By Travis Trombley
Saying I’m a fan of the Star Trek films is getting harder to state with any confidence in the label, as it distances itself from the core themes and tones of the source material, moving towards the generic, big-budget blockbuster lacking those core defining traits.
Abrams’ original reboot in 2009 felt like an episode of the original series given a blockbuster treatment. It served as a character study first and foremost, privileging the relationship between Spock and Kirk with immense narrative weight highlighted by, but not in service of, some impressive action beats. In contrast, Beyond feels like a blockbuster given a Star Trek treatment - a movie that uses character angst more as excuses to get to the next over-the-top action sequence than anything else.
And that’s not necessarily bad - it’s not broken, like Dawn of Justice or the Fantastic 4 reboot, it’s just not the Star Trek I want.