Star Trek Beyond, the third entry in the new franchise that started with J.J. Abrams’ 2009 reboot, feels like an apology for 2013’s untidy Star Trek Into Darkness. Beyond has restored my confidence in this franchise, which was shaken significantly by Into Darkness.
Beyond is superior to that film in practically every way that matters, with another creative group as director Justin Lin and screenwriters Simon Pegg and Doug Jung, who adore Star Trek and comprehend what long-term devotees of the franchise need out of a blockbuster film. It may not be entirely keeping pace with Star Trek 2009, yet it is the turnaround this franchise seriously required.
Here are 10 reasons why Star Trek Beyond is better than Into Darkness.
10. A Better Villain
To be reasonable to Benedict Cumberbatch, there was nothing amiss with his performance in Into Darkness; he was appropriately threatening and conveyed his charisma to the part. Lamentably, it’s sort of difficult to follow in the steps of Ricardo Montalban’s unique Khan, particularly when everything depends on J.J. Abrams’ “Mystery Box” gambit (which, for the record, fizzled wretchedly; we knew Cumberbatch was playing Khan months before the film was even released).
Gratefully, Beyond gives us a stronger villain as Krall, played by an unrecognizable Idris Elba. Krall is not just another expansion to the Star Trek franchise but a secretive and savage scoundrel whose intentions are gradually revealed as the film advances. He doesn’t exactly live up to Eric Bana’s Nero, however it’s great that screenwriters Simon Pegg and Doug Jung didn’t simply hurl in another interpretation of Klingon Commander Kruge from The Search For Spock.
9. Feels Like An Episode Of The Original Series … And That’s A Good Thing!
Of the three reboot movies released in this way, Beyond feels like the great Star Trek, particularly when contrasted with its immediate predecessor. The tone of Into Darkness was everywhere, as it felt excessively dark, making it impossible to be an appropriate Star Trek film and more like J.J. Abram’s try-out for the Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
On the other hand, Beyond’s more tightly concentrate on the Enterprise crew and their story makes it feel like a scene of the first series; though one with a fundamentally greater budget and more action. It’s really sort of a disgrace that Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, and the rest of the modern cast are a piece of a film franchise and not a TV series. As it is, I could undoubtedly get excited about going through various seasons with this specific cast, on account of Beyond setting up the right tone.