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In Star Trek Beyond we see that Krall has some unnatural ability

to extend his life by taking life force from other beings.

As I watched the film, it seemed that this ability was tied to his suit. The suit was very particular, and had many shots dedicated to showing its details, such as the whirring gears. When his power was used, it seemed to be channeled through the suit.

Other characters may have had a similar ability, but we didn't see them use it in the film and they didn't seem to suffer from the adverse affects that Krall did

where he seemed to age strangely throughout the film, even after taking victims. The other two, which seemed to be the same "species", didn't age at all, one way or another.

So, was his suit the source of this technology, or something else?

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    By members of the "same species", are you referring to Manas and Kalara? I don't recall seeing them take victims for the purpose of reversing aging. And that's what Krall was doing --- each time he "drained" victims, he looked younger and his protrusions and ridges were lessened, until he finally looked to be the age and appearance of his normal self, albeit with some obvious residual strangeness. – Praxis Jul 24 '16 at 3:31
  • @Praxis Again an assumption. I'm hoping this plus my other question sort out the species relationship. If I'm wrong about that, it's fine! – user31178 Jul 24 '16 at 4:36
  • I've made considerable updates to the answer below. :-) – Praxis Jul 31 '16 at 5:57
  • Very nice updates. Until the Blu-ray comes out or something, I don't think I'll get anything better – user31178 Jul 31 '16 at 6:29
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Yes, it seems so.

Krall explains that the original inhabitants of the planet left behind "technology" for extending life. Having seen the film twice now, I can say that it does seem that his suit contains this technology.

For starters, Krall, Manas and Kalara

were the three survivors of the crashed USS Franklin,

and so Manas and Kalara also needed to extend their lives unnaturally using the alien technology. As you point out, we do not seem them wearing suits exactly like Krall's.

In Kalara's case, almost until the moment of her death she was trying to maintain the cover that she was a scientist with no association to Krall or his drone force, and so she wore a distinct, non-mechanical jumpsuit that reflected this.

In Manas' case, his suit has more in common with Krall's upon further inspection that would seem so at first glance. First of all, Krall's suit has a series of gears located on the shoulders, elbows, wrists, waist, and in some other places. These gears seem to be involved in the life-energy draining process. We see this most clearly when Krall begins to drain Sulu's life energy — the gears go from being inanimate to whirring quickly in unison. I would say this is the best evidence that the suit contains the life extension technology.

You can see some of the gears in this screenshot:

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While Manas' suit looks very different from Krall's, it too has the gears: they are simply smaller and fewer in number. One can presume that Kalara, when not in disguise, had a similar suit for her use.

Finally, Krall does age strangely but not unpredictably during the film. In fact, I wouldn't describe the process as "aging". It seems that, when Krall drains lives, he takes on characteristics of that species. Before the arrival of the Enterprise crew, there would have been no humans to drain, and so Krall, Manas, and Kalara eventually took on more and more alien appearances. When he began draining human lives from the Enterprise survivors, Krall

progressively looked more and more human again, albeit with some residual strangeness.

  • Manas and Kalara don't look old and don't drain energy, that we see. Yet during the course of the film, after Krall drains his first victims (hanging upside down), we see his younger appearance age back closer to his original one. This seems to indicate that draining would need to be a regular thing? Did they specify that the other 2 were part of the same crew? I didn't catch them referring to their names/presence on the USS Franklin. – user31178 Jul 24 '16 at 4:35
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    he states he had 3 crew members that survived, and we only see 3 aliens that look like him, pretty logical conclusion that those 3 are his 3 remaining crewmates, since that species has abandoned that planet(his words) and star fleet shows the 3 of them on a hologram at the end of the movie when kirk passes on the vice admirally – Himarm Jul 24 '16 at 4:43
  • @Himarm I didn't notice the others on the hologram, since I didn't recognize the actors. I remember that now. Good spot. – user31178 Jul 24 '16 at 9:58
  • And Krall always seemed a little... tired. – Jerry Nixon - TOS Aug 4 '16 at 5:40

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