"To absent friends", Kirk says, as everyone raises a glass.
The 27-year-old, who portrayed Russian starship Lieutenant Pavel Chekov in the film, died in a freak auto accident last month. In retrospect, I'm nearly 100 percent sure it was in my imagination.
J.J. Abrams has lead tributes to the late Anton Yelchin at the premiere of Star Trek Beyond.
In September 1966, NBC unenthusiastically began broadcasting a "too-cerebral" science fiction series created by former LAPD speechwriter Gene Roddenberry and championed by, among few others, producer Lucille Ball. "For people who never met him, he hasn't gone away and won't go away".
From left, John Cho plays Sulu, Anton Yelchin plays Chekov, Karl Urban plays Bones, Chris Pine plays Kirk, Zachary Quinto plays Spock and Simon Pegg plays Scotty in "Star Trek Beyond".
Paramount announced earlier this week that a fourth installment of the Star Trek reboot series has been greenlighted, with Chris Hemsworth, who played James T. Kirk's father George in Star Trek, reprising his role in an as-yet-unrevealed capacity.
I have a great fondness for both 2009's stellar "Star Trek" reboot and its less-impressive 2013 sequel, "Star Trek Into Darkness".
While this setup is effective, there is a sense of the pro forma in the way "Star Trek Beyond" carefully makes its appointed rounds, dotting the i's and crossing the t's.
Most of all, I questioned the new director, Justin Lin, who helmed the seemingly endless and ever-more-ridiculous "Fast and Furious" street racing franchise for almost a decade.
Abrams and company might want to consider what the filmmakers did in Furious 7, the final film starring the late Paul Walker. "I'm glad we could show our love for him this way". Star Trek 4 has already been green-lit.
The new film will not be penned by Simon Pegg and Doug Jung though, with J D Payne and Patrick McKay taking on writing duties this time. Each time Anton is was on screen it brought us a pang of sadness, but also a feeling of pride to see him performing so tremendously well in what is undoubtedly his most famous role.
"I think it was very important to honour Leonard's legacy in this film and it was very important for me personally that we found a way to include it in the story", he said.