Star Trek Beyond Review: The Film Strikes Balance Between Seriousness and Cheesiness

Meanwhile, Bones (Karl Urban), tends to an injured Spock (Zachary Quinto), while Kirk, Chekov (Anton Yelchin), and Scotty (Simon Pegg), get help from an alien named Jahla (Sofia Boutella) who kind of looks like Gwen Stefani if Stefani had joined KISS.


“It’s really a special moment in the series’ history with the new film, new comics and the new series coming to CBS All Access“, said Rod Roddenberry, the son of late “Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry.

“Star Trek”, the original series (referred to by fans as TOS) lasted three seasons on the network, during which its adventures of the starship Enterprise’s crew broke new ground in both serious speculative fiction (the occasional Tribble infestation excepted) and sociopolitical commentary on American television.

While Abrams, who directed the first reboot film and 2013’s Into Darkness, knows what’s going to happen, James Kirk actor Chris Pine apparently doesn’t.

As the 1970s ticked by, though, more and more people became addicted to TOS reruns. It was a bold choice, considering how much the studio has invested in “Star Trek”, but one that proved to be right on the money as Lin’s movie brings some much needed energy to the franchise. For you Easter egg aficionados, Kirk mentions that the mission is now on day 966, which translates as September, 1966, the month and year “Star Trek” was first broadcast.

“As wonderful as this is to be here with all of you and to be celebrating the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, there is something wrong tonight”, Abrams told the audience. Trapped on an unknown planet, crew members struggle for a way off and to thwart an imminent attack on a nearby starbase by the villainous Krall (Idris Elba).

It would certainly pass muster as an episode of the television series, but it comes up short as a feature film.

Zachary Quinto plays the Shakespeare-quoting Vulcan, Spock. It takes a little more from the signature style of classic Star Trek than from JJ Abrams’ previous installments.

3-STAR TREK 4: THE VOYAGE HOME – Seeing the crew go back to 20th century Earth to save the future is one of the best plots of all the Trek films.


Director Justin Lin’s very capable hands have received the reins this time, having sharpened his action skills on a string of Fast and Furious instalments. Abrams seems to be pretty happy with the next STAR TREK movie, and no, he’s not talking about STAR TREK BEYOND, although, considering the reception BEYOND has received so far, I’d imagine that he’s pretty pleased about that as well.

'Star Trek' loses its way in latest voyage