Star Trek Beyond
Written by Simon Pegg and Doug Jung
Directed by Justin Lin
Released July 2016
Halfway into its 5-year mission, the
Enterprise is waylaid by a threat never seen before and the
crew left stranded on an uncharted planet.
Read the story summary of the movie at Memory Alpha
Characters appearing in this
Sulu's daughter (unnamed)
Ben (Sulu's husband)
Spock-Prime (mentioned only, deceased)
Kalara (Jessica Wolff)
Ensign Syl (dies in this film)
Krall (Captain Balthazar Edison, dies in this film)
Manas (Anderson Le, dies in this film)
Kevin (a Teenaxi)
The co-writers of the film also have roles in it: Simon Pegg has played Scotty in
all three of the Kelvin Timeline films and Doug Jung plays
Sulu's husband, Ben.
Sulu is depicted as homosexual in this film in honor of George
Takei, who played Sulu in the original TV and film series set in
the original timeline, who is homosexual himself. However, Takei
has stated that he disapproves of the depiction of Sulu as
homosexual, as Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry had
not written him that way.
The name of the planet Altamid in this film is an anagram of
"Matilda", the name of Simon Pegg's daughter.
The U.S.S. Franklin was named for the director's
father, Frank Lin.
The Starfleet uniforms seen in this film are altered from
those seen in the previous films of the Kelvin Timeline.
After an emergency beam-up to the Enterprise during
an altercation with the Teenaxi, Kirk mumbles, "I ripped my
shirt again." This is a callback to episodes of the original
TV series, where Kirk frequently got his shirt ripped in
combat with opponents.
At 3:31 on the Blu-ray, Kirk is carrying
what appears to be a Saurian brandy bottle. Later in the
movie, Kirk tells Bones that it's the Saurian brandy they
picked up on Thasus. Thasus is the world a Federation
transport ship crashed on, carrying the boy Charlie Evans,
from the original series episode "Charlie X".
Bones remarks that Saurian brandy is illegal. This
is a play on a scene between Kirk and Bones in the 1982 film
Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan, in which Bones brings
Kirk a birthday gift of Romulan ale, which Kirk remarks is
As he cleans up in his quarters after the Teenaxi
altercation, Kirk records in his log that it is stardate
2263.2, the ship's 966th day in deep space, a little under
three years into their 5-year mission. The 2263.2 stardate
seems to place this story before the events of the
"LiveEvil" storyline which clearly takes place
before this one!
At 4:48 on the Blu-ray, notice that Sulu is wearing a
wedding band on his finger and there is a photograph of a
little girl tucked into the corner of his helm console.
Later in the film, it is shown that Sulu is married to
another man (named as Ben in the closing credits) at
Starbase Yorktown. Ben is portrayed by the script's
The green-skinned woman who is throwing a male crewmate out
of her quarters at 5:20 on the Blu-ray is presumably an
During the introductory captain's log, Kirk remarks that
things have started to feel "episodic". This is likely a
joking reference to episodes of the original TV series.
At 5:32 on the Blu-ray, Kirk spills some coffee on his
tunic. This may be a bit of an in-joke to episodes of the
original TV series, of which remastered video of the episodes
for 21st Century consumption revealed coffee stains on the
actors' costumes in many instances!
Bones tells kirk that he
Bones toasts to Kirk, "To perfect eyesight...and a full head
of hair." This may be a joking reference to the hair loss of
actor William Shatner, who played Kirk in the original
series and to Kirk needing glasses to read in Star Trek:
The Wrath of Khan.
At 9:37 on the Blu-ray, notice that there is a "Public
Transporter" booth in the public square area of Yorktown.
Spock receives the news that Spock-Prime has died. This was
added to the film as actor Leonard Nimoy died in 2015. The
datapad display Spock reads at 12:11 on the Blu-ray shows
that Spock-Prime died on stardate 2263.02 and displays his
Starfleet rankings from the Prime-timeline: second officer
on the USS Enterprise, executive officer on the USS
Enterprise-A, and Ambassador.
At 12:57 on the Blu-ray, actor Greg Grunberg plays Commander
Finnegan of Starbase Yorktown. Finnegan first appeared in
the Kelvin Timeline in
The Assassination Game.
In the original timeline, a simulacrum of Finnegan appeared
on the so-called Shore Leave Planet in the TOS episode
The commanding officer of Yorktown is Commodore Paris.
