Star Trek Beyond

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After stopping off at Starbase Yorktown, a remote outpost on the fringes of Federation space, the USS Enterprise , halfway into its five-year mission, is destroyed by a powerful, unstoppable wave of unknown aliens. With the crew stranded on an unknown planet and with no apparent means of rescue, they find themselves in conflict with a new ruthless enemy who has a well-earned hatred of the Federation and what it stands for.

  • 1.1 Prologue
  • 1.2 Act One
  • 1.3 Act Two
  • 1.4 Act Three
  • 2 Log entries
  • 3 Memorable quotes
  • 4.3.1 Under Roberto Orci
  • 4.3.2 Under Justin Lin
  • 4.4 Filming
  • 4.5 Continuity
  • 5.1 Marketing
  • 5.2 Posters
  • 5.3 Box office
  • 5.4 Reception
  • 5.5 Merchandise gallery
  • 6 Awards and honors
  • 7.1 Credits
  • 7.4 Second Unit
  • 7.5 Dubai Unit
  • 7.6.1 Uncredited
  • 7.7.1 Unconfirmed
  • 7.8 Stand-ins
  • 7.9.1 Unconfirmed
  • 7.9.2 Companies
  • 7.11.1 Graphic references
  • 7.11.2 Balthazar M. Edison's personnel file
  • 7.11.3 Diagnostic wrap display
  • 7.11.4 Public transporter menu
  • 7.11.5 Starbase Yorktown memorial wall (unseen material)
  • 7.11.6 Spock Prime's holophoto – Senior staff of the USS Enterprise -A
  • 7.11.7 Spock Prime's obituary
  • 7.11.8 Unreferenced material
  • 7.11.9 Deleted graphics references
  • 7.12 External links

Summary [ ]

Prologue [ ].

Kirk on Teenax

Kirk offering a piece of the Abronath as a gesture of peace

In early 2263 , on the planet of Teenax , Captain James T. Kirk is negotiating a treaty between the Teenaxi Delegation and the Fibonan Republic who are long-term enemies. He presents a piece of an ancient weapon as a gesture of goodwill, but the Teenaxian leader asks where it comes from. When Kirk says the Fibonans acquired it a long time ago, the Teenaxians accuse the Fibonans of stealing the artifact . The Teenaxians (who turn out to be quite small creatures compared to Humans), attack Kirk. As a result, he flips open his communicator and urgently asks Montgomery Scott that he be beamed up. He is eventually evacuated to the USS Enterprise , accidentally taking two Teenaxians with him. Walking down a corridor in his torn uniform, Kirk is followed by Spock and Leonard McCoy . Kirk asks his first officer to log the artifact in the ship's archive vault . " Jim, you look like crap, " McCoy says. Kirk sarcastically thanks the doctor. When McCoy asks the captain if he is all right, Kirk replies, " Never better. Just another day in the fleet. "

Act One [ ]

USS Enterprise bridge crew 2263

The crew of the Enterprise anticipate shore leave

USS Enterprise at Yorktown

The Enterprise arrives at Yorktown

The stardate is 2263.2. It has been nine hundred and sixty-five days since the USS Enterprise began its five-year mission . The Enterprise docks at Starbase Yorktown , an extensive deep space colony containing a large city, to replenish dwindling supplies while the crew takes shore leave . Struggling to find continued meaning in his duties as captain, and becoming increasingly affected by thoughts of the death of his father, George Kirk , Kirk applies for a promotion to vice admiral .

Spock learns of Spock Prime's death

Spock learns that Spock Prime has died

Meanwhile, Spock and Nyota Uhura deal with a time-out in their relationship; Hikaru Sulu reunites with his husband Ben and their young daughter; and Montgomery Scott struggles to keep the ship operational. Spock is also distraught to find that his alternate reality counterpart has recently passed away.

Kalara in UT

Kalara rescued and brought to Yorktown

An escape pod is found drifting out of a nearby nebula and its occupant, Kalara , claims her ship is stranded on the planet Altamid , which is located past the dangerous, unexplored nebula that will block communications with Starfleet . In a meeting with Yorktown's commanding officer Commodore Paris , Kirk volunteers the Enterprise for the rescue mission, and they get through the nebula with some difficulty, and eventually arrive at Altamid, which Spock finds to be a sparsely-populated class M world. Not long after arrival, the Enterprise comes under attack from a swarm of thousands of small, heavily-armed alien ships. Kirk orders a counterattack, but the Enterprise is overwhelmed by the enemy's sheer volume and strength; the ship's phasers , navigational deflector , and warp nacelles are destroyed within minutes.

USS Enterprise's deflector dish destroyed

The swarm cripples the Enterprise

With the Enterprise crippled and helpless, several of the attacking ships breach the hull, and a boarding party commanded by the swarm's leader, Krall , boards the ship. They make their way to the ship's vault, and on the way there Krall captures and drains the life force from several Enterprise crewmen, leaving them as withered husks. Scott attempts to restore power to the ship's impulse drive by feeding it from the warp core , but Krall orders the swarm to resume its attack. They destroy the neck section of the Enterprise , separating the saucer and engineering hulls, and leaving the saucer powerless due to Scott's modifications, leaving no way of switching over to the saucer's reserve power without a separation . Spock and Dr. McCoy are in a turbolift car that is ejected into space and subsequently captured by a swarm craft, but they managed to get into the craft and overpower its occupants.

Krall boards the Enterprise

Krall boards the Enterprise

Krall arrives at the ship and attempts to get to the vault to take the artifact from the Enterprise 's mission from Teenax. However, Kirk gets to the artifact first and gives it to Ensign Syl before ordering the crew to abandon ship. As the separated engineering hull begins to disintegrate, most of the crew escape in escape pods , only for the swarm ships to capture them and drag them back to the planet. Seeing this, Scott fires himself out of the ship in a advanced long-range torpedo casing.

Kirk during Battle of Altamid

Kirk on the bridge in the last moments of the Enterprise

Kirk goes to separate the saucer from the neck but Krall attacks him before Kirk can initiate the separation. Uhura goes on to separate the saucer and gets left behind with Krall in the neck section while Kirk is on the saucer side.

USS Enterprise saucer crash

The Enterprise 's saucer burning up

Kirk reaches the bridge, which by now is occupied only by Sulu, Chekov , Kalara, and a few other crewmen. However, Chekov reports that the saucer is too badly damaged to keep in orbit, and will crash within minutes. Kirk orders the remaining crew to abandon the ship by Kelvin pods once it enters the atmosphere (though everyone except for himself, Chekov, and Kalara are also captured), and is the last person to leave the Enterprise . Moments later, the saucer crashes into a mountain range, and what remains of it crash-lands in a field, embedding itself into the earth.

Act Two [ ]

Scott, who has landed elsewhere, is saved from some of the planet's unruly inhabitants by an alien scavenger named Jaylah and taken to her makeshift home, which he discovers to be the wreckage of the USS Franklin , which went missing almost one hundred years prior . Meanwhile, the swarm craft hijacked by Spock and McCoy crash-lands on the planet, badly injuring Spock and forcing McCoy to perform some very hasty surgery in order to save his life.

Grinning spock

" God, you're getting delirious. "

After discovering that the alien artifact originated from the planet on which they had crash-landed, Spock reveals to McCoy that he is reconsidering his place in Starfleet after Spock Prime's death. The two are then attacked by the swarm only to be saved by Scott, who has repaired the Franklin 's transporter system.

Meanwhile, Kirk and Chekov force Kalara to admit she lured the Enterprise into a trap, claiming that Krall promised to return her crew to her in exchange for the Enterprise and her own crew. With their tricorders having insufficient range to locate the rest of the crew, the trio board the crashed saucer in order to use its sensors. Kirk pretends to go to retrieve the artifact in a corridor and Kalara turns on him and reveals that her "crew" never existed; she's been in league with Krall from the very start. Fortunately, Kirk had seen through her, and Chekov rescues him as more of Krall's troopers arrive. Outnumbered and trapped, Kirk ignites the fuel tank for the saucer's maneuvering thrusters , which allows them to escape, but also causes the saucer to flip over, killing Kalara and the troopers, and causing the fuel tanks to explode, leaving the mostly-destroyed saucer as all that remains of the USS Enterprise .

Spock and Chekov

" You gave your girlfriend a tracking device? " " ...That was not my intention. "

Meanwhile, Krall demands the artifact, threatening to kill Sulu if he does not get it. Syl relents and gives Krall the artifact, which he reveals to be the final component of a weapon called the Abronath that attacks organic tissue and which he intends to unleash on Starbase Yorktown. Krall then tests the weapon on Syl, dissolving her completely in the process.

When the group consisting of McCoy, Spock, Scott, Kirk, Chekov, and Jaylah has ascertained the location of the captured crew through Uhura's vokaya amulet, the group formulates a plan to infiltrate Krall's base. Jaylah is initially fearful of this, remembering the death of her family at the hands of Krall and his people, but Scott and Kirk are able to persuade her to help out.

Act Three [ ]

Spock, Jaylah, and McCoy

Spock, Jaylah, and McCoy beam into Krall's base

As Krall departs for Starbase Yorktown, Kirk, McCoy, Spock, and Jaylah rescue the crew before repairing the Franklin and also setting a course for the starbase. Spock and McCoy beam aboard an attacking drone ship and discover a way to disrupt the drones' cohesion, allowing the Franklin and the starbase to destroy much of the drone fleet using discordant noise on a very high frequency (VHF), provided courtesy of Jaylah's collection of "classical" late 20th century music.

After a brief battle between the swarm and Yorktown's defenses, Krall still manages to board the starbase despite the Battle of Yorktown , which eventually culminates in the Franklin intercepting his ships in a maneuver near the starbase's central control complex.

Balthazar Edison

Krall's original identity: Captain Balthazar Edison

As they look for him, Uhura learns from the Franklin 's video logs that Krall's original name was Balthazar Edison and that he was born Human . Before his sudden disappearance, Edison had been the captain of the Franklin . He had been declared missing in action by Starfleet, and had ended up crashing onto Altamid, which was a former mining colony of an alien species known as the Ancient Ones, who had left drone equipment and other technology behind. Edison, and at least two of his crewmates, had used the remains of this technology to prolong their lives, and to build new military vessels. However, the use of the life-extension technology had also rendered the former members of the Franklin unrecognizable as Humans because they acquired some of the biological attributes of the other species they lured for their consumption.

Once Krall/Edison is on board the Franklin , he steals a command division Starfleet uniform and reverts to a mostly Human appearance after draining the life force from several more Enterprise crewmembers, healing the injuries he suffered when his ship was crushed.

Kirk confronts Krall at Yorktown

Kirk fights Krall to save Yorktown

Krall/Edison prepares to deploy the bioweapon, leading to a chase through the base. Kirk confronts Krall/Edison in the life support hub, and they fight in anti-gravity and weightless conditions in the life support section of Yorktown. Krall/Edison expounds his theory that Humanity needs to be in a state of conflict in order to progress, and that the Federation has stifled this process by bringing about peace in large areas of the galaxy. The fight ends with both Krall/Edison and the Abronath bioweapon being ejected into space, where the Abronath devours him.

Kirk is rescued from suffering the same fate by Spock and McCoy in their hijacked drone. Kirk tells Spock he doesn't know what he would do without him, causing him to contemplate his decision to leave Starfleet.

Spock's group photo

Spock finds Spock Prime's photo of himself along with his crewmates from his reality

Commodore Paris closes the unsolved cases of the fate of Captain Edison and the crew of the USS Franklin . She commends Kirk for his actions and informs him that his promotion to the admiralty is assured. However, Kirk respectfully declines the offer, his experience having rejuvenated his spirit to be a Starfleet officer, stating that "admirals don't fly". Remaining a starship captain, Kirk allows McCoy to lead him to a gathering where McCoy has planned a surprise birthday party for his friend. At a loss for words, Kirk instead raises a toast to the late starship Enterprise and to their fallen comrades. Spock allows himself a look at some of Ambassador Spock's personal effects and finds a photograph of him and his prime reality comrades on the bridge of their Enterprise .

Kirk's birthday party

Kirk's surprise birthday party

Reminding himself of his earlier discussion with Dr. McCoy, Spock elects to live as his alternate self did and remains serving in Starfleet. Kirk offers his condolences on Ambassador Spock's passing to his friend, which Spock accepts and begins to renew his relationship with Uhura. A despondent Jaylah, also present at the gathering, has consumed a large number of alcoholic beverages, which she had been told would "take her edge off", but is clearly not having much of an effect. Hoping to boost her spirits, Scott presents Jaylah with an acceptance letter into Starfleet Academy , courtesy of a few strings pulled by Kirk, who also warns her that Starfleet has many rules but not to follow all of them.

Crew looking at the Enterprise-A

The crew looks at the construction of their new starship

As Kirk and Spock look out of a massive window, they view the construction of a new starship. Considering the perils that had befallen the Enterprise and her crew since they were first assembled five years earlier, McCoy questions whether or not they really should go back out into space. As the starship finishes construction, its primary hull proudly displays her name and registry : USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-A) . Kirk, Spock, Scott, McCoy, Sulu, Chekov, and Uhura can be heard taking turns paraphrasing Zefram Cochrane :

Log entries [ ]

  • Kirk: " Captain's Log , Stardate 2263.2. Today is our 966th day in deep space , a little under three years into our five-year mission . The more time we spend out here, the harder it is to tell where one day ends and the next one begins. It can be a challenge to feel grounded when even gravity is artificial . But, well, we do what we can to make it feel like home. The crew , as always, continues to act admirably despite the rigors of our extended stay here in outer space. And the personal sacrifices they have made. We continue to search for new life forms in order to establish firm diplomatic ties. Our extended time in uncharted territory has stretched the ship's mechanical capacities. But fortunately our engineering department, led by Mr. Scott, is more than up to the job. The ship aside, prolonged cohabitation has definitely had effects on the interpersonal dynamics. Some experiences for the better, and some for the worse. As for me, things have started to feel a little episodic. The farther out we go, the more I find myself wondering what it is we're trying to accomplish. If the universe is truly endless, then are we not striving for something forever out of reach? The Enterprise is scheduled for a reprovisioning stop at Yorktown , the Federation 's newest and most advanced starbase . Perhaps a break from routine will offer up some respite from the mysteries of the unknown. "
  • Edison: " Captain's log... I don't remember the stardate. All distress calls unanswered. Of the crew , only three remain . I WON'T ALLOW IT! The indigenous race abandoned this planet long ago. They left behind sophisticated mining equipment and a drone workforce . They have some sort of technology that prolongs life . I will do whatever it takes for me and my crew. The Fed-Federation do not care about us. You'll probably never see me again. But if you do... be ready. "

Memorable quotes [ ]

" To perfect eyesight and a full head of hair. "

" You guys break up? What'd you do? " " A typically reductive inquiry, doctor. " " You know Spock, if an Earth girl says, uh, 'it's me, not you', it's definitely you."

" I am Lieutenant Nyota Uhura of the USS Enterprise . And you have committed an act of war against the Federation. " " Federation?! Federation is an act of war. "

" Your captain... why did you sacrifice yourself for him? " " He would have done the same. And if he made it off that ship, he will come for us. " " I am counting on it, Lieutenant Uhura. "

" Yeah, I say it hurts less when it's a surprise. " " If I may adopt a parlance with which you are familiar, I can confirm your theory to be "horseshit". "

" Come now, Montgomery Scotty. "

" Leaving me behind will significantly increase your chances of survival, Doctor. " " Well that's damn chivalrous of you, but completely out of the question. " " It is imperative that you locate any surviving crew. " " Here I was thinking you cared. " " Of course I care, Leonard. I always assumed my respect for you was clear. The dialogue we have had across the years has always... " " It's okay, Spock. You don't have to say it. " [McCoy and Spock are surrounded by three of Krall's drone ships] " Well, at least I won't die alone! " [Spock is beamed out from behind McCoy] " Well that's just typical."

" This is where the frontier pushes back. "

" You're part of something bigger now, lassie. Right? Dinnae give up on that. 'Cause we'll sure as hell never give up on you. That is what being part of a crew is all about. "

" What happened to you out there, Edison? " " Ed-i-son? I have to say, Kirk, I missed being me. We lost ourselves, but gained a purpose! A means to bring the galaxy back to the struggle that made Humanity strong. " " I think you're underestimating Humanity. " " I fought for Humanity! Lost millions to the Xindi and Romulan wars. And for what? For the Federation?! To sit me in a captain's chair and break bread with the enemy! " " We change. We have to. Or we spend the rest of our lives fighting the same battles. "

" You lost. There's no way for you to make it back there! Give up! " " What, like you did?! I read your ship's logs, Captain James T. Kirk. At least I know what I am! I'm a soldier! " " You won the war, Edison. You gave us peace! " " Peace... is not what I was born into. "

" You... can't stop it. You will die. " " Better to die saving lives, than to live with taking them. That's what I was born into. "

" To the Enterprise ... and to absent friends. "

" You really want to head back out there, huh? "

" Space. The final frontier. " " These are the voyages of the starship... " " ... Enterprise . Its continuing mission... " " explore strange new worlds... " " seek out new life... " " ...and new civilizations... " boldly go where no one has gone before. "

Background information [ ]

The film takes place two-and-a-half years into the characters' five-year mission , [1] when the USS Enterprise is attacked by the Swarm and the crew is marooned on an unknown world as a consequence. They gain an ally in Sofia Boutella 's alien warrior, Jaylah. [2]

Idris Elba plays the Swarm's leader, Krall, who detests the Federation's philosophy and opposes its introduction to the wider galaxy. [3] Elba said, " There's definitely an opposing argument to the good that the Federation think they do. There are purists that believe in independence, and believe that we're all made differently for a reason, and will fight tooth and nail to defend that. There's massive relatability to modern world politics in that sense. " [4]

J.J. Abrams had stated he would like more female characters in the sequel. [5] He also mentioned the sequel could fall back on abandoned story ideas for the characters. " There was [an idea] implying the sexuality of one of the characters, a back story for another character that was pretty intense, a really funny story we wanted to do with yet another. Hopefully, if there are future films, those other stories will get their moment, " he said. [6] Roberto Orci has voiced support for having a gay character. [7]

William Shatner was contacted about a possible role in the film. Along with Shatner, Leonard Nimoy had been rumored to appear, in a scene with Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto , as the future alternate reality versions of the characters. [8] In the wake of Nimoy's death on 27 February 2015 , Simon Pegg mentioned there would be some tribute to the late actor in the final film. [9] On 27 May 2015 , Pegg mentioned that it was possible Shatner could portray Kirk again at some point, [10] but Shatner confirmed he would not appear and he never discussed it. [11] Shatner's Kirk and Nimoy's Spock appear in the film in a still handled by the actor Zachary Quinto.

Zoë Saldana stated she would dislike it if Spock and Uhura broke up, describing that possibility as potentially "heartbreaking" for her. Concerning the film's action quotient, she speculated, " I'm pretty sure that for this third installment, we'll be able to sort of [...] be more hands-on. " [12] Lin said their relationship will be consistent and acknowledge what came before. [13]

Bruce Greenwood expressed hope that Christopher Pike could return, which he referred to as a "deep, deep wish to come back." Although Pike dies in Star Trek Into Darkness , Greenwood suspected Khan Noonien Singh 's revitalizing blood could be used to bring Pike back to life. As a result, he confirmed, laughing, that he would be interested in reprising the role in " Star Trek III: The Search for Pike ", an in-joke reference to the title of Star Trek III: The Search for Spock . In a serious manner, Greenwood related he would be interested in further resolution to the relationship between Pike and Kirk. ( Star Trek Magazine Special 2015 , p. 21) In reference to Kirk, he concluded, " Whatever happens in the third film, it will give the audience a sense of progression and change; an arc and a character that's really growing with them. " ( SciFiNow , issue 80, p. 26)

On 2 February 2015 , the on-line movie and television news site reported that, for the new Star Trek film, three new major female roles would be cast. One of them would be the President of the United Federation of Planets , one would be a starship captain , and the third would be an ex-wife of Doctor McCoy , who was to be depicted as having several former wives. The male villain would be a Bryan Cranston -like type and the website also stated that Cranston was in talks with the studio. All this proved to be false. [14]

The working title for this sequel was "Washington" and "Washington Project". [15] [16] [17] On 21 April 2015 , announced that Star Trek Beyond "may be the title" of the film. [18] The title was later confirmed by Director Justin Lin . [19]

Development [ ]

Under roberto orci [ ].

Producer Bryan Burk commented that Paramount wanted the third film to take less time to produce than Star Trek Into Darkness took, and that 2016 – the 50th anniversary of Star Trek – would be a logical year to release it. [20] Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman added that Paramount insisted on a 2016 release date. [21]

J.J. Abrams, who directed Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness , chose to direct Star Wars Episode VII , and accordingly only produce this film. [22] Abrams noted, " Having directed pilots and movies and then having seen subsequent directors work on those shows or do their own versions of those films – time and again I have seen it done better. " [23] Patrick McKay stated, " Bad Robot , J.J., and his team are really at the heart of this movie's development. They are the guiding light by which we all do our work. J.J.'s been a key part of helping us spin this tale from the beginning, and if there are people who think that we've lost him to Star Wars this time around, that’s not the truth as far as we see it. " [24]

In an interview published on 6 May 2013 , Michael Giacchino expressed he was open to return to score the film, saying, " I’d be happy and honored to do another if that was in the future. " [25]

In August 2013 , then-writing partners Zack Stentz and Ashley Edward Miller pitches to J.J. Abrams a story with an antagonist who "...was more a 'noble adversary' a la Balance of Terror than another Khan . There was also Dyson Sphere [sic] and an ancient, Lovecraftian menace to the galaxy." [26] [27]

In September 2013 , J.J. Abrams acknowledged rumors that Rupert Wyatt could helm the sequel, stating, " He's incredibly talented, and we'd be lucky to have someone as talented as Rupert. But there are things we're focusing on right now before the director, which is just sort of the fundamentals of where the story is gonna go. " [28]

On 2 November 2013 , it was reported that Attack the Block director Joe Cornish was Paramount's choice to direct the film, though reports differed as to whether or not he had already begun negotiations to join the project. According to Variety , Cornish was offered the film once before, in May 2013 , but had turned it down. [29] [30] [31] Abrams voiced his support for Cornish, stating, " I don't know if [he] is the guy. My guess is that's up in the air. I adore him and love him and can't wait to see what he does next. Hopefully, it will be Star Trek." [32]

On 6 December 2013 , it was announced that up-and-coming screenwriters J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay would be writing the script alongside Roberto Orci. It was also announced that Alex Kurtzman would not be involved with the project, due to work on The Amazing Spider-Man movies and other projects. [33]

In February 2014 , J.D. Payne explained they were trying to come up with a classic Star Trek storyline, where " You should respond to this opportunity that the crew has that also has some pitfalls to it [....] It's sort of the Adam and Eve thing, where should we eat the fruit or not eat the fruit? Well, there are some very compelling reasons why they should and why they shouldn't. So, [there are] similar kinds of things here that really give the whole movie an opportunity to sort of play with that, and have people come down on different sides and wrestle with it. " [34]

In April 2014 , it was revealed Roberto Orci had been lobbying to direct the film, but Paramount was reluctant to allow him, as he had never directed before. However, Bad Robot and Skydance Productions were supportive. [35]

At the US premiere of Star Trek Into Darkness on 2 May 2013 , Damon Lindelof hinted that the prospect the Klingons would declare war on the Federation would come to fruition, and that Benedict Cumberbatch would return as Khan Noonien Singh . [36] However, Lindelof was not involved with the sequel.

