You know many would say that “Star Trek V” was the worst of the Star Trek films. Well that may have been so, but not anymore! Thanks to “Nemesis” taking over the distinctive honor, “Star Trek V: The Final Frontier” is now off the hook. But seriously, what the movie may have lacked in special effects it made up for in the theme it portrays. “ST II: TWOK” was about aging, “ST III: TSFS” was about true loyalty, and “ST IV: TVH” was about courage. “ST V: TFF” was about family. And not just relative-wise. The bonds you forge over the years with comrades and friends become so solid over the years that those people are like a second family. Kirk said it best near the end of the movie with the quote, “I lost a brother once. I was lucky I got him back.” This of course was in reference to Spock and his rescue in “ST III.” And the underlying theme of family is centered around an emotional Vulcan’s search for God.
It is this Vulcan who uses his unique ability to take whoever he uses it on on an inward confrontation of that person’s “pain” and draw strength from it. To the observer, this lasts mere moments. But to the person confronting that pain, it lasts as long as several minutes. Though none of the minor characters went in depth as to what their pains were, we did dip into the histories of one McCoy and Spock. With McCoy, it was his pain of releasing his father from the suffering of a terminal illness, that wasn’t revealed to us, by severing his life support system. The pain itself was actually learning that not long after he did that, a cure was found and he has blamed himself for “killing” his father yet at the same time justifying his actions as the right thing to do since his father couldn’t stand to suffer. This conflict within McCoy was that pain he carried since. And with Spock, it was his birth, though even I’m not entirely sure where the pain aspect lies.
The key family tie brought into play is that of the Vulcan in question who held on to emotions his whole life, Spock’s half-brother, Sybok played by Laurence Luckinbill. We have Charles Cooper who plays the drinking Klingon General Korrd.
Cynthia Gouw plays the Romulan representative, Caithlin Dar.
Todd Bryant plays the Klingon Captain Klaa who tries to hunt down Kirk throughout the movie. And we are given a special appearance by
David Warner who plays St. John Talbot.
As much as I want to expose the positive points of the movie, that doesn’t stop the fact that many considered it a disappointment. And that’s putting it mildly. I mean at the time, the movie series has just come off the most successful Star Trek film of them all and now end up with the worst film of them all at the time anyway. Kinda nice that Nemesis has become a scapegoat for “Star Trek V”. It’s kind of a shame that it had to be William Shatner who helmed this movie. He did so much for the entire franchise and to flop a Trek film really didn’t set well with the fans. But on the other hand, unlike Rick Berman, Shatner openly admitted his mistakes and is/was pressing for Paramount to give him the funds to do a Director’s Edition DVD for “Star Trek V”. Though the word lately was Paramount turned him down and is making “Trek V a Collector’s Edition “without a frame of retouched footage. That would be sad to say the least. Paramount has a golden opportunity to revitalize one of the worst Trek films by granting Bill Shatner the chance to turn it around much like “The Motion Picture”‘s Robert Wise got to do and instead they simply say no.
Now I don’t pretend to know why they said no. But there still is time before the next Trek DVD is fully under way, what with the recent release of “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home” on Collector’s Edition DVD and all. Though it’s not guaranteed to make a difference, a petition was started some time ago to put the pressure on Paramount to reconsider their decision and let Bill have his chance to turn the movie around. But after many people would threaten in the petition NOT to get the DVD unless it’s a Director’s Edition may only solidify Paramount’s decision. Bill made a good point at his website when he told his fans that attempting to boycott “Star Trek V” wasn’t the answer. What would really have the best chance of convincing Paramount otherwise to let Bill do his thing with the movie was to buy Trek merchandise. To get “Star Trek V” when it is rereleased on DVD. Even if it isn’t a Director’s Edition. That doesn’t stop them from re-re-releasing a Director’s Edition DVD. In any case, it doesn’t seem likely at this point that “Star Trek V” will be spruced up at all.
Anyway, this concludes this segment so I now leave you with the scenes the really stand out:
- Kirk free climbing El Capitan and falling after losing his concentration due to Spock’s unintentional interference
- The hilarious exchange of words between McCoy, Spock, and Kirk around the campfire. “Ya know you two can drive a man to drink.” for example
- The use of the shuttle and entering the shuttlebay after leaving Earth due to their shore leave being canceled
- Uhura singing “The Moon’s a Window to Heaven” to distract the lookout party so Kirk and crew can use the horses to get to Paradise City faster
- Kirk and crew storm Paradise City on Nimbus III to try to rescue the
- The shuttle’s manual entry into the shuttle bay after avoiding an attack by Captain Klaa’s Bird of Prey
- Enterprise dodges a torpedo shot by jumping to warp
- Kirk, McCoy, and Spock escape the brig
- Scotty saying, “I know this ship like the back of my hand…” CLANK!! lol
- Spock with his rocket boots and holding Kirk and McCoy shoot up the turbo shaft at an accelerated rate
- Sybok making McCoy and Spock face their pain
- The Enterprise penetrates the great barrier
- “God” appears and after some uneasy conversation reveals himself to be an evil entity resembling Sybok.
- The Bird of Prey fires on the Enterprise just after McCoy and Spock are beamed up
- Kirk is saved from the evil entity by none other than the Klingons
- Spock plays “Row Row Row Your Boat” on his instrument (can’t think of the name) while he and Kirk sings it up to the start of the closing credits
Well, there you have it. “Star Trek V” may have been one of the worst films, but it had certain unique qualities that made up for that and kept its place among the Trek Tribute series. Stay tuned as I bring you the final chapter in the Trek Tribute series with a look back at “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.”
To be continued…