|Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
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- One of the Better "Star Trek" Films w/ A Deluxe Treatment!
"Star Trek VI" is the film that redeemed the disappointing reactions that the fifth movie drew out of loyal fans. I for one, enjoyed that movie, even though it's my least favorite...but that's another debate for another review.
After the Klingon moon Praxis explodes and permanently damages the atmosphere of the Kronos, the Klingon home planet, peace talks begin between the Federation and their longtime-nemeses. The bitter and deeply-resentful Captain Kirk (William Shatner) is chosen to lead the soon-to-be-retired Enterprise crew for one last mission, that is to escort Klingon Chancellor Gorkon (David Warner in a wonderful brief role) to Earth. After an embarrasing dinner-in-space between the two races concludes, and many of the crew members are more-than-buzzed, the Klingon vessel is attacked. Since the Enterprise was the only within range of the Klingon vessel, Kirk and Dr. McCoy (the late DeForest Kelley) agree to surrender themselves and suffer the consequences, in hopes of saving the peace talks. There's just one catch: Who indeed attacked the Klingon vessel?
What unfolds is a mystery sci-fi adventure, where multiple tales intertwine. There's the tension on Earth between interplantery diplomats, Kirk and McCoy's struggle to survive their prison sentence, Captain Sulu's (George Takei as a former Enterprise crew member) dilemma between following orders or assisting his former starship-captain, Captain Spock's (Leonard Nimoy) sponsorship and mentoring of another promising Vulcan (Kim Cattrall in a very good performance), and finally the Enterprise's investigation of the conspiracy. This is an unusually complex story for "Star Trek" movies, which typically focus on two threads at most. Nicholas Meyer was brought back to helm this movie; a wise choice considering he directed what is widely-considered the best of all "Trek" films - "Star Trek II" (I agree with that praise).
I love these movies, and have revisited all of the movies' Two-Disc DVDs from "The Motion Picture" to "Nemesis". In "The Undiscovered Country", I've come to admire the colorful characters, fantastic visual and sound effects, and a metaphoric tale that addresses the dangers of prejudice and racism...out of ten films, "Star Trek VI" is one of the boldest.
I've also noticed a few shortcomings in each movie. In this film, one of them is a DVD-exclusive edit, where a brief flashback technique is used as the names of the conspirators are revealed. I won't reveal which scene that is, but those who've viewed the film know which one I'm talking about. It's not a huge deal, but it's distracting and doesn't fit the visual style of the rest of the movie. Another criticism applies to the entire movie - It's too rushed! For example, the trials of Kirk and McCoy have no sense of time. Did it all occur within a day? Did it span across a few days? It was a "show trial", but either a lot of ground was covered and not given enough screentime, or General Chang (Christopher Plummer as a Gorkon's chief-of-staff) was an overly-gifted prosecutor and Colonel Worf (Michael Dorn in an underused role) was the most useless defense attorney in the galaxy. I'm leaning towards the 'lack-of-screentime' theory. Another case is the time spent on Rhua Penthe, the prison planet that Kirk and McCoy are sentenced to. They spend very little time there before they figure out some key puzzles of the conspiracy, get into a few scuffles, and escape their doomed future. The screenplay, which even creator Gene Roddenberry had objections to, had a labyrinth of ideas and character studies that could've been expanded. Yet, the ideas come off as preachy, and the mystery is a little too easy to figure out. I know Roddenberry wanted "Star Trek" and his vision of the future to be accessible to all viewers; I agree with that, but cinema is the medium to expand visual art into another realm, not simply to make simple art look prettier.
Nevertheless, this is a very good film, in spite of all of its flaws. The idea of prejudice and acceptance is one of the bravest "Star Trek" has tackled; this sixth entry portrays that concept with an adventuruous mystery with some Shakespearen flavor, outstanding special effects, breath-taking suspense, and a heart-warming farewell from the original Enterprise crew.
This "Trek" movie is definitely worth checking out, thanks to this spectacular DVD treatment. The Extras are all worth watching, and the commentaries (both the Text trivia track and Audio track) are insightful and the best of the "Star Trek" DVDs.