Later in May 2013, Paramount relented to Roberto Orci's appeals, offering him the director's chair. [37]

In an interview published on 29 June 2014 , Patrick McKay implied the film may not have a villain, explaining that, while he loved Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan , he also loved the other films " that have a little bit more of the character relationships and the humor and some more of the speculative sci-fi elements. " [38]

In July 2014 , Roberto Orci clarified that he was not technically directing the film until Paramount approved the script. [39] On 9 August 2014 , Orci proclaimed he had finished a first draft of the script. [40] On 27 August 2014 , he revealed that the casting process for other characters had begun. [41]

On 18 September 2014 , Zachary Quinto stated he expected the film to start shooting within the next six months. [42] The next day, it was confirmed that shooting would begin in February 2015 , with a summer 2016 release date. An official announcement was to be made soon thereafter with a specific release date. [43]

As the domestic gross of Star Trek Into Darkness (which stood at US$228.5 million) was less than the first film, Paramount made the decision to film the sequel outside Los Angeles to save money. " We're making it for what it should have been shot for last time if we had made it outside of L.A., which we would have done except that [J.J. Abrams] didn't want to, " a studio source told The Hollywood Reporter . " That was a $20 million issue. " [44]

On 29 September 2014 , Mayor Park Wonsoon confirmed he had met with the producers, including Jeffrey Chernov , and confirmed Seoul in South Korea as one of the filming locations for Star Trek Beyond . [45] According to, the film would be shot primarily in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, which would also be used for outside filming locations. [46]

Roberto Orci officially stepped down from directing the film on 5 December 2014 . Orci remained attached the project as an in-name producer, but ceased to by involved in production. [47] While the film was without a director, Jonathan Frakes lobbied to be given the opportunity to direct the movie. ( SFX , issue 270, p. 63)

Under Justin Lin [ ]

On 22 December 2014 , it was announced that Justin Lin had been hired to direct the film. [48] Two days later, it was announced that Roberto Orci would only produce the film and will no longer be involved in the writing process. [49]

A childhood fan of Star Trek: The Original Series , Lin was called by J.J. Abrams while filming the second season of True Detective . [50] After learning he was not beholden to any previous script, Lin decided to go " new and fresh. The Klingons , Romulans and other species are great, but it's time to go further. It has been fun to focus on creating whole new worlds and species. " [51] Simon Pegg coined the title when he recognized Lin was trying to take Star Trek "beyond". [52]

On 21 January 2015 , it was announced that principal filming would start on 15 April 2015 at Vancouver Film Studios in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. [53] It was also announced that Simon Pegg and Doug Jung would help write the film. [54] Jung came to stay at Pegg's house to co-write the script; whenever they felt they completed enough of the rewrite, they would pass time by watching episodes of the original show. [55] They also consulted Memory Alpha, with Pegg claiming " We actually wrote to the Memory Alpha guys and got them to name a certain device in the movie. I sent them a letter saying, 'Can you come up with this for me?' In two hours, they came back with an entire etymological history of what the thing was. It's beautiful. It’s fantastic to have that support network. " [56]

Simon Pegg commented Paramount felt Roberto Orci's script was " a little bit too Star Trek -y. Avengers Assemble [the release title of The Avengers in the United Kingdom], which is a pretty nerdy, comic-book, supposedly niche thing, made $1.5 billion. Star Trek Into Darkness made half a billion, which is still brilliant. But it means that, according to the studio, there's still $1bn worth of box office that don't go and see Star Trek . And they want to know why. " Pegg described the rewrite as being akin to "mak[ing] a Western or a thriller or a heist movie, then populate that with Star Trek characters so it's more inclusive to an audience that might be a little bit reticent". [57]

Pegg also explained they wanted to mark the 50th anniversary by deconstructing the franchise. " I felt like it was important to really deconstruct the idea of Star Trek , the idea of the Federation and why it's special. We'll really be poking at a lot of different things. " He also said, " We're gathering a great community within the galaxy, but to what end? What does it all mean? " [58]

The character of Jaylah was inspired by Jennifer Lawrence's portrayal of Ree in the 2010 film Winter's Bone . Pegg and Jung referred to her by Lawrence's nickname "J. Law", eventually inspiring the name "Jaylah". [59]

On 24 February 2015 , it was reported that filming was pushed back to begin on 1 June 2015 and continue on until September. [60]

In March 2015 , Stephen F. Windon was confirmed as the film's cinematographer, replacing Roberto Orci's choice of Claudio Miranda . [61] It was also confirmed that Nick Satriano had replaced the previously announced First Assistant Director Kim H. Winther . [62]

With the release of the official casting call, it was confirmed that shooting in Vancouver, B.C. would be starting on 15 June 2015 and continuing through 15 October 2015 . To be considered being an actor, extra, or crew member on the new film, a legal eligibility for working in Vancouver was a requirement. Extras casting would get underway in May 2015 . [63]

On 2 June 2015 , it was reported that the first draft of the script had been finished. [64]

On 13 June 2015 , Michael Giacchino said he had not yet talked to the makers of Star Trek Beyond about the prospect of him returning to Star Trek in order to compose this film. The reason no contact had been made was partly because Giacchino himself had been extremely busy but also " because they're in such a crazy schedule crunch [....] But I imagine that I will be talking to them soon about all of this, and we'll figure out what’s going to happen next, " he said. [65]

Deep Roy was confirmed to be returning as Keenser on 8 July 2015 , having canceled a convention appearance for filming on Star Trek Beyond . [66]

On 11 July 2015 , Michael Giacchino announced his participation in the movie by tweeting, " So thrilled to be working with Justin Lin and the rest of the Enterprise crew on Star Trek Beyond ! Let's boldly go! " [67] [68] He commented that Beyond is not as gritty and earthbound as the previous two films, so the score would feel different. [69]

It was announced on 24 July 2015 that Joe Taslim had been cast in a key role opposite Idris Elba. [70]

On 7 August 2015 , Joseph Gatt confirmed that the character he played in Star Trek Into Darkness , Science Officer 0718 , would not be returning for Star Trek Beyond , due to script rewrites eliminating his role from the story. [71]

The Italian press reported on 24 October 2015 that former Chelsea, Juventus, Paris Saint Germain and Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti had been cast to play a doctor. [72]

Bryan Burk observed, " In the beginning, you could see a palpable sense of excitement as the cast started to work with [Justin Lin]. " ( SFX , issue 270, p. 71)

Addressing the involvement of Roberto Orci and his co-writers John D. Payne and Patrick McKay, Justin Lin said on 14 December 2015 " The WGA has to figure it out, because I don’t know who those writers are, I never met them. I came on, I had an idea and then Simon and Doug came on. I had one conversation with Orci after I came on, and that was it. " [73]

While the first trailer credited Simon Pegg and Doug Jung , it also credited Roberto Orci , John D. Payne , and Patrick McKay . The second trailer only credited Pegg and Jung.

Due to Warner Bros. Pictures becoming Paramount Pictures, the copy of the Paramount logo that came from the film was replaced with a new copy of the logo on the DVD.

Filming [ ]

Sofia Boutella and Justin Lin

Boutella and Lin on set

Justin Lin with Kirk in transporter

Lin and Pine on the set of the Franklin 's transporter

It was reported that filming was pushed back again and was to begin on 25 June 2015 . [74]

On 25, 26, 29 and 30 June 2015 , the production filmed scenes in Squamish Boulders , Squamish, British Columbia. Filming took place around the Kacodemon Boulder and Cave Boulder for the first three shooting days. On the fourth day, filming took place south of the Black Dyke Boulder. [75] The filming schedule was updated on 26 June 2015 and the first set photos as well as a sixteen-page filming permit contract went online. [76] [77]

On 26 June 2015 , Executive Producer David Ellison revealed Dubai as a filming location. [78] [79] Three days later, Director Justin Lin revealed that the title was officially Star Trek Beyond , as well as releasing the first officially released set photo. [80]

On 19 July 2015 , TrekCore reported some set photos from a large green screen build-up located at Kent Hangar Field, west of Vancouver International Airport. In addition, an enormous wooden construction was also spotted. [81] This location was later revealed as a filming location for War for the Planet of the Apes . [82]

Between 11 August 2015 and 13 August 2015 , an open casting call for background roles was held by Miranda Davidson Studios at Dubai City Studio Soundstage, Building B, Ground Floor. [83] [84]

On 14 August 2015 , several more set photos were published on the internet, backing the claim that a Federation starship crash landed on a planet. [85]

On 20 August 2015 , the first set photos from the filming were published by . Several shots gave a detailed view of Sanja Milkovic Hays ' newly designed Starfleet uniforms and also several shots of an alien character played by Sofia Boutella . [86]

On 22 August 2015 , the Dubai Film and TV Commission (DFTC) announced an internship program which would run from 13 September until 15 October 2015. The organization meanwhile also confirmed Dubai was to be used as a filming location for Star Trek Beyond , in October 2015. [87]

On 27 August 2015 and 29 August 2015 , Twitter users reported that Star Trek Beyond was filming at Triangle Road in Richmond, B.C. and at the Pitt River Quarries in Red Deer, B.C. [88] [89]

In October 2015, filming started in Dubai. Filming locations included the desert reserve Platinum Heritage and the Dubai Central Park Towers ground in front of the Central Park Tower and the Platinum Tower. [90] [91] [92] [93]

During their filming in Dubai, several set photos were posted on Twitter, Instagram and other social media sites, including several images and videos of new alien species. [94] [95] [96] [97] [98] [99]

Principal filming wrapped in Dubai on Thursday 15 October 2015 . [100]

On 11 March 2016 , it was announced that reshoots would occur the following week. It was also announced that Shohreh Aghdashloo would be playing the " High Command of the Federation ". [101] Reshoots wrapped up on 17 March 2016 . [102]

Continuity [ ]

  • In this installment, James T. Kirk begins sporting the hairstyle of his prime universe counterpart on Star Trek: The Original Series .
  • At Starbase Yorktown , Hikaru Sulu meets up with his husband and daughter . It pays homage to former Hikaru Sulu actor George Takei , who is gay. His daughter is possibly Demora Sulu 's alternate counterpart first seen in Star Trek Generations . (This would make her much older than the Demora of the primary timeline, who was born in 2271 .)
  • According to logs of the USS Franklin , Balthazar Edison was a MACO major before he was captain of the Franklin . The logs also said that he participated in the Xindi wars , possibly as one of the MACOs assigned to Enterprise NX-01 under Captain Jonathan Archer in ENT : " The Expanse ". It also mentioned that he fought in the Earth-Romulan War .
  • The Franklin 's registry number (NX-326) is a reference to Leonard Nimoy’s birthday (March 26). The ship is named after director Justin Lin's father.
  • The saucer section crash landing on Altamid is an homage to when the USS Enterprise -D crash-landed on Veridian III in Star Trek Generations .

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The " giant green hand " seen in the credits

  • One of the many stories of the Franklin 's fate involved a " giant green hand ". This could be an homage to TOS : " Who Mourns for Adonais? ". A giant green hand also appears in the end credits of the film.
  • The ripping of James T. Kirk 's shirt at the beginning of the film is an homage to various Original Series episodes such as " Where No Man Has Gone Before ", " Shore Leave ", " Court Martial ", and " Amok Time " in which Kirk gets into fights and his shirt is ripped.
  • This movie marks the third time an Enterprise is destroyed in a Star Trek film . The original USS Enterprise was destroyed in 2285 in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and the Enterprise -D was destroyed in 2371 in Star Trek Generations .
  • This film marks the second time a ship captained by Kirk has crashed into an ocean, the first time being in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home , and the third time it made contact with the water, the second time being in Into Darkness , when it was hiding on Nibiru .
  • Kirk mentioning the Enterprise being on its 966th day in deep space is a reference to the month that Star Trek: The Original Series first aired: September 1966 .
  • This is the second Star Trek film not to feature any scenes taking place on or near Earth . ( Star Trek: Insurrection was the first.)
  • The photograph of the prime USS Enterprise -A crew Spock views while looking through Ambassador Spock 's belongings near the end of the film is a publicity photo for Star Trek V: The Final Frontier . Terry J. Erdmann commented: " When Spock opened the kit at the end and sees that picture of the original crew, Paula [M. Block] and I just looked at one another. I arranged that photo shoot, getting all the actors together after the fact. They had only shot together as a full cast for a few days, so I had to get the wardrobe, set, lighting, etc. to make that moment happen. I was so pleased to see it on screen when the picture flashed in front of me in the theater. I thought, that photo shoot still has legs ". [103]
  • This marks the third movie to feature Kirk's birthday. The first was shown at the beginning of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and the second was the opening scene of Star Trek .
  • Kirk having a drink with McCoy as he discusses his life is reminiscent of many such scenes in The Original Series where Kirk sought Bones' counsel, often over a drink, as seen in episodes such as " The Corbomite Maneuver " and " The Ultimate Computer ".
  • The drink that McCoy dismisses when he finds Kirk drinking is Saurian brandy , the preferred drink of Kirk and McCoy in The Original Series .
  • This is the second film – the first being The Wrath of Khan – where Kirk ponders his future on his birthday.
  • The toast McCoy offers to Kirk while sharing Saurian brandy , " To perfect eyesight and a full head of hair ", is interesting considering that in the prime universe, Kirk requires corrective lenses, being allergic to Retinax V .
  • The toast Kirk gives at his birthday party in honor of the fallen crewmembers was also spoken by his counterpart in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock , Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek Nemesis , and Kor in DS9 : " Once More Unto the Breach ". His toast to the Enterprise also echoes the toast Montgomery Scott raises to the original Enterprise in TNG : " Relics ".
  • Commodore Paris could possibly be a distant relative to Admiral Owen Paris and his son, Lieutenant Tom Paris , from Star Trek: Voyager . Simon Pegg later confirmed that Commodore Paris was a nod to Tom Paris from Voyager and stated that the commodore " probably " could have been his grandmother. [104]
  • Simon Pegg stated that the names of the two crew members killed by Krall were taken from " Balance of Terror ", Martine and Tomlinson . [105]
  • Chekov states that Scotch whisky was invented by an old woman in Moscow . It is reminiscent of Chekov 's dialogue about Scotch from TOS : " The Trouble with Tribbles ".
  • Shortly before the Franklin lifts off from Altamid, Kirk asks Sulu if he can fly it. Sulu turns and says, " You kidding me, sir? ". In Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country , Captain Sulu of the USS Excelsior similarly turned toward Janice Rand and said " Are you kidding? ", when she asked if they should report to Starfleet that Praxis had exploded.
  • Given that the film opens on the 966th day of the five-year mission (2 January 2263), it can be extrapolated that the five-year mission began on 12 May 2260 .
  • Spock Prime's date of death is listed on screen as stardate 2263.02, ostensibly the same day as 2263.2, when Kirk records his Captain's log early in the film.
  • This is the third Star Trek film after Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and Star Trek in which no Klingons appear on screen. While Klingon ships appeared in both other films, this is the first where there is no reference to them at all.
  • Karl Urban has said that the medallion he wears at the end of the film, as well as his shirt being open, is an homage to DeForest Kelley 's similar first appearance as McCoy in Star Trek: The Motion Picture . [106]
  • Spock's pondering leaving Starfleet to return to New Vulcan (to dedicate his life to completing the late Ambassador Spock's work) is possibly a reference to the fact that in the prime universe, he left the service soon after the end of the five-year mission (as seen in Star Trek: The Motion Picture ) to dedicate himself to the kolinahr discipline. By the end of the events of that film, he had resolved his internal conflicts and had decided that his initially reluctant return to Starfleet was now a permanent one. In this film, Spock ultimately decides, after looking at a photo of Ambassador Spock with his fellow aged Enterprise comrades, that he also belongs with his own Enterprise family.
  • This is the first on-screen use of saucer separation since Star Trek Generations , and the first on-screen use by a ship other than the Enterprise -D.
  • This film establishes that Kirk's mother, Winona, is still living, as McCoy asks the captain if he will be calling his mother on his birthday.
  • With a release at Star Trek 's 50th anniversary, this film includes fifty new alien species. [107]
  • In one line, Krall refers to the Federation 's "centuries of expansion"; according to ENT : " These Are the Voyages... ", by the events of the film, the Federation was just over a century old (Although, considering the unknown circumstances of the Franklin 's arrival on this planet, it may be that Krall was the victim of a time dilation effect or Krall has simply lost track of time after so long trapped on Altamid with no awareness of the date on Earth).
  • When Scotty beams Spock and McCoy onto the Franklin separately, he explains that it's so they wouldn't become spliced by the cargo transporter, a prospect that McCoy finds horrifying. This references the Voyager episode " Tuvix " – one of the two people put together by the transporter is a Vulcan, Tuvok .
  • The Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode " The Ascent " also features two characters who are often at odds being stuck with each other ( Odo and Quark ) being separated by a one-at-a-time beam-out, with the one initially left behind, Odo, believing Quark has abandoned him (due to death).
  • This is the second time in the alternate reality that equipment originally created for mining was used as a weapon (against the Enterprise ); the first was Nero's ship, the Narada .
  • In his intercom address during the Enterprise 's mission to Altamid, Kirk states to his crew that " There is no such thing as the unknown, only the temporarily hidden. " His prime timeline counterpart similarly stated to his crew, " there's no such thing as the unknown. Only things temporarily hidden, temporarily not understood, " in the episode " The Corbomite Maneuver ".
  • In Star Trek: The Original Series , the opening tagline ended with " where no man has gone before ", a wording that could be seen as sexist, so in Star Trek: The Next Generation it was changed to " where no one has gone before ". In Star Trek Beyond , the line is spoken (using "no one") by a woman, Uhura .
  • Thasus is mentioned in the film. Thasus was the homeworld of the non-corporael Thasian species. It was home to Charles Evans after a transport ship crash-landed on the ship.
  • Spock quotes Shakespeare's Measure for Measure , Act 3, Scene 1 - "The miserable have no other medicine but only hope."

Release [ ]

Star Trek Beyond international titles

International title cards: English, Castilian Spanish, Chinese (traditional), French, Spanish, Portuguese

In October 2015, Allociné , a French site for the dates of movie releases, reported that, in France, Star Trek Beyond will be released on 24 August 2016 and will be titled Star Trek sans limites . [108] In January 2016, Paramount Pictures France advanced the release date to 17 August 2016 . [109] The release date in Belgium, Switzerland, and French-speaking communities in Europe was also 17 August 2016. The release date in Quebec and New Brunswick provinces and French-speaking communities in North America was 22 July 2016, the same date as the United States. [110]

Despite not being permitted the chance to direct this film, Jonathan Frakes has nonetheless made supportive comments about it. For example, in the lead-up to the movie's release, he has remarked, " I think Justin Lin is going to do a great job. I'm looking forward to that. " ( SFX , issue 270, p. 63)

Marketing [ ]

Star Trek Beyond cast Omaze

The Star Trek Beyond cast in the July 2015 Omaze campaign announcement video

Washington Code Name

Filming of an Omaze video using the codename "Washington"

On 14 July 2015 , the cast of Star Trek Beyond announced "To Boldly Go", a charity campaign in partnership with Omaze to benefit nine different children's charities:

  • Brave Beginnings (Zoe Saldana)
  • Camp Sunshine (Anton Yelchin)
  • Direct Relief (Zachary Quinto)
  • Heaven Homes (Idris Elba)
  • KidsCan (Karl Urban)
  • Koreatown Youth & Community Center (John Cho)
  • Make-A-Wish (Chris Pine)
  • Time is Precious (Simon Pegg)
  • St. Jude Children's Research Hospital ( Susan Nimoy in honor of Leonard Nimoy)

Those who donated would receive prizes, as well as a greater chance of winning a walk-on part in the film for them and a friend, depending on the amount they give. J.J. Abrams previously announced a similar campaign, " Force for Change ", for Star Wars Episode VII. [111] Each week, two of the cast members announced a winner. [112] The winners included Audrianna Davis and friend Summer, [113] Amy and Karen Ackerman, [114] Steven and Nick, [115] Steve Lamb, Linda, and several others. [116]

Omaze reported on the set visit in late September 2015 [117] and announced Adam Horwitz as the winner of the walk-on role. [118]

A trailer for the film was released online on 14 December 2015 , and premiered in theaters before Star Wars: The Force Awakens . [119] The trailer, which was set to the Beastie Boys ' " Sabotage " as a callback to the 2009 film, drew a mixed response from fans as well as George Takei and Wil Wheaton . [120] Simon Pegg admitted to being surprised by the trailer, speculating " the marketing people [were] saying, 'Everyone come see this film, it's full of action and fun.' When there is a lot more to it than that. I didn't love it because I know there is a lot more to the film. " [121]

A full-length trailer was released on 20 May 2016 , to mixed reviews, but was better received than the teaser.

There is a four-issue comic book series titled Star Trek: Manifest Destiny , though it is not branded as an official prequel to the film like previous IDW Publishing comics Countdown and Countdown to Darkness .

Star Trek Beyond is the first film in the franchise not to have a novelization.

Collectible miniatures of starships from the film have been produced by Snapco and more are slated for release by Hallmark and Quantum Mechanix . Ben Robinson , the project manager of the Star Trek: The Official Starships Collection partwork magazine, has announced that Eaglemoss Collections will be producing a USS Enterprise and a USS Franklin from the film as special issues. Another Beyond starship design will also be produced. Additional starship miniature premiums will be included with Paramount Pictures ' and Walmart home video releases.

