It looks as though Star Trek Beyond will soon boldly go where few have gone before: it will join the thin ranks of solid cinematic threequels. Despite a somewhat lackluster marketing campaign, the film has already captured the collective imagination of critics and garnered some incredibly positive reviews. Justin Lin has taken iconic characters like James T. Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto), and Bones (Karl Urban), and breathed new life into their iconic personas.

There's no denying that Beyond is a solid entry to the Star Trek lore, and its status is further bolstered by the fact that it represents a major improvement over the last Star Trek movie, Star Trek Into Darkness. We've taken it upon ourselves to compile a list of reasons why Beyond definitively represents a step in the right direction for the beloved franchise. If you're a legitimate Trekkie, we think you will agree. Now let's get the ball rolling with one of the most instantly obvious improvements...

It Features Appropriate Levels Of Fan Service

The hallmark of a strong Hollywood franchise is the ability to please modern audience, while still serving the rabid fan boys who made a particular film series popular in the first place. J.J. Abrams' Star Trek films have specifically gone out of their way to make sure that genuine Trekkies never felt forgotten, but Into Darkness went way off the rails with how much it tried to honor Wrath of Khan. Star Trek Beyond aggressively reels in the fan service, while still paying serious homage to the late, great Leonard Nimoy and his own Enterprise crew. It goes to show that fan service requires a gentle hand, rather than a heavy one.

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