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Monday, August 1, 2016

Beyond Star Trek

Well, I saw  Star Trek Beyond last evening.
And I liked it... a lot.
The reboot starring Chris Pine as Kirk was also very good, the 2nd in the series, the remake of "The Wrath of Khan," was not.  Abrams trampled on hallowed ground with that one and domestic box office suffered.  Beyond is an original screenplay.  The initial writer was dumped about two weeks into filming and Simon Peg and Doug Jung took over.  After filming was complete another character was added and more scenes were added.  This birth was difficult, but worth it.  Totally.

Since the original Star Trek aired the supporting characters have become leads, but originally there were just three prominent characters:  Kirk, Spock, and Bones.  While the supporting characters all play integral parts, the story mostly revolves around... you guessed it, Kirk, Spock, and Bones.  And those three have conversations.
And let us not forget the action.  Directed by Justin Lin, better known the the "Fast and Furious" films, the action practically goes none stop.  The Enterprise gets destroyed (if you've seen the trailer you know this is not a spoiler), and the scenes inside the ship as the attackers rend it apart are amazing.  How much so?  I actually sat there with my mouth hanging open as I realized Kirk was racing down an exterior passageway bulkhead... his feet pounding on the observation window.  If you were expecting an old-school, contemplative Star Trek, this is not it.  How good is Beyond?  I would go see it again.

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