Concept art showing the Franklin has been posted at TrekCore . [122] [123]

On 13 March 2016 , it was reported that Paramount had announced the film's international release dates. Thailand would be the first country to show the film, on 19 July 2016 , and Argentina the last, on 1 September 2016 . [124] [125]

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A still from the movie

On 27 March 2016 , the first official still photo from the movie was released as part of USA Today 's summer film preview. [126] [127] More photos were released later, including after the film's second trailer was released. [128]

A promotional single was released for the film in America, " Sledgehammer ", by Rihanna . In China, a different track, " Lost in the Stars " was released by Chinese pop star Zhang Jie (aka Jason Zhang). [129]

Posters [ ]

The first official teaser poster for the film was released alongside the second trailer. [130] Soon after, character posters started being released. [131] The posters featuring Sulu and Uhura had to be re-released following a gaffe that placed their insignia on the wrong side of the uniform. [132]

Logo poster

Box office [ ]

Despite receiving reviews as positive as its two predecessors, Beyond underperformed at the US box office. It opened with US$59.2 million, behind the last two films, and almost a month after its release it only grossed US$196.9 million worldwide, compared to its US$185 million budget. [133] Beyond ultimately grossed US$158.8 million in North America, the lowest total of the three current Star Trek film series, though overseas it made approximately US$183 million, ahead of the first film. At a total gross of US$341.9 million, it was the least successful of the trilogy financially speaking. [134] Not only that, the total gross pitted against its production budget, made Beyond the second all-time worst performing film of the entire Star Trek film franchise in terms of profitability, only surpassed by Star Trek Nemesis . Ironically though, and unlike the latter, Beyond was well received by critics and fans alike, making it as of 2020 the fourth best-received film of the franchise, even beating out, albeit by the slimmest of margins, fan favorite Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home – that is, only in this regard as that film was a financial success for the studio.

  • see Star Trek films – Performance summary for further particulars.

The substantial loss suffered by the studio on the account of Beyond , played a major part in the cancellation decision in January 2019 of the fourth alternate reality film . [135]

The dismal box-office performance reflected itself in its resultant domestic sales of DVD and Blu-ray Disc home video formats, equally disappointing. According to the professional industry site The Numbers, the Beyond domestic home video sales (excluding the three-film combo releases) had by June 2020 totaled up to US$42.5 million in contrast to Star Trek 's US$200 million and Into Darkness 's US$80.5 million with an additional US$3.8 million for combo releases of the latter two titles. [136]

Reception [ ]

Forbes magazine argued that Paramount should have given the film a lower budget: " The thing that made [ Beyond ] most appealing to the fans, that it played like a smaller-scale 50th anniversary homage to the spirit and tone of the original show, was the thing that arguably doomed it in terms of blockbuster success. Star Trek Beyond was what its fans wanted it to be. There is value in that over the long run. But Paramount and friends need to realize that Star Trek is never going to be a Guardians of the Galaxy -level success and plan accordingly. " [137] The Forbes commentary touched upon the circumstance that while "old guard" Star Trek fans did show up at the theaters, "new", and non-fans alike failed to do so, they at the time being offered a plethora of apparently more attractive (block buster) alternatives, those stemming from The Walt Disney Company by then owned properties in particular. These not only included the cited Guardians of the Galaxy and others from the Marvel Cinematic Universe film franchise, but the productions from the in the meantime revived rival Star Wars franchise as well, as detailed in a later Forbes editorial. [138]

Additionally, the alternate reality film franchise had started to cause a rift between the "old guard" fanbase and newcomers to the franchise, with the former expressing their reservations about the alternate reality (re)incarnation, especially for its lack of "the Roddenberry factor", as Star Trek production staff veteran Doug Drexler had put it, [139] (X) but which was present in Beyond , courtesy Director Justin Lin and Writer Simon Pegg, making it the trio's best received one by the [old guard] fanbase. Whereas newcomers on the other hand had flocked to the first two action packed films, precisely because it was fast paced fun and in line with similar fare offered to them by other franchises which catered to the current tastes of contemporary cinema goers (being coined "fun, popcorn movies" by former Star Trek production staffer Roger Lay, Jr. [140] ), they apparently deemed Beyond as "too Trekkie " to their tastes. [141] [142]

Simon Pegg commented two years after the film's release that Paramount had poorly marketed the film, stating they had waited too long to release a full trailer and that they were afraid of mentioning the 50th anniversary. He also expressed anger at how the teaser ruined the use of "Sabotage" in the movie. [143] (X) Pegg did not deviate from his opinions as he reiterated them in March 2020 to IndieWire in an even more outspoken fashion. [144] Incidentally, the studio appeared to have deemed the film "too Trekkie" as well, explaining their marketing decisions regarding the heavy emphasis on action and fun, as related above . Furthermore, Pegg himself came by and large to agree with the Forbes assessment when he at a later point in time – in the process expressing his own personal doubt on the continued existence of the alternate reality and/or the film franchise as a whole for that matter – stated to Collider ,

"The fact is, the appeal of Star Trek is slightly more niche than the appeal of, say, the Marvel movies, which make huge amounts of money, and have this really, really broad appeal and they do very well. I think Star Trek is just a little bit more niche, so it isn’t gonna hit those kind of numbers. So yes, the obvious thing to do would be to not go for that massive spectacle, go for something a little bit more restrained in the vein of the original series. Yes, that would be a brilliant thing to do, and I’m sure it probably has been discussed… You specialize a little bit more. (...) Maybe TV is a better place for [Star Trek] now. Television has evolved so much. It's become something which is very much a contemporary, a peer of cinema. It's simply viewed in a different way. It isn't a reduced scope anymore. You can still do masses of interesting things, and it can still look modern and not inexpensive. Maybe television is a better format for Star Trek. That's where it started, you know." [145]

What Beyond , or rather its poor box office performance, had abundantly and conclusively demonstrated though, was that the reliance on the traditional Star Trek fanbase alone for a motion picture production to become financially viable, was not enough due its relatively small numerical size of potential cinema visitors, especially from the 1990s onward when production costs exploded from double to triple digit millions of dollars, and arguably never had been. Any new Star Trek motion picture production, be it a film or a television production, especially those conceived from the 1990s onward, needed to attract a viewership that extended well beyond "Trekdom" alone, and which was something Paramount was actually already acutely aware of since Berman -era Star Trek . ( A Vision of the Future - Star Trek: Voyager , pp. 139-140) It is this circumstance in particular that explained the ponderous and sluggish development of a projected fifteenth film ; Paramount needs a film that is appealing to an audience as broad as possible, [146] the aforementioned Forbes admonishment notwithstanding – hence the resurfacing of the "too Trekkie" qualifier in regard to that projected film.

  • See also in this regard: Star Trek films – Gross vs net profitability

Merchandise gallery [ ]


Awards and honors [ ]

Star Trek Beyond received the following awards and honors.

Links and references [ ]

Credits [ ].

John Cho Simon Pegg Chris Pine Zachary Quinto Zoë Saldana Karl Urban Anton Yelchin And Idris Elba

Sofia Boutella Lydia Wilson

Paramount Pictures And Skydance Present

In Association with Alibaba Pictures

In Association with Huahua Media

A Bad Robot Production

A Sneaky Shark Production

A Perfect Storm Entertainment Production

A Justin Lin Film

In Loving Memory of Leonard Nimoy

  • Captain James T. Kirk – Chris Pine
  • Commander Spock – Zachary Quinto
  • Doctor "Bones" McCoy – Karl Urban
  • Lieutenant Uhura – Zoë Saldana
  • Montgomery "Scotty" Scott – Simon Pegg
  • Sulu – John Cho
  • Chekov – Anton Yelchin
  • Krall – Idris Elba
  • Jaylah – Sofia Boutella
  • Manas – Joe Taslim
  • Kalara – Lydia Wilson
  • Keenser – Deep Roy
  • Ensign Syl – Melissa Roxburgh
  • Tyvanna – Anita Brown
  • Ben – Doug Jung
  • Fi'Ja – Danny Pudi
  • Zavanko – Kim Kold
  • Hider – Fraser Aitcheson
  • Matthew MacCaull ( Blue Shirt 1 )
  • Emy Aneke ( Blue Shirt 2 )
  • Commodore Paris – Shohreh Aghdashloo
  • Commander Finnegan – Greg Grunberg
  • Jennifer Cheon ( Control Tower Technician 1 )
  • Jarod Joseph ( Control Tower Technician 2 )
  • Jeremy Raymond ( Control Tower Technician 3 )
  • Kissing Guy – Harry Han
  • Kissing Girl – Gina Brinkman
  • Injured Red Shirt – Adam DiMarco
  • Orion Girl – Fiona Vroom
  • Chancellor Ambassador – Richard Laurence
  • Sir Olden – Doug Chapman
  • Wadjet – Dan Payne
  • Jin – Anthony Shim
  • Jeanine – Andrea Yu
  • Teenaxi Leader – Shea Whigham
  • Jae – Christian Sloan
  • Krall's Henchman – Jake Huang
  • Night Watch Captain – Priya Ragaratnam
  • Yorktown Red Shirt – Luka Hays
  • Thomas Cadrot ( USSE Bridge Crew 1 )
  • Jennifer W. Evans ( USSE Bridge Crew 2 )
  • Roxanne Fernandes ( USSE Bridge Crew 3 )
  • Jake Foy ( USSE Bridge Crew 4 )
  • Jodi Haynes ( USSE Bridge Crew 5 )
  • Nathan Jean ( USSE Bridge Crew 6 )
  • Tarun Keram ( USSE Bridge Crew 7 )
  • J.P. Mulcaster ( USSE Bridge Crew 8 )
  • Edwin Rodriguez ( USSE Bridge Crew 9 )
  • Alex Rose ( USSE Bridge Crew 10 )
  • Polina Soldatova ( USSE Bridge Crew 11 )
  • Sarah Yu ( USSE Bridge Crew 12 )
  • Ian Nsenga ( USSE Bridge Crew 13 )
  • Natalia – Ashley Edner
  • Kalara Alien VO – Sara Maria Forsberg
  • Starfleet Official – Jeff Bezos

Second Unit [ ]

Dubai unit [ ], uncredited [ ].

  • Fernanda Alcantara – Photo Still
  • Halit Alptekin as USSE Crew
  • Carlo Ancelotti as Yorktown doctor
  • Justin Anthony as Swarm Soldier
  • Nicole Anthony as USSE Bridge Crew
  • Alika Autran as Franklin Crew
  • Eric Banerd as Swarm Soldier
  • Ness Bautista
  • Jonathan Buckhouse as Swarm drone
  • Ashley Edner as Pesca
  • Chuka Ekweogwu as USSE Crew
  • Lucius Fairburn as Blue Shirt / Red Shirt / Yellow Shirt
  • Jabbz Farooqi as Lieutenant
  • Rebecca Fielding – Extra: Dubai
  • Justin Fortier as Swarm Soldier
  • Calum Grant
  • Ugnė Gražytė as FBI Agent
  • Cindy Harlow as Vulcan ambassador
  • Joel Harlow as Vulcan ambassador
  • Rich Hill as USSE Bridge Crew
  • Adam Horwitz
  • Rebecca Husain as Enterprise crewmember
  • Sorena Khanlou as Swarm Soldier
  • Nick Langmead – Extra: Dubai
  • James Lawson as Swarm Soldier
  • Richard David Lecoin as Swarm Soldier
  • Oqwe Lin as boy
  • Simon MacIntyre as USSE Bridge Crew
  • Trevor Mack as Enterprise crewmember
  • Christian Mandel as Civilian / Starfleet Officer
  • Natalie Moon as Control Tower Tech
  • J.P. Mulcaster as Enterprise crewmember
  • Kane Nelson as Swarm drone
  • Gai-Lanne Pepper as Enterprise crewmember
  • Werner Pretorius as Boltaan
  • Marc Primiani as Enterprise crewmember
  • Rihanne Quionn as Sulu's daughter
  • Jeff Reyes as Swarm Soldier
  • Harpreet Sandhu as USSE Bridge Crew
  • Arlene Santana as USSE Bridge Crew
  • Nick Satriano as Red Shirt Rescue Crew
  • Jason Matthew Smith as Hendorff
  • Bryce Soderberg as Satine
  • Jamie Soricelli as Enterprise crewmember
  • Adam Stone as Cabinet Member
  • Justin Stone as Security
  • Jaewon Suh as Swarm Soldier
  • Nicole April Webster
  • Natasha Young as USSE Bridge Crew
  • Alan Yu as Swarm Soldier
  • Sam Yunussov as Swarm Soldier
  • Randall Cormier
  • Angela Martine
  • Meghan Noble
  • Britni Peters
  • Craig Smith
  • Robert Tomlinson
  • Laura Yanovich
  • Purple-skinned alien girl
  • Female Vulcan ambassador
  • Male Vulcan ambassador

Stunt department [ ]

  • Andrew Emilio DeCesare – Pre-Production stunt performer
  • Alice Ford – Pre-Production stunt performer
  • Jake Huang – Stunts

Unconfirmed [ ]

  • Philip Chang – Stunt Performer
  • Paul Lazenby – Stunt Performer/Stunt Rigger
  • Don Lee – Stunts
  • Brian Lydiatt – Stunt Rigger
  • Dave Phillips – Utility Stunts
  • Hugo Steele – Stunt Performer

Stand-ins [ ]

