|Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
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- Star Trek V, should be rediscovered after all these years
Sure the special effects are lacking, but this movie has heart,something lacking in the Next Generation movies and new Star Trek series. After 15 years this movie should be rediscovered and put with pride in any Trekker or Non-Trekker's collection....more info
- For the Love Of Sybok!
Whoa, hold on there... Come on guys,
This isn't that bad of a movie!
I just watched the DVD (Two-Disc Special Collector's Edition) of "The Final Frontier," and actually enjoyed it.
Now, I admit I was one of the disappointed movie-goers back in 1989, but it has aged nicely.
EXCEPT, for the exterior spaceship special effects.
What Star Trek V really needs now, is the Remastered treatment that The Original Series is enjoying. I think some new digital spaceships, a little clean up and you'll have a dandy Star Trek epic.
I think Shatner should demand a new Director's Edition with remastered effects. His instincts for directing Star Trek V were pretty good. Shows he was paying attention all these years....more info
- The Final Frontier? We hope so...
"Star Trek V" stands as the one&only ST movie directed by William Shatner himself. It's a dubious honor,since Roger "Easily Entertained" Ebert dubbed this "the worst Star Trek movie ever made." "Final Frontier" brings up important questions about God's existence,religious fanaticism and fundamentalism...and bungles the whole enterprise.
"Final Frontier" begins on a desert planet, in Paradise City,of all places. Spock's half-brother, Sybok, takes the Nimbus III hostage to go to the "Great Barrier" (not the reef off of Australia,unfortunately) to meet his Creator. In the meantime, Kirk, Spock, and McCoy are climbing fake rocks in Yosemite (supposedly they're ascending Half Dome,but it looks like papier mache to me) They sing "row,row,row your boat" around the campfire when they find out about the Nimbus III situation. The Enterprise comes to the rescue-complete with a paunchy Lt. Uhura doing a slinky catwoman dance. Yes,that requires a suspension of disbelief! You must have faith...as Sybok would say.
Sybok's a smooth-talking outer space preacher. His charisma hooks everyone except Kirk, McCoy,and his skeptical half-brother Spock. One expects Sybok to ask for "love gifts" and give away cheesy gifts that look like they came from the Intergalactic TBN. But no. It turns out he's a result of Sarek's first marriage to a Vulcan princess. Darn pon farr. Sex DOES make people- and Vulcans- stupid. Or Sybok has father issues because dear ol' Dad remarried to an Earthling,and lavished all his favors on the younger. It's Oedipus Wrecks. Star Trek-style.
The Enterprise comes to Sha-Ka-Ree,the cheesy home of the Creator. It looks like a desert matte painting,but Sybok is impressed and has a mystical experience. But the Creator is not so pleased. Sybok does meet his Maker- literally- and the movie ends with Kirk pointing at his paunchy belly, saying that's where God is.
"Final Frontier" is compelling in its badness. At several points it's long-winded and boring. For Shatner,this movie was the final frontier. He never directed another Star Trek movie....more info
- Not The Best, Not The Worst!
Ok so this movie had scenes that totally stunk but there was aslo some scenes that were totally great so I think that though this is one of the worst Trek movies its not the absolute worst and isn't all bad and is probably worth buying if you are a major die-hard Trek fan and have to own every Star Trek item!
Personally my least favorite Star Trek movie is Star Trek III: The Search For Spock wich I personally find to be the worst!...more info
- Possesses a Wealth of Great Scenes! (4.5 Stars).
This is an earnest and noble effort by William Shatner (who directed and plotted the film) to tackle a subject that only he and Star Trek would dare attempt. Unfortunately it's become law in Trekkerdom to pick apart this film as a turkey of astronomical proportions; Consequently a sort of bandwagon phenomenon has developed amongst the cookie-cutter fundamentalist Trekkers who have somehow failed to evolve to the level of independent thought. (They're no doubt still mad at Shatner for telling them to "get a life"). In fact, it's become such a cliche to hate Star Trek V that it has become the "Spock's Brain" of the feature films (but worse).
I must adamantly disagree. The Final Frontier certainly has its share of flaws -- the story goes over the edge into the realm of goofy camp at times and the special effects are merely passable in some areas, possibly the least of the feature films, but Star Trek was never about great special effects (disregarding The Motion Picture). Star Trek is about people, their joy of living and their grand spirit of exploration in space; this is what The Final Frontier is all about and it scores high marks in all these areas.
NO OTHER Trek film showcases the character interplay of the Kirk/Spock/McCoy troika to the level of intimacy shown in this film, and only The Voyage Home compares to (and arguably exceeds) the joyful energy of the characters displayed here. As far as the spirit of exploration goes, Star Trek V surpasses all other Trek adventures; after all, no exploration is greater than the quest for ultimate reality and the Supreme Creator. In fact, this picture powerfully touches on many important themes: personal pain, healing, faith, family, love, fanaticism/terrorism, the desire to know ultimate reality (absolute truth), God, false beliefs, loyalty, repentance and forgiveness; name another film in the series that successfully addresses so many weighty topics and yet remains entertaining. I guess most people would rather not think about such profound matters.
The film was actually doomed with critics and Trekker fundamentalists the moment it was disclosed that Shatner would direct it; the knives hit the sharpening stones well before it was ever released and once the buzz got out that it was a bad film a feeding frenzy ensued. It would have been much better received if Shatner had directed the film anonymously and if it were released after Star Trek III; as it was, it came out on the heels of Star Trek IV, the hands-down pinnacle of the feature films. If The Wrath of Khan had come out after The Voyage Home it would have been deemed a quite mediocre affair.
