The Star Trek movie franchise was reinvigorated by director J.J. Abrams with a reboot in 2009, albeit with the new movie taking a slightly different view on the original series characters. After the huge success of the ’09 film a sequel was produced, which received a mixed reception namely due to the overly secret nature of the movie’s plot and the ultimate letdown of said “spoiler.” 2016 will witness the third entry in this new series released and expectations have been relatively low. However, there may be more reasons to be optimistic than first glance.
Back to Basics
Star Trek Beyond appears to be going back to the basic trend of the Star Trek TV series: the crew of the starship Enterprise exploring new worlds and boldly going where no one has gone before. From what we know so far of Star Trek Beyond, the Enterprise has been destroyed and the crew must fend for themselves on a new planet and face a brand new enemy, played by Idris Elba. One of the criticisms of Star Trek Into Darkness was too much retreading over previous story lines, so this at lest appears to be trapping over new ground intros new franchise while returning to the truth of the original series and its offspring.
More of an Ensemble
In a move to differ from the previous two Star Trek movies, Beyond appears to be more of an ensemble focusing as much on the rest of the crew and new characters as to the leads of Chris Pine’s Kirk and Zachary Quinto’s Spock. Star Trek has always had it’s leads but traditionally never failed to develop the rest of the crew throughout the many movies and TV series.
Simon Pegg who will be playing Scotty for the third time, he took over script writing duties from Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof, and as a self confessed ‘Trekkie’ himself, Pegg will surely bring back the best of Star Trek and what fans love about the entire series. Despite the fact that Paramount supposedly are trying to emulate movies like Star Wars and Guardians of the Galaxy, Simon Pegg is a real fan and shown much integrity with his film making work so far.
What are your feelings on the current Star Trek movies? Will Star Trek Beyond be the best one yet?