Finding new adventures for the Star Trek series can’t be easy after so many years of TV episodes and the many versions produced on the big screen. Star Trek Beyond is the 13th sequel of the Star Trek franchise and the 3rd reboot. I’m amazed how well these stories are written. Aside from the fact that I’m a big Star Trek fan, I believe these stories have a lot to offer everyone. This time around, a deceitful survivor and Krall’s henchwoman, Kalara / Jessica Wolff (Lydia Wilson) lures the USS Enterprise into an ambush as Captain James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) and crew respond to a distress signal to rescue her ship stranded on Altamid, a planet within the nebula. Upon entering Altamid, The Enterprise is attacked and torn apart. An alien commander called Krall, (Idris Elba) and his crew board the Enterprise searching for an Abronath that Kirk obtained on an older mission many years ago. Unable to find the Abronath, Krall captures many of the Enterprise crew. Still, as the ship continues to break apart, the saucer section hurtles towards the planet Altamid. The remaining survivors abandon the ship in escape pods.
At this point, most of the Enterprise crew is captured by Krall and in his possession, the rest is either scattered around the planet hurt, dead or just stranded without resources. Without giving away too much, I will reveal a wounded Commander Spock, (Zachary Quinto) first officer and science officer and Lieutenant Commander Leonard McCoy M.D., (Karl Urban) end up together searching for other survivors. Also a new character, Jaylah (Sofia Boutella) is introduced, she is an alien scavenger who previously escaped Krall’s encampment. She lives in her own makeshift home, the grounded USS Franklin, an early Starfleet vessel that went missing over a hundred years ago. Meanwhile, we learn that the Abronath is the missing half of an ancient bioweapon, created by the planet’s original inhabitants, that can instantaneously disintegrate a humanoid. Krall is ruthless and has a plan to match.
There’s no doubt that Star Trek Beyond is a great movie, well acted with an excellent story and fantastic special effects. So to get answers to the following questions, you have to go see the movie or look it up on line!
** Some Mild Spoilers Below**
Spock – 1) Will Spock and Uhura get back together? 2) Will Spock leave Starfleet and return to New Vulcan to work in his father’s foot steps? 3) Does it make since to leave his relationship with Uhura since Spock is half human and cannot make 100% Vulcan babies anyway?
Spock learns from New Vulcan that Ambassador Spock has passed away. Spock and Lieutenant Nyota Uhura (Zoe Saldana) communications officer, amicably end their relationship. Spock also confesses that the only reason he broke up with Uhura, is because of the shortage of Vulcans. He wants to do his part to repopulate. Captain Kirk recommends Spock as the future new captain of the Enterprise.
Captain Kirk and Yorktown – 1) Will Captain Kirk Leave StarFleet? 2) What is Yorktown?
Captain James Kirk has applied for a promotion to Vice Admiral and commanding officer of Yorktown.
Starbase Yorktown is a massive space station for resupply and shore leave for her tired crew.
Krall -1) Who is Krall? 2) What is Krall’s plan?
Krall was Captain Balthazar Edison, former commander of USS Franklin who became a powerful mutated alien creature under the alias of Krall.
Krall plans to destroy the Federation starting with Yorktown.
Jaylah: Does Jaylah join Star Fleet?
In Loving Memory:
The film pays tribute to Leonard Nimoy who died a year before it’s release.
Star Trek Beyond marked one of the final film performances of Anton Yelchin who died in a car-related incident on June 19, 2016, a month before release.
Other Crew Members of Star Trek:
(Simon Pegg) as Lieutenant Commander Montgomery Scott, second officer and chief engineer
(John Cho) as Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu, third officer and helmsman
(Anton Yelchin) as Ensign Pavel Chekov, the ship’s main navigator. This is the final Chekov performance from Yelchin, as he died on June 19, 2016.