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Highly Suspect Reviews: Star Trek: Beyond

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The intrepid crew of the Enterprise get together once again, this time halfway through their five year mission, to battle ennui, space herpes, and the vampires from Lifeforce (or Idris Elba in alien goop, your call). But seriously, we (Chris and Herman) did, on the whole, like this movie…up until they do…aaaigh…I can’t say it. Listen to the review. Where we STILL won’t tell you what it IS that they do, as it would be a giant spoiler, but…oh god.


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Born in the wilds of northern Virginia, in 1992 Chris managed to put all of his survival skills to use and barely escaped with his life to Austin Texas, where ever since he’s dabbled in everything from plumber’s assistant to sandwich maker, from band to bar management. An opportunity to see theatrical release films for free, by becoming a critic on a local public access show called “The Reel Deal”, turned into a full time job when Chris and his friends decided to take it to the internet. They built the site Spill.com, adding multiple podcasts and animated features, to no small amount of success. During this time, a fortuitous friendship sprung up between Chris and young Brian Salisbury, who was also a local film critic, and they merged their forces of will, and their laundry list of ideas for shows, to eventually build this paradise you see before you.
  • TBH

    Very sad to hear that Elba was disappointing, he was the part of this that had me the most excited by far. Still going to see it soon.

    1.) But in Into Darkness Kirk had nothing to do with the USS Vengeance crashing, Spock set off the torpedoes & Khan directed the ship to target Star Fleet on the way down. MABYE you could say its Kirk’s fault because he brought Khan with them onto the Vengeance, but Khan is the only way they would be able to infiltrate the ship properly.

    2.) I don’t mean to beat a dead horse but for god’s sake, please stop adding to the myth about Superman destroying Metropolis. He was still in Smallville making sure his Mother was ok & then getting details about how to take out the Black Zero from Lois when the World Engine was activated. What would you have him do? Fly into Metropolis and stop the Black Zero instead of the World Engine, he would have to fight the entire crew of the Black Zero alone, that would have dragged on far longer then taking out the World Engine did.
    During his fight with Zod he never punched/pushed or tackled Zod thru any buildings in Metropolis except a few bars at the construction site. Worst thing he did was drag Zod’s face thru some windows.
    Him letting the oil truck slide by him was a mistake but he was focused on Zod and him turning around in horror at the explosion proves he really had no idea the danger it posed he was so focused on Zod. And Zod attacking Clark the second his back was turned proved Superman right for keeping his focus on him!!!

    You really can’t wrap your mind around the idea of Superman as not being a flawless mary sue who waves his hand at problems & they go away instead of actually having to work & strive to accomplish them. You painting the character into this corner that requires he be written as flawless perfection is more limiting and damaging to the character then anything Snyder has done.

    • Chris Cox

      Didn’t feel like I said Kirk DID have anything really to do with it crashing, but he FELT like he did, and, in the example you provided, is exactly how he felt like he was responsible, at least partly. Humbling.

      As to Superman destroying Metropolis, hey brother, you can feel however you want to about it but I (and really, most of the world) have come down on the same side on that. I don’t buy your explanation and I’ve explained my side of it already more times than I can count, so as far as beating a dead horse, I’m telling YOU not to. Believe what you want, and I’ll believe what I want.

      • TBH

        Its not really about Belief, it factually provably did not transpire on screen.
        Show me where he destroyed any building or any large portion of a building. besides the one 711 in Smallville, and the parking garage the oil truck exploded into.
        ONE single building fell while he was fighting in Metropolis, Wayne Tower, and he did ZERO structural damage to it.

        He can’t possibly have destroyed Metropolis when he was on the other side of the world when the destruction took place.

        Here is the full fight, where did it happen?

        I can’t even conceive of how you think its appropriate to claim Superman destroyed the city, why WHY don’t you just say Zod did so? Superman literally saved 7-8 Billion people TWICE in the film.

  • Postman257

    I really dug the hell out of this movie (including the notorious sabotage scene) I thought it was a nice palate cleanser for the bitter taste Into Darkness had

  • I always thought Spock acted more human and overemotional in these movies cos they were made by hacks who didn’t understand or respect the source material, but maybe I’ve misjudged these films. Still I’d have to say Nimoy pisses all over Quinto even from beyond the grave.

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  • Steffen Pabst

    My favorite of the new Trek movies. Sabotage didn´t bother me at all. I can understand some people not liking it, but it was just a minute long. After that there still was a solid action scene in the space station, and a great ending!
    Oh, and I have to agree with Chris, the other one, I did not like the 3D!

  • Travis Pickle

    Was a lot of fun! The Enterprise being ripped apart was awesome and terrifying! I’m Scottish and haven’t said ”lassie” half as much in my 44 years as Pegg did in 2 hours in fact he was rather annoying. Sabotage initially made me go WTF? But then most of the big sequences did and I just went with it, think they were going for a Guardians mix tape thing and it didn’t really work but neither did a lot of other stuff and it still managed to piss on the 2nd one. Wish they’d not had a baddy at all really and just the malevolent swarm but hey-ho 8 out of 10