I loved this movie. It was just the right amount of new school action and old school Star Trek themes that I was very pleasantly surprised.
- I loved the first 15 minutes. They were the most characteristically “Star Trek” moments of any in the last 3 movies. For a minute, if felt like I was watching a re-imagining of the old tv series, instead of a “rapey appropriation” of the original property (see previous two movies).
- This movie also continues the Star Trek tradition of promoting an officer even after they display astounding incompetence. Kirk tries to escape an overwhelming force only after they totally rip apart the ship. I know they wanted to have an Enterprise death scene, and yes it was emotional, but to offer Kirk Vice Admiral after that stunt? Par for the course, apparently.
- Another weird thing was the news of Ambassador Spock’s death. I get that they wanted to pay respects to the late Leonard Nimoy, but Ol’ Uncle Spock lives in an alternate timeline IN THE FUTURE! It’s not like the two timelines are unfolding in parallel, are they?! Eh, whatever.
- Also, Sulu is gay?!!!The creators know that movies and real life are two different things, right? Since when is Sulu gay? I guess so few people knew George Takei’s name and the meme “Sulu is gay” spread so vociferously that it became nothing short of self evident and entered the Star Trek Canon. It strikes me as really lazy and offensive to my intelligence. What’s next, Sheldon Cooper is gay? Finding Dory? Gandalf?
- After watching The Force Awakens and now ST Beyond, I think the Plinkett and RedLetterMedia reviews, and other Youtube reviewers are actually having an effect on the quality of these movies. RLM is not just a bunch of hack frauds who can’t stop complaining. They’re actually doing some good and bringing about real change in the world. Makes me happy.
“It’s working! It’s working!”