Sunday, 10 August 2008

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

Review 85 - Movie no.6

The One with the last adventure for the TOS crew

The 5th film would have been a rather unfitting ending for the TOS crew, so thank God that Meyers came back onboard for this film, dealing with new themes and ideas.

This isn't about the crew getting old, they ARE old and this is their final adventure together. The Klingons need to make peace with the federation, but certain parties want to stop it.

There are lots of great scenes in here. The opening of the movie with the Excelsior and Captain Sulu is brilliant and indicates a real passing of time (nice to see Rand as well in the final outing). The effects are very impressive and do justice to the series.

The Klingon assassination set piece is excellent, as is the dinner that precedes it. Kim Cattrall is good as Valeris, coming across more like Kirstie Alleys performance than the other Saavik. It would have been nice to see her play Saavik, but as she ultimately betrays Spock and the federation, I can understand why they didn't use her character.

Kirk and McCoys imprisonment and Spock trying to deduce the murders are all entertaining and take us nicely to the final battle: between Excelsior, Enterprise and a Klingon bird of Prey that can fire while cloaked. Plummers performance is very OTT (more than Shatner in fact who is rather restrained in this film), but he's very enjoyable to watch. The battle isn't quite as good as Wrath of Khans finale (what could be?), but it's up there and great to watch.

Of course the final scene has the Enterprise being ordered to be decommissioned and the final lines are moving and poignant, with the bridge scene being excellently staged. Mind you, almost all of them will pop up again in future films or TV series, but there is lovely feeling of closure here, especially as the Klingon's have been such a large part of TOS and Kirks life.

Very well made and it gets an extra point for being the final film of the TOS series.


Overall Star Trek Franchise Rating so far: 246/430

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