  • Jade Pattenden – stand-in and photo double for Zoe Saldana
  • Omar Adam – Production Assistant: Dubai
  • Mike Aichholz – Assistant Accountant
  • Faisal Al Kaabi
  • Richie Alonzo – Creature Sculptor
  • Francisco Alvarez – CG Artist: Double Negative
  • Chyla Anderson – Film Score Vocalist
  • George Antzoulides – Previsualization Artist: Proof Inc.
  • Brandon Aquino – Camera department
  • Chris Arnold – Art Department Assistant
  • Jyoti Arora – Roto Artist: Double Negative
  • Anoushka Babur – Production Intern: Dubai
  • Chris Baer – Mold Maker
  • Rico Bailey – Location Assistant: Dubai
  • Kurt Barretto – Production Assistant: Dubai
  • Heather W. Barth
  • Alvaro Bataller – Digital Compositor: Double Negative
  • Todd Bates – Mold Maker
  • Ashley Bell – Second Assistant Director
  • Dave Benediktson
  • Babak Bina – 3D Artist: Double Negative
  • Bryan Blair – Mold Maker
  • Gerald Blaise – Concept Artist: ILM
  • Roland Blancaflor – Silicone and Foam Casting Artist
  • Jacob Bond – Best Boy Electric/Lighting Technician
  • Phillip Joseph Boutté, Jr. – Costume Concept Artist
  • Matt Bowler – Cyber Scanning 3D Artist: Clear Angle Studios LTD
  • Andrea Brown – Extras Casting Director
  • Nancy Anna Brown – Set Designer
  • Lee J. Buckley – Techno Dolly Crane Operator
  • Steve Buscaino – Silicone and Foam Casting Artist
  • Norman Cabrera – Creature Sculptor
  • Merve Cangokce – Makeup Artist: Dubai
  • Brad Carlson – VP Physical Production: Paramount Pictures
  • Stephen Carr – Personnel Driver: Chris Pine
  • Michael Cawood – Previs Supervisor: Proof Inc.
  • Jordane Chedotal – Art Department Assistant: Dubai
  • Jason Claridge – Head Scenic Paint Coordinator
  • Leigh Clarke – Unit Production Manager: Dubai
  • Philip Coleman – Technocrane Operator
  • Siobhán Condon – VFX Production Coordinator: Double Negative
  • Robert Consing – Storyboard Artist
  • Hamza Darbar
  • Greg D'Auria – Editor
  • Miranda Davidson – Extras Casting Director: Dubai
  • Andrew Del Rosario – Set Decorator/Swing Gang Boss
  • Francesco Dell'Anna – Digital Compositor: Double Negative
  • Natasha Denis
  • Nuwan de Zoysa – Key Assistant Location Manager: Dubai
  • Kay Di Rezze – Assistant Accountant: Dubai
  • Pranali Diwadkar – Assistant Set Decorator: Dubai
  • Neville Dsouza – Transportation Coordinator: Dubai
  • Olivier Dubard – Gerealist TD: Double Negative
  • Denny Dugally – Art Director
  • Matthew Duvall – Compositing Lead: Atomic Fiction
  • Katerina Dzolganovski – CG Artist: Double Negative
  • John Eaves – Concept Designer: Props
  • Scotty Eugene Fields – Mold Maker
  • Mohammad Ahmed Fikree – Intern
  • Warren Flanagan – Concept Illustrator
  • Tim Flattery – Concept Designer: Ships
  • Christopher Ford – Generalist Technical Director: Double Negative
  • Jeremiah Forkkio – Previs Artist: Bad Robot Productions
  • Dave Freeman ' – Concept Artist: Double Negative
  • Dionys Frei – Aerial Drone Pilot: DediCam
  • Christopher Friend – Photogrammetry Cyberscanning Service: Clear Angle Studios LTD
  • Natasha Gale – Costume Production Assistant
  • Caroline Jimenez Garcia – Layout Technical Director: Double Negative
  • Mayra Garcia
  • Lyall Gardiner – Location Manager: Dubai
  • Natasha Gerasimova – Art Director
  • Paul Giordano – Assistant Location Manager
  • Peter Gluck – Key Assistant Location Manager Overseas Pre-Production
  • Ruslan Goj – Production Assistant: Dubai
  • Liz Goldwyn – Set Designer
  • Catarina Gonçalves – Rotoscopr Artist: Double Negative
  • Ann Goobie – Location Manager
  • Mike Gunther – Second Unit Director
  • Kevin Haaland – Stand-in: John Cho
  • John Halfman – Mold Maker
  • Rupert Hancock – Set Dresser/DMX LED Lighting Technician
  • Rod Haney – Rigging Grip
  • Sean Hargreaves – Special Effects Aerial Unit Director/Senior Concept Designer
  • Dan Hermansen – Art Director
  • Earl Hibbert – Previsualization Supervisor: Proof Inc.
  • David Holm – Transportation Coordinator
  • Chen Kuang Hsu – Matchmove Artist: Atomic Fiction
  • Dwight Huet – Construction Foreman: Dubai
  • Daniel Ibeabuchi – Grip Assistant: Dubai
  • Gregory Irwin – First Assistant "A" Camera Operator
  • Mohammed Ismail – Electrician
  • Faldela Issel
  • James Jackson
  • Jack Jenkins – Roto Artist: Double Negative
  • Romain Joly – Visual Effects Artist: Double Negative
  • Lee Joyner – Sculptor
  • Doug Jung – Original Screenplay Writer
  • Rochard Kamel – Location Manager: Dubai
  • Pradeep Kankara
  • Jenna Kerr – VFX Associate Producer: Atomic Fiction
  • Sara Khangaroot – Visual Effects Production Manager
  • Lukas Tiberio Klopfenstein – Roto/Prep Artist: Double Negative
  • Vikram Kulkarni – Digital Compositor: Double Negative
  • Josh Lange – Previsualization Artist: Proof Inc.
  • Don Lanning – Creature Sculptor
  • Jenne Lee – Art Department Coordinator: Dubai
  • Simon Lee – Concept Artist/Sculptor
  • Eric Lemay – Special Effects Technician
  • Andrew Li – Assistant Art Director
  • Gil Liberto – Head Mold Maker
  • Peter Lliev
  • Kew Lin – Rotoscope Artist: Double Negative
  • Irma Lotosova – Wardrobe Stylist
  • Don Macaulay – Supervising Art Director
  • Abdulrahman Al Madani – Intern
  • Garry Maddison – Colorist: Double Negative
  • África Aguirre Martin – Studio/Data Management: Double Negative
  • Victor Martinez – Concept Illustrator
  • Patrick Mashaba – Camera and Electrical Department
  • Alecia Maslechko – Production Assistant
  • Josh McCarron – Silicone and Foam Casting Artist
  • Robert Bruce McCleery – Second Unit Director of Photography
  • Patrick McKay – Writer
  • Michael McMullen – Set Security
  • Uzair Merchant – Assistant Art Director: Dubai Unit
  • Milos Milosevic – 2D Sequence Supervisor: Double Negative
  • Regan Mitchell – Grip
  • Andreas Maaninka – Lead Modeler: Double Negative
  • Maxim Molchanov – Set Dresser
  • Jeremy Mooney-Somers – Effects Technical Director: Double Negative
  • David Moreau – Digital Set Designer
  • Eva Morgan – Production Coordinator
  • Tim Moshansky – Location Scout
  • Andrew E.W. Murdock – Additional Photography Production Designer
  • Ian Mussell – Grip
  • Amit Narwani – Matchmove Artist: Double Negative
  • Katrina Navassartian – Visual Effects Associate Producer: Double Negative
  • Kane Nelson – SAE/Assistant to Movement Coach
  • Michael Nickiforek – Special Effects Makeup Artist
  • Alex Noble – Silicone and Foam Casting Artist
  • Aaron Noordally – Prep/Paint Artist: Double Negative
  • Brian Oberquell – Special Effects Artist: Center Forward Productions, Inc.
  • Marc Opdycke – Creature Sculptor
  • Joey Orosco – Creature Sculptor
  • Paul Ozzimo – Concept Illustrator
  • Peter Pacula – Best Boy Rigging Grip
  • J.D. Payne – Writer
  • Philip Pendlebury – Visual Effects Artist: Double Negative
  • Manuel Perez – Digital Compositor: Double Negative
  • Lauren E. Polizzi – Art Director
  • Anne Porter – Digital Set Designer
  • Xin Yi Puah – VXF Editor: Double Negative
  • A. Martin Puentes – Character Animator
  • Rushab Punmiya – Visual Effects Artist: Double Negative Vancouver
  • Mandy Raubenheimer – Assistant Accountant
  • Dominic Ridley – Photogrammetry Cyberscanning Service: Clear Angle Studios LTD
  • Cassandra Rodriguez – Executive Assistant: Paramount Pictures
  • Erick Rodriguez – Creature Sculptor
  • Matt Rose – Creature Sculptor
  • Mike Rotella – Creature Sculptor
  • Raju Sadekar
  • Johnnie Saiko – Mold Maker
  • Rhys Salcombe – 3D Sequence Supervisor: Double Negative
  • Rodolphe Saleh
  • Janine Schiro – First Assistant Accountant
  • Scott Schneider – Specialist Set Designer
  • Benoit Terminet Schuppon – Layout Artist: Double Negative
  • Melissa Shafiq – Makeup Artist: Dubai
  • Daniel Sheridan – Location Assistant: Dubai
  • Oksana Shumylo
  • Andrew M. Siegel – Property Master
  • Romain Simonnet – Generalist TD/Environment TD/Digital Matte Painter: Double Negative
  • Miro Skandera – Previsualization Artist: Bad Robot Productions
  • Craig W. Smith – VFX Editor
  • Sean Stranks – Visual Effects Supervisor: Double Negative
  • Peter Stratford – Set Designer
  • Christo Streak – Accounts Assistant
  • Alan Stucchi – Roto and Prep Site Supervisor-Compositor: Double Negative
  • Marius Swart – Best Boy Grip: Dubai
  • Raghav Tandon – Production Assistant: Bad Robot Productions
  • Andy Taylor – Visual Effects Producer: Double Negative
  • Rhonda Taylor – Second Assistant Director
  • A.J. Teshin – Off-Camera Singer
  • Miles Teves – Creature Sculptor
  • Gareth Thomas
  • Sarah Jane Thompson – Makeup Artist: Dubai
  • Ty Thomson – Previz Artist
  • Davide Tiraboschi – Aerial Drone Camera Operator: DediCam
  • Roger Tortosa – Lighting and Senior Generalist TD: Double Negative
  • George Max Trummler – Third Assistant Director: Dubai
  • Pedro Valdez – Mold Maker
  • Rebecca Valente – Editor: Bad Robot Productions
  • Amy Vatanakul – Previsualization Artist: Bad Robot Productions
  • A.J. Venuto – Mold Maker
  • Karina Villagrana – Makeup department
  • Cameron Ward – Previsualization Artist: Proof Inc.
  • Callum Webster – Set Designer
  • Lindsay Welff – Assistant Property Master: Dubai
  • Neil West – Lookdev and Lighting Technical Director: Double Negative
  • John Wrightson – Creature Sculptor
  • Plamen Yosifov – Art Department Staff
  • Lawrence Zalasky – Layout Technical Director: Double Negative
  • Milena Zdravkovic – Concept Designer
  • Monislav Zhelyazkov – Set Dresser
  • Mohamed AbouAhmed – Scenic Artist: Dubai/Set Plasterer: Vancouver
  • Brandon Allen – Special Effects Technician
  • Samuel Allison – Extras Casting Assistant
  • Anthony Almaraz – Key Costumer
  • Salim Alrazouk – Art Director: Dubai
  • Adam Al-Samarae – Location Assistant: Dubai
  • Marcos Arias – Writer
  • Scott Andrew Armstrong – Rigging Grip
  • Tara Arnett – Graphic Designer
  • Leona Atkinson – Construction Accountant
  • Tania Baaklini – Hotel and Visa Coordinator: Dubai
  • Eric Bachtiar – Data Operations
  • Kristian Bakstad – Stand-in
  • Kurt Barretto – Office Production Assistant
  • Christopher Batty – Pre-visualization Supervisor: Kelvin Optical
  • Bill Baxter – Electrician
  • Eric Benedict – Previsualization Artist
  • Richard Bennett – Storyboard Artist
  • Kris Bergthorson – Concept Designer
  • Justin Bertges – Costumer: Quantum Creation FX
  • Uttham Bhalaykar – Roto Prep
  • Jacob Bond – Rigging Electric Lighting Technician
  • Jeff Bonny – Best Boy Rigging Grip
  • Cole Boughton – Key Production Assistant
  • Peter Boyer – Orchestrator
  • Becky Brake – Supervising Location Manager
  • Michael Brazelton – Compositing Supervisor
  • Keith Brookes – Set Wireman
  • Kurt Bruun – Assistant Property Master
  • Shaun Bullied – Digital Asset Manager
  • Zack Bunker – Digital Asset Manager
  • Richard K. Buoen – Storyboard Artist
  • Riki Butland – "C" Camera Operator
  • Benjamin Cairns – Third Assistant Director
  • Leslie Cairns – Cutter
  • Loree Cameron – Graphic Designer
  • Lanny Campbell – Key Ager/Dyer
  • Matthew Campbell – Lead Greensman
  • Max Cannella – Production Coordinator: Paramount Pictures
  • Andrea Carter – Art Department Coordinator
  • Chris Cavanaugh – Digital Imaging Technician
  • David C.P. Chan – Action Sequence Contributor
  • Julian Chapdelaine – Grip: Vancouver
  • Jesse Chapman – Assistant Editor
  • John Chaschowy – Lead Greensman
  • Lynn Chaulk – Scenic Artist
  • Clem Chen – Painter
  • Tom Chen – Video Assist Assistant
  • Michael A. Cheng – Photo Double/Stand-in
  • Peter Chiang – Visual Effects Supervisor: Double Negative
  • Stephen Cholakis – Driver: Set Decorations
  • Steve Christensen – Art Director
  • Genevieve Claire – Visual Effects Line Producer
  • Kelly Coe – Special Effects Fabricator
  • Steve Collins – Special Effects Fabricator
  • Joey J. Cook III – Second Unit "A" Camera Operator
  • Christian Cordella – Costume Concept Artist
  • Dave Cory – First Assistant Editor
  • Marcela Coto – Previs Coordinator: Proof Inc.
  • Brian Cunningham – Concept Illustrator
  • John Dale – Construction Coordinator
  • Joe Datri – Hydrascope Technician
  • Nicholas Dent – Grip
  • Olivier Deveux – Digital Matte Painter: Atomic Fiction
  • Allison Dillard – Production Safety
  • Nick Diomis – Unit Driver
  • Daren Dochterman – Prop Concept Artist
  • James Doh – Storyboard Artist
  • Whitney Donald – Researcher
  • David Dowling – Property Master
  • Kim Doyle – VFX Production Supervisor
  • Cameron Drinkle – Video Coordinator
  • Kirsten Dumont-Aubrey – Sculptor
  • Rhonda Earick – Costumer Ager/Dyer
  • Troy Eirich – Props
  • Spencer Ennis – 2nd Unit 2nd Assistant "A" Camera Operator
  • James Fantin – Accounting Clerk
  • Lisle Fehlauer – Set Dresser
  • Suzie Fox – Production Assistant
  • Kimberly French – Still Photographer
  • Jeff Frost – Concept Model Maker
  • Jack Gauvreau – Head Sculptor
  • Chris Gibbins – Second Unit First Assistant Camera Operator
  • Selena Ginger – Payroll Accountant
  • Betsy Glick – Costumer
  • Sean Goojha – Assistant Art Director
  • Dan Gorval – Best Boy Grip
  • Dave Greenbaum – Driver: Hair and Makeup
  • Caitlin Groves – Special Makeup Effects Artist
  • Geoffrey Haley – Steadicam Operator: "A" Camera Operator
  • Rupert Hancock – Set Dresser/Set Wireman
  • Rod Haney – Rigging Grip Best Boy
  • Michael Hanna – Lighting Technician/Set Wireman
  • Tommy Harper – Executive Producer
  • Melissa Harrison – Assistant Property Master
  • Chris Hatchwell – Special Effects Assistant
  • James L. Head – Grip
  • David Heffler – Makeup FX Coordinator
  • Chris Henderson – Animator: Props
  • Amy Hetland – Set Costumer
  • Rob Hinderstein – Special Makeup Effects Artist
  • Steven Hoffart – Set Dresser
  • Eliza Hooker – Set Decoration Coordinator
  • David Husby – Sound Mixer
  • Ron Irvine – Transportation Captain
  • Elsey Israel – Trainee Assistant Director/Production Assistant
  • Annie Jackson – Social Media Specialist: Bad Robot
  • Anne Jacobsen – Production Accountant
  • M. Faraz Javed – Production Staff
  • Trevor Johann – Production Assistant
  • Cameron Johnson – Assistant Colorist: Double Negative
  • Meaghan Irene Johnson – Additional Trainee Assistant Director
  • Dave Joshi – Video Coordinator
  • Tex Kadonaga – Set Designer
  • Kevin Kasper – Set Dresser
  • Leon Keegan – Facilities Captain: Dubai
  • Joel Kennedy – Third Assistant Director
  • Daniel Castle King – Production Secretary: Los Angeles
  • Richard Klein – International Political Advisor
  • Scott Kozak – Grip Rigger
  • Scott Kukurudz – Additional Third Assistant Director
  • Tracy Lai – Special Makeup Effects Artist
  • Janet Lane – Payroll Clerk
  • Vince Laxton – Set Wireman
  • Ken Lebre – Senior Dailies Producer
  • Michelle Lee – First Assistant Accountant
  • Sarah Lemmon – Lighting Data Coordinator
  • Terry Lewis – Lead Dresser
  • Sandy Lindala – Prosthetics Coordinator
  • Stephen Richard Lofstrom – Stand-in: Zachary Quinto
  • Nathan Longest – Propmaker
  • Spencer Louttit – Assistant Property Master
  • Shawn Luke – Set Dresser
  • Rohan Lyal – Head Greensman
  • Jessica Lythgoe-Green – Canadian Costume Supervisor
  • Mark MacDonald – Office Production Assistant
  • Richard MacDonald – Lighting Technician
  • Harlow MacFarlane – Special Makeup Effects Artist
  • Boris Maganic – Sculptor
  • Jacqueline Makkee – Special Effects Technician: Film Illusions
  • Jeff Markwith – Set Designer
  • Andrew Masterson – Helicopter Pilot: Dubai
  • Nick Mather – Set Dresser
  • Sarah Mather – Second Assistant Camera Operator
  • Brian Maxwell – Trainee Assistant Director
  • Carol McConnaughey – Unit Publicist
  • Andrew Lee McConnell – Set Designer
  • Christopher McDonald (editor) – Dailies Operator
  • Michael McLellan – Second Unit Key Grip
  • Curtis McParland – Special Thanks
  • Shane Meehan – Roto Supervisor
  • Himanshu Meena – Senior Matchmove Artist
  • Mark Mentiply – Special Effects Technician
  • J.J. Mestinsek – Scenic Paint Foreman
  • Valeria Migliassi Collins – Script Supervisor
  • Dave Miller – Driver: Cast
  • Juhlene Moller – Payroll Accountant
  • Ryan Monro – Dolly Grip
  • Roderick Dryden Morrison – Production Assistant
  • D. Martin Myatt – Assistant Property Master
  • C. Michael Neely – Previsualization Artist: Proof Inc.
  • Andy Nettleton – Helicopter Pilot: Dubai
  • Christopher Newman – Matchmove Artist: Prime Focus
  • Kieu Nguyen – Head Cutter
  • Meghan L. Noble – First Assistant Editor
  • Jordan Nounnan – Previsualization Artist: Proof Inc.
  • Ron Novak – Set Dresser
  • Timothy Oakley – Prop Fabricator
  • Carrie O'Bray – Transportation Co-Captain
  • Susan O'Hara – Costume Set Supervisor
  • Brad Oleksy – Grip
  • Martin Ostrom – Construction Crew/Lead Laborer
  • Harry E. Otto – Art Director
  • Ken Palkow – Prop Fabricator
  • Robert A. Pandini – Hair Stylist
  • Jessica Parks – Post-Production Supervisor
  • Eric C. Pike – Production Controller
  • Douglas Plasse – Second Unit First Assistant Director
  • Charles Porlier – Special Makeup Effects Artist
  • Emily Putz – Special Effects Assistant
  • Andrea Quaglio – First Assistant "C" Camera Operator: Dubai
  • Paul Rabjohns – Music Editor
  • Aline Rajan-Harjani – Transportation Coordinator
  • Yesi Ramirez – Casting Associate
  • Jim Ramsay – Set Designer
  • Zina Richardson – Costume Buyer
  • Katelyn Rodgers – Specialty Costumer
  • Christopher S. Ross – Concept Illustrator
  • Aja Kai Rowley – Art Department Assistant
  • Tyler Ruocco – Assistant Editor
  • Keith Saayman – Libra Technician
  • Nava R. Sadan – Costume Supervisor
  • Sonya Savova – Set Designer
  • Tysen Schieber – Boom Operator
  • Douglas J. Scott – Art Department Assistant
  • Anna Seltzer – Costumer
  • Trey Shaffer – Graphic Textile Designer
  • Brian Shaw – Second Unit Camera Trainee
  • Hugh Sicotte – Concept Artist
  • Dennis Simard – Lead Set Dresser
  • Tim Simonec – Orchestrator
  • Eira Katrine Sletbak – Assistant Production Office Coordinator: Dubai
  • Dane Allan Smith – Visual Effects Producer: Daneiam, Inc.
  • Jeremy Stanbridge – Art Director
  • Vincent Stander – Production Assistant
  • Irena Stepic – Assistant Costume Designer
  • Aaron Stewart – Lighting Technician
  • Bryan Sutton – Set Designer
  • Sophia Tapia – Payroll Accountant
  • James Tavet – Matchmove Artist: Atomic Fiction
  • Chris Tilton – Orchestrator
  • Khanh Trance – Special Makeup Effects Hair Artist
  • Stacy L. Tyson – Costumer
  • Alex Van Nieuwkuyk – Dailies Operator
  • Alexander Vegh – Pre-Visualization Supervisor: Proof Inc. /Second Unit Director
  • Spencer Village – Rigging Lighting Technician
  • Alan Villanueva – Costume Concept Artist
  • Estelle Vockerodt – Assistant Accountant
  • Paul Wagner – Props
  • Thomas Walker – Second Unit Digital Utility
  • Stephanie Walker-Wells – Production Supervisor
  • Heather Wasylchuk – Assistant Special Effects Buyer
  • Juniper Watters – Sound Utility
  • Beth Welch – Second Unit Third Assistant Director
  • Randall D. Wilkins – Set Designer
  • Allen Williams – Concept Artist
  • Joe Wolkosky – Set Designer
  • Amos Wong – Special Effects Electronics
  • Sauyan Wong – Data i/o Manager
  • Steve Woroniecki – Supervising Location Manager
  • Jane Wu – Storyboard Artist
  • Gary Young – Set Sculptor
  • Khaled Zaazouh – Aerial Coordinator: Dubai
  • Mariela Zapata – Set Costumer/Stand-in
  • Lye Zechari – Matchmove Artist: Double Negative
  • Brad Zehr – Special Effects Set Supervisor
  • Jason Zorigian – Production Coordinator: Los Angeles

Companies [ ]

  • April Webster & Associates – US Talent Casting
  • Atomic Fiction – Visual Effects Company
  • Audiolink Radio Communications – Walkie Talkies
  • Center Forward Productions, Inc. – Production Company
  • Clark & Page Casting – Canada Talent Casting
  • Clear Angle Studios LTD – Visual Effects Company: Cyber Scanning
  • Codex Digital – Digital Recording Equipment
  • Cool Air Rentals LTD
  • Daneiam, Inc. – Special Effects Company
  • DediCam – Aerial Drones
  • Double Negative – Visual Effects Company
  • Entertainment Partners Canada – Payroll Services
  • Film Illusions – Special Effects Company
  • Kelvin Optical – Visual Effects Company
  • K/O Paper Products – Production Company
  • Miranda Davidson Studios – Extras Casting: Dubai
  • Otto Nemenz International – Camera Equipment Contractor
  • Prime Focus – Visual Effects Company
  • Proof Inc. – Pre-Visualization Company
  • Quantum Creation FX – Special Effects Company
  • Sessions Payroll Management – Extras Payroll Services
  • Vex Motorsports – Vehicle parts
  • Star Trek Beyond (soundtrack)
  • Star Trek Beyond (DVD)
  • Star Trek Beyond (Blu-ray)
  • Star Trek Beyond (Blu-ray 3D)
  • Star Trek Beyond (4K Ultra HD)

References [ ]

2164 ; 2204 ; 2263 ; acid ; Akima's species ; Ancient Ones ; Abronath ; Altamid ; Armstrong -type ( starship ); Attack on Krall's base ; Attack on Yorktown ; away team ; backseat driver ; barn dance ; base of operation ; Battle of Altamid ; Beastie Boys ; bed ; bedside manner ; bee ; birthday ; birthday party ; Book (device) ; bread ; camouflage ; Federation cargo shuttle ( cargo shuttles ); cauterization ; classical music ; cliff ; closed network ; closet ; coat hanger ; Code 1-Alpha-Zero ; color ; commodore ; compression chamber ; Constitution -class ( starship ); Co-Co's species ; crash landing ; critical alert ; dark ages ; dilithium chamber ; distress call ; Earth-Romulan War ; EPS ; EPS conduit ; Enterprise , USS ; Enterprise -A, USS ; Enhancement sequencing unit ; environmental processor ; episode ; escape pod ; excellency ; excrement ; fan ; favoritism ; Fibonan ; Fibonan High Council ; Fibonan Republic ; Federation archive ; " Fight the Power "; fire ; five-year mission ; Franklin , USS ; Freedom -class ; Gagarin Radiation Belt ; General Council ; gift ; Glenfiddich ; goggles ; goo ; green ; headband ; hell ; Hewlett Packard Enterprise ; horse ; horse and buggy ; horseshit ; IFF ; image refractor ; inertial dampener ; Jaylah's drinks ; Jaylah's family ; Jaylah's species ; Jaylah stick ; Kalara's crew ; Kalara's escape pod ; Kalara's ship ; Kelvin pod ; Kevin ; Kirk, George ; Kirk, Winona ; Krall's base ; Krall's command ship ; language analysis ; locker ; Lordy ; Magellan probe ; Manas' language ; manual override ; manual release room ; medical school ; megahertz ; memorial ; military ; military service ; Military Assault Command Operations ; monorail ; monstrosity ; mortality ; murder ; Natalia ; nebula ; Necro Cloud ; Necro Cloud sector ; New Vulcan ; Non-Federation ; optimism ; Park ; polarized hull plating ; police ; protoplaser ; Public Enemy ; pulse phaser cannon ; puncture ; PX70 motorcycle ; Quarantine (device) ; quarters ; radio ; refractor belt ; renting ; roasting ; romance ; Romulan ale ; Russia ; " Sabotage "; Salcombe , USS ; San Francisco Fleet Yards ; safety area ; saucer ; saucer separation ; Saurian brandy ; Scotch ; Scott's grand nanny ; Shakespeare, William ; Schlerm ; shrapnel ; shuttlepod ; sneeze ; snow globe ; space lane ; spatial torpedo ; Spock (prime) ; stabilizer ; star cocktail ; Starfleet Academy ; Starfleet Charter ; Starfleet uniform (mid 2160s) ; Stargazer , USS ; Starship-class ; subspace link ; Swarm drone ; Swarm gun ; Swarm ship ; Takayama -type shuttlecraft ( unnamed 1 , and 2 ; ; survival kit ; Teenax ; Teenaxi ; Teenaxi Delegation ; Teenaxi symbols ; Thasus ; theft ; thief ; toast ; tracking device ; train ; treaty ; turbolift ; uncharted space ; United Earth Military ; United Federation of Planets ; universal translator ; unnamed plants ; vein ; VHF ; vice admiral ; vodka ; vokaya ; Vulcan ; Vulcan ; warp coil ; welcome mat ; Wilbur's species ; workbee ; wormhole ; wristwatch ; Yorktown ; Yorktown Central Plaza ; Yorktown database ; Yorktown Headquarters ; Yorktown satellites ; Yorktown sentry ship ; Yorktown tree ; Xindi wars

Graphic references [ ]

Altamid system ; angstrom ; Federation database ; gray mode ; Kelvin , USS ; Medical shuttle 37

Balthazar M. Edison's personnel file [ ]

2255 ; boot camp officer ; captain ; carrier ; corvette ; cruiser ; derelict vessel ; diplomatic vessel ; escort vessel ; frigate ; Ginwald, T. ; hospital ship ; inventory log ; Iowa ; maintenance log ; mining vessel ; missing in action ; Murrysville ; Pennsylvania ; Pine, T. ; Riverside Shipyard ; science vessel ; Scott ; scout ; Starfleet Administration ; Starfleet Communications ; Starfleet Diplomatic Corps ; Starfleet Engineering ; Starfleet Intelligence ; Starfleet Medical ; Starfleet medical courier ; Starfleet Operations ; Starfleet Research ; Starfleet Science , Starfleet Security ; Starfleet Tactical ; supply vessel ; support vessel ; survey vessel ; transport vessel ; United Earth Military

Diagnostic wrap display [ ]

cellular collapse ; critical alert ; foreign substance ; organ failure

Public transporter menu [ ]

Arts / Culture ; Attractions ; Bars / Nightclubs ; Gardens ; Museums ; Parks /Nature; Restaurants ; sightseeing ; zone

Starbase Yorktown memorial wall (unseen material) [ ]

Al Kaabi, Faisal ; Al Razouk, Salim ; Bailey, Rico ; Barretto, Kurt ; Barth, Heather W. ; Benediktson, Dave ; Bitbit, Reynaldo ; Chedotal, Jordane ; Clarke, Leigh ; Darbar, Hamza ; Davidson, Miranda ; Denis, Natasha ; de Zoysa, Nuwan ; Di Rezze, Kay ; Diwadkar, Pranali ; Esmaeili, Samira ; Fisher, Rob ; Gale, Natasha ; Garcia, Mayra ; Gardiner, Lyall ; Gluck, Peter ; Goj, Ruslan ; Haley, Sean ; Haney, Rod ; Heimer, Mandy R. ; Hermansen, Dan ; Huet, Dwight ; Ibebuchi, Daniel ; Ismail, Mohammed ; Issel, Faldela ; Jackson, James ; Johnston, Sam ; Kamel, Rochard ; Kankara, Pradeep ; Kozak, Scott ; Lee, Jenne ; Lliev, Peter ; Lemay, Eric ; Lotosova, Irma ; MacAuley, Scott ; Mashaba, Patrick ; McMaster, Sam ; Mitchell, Regan ; Molchanov, Maxim ; Mussell, Ian ; O'Souza, Neville ; Pacula, Peter ; Riley, Simon ; Sacco, Sandrina ; Sadekar, Raju ; Saleh, Rodolphe ; Schiro, Janine ; Shumylo, Oksana ; Swart, Marius ; Thaler, Scott ; Thomas, Gareth ; Welff, Lindsay ; Yosifov, Plamen ; Zhelyazko, Monislav

Spock Prime's holophoto – Senior staff of the USS Enterprise -A [ ]

Chekov, Pavel ; Enterprise (prime), USS ; Enterprise -A (prime), USS ; Kirk, James T. ; McCoy, Leonard ; Scott, Montgomery ; Sulu, Hikaru ; Spock Prime; Uhura, Nyota

Spock Prime's obituary [ ]

2230 ; 2263; ambassador ; executive officer ; second officer ; stardate ; Enterprise , USS ; Enterprise , USS

Unreferenced material [ ]

Andorian herpes ; Chapel ; Cialis ; Deep C-Zar ; gangorian clap ; Hilts ; jumper ; Romaine

Deleted graphics references [ ]

744 ; 752 ; Acamar I ; Acamar III ; AF006 ; AF014 ; Alpha Cygni ; Andoria ; Andorian ; Andorian embassy ; Andorian system ; Arcturus ; argon ; bathymetry ; BDR-258 ; BDR-529 ; Bolarus ; Bolarus II ; carbon dioxide ; Centauri ; CGM-852 ; Cygnus II ; Cygnus VII ; Cygnus system ; exobase ; FGNI-592 ; GHD-258 ; Habitability Index ; helium ; JL006 ; JL008 ; KE091 ; Kepler-22 ; magnetosphere ; mesosphere ; NCV-1248 ; NCV-1539 ; NCV-1690 ; neon ; nitrogen ; Organian ; oxygen ; Rigellian ; Risian ; Sol ; student officer ; Tellarite ; thermosphere ; Translink ; troposphere ; Xindi

External links [ ]

  • Star Trek Beyond at
  • Star Trek Beyond at Memory Beta , the wiki for licensed Star Trek works
  • Star Trek Beyond at Wikipedia
  • Star Trek Beyond at the Internet Movie Database
  • 1 Nick Locarno
  • 2 Sito Jaxa
  • 3 The Inner Fight (episode)

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Star Trek Beyond

2016, Sci-fi/Adventure, 2h 2m

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Star Trek Beyond continues the franchise's post-reboot hot streak with an epic sci-fi adventure that honors the series' sci-fi roots without skimping on the blockbuster action. Read critic reviews

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A surprise attack in outer space forces the Enterprise to crash-land on a mysterious world. The assault came from Krall (Idris Elba), a lizard-like dictator who derives his energy by sucking the life out of his victims. Krall needs an ancient and valuable artifact that's aboard the badly damaged starship. Left stranded in a rugged wilderness, Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto) and the rest of the crew must now battle a deadly alien race while trying to find a way off their hostile planet.

