Star Trek Beyond

The 431st film I have seen in theaters…

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To boldly go… for 50 years. A triumph.

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Mid way through their 5 year mission, Kirk is considering taking a starbase promotion to Admiral. Following the death of Ambassabor Spock (Leonard Nimoy), Commander Spock is considering leaving Starfleet to become an ambassador. A distress call leads them into a Nebula, where a trap is sprung. The Enterprise and its crew face their most daunting mission yet.

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Chris Pine excels as Captain Kirk. This is the Kirk we love. Struggling with the responsibilities of command but being unable to walk away from his duty.

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Spock gets more in touch with his human side than we’ve seen yet in the series. Quinto was an inspired choice.

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Karl Urban continues to be the best cast actor in the series. His Bones is up there with Kelley at this point. I was pleased to see him and Spock alone together for a large chunk of the film, bickering as they do.

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Simon Pegg is the real star here. Not only does he play Scotty, he wrote the damn thing. This was a wise decision as this man obviously understands what makes good Star Trek.

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Zoe Saldana’s Uhura takes a bit of a back seat in this one. This is to the benefit of the other characters who were given equal moments to shine.

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John Cho is a good, and now gay, Sulu. A nice nod to George Takei whether he wants it or not.

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Man, we really lost something special when Anton Yelchin was killed earlier this year. His Chekov had a much larger role in this, one of his last films. RIP.

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Idris Elba ROCKS as Krall, the evil enemy plotting the destruction of Starbase Yorktown.

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Sofia Boutella is Jaylah, alien who has been trapped in the Nebula with a score to settle against Krall. A good performance and a good character.

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This movie is damned close to being a Masterpiece. Justin Lin can direct as many Star Trek films as he wants. Simon Pegg can write as many as he wants. This was a pure joy to watch and a more than fitting tribute to Trek for it’s 50th Anniversary. The Giant Green Hand during the credits was perfect! A wonderful present to the fans, and a true honoring of those that came before.

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  • Ranking- I have noticed a trend. The even Treks (2,4,6) are the best in the prime timeline, and the odd ones (1,3) are best in the reboot. Fascinating…
  1. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
  2. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
  3. Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
  4. Star Trek Beyond
  5. Star Trek (2009)
  6. Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
  7. Star Trek: First Contact
  8. Star Trek: The Motion Picture
  9. Star Trek into Darkness
  10. Star Trek Generations
  11. Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
  12. Star Trek Nemesis
  13. Star Trek Insurrection

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