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Not Seeing Star Trek Beyond This Weekend Would Be A Highly Illogical Decision

Watching the new Star Trek movie in an IMAX theatre full of people who’ve just marathoned the last two Star Trek movies, the anticipation building with each signature J.J. Abrams lens flare, is not a chill experience.

Fans are on edge: Abrams did not direct this latest addition to the canon—Justin Lin (bunch of Fast & Furious movies) did. Key cast member Anton Yelchin died in an accident just last month and Chekov is his final big role (producers have already stated that the character won’t be recast for future films). Plus, we lost Trek icon Leonard Nimoy in 2015. Also, it’s the 50th anniversary of the franchise, and a new series is on the way right here on Space. The stakes are high for a certain set of sci-fi fans.

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So, how is it? For non-Trekkies, the two-hour-long movie might have them sympathizing with Kirk (Chris Pine) and Spock’s (Zachary Quinto) shared restlessness at the halfway point of an extended, unstructured venture into space. But fans know that this is actually the shortest of the three Star Trek movies made since Abrams rebooted the series in 2009—and it’s so full of in-jokes and self-references that anyone on the inside will be highly entertained for the duration.

Of course, there’s a new enemy to battle (Idris Elba wearing more makeup than a Kardashian) and nothing less than an entire idyllic civilization at stake—the very one where Sulu (John Cho) has his family stationed. New allies crop up in the form of the warpaint-wearing alien, Jaylah (Sofia Boutella), who kicks ass to the sounds of classical music (that’s hip hop to us 21st century Earthlings) and a new/old Starfleet ship gets fast and furious in flight thanks to Lin’s eye for epic takeoffs and ground-shattering crash-landings.

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The final battle scene is set to the Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage” (you’ll understand why it’s not “Intergalactic” when you see it) and has the crew of the Enterprise fighting a force like nothing the franchise has ever seen. It (and the thread of semi-friendly bickering between Spock and McCoy that runs throughout the movie) are reasons enough to get to the theatre this weekend.

Star Trek Beyond beams into theatres Friday, July 22. And here’s the trailer.

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