Star Trek Beyond

Movie:  Star Trek Beyond

Rating:  4 1/2 Stars (Out of 5)

Review:   Reports of trouble in a mostly unknown region of space have reached the Federation Space Station Yorktown.  Kalara, an alien ship captain has lost her crew, and Commodore Paris has ordered Captain James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) to take the U.S.S. Enterprise to investigate.  The star ship barely gets to the nebula where Kalara’s crew was lost when all hell breaks loose.  Some badass alien named Krall (Idris Elba) has sent his swarm of ships to ambush the Enterprise, and barely time to sound red alert for the embattled crew.  What follows is one memorable kick ass space battle, all guns blazing, prepare to repel boarders and engage the enemy in hand to hand combat.

Much of the action then moves to the surface of a planet, where the Enterprise crew is split up into small units.  Cmdr Spock (Zachary Quinto) gets paired up with Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy (Karl Urban), and Kirk is aligned with Ensign Pavel Chekov (Anton Yelchin).  Lt Cmdr Montgomery Scott (Simon) starts off by his lonesome, and soon meets up with the very capable and feisty Jaylah (Sofia Boutella), who turns out to be a very important fount of information as to what nasty old Krall is up to.  The rest of the Enterprise crew, including Lt Nyota Uhura (Zoe Saldana), and Lt Hikaru Sulu (John Cho), are also hanging around on the planet, more or less.  Whatever Krall is up to, the fate of the Space Station Yorktown is at stake, and maybe the Federation itself.

This is a roller coaster ride for action junkies who will absolutely thrill to the battle scenes, but there is enough plot and camaraderie among the Enterprise crew members to gladden the hearts of the true Star Trek fans.  While J.J. Abrams did not direct this film, he produced it and clearly his brand of high quality entertainment has been maintained in this continuing saga of the U.S.S. Enterprise and her crew.  The hellzapoppin CGI action sequences are extraordinary, and the action is almost non-stop.  The chemistry of the main actors, especially Pine, Urban, Quinto and Pegg (who wrote the script), is central to the success of the latest film version of Star Trek.  Film goers genuinely like these characters and the latest actors who play them, and want to see what ever adventure they go on next.  Hopefully the next one comes no later than the summer of 2018.  Make sure you don’t miss out on this mission.

Dialogue Nuggets:  Dr. McCoy to Capt. Kirk – “Jim, you look like crap.  You’ve got a little vein popping out of your temple again.”

Kirk talks about his Father – “He joined Star Fleet because he believed in it.  I joined on a dare.”

Spock to McCoy – “Doctor, I fail to comprehend how excrement has any bearing on our current situation.”

Kirk – “She (Enterprise) still has a few tricks up her sleeve.”

Spock – “Fear of death is illogical.”   McCoy – “Fear of death is what keeps us alive.”

Kirk – “Why do you need my permission?”  Scott – “Because if I mess up, I don’t want it to be completely my fault!”

Kirk – “How are we going to get out of this one, Spock?  We have no ship and no crew.”

McCoy to Spock – “You gave your girlfriend radioactive jewelry?”  Spock – “It was a sign of respect.”  McCoy – “I’m glad you don’t respect me!”

Krall – “This is where the frontier pushes back.”

McCoy to Spock – “Why you ingrate, this was your idea.  The next time you have a pipe stuck in your innards, call a plumber!”

Kirk to Commodore Paris – “Vice Admirals don’t fly, do they?”  Paris – “No, they don’t.”   Kirk – “Where’s the fun in that?”

Kirk – “We go all the way to the nebula, who knows what we’ll find?”  McCoy – “Alien despots hell bent on killing us!”

Nitnoid Trivia For True Trek Addicts:  In this movie Chris Pine introduces himself as “James Tiberius Kirk”.  I say Shatner’s Kirk always left it as “James T. Kirk”.  Can anybody out there dispute this claim?

 

 

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