It’s hard to believe that exploring the vastness of space could ever become episodic; though if Captain James T. Kirk is to be believed, it does around the three year mark.
Star Trek Beyond, directed by Justin Lin and co-written by Simon Pegg, is a special blend of Tokyo Drift in space that works exceptionally well. You’ll wonder why there just happens to be a motorcycle on a crashed Federation space craft, but only until Kirk takes it out for a spin; then, according to Vince, you simply will not care.
The film has a lot going for it, especially as it pertains to character relationships… and that’s not in reference to Spock and Uhura’s on again, off again romance. In Star Trek Beyond, the crew is split up when the Enterprise crashes onto an unknown planet. Kirk and Chekov, Spock and Bones, Sulu and Uhura, as well as Scotty and newcomer Jaylah, pair off, and in each case, provide us with a wealth of insight into the characters and how they see each other.
Vince and I both agree, that while the relationship between Kirk and Spock was important to feature in the first two rebooted films, it’s time to move on now and give other characters a chance to shine; and shine they do, from Bone’s repeated comments about the “tracking device” in the necklace, to Jaylah, who essentially stole every scene she was in.
In a strange twist, it was I who was more critical of certain writing decisions. However as Vince pointed out, I still loved the film and highly recommend it. I can’t wait for the blu-ray release, and hope it’s full of extras that show us some of the behind the scenes.
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