Star Trek Beyond: To Explore Strange New Worlds

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Faneditor Name:
Original Movie/Show Title:
Franchise:
Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
2016
Original Running Time:
122 minutes
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
108 minutes
Time Cut:
14 minutes
Subtitles Available:
Available in HD:
Synopsis:
The three Star Trek reboot films are a mixed bag for me. It's great to have new adventures of Kirk, Spock, Bones, and all of the Enterprise crew. It's a treat to see the Trek universe with modern SFX. It's endearing to see the camaraderie and (some of) the callbacks to the original series. It's a joy to discover (many of) the updates they made, e.g. Uhura still looks awesome but now her input is frequently essential to the story.
But... the storylines are weak, the villains uninteresting, camera work distracting (and already feels dated), too many scenes feel more Star Wars than Star Trek (the worst offender being the Millenium Falcon shaped ship trying to escape the Klingons through a "canyon" in Wrath of Khan Reboot).
Then again... it is more Trek, new Trek. So it'd be great to add these movies to the list of "let's rewatch them every once in a while, in rotation with other ST shows".
Intention:
The mission then: to improve pacing, trim the most distracting camera work, and more. This fanedit of ST Beyond is improved by a calmer camera style: reduced moving shots in action scenes (less Fast & Furious). Trimmed jokes, less time spent crashing the Enterprise, less time stuck on the planet, smoother final battle: all improve the pacing. Krall's dialog improves his motivation. Extended shot of the Yorktown, because wow!
Additional Notes:
Note: This fanedit uses no material from Star Trek: Strange New Worlds. I started sketching out this edit 5 years ago, before the excellent Pike series was announced, and gave the sub-title based on the fact that in this movie, we catch up with Kirk & crew during their five-year mission "to explore strange new worlds".
Special Thanks:
TM2YC for tremendously improving ST Into Darkness and showing that these Trek films have plenty of room for improvement.
Release Information:
Digital
Cuts and Additions:
Change list:
- Trims to moving camera shots. To create a calmer visual style (less Fast & Furious).
- Trims to jokes that run a line too long. The camraderie works better when not every funny moment has a punchline.
- Trims for pacing. Less time spent crashing the Enterprise, less time spent stuck on the planet.
- Replaced shot of Bones, Kirk, Spock looking at Yorktown with a shot of Yorktown itself (retain Bones-Kirk dialog). Yorktown shot taken from the 4K disc, slowed to halfspeed with Flowframes, zoomed-in with Vegas Pro. It's amazing, it deserves more screentime!
- Alter Krall's alien-language subtitles to add mention of the weapon earlier in the story.
- Cut story about Jaylah's dad, so Krall's second-in-command is no longer a personal vendetta for her.
- Several trims to Krall's dialog to reduce his far-fetched motivations. Cut his belief that the Federation abandonded him and his crew.
- Cut Kirk's talk with the villain at the start of the final fight. Annoying script-writing!
- Not cut: Kirk and Krall floating/flying inside the starbase. The slipstream concept is not very clear, the actions and dialog add little to the story, and it's possible to cut this seamlessly. But when I did, the final fight felt too short. It was clear that something was missing. So I restored (most of) the scene.
- Cut non-Paramount logos at the opening. I don't care if Abrams's production company got a slice of the proceeds, for me Trek will always be a Paramount affair.
- Cut song from end credits. Cut planets-animation portion of the end credits because the swooping camera upset my stomach the way a rollercoaster does.
- Total # of changes: 100+.
- Updated English subtitles.
Star Trek (2016) Beyond (-14m) cover
Faneditor Name:
Original Movie/Show Title:
Franchise:
Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
2016
Original Running Time:
122 minutes
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
108 minutes
Time Cut:
14 minutes
Subtitles Available:
Available in HD:
Synopsis:
The three Star Trek reboot films are a mixed bag for me. It's great to have new adventures of Kirk, Spock, Bones, and all of the Enterprise crew. It's a treat to see the Trek universe with modern SFX. It's endearing to see the camaraderie and (some of) the callbacks to the original series. It's a joy to discover (many of) the updates they made, e.g. Uhura still looks awesome but now her input is frequently essential to the story.
But... the storylines are weak, the villains uninteresting, camera work distracting (and already feels dated), too many scenes feel more Star Wars than Star Trek (the worst offender being the Millenium Falcon shaped ship trying to escape the Klingons through a "canyon" in Wrath of Khan Reboot).
Then again... it is more Trek, new Trek. So it'd be great to add these movies to the list of "let's rewatch them every once in a while, in rotation with other ST shows".
Intention:
The mission then: to improve pacing, trim the most distracting camera work, and more. This fanedit of ST Beyond is improved by a calmer camera style: reduced moving shots in action scenes (less Fast & Furious). Trimmed jokes, less time spent crashing the Enterprise, less time stuck on the planet, smoother final battle: all improve the pacing. Krall's dialog improves his motivation. Extended shot of the Yorktown, because wow!
Additional Notes:
Note: This fanedit uses no material from Star Trek: Strange New Worlds. I started sketching out this edit 5 years ago, before the excellent Pike series was announced, and gave the sub-title based on the fact that in this movie, we catch up with Kirk & crew during their five-year mission "to explore strange new worlds".
Special Thanks:
TM2YC for tremendously improving ST Into Darkness and showing that these Trek films have plenty of room for improvement.
Release Information:
Digital
Cuts and Additions:
Change list:
- Trims to moving camera shots. To create a calmer visual style (less Fast & Furious).
- Trims to jokes that run a line too long. The camraderie works better when not every funny moment has a punchline.
- Trims for pacing. Less time spent crashing the Enterprise, less time spent stuck on the planet.
- Replaced shot of Bones, Kirk, Spock looking at Yorktown with a shot of Yorktown itself (retain Bones-Kirk dialog). Yorktown shot taken from the 4K disc, slowed to halfspeed with Flowframes, zoomed-in with Vegas Pro. It's amazing, it deserves more screentime!
- Alter Krall's alien-language subtitles to add mention of the weapon earlier in the story.
- Cut story about Jaylah's dad, so Krall's second-in-command is no longer a personal vendetta for her.
- Several trims to Krall's dialog to reduce his far-fetched motivations. Cut his belief that the Federation abandonded him and his crew.
- Cut Kirk's talk with the villain at the start of the final fight. Annoying script-writing!
- Not cut: Kirk and Krall floating/flying inside the starbase. The slipstream concept is not very clear, the actions and dialog add little to the story, and it's possible to cut this seamlessly. But when I did, the final fight felt too short. It was clear that something was missing. So I restored (most of) the scene.
- Cut non-Paramount logos at the opening. I don't care if Abrams's production company got a slice of the proceeds, for me Trek will always be a Paramount affair.
- Cut song from end credits. Cut planets-animation portion of the end credits because the swooping camera upset my stomach the way a rollercoaster does.
- Total # of changes: 100+.
- Updated English subtitles.

