I might be a few weeks late to the party, but hey, what’s a girl to do when Comic Con and Gishwhes are practically back to back?
I just watched Star Trek: Beyond, and I’ll admit that I was a bit hesitant. I’m a born and bred Trekkie, so when I didn’t hear much after the film’s release, I was certain that something would be wrong with it. I’ve never been so glad to be proven wrong. Here are three reasons why you should go watch it if you haven’t already (hint: it’s the same three reasons why I’ll be seeing it again this weekend).
1.) It’s basically a long episode of the Original Series
…but updated and with better SFX. No really. It had the same jokes and characterization, the same pacing, and the same ambiance as an episode of TOS. It was everything a Star Trek film should be. I would even go so far as to say that in some regards, it was a better film than the 2009 reboot. It showed us new worlds and new civilizations, but with the same solidified Star Trek feel that we know and love. It wasn’t an origin story, but a true continuation that didn’t feel like it was trying too hard to be a good sequel.
Not gonna lie, the newest addition to the team was the favorite part of the movie. Jaylah is a badass alien who can fend for herself, but is also relatable and vulnerable. She saves the skin of all our heroes, and looks amazing doing it. It felt as though she belonged with them (which was not the vibe I got from Into Darkness‘s Carol Marcus, unfortunately). Petition for her to be in the next film!
3.) An homage to Leonard Nimoy
The film was undoubtedly a love letter to the recently departed Leonard Nimoy, who originated the iconic role of Spock. I don’t want to give too much away, but if you’re a Trekkie…take some tissues with you.
If you’ve already seen the film, share your thoughts with us in the comments below!
Live long and prosper,
The Collected Mutineer
P.S. RIP Anton