‘Star Trek Beyond’ (Film)

‘STAR TREK BEYOND’

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Celebrating 50 Years of ‘Star Trek’
By Tim Bradley and Timelord007


Showcase Cinemas Cardiff, Nantgarw, July 2016
Tim Bradley and his Mum and Dad come out of the cinema after seeing ‘Star Trek Beyond’.

Tim’s Dad:
“Do you want my honest opinion?”

Tim braces himself.

Tim Bradley:
“Yes.”

Tim’s Dad:
“I really enjoyed that film!”

Tim Bradley:
“So did I.”

Tim’s Mum:
“Me too.”


Elsewhere in time and space, July 2016
Timelord007 leaves the cinema with a smile on his face.

Timelord007:
(sighs happily) “That was an excellent ‘Star Trek’ movie.” (Pause) “And I’m smiling. Something I rarely do leaving a cinema nowadays.”


Present Day, March 2019

Tim Bradley:
‘Star Trek Beyond’ is the third film of the ‘Star Trek’ reboot trilogy and was the thirteenth made in the ‘Star Trek’ series. It was my third ‘Star Trek’ movie experience at the cinema when it came out in July 2016. I came away feeling happy from watching it. This is one of my favourite ‘Star Trek’ movies!

The film was directed by Justin Lin, who provides his own unique take on ‘Star Trek’ in a very pleasing manner. The film was also produced by Justin Lin along with former director J. J. Abrams; producer Roberto Orci and producer Lindsey Webber. The film’s screenplay was also by Doug Jung and Simon Pegg. Simon Pegg (who plays Scotty) co-wrote this ‘Star Trek’ film’s screenplay! WOW! 😀

‘Star Trek Beyond’ was an amazing and brilliant movie to watch at the cinema! I really enjoyed seeing this ‘Star Trek’ film! I hadn’t expected to enjoy it when I went to see it! But I did! I’m not a fan of the ‘Star Trek’ reboot films, but I can honestly say ‘Star Trek Beyond’ is one of the best I have seen!

Timelord007:
Thankfully it’s third time lucky for this alternative universe trilogy. ‘Star Trek Beyond’ captures the spirit of ‘The Original Series’ and delivers not only impressive action sequences by ‘The Fast and the Furious 3 to 6’ director Justin Lin, but finally we have a movie which gives the characters some depth and emotion. Having Simon Pegg co-write this movie was a masterstroke. Pegg is a self-confessed fan. His love and passion for all things ‘Star Trek’ clearly shows throughout the movie.

Tim Bradley:
I found ‘Star Trek Beyond’ better than the first two films featuring the rebooted ‘Original Series’ cast of Captain Kirk; Mr. Spock and Dr. McCoy. It felt like a proper ‘Star Trek’ movie and was well-directed by Justin Lin. I was able to follow the story and I found it so gripping and engaging on the big screen!

I’m very pleased I saw this movie at the cinema, especially with it to celebrate ‘Star Trek’s 50th anniversary. (Pause; sadly) Mind you, I suppose it wouldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for a few things. Firstly, Leonard Nimoy who played Spock in ‘The Original Series’, sadly died in February 2015.

Secondly, a tragedy occurred a month before the film’s release in July 2016. Anton Yelchin, who played Chekov in the reboot films, got killed during a car accident close to his home. This was shocking news to hear, especially before ‘Star Trek Beyond’ got released with Anton dying so young.

So in a way, seeing ‘Star Trek Beyond’ at the cinema was a way to honour the memories of Leonard Nimoy and Anton Yelchin as well as celebrate ‘Star Trek’s 50th anniversary. I’m so glad the film was dedicated to the memories of Leonard and Anton and the movie turned out to be superb in the end.

Timelord007:
So, Tim! Let’s go beyond the final frontier and see what’s out there as we review ‘Star Trek Beyond’!

Tim Bradley:
Okay! Let’s do this! (Pause) The film takes place three years after the events of ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ and the Enterprise is on its five year mission to explore strange new worlds. Okay, well they’ve had time to get to know each other and gain space exploration experience under their belts.