The bottom line is that Star Trek V is a more-than-great Trek outing; it possesses a wealth of great scenes. In fact, I love this film! It would have been even greater if the studio didn't repeatedly cut the budget the closer the film came to completion, thus robbing Shatner (and us) of his original vision. For those who don't share my enthusiasm, you AT LEAST have to admit that it's a good romp ("B" level or 3/5 stars). Personally, I'd pop in The Final Frontier any day before I'd watch The Wrath of Khan (sssnnnoooorrrre). By all means, watch it again for the first time. ...more info
- Good Compared to Some, Bad Compared to Star Trek
There are so many bad movies out there, it's difficult to get too upset about Star Trek V. In fact, compared to the sludge that Hollywood mostly produces, this is an above average film. The plot while a bit silly, is moderately coherent. It does attempt to engage the viewer intellectually, albeit in a clumsy manner. In some ways, therefore, it's exceptional.
The only problem is that it isn't exceptional compared to other Star Trek films; it is definitely the worst of the lot. Some things, such as Sybok allowing his emotions to govern him, are unforgiveable; the Vulcans learned emotional control in order to prevent violence from breaking out amongst them. Sybok's emotionality seems to suggest the Vulcans controlled their emotions to prevent hammy acting. Which is reasonable, but less compelling than the original explanation.
Overall, this is a "Rainy Saturday Afternoon With Nothing Better to Do" kind of film, a bridge between IV and VI that only occasionally seems worth watching. If you have a completion fetish or just want to ensure you don't miss ANY good Star Trek moments (and there are a few in this film), get it. If not, skip it. ...more info
- Oy! What a mess!
Well, this was the first major clinker of the big screen Star Trek sagas - but then I am not telling you anything new here.
Shatner ... can't ... direct! (Apply pseudo Shakespearean emphasis).
Thankfully, Star Trek VI - The Undiscovered Country, (a/k/a "The Apology") made up for the mess. But my collection of cassettes/DVDs sure looks strange with out this title to complete the sets....more info
- Ah, yes, I was disappointed, BUT, there are some great aspects about this outing..
Like most folks, I had very high hopes for this film, definitely after the loosely connected 3-movie story arc preceeding it. This movie didn't have the punch nor leave the audience with the typical satisfactory feeling afterwards. I despised the use of an otherwise talented and beloved supporting cast for comical relief. Instead of allowing the secondary characters a real chance to run, it resorted to sight gags and pretty much made them look like buffoons, and Shatner clearly didn't rectify the more-embarrassing moments. However, that being said, the film show several wonderful moments..:
1) LOVED the campfire scenes both at the beginning and end, effectively bracketing the film's story in a poignant way. Why couldn't you have had moments like these for the secondary characters??? ~ They are seasoned ACTORS for heaven's sake..! After how many movies and episodes, not only are they relegated to remain as secondaries, but treated with even less respectful screentime. Again, warm moments you WISHED they did more on the big screen ~ Taking time out to EXPLORE these characters and what makes them tick together, after all these voyages. Without families, who have they really become..?
2) Loved the horseback and wilderness scene's overall. Gave the normally 'sterile' starship crew a more beneficial and agreeable backdrop to work against.
3) Despite the lack of good effects, the Kirk/Spock interplay at the end was excellent ('Spock, not in front of the Klingons...'). It helps to make up for the heavy-handed 'I-need-my-pain' message you had to slog through.
The Sybok character was entirely miscast and misdirected.. Who would believe he would be a Vulcan, even Spock's half-brother, raised by Surak...? Terribly chemistry between him and the stars. Granted he was no Khan, but a more cerebral and reserved, less jovial approach would have made for better and conflict with depth. Instead we're treated to some painfully embarrassing exchanges.
All in all, some excellent, warm screen moments found nowhere else in this franchise, but try not to wear out your fast-forward button....more info
- It all Begins and Ends with the Human Heart
This is a great tale focusing on the three central Star Trek characters (Kirk, Spock and "Bones"). It examines their strengths, weaknesses, their diversities but ultimately shows us why they have grown a great sense of camaraderie through the years in search of that final frontier. It is a more personal story than the title of the film indicates and perhaps that is the film's true notorious weakness. The title gives one a sense of going beyond the beyond to find what lies beyond us, to find truth, but that is entirely misleading. Instead this film examines what drives these men to search for the all elusive unknown going literally great distances, to go where no man has gone before, when all the time the answer lies in the heart. In one sense this film is a scaled down version of STAR TREK: TMP and again that has unfortunately remained the bottom line for diminished appreciation for what STAR TREK V truly is. Even William Shatner's brilliant direction has been diminished into obscurity by this film's poor reputation. Even Shatner admits that he wanted the film to take on epic qualities. Shatner admits in the extra footage that the constraints of the budget and the poor special effects destroyed what he was trying to accomplish. I believe unwittingly Shatter seems to have wanted something larger than life, yet he captured the true essence of life and why we exist quite efficiently and successfully in this film. This was not a fly by night production, as one would have been lead to believe, and the seriousness of the intent of this production as seen in the extra footage is quite evident. Visually Shatner did not get the greatness he wanted but Jerry Goldsmith's outstanding score fills that void. Goldsmith's score goes beyond giving this film a feeling of the great adventure going to the ends of life's final frontier and once again coming full circle back to the conclusion that it all begins and ends with the human heart.
- The Search For God?
I think this film is entertaining, as well as low budget. Like with Planet Of The Apes, the fifth chapter goes a little down hill. William Shatner's original treatment would've been better though. I'm not religious, but the idea of bible myth is fascinating. Unfortunately, Bill Shatner wasn't able to make his Director's Edition . . . ...more info
- Outstanding Trek Nears Cult Status
STAR TREK V is very underrated. It is the closest motion picture to capture the spirit of the original TV show. The TV series was about characters and their combined experiences integrated into cohesive stories based upon their trek into space. This film reverts back to the characters and forgoes the special effects. Jerry Goldsmith's rich score bolsters this approach directed by William Shatner. ...more info
- Star Trek V
Star Trek V is about a man who believes he has found God and is searching for a way to get to God. He has the power to convince people to help him along his journey. They finally reach where God is and then reality sets in of whom they are dealing with. If you like adventure and humor, this movie is for you. I enjoyed watching this movie. The picture was good and clear, the sound was good, but the case was damaged inside. The dvd could not stay in place because the circular tab inside was missing and that will cause the dvd to get scratched. Otherwise this is a good movie to see. ...more info
- ST5 is So Bad,It's Brilliant
As a continuing chapter in the Star Trek films,V bites the dust.I gave my friend a dubbed tape called THE WORST OF CLASSIC TREK(Saving the best for last"SPOCK'S BRAIN).It was the most hilarious thing.It was bad enough with the basement DIY effects,but the plot made them very sub par.
