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Star Trek Beyond

Hello Dear Reader

Star Trek Beyond

This year marks the 50th anniversary for this sci-fi series franchise.  This is also the third film in the rebooted or alternative universe of Kirk, Spock, McCoy and the crew of the USS Enterprise.

There had been a lot of rumours about this film and given the anniversary, many wondered just how it might show the Star Trek universe at its best. As with all reviews, I won’t give the plot as I hate spoiling things for others. So, what one word would I give this movie after seeing it? Brilliant.

It is the best of the three by far, this adventure for me, goes beyond everything. There has been a subtle move away long title introductions to grab the viewers and hold them like hell for the ride. Star Trek Beyond mixes humour, action, adventure, edge of the seat drama along with character development while not forgetting to carry the audience.

It is very hard not give away anything here. So sort of spoiler alert.

The actors certainly appear to fit ‘their’ version of the roles in this movie, which is sad for one given the well-publicised news of Anton Yelchin’s death.  There was all sorts of ‘drama’ over what was a minor element of the movie, that of Sulu’s partner. It just flashed by, so ?

The plot was good – yes there might be holes as I have said several times before what film has none – very few. It is well put together for my liking it flows, no stopping, just action. One bit I really like was the Enterprise travelling through wrap, that was rather good. There are a number of things in the movie which pays tribute to the original actors and the 50 years that has past. You do have to listen to some lines very well in order to get the in-jokes. Again some sadly delivered by Chekov.  The sadly bit is that we won’t hear those again.

The underlying theme of this movie was unity is strength and to be honest, has always been a central element of Star Trek. Together no matter what, we are stronger. Kirk and Spock realise their true friendship which again, should be clue to people in the real world. It takes McCoy to ‘link’ them together pointing out what they both miss.

Highlights: Very difficult to say anything here without giving the game away. There is one scene which for a Star Trek fan is brilliant and you won’t miss it I am sure. I will be seeing the film again, I almost walked out of one screening and into another, I don’t do that for many films at all. Simon Pegg did a very good job on this film as both Scotty and one of the main writers. I would hope he has a hand in the next script.

Star Trek Beyond runs for 120 minutes, full colour, 3D and 2D, full of sounds and is good.


Tagline: “To boldly go where no-one has gone before”

A Trek

Hello Dear Reader,

There is always a moment when you read of someone passing away that makes you think. Sometimes, those thoughts are fleeting for many reasons.other make you stop and remember. The passing of Leonard Nimoy has naturally brought back numerous memories for me and millions of other fans. I know full well that blogs, posts, tweets and more have already surfaced around the net. This is now the way of the world. In some respects, this is why I have waited a couple of days.

I have been a Star Trek fan for many years. I first watched Star Trek way back in 1969 when it was first shown on the BBC. I was 7 years old at the time. It was brilliant. Along with many other shows I saw at that time, it had just something about it. The three central characters, Kirk – hero, Spock – intelligent and McCoy – healer in many senses. The trio worked very well together, many times the scripts called for the ice cool logic of Nimoy’s character to temper the scene.

As with other certain roles, it stuck and so did the fans. Despite being cancelled, Star Trek just kept going through people power. Nimoy took on other roles and started in another favourite series of mine, Mission:Impossible. Here is was allowed to express himself, show that he was more than just Spock. But, it was always going to be that one character many of us wanted to see, time and time again.

He did of course come back to this character many more times very successfully in the film series. Even to the point of trying to kill of the character in one of the best Star Trek films in my view. Around the net there is one scene that has been posted, the funeral of Spock from Star Trek 2. It is very well-played out and has a wonderful piece delivered by Kirk. For me, that is not the scene I want to consider for one of science fictions most well-known characters. For me, the scene that sums up both Spock and Nimoy is the touching moment he know he has to sacrifice himself, but with the Star Trek twist. Spock places his hand on McCoy’s forehead and simply says ‘Remember’.

That is how I want to think of this actor and his characters; Remember. It is the same for many who pass away, we have to just remember.

Tagline ‘Remember – need I say more?’


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