The Enterprise visits the planet Teenax where Kirk negotiates a treaty between the Teenaxi Delegation and the Fibonan Republic, who are long-term enemies. I’m surprised Kirk went down alone and didn’t have Spock and Bones accompany him. You know, like they did in the original show!

Ah well, I’m sure everything will be alright. Kirk presents an ancient weapon as a gesture of good will to the Teenaxi Delegation. And just when Kirk assumed the Teenaxians to be giants, they turn out to be…quite small creatures. Okay, I can’t deny that I could not help laugh a bit when I saw that scene.

Timelord007:
However, the Teenaxians gang up on Kirk and attack him. So Kirk calls for Scotty to beam him back up to the Enterprise. Later on, Dr. Leonard McCoy, with a bottle of scotch that he stole out of Chekov’s locker,…

Tim Bradley:
Thief!

Timelord007:
(continues) …meets up with Kirk in his quarters and the two discuss Kirk’s upcoming birthday. Kirk isn’t looking forward to it since it reminds him of how his father died on the very same day. Kirk will now be a year older than his father was when he died. Bones mentions that Kirk has spent all this time figuring out who his father was in his life but asks who James T. Kirk is.

Tim Bradley:
The Enterprise soon arrives at Yorktown, a massive Federation starbase, for resupply and shore leave. The concept; the design; the interior and the feel for Yorktown are impressive! This could be what the future will look like with humans living inside this massive Earth atmosphere space station.

Anyway, Sulu reunites with his family (we’ll get back to this later); Scotty works hard to keep the Enterprise and Uhura…breaks up her romantic relationship with Spock. We’ll get back to that later too. Spock also hears the sad news. Leonard Nimoy as Ambassador Spock, his counterpart, has died.

Timelord007:
I must admit to being teary eyes with this scene. The late great Leonard Nimoy made Spock legendary and always gave amazing performances. So, knowing that the actor had actually passed away tinged this scene with sadness.

Anyway, back to the story. A distress signal gets picked up by the Federation from an alien – Lydia Wilson as Kalara. She is part of a crew whose ship suffered critical damage. Kalara asks the Federation for help in rescuing her crew on the far side of the nebula.

Meanwhile, Captain Kirk meets with Shohreh Agadshloo as Commodore Paris…

Tim Bradley:
(interrupts) Shohreh Agadshloo has been in ‘The Nativity Story’ film and her Commodore Paris character may actually be an ancestor of Tom Paris from the ‘Voyager’ series…

Timelord007:
(interjects) Yeah, yeah! Anyway, Kirk meets up with Commodore Paris to apply for a position as vice admiral.

Tim Bradley:
James T. Kirk as an admiral? The thought of it!

Timelord007:
Kirk also makes the request that Spock be made the captain of the Enterprise in his place.

Tim Bradley:
I’m guessing the plot of the Kelvin timeline version of ‘Star Trek II’ works backwards in these films. This is with Kirk promoting to be admiral and Spock being recommended as the Enterprise’s captain in the third film of this series.

Timelord007:
The Enterprise soon sets off on the rescue mission. As they proceed through the nebula, they approach a Class M planet. But they’re suddenly attacked by a massive cluster of ships that move like a swarm of insects. This quickly causes heavy damage to the Enterprise.

Tim Bradley:
The ship gets overwhelmed with the warp nacelles being severed in a matter of seconds. The crippled Enterprise soon gets boarded by the swarm’s alien-like soldiers, led by Idris Elba as the alien Krall. (sighs) Okay. Let’s do this one more time. Idris Elba is well-known as Heimdall in the ‘Thor’ films!

Timelord007:
Not only the ‘Thor’ films though, Tim. Idris also co-starred in ‘Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance’, playing the role of Moreau.

Tim Bradley:
I’ve not seen the ‘Ghost Rider’ films yet and I haven’t heard good things about them. (Pause) Anyway, Krall and his soldiers capture and kill many of the Enterprise crew. They also try to get the Abronath relic that Kirk used in his peace negotiations with the Teenaxi Delegation in the film’s first scene. The Enterprise gets destroyed while our heroes escape to the planet Altamid via escape pods.

