I spent the day today Netflixing (is that a word?) Star Trek Voyager.
It’s embarrassing, I know it, you know it, but in my defence it was more my background noise to writing an article about Star Trek. Ah hell. I’ll admit it. I quite like it. And it got me excited, and thinking about Star Trek Beyond, and how different it will be.
Now, Voyager gets a bad rep, and in some ways understandably so.
It’s a little too lighthearted, particularly in the early series, and then this lightheartedness gets replaced by the sexuality of Seven of 9 in later series. But putting that aside, it’s got great Netflixability (also not a word.) It’s entertaining, got some whacky storylines, and I actually thought it had a good core cast and explored some interesting concepts.
Anyway, Star Trek, with the new iterations featuring Chris Pine, are another beast entirely to all as you would hope.
The energy levels of the first two films were much, much higher than any TV series, which is to be expected, but also much higher than most films, even action films. It’s typically one high intensity scene after another, and thankfully, I liked them too – and the lens flares.
JJ took those films in a new direction, and rather than the dull trudging through the movie but paying attention to the exciting bits that existed in previous Star Trek Movies (First Contact excused). A younger generation was cast, and a whole history of Star Trek thrown out the airlock with some time travel / red matter madness and suddenly they had this existing universe to play with as they liked.
Star Trek Into Darkness. Source: Bad Robot
Now we’re at a stage where the characters are known, the scene is set, and with the freshness of a new iteration of Star Trek movies having passed, we’re now looking for a clever, impactful movie.
But will Star Trek: Beyond deliver?
Well, I would like to see some of the aspects of the Star Trek Movies from yesteryear come back. Don’t get me wrong, I like fast and furious style films, but I also liked the exploration of the human and alien conditions sometimes. The heavy stuff. So I’m hoping that Beyond touches on something more meaningful to create a clever and heartfelt movie rather than one chockablock full of special effects.
Let’s see how it goes.