As for Star Trek V the plot was ridiculous,Nimbus III reminded me of those bad post-apocolyptic straight-to-video flicks,& poor De Kelley looked like he could've had a heart attack (though his presence is always a godsent in TREK).
But if was intended or not.it has an Ed Wood-esque appeal,being humorous without even trying.The scene where Spock & Bones expierience their past pain is effective in bringing some sense of drama in this farce.
In a world where one of the most popular Trek episodes is one of the worst (SPOCK'S BRAIN),V should be seen as one of the many bad chapters in a great tapestry of stories.attn Trekkers: the contents on the Worst of Classic Trek:The Alternative Factor/ Catspaw/ Patterns of Force/ And The Children Shall Lead/Plato's Stepchildren/Let That Be Your Last Battlefield/Whom Gods Destroy/The Way To Eden/The Savage Curtain/&last but not least Spock's Brain.
- MST3K Fans Rejoice -- Rifftrax is Here!
The bittersweet sequel to Star Treks I, II, III and IV was indeed the "Final Frontier", one last voyage for our heroic Captain Kirk and the brave crew of the Enterprise - except for another one to follow. And then of course the several dozen spin-offs and spin-off sequels to follow. "The Final Frontier" sees a special guest appearance by the one character fit to take equal billing with William Shatner: God.
And so this RiffTrax deserves an awe-inspiring guest appearance by none other than Kevin Murphy, Mike's riffing companion for years on the Satellite of Love! It's a RiffTrax lover's dream come true. (And Mike and Kevin promise not to make any jokes comparing the Enterprise and Charmin
- The worst movie of the series but not the worst movie ever!
As Captain Admirel James Kirk (William Shatner) with Spock (Leonard Nimoy) and the rest of the crew (DeForrest Kelly, George Takai, James Doohan, Walter Koenig and Nichelle Nichols) are having a nice pleasant camping trip since their newly christened U.S.S. Enterprise are having it at spacedock for repairs. They get called on a urgent mission to head to planet Nimbus III where a renegade Vulcan named Sybok (Laurence Luckinbill) has taken some people there hostage as he wants the Enterprise to find the universe's most supreme being.
Considered by fans and critics alike as the worst movie in the franchise! William Shatner who directed and wrote the story for this movie. One of the biggest problems in this movie is too much lighthearted humor unlike "Star Trek 4" which worked like a charm but this movie overdoses on it too much especially on Scotty and Uhra who feel romantically involved and of course the infamous teaching Spock how to sing campfire songs. The special effects themselves are quite bad without the help of Industrial Light and Magic as they come off as laughable and the characterization is thin as a pencil but at least Shatner got to give this movie a try at directing and co-storying the film but he failed at that.
This 2-Disc DVD contains good picture and sound with great extras such audio commentary from William Shatner with Liz Shatner and Text commentary by Michael Okuda co-author of the Star Trek Encyclopedia. Featurettes, deleted scenes, production gallery, trailers and TV Spots....more info
- IT DOES NOT SUCK!!!
This movie has been labeled as the "worst" in the Star Trek movie series.
I admit that it does not really compare with the other "original cast" movies. The script is not the best and it has a lot of "cheesy" moments. Some of the jokes are a little over the top for a Star Trek movie (especially if the joke doesn't work). The movie starts to go down hill towards the end, but I don't think the movie sucks.
There are some great moments in this movie as well as some bad ones, but I think that the good outweighs the bad. It's a movie worth seeing even if you are not a "Trekkie" and just a casual fan of the series. It's still a very watchable movie....more info
- Good DVD
Although Star Trek V may not be hailed by Star Trek Fans as "The Greatest Star Trek of All Time," its not without its merit. As far the DVD, it has what you are looking for. The second disc has all the behind the scene's stuff, and interviews that you have come to expect from Two-Disc specials....more info
- Simply Said - It Stunk
This is a simple review. Lawrence Luckinbill was terrific as Sybok, but the story line was absurd, even for Sci-Fi. Too bad Lawrence Luckinbill had to be wasted on this trash. ...more info
- The Worst of the Bunch!!!
Star Trek 5- the worst Star Trek film of all- sufferes from a REALLY BAD script and way too much reliance on face gags and stupid jokes. PAINFUL from begining to end. That said the actual story it self isn't that bad and often reminds me of the hippy episode of the original series. Not a great episode mind you but if they had actually connected those stories and took a serious look at Sybok's quest and explained his relationship to "God" and Spock better it would have worked far better. At least there may have been a kind of connection to Spock having a brother (an adopted brother would have worked far better one who became fascinated with a half human Spock- anything would have been better than what we got) which came out of no where. Uhura falling for Scotty comes out of no where too. Since when did she have any interest in him? The embarrassingly stupid scene of Chekov and Sulu lost in the woods off the top should have been on the cutting room floor. The god awful dialogue between Kirk and Spock while he climbs the moutain just about get me kicking the thing across the room. Them singing Row-row-row your boat just about had me toss my drink at the movie screen when I saw it in the theatre (Doctor McCoy suggests Camp town races which again would have been the better one). A marsh melon? Is that a generic name for a marshmellow?? Although the film sucks it does have a few saving graces which are the serious moments with Sybok although few and far between they at least make it watchable. They couldn't get the special effects they wanted so they hired a third rate shop.. although they do pull off a fairly reasonable shuttle craft (which wasn't ready for the opening spot light shot) and although the barrier could have been way better it wasn't completely hopeless. Nice touch was the viewing room where Sybok works on McCoy and Spock the barrier in the window approaching was pretty good however going through it looked like a bunch of clouds. Over all the biggest problem with this film is the script which has so many errors in it that even a rainy day fan could spot half of them. Did they even watch the other films?? Strictly for those wanting the whole collection. ...more info
- Please don't get this one.