All-in-all, I would like the film to be more than it is. But I enjoy it a lot, and the Extras are some of the best in the "Star Trek" Collection. Science fiction fans and Trekkers will love this one....more info
- Not the Average Star Trek Movie
Personally I feel this was the best of the Star Trek movies, It was a good movie for both trekkies and non-trekkies with a good message and great directing....more info
- One of The Best Sendoffs I've Ever Seen
Let me start off by saying that watching the last scene of this movie was hard because it was so well done and it just left you wanting even more from the original crew of the Enterprise in their final performance. Everyone of the cast lived up to the legacy that they had built for themselves and I think it was painful for everyone watching the last scene where the crew say their goodbyes.
The plot revolves around a peace negotiation with the Klingons that goes down a bad path when some of the Klingon officers are murdered and Kirk and Bones are put on trial for their murder. TNG's Michael Dorn represents them as Col. Worf (TNG's Worf's grandfather) which is pretty funny and a great way to have a "crossover" between the two series. Kirk and McCoy are sent to a mining facility to live out their lives mining and of course run into trouble by the locals who want to murder them. Spock as usual finds a way to bail his friends out and the Enterprise crew saves the day once again. The movie ends with a sentimental ending and the final captain's log.
One of the great things that Star Trek does with its DVDs is it includes great bonus features and the two disc special addition is worth it for any fan. It also contains a tribute to the late Deforest Kelly who died in 1999. Not only does Michael Dorn appear but future member of the Star Trek universe Rene Auberjonois also makes an appearance. Any fan of Star Trek will be very happy with this set.
- A great finale
The Undiscovered Country wraps up the original series quite nicely. It helps to connect the original series with The Next Generation, and its dark, militaristic atmosphere really set it apart. Plus, Nicholas Meyer, the man who brought The Wrath of Khan to life, is sitting in the director's chair once again.
The movie is a great commentary on prejudice, and portrays a great parallel to the fall of the Soviet Union when the Klingon Empire reaches out to the Federation. The set design is great, as are the special effects and makeup. The character of Martia has a wonderfully distinctive avian look, and General Chang stands out from the rest of the Klingons, not just in his sleek, hairless appearance, but also in his habit of quoting and paraphrasing Shakespeare (whose Hamlet provided the movie's title).
Some appearances worth noting are Michael Dorn, playing an ancestor of his character Worf, and Rene Auberjonois, later known for his role as Constable Odo, plays a Starfleet officer named Colonel West.
Star Trek VI is a very good movie, and I recommend it to anyone....more info
- Great finale for original cast
This sixth edition of the Star Trek movie series is probably (along with Star Trek II) the best ever to hit the big screen. Nicholas Meyer also directed the Wrath of Khan and it makes sense to give him the reigns of this film as well since Star Trek II was a true classic. The plot for Star Trek VI parallels the decline and fall of the Soviet Union of the early 1990s and the film takes a page out of the current events of the time. Lots of good acting, dialog, and special effects in addition to a great supporting cast of David Warner, Christopher Plummer and Deep Space Nine's Rene Auberjonois. The plot will leaving you guessing till the very end. Also the special edition has loads of extras such as the making of the film and documentaries. A must for any Star Trek fan....more info
- To Be...Or Not...To Be!
The Good Things
*Excellent action and special effects (especially the opening, which was probably the first really cool use of the shockwave effect that we now see everywhere else).
*Filming style is good.
*Storyline is smashing. Much darker, more dramatic than before. Lots of interesting political intruigue and mystery.
*Reveals a lot in the "Star Trek" universe. You finally get to see more of Klingon culture, and you get to see that they have pink blood, and so on.
*Characters are great; acting is good.
*Writing is good. A few memorable lines, and a few bits of dry humor that doesn't take away too much from the serious storyline.
*Strong themes about the uncertainty of the future (hence the Shakespearean motif).
*Excellent music; a different theme, but very dramatic.
The Bad Things
*Bloody violence and the dark atmosphere may be too inappropriate for young kids.
For the longest time, this was my favorite "Star Trek" film (until I decided that the "Wrath of Kahn" was better). This still ranks highly with me, for it is very dark, dramatic, mysterious, and intense. At the same time, it does have a happy ending, and the film overall serves as a great final homage to the original "Star Trek" cast.
The one-disc version had okay video and sound quality. The two-disc version has good quality and a number of featurettes and trailers.