The remains of the Enterprise soon crashes down to the planet Altamid. What’s ironic is that this is the third time the Enterprise gets destroyed in a ‘Star Trek’ movie. The first time was in ‘Star Trek III’; the second was in ‘Star Trek: Generations’ and here we have it for a third time in ‘Star Trek Beyond’.

Timelord007:
Blimey, that was quite an intense sequence. Brilliantly paced, mixing action; tension and drama! The Enterprise is destroyed and half the crew dead. Blimey, I literally had no idea how Kirk and co were going to get out of this situation. Great first act, Tim. So far so good!

Tim Bradley:
Yeah! Anyway, let’s talk about the characters. Chris Pine returns as Captain James T. Kirk, delivering one of his best performances in the movie series. I do like Chris Pine’s interpretation of Kirk in this film compared to his first two film appearances. He seems more responsible about his actions here.

The script writing isn’t so lazy in this film as Kirk comes across as being resourceful, thoughtful and even suspecting Kalara isn’t what she seems. There are also some good action scenes with Kirk, including a superb motorcycle sequence when Kirk and the others are rescuing the Enterprise crew.

Timelord007:
What a difference a decent script makes! Chris Pine is fantastic as Captain Kirk. I genuinely felt for the first time that he was the Kirk we know and love. He uses his wits; intelligence and draws upon his experience. The “I don’t believe in a no-win scenario” characteristics sorely lacking in the previous two films finally shine here. Pine owns the role with great aplomb.

Tim Bradley:
Zachary Quinto is also superb as Mr. Spock in this movie. He’s more like the Spock from ‘The Original Series’, where he isn’t so emotional and has more logic to his performance compared to his previous two film appearances. The character relationships between Spock and Bones in this film work great.

I liked it when Spock shared scenes with Bones when he shared about the death of Ambassador Spock and him considering to leave Starfleet and take the life his counterpart had. I also enjoyed it when Spock had Bones join him in a swarm ship towards the end with some good humour mixed in.

Timelord007:
Again, it’s all down to the script. Zachary Quinto as Mr. Spock feels like Spock and we finally have that great rapport shared between him and Dr. McCoy. The two share some excellent funny scenes together, reminiscent of ‘The Original Series’.

Tim Bradley:
Karl Urban as Dr. McCoy is great in this movie. I liked Karl’s performance as Bones in this film compared to the previous two films. He’s not so grumpy and moany. I especially liked the first scene Bones shares with Kirk when they have Chekov’s scotch, talking about Kirk’s birthday and his father.

It’s interesting how Bones and Spock interacted with each other when together on the planet Altamid. Bones attends to Spock’s wounds when he’s injured. It was funny when Spock got beamed out first when he and Bones were in trouble. Bones got annoyed before he was beamed out as well.

Timelord007:
Karl Urban as Dr. McCoy finally gets a chance to shine and while he’s still grumpy, it’s a fun kind of grumpy. This film finally fleshes out the characters and we get that Kirk; Spock; McCoy dynamic which was sorely lacking in the previous two movies.

Tim Bradley:
I enjoyed Simon Pegg as Scotty in the film. This film had a better portrayal of Scotty compared to the first two films. I liked it when Scotty got to be clever and funny at the same time. I also liked it when Scotty befriended Jaylah, the alien scavenger who helps the Enterprise crew to escape from Altamid.

The scene where Scotty persuades Jaylah to help them recover their Enterprise crew mates with Kirk overhearing them in the background is one of my favourites in the film. I also liked it when Scotty gets to see the Franklin starship with Jaylah. Scotty even manages to get the Franklin working again.

Timelord007:
Simon Pegg has co-written a fantastic script who clearly, as a fan, understands the character arcs and what makes ‘Star Trek’ tick. As Scotty, he balances humour with ingenuity and certainly earns his stripes as ‘the miracle worker’.

Tim Bradley:
Zoe Saldana as Lt. Uhura is very good. There are issues concerning her romantic relationship with Spock. Mostly due to the fact we don’t get to see that relationship explored properly in the entire ‘Star Trek’ reboot trilogy. I didn’t like the idea of Spock and Uhura together as a couple to be honest.