Rating: PG-13 (Violence|Sequences of Sci-Fi Action)

Genre: Sci-fi, Adventure, Action, Fantasy

Original Language: English

Director: Justin Lin

Producer: J.J. Abrams , Bryan Burk , Roberto Orci

Writer: Simon Pegg , Doug Jung

Release Date (Theaters): Jul 22, 2016  wide

Release Date (Streaming): Oct 4, 2016

Box Office (Gross USA): $158.8M

Runtime: 2h 2m

Distributor: Paramount Pictures

Production Co: Perfect Storm Entertainment, Skydance Productions, Sneaky Shark, Bad Robot, K/O Paper Products

Sound Mix: Dolby Atmos

Aspect Ratio: Scope (2.35:1)

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Captain James T. Kirk

Zachary Quinto

Commander Spock

Doctor "Bones" McCoy

Zoe Saldana

Lieutenant Uhura

Montgomery "Scotty" Scott

Anton Yelchin

Sofia Boutella

Lydia Wilson

Shohreh Aghdashloo

Commodore Paris


Jeffrey Chernov

Executive Producer

David Ellison

Dana Goldberg

Tommy Harper

Lindsey Weber

J.J. Abrams

Roberto Orci

Stephen F. Windon


Greg D'Auria

Film Editing

Dylan Highsmith

Kelly Matsumoto

Steven Sprung

Michael Giacchino

Original Music

Thomas E. Sanders

Production Design

Sanja Milkovic Hays

Costume Design

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Audience reviews for star trek beyond.

Nice self-contained Star Trek episode, with a nice space station gravity skit, but otherwise not particularly profound in any way.

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too long, too confusing, too unbelievable... but a fun ride nonetheless

I think this was the 3rd movie that the Star Trek reboot really needed. The 1st was riddled with time travel sci fi shenanigans while the 2nd was overwrought with exposition but this? This was a solid, good ol' action adventure that followed a tried and true formula. Which begs the question, what will be next? A repeat of this and the franchise may be branded as lazy, or not "Star Trek" enough. I just hope these films don't deteriorate into another overloaded Hollywood Sci Fi action-adventure. There's a balance of sophistication and fun still to be found on this "final frontier"

Definitely makes up for the mediocrity of Star Trek Beyond.

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Paramount has announced the digital and home release dates for Justin Lin's Star Trek Beyond , and provided us with a full list of the bonus materials available, along with the Blu-ray/DVD covers. Take a look...

Deleted Scenes - Go Beyond the final cut of the movie with scenes you didn't see in theaters. Beyond the Darkness - Meet visionary producer J.J. Abrams, director Justin Lin and co-writers Simon Pegg and Doug Jung as they discuss the inspiration for the Star Trek Beyond storyline and how it came to life. Enterprise Takedown - Experience edge-of-your-seat action and see how a shocking attack destroys the USS Enterprise. Divided and Conquered - Learn how filmmakers pushed the boundaries in Star Trek Beyond by forcing the Enterprise crew into their most challenging situations yet. A Warped Sense of Revenge - Meet Star Trek's newest villain, Krall, as actor Idris Elba reveals the backstory behind his character's terrifying ambitions. Trekking in the Desert - Go on set to Dubai and discover how its futuristic architecture became the foundation for the most innovative Starbase yet. Exploring Strange New Worlds - Tour the incredible production sets of Star Trek Beyond with director Justin Lin. New Life, New Civilizations - See how special effects designers met the challenge to create an unprecedented 50 new alien species for the film to celebrate Star Trek's 50th Anniversary. To Live Long and Prosper - Journey through the past 50 years of Star Trek with J.J. Abrams and the cast as they reflect on the evolution of this iconic sci-fi series. For Leonard and Anton - Watch a touching tribute to the legendary Leonard Nimoy and beloved crew member Anton Yelchin. Gag Reel - Join in on the fun with this hilarious gag reel of on-set bloopers.

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If you were hoping to catch a screening of " Star Trek Beyond " on Independence Day weekend next year, then you'd better put those plans on hold -- it was recently was announced that the third "Star Trek" reboot will push its release date back from July 8th to July 22.

We know that these sorts of delays have to do more with filming schedules and box office finagling than anything else, but I'm kind of tickled by the idea that first popped into my head, which is that of course the Enterprise is just late to its own movie. What could have made them so late? Judging by how ridiculous the original TV series got sometimes, it could have been literally anything:

Maybe those tribbles they found in the last movie ruined the whole ship.

They clearly got blasted back into the past by an explosion after getting drunk off a virus.

Spock might have lost his brain and they had to go find it.

Brain, brain, what is brain?

They were probably hijacked by a travelling band of space hippies.

They had to go teach an alien culture how to interpret the Constitution.

You know, so they could fight communists.

Kirk could have been brainwashed into thinking he's a Native American and they had to fix him.

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A bunch of children on the ship might have accidentally summoned a demon.

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Whether you're wanting to check out the Original Series or Discovery, figuring out how to watch Star Trek in order is a breeze with this easy guide!

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Is it just us or is figuring out how to watch Star Trek in order getting more and more complex with each passing year? The prospect of watching Star Trek in order would be daunting for even the most decorated of starship captains with multiple series being brought to life on both the big and small screens. But fear not Trekkies - we've got you covered!

If you've ever tried to watch the Marvel movies in order , you'd be forgiven for thinking that was the most complicated franchise on the planet, but we kid you not - it has nothing on Star Trek. The 55-year-old sci-fi franchise includes nine (soon to be 11) TV shows and 13 movies and it spans 1000 years, making for one super complicated and vast timeline.

So, what is the best way to watch Star Trek in order? Well, that depends. For you purists out there, you might like to opt for viewing this franchise by release date, just like all the original Trekkie fans did back in the day. This will allow you to follow along as they did and get a similar experience. While the timeline does jump around, ( Star Trek: Discovery , for example, is set at the end of the 32nd century but was released before Star Trek: Picard , which is set in the 24th century), it gives you a more complete picture. 

Because the Star Trek franchise involves movies and TV series that take place at different times, another option is to watch everything in chronological order. This means you get to start with something a little bit more modern, but the one problem with this is that references will often be made to films you've not yet seen, which could make certain elements difficult to follow. 

To be honest, just like we recommend in our guide to how to watch the Star Wars movies in order , it really is a matter of personal preference. As long as you have one of the best TVs , you'll find you enjoy this franchise no matter what order you decide to watch it in.

So, without further ado, here's how to watch Star Trek in order - based on release date and in-universe continuity...

Star Trek TV shows and movies in chronological order

This is probably the list you're looking for if you're trying to figure out how to watch Star Trek in order. It's where things get really interesting, as Star Trek movies and TV shows have a habit of jumping around the franchise's chronology with sequels, prequels and bits in between. There are even two distinct timelines – but don't worry, we'll explain all that.

The original ‘Prime’ timeline was started by the Original Series, the Next Generation-era TV shows, and the first ten movies, The alternative ‘Kelvin’ timeline, meanwhile, was created in JJ Abrams’ first Star Trek (2009) to allow the familiar Enterprise crew of Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Scotty, Sulu, Uhura and Chekov to have new adventures without contradicting canon . To avoid confusion, we've defined the two timelines as separate entities below.

This list doesn't, however, include all of the brief Short Treks – short stories which are mostly set around the Star Trek: Discovery era – and adventures where Starfleet crews time-travelled to the eras before any of the shows/movies are set (eg visits to 1986 in The Voyage Home and 2063 in First Contact). We've also left out upcoming Discovery spin-off Star Trek: Section 31 , since it's not yet in production. (Also, we're not entirely sure exactly when it'll be set.)

Let's start with everything in one big list. 

  • Star Trek: Enterprise (seasons 1-4)
  • ‘The Cage’
  • Star Trek: Discovery (seasons 1-2)
  • Star Trek: Strange New Worlds
  • Star Trek: The Original Series  (seasons 1-3)
  • Star Trek: The Animated Series 
  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture 
  • Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan 
  • Star Trek 3: The Search for Spock 
  • Star Trek 4: The Voyage Home 
  • Star Trek 5: The Final Frontier 
  • Star Trek 6: The Undiscovered Country 
  • Star Trek: Generations (opening sequence)
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation (seasons 1-5)
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation (seasons 6-7), Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (seasons 1-2)
  • Star Trek: Generations
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (seasons 3-4), Star Trek: Voyager (seasons 1-2)
  • Star Trek: First Contact 
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (seasons 5-6), Star Trek: Voyager (seasons 3-4)
  • Star Trek: Insurrection 
  • S tar Trek: Deep Space Nine (season 7), Star Trek: Voyager (season 5)
  • Star Trek: Voyager (seasons 6-7)
  • Star Trek: Nemesis 
  • Star Trek: Lower Decks
  • Star Trek: Prodigy
  • Star Trek (2009) – Prime timeline sequences
  • Star Trek: Picard
  • Star Trek: Discovery (season 3-)
  • Short Treks: 'Calypso'

If you watch in the order given above, you'll get a continuous ‘history’ of the 22nd, 23rd, 24th and 32nd centuries according to the Star Trek timeline. That said, you will notice some odd discrepancies – thanks to the time in which respective shows were made, the technology in prequel show Star Trek: Discovery is significantly more advanced than what Kirk and Spock used in the Original Series.

Below, we'll explain how the different eras of the shows and movies break down for context. 

Note that Gene Roddenberry's original pre-Kirk Star Trek pilot, 'The Cage', is counted as an instalment of the Original Series. You'll usually find it listed as a bonus episode as part of season one when you're watching it on streaming services.

Star Trek: Enterprise era (22nd century) Begins and ends with: Star Trek Enterprise seasons 1-4

About a century before James T Kirk and his crew embark on their famous five-year mission in Star Trek: The Original Series, Captain Jonathan Archer leads Earth's first steps into the wider universe.

Star Trek: The Original Series era (23rd century) Begins with: 'The Cage' Ends with: Star Trek: Generations (opening sequence)

For many this is the most familiar era of Star Trek, since it involves Kirk, Spock and the classic Enterprise crew.  

This section of the Trek timeline kicks off with the original unaired Star Trek pilot, 'The Cage' . Next up in franchise chronology are the first two seasons of Star Trek: Discovery , which work as a prequel to the Original Series (they even feature a younger version of Spock), but it's all change in season 3 – the events of the season 2 finale send the crew into the distant future of the 32nd century. More on that later...

Upcoming spin-off Strange New Worlds will follow the adventures of Captain Pike, Number One and Spock on the Enterprise after the USS Discovery travelled to the future. And at some point after that, Captain James T Kirk will take command of Starfleet's most famous ship – a role he filled throughout The Original Series , The Animated Series and the first six Star Trek movies ( Star Trek: The Motion Picture , The Wrath of Khan , The Search for Spock , The Voyage Home , The Final Frontier and The Undiscovered Country ).

The latest point we've seen (so far) in the 23rd century era is James T Kirk being taken away by the Nexus ribbon in the prologue of Star Trek: Generations . This is the event that allows Kirk to meet Picard when the Next Generation crew take on the mantle of headlining the big screen franchise.

Star Trek: The Next Generation era (24th century) Begins with: Star Trek: The Next Generation Ends with: Star Trek (2009) – Prime timeline sequences

The richest, most complicated period in Star Trek chronology. During The Next Generation era, Star Trek was experimenting with the idea of a shared universe years before Marvel got in on the act, with three TV shows (TNG, Deep Space Nine and Voyager ) and four movies ( Generations , First Contact , Insurrection and Nemesis ) interweaving through the same timeline – Voyager's Captain Kathryn Janeway even shows up in Star Trek: Nemesis as a newly promoted admiral.

New animated comedy spin-off Lower Decks is set a year after Picard and the Next Generation crew's final mission in Star Trek: Nemesis, while Nickelodeon kids' cartoon Star Trek: Prodigy will see Kate Mulgrew reprising her role as Voyager's captain, Kathryn Janeway. That suggests it will presumably be set at a similar point in the Star Trek timeline.

In JJ Abrams' first Star Trek movie (2009), the destruction of Romulus and Spock Prime's accidental trip back to the pre-Original Series era (in the Kelvin timeline) also take place after the events of Nemesis.

In the list above, we've shown how the movies (roughly) fit into the chronology of The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Voyager. 

Picard era (turn of the 25th century) Begins with: Picard Ends with: ???

Aside from glimpses of the destruction of Romulus in JJ Abrams’ Star Trek (2009), Star Trek: Picard gives us our first post-Star Trek: Nemesis look at what the United Federation of Planets has become. 

Since we last saw Jean-Luc Picard, he's retired to his vineyard in France, an android uprising on Mars has led to a ban on all synthetic life, and a disabled Borg Cube (known simply as the 'Artifact') is being mined for technology.

Distant future (32nd century) Begins with : Star Trek: Discovery season 2 (finale) Ends with: ???

In order to save the galaxy, the brave crew of the USS Discovery set off on a one-way mission 900 years into the future in Star Trek: Discovery 's season 2 finale. Their 32nd century destination is new territory for Star Trek – thanks to the mysterious 'Burn', most of the dilithium in the galaxy has been destroyed, making warp travel impossible. As a result, the Federation is a shadow of its former self – even Earth has decided to go it alone.

This isn't, however, the furthest Star Trek has ventured into the future – Short Trek ' Calypso ' is set on the Discovery in a distant future where the ship's computer has become sentient.

Star Trek's alternate 'Kelvin' timeline explained

In 2009's Star Trek movie directed by JJ Abrams, Spock Prime tries to save Romulus from a supernova, inadvertently creates a black hole while doing so, and gets pulled into the past, along with Romulan mining vessel the Narada. Once there, the Narada attacks the USS Kelvin on the day James T Kirk is born. The ship is destroyed as Kirk's father, George, sacrifices himself to save the rest of the crew. 

When all that happens, the alternative ‘Kelvin’ timeline is created, with events unfolding in parallel (but with remarkable similarity) to the original Prime timeline.

Got all that? There are just three movies set in the Kelvin timeline:

  • Star Trek (2009)
  • Star Trek into Darkness
  • Star Trek Beyond

Star Trek TV shows and movies in release date order

  • Star Trek: The Original Series (1966-1969)
  • Star Trek: The Animated Series (1973-1974)
  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)
  • Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
  • Star Trek 3: The Search for Spock (1984)
  • Star Trek 4: The Voyage Home (1986)
  • ‘The Cage’ (previously unavailable Star Trek pilot from 1965, given VHS release in 1986)
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987-1994)
  • Star Trek 5: The Final Frontier (1989)
  • Star Trek 6: The Undiscovered Country (1991)
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993-1999)
  • Star Trek: Generations (1994)
  • Star Trek: Voyager (1995-2001) 
  • Star Trek: First Contact (1996)
  • Star Trek: Insurrection (1998)
  • Star Trek: Enterprise (2001-2005)
  • Star Trek: Nemesis (2002)
  • Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)
  • Star Trek Beyond (2016)
  • Star Trek: Discovery (2017-)
  • Short Treks (2018-2020)
  • Star Trek: Picard (2020-)
  • Star Trek: Lower Decks (2020-)
  • Star Trek: Prodigy (2021, TBC)
  • Star Trek: Strange New Worlds (TBC)

Considering The Original Series was cancelled after just three seasons in 1969, it's remarkable that Star Trek is still around half a century later. But as the show's popularity grew in syndication on US TV, Trek fandom became a big enough force for the five-year mission to resume via Star Trek: The Animated Series in 1973. Most of the original cast – with the notable exception of Walter Koenig (Chekov) – were enticed back to voice their characters. 

Then, helped by Star Wars turning sci-fi into the hottest genre in Hollywood, Star Trek beamed onto the big screen with 1979's The Motion Picture . The original crew headed up five more movies ( The Wrath of Khan , The Search for Spock , The Voyage Home , The Final Frontier and The Undiscovered Country ) before bowing out in 1991. The ’80s also gave the world a hint of the Star Trek that never was when 'The Cage' , the original unaired pilot, was released on VHS in 1986 (it appeared on TV two years later). Of the pilot crew, only Leonard Nimoy's Spock went on to reprise his role in the TV show, though footage from 'The Cage' was used extensively in the Original Series’ only two-parter, 'The Menagerie'. 

While the Enterprise was making it big in cinemas, the franchise returned to its TV roots in 1987 with The Next Generation . Set over 70 years after Kirk and Spock's final mission, it featured a new crew – led by Captain Jean-Luc Picard – on board a new starship Enterprise. The Next Generation was arguably even more successful than the Original Series, spawning two spin-off series: Deep Space Nine (which began in 1993) played with the Trek format by focusing on a space station, while Voyager (1995) dumped its crew on the other side of the galaxy, hundreds of light years from home. 

The Next Generation crew also fronted four movies of their own ( Generations , First Contact , Insurrection and Nemesis ) between 1995 and 2002.

After Voyager came to an end in 2001, Star Trek left the Next Generation era behind, and went in a completely different direction – Star Trek: Enterprise was a prequel set a century before Kirk and Spock's adventures. Enterprise lasted only four seasons, however (The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Voyager all made it to seven), and was canceled in 2005.

These were also dark times for the movie branch of the Trek franchise, as the disappointing box office performance of Nemesis had put the film saga on hiatus – it wasn't until 2009 that Star Trek warped back onto the big screen. 

Future Star Wars: The Force Awakens director JJ Abrams (already hot property as director of Mission: Impossible 3 and co-creator of Lost) gave the franchise an action blockbuster makeover, recasting Kirk, Spock and the rest of the original crew as rookies on their first mission. The reboot, simply titled Star Trek , made more than twice as much at the box office as any of its predecessors, and two sequels ( Star Trek into Darkness , Star Trek Beyond ) followed. 

Star Trek belatedly returned to TV in 2017 with Star Trek: Discovery . Set a decade before the Original Series, it was a darker, more serialized Trek than we’d seen before – more in tune with the prestige shows of the so-called Golden Age of TV. As it’s turned out, it was just the beginning of Star Trek's renewed assault on TV...

A series of brief Short Treks appeared online ahead of Discovery's second season, while The Next Generation follow-up Star Trek: Picard left spacedock in January 2020. Animated series Lower Decks followed in August 2020, and Discovery spin-off Strange New Worlds – featuring Anson Mount's Captain Pike, Rebecca Romijn's Number One and Ethan Peck's Spock on the pre-Kirk Enterprise – is now in production. 

There's also another cartoon offering heading for the Alpha Quadrant, in the form of animated kids show Star Trek: Prodigy.

And there's potentially even more to come, as the much-talked about Michelle Yeoh vehicle Section 31 is still in development. But with Paramount Plus programming boss Julie McNamara telling Variety that the streaming service's current aim is to debut "a new Trek every quarter", we may have to wait for Discovery, Picard, Lower Decks and/or Strange New Worlds to stand aside before we get a new TV iteration of Trek.

To keep things simple, all the shows above are listed by the date their first episode aired. While the chronology does jump around if you watch Star Trek in order of release date, there are some benefits. For example, the prequel shows assume a fair bit of knowledge of earlier series, like the Borg's appearance in Star Trek: Enterprise episode 'Regeneration', or Star Trek: Discovery's revelations about the ultimate fate of Christopher Pike (the Enterprise captain in 'The Cage', who later shows up in 'The Menagerie'). Moments like that undoubtedly make more sense in the context of later events in the Star Trek timeline. 

How to stream Star Trek TV shows and movies

If you just want to know how to stream the 13 Star Trek movies and eight TV shows in the US and the UK, we've laid it out below. 

In the US, the newly rebranded Paramount Plus (formerly CBS All Access) is definitely the place to go, with every TV show available to watch. In the UK, Netflix hosts all the Star Trek series except for Picard and Lower Decks.

Watching the 13 Trek movies is a rather more complex affair, with the films spread across numerous streaming services in the US and UK – and some of them you'll have to pay to rent/buy.

The TV shows

  • Star Trek: The Original Series ( US: Paramount Plus, Amazon Prime Video UK: Netflix)
  • Star Trek: The Animated Series ( US: Paramount Plus UK: Netflix)
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation ( US: Paramount Plus, Amazon Prime Video UK: Netflix)
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine ( US: Paramount Plus, Amazon Prime Video UK: Netflix)
  • Star Trek: Voyager ( US: Paramount Plus, Amazon Prime Video UK: Netflix)
  • Star Trek: Enterprise ( US: Paramount Plus, Amazon Prime Video UK: Netflix)
  • Star Trek: Discovery ( US: Paramount Plus UK: Netflix)
  • Star Trek: Picard ( US: Paramount Plus UK: Amazon Prime Video)
  • Star Trek: Lower Decks (US: Paramount Plus US: Amazon Prime Video)
  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture ( US: Amazon Prime Video, Hulu UK: Only available to rent/buy)
  • Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan ( US: Amazon Prime Video, Hulu UK: Sky Cinema/Now TV)
  • Star Trek 3: The Search for Spock ( US: Amazon Prime Video, Hulu UK: Sky Cinema/Now TV)
  • Star Trek 4: The Voyage Home ( US: Paramount Plus, Amazon Prime Video UK: Sky Cinema/Now TV)
  • Star Trek 5: The Final Frontier ( US: Amazon Prime Video, Hulu UK: Only available to rent/buy)
  • Star Trek 6: The Undiscovered Country ( US: Amazon Prime Video, Hulu UK: Only available to rent/buy)
  • Star Trek: Generations ( US: Paramount Plus, Amazon Prime Video UK: Sky Cinema/Now TV)
  • Star Trek: First Contact ( US: Paramount Plus UK: Only available to rent/buy)
  • Star Trek: Insurrection ( US: Amazon Prime Video, Hulu UK: Only available to rent/buy)
  • Star Trek: Nemesis ( US: Paramount Plus, Amazon Prime Video UK: Only available to rent/buy)
  • Star Trek 2009 ( US: DirectTV UK: Sky Cinema/Now TV)
  • Star Trek Into Darkness ( US : FX Now UK: Amazon Prime Video)
  • Star Trek Beyond ( US: Amazon Prime, Hulu UK: Amazon Prime Video)

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All the Star Trek shows and movies coming in 2023 and beyond

Trekkies have a lot to be thankful for this year as the Star Trek franchise we all know and love shows no signs of slowing down!