Co-writer Simon Pegg has acknowledged that Commodore Paris
is probably the grandmother of Lt. Tom Paris, who appeared
in episodes of ST: Voyager.
The dress uniforms worn by Captain Kirk and
Commodore Paris have a visible zipper and zipper handle,
unlike typical Starfleet uniforms seen in the past (though
the uniforms on episodes of ST: Enterprise had
Kirk applies for a position as vice admiral at Yorktown,
recommending Commander Spock succeed him as captain of the
Kirk's statement to the Enterprise crew over the intercom, "We've
come to understand that there is no such thing as the unknown,
but only the temporarily hidden," is very similar to a statement
he made in the original series episode "The Corbomite
Much of the Enterprise crew escapes the ship's fate by
jettisoning in Kelvin pods, presumably named for the U.S.S.
Kelvin which was sacrificed under command of Lt.
Commander George Kirk in battle against the Narada
in "Rebirth". Most of the
Kelvin's crew escaped its destruction in escape pods.
The fate of the saucer section of the Enterprise
has callbacks to both the destruction of the Enterprise
in Star Trek: The Search for Spock and that of the
Enterprise-D in Star Trek: Generations.
At 39:33 on the Blu-ray, a large ring can be seen on the
ring finger of Scotty's right hand. It looks like there may
be some kind of design on it (Starfleet symbol?).
On Altamid, Jayla makes her home in the wreckage of the
U.S.S. Franklin, NX-326, an early Earth ship
capable of speeds up to warp four. According to film editor
Dylan Highsmith, it was actually built before the
U.S.S. Enterprise NX-01 (seen in ST: Enterprise
and capable of warp five) and before the founding of the
Federation, but was later given the NX registry number and
"U.S.S." Starfleet identifier.
The Franklin is seen to be quite similar in design
to the Enterprise NX-01.
As he is discussing the death of Ambassador Spock
(Spock-Prime) with McCoy, Spock remarks, "When you've lived
as many lives as he, fear of death is illogical." He could
just be speaking metaphorically of all the experiences and
duties Spock-Prime has seen, but it may also be that
Spock-Prime has told him of his previous death (in Star
Trek: The Wrath of Khan) and subsequent rebirth (in
Star Trek: The Seach for Spock).
The song Jaylah is listening to as she and Scotty begin
fixing the Franklin is "Fight the Power" (1989) by Public
Scotty tells Kirk that the Franklin was lost in the
Gagarin Radiation Belt in the early 2160s. The
Gagarin Radiation Belt was also mentioned in the ST:
Enterprise episode "Strange New World". Presumably, the
belt was named after Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, the
first man in space.
|Scotty tells Kirk there are a number of theories of how the
Franklin made it so far out in space with only warp
four capability, including "captured by a giant green space
hand". This is a callback to the original series episode
"Who Mourns for Adonais?" in which a powerful space being,
who was once worshipped as the god Apollo by the ancient
Greeks on Earth, captures the Enterprise with a giant green
hand projected into space. (During the end credits of the
film, at 1:55:06 on the Blu-ray, look for a similar green
hand in space!)
Aboard the Franklin,
Kirk finds and later rides a PX70 motorcycle from the 22nd
Century. Kirk says his mother told him that his father used to own
The words on the glass around the cargo transporter on the
Franklin read "DANGER, DO NOT
ENTER TRANSPORTATION AREA WHILE TRANSPORTATION IN
PROGRESS". This was also seen on the transporter pads aboard
the Enterprise in
"The Vengeance of Nero".
As McCoy tries to patch up Spock after they are beamed to
the Franklin, Spock quotes, "The miserable have no other
medicine but only hope," which McCoy correctly identifies as
coming from Shakespeare. The quote is from William
Shakespeare's 1604 play Measure for Measure.
When Spock reveals to the others that he gave Lt. Uhura, as
a token of his affection and respect, a
neckalce of vokaya, a Vulcan stone that emits a harmless,
though distinctive, radiation, making it possible to
track her whereabouts (though that was not his intention),
McCoy remarks, "I'm glad he doesn't respect me." Of course,
Spock admitted privately to Dr. McCoy he does very much
respect him earlier in their struggle to survive after
crash-landing on Altamid.
Notice that Krall's alien facial features become less
distinct as the film progresses until he "rejuvenates"
himself with the DNA of others, an early indication that he
is not as alien from humanity as he first seems.