- Fun send-off to original cast
My Rating: 3.5/5.0 stars.
After Star Trek V, which DID stink (sorry, Bill!), the powers that be did what everyone would hope they did: hire back Nick Meyer, who directed Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, to do a rescue. And while this movie does not hit the high standard set by that film, it is a very respectable bit of sci-fi fun and ended the whole series on a positive note.
If Meyer can be faulted for anything, it is for trying to stuff too much, well, STUFF in one film. This movie has political intrigue, an assassination plot, a murder mystery (!), some courtroom drama (!!), a prison break (!!!), a cat-and-mouse starship battle (shades of Khan?), then caps everything off with the wrap-up of the political intruge/multiple assassination plotline you almost forgot about with all the other stuff in-between. As Meyer might have said, but as far as I know never did, "Oy, vey!"
On the upside, almost everything is well done, so the end result is a fun Star Trek movie that, much like "The Wrath of Khan," is also very accessible, even if it lacks the sheer visceral punch of that Star Trek high-water-mark. Kudos, too, for the DVD extras, which have been consistently excellent in the latest run of Paramount 2-DVD Star Trek sets....more info
- Pretty Good ending title for the original crew!
This FINAL film for the original crew was good. Director Nicholas Meyer did a great job with the characters and the plot was timeless and political at the same time. The Dvd has some interesting featurettes and insight behind Meyer's directing. Definetely better have this one in your collection!...more info
- outstanding -- the best star trek movie ever
Unlike Nemesis, which kind of left you scratching your head at how The Next Generation series of movies could go out in such an average (for TNG's high standards) bang, The Undiscovered Country closed out the original Star Trek series of movies with a BANG in 1991. This is easily the best ST movie ever, about how overmining of the Klingon moon causes a catastrophe on their planet making in uninhabitable and causing them to come to the Federation with talks of a truce. But a deep conspiracy unravels, in some ways predictable, in other ways not.......enough of my blabbering, not like you wanted to hear me tell you any more anyways, if you did I still won't spoil any more. Scenes of this movie were emulated in Next Generation movies (a certain space battle scene is emulated almost exactly in Generations, although nowhere near as well). Get it, watch it, and watch all the original Star Trek movies (except maybe the first one, unless you are INSANE for star trek). THe original movies are the best, and can be loved even if you aren't a Star Trek fan....more info
- A True Trek Film With Polish!
Ah, welcome back, Star Trek.
Finally, the series restores what was missing with Trek 4 and 5. This film has mystery, humor, good effects, intrigue and action.
The Characters are once again "fleshed out" very well, especially Kirk and McCoy. Christopher Plummer's character is shrewd and cunning, a "Kahn" in Klingon garb.
The cinematography and backdrops are beautiful, complete with a glacier landscape and a high Klingon court room.
The battle scenes are well done, and tense! The only complaint here would be the ILM effects... they decided to abandon the old Enterprise model that had a massive amount of interior lighting (called "running lights"), and instead illuminated the new model with a strong exterior source (like the sun). Unfortunately, the exterior lighting DOES make the ship look like a plastic model!
Other than that, the effects are excellent. The soundtrack is dramatic, and the film never gets dull.
This movie was a good send off to the original crew.
Jeff Messenger, author of the novel "The Shroud of Torrington."...more info
- The Battle For Peace Has Begun...
"Only Nixon could go to China." Seems like an odd way for me to start off a review for a movie, especially when that movie is an entry into the venerable `Star Trek' franchise. However, here is why this quote is appropriate, it happens to be a quote that Spock (Leonard Nimoy) uses in the film, and also serves as the inspiration for the basic storyline for the film, in which Kirk (William Shatner) must lead the Federation in an historical moment in the universe, when the Klingons and the Federation make an effort for peace. Though the story seems intriguing enough, can this latest effort in the franchise overcome the disappointment left over from "Star Trek 5: The Final Frontier"? Apparently the executives over at Paramount felt the franchise was still strong enough to survive, and the gamble paid off many times over as "Star Trek 6: The Undiscovered Country" redeemed the franchise in the eyes of the fans and at the box office.