As of now, there are four series in production within the entire franchise. Before streaming took over in the mid 2010s, there were only five broadcast series on air including The Original Series ,  The Next Generation ,  Deep Space Nine ,  Voyager , and  Enterprise . Now, with so many additions, both animated and live-action, it seems almost impossible to keep track of what to watch next, but you’ve come to the right place.

If you’ve been wondering when and where you can watch the current and upcoming seasons of Star Trek series and learn what anticipated films are set to be made, read on to find out!

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Star Trek: Strange New Worlds

The most recently released live-action series in the franchise received positive reviews and has already been ordered for a third season ahead of its second season release. Strange New Worlds is set a decade before the events of the original series in the 23rd century and offers up a contemporary take on the original series’ episodic storytelling and 1960s design choices.

The main cast includes Anson Mount, Ethan Peck, Jess Bush, Christina Chong, Celia Rose Gooding, Melissa Navia, Babs Olusanmokun, Bruce Horak, and Rebecca Romijn as Number One. The second season will premiere on Paramount+ on June 15 .

Star Trek: Lower Decks

The adult animated series takes place in the late 24th century in the Star Trek universe, in which Earth is part of the multi-species United Federation of Planets and focuses on Starfleet’s least important starships, the USS Cerritos.

The main cast includes Tawny Newsome, Jack Quaid, Noël Wells, Eugene Cordero, Dawnn Lewis, and Jerry O’Connell. Even though the fourth season has yet to premiere, a fifth season was ordered in March 2023 and is already in development. Season 4 is scheduled to premiere on the streaming service Paramount+ in Summer 2023  with a 10-episode run.

Star Trek: Prodigy

Another wildly popular animated series in the franchise, Nickelodeon’s P rodigy is returning for a second season. The main cast includes Brett Gray, Ella Purnell, Jason Mantzoukas, Angus Imrie, Dee Bradley Baker, and Kate Mulgrew.

The series, which was met with positive reviews from critics and even received a Children’s and Family Emmy Award, has been airing since 2021. While an exact release date has not yet been set, season 2 will arrive this upcoming winter on Nickelodeon and Paramount+.

Star Trek: Discovery

The live-action series begins around ten years before the events of The Original Series which aired in the mid to late ’60s. The main cast includes Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Shazad Latif, Anthony Rapp, and Mary Wiseman. A final 10-episode fifth season was ordered in January 2022 and is expected to premiere on the streaming service Paramount+ in early 2024.

Star Trek 4

The long-awaited sequel to the 2016 film Star Trek Beyond was originally supposed to be released in December 2023 but has since been pushed back. It is unclear when the film will be released in theaters.

Star Trek: Section 31

This movie is based on the novels that explore the operations of the clandestine organization known as Section 31 and expected to be released on streaming platform Paramount+. The film stars Michelle Yeoh who first appeared in Star Trek: Discovery as Captain Philippa Georgiou. Yeoh returns as an alternate universe version of her character who is now named Emperor Philippa Georgiou. She’ll be the central character in this movie. It is yet to be announced when filming will start but keep your eyes peeled for a date soon!

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2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the Star Trek franchise — and the release of Star Trek Beyond , the 13th feature film in the series. To celebrate this big year, and ponder the deeper meanings of Trek ’s first half-century, the Entertainment Geekly column has been looking at a different Star Trek film each week. Last week: The much-despised ode to architectural decadence . This week: Beyond , and something different.

The best Star Trek movie in 25 years came out this summer. It stars one woman, was directed by another woman, and lasts less than four minutes.

I have no idea why a song called “Sledgehammer” became the tie-in song for Star Trek Beyond . Hell, I can’t even remember the last time a big blockbuster movie had a tie-in song — and there’s a very throwback-‘90s feel to the “Sledgehammer” music video. It’s like director Floria Sigismondi took a couple ambient visuals from the movie (alien-lady makeup, buzzard attack-bots) and plugged them into her own very woozy hallucinogenic notions of an extraterrestrial space-goddess dancing across star-splattered rock formations and starchilding into cosmic ultrasentience. It’s our own modern variant of “ Come With Me ,” the music video where Puff Daddy raps toward Godzilla, which is coincidentally the only halfway entertaining Godzilla movie ever made outside of Japan.

The “Sledgehammer” video has no obvious plot, which actually makes it less confusing than Beyond , a film whose plot depends on a hazily-explained space-tech thing getting passed among at least two never-seen, barely-remarked-upon alien races. In the video, Rihanna plays a superpowered god-person — maybe a Q, or a shirt-tail cousin to Trelane, or an Organian in a dancing mood. (If you take the music video’s canon seriously — no reason not to! — then Rihanna’s command over the Beyond space-swarm would imply that she’s the alien whose long-abandoned technology provides bad guy Krall with his military-industrial might.) She’s on a purple-toned rocky landscape…

…which uncannily resembles the God Planet at the center of the Universe from The Final Frontier …

…and that similarity is no accident! Because — and I swear to god I didn’t know this until five seconds ago — “Sledgehammer” was actually shot in the exact same place where William Shatner filmed the climax of his Star Trek movie. It’s the Trona Pinnacles, one of those beautiful corners of California that looks like the sunblasted hemisphere of a lifeless planet. I have no idea if director Floria Sigismondi knew that — she didn’t mention the connection to my colleague Nolan Feeney — and I have no idea if the video’s other apparent Trek homages are intentional or not.

But “Sledgehammer” honors some visual cues from Trek s long past; it is one of the trippiest products the franchise has ever produced. By the end, Rihanna has ascended to some greater cosmic plane, and her face silhouettes outward from a nebular expanse. It reads — to me, at least — as an uncanny riff on the faces on the poster for The Motion Picture , floating in space with laser-lines emanating skywards.

The Motion Picture and The Final Frontier both get a bad rap; I’m on the record liking them both, and so maybe I’m just grasping at crazy straws here. But this has been a year with lots of loose talk about what Star Trek is, and what Star Trek should be. (Some people like Beyond specifically because it feels so much like Star Trek .) So I’m tickled that Sigismondi’s version of Star Trek is either inspired by, or inadvertently akin to, two of the most willfully strange variations of Star Trek in the franchise’s 50-year history.

There’s a point where Rihanna seems to be transubstantiating, her body etched in glowing lights across the cosmos; it recalls nothing so much as Spock’s tour through V’ger, with another cosmic female form at the center of it all.

The final shot of “Sledgehammer” finds the Enterprise staring at a planet-sized face of Rihanna. The shot holds for a few long seconds. There’s nothing like it in Beyond ; Justin Lin’s film has some gloriously geometric notions about outer-space civilization, but it’s not a Giant Floating Head kind of movie.

Which, fine: There’s always been a tense coolness to the Star Trek movies, a sense that childish things like Greek God Aliens and Wesley Crusher and The Possibility Of A Story Without Violence ought to be left behind on the small screen. But I’m struck that this final shot dares to combine two different visual ideas from two of the least-loved Star Trek movies. Take the extreme long shot of the Enterprise from The Motion Picture ….

…and combine the floating godface over the Trona Pinnacles from The Final Frontier …

And voila: Discover Rihanna’s Star Trek !

Now, I have no idea how much Rihanna actually knows about Star Trek , nor do I remotely care. It’s always suspicious when a famous person self-describes as a nerd for anything — but maybe the central sin of modern fandom is the idea that fandom is something you have to qualify for.

And fact that Rihanna calls out “La Forge” as her favorite character feels personal and truthful, insofar as it’s completely at odds with Paramount’s official messaging around their corner of Star Trek franchise. Paramount loves that you love Star Trek , but doesn’t really acknowledge anything that happened in the 40 years between the TV show getting canceled and the first J.J. Abrams movie. I quote from an official press release that arrived in my inbox a couple weeks ago: Paramount Pictures, Skydance and Bad Robot announce a Fourth ‘Star Trek’ Film. I know this is pedantic, but: The fourth Star Trek film is 30 years old, and it’s a damn masterpiece , so maybe some attention should be paid, oh ye Writers of Official Studio Press Releases.

I’m not going to make the case that, like, “Sledgehammer” exemplifies some bold new take on the franchise’s iconography. There’s a cynical read on this video: A studio wants to reach out to some non-nerd dude demographics; a singer willing to plug a song about Sledgehammers into the end credits of a space action movie; a music video director thrilled to shoot on-location using IMAX cameras.

But there’s no reason to be precious about whatever Star Trek is supposed to mean. Here’s a franchise born out of candy-colored Pop Art imagery and lysergic cheap-puppet visions of life beyond the cosmos — and, 50 years deep into its existence, one of the most prominent visual concepts in its latest $185-million incarnation is putting Kirk on a motorcycle. Maybe we need Rihanna’s swooning saturnine telekinesis; maybe Sigismondi could do a whole lot more with a feature film budget; maybe we need a Star Trek movie daring enough to be silly; maybe Beyond could’ve used a Giant Floating Head.

The best part of Beyond is the first act. Essentially a prologue, it finds Captain Kirk and his crew far on the outer reaches of space. They’re three years into the five-year mission. Maybe we can credit co-writer Simon Pegg for that bit of metatextual cleverness: The original Trek ended at the three-year mark, and even factoring in alternate-reality chrono-twists, it still feels like Beyond could be the premiere of a never-filmed fourth season.

Kirk is bored; things are getting “episodic.” The crew is passing the time: Collecting artifacts from distant planets; falling into bed with each other. Starfleet used to vibe naval, until Next Generation reimagined its Enterprise as a family-friendly work environment, half-Googleplex and half-Sea Org. In Beyond , serving on a Starfleet ship most closely resembles a lengthy study-abroad session, with Chekov the prototypical nerdy-teen who goes to college and rediscovers himself as a baby-faced Don Juan.

The exception is Kirk. He’s feeling a bit listless. He’s getting older; Beyond starts with McCoy insisting on celebrating his birthday. We’ve been here before — McCoy demands that Kirk celebrate turning 50 in The Wrath of Khan — but there’s some true resonance to the referentiality. This Kirk was born the day his father died; he’s now older than his father ever was. In real life, Pine is a few years older than onscreen father Chris Hemsworth — and Pine is the exact same age that William Shatner was when Shatner started playing Kirk back in 1966. “To perfect eyesight and a full head of hair!” toasts McCoy — a line that I choose to believe is a deeply embedded nudge-nudge to the original Kirk, shown here with a convincing haircut:

In Beyond , Kirk is wondering: Just why the hell is he doing this? He never really wanted to join Starfleet, like his dad; he just signed up on a dare. There’s a clever new idea here, and I think the reference to Wrath of Khan is important. That Kirk was having a midlife crisis; nowadays, nobody waits until 50 to have a midlife crisis.

“I loved playing the first 10 minutes of this film greatly,” Chris Pine told me, about Beyond . “It’s a willfully different energy than Kirk has been in the past.” We met Pine’s Kirk as an angry young man, recall. “He was louder, maybe at times more abrasive. He’s emotional, he’s volatile, he’s a raging adolescent kid, who’s pissed off at the system that killed his father, pissed off at his father for dying, using all this rage as fuel, to make him as good of a Starfleet captain — or even better! — than his father.”

In Beyond , that angry young man has gone. “He’s quieter. He’s more subdued. He still has his sense of humor. But there’s a mundanity to it, an everydayness to it.” Pine told me that he could relate to this new Kirk — at least, to the Kirk we see at the start of the movie. “It’s only the first 10 minutes,” he said.


What happens after those first 10 minutes? The Enterprise visits Yorktown, a nifty space-sphere with skyscrapers pointed upwards and downwards and inwards and outwards. On the Yorktown, Sulu meets his family, and gives his husband a hearty thoughtful rub on the back. At long last, confirmation: Sulu is married, and the spark is gone . It’s probably too much to expect that Sulu would kiss his husband (a kissing scene was filmed, however, but then cut, according to John Cho ); physical sexuality has been pretty well banished from this version of Star Trek . Pine has never had a love interest. Uhura and Spock are trapped in the late stage of a bad romance: They are that college couple who could never quite break up.

Actually, these new Trek s mostly treat sexiness as a sight gag: Kirk’s cat-lady strippers from Into Darkness , a shirtless Chekov kicked into the Enterprise corridor for a walk of shame, the lingerie-clad Orion woman from Trek ’09 . Maybe that’s why Beyond casts Idris Elba — acclaimed actor and forefront exemplar of contemporary sexual charisma — as a face-shifting roach-monster with a placeless accent and a slipstream motivation.

Elba is playing Balthazar Edison, a hero of the Federation, someone who fought in the early Romulan wars before launching bravely into the far reaches of space in the first era of Starfleet’s adventures beyond the stars. At the risk of playing Monday Morning Quarterback on a film that everyone openly insists was rushed into production with a rapidly-written script: Everything about Elba in Beyond is backwards. It’s the Cumberkhan problem all over again, really. The villain in Beyond is constructed around a Big Twist — the monster was human all along! — when the movie would be vastly more interesting if it showed you all the cards at the start.

Imagine if we got to see Elba as a great mythic hero of the Federation, a swaggering inspiration to all who followed him: Imagine if Elba got to play Kirk’s Kirk. (The tie-in viral videos practically write themselves; they could be shot like the original Star Trek series, with Captain Edison beaming down to San Fernando-looking planets to fight lizard-men and kiss space-gals with prosthetic foreheads.) Beyond buries that possibility, and backloads all of Elba’s motivation to the final act, by which time his plan only really makes sense as a suicide mission.

Was this always the plan? The trailers for Beyond promised something unusual: Cut to Elba, as Krall, declaring that “This is where the Frontier pushes back.” When I talked to Simon Pegg a few months ago, he explained, “We’ve moved on a little bit since the ’60s. It’s enabled us to ask certain questions that might not have been asked then. Is the Federation a good idea or not? Is it just colonialism?”

That is a good question — and it echoes one of the best throwaways lines from The Undiscovered Country . It’s in that great dinner scene between the Enterprise and the Klingons. Chekov claims that the Federation believes “all planets have a sovereign claim to inalienable human rights.”

“If only you could hear yourselves!” says Azetbur, an intelligent young Klingon woman. “‘Human rights.’ Why, the very name is racist. The Federation is no more than a ‘homo sapiens’ only club.”

From what we see, there are an awful lot of humans in the Federation, and in Starfleet. There are probably reasons for this in the canon, and we all know that it’s just because it would take too damned long to give every actor wacky forehead ridges. But why is Starfleet so overrun with humans? And why does Starfleet refer to outer space as the “frontier,” when we can clearly see that most of the alien civilizations Starfleet “discovers” have been living happily for hundreds of thousands — if not millions or billions — of years? These are questions we aren’t supposed to ask about Star Trek , which makes them the most interesting questions to ask.


Here’s a question: Why does Old Spock stay in the past?

Trek ’09 requires all the usual leaps in time travel logic. Spock has some red matter called, well, “Red Matter,” capable of creating continuum-puncturing black holes through which spaceships can travel uninjured. Pointless to nitpick this; in my favorite Star Trek movie, time travel is achieved by flying into the sun at top speed and withstanding an Easter Island CGI-Head dream sequence . The actions of Spock and Nero launch a new branch off the great Lifetree of Space-Time, creating a new alternate reality where Kirk had no father but at least his eyes were blue.

The movie doesn’t dawdle too much on the great questions of time travel, because secretly, Trek ’09 doesn’t really consider Spock a time traveler at all. This is a new universe, with familiar-looking characters who are nevertheless completely different people. When I spoke to Pegg, he stressed that was the interpretation framed by himself and Beyond co-writer Doug Jung. “We’re not governed by what happened in the original timeline,” he said. “We discussed the potential fate of everybody being completely open. It’s not like they have to survive. This isn’t that universe. Their life experiences might be slightly different…[it] might not be the same sperm that fertilized the same egg.”

Of course, part of the intriguing tension of the new Trek films is that their universe is never entirely different. In fact, these “new” characters often seem to be trapped on destiny’s rails; Kirk and Spock are inevitably friends (even though they initially hate each other). They must inevitably fight a madman named Khan. If they inevitably watch one Enterprise get destroyed, they will inevitably find a shiny new Enterprise-A waiting for them in spacedock. Spock and Uhura might date, Sulu might have a husband, Chekov might be flirting with half the ladies onboard the Enterprise , but you could make the argument that all of that could have happened on the original series. Uhura would occasionally flirt with Spock; Sulu doesn’t really have onscreen love interests; who knows what Chekov does after hours?

Like: It doesn’t require too much imagination to go back to the original series and imagine that Koenig’s Chekov is handsome young cad, that Takei’s Sulu is a cool professional who doesn’t talk about his family, that Spock and Uhura are casual co-workers-with-benefits. (Remember: The Final Frontier implicitly establishes that Uhura and Scotty have been/always shall be shore leave sweethearts.) It’s true that we don’t see that stuff on the original series.

But when you watch all of the Star Trek movies in quick succession, you may notice just how little we really see of these characters — and, maybe, how little we understand the galaxy around them. In Wrath of Khan , Starfleet is clearly a military endeavor; the scientists constructing the Genesis Project don’t quite trust that Kirk and his fellow Admirals have good intentions. In Search for Spock , Starfleet is a corroded bureaucracy, with an extremely Kremlin-y tendency to imprison aging heroes for acting unmutual. Starfleet is uniquely terrible at defending Earth, nominally the governmental center of the whole galaxy; maybe Starfleet isn’t all it’s cracked up to be? Some people flipped out over the idea of the nefarious false-flag Starfleet plot in Into Darkness — but there’s a military conspiracy in The Undiscovered Country , and in Insurrection, the Federation Council officially signs off on a plan to forcibly relocate an alien race.

And so it’s worth asking a question that the movies never bother to answer: Why doesn’t Old Spock go home?

I suppose one answer is: “There’s no way for him to go back.” But that’s a bit of a cheat, given that everything is inevitably possible in the Star Trek universe, given that Spock literally died and then literally came back to life thanks to a radical confluence of a protomatter-infused rapid-growth organic matrix and psionic soul-transference and Vulcan mysticism and the curious decision to fire a torpedo coffin straight at a planet created yesterday. Spock was doing important work, before he traveled through the Red Matter wormhole. He had spent decades trying to repair relations with the Romulan Empire. Of course, he left his original timeline right after Romulus was destroyed — a natural disaster that must have sewn disarray throughout the quadrant.

Actually, if you think about it, Spock must have left the original timeline at a miserable point in history; it doesn’t take much imagination to consider remnants of the Romulan Empire going rogue across the Neutral Zone, nor to imagine that the weakened Starfleet of Insurrection and Nemesis — recovering from war with the Dominion and the Borg — wouldn’t necessarily be prepared for such wild incursions. Is it possible Spock didn’t want to go back? Is it possible that, having found himself in some far-flung simulacrum variation of his own youth, he preferred the 23rd Century? Do Vulcans feel nostalgic? What about half-Vulcans who apparently don’t care anymore about the Temporal Prime Directive? Did Spock just wish he could go back to when things were simpler? Did he give up on his own future?


Beyond asks none of these questions, maybe because they’re too complicated. The film makes time for a fullhearted tribute to Spock, and to Nimoy — even if that tribute forcefully requires you not to overthink anything too much. Spock finds a picture of the original Enterprise crew in their cinematic red uniforms — a nice moment, albeit a reminder that Ambassador Spock abandoned his entire history to hang out on New Vulcan and bring transwarp technology to the Federation several decades early.

It’s difficult not to talk about Beyond in meta-franchise terms — difficult not to treat Kirk’s existential crisis as the crisis of a bored Star Trek fan, or a listless Star Trek creator — because there’s not much to Beyond , really. It’s an okay film with a thoughtful prologue, a cool space colony, and one cool action scene, and I can’t quite get over the fact that nothing interesting happens in the movie. True radical change is flirted with, and abandoned; an Enterprise is destroyed, and a new Enterprise appears in record time. (In the ‘80s, it took a whole movie to resurrect people, a whole movie to build a new Enterprise .)

It’s stunning to realize that this is the third straight Star Trek film that ends exactly the same way: Glamorous exterior shot of the Enterprise going to warp, while a narrator restates the “These are the Voyages” speech. In Trek ’09 , the ship was setting off on its five-year mission. In Into Darkness , the ship was… well, actually setting off on its five-year mission. And in Beyond , they’re setting off for a new corner of space, beyond the Whatever Nebula, with the promise of wilder adventures yet to come. It’s nice that Beyond lets the whole Enterprise crew jump into the narration — but it reminds you that all three of these strange reboot films always feel like they end right when the characters are getting to the good stuff. Have they found new life or new civilizations yet? Is there anything left to discover?


Beyond opened last week with a $59.6 million opening. Here’s a fun game: Try to see how many different opposing interpretations you can create out of that information. Like:

1. That’s an impressive opening. It was a crowded weekend at the box office — the top five films all grossed more than $20 million — and the culture was dominated by extra-cinematic events like the RNC and Comic-Con. $59.6 million is also more than Nemesis grossed in its entire run — proof that this new Star Trek franchise has ascended into the modern blockbuster echelon.

2. It’s a problematic opening. That’s a significant decline from Trek ’09 (which made $75 million in its opening weekend) and continues a downward trend already present with Into Darkness . Maybe people didn’t like Trek ’09 as much as Paramount thought they did — and Into Darkness surely didn’t help matters.

3. It’s a healthy opening for a series that has been, and maybe always will be, a middle-class financial earner. No sequel number means anything anymore, but consider that the third Captain America movie (actually the 13th Avengers movie) grossed more in its opening weekend than this third Star Trek movie (actually the 13th Star Trek movie) will likely gross in its entire domestic run. This would be helpful information if Hollywood was equipped to make mid-budget blockbusters — if, say, Paramount were interested in making a $50 million Star Trek film with only one or two action scenes, a latter-day Voyage Home . But the latest reports are that Beyond cost $185 million. By comparison: The Conjuring 2 cost $40 million, and its opening weekend was just a bit less than the Beyond debut.

