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Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
Theatrical release poster by Bob Peak Directed by William Shatner Produced by Harve Bennett Written by Screenplay:
David Loughery
Story:
William Shatner
Harve Bennett
David Loughery
Characters:
Gene Roddenberry Starring See table Music by Jerry Goldsmith Cinematography Andrew Laszlo Editing by Peter E. Berger Distributed by Paramount Pictures Release date(s) June 9, 1989 Running time 107 min. Country United States Language English Budget $27,800,000 (estimated) Gross revenue $70,000,000 (worldwide) Preceded by Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home Followed by Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (Paramount Pictures, 1989) is the fifth feature film based on the Star Trek science fiction television series. It is often referred to as Star Trek 5 or The Final Frontier. The film was directed by William Shatner, following two films directed by his co-star, Leonard Nimoy. Shatner also developed the initial storyline. It was shot entirely in California.

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Following the events of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, the crew of the USS Enterprise-A is enjoying some well deserved shore leave. The newly christened starship's shakedown cruise goes poorly and it is in Earth Spacedock for repairs. In Yosemite, Captain James T. Kirk faces two challenges: climbing El Capitan, and teaching camp fire songs to Captain Spock. Unfortunately, their rest is interrupted when the crew is sent on an urgent mission to rescue hostages on the desolate planet of Nimbus III.

A brash young Klingon commander named Klaa learns of the Enterprise's mission and pursues in an attempt to capture or kill Kirk. His actions are not authorized by the Klingon government, however, and he takes this quest merely to obtain personal prestige as a warrior, and is bored by his mundane assignment of neutralizing alien probes that land in Klingon Space.

Upon their arrival at Nimbus III, the Enterprise crew discovers that a renegade Vulcan named Sybok, the emotionally driven half-brother of Spock, has taken Klingon, Romulan, and Federation representatives hostage. Sybok reveals that he used the hostage situation as a ruse in order to obtain a starship, being sure the government of one of the hostages (Federation, Klingon, and Romulan) would mount a rescue mission.

Sybok then seizes control of the Enterprise, so he can reach a mythical planet named Sha Ka Ree, where a mysterious, presumably God-like entity awaits. Sybok claims to have had visions from the entity of its existence, and feels compelled to follow those visions in order to experience the entity's possible wisdom and power first-hand. However, the planet is somewhere behind The Great Barrier, a mysterious region of space that has been walled-off from exploration since time immemorial and that has never been breached (this is the "final frontier" of the title).

Sybok uses his unique ability to share with and help conquer a person's greatest emotional trauma to gain the trust of most of the crew. McCoy accepts the experience, reliving his father's death (he euthanized his father to end his pain, but learned afterwards that a cure had been developed a short time later). Spock also accepts the experience, reliving his birth (being born of a union between a Vulcan and Human, he was never fully accepted by his father). However, Kirk denies Sybok, telling him that the pain experience is what makes them Human.

Under agreement and cooperation (as long as he plays it by the book), Sybok relinquishes the helm back to Kirk, and the Enterprise successfully crosses the Great Barrier, finding a planet in this uncharted region of space. Kirk, Spock, McCoy and Sybok explore the planet, which seems completely barren until a strange outcropping of rocks rises from the ground in front of them and an entity appears to them. Masquerading as God, the entity asks the explorers how they got there. When told about the Enterprise, it demands to join with the starship in order to leave both the planet and the Great Barrier and to spread his knowledge to the rest of the Universe. When the skeptical Kirk questions the entity's motivation ("What does God need with a starship?"), it turns malevolent, harming Kirk. McCoy and Spock rush to his rescue, and even Spock has to ask for an answer to the question. Sybok then realizes that the alien entity is not actually God, but something sinister, seeking to escape the Great Barrier.