"Star Trek 6: The Undiscovered Country" finds the Enterprise and her crew fighting for peace in the galaxy between the crumbling Klingon empire and the Federation. After years of war, the Klingons are left in a weakened state and have nowhere else to turn except to the Federation, however to make the peace the Federation must send the one man whose presence holds such respect and power that he could lead the two factions to peace. That man is Captain Kirk (William Shatner), but can Kirk put aside his hatred for the Klingons after what happened on the Genesis planet, when a renegade Klingon murdered his son. Agreeing to put aside his differences, begrudgingly I might add, Kirk sets out to be the ambassador for the Federation by meeting with a high-ranking Klingon official. All goes well until the Klingon ship comes under attack, and the Klingon official is murdered, and Captain Kirk is left with the blame. Now, not only is Kirk on trial for his life, along with that of Dr. McCoy's (DeForrest Kelley), but he must also try to prove his innocence and still ensure that peace reigns between the Klingons and the Federation.
After a dismal outing with the William Shatner directed "Star Trek 5: The Final Frontier", it wouldn't have been all that surprising if Paramount had decided not to proceed with any further adventures of the starship Enterprise, at least not with the current cast. But, thankfully Paramount thought better of letting the current crew die out, and instead brought them back for a proper farewell adventure that deals with, in a very mature way, the ramifications of the events in "Star Trek 3: The Search for Spock". Forcing Kirk to deal with his hatred of Klingons, and demanding he lead the Federation to peace with the race he despises most, this was a true stroke of genius on the part of the writers. The writing is another improvement in this installment, after skipping out on the previous movie Nicholas Meyer reunited with Harve Bennett to craft this perfect ending to the adventures of the original crew of the starship Enterprise. Not only did Nicholas Meyer co-write the film, he also found himself in the director's chair yet again, he previously directed "Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan", and even though it had been some time since he directed this type of film, it was clear he hadn't lost a beat, instead his directing ability had substantially improved. The cast, which is comprised of the usual suspects from the previous films, are all very solid in their roles, and there is a distinct feeling of relief and closure with this being the final film for this particular cast. On a side note look for a cameo of Michael Dorn (Worf on "Star Trek: The Next Generation") as the Klingon lawyer defending Kirk and McCoy, just a little bit of trivia for those that may not have noticed.
If you were one of the many fans who were turned off by the previous installment in the franchise, and was leery about this latest film, have no fear "Star Trek 6: The Undiscovered Country" puts the franchise back on the right track, and serves as a terrific finale for the original crew of the Enterprise.
"Star Trek 6: The Undiscovered Country" is rated PG for violence and language. ...more info
- Wonderful Film, Fine DVD Edition
"Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country" is my favorite ST film. Although I've only recently started watching the original series on G4 and TV Land, I've always had more of an attachment to the original crew than any of the others. Since watching the old series, I've grown to love the original crew even more. In "The Undiscovered Country," our heroes find themselves on the edge of a brand new world in which the Klingons actually want (or for protection's sake, need) peace. Naturally, Captain Kirk wants nothing to do with the Klingons on this matter. However, Spock has "volunteered" the Enterprise to be the escort for the Klingon party to the new peace talks. Things go wrong when the Chancellor Gorkon, the primary Klingon representative, is murdered on his own ship and it was seemingly done at the hand of the Enterprise. What follows is a Klingon trial for Kirk and Bones, imprisonment on a Klingon penal mine planet, and Spock and the rest of the gang trying to uncover what's really going on. It's a wonderful space mystery that I enjoy every time I see it.
As for the DVD, it's a nice edition to anyone's collection. It's full of nice documentaries ranging from a tribute to DeForest Kelley to a neat little segment known as "Penny's Toybox" in which we get to take a look at some of the props used in the film. It was refreshing to see that not one of these documentaries (over three hours worth) included the typical self-serving bits as many DVDs include. Ironically, this particular film could actually get away with documentaries where the crew pats themselves on the back, because this is one of the best "Trek" flicks ever.
A wonderful send off to a wonderful space opera. Highly recommended....more info
- Great Package: Superb Special Edition Extras
This is the first in this series of collectors STAR TREK films that I have bought and/or seen.
Visually the outer package restores some elements that have not been seen since the original film.However, I guess I was expecting a booklet, but no matter since the second DVD has an equivalent version in a collection of stills.