Otherwise, Uhura comes across as resourceful as well as a little compassionate and caring compared to the first two films. I liked it when she shared scenes with Sulu; came across as a working team member under Kirk’s command and getting to discover who the real identity of the evil Krall really is.

Timelord007:
Like we’ve said Tim, it’s not the performances but the lazy scripts which have hampered these character arcs in the previous movies. Zoe Saldana as Lt. Uhura shows more likeability and compassion for her friends in ‘Beyond’ and is far less cold in her actions. The relationship between Uhura and Spock always felt forced, written to add a romantic arc which didn’t need to be included in the first place.

Tim Bradley:
John Cho as Mr. Sulu is equally good as Sulu in this film. I liked it when Kirk asks Sulu at the comm of the Franklin, “You can…fly this thing, right?” and Sulu responds, “You kiddin’ me, sir?” That deadpan smug look on John Cho’s face as Sulu was good. I liked how Sulu and Uhura worked together in this.

Mind you, I do question the decision to make Sulu gay where he and his partner have a daughter. I’m sure Sulu was married to a woman in the original ‘Star Trek’ timeline where they had a daughter Demora from ‘Generations’. Assuming that the daughter in this film is the equivalent of Demora…that may or may not have had two mothers in the original timeline in according to two ‘Star Trek’ novels.

Timelord007:
Sulu had a daughter in the original ‘Star Trek’ timeline, so I wonder if Sulu being gay in this timeline is a nod to George Takei, the actor who originally played the character, who is openly gay.

Tim Bradley:
(surprised) Oh! George Takei is openly gay, is he? This is the first time I’ve heard of it.

Timelord007:
(continues) However, John Cho as Mr. Sulu again shares some nice chemistry with Uhura. His wry, dry wit makes for some hilarious scenes with Kirk about flying the Franklin.

Tim Bradley:
Anton Yelchin as Chekov is very good in the film. It was so surreal to watch this film and forget that Anton Yelchin is no longer with us. Despite that, I was able to enjoy Anton’s performance as Chekov. I really liked it when Chekov and Kirk shared scenes together in this film when on the planet Altamid.

I think it’s rare Kirk and Chekov share scenes together in a ‘Star Trek’ movie and I like how they interacted with other. I liked it when Chekov came up behind Kalara when she turned out to be bad in front of Kirk. I also quite liked it when Chekov asked Kirk how he knew Kalara wasn’t who she was.

Timelord007:
So sad to hear about Anton Yelchin’s passing! But thankfully, his final performance as Chekov is his best and we see that the character has matured a little than seen in the previous films. Here he shows to have great intuition especially when he and Kirk have suspicions about Kalara.

Tim Bradley:
I greatly enjoyed Idris Elba as the villainous and seemingly alien Krall. It did feel tense when watching Krall and discovering his motives for wanting to destroy the Federation. On first seeing the film at the cinema, I had assumed Krall and his kind were similar to the Jem’Hadar from ‘Deep Space Nine’.

But as the film progresses and Uhura discovers, it turns out Krall is actually a human called Balthazar Edison who is a soldier from a pre-Federation society. This was a shock twist reveal and it was pretty tense when Kirk tried to stop Krall activating the bio-weapon as he used it in Yorktown by the climax.

Timelord007:
Idris Elba as Krall makes for an excellent villain because he believes his motives are for the greater good, which always add a chilling layer of intensity to a bad guy’s character. Elba injects a cold, scary tone to Krall and isn’t playing it as the pantomime villain of the week. Instead, he plays it realistically and menacingly, making for a dangerous adversary.

Tim Bradley:
I really like Sofia Boutella as Jaylah, the alien scavenger whom Scotty befriends and helps the Enterprise crew with getting off Altamid via the Franklin and defeating Krall and his forces. It was interesting how her character progressed in the film and how the Franklin ship became her house. 😀

Timelord007:
Sofia Boutella as Jaylah was superb. Not only does she handle the cool choreographed fight sequences well, but she injects a certain intrigue and heart into her character, which allows us as the audience to care about her character’s fate.