Trusted Reviewer review

1 review
Overall rating
 
9.4
Audio/Video Quality
 
10.0
Audio Editing
 
10.0
Visual Editing
 
10.0
Narrative
 
8.0
Enjoyment
 
8.0
I always have mixed feelings when I watch the Kelvin movies. All I mostly see now is unfulfilled potential. The Kelvin Timeline films are Slick, Dumb Fun. Well, except Into Darkness. That is just plain idiotic lol.

Beyond feels like a better return to silly form after the mess of Into Darkness. And Lapis Molari's cut work certainly aids in this feeling with my latest rewatch of this movie.

Overall, in this version, the pacing moves tighter and I deeply appreciated the trimming of the unnecessary humour. It goes a long way to make the relationships of our heroes feel more genuine. And in turn, it allows the audience to become more invested. Great work!

For me, Krall is over edited. In this version, I have little sense of his character or motivations. He is just now Evil. Granted his original scenes and dialogue were very two dimensional and unoriginal, but at least it was something. And for me, the best Trek antagonists are the ones with some layered complexity, even if it is a very thin layer lol.

Technically, I did not notice any issues. For a file size this small, the picture and sound quality is surprisingly very good! Well done!

Overall, a fun alternative watch.
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Overall rating
 
9.2
Audio/Video Quality
 
10.0(1)
Audio Editing
 
8.0(1)
Visual Editing
 
9.0(1)
Narrative
 
10.0(1)
Enjoyment
 
9.0(1)
Overall rating
 
9.2
Audio/Video Quality
 
10.0
Audio Editing
 
8.0
Visual Editing
 
9.0
Narrative
 
10.0
Enjoyment
 
9.0
The edited Swarm vs. Enterprise is a masterclass in less-is-more action editing. It flows better, feels more urgent, but still packs the visual punch we expect. In general, this is true for the entire fanedit, though some less-than-seamless audio edits betray several cuts and draw attention to the process. Nonetheless, I highly recommend this edit. It's at least as good as the original, and flows along with better purpose.

AUDIO/VIDEO QUALITY

For the file size (3+ GB) the quality was acceptable on both fronts.

AUDIO EDITING

The vast majority of the changes go unnoticed (in a good way), though there were several that drew my attention to the editing and took me out of the experience momentarily. A few subtle pops were present, though they were not especially distracting.

VISUAL EDITING

As with the audio, there were likely dozens (or more) video cuts and changes that breezed by unnoticed, but I did see one flash frame, two small continuity issues, and a cut to the action that left me wondering about the fate of a character for more five minutes (only to find him totally unharmed in his next scene but without any mention or flashback to his close call).

NARRATIVE

The story flows better, with fewer dead-ends, and I didn't once feel like I was missing anything.

ENJOYMENT

I'm afraid it remains the weakest of the three Kelvin timeline films for me, and overall I would say my enjoyment of the edit is roughly the same as the original, so I score this 9/10 (8 = less enjoyment, 10 = more enjoyment).

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Owner's reply December 17, 2023

Thank you for your detailed feedback, including PM'ing me the timecodes of the flash-frame and audio imperfections. All have been resolved & the file updated.

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