4. But the film’s opening clearly proves that the fan base is strong. Paramount spent the last couple months repositioning this rebooted series toward forever Trekkers, with a fan event in May and a fan-friendly Comic-Con world premiere. After Into Darkness , the fandom was upset; now, they are happy.

5. But that doesn’t matter, because the whole point of Trek ’09 and Into Darkness was to pivot Star Trek forward from the fandom-clogged Next Generation era — to create a global blockbuster franchise. Maybe Beyond will open big in China in September — and maybe “Hoping for a big Chinese box office” is just a trendy euphemism for “box office disappointment.”

6. No matter how hard it tries, Star Trek will never beat Star Wars . Not even close; not in this generation, nor in the next one.


Whatever: There will be another Star Trek movie. Maybe it will be good. (If they’re looking for a director, I hear Floria Sigismondi is available!)

Last weekend, while Beyond was doing modest box office, there was a 50th Anniversary celebration of the franchise at Comic-Con. Future Trek showrunner Bryan Fuller hosted a panel of only luminaries. Voyager star Jeri Ryan provided some food-for-thought interpretations of the Borg. (“They certainly weren’t exclusionary,” she pointed out.) Brent Spiner did an impression of Patrick Stewart, which averages out to Data doing an impression of Jean-Luc Picard. Michael Dorn nerded out about Captain Kirk. Scott Bakula, clearly just happy to be invited to the party, delightfully suggested that the world would be better if everyone took a cue from one of the cheesiest scenes in Star Trek: Enterprise. “We could go around rubbing gel on each other,” he explained, which in the context of this miserable year sounds like a tantalizing utopia.

William Shatner was there, tireless. At one point, someone in the audience asked him what was going through his mind, during the historic filming of “Plato’s Stepchildren,” when he had to kiss Nichelle Nichols — the first televised interracial kiss on any TV show.

So what was going through Shatner’s mind?

“Warm moist lips, slowly coming towards me,” said Shatner. “You know what I mean, Jeri? It was wonderful, are you kidding me? Beautiful woman. That was what was going through our mind.”

At that point, Fuller leapt in to underscore the historic importance of that moment — and to connect “Plato’s Stepchildren” to the greater saga of Star Trek as a diversity-centric forebear of a progressive future. This is what we all tend to talk about when we talk about Star Trek : The ideas, the philosophy, the notionally science-fictional hope for a better tomorrow. But there was some truth in Shatner’s unreconstructed-horndog act, too.

There’s a stifling effect to the core aesthetic of Star Trek : The essential staginess of people-on-a-bridge-staring-at-a-view-screen, but also the greater existential idea of a society beyond recognizable desire. The most interesting Star Trek movies attack that aesthetic; think of Nicholas Meyer, who made Starfleet into the navy and decided Kirk was Captain Ahab. Or, sometimes, they ignore it, as in the demi-Christian Great Man philosi-pulp of the goofy Final Frontier , or the cryptic money-mad kid-fascism of Into Darkness .

This is why everyone is so excited about Fuller. He is one of the rare creators who seems capable of balancing tremendous intellectual seriousness with high-camp pulp thrills — and the rare fanboy equipped to honor traditions while also challenging them. People used to sift through Thomas Harris’ Hannibal books for homophobic undertones and transphobic ubertones — but Fuller’s Hannibal managed to honor its source material while landing on the idea of Harris’ protagonist and antagonist becoming lovesick post-sexual murder husbands.

This is why we’re all stoked for Fuller’s Trek — and why a few people think there’s a puckish self-awareness that the new TV show abbreviates to STD . Did Trek always belong on the small screen? Are these films a weird hiccup in the space-time continuum — visions of an expensive Mirror Universe where everything looks more expensive, and there are never any unhappy endings?

Maybe that’s why I like “Sledgehammer” so much. It is a vision of far-out femininity at the outer edge of the cosmos, beyond coherence, beyond plot, beyond canon, beyond sense. It is boldly going for something . And it turns out Beyond is a place we’ve all gone before.

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Star Trek Release Dates: When to Expect All the New and Returning Shows

There's so much star trek here's our guide to keeping up with when everything is expected to beam in..

Trying to keep track of what’s coming in the realm of Star Trek   feels like trying to stop a tribble from procreating. Before even more new series are announced, here’s our guide of when to expect all the new Star Trek shows , as well as returning familiar favorites , and what else is in the works right now. Engage!

This post was last updated 7/14/23.

Currently Airing: Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Season 2

The Enterprise is back after a successful first season , and this time Captain Kirk will be along for the ride with another appearance by Paul Wesley after his surprise finale role in season one. Not much else is known about the season so far, other than one episode will see the show crossover with Star Trek: Lower Decks in a live-action/animated hybrid directed by The Next Generation ’s Jonathan Frakes. The show has also been renewed for a third season .

Season two recaps:

  • “ The Broken Circle ”
  • “ Ad Astra per Aspera ”
  • “ Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow ”
  • “ Among the Lotus Eaters ”
  • “ Charades ”

Upcoming: Star Trek: Lower Decks Season 4

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The third season of the animated series following the misfit crew of the USS Cerritos —and in particular its cadre of ensigns, Mariner (Tawny Newsome), Boimler (Jack Quaid), Tendi (Noël Wells), and Rutherford (Eugene Cordero)—once again followed our heroic ensigns and the remaining bridge officers aboard the Cerritos. Season four will be arriving in late summer . The show has also been renewed for a fifth season .

Upcoming: Star Trek: Discovery Season 5

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Expected in early 2024 , Discovery ’s fifth season will be 10 episodes long, down from the 13 of prior seasons. In the wake of season four‘s climax earlier this year , Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) led her crew in a desperate attempt to save the galaxy from a mysterious anomaly created by an extra-galactic race, ensuring peace and stability for the Federation once more... for now. As her romantic partner Book (David Ajala) pays time for his own role in a campaign to surreptitiously destroy that anomaly, we’re not sure what awaits Burnham and Discovery ’s crew just yet, but given this show, we’re sure it’ll be very, very dramatic.

In Flux : Star Trek: Prodigy Season 2

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The animated series aimed at younger Trek fans (and Janeway fans!) and kids at heart can be found on both Nickelodeon and Paramount+. The first season was divided into two parts, with part two wrapping up at the end of 2022; after Paramount+ announced it would not move forward with the show’s already greenlit season two , it was removed from the service . ( A home release of the complete first season is still possible ; the first 10 episodes are still available for purchase.) Fans are still waiting to hear if Prodigy season two will surface on a different outlet .

Upcoming : Starfleet Academy

It’s really happening! After a long tease, filming on this series will begin in 2024. Here’s the official announcement from co-showrunners and executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Noga Landau:

“Admission is now open to Starfleet Academy! Explore the galaxy! Captain your destiny! For the first time in over a century, our campus will be re-opened to admit individuals a minimum of 16 Earth years (or species equivalent) who dream of exceeding their physical, mental and spiritual limits, who value friendship, camaraderie, honor and devotion to a cause greater than themselves. The coursework will be rigorous, the instructors among the brightest lights in their respective fields, and those accepted will live and study side-by-side with the most diverse population of students ever admitted. Today we encourage all who share our dreams, goals and values to join a new generation of visionary cadets as they take their first steps toward creating a bright future for us all. Apply today!   Ex Astris, Scientia!”

Upcoming (movie) : Star Trek: Section 31

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Announced as a TV series back in 2019 as a spinoff for fan-favorite Discovery guest star Michelle Yeoh, this plunge into the seediest side of Starfleet—the shadowy spy organization Section 31 first introduced in Deep Space Nine— is now planned as a Paramount+ film .

Newly minted Oscar winner Yeoh will return as former emperor of the Mirror Universe’s Terran Empire, Phillipa Georgiou, now turned into a kinder, but still kickass person by her time with Michael Burnham. “I’m beyond thrilled to return to my Star Trek family and to the role I’ve loved for so long,” Yeoh said in a statement. “ Section 31 has been near and dear to my heart since I began the journey of playing Philippa all the way back when this new golden age of Star Trek launched. To see her finally get her moment is a dream come true in a year that’s shown me the incredible power of never giving up on your dreams. We can’t wait to share what’s in store for you, and until then: live long and prosper (unless Emperor Georgiou decrees otherwise)!”

Written by Craig Sweeny and directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi, Star Trek: Section 31 will start production later this year, and eventually come to Paramount+.

Where Can I Stream Classic Star Trek Shows?

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That’s all the new bits of Star Trek coming. But what about the old Star Trek ? In the U.S. at least, the vast majority of classic Star Trek shows are available exclusively to stream on Paramount+ ( albeit not without issues ), although some holdouts remain on other streaming services. Here’s a full list of classic Star Trek shows and where to stream them, as well as links to our recommended episode guides for every series!

  • Star Trek: The Original Series   (Paramount+)
  • Star Trek: The Animated Series (Paramount+)
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation (Paramount+, Netflix)
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (Paramount+, Netflix)
  • Star Trek: Voyager   (Paramount+)
  • Star Trek: Enterprise (Paramount+)

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The Best Order to Watch All of Star Trek

Best Watch Order for Star Trek

Whether you’ve overlooked Star Trek for the past 60 years, looking to finally catch up, or are a die-hard fan setting out on a new binge, this list is here help you figure out the best order to watch everything the long-running sci-fi series has to offer.

There are really three ways to approach a binge of this size and complexity: chronologically, by release, or the mythical “best.” Here we’ll provide you with the full list of how to do each one and you can choose for yourself from there.

How to Watch All of Star Trek in Release Order

Watching by release date is probably the easiest way to do this, though it might not deliver the best overall experience. Considering this is how much of the fanbase got hooked, however, it’s a perfectly valid way to get into Trek . It also helps with the times when later shows reference earlier ones, ensuring you’ve seen everything that’s being referenced. It should be noted here that many series and films — especially the current Paramount+ ones — overlap. For these moments, which are noted below when shows/movies were on at the same time, it might be wise to stagger your viewing of the seasons as there may be overlap in their storylines.

  • Star Trek: The Original Series (1966-1969)
  • Star Trek: The Animated Series (1973-1974) — (Note: Maybe not canon but maybe also is.)
  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)
  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
  • Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984)
  • Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987-1994)
  • Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)
  • Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993-1999) — (Note: some characters overlap with TNG )
  • Star Trek: Generations (1994) — (Note: Overlap with TNG )
  • Star Trek: Voyager (1995-2001) — (Note: While rare, some characters overlap with DS9 )
  • Star Trek: First Contact (1996)
  • Star Trek: Insurrection (1998)
  • Star Trek: Enterprise (2001-2005)
  • Star Trek: Nemesis (2002)
  • Star Trek (2009)
  • Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)
  • Star Trek Beyond (2016)
  • Star Trek: Discovery (2017-2024)
  • Star Trek: Short Treks (2018-2020) — (Note: Bridges gaps between Discovery seasons)
  • Star Trek: Picard (2020-2023)
  • Star Trek: Lower Decks (2020-Present) (Note: Overlaps with SNW )
  • Star Trek: Prodigy (2021-Present)
  • Star Trek: Strange New Worlds (2022-Present) — (Note: Overlaps with Discovery and Lower Decks )
  • Star Trek: Very Short Treks (2023) — (Note: Not canon)

How to Watch All of Star Trek in Chronological Order

Watching a franchise with as many entries as Star Trek in chronological order can be pretty tricky since some newer shows and films take place in the earlier in the timeline while older shows take place later. There’s also the films starring Chris Pine that take place on a different timeline entirely (the Kelvin timeline). That’s not to mention that time travel is an accepted and heavily regulated science in-universe and a popular plot mechanic, so almost every crew has, at some point, done it. That raises the question of where to put films like The Voyage Home , which has the TOS crew traveling back to the 1980s, or something like Discovery , which starts in the TOS era, spends half its first season in a parallel dimension, and then jumps millennia forward. Let’s not even get started on the ending of Enterprise . The point being is that chronological order is a terrible way to watch this franchise. If you must, though, here is the correct order, based on what time period each crew called “home” originally.

  • Star Trek: Enterprise (Stardates: 2151-2156)
  • Star Trek: Discovery and Star Trek: Short Treks (First two seasons: 2256-2258, Final three seasons: 3188-?)
  • Star Trek (2258-2259 Kelvin Timeline)
  • Star Trek Into Darkness (2259-2260 Kelvin Timeline)
  • Star Trek: Strange New Worlds (2259-??)
  • Star Trek Beyond (2263 Kelvin Timeline)
  • Star Trek: The Original Series (2265-2269)
  • Star Trek: The Animated Series (2269-2270)
  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture (2273)
  • Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan (2285)
  • Star Trek: The Search for Spock (2285)
  • Star Trek: The Voyage Home (2286)
  • Star Trek: The Final Frontier (2287)
  • Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country (2293)
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation (2364-2370)
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (2369-2375)
  • Star Trek: Voyager (2371-2378)
  • Star Trek: Generations (2371)
  • Star Trek: First Contact (2373)
  • Star Trek: Insurrection (2375)
  • Star Trek: Nemesis (2379)
  • Star Trek: Lower Decks (2380-??)
  • Star Trek: Prodigy (2383-??)
  • Star Trek: Picard (2399-2402)
  • Star Trek: Very Short Treks — (Not canon)

How to Watch All of Star Trek in the Best Order

As you can tell from the two very long lists above, there is a lot of Star Trek to watch. Those lists don’t even do it justice considering that even without all the new streaming shows and movies, there are 709 episodes. That is a lot of time to dedicate to one franchise (and it is totally worth it), but if you’re going to do it, you’ll want an order that gets you hooked. Release date order may work for some, but it’s not the best way to get into great Trek right away. Instead use the method below to enjoy your journey through Star Trek to its fullest.

Star Trek: The Next Generation

Start with what is easily the most accessible series and, for many, still the best. The first two seasons can be a little rocky, but they build the foundations for basically all Trek to come. The majority of Star Trek’s greatest episodes reside within this series, making it easy to get into and stick with. The episodic nature also makes it a good series to binge in free time to get your addiction kicked off without paying 100% attention. Yes, there are references and cameos from TOS , Voyager , and DS9 but not enough to not recommend simply watching TNG on its own straight through.

Star Trek: The Original Series and Star Trek movies I-VI

Now that you’re hooked, go back to the start. TOS may be a bit dated and wonky, but it’s all Trek , and it’s incredibly ahead of its time. The contrast between Kirk and Picard as Captains will also play off each other by watching these series back-to-back. Once you’re done, jump into the TOS films, which will keep things chronological for a good while as none of these films cross over with the TV shows in any way.

Star Trek Kelvin Timeline Films

Honestly, it doesn’t really matter where you watch Star Trek , Star Trek Into Darkness , or Star Trek Beyond as long as you’ve watched TOS and its films already. The movies are heavily connected to that series but kick off an entirely different timeline from every other show and film. Since they’re separate, you can really watch these at any point post- TOS , but watching it right after will give you the best experience of Star Trek ‘s “What if…?” storylines.

Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and TNG Films

Here’s where things get a little mushy. You can quite easily binge these three completely separately as they have minimal impact on each other. However, the best experience is probably to watch these as audiences of the time would. That means binging Deep Space Nine for two seasons, then alternating between episodes with Voyager while watching the TNG films during the seasons they came out before capping it all off with Star Trek: Nemesis . This order should give a good variety through a very long stretch of what can be some fantastic television and film. Fair warning, however, that the groundbreaking, serialized, final season of DS9 is going to be very hard to pause for even one episode of Voyager .

Star Trek: Prodigy

Star Trek: Prodigy , having recently been renewed by Netflix , pops up in a weird place in the watch order because it’s just hard to place. Geared towards engaging younger viewers in Trek , it’s absolutely fantastic. Honestly, if you’re watching with a child, it could even be a perfect way to start your viewing. However, the Voyager cast play a large role in the first season, so watching it after Voyager is really helpful if you care about plotlines and canon like any well-respected adult should. Can you watch it any time after your Voyager binge? Sure, but why not dive into something really good before you start Discovery ?

Star Trek: Discovery , Star Trek: Short Treks , and Star Trek: Strange New Worlds

You have to watch Discovery to get to SNW , which is the only reason this list doesn’t have SNW higher. The second season of Discovery functions as a backdoor pilot to SNW while also being the best season of Discovery . Once the latter show jumps to the far future, they’re entirely separate so there’s no need to alternate viewing between the two if you feel like binging all of Discovery before moving onto SNW . You’ll need to watch Short Treks between the Discovery seasons they debuted before as they have some plot points in them you would miss otherwise.

Star Trek: Enterprise

Look, there’s very obviously a lot of not-so-great Trek to get through at the end of this list, but the goal is to be such a fan by this time that you’ll watch it anyway. Enterprise isn’t as bad as you may have heard, but it isn’t good either. Get through it. Enjoy the weird season set almost entirely in a hidden portion of the universe known as The Expanse, and then get just as angry as everyone else at its idiotic conclusion. At least you’ll be able to complain with the best of them once you’re done.

Star Trek: Lower Decks

We’re going to break up the suck with some of the best Trek on TV right now. Lower Decks is a Star Trek parody made by Star Trek . As such, you can’t really appreciate it until you’ve watched everything else. In fact, thanks to binging the rest, you may appreciate it more than most as you pick out deep cuts and references that those who watched the shows as they aired might miss. It’s a great reminder why you’re watching all of this before having to suffer through the final show.

Star Trek: Picard

One might expect that you’d just keep the good times rolling by watching Picard right after TNG . The show is, after all, a continuation of that series built on nostalgia and some unfinished plotlines. However, the first two seasons of Picard are so terrible that doing so would be like eating filet mignon and then instantly washing it down with some moonshine. Plus, the third and only decent season, is a massive nostalgia trip that can only be fully appreciated if you’ve spent the hours and hours and hours it takes to get through all of Trek . It’s the perfect victory lap for what you’ve just accomplished.

Bonus: Star Trek: The Animated Series and Star Trek: Very Short Treks

Is it canon? Is it not? Who cares. TAS is weird, dumb, poorly animated, and kind of hard to watch — but there’s some great episodes in there. You can avoid it entirely and be totally fine or slot it into any watch order you want post- TOS . Very Short Treks are just some fun YouTube shorts released in the style of TAS . Watch them whenever too.

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J.J. Abrams rebooted the "Star Trek" franchise in 2009, and since then, the three films in the new Kelvin timeline have been a smashing success. Altogether, the first "Trek" reboot, 2013's "Star Trek Into Darkness," and 2016's "Star Trek Beyond" have grossed more than a billion dollars at the global box office. They've also done fairly well critically. With all that love, it seems pretty obvious that Hollywood would want to get "Star Trek 4" to theater screens at warp speed.

However, the road to "Star Trek 4" has not been a smooth one. In fact, it's been filled with starts and stops, various creatives coming and going, and a release date that keeps getting beamed all over the place. What do we actually know about the fourth installment of the "Star Trek" reboot series, and what will it look like when it finally makes first contact? Read on for everything we know so far about "Star Trek 4."

What is the release date for Star Trek 4?

"Star Trek 4" has been in the works for a long time ... a really long time. In June 2015, The Hollywood Reporter announced that Chris Pine (Kirk) and Zachary Quinto (Spock) had signed up for "Star Trek 4." But Pine and Chris Hemsworth (who was said to be returning as Kirk's dad) allegedly left a potential fourth project over pay disputes in 2018, and in 2019, it was announced that the film had been shelved. Eventually, the project started moving again and earned a release date of June 9, 2023, but that got kicked back to December 22, 2023 ... before vanishing from the release slate completely.

We have reason to believe "Star Trek 4" is still in the works, however. Speaking with Collider , former director Matt Shakman (who left the project to direct "Fantastic Four") said, "I think what they're still working on is a version of what I have been working on for the time that I was involved." In August 2023, Quinto added his own take on the likelihood of a fourth outing. "I think there's a lot of other stuff, creative things. It's complicated," the actor remarked (via ). He continued, "I don't know if and when it will happen ... And if coalesces again and we come back and we're able to do it, wonderful. If not, we had a great run."

In a September 2023 piece on the end of the Writers Guild of America strike, Variety reported that Paramount was looking to polish a "Star Trek 4" script. Another promising nugget of info emerged around this time, when writer-director Lindsey Anderson Beer, who co-wrote a prospective "Star Trek 4" script, told Collider , "It's still on the tracks." So, "Star Trek 4" isn't dead in the water — but that's pretty much all we know.

What is the plot of Star Trek 4?

At this point, no plot details for the upcoming fourth "Star Trek" movie have been revealed. Some proposed paths forward have been rumored to involve alternate timelines, or even another reboot — especially Tarantino's attempt — but they've all fallen by the wayside. For now, we can probably assume "Star Trek 4" will take place after the events of 2016's "Star Trek Beyond," which was directed by Justin Lin of the  "Fast and Furious" franchise .

In "Star Trek Beyond," Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise see their beloved ship crash on the planet Altamid after an ambush by a pre-Federation human soldier, Idris Elba's Captain Balthazar Edison. When Kirk and the gang discover Edison's plans to use an ancient bioweapon to destroy the Federation, they're forced to stop him — without the help of their ship. That film also explores the death of Leonard Nimoy's Ambassador Spock, as well as relationship troubles between Spock and Uhura.

One story we know "Star Trek 4" won't be exploring is a reunion between Captain Kirk and his father George, courtesy of time travel. Chris Hemsworth briefly played George Kirk in 2009's "Star Trek," but turned down a chance to reprise the role in a bigger story in 2018. "Star Trek 4" also won't tie into any of the current "Star Trek" TV series, like "Star Trek: Strange New Worlds" or "Star Trek: Lower Decks." Those series take place in a universe separate from the Kelvin timeline.

Who is starring in Star Trek 4?

You'd expect a "Star Trek" movie set in the Kelvin timeline to feature the return of the ol' gang, right? Why, yes, you would. However, nothing has been easy about getting "Star Trek 4" off the ground, and that includes bringing back the original cast. In 2018, Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth reportedly walked away from the project over pay disputes. In February 2022, when producer J.J. Abrams announced that "Star Trek 4" was finally moving ahead, new behind-the-scenes drama erupted. While Abrams said the original stars were returning, none of the actors had officially agreed to the project.

In March 2022, Pine told Variety about his reaction to the "Star Trek 4" announcement: "I think everybody was like, 'Did you hear about this?' We're usually the last people to find out, but I do know we're all excited. Whenever they want to send us a script, we're ready for it." Karl Urban had a similar stance, telling the U.K.'s Radio X (via ) in May 2022, "I have heard that it is happening, but I've been hearing that for the last three years ... All I know is they are developing it, they're writing a script, and I know 100% that we all want to come back and do it. So I think it's all just a matter of logistics and timing at this point."