Now I am a die hard Trek fan. I mean I have had debates over whether a Starship could take on a Star Destroyer. And just for the record Yes it could and beat it every time. LOL. Anyway that is just to give some back ground on how passionate I am about Star Trek.
This is the worst movie out of all the Star Trek Movies. Paramount must have gone brain dead on this one. The only reason it came to be is because Shatner has a clause in his contract that he gets to do anything that Nimoy does. Nimoy directed Star Trek the Voyage Home so now Shatner got to direct The Final frontier. Oh my is this movie bad. A renegade Vulcan who is looking for God and steals a Star Ship to take him to the great barrier. Kirk and Spock are the only ones with minds strong enough to resist this maniac, oh let me guress you saw that one coming huh. Not only is this story bad but they got REALLY REALLY CHEESY with the special effects. They wanted Lucas division, ILM to do the effects but they were busy with some other projects, I think Star Wars but I'm not certain, anyway they couldn't do it. They could have gotten Sony backed Digital Domain but they didn't want to give work to a rival studio. So they went with some no name company that really messed this movie up.
What can you say. Kirk, spock and Bones around a camp fire singing Row Row Row your Boat. Oh man, no they didn't. And this is a good point to this movie. Did the scene work? Heck No!!!! but it was one of the only bright spots in this disaster. Anyway save yourself the heart ache if you aren't a big Trek fan steer away from this movie. But if you are a Trekker like I am, "yes I have this movie" Even after I saw it in the theaters. Get it as a remeinder about how bad things can be when you want to bash a Trek series or movie....more info
- About as inconsistant as America's foreign policy
Star Trek V:The Final Frontier is, not the best Trek film by a longshot, but it isn't as bad as say, Episode 1 The Phantom Menace. It starts out pretty good but there are some inconsitances in the story which leave more to be desired. I have also heard that the deleted scenes probably would've answered questions like, who was the thing that claimed to be God and why did it zap Kirk, Spock and what the Hell happened to Sybock?! The film isn't a total loss though, since Laurence Luckinbill had an awesome performance as Spock's half-brother and the film was pretty exciting. The only thing wrong are the inconsistances in the story. It ends with still many questions to be answered and a lot to be desired, but it is still worth watching....more info
- Give the man a break!
I take it not everyone is well versed in Star Trek history or Hollywoods knack for messing things up. The truth is this: The Budget was cut, so William Shatner couldn't even use the Special Effects he intended to! Also, Shatner didn't have his hands on the reigns completely througout filming. What really happened is a lot of people in charge pretty much told him to cut some of the movie out (atleast an hours worth!), forget about the Special effects and NO! Sean Connery will not play Sarek, and etc., etc. Instead of knowing the truth, too many people assume the movie stinks because of Shatner. Perhaps if Shatner had gotten the chance to make the film like he wanted, it could have been one of the best. Needless to say, of ALL the ST films, this one gave the characters actual personalities. It showed they had lives and loves outside of the Federation. And it was hilarious! Like I said, don't knock the man, it really WASN'T his fault, but then again, if anyone cared to find out the truth, they would know all this already!...more info
- Still cheesey after all these years
By now it's well known to all but the most sheltered fans that "The Final Frontier" is not the high point of the Star Trek universe. It was justifiably panned when it was first released, and continues to be panned by many fans of Trek. You can attribute it to William Shatner's inept directing or to budget cuts on the part of the studio, but Star Trek V remains the weakest of the original Trek movies, although to be fair, the first one is a close second.
So what's wrong with this movie? Well, as other reviewers have commented, it has the feel of an episode from the original television series. This is not a necessarily a good thing, since what works on the more intimate small screen doesn't work on the big screen. As in most of the ST movies, there's a lot of emphasis on the characters and their relationships to each other. Sometimes this works, but sometimes it doesn't. The movie opens with the Big Three on a camping trip in Yosemite. They act like an old married couple (ok, an old married menage a trois) and go on about why they spend so much time together. Later, we're introduced to The Laughing Vulcan, aka Spock's half-brother Sybok, who hijacks the Enterprise and takes it on an unlikely quest to meet God, or a creature who claims to be him. Other highlights of the film include Uhura doing a song and fan dance to trick the enemy and later, after she's been Syboked, coming on to Scotty. During all this, Spock remains his usual stoic self, although at times he appears more grumpy than logical. The major problem, at least in this reviewer's mind is that the plot functions more as an excuse for the characters to interact than as a story that's interesting in itself.
To be fair, there are some good moments in "The Final Frontier." Some of the comedic interactions between the characters are worth watching. Consider the movie a reunion of old friends. From this perspective, it's probably not as bad as many people say. If you don't expect too much from it, you won't be disappointed. And be thankful that Star Trek VI was better.
- The 3 Stooges In Space
Trying to capture the clever humor from the previous film, Shatner only manages to turn Spock, Bones and Kirk into The 3 Stooges of the federation.
Without a clearly defined threat for the first hour of the film, the plot and any attempts at creating drama are meaningless. We are introduced to the "villain" in the first 3 minutes of the film, but he never commits any acts of evil other than commandeering the Enterprise and finally revealing his not at all evil plan near the end of the film. Meanwhile a pathetic Klingon crew hovers around as a possible back-up threat, never delivering and being turned into a sad joke by film's end.
