Movie Title: Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
Date Released: June 9th, 1989
Date Seen: February 10th, 2013
Part 1 – Spoiler Free Quickie Review
This movie was on TV yesterday so I sat down and watched it all. I wouldn’t describe myself as a “Trekkie”, but I know my Star Trek pretty well. Growing up I watched all of Voyager, Enterprise, and have seen a good part of Next Generation. Yes, the originals I’m not as familiar with, but I still know the universe. I know all the characters and their relationships from the episodes I have seen.
This movie plays like a very long extended episode. Not even an episode that was taken and extended with fluff, just an episode that you couldn’t fit into an hour. The movie focuses around Sybok (Laurence Luckinbill) and his quest to go to the center of the Galaxy. In doing so, he commandeers Enterprise on his quest. The only people you deal with are the main crew, Cpt. Kirk (William Shatner), Spock (Leonard Nimoy), McCoy (Deforest Kelley), Scotty (James Doohan), Chekov (Walter Koenig), Uhura (Nichelle Nichols), and Sulu (George Takei). There really aren’t any extraneous crew members. They kind of explain it away by saying that they were on shore leave and the ship in repair… but still, those crew members should have been near the ship – especially when it was called into action.
You also only really get to deal with our main races. Klingons, Vulcans, and Romulans. You see a couple of other races for a brief moment in a bar on a desolate planet, but that’s about it. I like having other races, at least incorporated if not a main focus. So that’s kind of disappointing. But I know, those three ARE pretty much always in the story so it’s not out of the ordinary.. but bleh.
The movie has some “humor” elements in it, that are far too often and FAR too cheesy. A few would have been alright, but it’s like they just kept throwing in crappy humor to keep you entertained but it failed.
Part 2 – In Depth Spoiler Ridden Review/Synopsis
There’s a pretty decent synopsis here.
Besides the fact that this movie felt like an extended episode – the plot was alright. It had some potential for a really cool ending, but fell flat. When they finally arrive on the planet and find the mysterious being, that was kind of cool. But then it was only about a 1 minute long scene talking to the being. I wanted more – regardless of what he was. Then the final “battle” there was over all too quick, with Spock just shooting at the thing. Really?! Come on, make it a little harder. They rounded out the battle with another dose of cheesy humor and meh. It was just so disappointing that I watched the movie for that cop-out ending.
Another thing, that I didn’t like was the not really an explanation of what Sybok was doing to the crew members. Yes, he explained that he was showing them their fear and letting them use it to their advantage or whatever – but a couple of people (Uhura and Sulu) seemed REALLY brain washed. Normally pretty logical characters just completely gave into Sybok, then seemingly went 100% back to their normal selves at the end. So ok, better explanation – I didn’t like that some people were acting brain-washed (Uhura, Sulu), some seemed confused about what to believe (Chekov, McCoy), and then it had virtually no effect on others (Kirk, Spock). Yes, it probably had something to do with how much you LET it affect you, but come on, if Uhura got to brain-washed stage, so would have Chekov. It just annoyed me and needed a better explanation.
Felt like an extended episode of Star Trek with too much cheesy humor, lack of out-of-ordinary characters, and a plot that fell far short of where it could have been.