The contrast between a military at war and a fleet maintaining peace is highlighted especially by the reveal of Beyond's villain in the third act. Instead of the alien warlord he appears to be, Krall, played by Idris Elba, is in fact Balthazar Edison, a centuries-old veteran of humanity's early wars in space. After a military career spent fighting aliens, the Federation establishes peace between several civilizations, and the old warships are instead turned into vessels for exploration. In recognition of his service, Edison is given command of the USS Franklin. Yet peace doesn't sit right with Edison, and after crash-landing on a hostile and alien world, Edison discovers new technologies for war and prolonging his life.