Usually the Enterprise crew themselves can save the day entertainment wise, but under Shatner's hand they all become slapstick buffoons throwing out the occasional one-liner. The only enjoyable scene is when Spock and Bones are made to confront their fears so there is at least a tiny glimmer of character development in the film.
Definitely a chapter in the Star Trek mythos to be skipped. It should be noted that the Amazon rating system will not let me choose anything lower than 4 stars, my actual rating would be 2 stars.
- The Final Frontier is Like Pizza...
...it's good even when it's bad. As a result, I believe The Final Frontier is severely underrated. There are many flaws with this movie. First, Klingon Commander Klaa is an extremely weak nemesis with equally weak motives. Most of the time, he just comes off as cheesy. Also, the ending is a major let down. But one must remember that Shatner didn't have the budget to have rock-like creatures attack him.
Even though the special effects are awful, TFF more than makes up for it by having great character interaction. TFF gives ample screen time to Scotty, Sulu, Chekov, and Uhura (even though some of it was cheesy). But most importantly, the movie focused on the Kirk-Spock-McCoy triad. This movie shows the best Kirk-Spock-McCoy interaction of any Star Trek movie. The 2009 Star Trek movie clearly lacked this essential element....more info
- Pretty cool in some ways
While this film is nothing like the others, I find it refreshing in that regard. We need a film in the collection where McCoy, Spock, Kirk are sitting around a campfire. After all, Spock pretty much just died, and is trying to get back to his usual self. But beyond that I thought the plot was indeed sketchy to say the least, but still kind of interesting because it was so different. The conversations between the three main guys, are just priceless though....more info
- Star Trek V: The Gods Must Be Aliens
For real Trek fans, this one is fairly frustrating. There are just so many things here that don't quite fit with what had been established before: The Enterprise flies all the way to the center of the galaxy in a matter of hours (a trip that should have taken years); Scotty becomes a bumbling, head clunking oaf (though he may have been drinking some more of that famous green stuff with Uhura which might also explain her feeling him up in sickbay); Spock suddenly sprouts a half brother who, despite being fully Vulcan, gives a great belly laugh in the first five minutes of the movie.
It doesn't help that they had to settle for sub-par special effects because their usual effects studio (ILM) was unavailable at the time. And the studio kept cutting the budget until Shatner had to settle for a horribly cut-rate ending rather than the smoking rock monsters he had originally envisioned.
In the end, this movie has problems, but there are moments that, for me at least, still work: the "Plan B" is okay; the "Face Your Pain" moments, while over long and a bit out of place, give nice insight into the characters; there are several interpersonal exchanges that feel organic and lighten the mood.
A fair to middling movie, but the DVD release helps out. By better understanding what Shatner was going for and why he was unable to pull it off, I can more easily forgive some (note SOME) of the missteps. The ending got short shrift, and a better ending can do a lot to help out a movie....more info
- Not The Worst Movie Ever Made
Despite the popular opinion, I really do enjoy this film. It has some moments that are really interesting, such as the look into both Spock and McCoy's life before Starfleet. That's what is great about the movie; it has many scenes that are classic Kirk, Spock and McCoy moments. Perhaps, the most interesting thing about this movie is that there is a Vulcan, who I won't say who it is so I won't spoil it, that has emotions. This was later used again in the TV series Enterprise. Not to mention, Gene Roddenberry wanted to do a movie about discovering God on Star Trek years before this film was made. So this movie is somewhat an idea that Gene himself tossed around for a long time.
It is true that the movie suffers from lack of funds since the studios and people behind this movie were too occupied with other movies of the time to focus more on this movie. It is a shame, with the right amount of money, this movie could have been more than it became. With that negative thought of reality when it comes to lack of budget, I still say that this movie isn't half bad, but actually quite good.
- Up to the end of the opening credits this one is pretty good
I suppose it would be interesting to know who gets the blame for "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier," which is almost universally acclaimed as being the worst of the "Star Trek" films. Story credits go to director William Shatner, producer Harve Bennett, and screenwriter David Loughery, so that at least narrows it down for us. I might not know who ultimately gets the blame, but I do know what part of the story becomes the film's downfall: the Great Barrier.
Now, supposedly the Great Barrier represents the end of the finite universe and even though I never took any science course beyond Life Through the Microscope, I know that this is a stupid idea. Just the idea of a finite universe is enough to blow the gaskets of every scientist in the known galaxy. This is without taking into account the fact that it would take a long time to prove the existence of this "finite space" in the first place. Besides, when you find out what is behind the Great Barrier the idea reaches a new level of stupidity (Think about it: which is larger, the area inside the Great Barrier or outside the Great Barrier? Answer: outside. Fine. But does that make sense given the purpose of the Great Barrier?) Granted, the purpose of the Great Barrier is simply to (a) create a mystery as to what is on the other side and (b) to set up the climax of the film, but even so, did they have to come up with something stupid to get that done?
This fifth "Star Trek" film starts off hoping to build on James T. Kirk's mortality, in much the same way that "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" did so well. This time confides to Spock and Bones that he has always known that he will die alone, which makes us pay attention when at a key moment in the finale Kirk seems to be alone. Of course now we know that Kirk does not die alone because we saw him die a couple of films down the road. This film also continues to emphasize the strong relationship between Kirk and Spock, which reached its operatic heights in the finale to "Star Trek II" and was resounded in different ways in the third and fourth "Star Trek." That alone was a clear indication of how this one was going to end.