Realizing his mistake, Sybok sacrifices himself to delay the evil being long enough for Enterprise to launch a photon torpedo. However, while Sybok is killed, the entity isn't, and the Enterprise has only enough power to beam up two people. Kirk tells Scotty to take Spock and McCoy, leaving himself on the surface of the planet with the entity. Spock is able to convince the Klingon ambassador to order Klaa (who followed the Enterprise into the Barrier and to the planet) to rescue Kirk rather than kill him. Klaa's Bird of Prey suddenly de-cloaks and destroys the alien with a disruptor blast. Kirk is beamed aboard, where the Klingon ambassador insists upon an apology from Klaa himself, who begrudgingly does so, and admits that his attack on the Enterprise was not authorized by the Klingon government. The gunner who shot the entity was none other than Spock. The crews of both vessels and Sybok's captives enjoy a peaceful celebration of their newfound détente. The film ends with Kirk, McCoy, and Spock resuming their vacation in Yosemite National Park.

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review by . December 01, 2010
When I watched this movie for the first time, I experienced a combination of emotions that was unusual for me when it involved anything about Star Trek. I was bored, disappointed and angered. The boredom arose from the simplistic nature of the special effects and most aspects of the storyline. I was angered when I saw some of the minor characters that have been so integral to the show treated as insignificant. FInally, I was disappointed because I believed that this movie would end forever the series …
Quick Tip by . June 09
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A quarter-century heretofore this afternoon, I attended an initial screening of William Shatner’s feature directorial debut, a picture lambasted by Trekkies, disdained by the public and reprobated by most cinema critics. My persistent gratification from The Final Frontier assuredly constitutes a glaring lapse of acumen kindled by nostalgia, yet for its manifold and egregious flaws (most notably the shoddy SFX of its third act), it's neither so mawkish as the ponderous allegory of Meyer’s …
review by . August 26, 2010
After an iffy beginning to the movie series, Star Trek boasted an excellent run on films II, III and IV. Unfortunately, The Final Frontier marked a return to mediocrity -- a failure which can be blamed largely on director William Shatner as well as the story's co-writers, producer Harve Bennett and David Loughery. Let's face it, the story is dumb. After all these years, we suddenly learn that Spock has a maverick half-brother, Sybock (Laurence Luckenbill), a full-blooded …
Quick Tip by . May 16, 2010
A renegade Vulcan steals the Enterprise to follow his quest for enlightenment. Seen as the worst and it's hard to disagree. Has moments.
review by . June 10, 2009
Kirk and his crew are caputred by Sybok's forces
I just had a thought, if John Landis made a Star Trek movie, do you picture a 72 Starship pileup into a big asteroid?  The Star Trek movies have had their ups and downs.  None are perfect and others are better then others.  This one though is the runt of the litter. Not too long ago, a discussion came up about how if you were on a desert island and had one BAD movie from one of you favorite franchises, which would it be.  Star Trek V was my pick.  Out of Batman and Robin, …
review by . May 22, 2009
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Known to fans as the worst Trek film of all time to a point were some people (and even countries) don't consider it as one of the films, is unfortunately to many reborn on Blu-ray in this seven disc set.  I must admit, I held of a day to watch this and in a span of two days completed it.  Though The Final Frontier looks and sounds great on Blu-ray, it doesn't change the fact that it was a bad movie.    In Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, Kirk and the rest of his crews …
Quick Tip by . December 07, 2009
The Enterprise is hijacked by a fanatic and taken on his quest for the almighty. Weak humor and a poor budget sank a pretty good concept.
review by . May 20, 2009
After directing two Star Trek films in a row, actor Leonard Nimoy stood up from the directing chair, and let fellow actor (and star of the franchise) William Shatner assume the role as director. Not only did Shatner direct this installment of easily one of the most popular science fiction franchises of all time, but he also outlined the story. I think this says more about Shatners talents then his hammy acting does. "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier" (though as it turned out this wasn't CLOSE to …
review by . July 15, 2008
Many people write off "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier" as the worst film in the Trek franchise. However, it's like the old saying goes, "A bad day fishing is still better than a good day at work." "Frontier" has its downfalls but it still manages to be a solid science fiction film.     In this tale, we are introduced to a renegade Vulcan named Sybok (Laurence Luckinbill) who has embraced the ways of the ancient Vulcans who deemed emotion more important than logic. He has plans …
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