|Above, the U.S.S. Enterprise. Photo by Paramount Pictures.|
Tonight, I got out of the house to see Star Trek Beyond.
Compared to the last entry in the franchise, Star Trek: Into Darkness, Star Trek Beyond was a major shift in gears. Whereas Star Trek: Into Darkness has seen some criticism for being a bit "to dark" (I liked it), Star Trek Beyond was much lighter in tone (with a little touch of camp). It was almost like the original television series that focused on the interplay between the main characters.
The movie was set three years after the last movie. In the beginning, Captain Kirk had grown weary over the mundane routine of their five-year mission. That soon ended when a plea for assistance was received by Starfleet at a remote outpost in space (and what an "outpost" it was).
The passings of Leonard Nimoy (referred to as Ambassador Spock) and Anton Yelchin (Chekov) (due to a freak automobile accident) were noted and both were memorialized in this movie and during the end credits.
Overall, Star Trek Beyond wasn't Shakespeare, but it was a fun diversion. It was a satisfying movie for this casual Star Trek fan.
My grade: B+.