"Star Trek V: The Final Frontier" starts off on stronger ground with the curious introduction of a laughing Vulcan. This would be Sybok, played by the under appreciated actor Laurence Luckinbill, who is the anti-Vulcan (or anti-Surak) in that he things truth can be realized only through exploring the emotions. Sybok has plans for binging peace to the "Star Trek" universe, but by the time those plans are underway this movie has become seriously derailed (basically, once the opening credits are over the film is in trouble). We have Kirk, Spock, and Bones on a camping trip to Yosemite where they toast marshmelons and sing "Row, row, row your boat." Apparently there are limits to what we will endure given our affection for these characters, and this scene prove its. Meanwhile Sybok has kidnapped diplomats for the three main powers in the "Star Trek" universe and the Enterprise has to go rescue them. They have to do this with a ship that does not have transporters (just the sort of starship you want to send on a rescue mission), which requires Kirk and his crew to do a whole bunch of silly things to move the plot forward. The only thing that keeps the patient alive is the mystery of what is on the other side of the Great Barrier, and as soon as we learn the answer we can only laugh at the absurdity of it all. This film also has the worst special effects in the series; the explanation is simply that ILM did not do them.
Fortunately, it had already been well established that every other film in the "Star Trek" series was worth watching, so "Star Trek V" had to be made just to get to "Star Trek VI." The only one of the original cast who fares well in this one is George Takei, whose mature Sulu consistently maintains his dignity through the ups and downs of this entire series. No wonder he inspired so many "Star Trek" novelists to write adventures about Sulu as captain of his own ship.
Finally, whatever the sins of this film, the DVD extras are sufficient to grudgingly round up give "Star Trek V" three stars. The father and daughter Shatner commentary has its comments, the text by the authors of "The Star Trek Encyclopedia" is well done, the various featurettes are all above average....more info
- A Trek movie for people who've actually seen Star Trek
Ignore the one star reviews, because obviously those people have never watched a single Star Trek (1966-1969) episode in their lives. Let's not confuse the lame technobabble of "Next Generation" with the humor, adventure, and flying jump kicks of Star Trek.
Oh and, in case you weren't aware, the Enterprise went outside the galaxy all the time during Star Trek (1966-69). And surprise, the rocks were fake! Big deal.
So, to all you people giving this movie a 1 star rating, I bet $5 dollars you've never watched "Star Trek" (1966-1969) in your entire life... the Enterprise can't reach the barrier at the center of the galaxy, says who?
- 2.5 Stars: Capt. Kirk and Co. Meet the Man Upstairs?!!
After seeing what I considered the worst Star Trek movie thus far in the series (Part IV), I had my hopes that this film would bounce back with good results. Well, I can't stay that this film is the best one in the series, or even one of the best ones, but it is slightly better than the cheesy Star Trek IV. Yes, the plot has its problems, but at least its not about saving whales!!! The basic storyline is that a renegade Vulcan (who ends up being Spock's half-brother) steals the Enterprise and travels to the center of the Universe in hopes to find God himself!!! Yeah, not what you call a great plot, but again, at least theres no whales!!! But don't worry, this film still has some of the humor that Part IV was smothered with. Though most of it comes in the first few opening scenes with Kirk, Spock, and McCoy camping out during shore leave. Here we have Kirk, who's had to be pushing 60 by then, climbing a side of a cliff and Spock with rocket shoes on. The scene where Kirk and McCoy attempt to teach Spock to sing "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" is especially painful. We also have a close to 55 year old Nichelle Nichols doing a "striptease" dance, and implications that her and Scotty were romantically involved. Just the plot overall has too many holes in it, and the ending was just plain disappointing and unclear in the fact that there is no indication on what or who this entity (whom they first thought was infact, God) was or if it was really destroyed. Also, the crew themselves really start to show their age in this one and the special effects were mediocre at best. This time, instead of Leonard Nimoy directing, none other than William Shatner himself directs this one. And though I've seen much better directed films, I think Shatner did a much better job than given credit for. Nevertheless, there are many more things wrong with this movie than right. I read one of the other reviews saying that this was more like an episode than a movie, and I agree. If this one would have been an old original episode, I would have probably loved it, but to be a feature film, the plot just suffers, and there's too much feeble attempts at humor that ultimately, just hurt the film even worse. Obsessed Star Trek fans may still find some solstice in this one, but for more realistic fans, I just don't feel that this film makes the grade. Still, its worth owning and watching a handful of times, and a must have in order to complete your Star Trek film series collection....more info
- Not the worst Trek film, by far!
First off, let's be real. Star Trek V, The Final Frontier is not the worst Star Trek film to date. That "honor" will always go to Star Trek - The Motion Picture: The Director's Cut (Two-Disc Special Collector's Edition). No matter how many times they release new "Director's Cut" versions, that movie was horibble. It had only one redeeming quality: It was the first effort for the Trek film franchise. Compared to that, ST V is quite good.
The problems with ST V are many, though. It was William Shatner's first (and only?) opportunity to direct a film. And although he brought an interesting view of the Star Trek universe, the film does fall flat on many levels. The "nemisis", Sybok, isn't that interesting as a character for Kirk & Spock to play off of. The plot was one dimensional at best. And the final scenes where Kirk and crew are opposing some ridiculous, god-like being is almost laughable. Add to that, the soundtrack was nothing original. Shatner just used the theme that was from the first film, which was then appropriated by the Next Generation show. After James Horner's beautiful, and sometimes haunting, score from Star Trek II & III, and Leonard Rosenman's more upbeat music for Star Trek IV, this re-working of an 8 year-old soundtrack was disappointing.
Having said all that, there are some things to like here. The look of the film is different than any ST film before or after. Shatner seem to purposely give it a darker look & feel which I found intriguing, especially during certain scenes. The opening sequence, with the "not-so-sane" person digging holes out in the middle of nowhere, and then him seeing a horse and rider coming at him partially obscured by the heat waves rising from the desert is just an outstanding look. Also, the scene where Sybok takes McCoy & Spock back to view their inner-most "pain" is well done and almost hypnotic. But unfortunately, these are small islands in a not-so-great ocean of mediocre scenes. The promise of what could have been after the great lead in of Star Trek IV is, I believe, what makes this movie very disappointing.
Overall, I would give this movie a pass unless you are buying it only to round out your collection.
- The Enterprise crew is trapped by Spock's half-brother.
