The central message that it's not how you view your work, but how your fans view it that gives it its value, is just the icing on the cake of this funny, affectionate and earnest minor Sunday night classic. Solid production value too.
Like all the Bad Robot Treks, it comes from the gut, not the heart or the head, and the aesthetic is somewhat un-ambitious, but Beyond is enjoyable in its unpretentious simplicity and delivers on the possibility offered by the 2009 film. In a lot of ways it feels a lot like a throwback to films like The Last Starfighter and (ironically) Galaxy Quest, and the problem solving chemistry of the cast goes a long way. A moment about twenty minutes from the end may make some eyes roll, but I punched the air.
Interesting view of the Star Wars universe stripped of its moral certainty as well as its fairy tale/Campbellian mythology, replaced with viscera and grit. Slips in a couple of spots but sticks the landing and crucially proves that the darker corners of this galaxy are places worth looking into on future 'non-saga' instalments. Very, very good.