If you buy this as one who has seen previous editions of the film, in VHS, and DVD, then the quality will totally blow you away. The immaculate detail is just superb.
On a 5.1 sound system, the effect is awesome, and on a DVI input monitor, totally great.
The person coming newly to this film will be impressed as well, and maybe perhaps a little overwhelmed.
When I first saw these Special Collectors edition, it was in a full set that had I think up to Generations in it. Costing around 120 dollars at a higher priced video store.
Anyways, the story is given in other reviews here. The impressive part is the care in the extras, the insight into the making of the film, and thankfully, Nicholas Meyers does not behave in the same manner he did in the commentary on TIME AFTER TIME ( 1979). The interviews are insightful, and sometimes contradictory, but time has passed and peoples memories get "edited". The tribute to DeForest Kelley is great, and really revealing in how a superb actor got to be a major Movie star in the latter part of his career. Most fans of STAR TREK and this genre should really enjoy this work....more info
- stink'n HD-TV's!
First off, the movie it's self is rated 5 stars and no less, but this format stinks. If your gonna show it in widescreen show it in anamorphic and no less. Only rich people own HD-TV's. The average person can't afford them. SO either show it in anamorphic(I can live with the black lines if I get to see the WHOLE picture) or full screen(the reason I bought a 27" TV was to see it in 27 INCHES). Otherwise don't bother. If your wondering about it in widescreen, amazon has missrepresented this, it isn't wide screen anamorphic(as in the theater) it is 16.9 "enhanced", thier's a difference you know....more info
- Love it
I am an avid Star Trek fan; TNG being my favorite of the series. Nevertheless, I think Undiscovered Country is the best of the Star Trek Movies. The casting was perfect. Kim Cattral as a Vulcan was a risky but great move, she pulls it off. Christopher Plummer lends weight to the General Chang role. If you have Shakespear quotes in a movie, you had better cast someone who can do it well and Plummer does. The humor and commraderie that you expect from the Star Trek crew is there along with political intrigue that any non sci-fi fan might enjoy too! This is a must see!...more info
- Great goodbye
Although not my favorite trek movie, this picture touched me more than any other, due to the beautiful but painfully sad goodbye in the end. It was very hard to me to control my tears, knowing I would never see ST original cast anymore. Beutifully done!
I really miss the original crew!!!!!!!! Some of my most beloved heroes for 35 years....more info
- My second favorite Star Trek Movie
While i was intrigued by the films theme, it was my love of those Classic characters that drew me to the film. The supposed last film all the original Trek series characters would be in together. Also i was drawn to the dvd extras as well, i always like cast interviews and deleted scenes, this dvd didn't fail to deliver on either. It's not the best Star Trek film, that honor will always go to Wrath of Khan but as a final send off to great characters it was the best. ...more info
- Best Trek Film!
I'll keep it simple. The quality is as good as it should be, the second disc has plenty of extras, including Gene Roddenberry's opinion on the film (he died shortly before it was released in theaters). For the price here at Amazon, it's a must have for any Trek fan!...more info
- Decent Ending
As I mentioned earlier, the "Golden Years" of Star Trek were from 1979-1986. The Undiscovered Country is by far the best Trek movie released after 1986. However, the movie does have some faults. Many flaws are exposed when you watch the movie a second. By this I mean that some things simply do not hold up under closer scrutiny. All in all, TUC was a decent way to end the original TOS films....more info
- A Cold War Thriller with Klingons!
"The Undiscovered Country" is the last time we see the original crew together in the same film, and it's good stuff. It's almost enough to wash the taste of Star Trek V out of your mouth. Bringing back Nicholas Meyer (from Wrath of Khan) to direct is the first thing they got right. Both of Meyer's Trek films seem to have deeper themes than any of the other Trek films. "Khan" dealt with the aging crew and fears of death. "Country" deals with the line between peace and prejudice. While Khan is the clearly better film, "Country" is effective at it's least successful times and quite good at it's most.
Every schoolchild knows that the Klingons are just the wrinkly-foreheaded, intergalactic cousins of Soviets, so it's natural that, since the Wall came down in real life, the Wall would come down in the Trek universe. Of course, the Enterprise crew is put on the most important assignment of escorting the Klingon leader to negotiations. And, of course, things don't go down so well. It's up to Kirk to see through his prejudices to kick the asses in the way of peace. The ending's hoaky but gloriously fun to anyone into Trek. If you can hold back a smile when Scotty busts in, what kind of green-blooded, pointy-eared lamebrain are you?
