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If the year 2016 is remembered for one thing in the annals of film history, it might be that our expectations were so high that it was almost impossible for most films to meet them. That’s true in a financial sense as well as a creative one, and perhaps there’s no better example of that then Star Trek: Beyond. While the third film in the rebooted Trek universe (the so-called “Kelvin timeline”) produced by J.J. Abrams fell about $100 million short of the box office of its two predecessors, it was still received well critically. So where was the disconnect? Where was the enthusiasm for Beyond? (more…)

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Let’s pretend Star Trek Into Darkness didn’t happen. That seemed to the opinion of fans going into Star Trek Beyond, but more than that, it seems to be the inherent approach of Justin Lin and his team in making Beyond. In time for Star Trek‘s 50th anniversary, Beyond, this movie takes the template developed by J.J. Abrams in his two movies, keeps the cast and high tech production values, and creates a story that builds on those films and infuses them with the heart and heritage of Gene Roddenberry‘s “Wagon Train to the Stars.” In essence, this may be the most Star Trek Star Trek film we’ve seen in some time. (more…)

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There’s been a lot of Internet discussion about Sulu’s sexual orientation in the upcoming Star Trek Beyond. Simon Pegg wrote the script for the third film in the rebooted universe (13th for the entire Star Trek Movie Franchise) and George Takei, who played Sulu in the original series and big screen movies, didn’t see eye to eye on that change to the character. John Cho, who plays Sulu in the recently named Kelvin Timeline went into more detail in a recent interview with Vulture, revealing that the big kiss scene ended up on the editing room floor. (more…)

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While the reviews of Star Trek Beyond have been overwhelmingly positive, and have been praising the movie for its return to the original series’ classic values of fun and adventure, that’s not to say that there isn’t a dark cloud over the movie too. Star Trek Beyond will pay tribute to two passings in the film, the first being Leonard Nimoy, who died before production on the film began in February 2015, and the second being the unexpected passing of co-star Anton Yelchin just a few weeks ago. The untimely death of Yelchin in particular opens the door to a difficult question: what are future Trek movies going to do without Chekov? (more…)

Justin Lin‘s (Fast & Furious) Star Trek Beyond hits theaters this weekend and we’re sure to get an action packed ride, but will Simon Pegg‘s script also provide fans with that Star Trek feeling from the television series and movies that many fans have claimed was missing in the rebooted Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness? Check out this last trailer and find out. (more…)

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The third alternate reality Star Trek film, Star Trek Beyond is already off to a semi-good start: reviews have been good for the upcoming film. After all, this new series brought back Star Trek into the public consciousness with the first reboot. This is partially due to the directing of the first film by director JJ Abrams. While Abrams moved on to direct Star Wars: The Force Awakens, he remained a producer for the upcoming film and is still involved in the Star Trek franchise. Star Trek Beyond currently has an 86% on Rotten Tomatoes. It’s safe to say that based on at least the critical consensus if the box office plays out the same, the film will be guaranteed to get a sequel.

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If you’ve been following us here on Nerdbastards, you’ve probably become aware that in the new movie Star Trek Beyond, the character Hikaru Sulu (as played by John Cho) is ‘coming out’ of the metaphorical closet with little fanfare. This was in hopes, by writer Simon Pegg (who also plays Montgomery “Scotty” Scott) to normalize gay characters in Star Trek; it was also intended to honor the character’s original actor George Takei, who is a gay man himself and huge advocate for LGBTQ+ rights. However, in a surprising twist, George Takei (respectfully) disapproved of the change. It did not take long for Simon Pegg to give Takei a response (also with a respectful tone). Now, Mr. Takei has responded back to the Star Trek writer, and he seems to have extended the hand of peace.  (more…)

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A couple of days back, Star Trek fans were provided with the information that in the newest film, Star Trek Beyond, Hikaru Sulu (played by John Cho in the rebooted series) would be revealed to have a husband and daughter waiting at home for him.  While many fans of the series applauded the decision, the one person who seemed to be most vocal with his displeasure of the treatment was none other than the original Sulu himself, George Takei.  Considering the fact that the decision to reveal Sulu’s sexuality was almost a tribute to Takei, who revealed his sexuality years back and has since been a very vocal activist for the LGBT community, it came as rather a shock when Takei publicly voiced his displeasure with Sulu’s new characteristic.  Now, Simon Pegg, who will be taking his third outing as Scotty in the new Trek film, has a few words for Takei. (more…)

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As we previously announced, the revamped Star Trek series with a younger cast recently announced that actor George Takei’s character Hikaru Sulu now played by actor John Cho was going to be revealed as gay in the upcoming Star Trek film: Star Trek Beyond. Sulu would be revealed to have a male partner and a child and although was a part of Starfleet, would be a loving family man. Writer Simon Pegg wrote this storyline into the film for all the right reasons. This seems like a fitting tribute to the actor, who after coming out in 2005, years after is run on Star Trek ended, has become a fierce advocate of LGTB issues later in life. Sure there are some people on the interwebs who might have an issue with it, but for the most part, many were welcome to the idea as a nice tribute to the actor and all he’s done post-Star Trek.

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In the movement for marriage equality, one of the things that helped change a lot of minds on the subject was George Takei coming out of the closet. Not everybody has a gay friend, but almost everyone knows the man that piloted the Enterprise on its five-year mission and follow-up movies, and when people found out that the man that played Sulu has gay and in a committed relationship for three decades, it made a lot of people re-think their opinion. So in a classy touch, the new Star Trek film Star Trek Beyond will pay tribute to Takei’s quiet activism by revealing that John Cho‘s iteration of the character is a family man with a husband and daughter.  (more…)