Tim Bradley:
I liked how the Franklin starship gets introduced and used to the Enterprise’s crew advantage when they’re escaping from Altamid and chasing Krall and his swarm to Yorktown. It does feel like a very old Federation starship, but its historical significance and how the Enterprise crew use it suit the tale.

Timelord007:
I like how the Franklin was used in this story. By having the Enterprise destroyed in the first act, it adds a bit of ingenuity and suspense on how Kirk and company must use whatever resources are available in escaping their current situation and how the crew must work as a team to survive.

Tim Bradley:
I liked those nods made in ‘Beyond’ to the original ‘Star Trek’ TV series, which is fitting for the show’s 50th anniversary. This includes a photo featuring the original ‘Star Trek’ cast from one of their movies. ‘Star Trek VI’, I believe. It’s when Spock looks at Ambassador Spock’s belongings by the end.

Timelord007:
As soon as I saw ‘The Original Series’ cast photo in the movie, I had teary eyes of nostalgia. That’s the ‘Star Trek’ I grew up with and I feel like I went on that journey with those characters throughout my childhood.

Tim Bradley:
The humour was also very good in ‘Star Trek Beyond’. It was reminiscent of the humour featured in the original ‘Star Trek’ series, especially between the characters of Spock and Bones. I felt that was sorely lacking in the first two films. I’m so pleased it resurfaced here for the show’s 50th anniversary.

Timelord007:
The humour in ‘Star Trek Beyond’ does feel natural. It’s not forced, overbearing or in your face. It complements the film’s more intense moments and, as Tim says, is very reminiscent of ‘The Original Series’ that it delivers great character moments between the crew.

Tim Bradley:
The action sequences for this movie, as Timelord indicated, are well-handled by director Justin Lin. Whilst the action was very good in the first two movies, it didn’t help to make the films good. Here, the action, the storytelling and the character dramas are very well-handled, which is as it should be.

Timelord007:
Well, Justin Lin is no stranger to directing epic-scale action sequences, having helmed four ‘Fast and the Furious’ movies. With ‘Star Trek Beyond’, he doesn’t shy away from a visual spectacle. The Enterprise battle is intense and suspenseful; the bike chase is exciting and the fights are well choreographed. Throw in adrenaline fuelled shootouts and this is possibly the best visually directed ‘Star Trek’ movie to date.

Tim Bradley:
I don’t know if it’s me or anything but I think that the Starfleet uniforms in ‘Star Trek Beyond’ were different to the ones featured in the first two movies. They’re still reminiscent of the ones featured in ‘The Original Series’ yet, but somehow the colours on the uniforms seemed so bolder and comfier.

I did like how the film ended with everyone attending Kirk’s surprise birthday party arranged by Dr. McCoy, before they all looked out to see the new Enterprise-A being constructed in space dock. I also like how each ‘Star Trek’ character takes it in turns to say the “Space: The Final Frontier” speech.

Timelord007:
‘Star Trek Beyond’s ending does feel like it’s the last ‘Star Trek’ movie to feature these characters. I’m hoping that’s not the case and that we’ll get more movies to come. However if this is the final movie, it wraps up this trilogy perfectly. We see a new Enterprise rebuilt and then it sets off into deep space, echoing Gene Roddenberry’s vision of seeking out new life and new civilizations. To boldly go where no one has gone before!

Tim Bradley:
Once again, the film’s musical score by Michael Giacchino is superb. With the storytelling; character drama; action sequences and direction well-handled, the film’s music suits the film perfectly and balances it all out. Even the recreated ‘Star Trek’ theme music originally composed by Alexander Courage was thrilling to hear. I also liked Rihanna’s song ‘Sledgehammer’ for the movie’s end credits.

Timelord007:
One constant that has always been a high point in this trilogy is Michael Giacchino’s musical scores, which he again delivers. An excellent score with ‘Star Trek Beyond’! The music cues complement the action and drama scenes perfectly to the point I literally had goosebumps every time. Giacchino’s version of Alexander Courage’s original ‘Star Trek’ theme blares out!