Sofia Boutella — who played Jaylah in "Star Trek Beyond" — also expressed interest in returning, saying (via Fandom Spotlite ), "I would love to see [Jaylah] evolve with all of the guys ... I would do it in a heartbeat." However, Zachary Quinto seems a bit wary of the whole thing. During a November 2022 interview with The Independent , the actor said, "At this point, I honestly have very little attachment to it. All of us would like to come back and make another movie, but I've learnt to only get excited about things I know are actually real. And there's nothing about a fourth 'Star Trek' movie that feels real right now."

Will Star Trek 4 recast Chekov?

One of the most classic and beloved "Star Trek" characters, Pavel Chekov was memorably played in the first three Kelvin timeline movies by Anton Yelchin. Yelchin was killed in a car accident in June 2016, just one month before the release of "Star Trek Beyond." His passing has definitely been felt by both fans and his "Star Trek" cohorts.

In March 2022, when the movie was still moving forward under director Matt Shakman, Uhura actress Zoe Saldaña told Entertainment Tonight about the project. "Obviously, it's bittersweet," she remarked, "because we are coming together for a fourth time and one of us is no longer with us with Anton's passing, but we honestly feel that going back and keeping the 'Star Trek' family together is a way to really keep him alive in our thoughts and our hearts because he was such a fan. And he was such a devoted artist to the craft and also to 'Star Trek.'"

Of course, that particular version of "Star Trek 4" is no longer moving forward, but if you think Saldaña's comments indicate that Paramount won't be recasting the part of Chekov, you're probably right. In a 2016 interview with Postmedia Network , shortly after Yelchin's death, producer J.J. Abrams explained, "I would say there's no replacing him. There's no recasting. I can't possibly imagine that, and I think Anton deserves better."

Granted, emotions were high when Abrams said they wouldn't replace Yelchin. However, there's been no indication in the years since the actor's death that a new Chekov will show up on the bridge of the Enterprise.

Who is directing Star Trek 4?

Perhaps the main reason that "Star Trek 4" hasn't happened yet is that Paramount Pictures is having a difficult time finding a director. For a moment, it looked like Quentin Tarantino was going to boldly go where he'd never gone before. J.J. Abrams was super excited about Tarantino's time-traveling concept of sending Kirk and co.  to a world of 1930s gangsters, similar to the classic "Trek" episode "A Piece of the Action." Screenwriter Mark L. Smith of "The Revenant" fame was set to pen the script, but sadly for Trekkies who wanted to see Spock quoting Ezekiel 25:17, Tarantino's vision never came to pass.

Then, it looked like S.J. Clarkson was going to make history as the first woman to helm a "Star Trek" movie. But after Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth left the project in 2018, the movie was subsequently shelved. Noah Hawley of "Fargo" fame was also working on a "Star Trek" movie — one that would've been about a brand new group of heroes — but Paramount eventually stepped in and shut things down because it wouldn't have featured the famous Enterprise crew.

The closest that "Star Trek 4" has come to happening was when Matt Shakman took the captain's seat. After he directed the entirety of the smash hit MCU series "WandaVision," the world was Shakman's oyster, and he intended to shepherd the newest entry in the "Star Trek" universe to theater screens. However, Marvel Studios was keen on working with Shakman again, and after director Jon Watts decided to step away from 2025's "Fantastic Four," the folks at Marvel asked Shakman to come back to the MCU — which he did. As a result, at the moment, "Star Trek 4" is floating through space without a captain.

Where to watch the previous Star Trek movies

While we all wait for news about "Star Trek 4," it might be a good time to go back and revisit previous installments in the "Star Trek" reboot series. If you want to watch the film that started it all and introduced us to new versions of Kirk, Spock, Uhura, and the rest of the Enterprise crew, you can stream 2009's "Star Trek" on Paramount+ . You can also rent it for $3.99 on Google Play ,  Amazon Prime Video , Apple iTunes , Vudu , and YouTube .

If you're ready for the 2013 sequel where Benedict Cumberbatch definitely doesn't play Khan Noonien Singh, you can stream "Star Trek Into Darkness" on Paramount+ . You can also rent it for $3.99 on Google Play , Apple iTunes , Vudu , and YouTube . Amazon Prime Video offers it for $4.29. If you're looking for the third film, where our heroes learn the true power of the Beastie Boys, you can stream "Star Trek Beyond" on Paramount+ . You can also rent it for $2.69 on Google Play and $3.99 on Amazon Video , Apple iTunes , Vudu , and YouTube .

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Star trek is over for 2023 - now what.

2023 was quite a year for Star Trek with some incredible moments, but how is 2024 shaping up and what can Trekkers expect?

  • 2023 was a mixed year for Star Trek, with great episodes but also uncertainty due to strikes and production disruptions.
  • The season 4 finale of Star Trek: Lower Decks marks the end of new episodes for the year.
  • Despite the setbacks, there are still exciting plans for Star Trek in 2024, with three confirmed series and the potential for more.

The season 4 finale of Star Trek: Lower Decks marks the end of new Star Trek episodes in 2023 - so now what? There's no denying Star Trek had an excellent year with tremendous highs. 30 new Star Trek episodes streamed on Paramount+ (pushing the overall series count to over 900 episodes) that featured some of the most innovative and crowd-pleasing moments Trekkers have enjoyed in many years. Yet Star Trek in 2023 was also marred by uncertainty that extends into 2024.

The Writer's Guild of America and SAG-AFTRA strikes brought Hollywood TV and movie production to a standstill, and Star Trek was certainly affected. However, even before the writers hit the picket lines in May and the actors joined them in July, Star Trek on Paramount+ changed their expected plans. In March, Star Trek: Discovery season 5 was announced as the final season of the flagship series starring Sonequa Martin-Green as Captain Michael Burnham. This was followed by the April announcements of new made-for-streaming movies, starting with Star Trek: Section 31 starring Academy Award-winner Michelle Yeoh, and a new, YA-targeted series, Star Trek: Starfleet Academy . In June, however, Paramount+ announced Star Trek: Prodigy was canceled, and the strikes then threw the rest of the year - as well as the plans going into 2024 - into tumult. Looking ahead, there is reason for optimism when Star Trek enters the coming year.

The WGA strike is now resolved, but with the actors still on strike after this writing, Star Trek is still going into 2024 without key details of next year's plans in place.

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Lower Decks Is The End Of New Star Trek In 2023

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Star Trek: Lower Decks season 4's finale is the last new Star Trek episode of 2023. Between Lower Decks, Star Trek: Strange New World s season 2, and Star Trek: Picard season 3, the franchise delivered the strongest and most daring run of episodes since Star Trek 's 1990s heyday. Picard season 3 honored the past and set up the future as it brought the story of Star Trek: The Next Generation to a rousing and emotional conclusion. Picard season 3's finale even screened in IMAX theaters. Strange New Worlds took big swings that paid off with landmark episodes like its comedy crossover with Lower Decks and Star Trek 's first-ever musical. Lower Decks also delved deeper into and solidified its connections with TNG , and Lower Decks season 4's premiere enjoyed a theatrical release as well. also released 5 Star Trek: very Short Treks episodes that saw Connor Trinneer of Star Trek: Enterprise reprise Commander Trip Tucker.

As great as those 30 episodes of new Star Trek were, however, in terms of quantity, it was a far cry from 2022's glorious schedule where all 5 Star Trek series on Paramount+ delivered a new episode nearly every Thursday of the calendar year. Before both were canceled by the streamer, Star Trek: Discovery season 5 and Star Trek: Prodigy season 2 were supposed to also premiere on Paramount+ in 2023. The WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes also curtailed Paramount+'s original plan to stage a series of media events to hype Discovery 's final season. Overall, multiple factors contributed to fans getting less Star Trek in 2023 than previously intended.

Star Trek: Prodigy Season 1 Will Premiere On Netflix In 2023

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Star Trek t echnically isn't over in 2023 because Star Trek: Prodigy season 1 is slated to premiere on Netflix before the end of the year. Of course, these won't be new episodes as the first 20 half-hours of Prodigy originally streamed on Paramount+ in 2021 and 2022, but for the huge global Netflix audience, Prodigy will be a new experience. All 20 episodes of Prodigy season 1 are expected to be available on Netflix before Prodigy season 2's 20 episodes premiere sometime in 2024.

Star Trek: Prodigy 's devoted fan base saved the beloved all-ages Star Trek series from cancelation, including an online petition and an audacious plan to hire an airplane to fly a #SaveStarTrekProdigy banner over Los Angeles, which included Netflix headquarters . Prodigy 's executive producers also showed the first 4 minutes of season 2 at the STLV: 57 Year Mission fan convention in Las Vegas, which dropped the shocking reveals of The Doctor (Robert Picardo) from Star Trek: Voyager and the new Lamarr Class USS Voyager-A joining the show. Star Trek: Prodigy season 2 will be one of the bright lights of Star Trek in 2024, and it may become the biggest series of all if it becomes a global hit on Netflix.

What Does Star Trek Look Like In 2024?

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Mirroring 2023's output, there are 3 S tar Trek series confirmed to release in 2024: Star Trek: Discovery season 5, Star Trek: Lower Decks season 5, and Star Trek: Prodigy season 2. Until the SAG-AFTRA strike is resolved, Paramount+ seems hesitant to formally announce a release date for Star Trek: Discovery season 5 beyond "early 2024," as the streamer is likely waiting until it can have the actors on hand to give the final season a full-court promotion. Star Trek: Lower Decks season 5's scripts are written, and the episodes are in production, likely for its usual late summer/early fall release date. When Star Trek: Prodigy season 2 will be released on Netflix, and whether all 20 episodes will drop at once or if the season will be broken up, is unknown at this time.

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds season 3 was supposed to be released sometime in 2024 , but until the actors' strike is settled, season 3 won't be able to go into production, If Strange New Worlds season 3 begins filming in 2024, the episodes most likely won't hit Paramount+ until 2025. Similarly, Star Trek: Section 31 was meant to start filming in fall 2023 but can't commence until the strike is over, and the film will have to scramble to make a potential fall 2024 release date, but that's not out of the question. Star Trek: Starfleet Academy has resumed writing its scripts, but the spinoff won't film until after the strike is over and also, possibly not until after Star Trek: Discovery season 5 has finished streaming.

As for Star Trek: Legacy , the Star Trek: Picard spinoff series season 3's finale set up, there are no known plans by Paramount+ to actually make that show in spite of consistent fan demand online. Also looking like a no-go thus far is the Picard movie Patrick Stewart is hoping to make that he wrote about in his autobiography, "Making It So: A Memoir." Meanwhile, the Star Trek movie franchise is still in drydock, although the end of the writer's strike reportedly turned the next J.J. Abrams-produced Star Trek feature film into a priority for Paramount Pictures. Star Trek has a promising 2024 on the horizon, but as the entertainment business and landscape continue to be in flux, it's hard to predict if this will stick, much less what Star Trek will look like in 2025.

Every Star Trek TV series and movie is available to stream on Paramount+ except for Star Trek: Prodigy , which will be available on Netflix.

'Star Trek: Sons of Star Trek' alternate dimension miniseries coming in 2024

Spawned from the 'Star Trek: Day of Blood' story arc, this alternative dimension title starts in March 2024.

illustration of two humans and two humanoid aliens, with a ring-shaped space station in the background.

During a panel earlier this month at New York Comic Con 2023, IDW Publishing announced that a new, kid-centric "Star Trek" comic is coming next year.

"Star Trek: Sons of Star Trek" is a four-part miniseries hatched from IDW’s Eisner-nominated flagship " Star Trek " series and " Star Trek: Defiant " title.

Written by Morgan Hampton ("Cyborg") with artwork by Angel Hernandez ("Transformers," "Star Trek Resurgence") and a main cover courtesy of illustrator Jake Bartok, "Star Trek: Sons of Star Trek" centers around Jake and Alexander, the spacefaring sons of Benjamin Sisko and Wolf, as they encounter a curious dimension of unexplored possibilities populated by offspring of other "Star Trek" luminaries.

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Here's the official synopsis:

"In the aftermath of Kahless' harrowing Day of Blood , Jake Sisko struggles to find his place in the universe now that his family has been reunited and his father, Benjamin Sisko, has once again saved the galaxy .

"Meanwhile, Alexander Rozhenko is recovering mentally and emotionally from his time as one of Kahless' devout followers. Although his father, Worf, was able to break him away from the Red Path cult, Alexander is haunted by his actions during the bloody coup and is unsure of his ability to atone for the devastation he caused.

"Jake and Alexander find their stories intertwined as they're thrust into an alternate universe where they followed their father’s footsteps into Starfleet stardom. As officers aboard the U.S.S. Burton, Jake and Alexander encounter alternate versions of other children of Starfleet legends who show them they all may have a bit more in common than it would seem."

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— Sisko and Worf unite to stop a crazed Klingon emperor in IDW's 'Star Trek: Day of Blood' event

Writer Morgan Hampton was one of the participants in the Milestone Initiative Talent Development Program, which led to his first major DC project rebooting Cyborg.

"'Star Trek' is a franchise that has rewired my DNA and provided me a sense of comfort amongst its characters and stories," said Hampton in a statement. "I'm so excited to pour some of that energy back into this world. Angel and I are creating a story full of shock, excitement, and wonder led by characters not usually in the spotlight. Fans new and old will find that familiar 'Star Trek' charm at the heart. It's a dream come true to be able to add a wrinkle in the fabric of this incredible universe !"

"Star Trek: Sons of Star Trek #1" kicks off the alt-dimension action on March 13, 2024.

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The ships of “Star Trek”…The Enterprise, Discovery, Voyager, Defiant… they’re all iconic characters in their own right, and if you’re a fan, it’s highly likely you’ve thought about leaving Space Dock in the Captain’s chair of your own Federation star ship.

Well, now you can get your hands on the hero ship from our game, Star Trek: Resurgence , for free in Star Trek Online !

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The U.S.S. Resolute is a Centaur-class refit medium cruiser, and it’s available to claim now until November 30for all players of Star Trek Online. Just log into Star Trek Online , and head to the promotions tab in the C-Store to claim yours.

The Resolute is a powerful and versatile ship, and it’s the perfect way to explore the galaxy in Star Trek Online . It’s also a great way to celebrate the physical disc release of Star Trek: Resurgence on Xbox on October 27.

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What is Star Trek: Resurgence ? It’s a choice-driven narrative adventure game set in the “Star Trek” universe. If you’ve ever played a Telltale game, you’ll know what to expect: a deep and engaging story with meaningful choices that affect the outcome of the game.

Our game is set after the events of “Star Trek: Nemesis” and ties into a story first seen in season one of “Star Trek: The Next Generation”. You’ll stand alongside Ambassador Spock in tense diplomatic negotiations and call on Captain William T. Riker (voiced by Jonathan Frakes) for guidance as you face an ancient power that threatens the entire galaxy!

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Here’s a taste of what you can expect in Star Trek: Resurgence :

  • Play as two different characters, each with their own unique perspective on the story: the ship’s first officer, and an engineer from the lower decks.
  • Make difficult choices that will have a real impact on the world around you.
  • Explore strange new worlds, meet new alien species, engage in diplomacy, pilot shuttlecraft, and use your tricorder and phaser to overcome challenging puzzles and deadly threats.

“The choices we make are what make us who we are.” – Spock 

We’re a studio made up of ex-Telltale Games developers and artists, so if you’re a fan of “Star Trek” and of choice-driven games, we hope you’ll love Star Trek: Resurgence . It’s available to download now or as a physical disc from your favorite retailer from October 27, 2023.

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Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse: Release Date, Cast, and Everything We Know

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Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse is on the way, giving fans another Multiversal adventure alongside Marvel's miraculous cast of web-heads.

Coming off the uber-successful Into the Spider-Verse and Across the Spider-Verse , Beyond is set to release in theaters sometime soon, closing out the Sony Pictures' animated Spider-Verse trilogy. 

Originally titled Across the Spider-Verse Part 2 , the upcoming third film has been described as the Avengers: Endgame of this animated world , following up directly from Across the Spider-Verse 's shocking cliffhanger ending. 

So with Beyond the Spider-Verse looming on the horizon, here is everything you should know about the super-powered threequel.

Spider-Man Beyond the Spider-Verse Release Date: When Will It Come Out

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While originally slated to come to theaters on March 29, 2024, Beyond the Spider-Verse has since been delayed indefinitely. 

The film continues to remain off the Sony Pictures slate for 2024, with no indication of when it will come to theaters. 

According to the Spider-Verse creative team, t he movie's delay had to do with job action in Hollywood with the writers' strike having now come to a close and the actors still on the picket lines. 

Spider-Verse 3 writers/producers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller told Digital Spy in August 2023 that the upcoming animated epic will be released "when it is ready:"

"[It will come] when it's ready. Those conversations are thankfully above our paygrade, but I can tell you we're already hard at work on it, and we'll take the time it takes to make it great."

They added the team is trying to craft the most "satisfying conclusion to the story than it can be," so if it takes time, then it takes time:

"What we're trying to accomplish with the film is have it be the most satisfying conclusion to the story than it can be, and take it to places that you haven’t been before. And make you laugh and cry, and cheer and think."

But given that production cannot continue until the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike is resolved, fans can expect Beyond the Spider-Verse 's potential release to keep getting pushed further and further out. 

Spider-Man Beyond the Spider-Verse Cast: Who Will Return?

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Seeing as Beyond the Spider-Verse is expected to serve as a second part of the Across the Spider-Verse story, fans can expect much of that prior film's cast to return for the trilogy-closer. 

Of course, headlining the film will be the stars of the first two movies Shamiek Moore as Miles Morales , Jake Johnson as Peter B. Parker, and Hailee Steinfeld as Gwen Stacy . 

Joining them will likely be other Spider-Heroes from across the web-slinging multiverse, including Oscar Isaac's Miguel O'Hara, Daniel Kaluuya's Spider-Punk, John Mulaney's Spider-Ham, and Karan Soni's Spider-Man India. 

Other characters/actors expected to return include:

  • Jason Schwartzman as The Spot
  • Andy Samberg as Ben Reilly
  • Issa Rae as Spider-Woman
  • Brian Tyree Henry as Jefferson Davis
  • Lunas Lauren Velez as Rio Morales
  • Greta Lee as Lyla
  • Jharrel Jerome as Miles G. Morales

There also has been much speculation about the potential inclusion of live-action Spider-Men joining the Beyond the Spider-Verse cast. 

Rumors have pointed to the MCU's Tom Holland popping up in Beyond the Spider-Verse , but creatives have offered a simple "no comment" when asked about a potential cameo. 

Who Is the Main Villain in Spider-Man Beyond the Spider-Verse?

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After making his debut in Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse , Jason Schwartzman's The Spot has already been confirmed to be the primary villain for Beyond the Spider-Verse . 

In a conversation with Collider , alongside his Astriod City co-star Scarlett Johansson, Schwartzman teased his big bad would be back for the third movie and will be "bigger, badder, [and] holier":

Jason Scwartzman: "There’s not much I really can say, but I’m just excited about it. It was a great experience, I loved working with them. We started doing that before this movie." Scarlett Johansson: "You can’t say one single thing? What single thing can you say?" Schwartzman: "Well I can say a few things. Bigger, badder, holier."

This is in line with what Kemp Powers, the director of Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse , has said about the future of The Spot. 

Prior to the second Spider-Verse movie, Powers revealed that "[Spot is] the villain of the next two films:"

“He’s the villain of the next two films… and let’s just say that the Spot and Miles are connected in surprising ways. The Spot is an interesting villain because he seems like a joke, but when you really look at his powers, there’s incredible potential. His ability to open portals across dimensions sets him up perfectly for the Spider-Verse.” 

The Spider-Man filmmaker added that The Spot's arc "really does complement the journey of Miles," which is part of the reason why he is the main villain of the upcoming third movie as well:

“And similarly is Spot. From the very beginning he just seemed like endless potential, both visually and arc of the character. Because you know by the way that’s not a costume, that’s his skin. By the way that he’s wearing it you know it’s not a guy in a polka dot suit. That’s actually his skin. So you know, the arc of Dr. Ohnn Spot is one that does really complement, without giving away the story, it really does complement the journey of Miles in this film really well.”

What Will Happen in Spider-Man Beyond the Spider-Verse?

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Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse is going to have plenty to tackle when it does eventually come to theaters. 

Paramount of these dangling narrative threads from the prior films will be Shamiek Moore's Miles Morales trying to get back to his universe after being stranded in a dark and brooding alternative reality at the end of Across the Spider-Verse . 

Spider-Verse 2 saw the young hero get stuck in a work where the "Sinister Six have been able to flourish and take over the world" and "criminality runs rampant:"

"Criminality runs rampant. We wanted to create a world where it felt like Aaron and Miles G. Morales of Earth-42 (this reality’s counterpart to Miles Morales) are the only heroes."

And, as a part of this alternate universe, the Miles fans know and love came face to face with a version of the character who - instead of becoming New York's web-slinging hero - took a villainous turn, donning the Prowler moniker just like his Uncle Aaron seen in the first movie. 

The end of Across the Spider-Verse also saw a team being put together by Hailee Steinfeld's Spider-Gwen to hopefully get Miles back to his home universe. 

Beyond will also seemingly further explore the idea of Canon Events (happenings that - no matter how tragic they may be - have to happen to make a Spider-Person a Spider-Person) . 

Oscar Isaac's Miguel O'Hara revealed to Miles that because he is now on the wall-crawling path, certain Canon Events are going to have to happen. This would include the death of someone close to him, like his father Jefferson Davis. 

All that will come alongside the ongoing conflict between Miles and The Spot, along with his continual evasion of Miguel and the Spider-Society. 

Will Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse Be the Final Movie?

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As it stands, Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse will likely be the last in the animated franchise. 

According to Phil Lord (via FandomWire ), "[ Beyond ] is the end of Miles Morales’ trilogy:"

“It is the end of Miles Morales’ trilogy and so this whole thing is like working towards that but this obviously has its own complete film with a beginning, middle, and end and Miles starts in one place and ends in another and all the characters have their arc in this film but that’s it for us. We’re so tired.”

While that leaves the door open for potentially more movies centered on different Spider-Verse characters, the filmmakers have made it clear this is Miles' story and Beyond will bring that to a close. 

However, this could also be the place where Sony introduces the long-rumored live-action Miles Morales, a character the studio has seemingly been prepping for quite some time. 

After years of whispers about a live-action Miles movie, Sony Pictures producer Amy Pascal was asked about a few projects including a Miles movie . Pascal remained cagey on the subject but let slip, "I cannot tell you yet, but it’s coming."

This came a short time after Pascal teased that fans would likely "have to wait a couple of years" for a live-action Miles , it could be quite some time after Beyond the Spider-Verse before fans see this character on-screen in any form again. 

Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse currently has no announced release date. 

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