Currently in Houghton MI (Low 51 Mostly Sunny High 74)
We plan to see a few movies during our stay in Houghton and "Star Trek: Beyond" was the first we saw.
This is the third movie of the reboot with the younger cast (Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, et. al.). It's a good science fiction movie carrying on the Star Trek franchise that began in 1966. Two things stood out to us.
The first was how they treated the death of Leonard Nimoy who's Ambassador Spock character figured heavily into the reboot and the alternate timeline. Commander Spock hears about Ambassador Spock's death and is moved. While going through the Ambassador's personal effects he comes across a picture of the original cast from their movies. A touching moment.
We also liked the tie in to the "Enterprise" TV series with a similar designed ship to the NX-01, the USS Franklin makes an appearance. The USS Franklin was the first Warp 4 starship while the NX-01 Enterprise was the first Warp 5 starship.
Both of those kind of an homage to the past which is always good to us. There also was a reference to a giant hand in space which was also a referral to an original series episode. Like all good "Star Trek" offerings this movie had action, comedy, and Kirk saves the entire galaxy, so what else is new.
One reviewer compared it to "Guardians of the Galaxy" and we could see the similarity but the GOTG was much better. The 4th movie has been announced it will be interesting to see how they deal with the death of the actor who played Chekov.
Till next time,
Bob and Jo