William Shatner is the director.
Filmed at Yosemite National Park, Kirk (William Shatner) is attempting to climb El Capitan while on shore leave. McCoy (DeForest Kelley) is nervous watching Hirk through his high-tech binoculars. Spock (Leonard Nimoy) propels in his jet boots to Kirk to help him understand his dangerous situation. Suddenly Kirk falls and like Superman, Spock saves Kirk from a deadly fate.
On Nimbus 3, their is an evangelist/metaphysical Vulcan, "Sybok" (Laurence Luckinbill), who is Spock's half-brother, has befriended a new believer. Meanwhile, Scotty, (James Doohan) is upset trying to get the new NCC 1701-A Enterprise to work in tip-top condition. Uhura (Nichelle Nichols) offers Scotty some dinner. Suddenly, tyhe Enterprise receives an emergency call "red alert, priority 7" from Starfleet. All shore leave officers are summoned to beam up, however Chekov (Walter Koenig) and Sulu (George Takei) are lost. leave it to Uhura to find everyone.
When Kirk and Spock make it down to Nimbus 3, they are met by caithlin Dar (Cynthia Gouw), Talbot (David Warner) and Kurrd (Charles Cooper) relizing they have been set-up. Sybok intends to take over the Enterprise.
During the campfire scene with Kirk, McCoy and Spock, Spock introduces a Marshmallow dispenser. In 1989-90, Kraft Incorporated actually released Marshmallow dispensers as a special offer ( request of UPC symbols and fee) and sold the over-sized Marshmallows for the dispenser. The kit came with utensils and a note from James T. Kirk. I still own one in its original mailing box unopened.
Good line: "I made the wrong choices in my life? Did I turn left when I should have turned right?"--said by William Shatner.
William Shatner along with Leonard Nimoy claims they became partially deaf due to an explosion at the location of filming.
Bravo to David Loughery for writing an excellent screenplay and giving such comedic lines to the well-talented actors who form the Enterprise crew. Story by William Shatner, Harve Bennett, David Loughery.
Lucille Ball connection: When Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz formed Desilu, it was Lucy who chose to go with "Star Trek" as a tv series (and other tv projects).
Laurence Luckinbill later married Lucy and Desi's daughter, Lucie Arnaz.
Lucille Ball died on April 26, 1989, the same year this film was released.
DVD is in Widescreen format. Only extras are Theatrical Trailer and Teaser Trailer. No audio commentary. Closed Captioned and English subtitles are not availalbe.
The next film is: Star Trek VI - The Undiscovered Country (Two-Disc Special Collector's Edition) (1991).
Star Trek - Generations (Two-Disc Special Collector's Edition) (1994).
The cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987-94), takes over the movie franchise.
Star Trek: First Contact (1996).
Star Trek: Insurrection (1998).
Star Trek: Nemesis (2002).
The story of the original cast of STAR TREK (1966-69, 1979-94) was explored again in:
STAR TREK (2009).
Update: Star Trek 12 will be released in 2011....more info
- Barely Better than Star Trek: The Motion Picture...
Sometimes in Hollywood movie franchises, successful ones that is, hit snafus along the way. With any luck these mistakes won't sink the franchise permanently, but they generally cause some loss of respect and fan appreciation for a series. 'Star Trek' has been one fortunate franchise, after starting off slow and boring with "Star Trek: The Motion Picture", a movie that almost sunk the franchise before it got started, a mistake that most movies never get to overcome. However, Paramount and the creative team behind the films felt strongly enough in their product to continue forward with the series (of course the hefty profits of the first film helped in this decision), and a wise decision it was because the next film "Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan" and even it's direct continuation into "Star Trek 3: The Search for Spock" definitely blasted the first film out of the water. Following the success of the third film, Paramount tapped director and star Leonard Nimoy to helm the fourth installment "Star Trek 4: The Voyage Home" which has been praised by many as being the best and most mainstream of all the 'Star Trek' films. Sadly, the success of the fourth film was not properly built upon with the 5th film "Star Trek 5: The Final Frontier".
"Star Trek 5: The Final Frontier" finds the crew of the Enterprise attempting a maiden voyage of a newly-christened starship Enterprise, but things go poorly and Captain Kirk (William Shatner) and his crew opt to put the ship back into spacedock until all the bugs can be fixed. But before the repairs can be completed an urgent mission arises when a renegade Vulcan named Sybok begins kidnapping Federation officials in his quest for the supreme source of all creation, God. So with the Federation in jeopardy, Kirk, Spock (Leonard Nimoy), and company must take the Enterprise with all her problems and attempt to stop Sybok before a galaxy wide conflict emerges between the Klingons and the Federation.
There are many factors that I believe led to the failure of this movie, and almost led to the demise of the franchise. Firstly, William Shatner should not have been allowed to direct the film, he only was allowed to because he worked it into his contract, a mistake that Paramount more than likely regrets. But, Shatner isn't completely to blame, the writing for this film was much weaker than its predecessors, this was in part because Nicholas Meyer, who had co-written the majority of the previous films with Harve Bennett was unavailable and a new writer was brought on board. The story, based on a concept by Harve Bennett and William Shatner, held great potential for success or blasphemy depending on where they chose to take the story. Instead neither was accomplished and the film felt choppy and uneven throughout. The intention of the film according to Walter Koenig (who plays Pavel Chekov) was to find the same humor and adventure that had made the previous films, particularly "Star Trek 4: The Voyage Home", so great and mix in an important and meaningful message that would cause viewers to think more. Sadly this too was unaccomplished, and the overall movie was lackluster and the series did suffer for it. But, there are three good things I can say about this movie, one is that no matter how bad this movie was it still wasn't nearly as horrible as "Star Trek: The Motion Picture"; and second, thank God that Paramount still had faith in the franchise to continue forward with more installments in the coming years; and third, it's a good thing that either Shatner or someone else realized he wasn't the right choice to direct any further installments and made sure something like this didn't happen again.
