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 of Star Trek movies as it so obviously going to be a flop. For me, the two worst parts were when Uhura distracts the sentries with a dance and when Scotty performs a breakout from the brig. In that scene James Doohan acts as if he would rather be elsewhere doing other things. There are very few positive aspects to this movie, for me the most significant is that it was not the last movie starring the characters of the original series.
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 … more
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 … more
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, … more
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 … more
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 … more
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 … more
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