Warning massive spoilers ahead. Do not read if you have not seen the film!!
Star Trek Beyond contains many nods to the fans, here are 30 that I spotted.
1) the Franklin Registery number (NX-326) is in fact a reference to Leonard Nimoy’s birthday (March 26)
3)Kirk ripping his shirt. If you’ve ever watch an episode of the original series, chances are Kirk ripped or took off his shirt at some point. So at the start of the film Kirk on a “diplomatic” mission comments On getting his shirt ripped…again.
When the original pitch was made for Star Trek the ship wasn’t called “Enterprise” but was in fact “Yorktown.”
5)Sulu being married to a man. this a nod to George Takei, the gay actor who originally played the character and who has done so much work for the LGBTQ rights movement. However George himself was not happy with this move. To him it detracted from Genes original vision for the character.
6)One of the most moving scenes is Spock standing alone in Yorktown station after learning Ambassador Spock has passed away. This was a wonderful tribute and farewell to Leonard Nimoy, helped by the wonderful acting from Zachary.
7)The Franklin, although the Franklin has been mentioned at various points in Star Trek. This one also contains another nod beyond its register number. Frank Lin is Justin Lin’s dad. Hence the gap between the K & L on the plate. (See image above).
8)The Kelvin pods or escape pods. JJ works Kelvin into most of his productions as its a tribute to his grandfather. This is also a tie in to the USS Kelvin, the ship Kirks father died on.
9)Red shirts, it’s a trope in Trek that most red shirts die, in beyond a whole host of red shirts in Engineering are killed in one go. Star Trek Beyond sees them all bite the dust. Both dead bodies spotted by crew on the ship and zoomed in on, also wear red.
10) Dialogue quotes referencing the original crew are also in the film. . Scotty tries to tell Kirk “I cannot…” when he’s asked for the impossible. Bones, reminds everyone “I’m a doctor” when sent on a mission with Spock. Spock in turn does a “live long and prosper.” The movie also closes with the main cast taking turns in the recitation of the “Space, the final frontier” monologue. Which also reminded me of the signatures in Star Trek 6, “The undiscovered country.”
11) In Star Trek “The Search for Spock,” the Enterprise is destroyed. This was the 3rd film with the original cast. This is the 3rd film with the new cast, and the Enterprise gets destroyed.
13) Chekov, sadly played for the last time by Anton. References a famous moment in history to being Russia, (in this case Scotch). This was a long running thing with the original Chekov. Who claimed anything and everything important in history, was linked to Russia.
14) McCoy saying “the dark ages,” in relation to medicine is a tribute to the hospital scenes in Star Trek 4, you know the one with the Whales. Where he says the same line.
Karl Urban also confirmed in interviews that the clothing he wears in the birthday scene at the end of the film was based on clothing worn by the character during the 80s era of the franchise, as were many of the rest of the cast’s clothing in that scene.
15) The Romulan and Xindi war are referenced tying in both “Enterprise” and “TOS”. Also the transporters only being safe for cargo, goes back to “Enterprise.” There pad had only just been deemed safe for organic transport.
16) McCoy calling Spock a “Green blooded ingrate.” This was a common barb used by the original McCoy. As was the constant verbal sparring between McCoy and Spock.
17) Kirks log entry. They’re on the 966th day. Star Trek, the original series, premiered its first episode, “The Man Trap,” on September 8, 1966. Which is 9/66.
19)Spock quotes Shakespeare:
From the first season original series episode “The Conscience of the King,” to Klingon Chancellor Gorkon’s insistence that “You have not experienced Shakespeare until you have read him in the original Klingon” in Star Trek VI, Shakespeare has featured in Star Trek. Many Star Trek actors also learned their craft in Shakespeare companies including William Shatner and Patrick Stewart. In fact in Trek lore his largest fan is Captain Jean-Luc Picard, who uses Shakespeare’s words to rescue Lwaxana Troi from a romantically-inclined Ferengi, distract a 19th century landlady in San Francisco and uses it to convince Q of the virtues of humanity.
20) Commodore Paris:
Tom Paris was helmsman on “Voyager.” Admiral Owen Paris, Toms father came from a long line of high-ranking Starfleet officers. Commodore Paris may well have been the first.
In “Elaan of Troyius,” a necklace which is actually made from dilithium is used to save the day. In Beyond, Spock uses the necklace he gave to Uhura to locate the crew, and save the day.
Krall, aka Khan:
There are more than a few similarities between these two. Both Krall and Khan were abandoned, or at least perceived they were, and both are hell-bent on revenge. Both battle Kirk and both say, “old friend,” a phrase Khan really likes using when talking to his arch-enemy, Admiral Kirk. By the way Kirk beats both, with help from Spock.
23) Scotty cracks his knuckles:
near the end of the movie, Krall is about to unleash his superweapon on the entire population of the Yorktown space station, and Scotty is trying to help them shut down the ventilation systems to prevent it. He sits down and gives his knuckles a good crack before diving in.
In Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, while at Plexicorp, Scotty cracks his knuckles as his about to use the keyboard.
In Beyond Kirks says, “There’s no such thing as the unknown, only things temporarily hidden, temporarily not understood.”
This speech is also given by Kirk in the original series episode “The Corbomite Manoeuvre.”
25) Kirks toast:
“To absent friends,” at the end of Beyond is also used by Kirk in Tribute to Spock in “The search for Spock.” Another tribute to Leonard Nimoy and his Spock.
26) There are a few lines in the film which die hard fans will notice, one that made me smile was “Big green hand.” In Who Mourns for Adonais?,” the Enterprise encounters the Greek god Apollo, who reaches out into space and grabs the ship with his giant green hand.
28) Kirks promotion:
Original Kirk was promoted to Admiral, a decision he regretted and was told of his mistake at accepting promotion by both Spock and McCoy. In fact Kirk tells Picard not to leave the Captains chair in “Generations.” He says “Don’t let them promote you. Don’t let them transfer you. Don’t let them do anything that takes you off the bridge of that ship, because while you’re there, you can make a difference.”
Scotty explains that he’s using the cargo transporter for the first time and doesn’t want to risk splicing them. “I couldn’t imagine a worse scenario,” McCoy says. This is taken from “Voyager.” In the episode “Tuvix,” Tuvok and Neelix are spliced together in a transporter accident.