Today is the 50th anniversary of the first non-pilot episode of Star Trek. We saw Star Trek Beyond at the cinema yesterday and it was touching when we saw subtle tributes in the film and in the credits.
The film makers wove Leonard Nimoy’s passing into the story through the death in absentia of “Ambassador Spock”, and added a pre-end-credits dedication to Anton Yelchin (Chekov), who died in an accident after production was completed.
In the closing moments of the film, Kirk raises a glass to “absent friends”. The film makers re-edited the film after Yelchin’s death to shift focus to his on-screen character at this moment, as the film comes to a close.