Star Trek XIII: Beyond
Final Score: 73.725
Personally, I’m not a fan of Beyond. I thought the evil alien designs were contrite and simple, and the ending with the Beastie Boys was way off-brand and silly. I mean, who listens to Pachelbel’s Canon in D on their Spotify playlist while they fly around the world in fighter jets? No one. So I’m supposed to believe some Federation ship had “Sabotage” cued up?
I mean, yikes.
I have a third and more serious gripe, while I loved the Bones and Spock paring, I hate that we get so little of the crew together across the first three films, and this was the last chance to get a lot of interaction with them on the bridge of a ship. Unfortunately, Anton Yelchin, who played Pavel Checkov, passed away before the premier of the film.
Yelchin, who was easily my second favorite thing about the films besides Bones, can’t be replaced. Any new film in this timeline that tries just won’t be able to recapture that youthful energy that Yelchin brought and it shouldn’t be tried; it’ll just remind us of what we lost.
The film isn’t all bad though.
It brought us Idris Elba, who played the main villain. He played a Federation captain whose ship crash-landed on a planet and couldn’t get out or get a message to Starfleet in time. That idea would’ve been cool if they were just super mad that the Federation left them to rot, and didn’t end up becoming weird-looking aliens.
We did get Sofia Boutella as Jaylah, a white alien with defining black lines, giving her a very unique look. So that was cool at least. Plus, the scenes with Kirk and Checkov are money. Just money.