Good thiller, Terrific for Trek fans. ...more info
- Star Trek VI: Chernobyl in Space
This one literally starts off with a bang. The story then hits the pavement with the tires at full speed. Echoing the tense relationship between the US and the USSR towards the end of the Cold War, this one has a lot of very personal resonance for anyone who remembers those times. Klingon High Chancellor Gorkon was even named by combining the names of Gorbachev and Lincoln.
The metaphor here presented shows the dangers of prejudice even with the threat of peace. Note the incredibly charged statements by even the Federation "good guy" characters as they have a hard time accepting that this long-standing conflict may be coming to a kind of end. In fact, the statements that are made by Admiral Cartwright took Brock Peters several takes to get through because they were so offensive to him. He understood the need to get them out, though, because the movie only really works when you are forced to re-evaluate your assumptions: that we are the good guys and "they" are the bad guys.
There are some great action sequences and some wonderful (for the time) special effects. But it is the story that is just superb and that does not age the same way all other aspects of the movie do. It is still as poignant today as it was when it came out.
Marvelous movie. Get the DVD....more info
- A fitting sendoff
Nick Meyer's "Undiscovered Country" is a terrific movie which involves witty dialogue, a terrific plot, great special effects (for that day and age), a complimentary score by Cliff Eidelman, and surprisingly good acting. I was only eight when the film was released in '91, but when they special edition DVD's were released, I decided it would be best to buy just my favorites, and this one is on the list.
Why? Well, the script takes you for a good ride for close to two hours and never lets up - I mean never. There aren't many scripts that can do that. What impressed me the most is the acting. The actors aren't the same, campy, over-dramatic ones which they were claimed to be during the run of the television series. These are actors that pretty much know that this is the last movie in the franchise that made them stars, and they give down to earth and funny performances. It's almost like five grandparents and a grandma acting, with all that wisdom and wit. Shatner's performance was the greatest. This isn't the actor that released a horrible CD and is still impersonated - this is William Shatner at his best. Christopher Plummer is also incredible as the villain Chang. The trial scene is a great piece of acting for him.
True, the premise is based on the post-Cold War collapse of Russia, but isn't this how Trek was started after all? The Federation was NATO, the Klingons were Russians, and the Romulans Japanese? Roddenberry took our world, made races out of countries, and boom, we have "Star Trek." Many people who believe that "Trek" is unrealistic must do is look to our history to believe how wrong they are. Either way, this movie is a fitting sendoff that features the crew, and is what I believe right up there with the second movie as one of the best....more info
- Star Trek recovers from the Shatner shattering.
Three cheers for Leonard Nimoy and Nicholas Meyer. After Star Trek was MUGged by the absurd ego of William Shatner with his disastrous Star Trek 5,Nimoy came up with the idea of Star Trek 6 with the fall of Communism in the Soviet Union and the Berlin wall coming down.
Nick Meyer chipped in with his ideas and brilliant direction to save Star Trek,as he did with his writing and direction in ST2 and his writing of the San Francisco scenes in ST4.
Nimoy,who had previously done so well with his directing in Star Trek 4,this time produced Star Trek 6:The Voyage Home.
Highlights of this film are - the explosion of the Klingon moon(based on Chernobyl),the assassination,the Klingon trial of Kirk and McCoy,the prison camp,the escape and the finale.
It is amazing what they did with a Star Trek 6 budget that was similar to the cheap looking Star Trek 5.
And they had the good sense to bring the brilliant ILM back to do the effects. ILM's brilliant effects make a huge difference.
Rick Berman followed Shatner's mistake of ditching ILM for the last two Trek films,will they ever learn?
ILM made a huge difference in six Star Trek films and the Peter Pan line at the end "second star to the right and on till morning" is a delight....more info
- What They Leave Behind
A fitting swan song to the original series crew,which bridges many event that shows up on subsequent series(The Khitomer Accords,Klingon Honor,etc).The film gives our aged but beloved heroes a send-off that couldn't even be cheapened by Generations token TOS apperance.
