Fantasist & Futurist
- Nov 23, 2002
For me this was the first of the reboot series that didn't make me angry. Seriously into Darkness made me fume because all the stupid decisions that were made. Magic blood for instance.I personally loved the first two Star Trek films with Chris Pine. But I didn't love Star Trek Beyond and I don't know why. For one, it's pace was too fast and furious. And for another, it plucked things out of the air. Things that were needed in emergencies without rhyme or reason. It made a hash of the whole movie. Please Simon, I have warmed to you as Scotty, but stick to the acting and leave the writing to the scriptwriters.
By feeling more like Trek I refer to the character interactions. The stupid action setpieces I blame on the Director (fast and the furious) and the studio who felt Pegg's original script was too Star Trek for a mainstream audience.Now that's how the third Star Trek made me feel. The first two movies had a sense of pace and beauty to them. But with Star Trek beyond, it was almost as if they were making it up as they went along. As for Chris Pine on a motorbike speeding round the enemy's camp without getting shot, thanks to some fancy holo-imagery. Come on!!! Give me a break!!! Whatever happened to high-tech sensors? Are the enemy so stupid that they couldn't lock on to the right Pine? Or didn't that occur to them? And as for the poor Enterprise getting blasted to bits. That doesn't say much for her captain.
Don't apologize. Spock and Uhura's relationship is one of my pet peeves,as they have little to no chemistry and in context it makes no sense for them to be in a relationship in the first place. At least in Beyond, Uhura actually contributes to the plot, instead of just throwing a hissy fit in Into Darkness.Except for one kiss that I seem to recall in the movie, thankfully, Simon Pegg didn't take Spock and Uhura's relationship to the next level. I'm sorry, but seeing as how I grew up on the original series, Spock and Uhura kissing always makes me grimace.
I loved how gay Sulu was handled too, as it was almost a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment. As In the Star Trek universe the LGBT community should be completely normalised.Loved it, even the Beastie Boys didn't grate me like the first time I heard it. It was a bit stupid, but it was fun. Just like Tribbles.
Agree with the above in terms that the character interaction was where the film excelled, I watched it in 3D due to a projector issue and I normally don't go for 3D but hey, it was free. Thanks VUE!
I did get a little lost in the space battles, maybe it was the 3D or just poor choreography and the only fisty cuff battle I truly enjoyed was the fire fight on the crashed enterprise. Maybe a bit gimicky but I hadn't seen the saucer flip like that before and didn't think of it myself.
The modified Citadel from Mass Effect, think it was the Yorktown but I have Georgetown in my head right now and that makes no sense - anyway, it looked the part of Star Trek.
I found out after the show that there were 50 alien species in the film, the most ever and done for the - yes you got it - the anniversary.
Sulu gay, handled brilliant in my opinion. The young girl was a great touch.
The ending scene where they toast lost friends, haunting - if it was luck Anton Yelchin ended up centre shot on that one my God.
Overall, for me at least it felt more Trek than the last two. Maybe not handled by the same quality director as the previous ones but well worth the money spent on the ticket. Which was (for those not paying attention) free.
Yorktown was too large for this early in the history of Starfleet/United Federation of Planets, and too close to the edge of Federation space. They were also building the new Enterprise A too quickly. 80 years later, the Enterprise D would take years to build and several more to fit out.While I liked the look of Yorktown and the epic score that was it's theme, I did not feel it fit at all within the design aesthetic we're familiair with the Federation and Starfleet. It just seems so fragile and an uneconomical use of space.