Tim Bradley:
The Blu-ray special features are as follows. There are deleted scenes of the movie. There are also the behind-the-scenes documentaries ‘Beyond The Darkness: Story Origins’; ‘Enterprise Takedown: Destroying an Icon’; ‘Divided and Conquered’; ‘A Warped Sense of Revenge’; ‘Trekking In The Desert: On Location In Dubai’; ‘Exploring Strange New Worlds’; ‘New Life, New Civilizations’; ‘To Live Long and Prosper: 50 Years of ‘Star Trek’ and ‘For Leonard and Anton’. There’s also a gag reel of the film.

Timelord007:
Overall, it’s third time lucky as ‘Star Trek Beyond’ is not only the best film in this Kelvin timeline trilogy, but also one of my favourite ‘Star Trek’ movies. The movie balances the character arcs which are finally done justice, thanks to an excellent tightly-written script. There’s plenty of drama; suspense; humour and epic scale action spread over two fantastic hours.

Tim Bradley:
‘Star Trek Beyond’ is the best of the ‘Star Trek’ reboot trilogy. I highly recommend this movie to anyone who is a Trekkie. I don’t take the reboot films seriously as part of the established ‘Star Trek’ continuity. But the films are good entertainment and I was really impressed with this ‘Star Trek’ film.

I’m pleased my parents and I enjoyed this film at the cinema. I got the sense that the film was good whilst I was watching it half-way at the cinema. ‘Star Trek Beyond’ is an excellent ‘Star Trek’ movie and is closer in tone to the original ‘Star Trek’ series with good storytelling and character drama in it.

As for the entire ‘Star Trek’ reboot trilogy itself, well…if you want my opinion, I’d say just watch ‘Star Trek Beyond’ from the reboot trilogy. The other two films are rather lacklustre and not inspiring for me as a ‘Star Trek’ fan. ‘Star Trek Beyond’ ticks all the boxes for me in being a good ‘Star Trek’ movie.

Timelord007:
Sadly this film slightly under-performed at the box office. So the future of further ‘Star Trek’ films is currently on hiatus. This is a crying shame because finally this was the movie that got everything right about the characters.

Tim Bradley:
Yeah, I don’t know what the future holds for ‘Star Trek’ in terms of movies. As of January 2019, the fourth film of this reboot series seems to have been cancelled which is a shame. I don’t know if there’ll be another ‘Star Trek’ film in future. But if it happens, I look forward to see it at the cinema.

Timelord007:
Likewise, Tim!

Tim Bradley:
(to Timelord007) Well thank you Timelord for reviewing these ‘Star Trek’ movies with me. I’ve enjoyed them.

Timelord007:
Me too, Tim. This has been so much fun. Alas we have reached the end of our reviews on the ‘Star Trek’ Kelvin timeline trilogy. Sadly all good things must end, but one day I shall come back. Yes, one day I shall come back and do more reviews with you. But until then, there must be no regrets and no tears. Go forward in your beliefs and live long and prosper, Tim Bradley. I am and always shall be your friend.

Tim Bradley:
Wow! That was a combination of a ‘Doctor Who’/‘Star Trek’ speech if I’ve ever heard one! 😀 (to audience) Bye everyone!

Timelord007:
(to audience) Goodbye!

‘Star Trek Beyond’ rating by Tim Bradley – 9/10
‘Star Trek Beyond’ rating by Timelord007 – 9/10


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2 thoughts on “‘Star Trek Beyond’ (Film)

  1. Timelord 007

    This was my favourite to review with you Tim as i could finally include more positivity about Star Trek than the previous two films, i really wish this had been a bigger box office hit because this is a very underrated Trek movie which deserved far mor credit.

    P.s, i noticed that “be” is missing from my shall be your friend quote lol.

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    1. Tim Bradley Post author

      Corrected it.

      Thanks for doing these ‘Star Trek’ reviews with me, Simon. Glad you enjoyed doing them with me.

      I saw this film again over in London and it’s still very good to me.

      Tim. 🙂

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