Krall remarks, "The Federation has pushed the frontier for
centuries." But the Federation has existed for only about
one century at this point in the timeline.
At 1:21:33, we see that Jaylah appears to have blue blood.
The song the Franklin blasts over VHF to
discombobulate Krall's swarm of drone ships is "Sabotage" by
the Beastie Boys. When Jaylah plays the song, Kirk mumbles,
"That's a good choice." This is probably because he is
already familiar with it. The song also appeared in the 2009
Star Trek film, when Kirk, as a boy, stole a
Corvette automobile and played the same song while driving
it (see the
McCoy refers to the song as "classical music" and Spock
seems to agree!
At 1:38:52 on the Blu-ray, Captain Balthazar Edison's file
shows his middle initial as "M" and he was a member of
United Earth Military Assault Command Operations (MACO)
before the Federation was formed. MACO
also appeared or was mentioned in several episodes of
Edison tells Kirk he fought for humanity and lost millions
to the Xindi and Romulan wars. These two wars were important
elements in episodes of ST:
At 1:42:52 on the Blu-ray, Kirk and Edison smash and fall
through a glass pane at Yorktown during the fight and
plummet towards the hub of the station. That seems highly
unlikely. Wouldn't those panes be made out of transparent
aluminum or something extremely strong like that? It
wouldn't be a plain old thin pane of glass!
At 1:47:35 on the Blu-ray, a ship that may be an early
runabout type is seen on top of a building's landing pad on
The names of the some of the lost Franklin crewmembers are
seen at 1:47:54 on the Blu-ray, marked "case closed". A
couple of the names are members of the production of
Star Trek films. The names seen are: Meghan Noble
(first assistant editor), Mae Crosby (music preparation on
Star Trek Into Darkness;
Mae is a white woman, but the name is depicted under the
image of a black man!), Jessica Wolff, and Anderson Le.
Kirk is offered a position as vice admiral, but turns it
down to remain the captain of a starship, commenting that
vice admirals don't fly, "Where's the fun in that?"
Possibly, the "Where's the fun in
that?" line was inspired by Dr. Grant's line in
Jurassic Park when told that a new computer program
for ground-penetrating sonar may soon make it so that
paleontologists won't have to dig anymore.
The photograph of the original Enterprise crew that Spock
finds among Spock-Prime's belongings is a promotional photo
from the 1989 film, Star Trek: The Final Frontier.
At his birthday party, Kirk's toast of "To the Enterprise
and to absent friends," has appeared previously in the
original timeline in Star Trek: The Search for Spock
and Star Trek: Nemesis.
Chekov tells an alien crewmember that Scotch was invented by
a little old lady in Russia. This is a callback to the
Ensign Chekov of the original TV series in the episode "The
Trouble With Tribbles", where he tried to tell Scotty that
Scotch whiskey was invented by a little old lady in
Leningrad. The dialog goes toward Chekov's general tendency
to make such claims of Russian greatness; during the Cold
War time of the original series, the government propaganda of the Soviet Union
also liked to make boasts of Soviet successes (which were of
During the end credits sequence, at about 1:54:35 on the
Blu-ray, the camera-view shot of skimming across a worldlet's
surface may be an intentional callback to the CG Genesis
simulation in Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan.
The film is dedicated "In Loving Memory of Leonard Nimoy"
and "For Anton". Leonard Nimoy, Spock-Prime, died in
February 2015 of heart disease. Anton Yelchin, the Chekov of
the current film series, was tragically killed in an
automotive accident in June 2016, shortly before the release
of this film.
The song that plays during much of the end credits
sequence is "Sledgehammer" by Rihanna, written for the film.
I ripped my shirt again.mp3
where one day ends and the next one begins.mp3
a challenge to feel grounded.mp3
sneeze on the warp core.mp3
that stuff's illegal.mp3
your southern charm.mp3
full head of hair.mp3
captain of the Enterprise.mp3
there is no such thing as the unknown.mp3
I can confirm your theory to be horseshit.mp3
making little Vulcans.mp3
Ambassador Spock has died.mp3
I don't know what hell he'd do without you.mp3
I don't want it to be just my fault.mp3
I'm glad he doesn't respect me.mp3
better to die saving lives than to live with taking them.mp3
what would I do without you, Spock?.mp3
vice admirals don't fly.mp3
it's gonna be so much fun.mp3
a little old lady in Russia.mp3
space, the final frontier.mp3
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