Overall, "Star Trek 5: The Final Frontier" isn't the worst movie in the franchise, but it's pretty close. Unevenly paced and failing to present any spark of interest in such a heavy topic, this movie could easily be passed over in most people's collections of 'Star Trek' films. But if you're a collector, I'm sure you've got this film and probably don't watch it that often, only when you feel the need to be a purist and see the entire series from start to finish or when you're in the mood for something easy to make fun of. If you enjoyed the previous films and were interested in seeing this one, my advice would be to avoid it and go on to the sixth film, but if you want to see all of the 'Star Trek' movies then give this one a shot, who knows, you may disagree with me, I'm sure it wouldn't be the first time.
"Star Trek 5: The Final Frontier" is rated PG for violence and language....more info
- What Can I Say
This movie is horrible. I simply cannot understand viewers who give it more than the lowest rating of one star. This movie was bad in every conceivable way. At least STTMP was trying to be operatic, without understanding that most people (I am not one of them) find opera too long and boring, so it became all that it was trying not to be. I loved #2 with Khan, really liked #3 because it was a transitional film to explain Nimoy being back as Spock, I loved #4 with the Whales because of it's message and its role in Spock fully realizing himself. This however was dreck so bad that I prayed that William Shatner stay in front of the camera (a major miracle given that even though I loved the series, I think Shatner's acting blows chunks). Luckily the studio allowed them to do #6, which was excellent -- Christopher Plummer still rocks, and set the stage for the Klingons' new position as friend.
See this movie only if you must see all of the Star Trek films. DO NOT HOWEVER BUY THIS AS YOUR MONEY WILL BE BETTER SPENT ELSEWHERE!...more info
- Finest of the "Trek" Films
I must admit, I'm a bit dismayed by all the terrible reviews of this film. It especially angers me when I hear film critics refer to this film as "reviled by Trek fans and others alike." I have been, and continue to be, a Star Trek fan, and I consider ST 5 by far the best of the Star Trek films (including the Next Generation films). The commonly beloved ST films, including ST 2 and the inane ST 4, suffered from cheekiness. For some, that's alright, because all Star Trek ever was to them was an assortment of jokes and action scenes in space. Star Trek V managed to elevate above space shootouts and wisecracks (although it had those too), and deliver a thought-provoking and satisfying philosophical journey. Star Trek, at its best, dealt with difficult questions, with speculations about humankind, the future, and our place in the universe. At it's worst, it resorted to jokes and immediate dangers, with plots that can be summed up with "oh no, how do we save ourselves and the world from getting destroyed!" or cheap laughs (Trouble with Tribbles, ST IV). Star Trek V, although not a perfect film, gave us lasting questions--what is the nature of the divine, and how far will humans go to discover it? Are we deceived by the very thought that there is such a thing?
The characters are at their boldest and most exciting in ST V, with Kirk delivering classic performances, such as his insistance that he needs his pain, for it makes him what he is. Before ST V, I didn't really even like Captain Kirk, but I after it, he became one of my favorites (almost as great as Jean-Luc Picard). I suppose I'll never understand the shunning of this film by ST fans, who gobbled up some of the more nonsensical Trek projects.
But, lest it go completely battered and bruised, let me defend once more this spectacular film.
Please, film writers, don't claim that ST V is universally hated. This is coming from a hardcore Trek fan: at least one of us thinks that ST V is the greatest of the Trek films. I'm not embarrassed to admit it....more info
- You Know, I Don't See What's SO Bad...
STAR TREK - THE FINAL FRONTIER is by no means the best STAR TREK movie. It drags on in several places, and the visual effects look like they went through absolutely no post-production. Aside from that, though, there is an engaging story, great acting, and some great moments that make this film memorable.
I enjoy the STAR TREK films just as a casual movie-goer. I'm not a Trekkie in the least, so I have no idea if this film goes against some of their rules. That's my disclaimer: If you're a Trekkie, see the film for yourself. However, I read quite a bit about the film before I watched it, and it seemed no one liked it. Even Roger Ebert, whose opinions usually coincide with mine, called it "pretty much a mess". I could see where fans might not like this one, as it varies from the usual STAR TREK formula, but I enjoyed it.
The plot goes like this: Kirk, Spock, and McCoy are on vacation, but are called back in (with the rest of the crew) when intergalactic consuls are taken hostage in a neutral zone. Sounds okay, right? I kept waiting for something horrible...Back to it. The ENTERPRISE, which is in pieces, flies to the planet, Nimbus 3, to rescue the hostages. While there, however, they are captured by a renegade Vulcan, Sybock, whose quest for the Divine has robbed him of his sanity. He holds the crew as prisoners on their own ship, while piloting it to Sha-Ka-Ree, the fabled Eden of the galaxy, where God is supposedly located. (oh, and there are some angry Klingons in there too, but they're not important)
Yes, yes, it sounds pretty ridiculous, but not any more than any of the other films (VOYAGE HOME, I'm talking about you). And the crew of the film execute the story pretty well. The acting is great (especially by the two Vulcans, Spock and Sybock), and the script was fine, with some genuinely funny and touching moments. The film picks up speed after the first 15-20 minutes, and it doesn't slow down all that much. Some of the visuals are awful (take the Klingon ship firing at an old space probe), but they prove not to be a distraction from the film's real centerpiece, which are the characters. Supporting roles, like Uhura and Scotty, get increased roles in this one.
About the big climax of the movie: I can see where it might be a bit disappointing (and a bit reminiscent of WIZARD OF OZ), but for me it was okay. The end of this film, for me, was quite like the end of THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK: The real climax didn't come at the big showdown at the end. For me, the best part of the ending was after, when Kirk, Spock, and McCoy speak of what they mean to each other. Sounds corny, but really: moments like that are those that make STAR TREK magic. And, even if no one else agrees, I think this film gets that right....more info