Skip to main content

Trekking to the Stars: "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier" (1989)

 


Are you tired of my "Star Trek" movie reviews yet?

No?

Good, because we're heading at full warp into "The Final Frontier" with this week's installment!

A mysterious Vulcan has taken the Federation, Klingon, and Romulan ambassadors on Nimbus III hostage.  Their demand?  A starship.

The USS Enterprise is dispatched to rescue the captives, and arrest the fugitive Vulcan.  Soon, however, they discover that this enigmatic figure is going to take them to the final frontier... where no one has gone before...

"Star Trek V: The Final Frontier" is- sadly, one of the weaker films of the franchise (with some arguing that it's only beaten by "Star Trek: Insurrection"... but I'll get to that eventually).  While some of it can be laid at the feet of William Shatner- since he directed, he can't bear ALL of the blame, as there were some behind the scenes things (such as huge budget cuts, executive meddling, and Industrial Lights & Magic not being available do to the FX), that contributed.

When it comes to the story, I'd have to say that it was a slightly more grounded version of Gene Rodenberry's "search for God" premise from "The Motion Picture".  Given that the aforementioned movie wasn't a critical hit, it should've made Shatner wary of trying it.  Having said that, I did like that it wasn't put forth in as lofty and "Kubrick-esque" a fashion.  There was a lot more... humanity to it.

There were a couple of secondary themes that flitted about the story that I like: the theme of how our painful memories are important to our personalities, and who we are; and how the bonds of friendship can actually become bonds of family.

I was a little disappointed that, unlike "The Voyage Home", the supporting characters of Uhura, Scotty, Sulu, and Chekov didn't get significant moments to shine- though Uhura's "song and dance" moment was nice... although it also felt a bit out of place.

It was especially nice to see McCoy get some actual character development- since of the main three, he has the least known about him.  His scene revealing his "secret pain" to Sybok was great.

Sadly, the special effects were not all that great.  They were pretty obvious- especially during the rock climbing scene.  The "God" effects looked almost like they were picked up off the cutting room floor from "The Motion Picture", and looked pretty dated because of it.  These flaws seriously diminished my ability to suspend disbelief in what was happening.

While I'm willing to go out on a limb and not declare it the worst of the franchise, I will say that it's not really one I'd recommend for more than a single watch as part of a marathon.  Gonna have to beam it into "The Bad".

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

#CocktailHour: Slushtail

  Summer approaches, inspiring thoughts of sunshine, backyard parties, and having a tip and sip with friends.  With that in mind, I bring you this week sunny beverage. To make a slushtail, mix a can of frozen orange juice, a can of frozen lemonade (or limeade), a can of pineapple juice, a couple cups of black tea (or English Breakfast), and two cups of bourbon- such as Southern Comfort, in a pitcher.  When it's all nicely mixed, put it in the freezer until it's a nice slushy consistency. Scoop the slush into a cocktail glass, and pour in some Sprite or 7-Up.  Add a little umbrella for some frivolous fun, and a straw. Voila!  Ready to enjoy. This is a very refreshing drink.  The fruit juices, Sprite, and bourbon- when chilled makes for a great punch-like drink.  The bourbon doesn't overwhelm juices.   In fact, they are all nicely balanced in terms of flavors.  The sourness of the citrus fruits contrasts well with the slightly sweeter Southern Comfort.  It was refreshing enou

Marcus Flor vs Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

In film, there's nothing I enjoy more than passionate creativity. Compared to the sea of mediocrity surrounding it, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is practically overflowing with it. This animated movie is vibrant, kinetic, and extremely inventive with its art style. On top of all that, this is just a solid movie. It tells its story with sincerity and tact, always focusing on the important aspects of Miles' emotional journey. The script wastes no time on pointless scenes or moments, which also gives the film an energetic rhythm that draws you in. One of the other great aspects of this movie is its reinvention of the Spider-Man story. It's clever writing demonstrates a true understanding of the webslinger, and offers commentary on the current state of his movie adaptations. In the end, you get a film both Spidey fans and non-fans can enjoy. Above all other aspects, what I like most about Spider-Verse is how fun it is. It demonstrates quality animation and filmmaking doesn

Run, Bandit, Run: "Bandit: Bandit's Silver Angel" (1994)

  Tuesday rolls around with clear skies, clear lakes, and clear highways.  Along the long stretches Smokey can be found chasing the Bandit... and adventure follows close behind. After his uncle passes away, Bandit finds himself helping a beautiful widow keep their carnival afloat. But all is not as it seems with this carnival.  It hides a secret... a shiny, glittery secret that others would kill to keep for themselves... " Bandit: Bandit's Silver Angel " sees the 1990's TV movie series based on the original "Smokey and the Bandit" films come to a close.  And to be honest, it wasn't a bad send-off for the series. Brian Bloom once again brings a pleasant charm and playfulness to the character of Bandit.  While Donald O'Connor didn't get a lot of screen time, he brought quite a bit of humour to his character as Uncle Cyrus, and gave a solid impression that he's one of the few characters that could easily outwit Bandit.  Traci Lords in the role o