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A Quick Tip by rbuchanan

  • Jun 9, 2014
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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 lauded sixth entry nor a fraction as puerile or embarrassing as the cretinous efforts laxated by Abrams, Orci, et al. in recent years. Most of its cast is demonstrably adroit (BillyShat’s hastened delivery, Koenig’s irredeemably horrendous accent and Gouw’s stilted acting notwithstanding, Luckinbill and Kelley actually contribute terrific performances); its set and especially costume design exceed the caliber of those for the series’ preceding features; Goldsmith’s recycled and original compositions alike are engaging; convivial moments therein prove charming…irrespective of their worst jokes.
Had its script been subjected to another draft to amend glaring improbabilities of navigation, theology and fraternity by excision, or Shatner afforded a reasonable timetable by Paramount’s executives, he might well have produced an adequate flick. Natheless, I love it with the unqualified affection with which I might cosset a disfigured offspring…marshmelons and all.
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June 10, 2014
Nice take on this.. I saw it in the theater when it came out and was very disappointed, especially how easily Spock's brother was duped. I don't remember his brother ever mentioned in any other episode or flick so they may have gone off the storyline some. I liked the Abrams versions a lot as it really rebooted the series into a totally new product (like when a singer takes a classic song and remakes it like the difference between Heard It Through the Grapevine between Gladys Knight and Marvin Gaye. I guess they could have really made this a good film but the time was lost. The cast was already too old when The Undiscovered Country came out.
June 09, 2014
Trek V gets a drubbing for a lot of legitimate reasons, but -- despite those faults -- I still think it had some of the nicest character moments of the entire series of films featuring the original cast. It's a shame that Paramount wouldn't have given the film a treatment deserving of its ambitions, but -- at this point -- it is what it is. Thanks for sharing this, and (always) thanks for supporting Trek!
June 09, 2014
Well *I* certainly have lots of fun watching this with you! :D YAYYYYYYYYY, I'm so excited to see this quick tip, Snuuus, it's superlative! :D <3333333333333
June 09, 2014
Good on you, too!
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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
William Shatner
Harve Bennett
David Loughery
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 ...

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