STARTREK BE­YOND

Kirk and crew warp back to cine­mas for the big five-o…

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2016 marks 50 years since the USS En­ter­prise first fired up her mighty im­pulse en­gines. Next sum­mer’s Star Trek Be­yond not only needs to raise a glass of Ro­mu­lan Ale to that golden an­niver­sary – it also has to prove the fi­nal fron­tier re­mains a vi­able block­buster des­ti­na­tion on the big screen.

While JJ Abrams re­booted the 23rd cen­tury to great ac­claim in 2009, the darker, Khan­man­gling se­quel Into Dark­ness saw some of that good­will tar­nished by planet-sized plot holes and dodgy sto­ry­telling choices. JJ’s since jumped ship to the Mil­len­nium Fal­con, of course, and Dis­ney’s im­mi­nent, multi-movie res­ur­rec­tion of the Force threat­ens to se­ri­ously eclipse Trek’s pop-cul­ture pro­file.

So there’s a lot rid­ing on Be­yond. Luck­ily the omens are good. New helmer Justin Lim de­liv­ered the slick, ma­chine-tooled thrills of the Fast & Fu­ri­ous fran­chise but also demon­strated a gift for bring­ing out the best in strong ensem­ble casts. And screen­writer Si­mon Pegg brings not just a bona fide geek sen­si­bil­ity but the kind of com­edy chops that made for some of the most mem­o­rable Trek ca­pers from “A Piece Of The Ac­tion” to The Voy­age Home.

Add the charis­matic Idris Elba – po­ten­tially on bad guy duty – and a stated in­tent to re­turn to Trek’s es­sen­tial mis­sion of deep space ex­plo­ration and there’s ev­ery hope the long-lived fran­chise will, in­deed, seek out new life next sum­mer… Nick Setchfield

Let’s do the green­screen again!

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