Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Star Trek Beyond Adoption Movie Review

The United Federation of Planets has maintained peace among many species of the galaxy, which has allowed civilization to pursue exploration rather than war. Halfway through their five-year mission to explore space (the final frontier), the crew of the Enterprise is exhausted. Captain Kirk thinks about leaving his ship and applying for a promotion to a desk job; Spock thinks about leaving the ship to pursue other endeavors, and the rest of the crew needs a break. The crew answers a distress call and sets off to rescue a stranded crew, but they are surprised to be attacked by a swarm of small ships led by the mysterious Krall. Krall wants to steal a bioweapon that is aboard the Enterprise, and intends to use it to break up the peace created by the Federation.   **SPOILERS THE REST OF THE WAY**

The Adoption Connection

There is no mention of adoption. There are some aspects of the film that might have tangential relevance to adoption for some families. One alien character seems to take care of another alien character. One character has lost his father and drinks to his memory. The film’s villain became a villain because he believed he had been abandoned. Another character lost her parents when they were killed by the villain.

Strong Points

The films’ heroes are quite brave; they refuse to abandon their crewmates even in the face of great danger. Their actions contrast the villain’s charges against the Federation.

Captain Kirk is frustrated when another person is slow to get behind his plan. Another Enterprise crewmember has the empathy to understand that she has been traumatized by the loss of her parents, and explains this to Captain Kirk.

Kirk is brave, and is willing to do whatever is necessary to protect the civilians from Krall’s destructive plans.


A woman is disintegrated onscreen by a powerful weapon.

The woman who had lost her parents is threatened by the man who killed them, “You will die here just like your father.”

The villain intends to kill many civilians at a Starfeet base. His motivations are mixed – he wants revenge, and he seems to believe that peace is bad for humanity. Most people in the base he targets will likely interpret his violence as causeless and unprovoked.


There’s quite a bit of action in this movie, and although some characters do talk about their parents that have died and another talks about being abandoned, most young viewers will probably focus on the action. This seems best suited to parents and teens ages 13 and up.

Questions for Discussion

When people are hurt, they sometimes try to hurt other people. What would be other ways for Krall to respond?

Have you ever felt like someone forgot you or left you on your own? When do you feel secure and remembered?

When you become discouraged, how do you decide whether you should continue pursuing your goal or whether you should change your goals?

Which two characters did you think were the bravest?

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