Its mix of action,suspense,and even mystery makes this a very entertaining film.The return to the directors chair of Nick Meyers is a godsend(attn Rick Berman,Hire Mr Meyers for Star Trek X).As Capt. Sulu of the Excelsior fittenly puts it,"Nice to see you in action,one more time."
- Great Ending for the Best Enterprise Crew
Following on the heals of the train wreck that was `The Final Frontier', `The Undiscovered Country' was the last chance for the original Star Trek cast to go out on a high note. Undiscovered is probably the most underrated of all the Star Trek movies in fact I would probably rate it just below `The Wrath of Khan' in terms of quality. It's also probably the truest representation of Gene Rodenberry's vision of overcoming prejudice and bigotry.
The movie is written as an allegory for the breakup of the Soviet Union that was occurring at the time and the disaster at Chernobyl. The message of the film is important and remains relevant even decades later. It is the ongoing debate between those who saw a single superpower world as an opportunity for the U.S. to cast aside restraints and take a more active, aggressive role in world affairs. On the other side are those who saw a tremendous opportunity for peace and a draw down of forces. At the time the world was just starting a dramatic rearrangement of power while today the reverberations include ideas like the Bush doctrine of pre-emptive strikes, the flaunting of international laws by the United States and the burgeoning budget of the U.S. armed forces. The hawks are definitely in charge.
There is also a subtext of racism with a subtle implication that Klingon's are sort of the American blacks of alien cultures. Note the `Guess who's coming to dinner' comment by Chekov. This is the most controversial part of the movie since the Klingon's have always been portrayed as crude and warlike. However, in keeping with the spirit of Rodenberry there is, of course, mutual understanding between humans and Klingon's before the final credits roll.
One of the great things about this movie is the decision to have Kirk initially side with the war hawks calling for putting the boots to the Klingons. He utters a classic line when discussing the future of the Klingon race saying, `Let them die'. Captain Kirk is generally portrayed as the squeaky clean hero so it was a bold stroke to write him with such bitterness and vengeance but perfectly understandable given the events of the previous movies. In fact the entire crew of the Enterprise comes off as rather snobbish and condescending towards their Klingon guests but that was the point of the movie. It's about growth and acceptance.
Christopher Plummer is fantastic as the Shakespeare quoting General Chang. His is one of the most indelible characters ever in Star Trek and battle between The Enterprise and Chang's cloaked Bird of Prey was an absolute classic with a satisfying finale. I have to admit the movies ending was a bit hokey but `The Undiscovered Country' is a fine send off for the original cast and a great movie....more info
- Unfortunately, a lot of boring talking heads
In my opinion, this is the worst ST movie. Apart from the effects, ST V was better.
ST VI was extremely long, involved lots of "commentary" dialogue (where the writer seemed to be extrememly concerned that we all think him well-read and intelligent), and not much plot movement.
It would have made a better episode, with some tight editing,
The best part of the movie is the last 15 minutes when the incredibly obvious "secret plot" is finally revealed, and the Enterprise shoots the modified photon torpedo at the "To be or not to be" captain.
Don't waste your money, unless you HAVE to have the whole collection. ST V is funnier. The Voyage Home (IV) is the best....more info
- The last voyage of our Enterprise crew.
This film is dedicated to creator and executive producer of Star Trek, Gene Roddenberry who died in 1991. He died in his wife's arms Majel Barrett. His remains were sent into space.
Executive Producer of this film is Leonard Nimoy. Story by Leonard Nimoy, Lawrence Konner, Mark Rosenthal.
Stardate: 9521.6: Captain Sulu (George Takei) is now in command of the NCC 2000 Excelsior. The Klingon moon Praxis has exploded. They are warned by the Klingon leader to stay outside the neutral zone. The Starfleet Federation has given order to Kirk (William Shatner) that he will go on a mission to meet with a Klingon vessel to escort Chancellor Gorkon (David Warner) to Earth. Kirk must extend Gorkon full diplomatic courtesy. The Klingons want a peace treaty that Starfleet must dismantle all space stations and starbases in the neutral zone. Spock personally selected, "vouched", Kirk for the mission. Kirk and Admiral Cartwright (Brock peters) are against this treaty.
