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Geek chronicles: star trek beyond
by Lea Sicat Reyes

If you have been following this space, you probably would know by now that I lean towards geek territory. From comic books to science fiction stuff, I appreciate them all. One of the cooler finds that I would want to share with you is Star Trek Beyond. It is the latest installment of the popular sci-fi series. And I assure you, this third outing will surely blow your mind.

Some of you might say that it is just another outer space soap opera with flying things, weird-looking aliens, and universe-threatening conflicts. What you might not know is that Star Trek is THE ultimate outer space opera. Created by Gene Roddenberry a good 40 years ago, it brought the fantasy of exploring the universe to mainstream consciousness. Led by the charismatic Captain James T. Kirk, we are taken to an epic space adventure with the crew of the Enterprise and witness them grapple with issues that are familiar to us: politics, unity, tolerance, and sacrifice.

In Star Trek Beyond, the plot is surprisingly grounded to say the least. The issues that the protagonists face are as human as they come. In fact, I find it funny that the antagonistís reaction to what happened to him can be explained by one of the Thinking Traps that I discussed in succession the past three weeks. Of course, I will not give anything away. What I would say, however, that the story trumps everything else. Its plot is so riveting that after a while, you forget that this is purely fictional.

From a technical point of view, it is undoubtedly seamless. I would like to call it a movie getting the Bourne treatment. It seemed more realistic than your average sci fi movie. This seems to be the current trend of fantasy movies. Those at the helm try to make it look as realistic as possible. And they sure did not disappoint.

Director Justin Lin of Fast and Furious fame must be somewhere having the proverbial last laugh. When it was announced that he was going to be the director of this gigantic project three years ago, a lot of people voiced their doubts. What if he would turn this beloved classic into a no-brainer action movie? Boy, did he prove them wrong. His movie was as thought-provoking as it was intense action scenes wise. It will make you sit straight up, anticipating what comes next. It truly is a triumph that will set him, dare I say, on the same plane as J.J. Abrams and Joss Whedon. Bravo, sir!

From the outstanding acting of the cast to the witty script co-written by funny man Simon Pegg, everything about the movie felt right. The most touching part was when the film went out of its way to honor ďabsent friendsĒ ó those who have been part of this journey but have passed on. To Sir Leonard Nimoy who played Spock in the original series and Anton Yelchin who played Pavel Andreievich Chekov in the current series, you will be missed.

For those who still have not watched it, I strongly encourage you to find the time to catch this on the big screen. I know that when this article comes out, it will still be running in Robinsonís so go get a move on.

Live long and prosper!


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