but the biggest MOOD is the beyond team deciding to rip up the triumvirate and destroy the enterprise in like the first twenty minutes of the movie.
kirk? wants to leave. this job is not what he thought it is
spock? wants to quit. this job is not the right thing to do
enterprise? destroyed. not the right ship for the job
because it’s true, isn’t it? fuckboi womanizer asshole is not the personality for kirk. rude backstabbing unemotional is not the personality for spock. all the un-unification of the enterprise, the difficult relationships - spock and uhura somehow constantly in between break ups and fights; uhura and kirk somehow also constantly fighting or dissing other people together; bones simply not existing (triumvirate friendship? in my trek?? it’s less likely than you think w/ aos); sulu the asian side character to express inclusion; chekov the little kid for comedic relief; scotty leaving the enterprise instead of sticking with her through good and bad
ultimately, nobody behaving professionally in the first two aos movies.
and then beyond went and blew that shit up. literally, figuratively, metaphorically. and miraculously, star trek comes back like a phoenix. even though technically they’re at their lowest - no ship, crew scattered, a seemingly too-powerful villain. and they solve it with the power of friendship, being frankly awesome at their jobs, and a good portion of luck.
and it shows we don’t need a planet to implode, a fleet of eight ships to be shot to bits, we don’t need a supersize space ship to belly flop onto an entire city to motivate our heroes. we don’t need a death count in the five, ten digit zone, we don’t need to take them down and kill then and tear them apart mentally, emotionally, make then hate and fear and mistrust each other to have a good (trek) movie.
and you also don’t need women in underwear. who would’ve thought.