On the Enterprise, along with McCoy (DeForest Kelley), Uhura (Nichelle Nichols), Scotty (James Doohan) and Chekov (Walter Koenig, there is a new helmsperson, Lt. Valeris (Kim Catrell) who is vulcan. Kirk invites Gorkon to dinner aboard the Enterprise. He is accompanied by his cheif of staff, Chang (Christopher Plummer). As the guests leave the Enterprise and all the crew heads to bed, Kirk receives a message to come to the bridge. There is a radiation surge. Suddenly a torpedo from the Enterprise hits Gorkon's ship. No one ordered any torpedos fired and Scotty's terminal shows they still have all torpedos. Chang blames James T. Kirk for the attack. The Klingons are set for attack on the Enterprise. Kirk surrenders! Kirk and McCoy are arrested and put on trial. They are imprisioned to death in the dilithium mines of the penal astroid Rura Penthe. Spock and Scotty try to stall the Starfleet's orders while they attempt to solve this mystery. meanwhile, Kirk and MCCoy put their trust in a citizen, an alien woman, Martia (Iman) for an escape.
Mark Lenard appears a "Sarek". Grace Lee Whitney as "Excelsior Communications Officier".
Also in the cast: John Schuck, Kurtwood Smith, Todd Bryant, Paul Rossilli, Christian Slater, Rene Auberjonois.
David Orange is the "Sleepy Klingon".
Michael Dorn, who plays "Worf" on Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987-94), appears as the Klingon Defense Attourney.
Rene Auberjonois played "Odo" in the third Star Trek tv series, DEEP SPACE NINE (1993-99).
DVD is in widescreen. Special Features: Theatrical and Teaser trailer. No audio commentary. Closed Captioned not available.
Spoiler: At the end of the film, Uhura receives a message from Starfleet to put back at space dock for the Enterprise to be decommissioned. It is the last voyage for our original crew of the Enterprise. This is followed by on-screen signatures of George Takei, Nichelle Nichols, Walter Koenig, James Doohan, DeForest Kelley, Leonard Nimoy, William Shatner. This is a very tearful event for cast, crew and fans of Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek who entertained us for 25 years.
DeForest Kelley passed away June 11, 1999 from stomach cancer.
George Takei proudly announced his homosexuality to the media on October 28, 2005. On September 15, 2008, he married his partner of 21 years, Brad Alman at the multicultural ceremony at the Japanese American National Museum. Nichelle Nichols and Walter Koenig attended the wedding.
George takei and Nichelle Nichols are recurring characters on NBC's "Heroes" tv series.
Alas, they had one more idea to bring back some of the original STAR TREK (1966-69, 1979-94) cast in the next film:
Star Trek: Generations (1994).
The cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987-94) continued the movie franchise.
Star Trek: First Contact (1996).
Star Trek: Insurrection (1998).
Star Trek: Nemesis (2002).
The story of the original STAR TREK cast (1966-1969, 1979-94) is explored again in:
STAR TREK (2009).
- Cool Movie
The movie deals with a intersting concept, what happens when you enemys are no longer your enemys. This film was made shortly before the end of the cold war and this is reflected in the film.
The large powerful Klingon Empire is waning in strangth after the explotion of the moon Praxis (it's main source of power). It opens a diplomatic channel to its old arch enemy the United Federation of Planits.
Kirk faces a delemma, the Enerprise is sent to escort the Klingon diplomat, Gorcon, to Earth for peace talks. Kirk hates Klingons, they killed his son in Star Trek III. Kirk is trying to cope with his long standing distrust of his enemys when Gorcon is assasinated, Kirk is blamed, an Spock must solve the mystery of who the real killer is before the chance for intergalactic peace has ended.
A excellent final entry into the original movies....more info
- GO NICK MEYER!
First of all, Star Trek 5 was really bad,(sorry, william shatner)and they did the right thing bringing Nicholas Meyer in to help.
ST reedeemed itself with this one(i think they needed to make up for the crappy star trek 5). It was good,
but not as good as Star Trek 2.
watching praxis explode(you know, explosions are always fun)
dinner w/the klingons
surgery on a torpedo...more info
- A Good Movie With Some Issues
Over all a great movie despite the plot holes and other stuff....more info