Star Trek Beyond was better than Star Trek Into Darkness, and that’s a good thing. This was a fast paced movie and something was always happening. For the most part, that’s good as well. You don’t have any time to think about what makes sense and what doesn’t make sense.
I’m not a fan of CGI and Star Trek Beyond had more than it’s share of bad computer generate images. A swarm of bad guys that looked a lot like every other CGI swarm you’ve ever seen and a lot of things that were supposed to look dangerous, but just didn’t.
For the most part, Star Trek Beyond was a fun movie. I could watch it and forget that it was supposed to be somehow related to my Star Trek. But then they did something very odd, they put a photo of the Orginal Crew in the story. This would be like a Beatles Cover Band holding up a poster of the Beatles and reminding us, oh yeah, these guys are fakes and they kind of suck. So yeah, near the end of Star Trek Beyond, I was reminded that these new movies kind of suck.
In the dark ages of the 1960s, Gene Roddenberry didn’t have a lot of money. So his Starship Enterprise didn’t land on planets, it’s saucer didn’t separate from the rest of the ship, and they didn’t get to crash the ship every episode. (We had to wait for Voyager to have an infinite supply of shuttlecraft.) Gene had to make do with costume changes and a bit of overacting and some of the best writing of the era.
Star Trek Beyond has a few good moments and the writing is fun here and there, but it’s still not exactly Star Trek. But it’s as close as we’re likely to get, so it wasn’t all that bad.