Beyond was extremely cinematic. It even had that most eighties of things with the Rihanna song. It felt to me like the series course correcting really really well, and was absolutely the right direction for some of cinema in general to head in. Less episodic, ironically. It was fully formed for a start, way less dependent on being viewed as part of a series. The poster was the best in years even. But then that was the year GiTS got roundly not grasped, so it was bad year for striking out in new directions. I think everyone just got jaded that year.