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Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)

PG  |   |  Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi  |  9 June 1989 (USA)
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Captain Kirk and his crew must deal with Mr. Spock's long-lost half-brother who hijacks the Enterprise for an obsessive search for God at the center of the galaxy.

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When the newly-christened starship Enterprise's shakedown cruise goes poorly, Captain Kirk and crew put her into Spacedock for repairs. But an urgent mission interrupts their Earth-bound shore leave. A renegade Vulcan named Sybok has taken three ambassadors hostage on Nimbus III, the Planet of Galactic Peace. This event also attracts the attention of a Klingon captain who wants to make a name for himself and sets out to pursue the Enterprise. Sybok's ragtag army captures the Enterprise and takes her on a journey to the center of the galaxy in search of the Supreme Being. Written by David Thiel <d-thiel@uiuc.edu>

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28 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The majority of Trekkies will tell you that "The Final Frontier" is the worst Star Trek movie. Some of the Next Generation movies were bad, but none quite so incompetently put together as this one. The tone is inconsistent, the special effects are shoddy, the plot is weak, the climax is anticlimactic. But for all that, it captures the adventurous spirit of the original show better than any of the other films in the series.

A few things stood out to me the last time I watched it. First, the red toy-soldier uniforms look more out-of-place than ever; I kept expecting to see the classic costumes, which would have been more appropriate than the movies' military duds. Second, Captain Kirk sports blue jeans and a flannel shirt in the campfire scenes, as if they took place in the 20th century instead of the 23rd. Finally, the Klingon antagonists seem to have arrived from a different movie only to cause trouble.

Where "The Final Frontier" absolutely nails the source material is in its combination of humor, action, metaphysics, and warm characterization. It probably has the best moments between Kirk, Spock, and McCoy of any of the films -- especially since the previous three movies rarely got these iconic character together. Sybok's quest for god may be a little too heavy, but at least it has ambitions. Sybok turns out to be one of the more memorable Star Trek villains: a deluded cult leader on a monomaniacal mission to discover the Garden of Eden, who ultimately realizes where he went wrong and redeems himself in the final reel. None of Trek's other cinematic enemies can boast that sort of dramatic arc.

It sounds funny, but I think it might be one of the best Star Trek movies after all.


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