“Star Trek Beyond” is Satisfying Space Fare

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Alessia Boland, Chief Copy Editor

“These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise.”

 

After 50 years of following the adventures of the Starship Enterprise, the franchise returns with its third movie in the rebooted adaptation, “Star Trek Beyond.”

 

Premiering on July 22, the movie starts off with the Starship Enterprise 966 days into their five-year mission. While on a pit stop at Yorketown, Captain Jim Kirk (Chris Pine) meets a woman named Kalara (Lydia Wilson) who lost her crew in a mysterious attack, and almost instantly volunteers to help Captain Kirk’s mission. With hopes of reciprocating the favor, Kirk and the rest of the crew journey into the uncharted territory in which Kalara’s crew went missing. Which, of course, results in the ship crash landing on an unknown planet. A man named Krall (Idris Elba) — whose appearance resembles a lizard (though it’s very convincing it’s still kind of hilarious) — comes out of nowhere and attacks them, leaving the crew scattered.

 

The best part? No contact. Nothing.

 

While pilot Sulu (John Cho), lieutenant Uhura (Zoe Saldana), and the rest of the crew is captured by Krall, Kirk and navigator Chekov (Anton Yelchin) explore the wreckage of the ship with Kalara. The Chief Medical Officer McCoy (Karl Urban) and injured First Officer Spock (Zachary Quinto) are stranded as well. As for the engineer, Scotty (Simon Pegg), he meets a former captive of Krall named Jaylah (Sofia Boutella). As they all fight to find each other, the plot thickens and unsolved mysteries resurface.

 

It was beautifully done, and numerous tributes in both the movie itself as well as the credits were made to the late Leonard Nimoy, who played Spock in the “Star Trek” series of the late 60’s, and Anton Yelchin, who played navigator Ensign Chekov in the recent movie adaptations.

 

An amazing, heartfelt goodbye. One deserved.

 

Overall, this movie was an emotional, snarky, action-packed rollercoaster from start to finish, and it is definitely worth spending money on. Basically, it consisted of an evil lizard creature, an idiotic captain (trust me), a gay pilot, and badass women.
And seriously, who doesn’t love that?