Thoughts on “StevenF Review of Star Trek:Beyond w/Trailer

  1. pauly10 on July 24, 2016 at 2:29 pm said:

    I don’t think I am really sure if the trailer makes me want to watch, but I know I will and probably like it. It just looks like the usual bad guy comes along, picks a fight and loses. I also think the name sucks, Beyond what?
    It is co-written by Simon Pegg (Scottie) so I am sure it will also contain humour that I find funny.
    And Steven is your criticism of the make-up artists purely because he can’t talk correctly? Your wording confused me a little.
    Finally watched this and I loved it. The story I found to be good and the acting believable. I did kind of realise who the ‘baddie’ was part way through, but it was still a good ST movie and to include the original Spock’s death into it was a fitting tribute to the actor, including the tribute to him, and Anton Yelchin, in the end credits. Using the same song in the movie that was played when the young Kirk stole the car in the original reboot was also a nice touch.
    Overall I would give it 4.5/5 🙂

  2. Remmy2013 on July 24, 2016 at 2:36 pm said:

    I for one am tired of the Enterprise not even lasting a whole battle. Yet I will see the movie and it will probably be in my collection. Luckily I missed the original TV Series and only came into Star Trek with the woman captain… Janeway, and I thought it was boring.

    The new actors, and it leaving the original timeline has my interest. We will see how that works out in the future.

  3. Steven F on July 24, 2016 at 2:46 pm said:

    Well, Paul, I think what I meant to say was that whoever did the make up for Krall was a little heavy handed when it came to the mouth and teeth prosthetics. It was a bit hard to understand him.

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