Vintage Franchise – Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)

Director: Nicholas Meyer

Writer: Leonard Nimoy, Lawrence Konner, Mark Rosenthal (Screenplay) Gene Roddenberry (Characters)

Starring: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, George Takei, Walter Koenig, Kim Cattrall, Christopher Plummer

 

Plot: On the eve of retirement, Kirk and McCoy are charged with assassinating the Klingon High Chancellor and imprisoned. The Enterprise crew must help them escape to thwart a conspiracy aimed at sabotaging the last best hope for peace.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fun Addition to Franchise

 

Story: Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country starts as the Klingon race is facing extinction after a mining accident, Spock (Nimoy) and the federation have looked at options to create a peace agreement and Spock suggests the near retirement Kirk (Shatner) to escort the Chief in Command of the Klingons for negotiations.

When the escort goes wrong all clues point to the Enterprise attacking and members of the crew boarding the ship to assassinate the Chief in Command, this leads to Kirk and McCoy (Kelley) being arrested for the assassination, leaving Spock to uncover the truth during this delicate time between the space races.

 

Thoughts on Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

 

Characters – Kirk is on the verge of retirement and reluctantly accepts an escort mission searching for a chance of peace even against his own dislike towards the Klingons after their hand in his son’s death. Kirk is framed for the assassination of the Klingon leader and joins McCoy in a mining prison hoping his crew could turn around the conviction. Spock is the one trying to put together peace treaty and must take control of the Enterprise after the assassination and the investigation from within the ship to who was really behind it all. Chang is the Klingon general that believes himself and Kirk are both great warriors and he also isn’t supporting the peace talks, he is quick to point the finger at Kirk for the assassination.

PerformanceBy now we what performances we are going to get from the crew, with Shatner and Nimoy both doing what we expect now. Christopher Plummer is the biggest addition to this cast and he does well even though you could question an actor as respected as him joining in this late in the franchise.

StoryThe story shows the point of the Federation, looking for peace between all races but the crew must deal with the few extremists that don’t want the peace in the galaxy. This does play out as a strategical part of the series as we learn more sides to the overall battle which makes everything feel a lot more interesting. If you are going into this looking for big battles you won’t get that one though.

Adventure/Mystery/Sci-FiThe adventure does take a step back in this story as we are left to focus on the mystery behind who is against the peace talks.

SettingsThe mostly just spend the time on the ships which is fine because this story focuses on the idea of peace in the galaxy over a battle there.

Special EffectsThe effects are good without being great through this film.

Scene of the Movie – The assassination looks great.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Lack of use of the supporting crew.

Final ThoughtsThis is another nice addition to the Star Trek franchise which shows even after 6 films you can still enjoy the film.

 

Overall: This is a nicely built up film in the franchise.

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Vintage Franchise – Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)

Director: William Shatner

Writer: Harve Bennett, William Shatner, David Loughery (Screenplay) Gene Roddenberry (Characters)

Starring: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, George Takei, Walter Koenig, David Warner, Laurence Luckinbill

 

Plot: Captain Kirk and his crew must deal with Mr. Spock’s long-lost half-brother who hijacks the Enterprise for an obsessive search for God at the center of the galaxy.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Solid Enough

 

Story: Star Trek V: The Final Frontier starts as Sybok (Luckinbill) looks to find a way of Nimbus III a neutral planet with no spacecrafts. His plan is to hold a human, Klingon and Romulan hostage waiting for one of the races to rescue them.

Kirk (Shatner), Spock (Nimoy), McCoy (Kelley) and the rest of the crew are all on leave waiting for Scotty (Doohan) to finishes up fixing the Enterprise, which is called in for the rescue but Sybok’s relationship with Spock makes his capture difficult and Sybok’s search for God will put the whole Enterprise crew at risk.

 

Thoughts on Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

 

Characters – Kirk now just a Captain again must return to the Enterprise with his crew to take part in the latest rescue mission with a kidnapping but soon he must save his crew from the controlling power of Sybok. Spock is left to continue his role on the Enterprise, but he also must battle his personal relationship with Sybok. Sybok is a Vulcan that believes there is a God in the universe and designs a plan to get himself a ship and finally make this discovery.

PerformanceThe crew are right back where you expect when it comes to performance none are bad and most just look like they are enjoying themselves now, but the supporting crew do get less time than last time out. Laurence Luckinbill does make for a good as the villain giving us a calming presence through the whole film.

StoryThe story follows the adventures of the Enterprise crew as they meet a new villainous character in Sybok that wants to answer the question that clashes science with religion. This does offer up an interesting question and one that has been challenged for years now and still has no answer, did or is there a God? The peril the crew faces isn’t as deadly as we have seen before and focuses more on the unknown.

Adventure/Mystery/Sci-FiThe adventure takes our crew to the edge of space where the great mystery of space could be answers where we end up mixing the sci-fi world and the religious ideals.

SettingsWe return to the idea of Enterprise being the main setting alongside a dusty planet but it is the final setting that shows us something new to the franchise.

Special EffectsThe effects are all fine without being gre

 

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Scene of the Movie – Going beyond the barrier.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Sybok could just brain wash everyone most of the conversations seem pointless around it.

Final ThoughtsThis is easily the most forgettable of the franchise to date and you can see they were starting to run out of the ideas for this crew to go against.

 

Overall: Sequel that goes too far down the line.

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Vintage Franchise – Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)

Director: Leonard Nimoy

Writer: Harve Bennett, Steve Meerson, Peter Krikes, Nicholas Meyer (Screenplay) Gene Roddenberry (Characters)

Starring: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, George Takei, Walter Koenig

 

Plot: To save Earth from an alien probe, Admiral James T. Kirk and his fugitive crew go back in time to San Francisco in 1986 to retrieve the only beings who can communicate with it: humpback whales.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fun Adventure

 

Story: Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home starts by picking up where the last film finished, Kirk (Shatner) and his crew are wanted for Star Fleet crimes but when an alien probe starts heading towards Earth trying to communicate, Kirk learns the origin of the signal as the signal are trying to communicate with humpback whales, a species that are extinct in the 23rd century.

Kirk takes his crew back to 1986 San Francisco in search of humpback whales but the clash of the culture makes the mission difficult. Can Kirk and his team overcome the problems to help the future Earth from being destroyed.

 

Thoughts on Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

 

Characters – Kirk is now a fugitive because of his actions in the previous film, returning home to face the consequences he learns of an impending threat to Earth and decides to go back in time to save the day, Kirk seems to be the one that adapts to the 1980s being able to cover the problems which the others do face. Spock is still remembering who he was before his death and rebirth, his logic does get in the way for moments in the past but he is a quick learner. The crew are involved in the mission getting moments of laughs through the film which adds to the film.

PerformanceThe performances throughout do start to add the comical tone the film ends up taking, we do find ourselves getting more from the rest of the cast though who all understand how to make their character work.

StoryThe story here answers the question the fans of the show had, what if the crew were in the present day. This puts the crew in a time travel mission to find whales to save their present day, this all does sound farfetched but it works on an entertainment levels which was all we wanted from the Star Trek movies by now.

Adventure/Mystery/Sci-FiThe adventure brings our characters back in time on a time travel adventure to save the day, the mystery comes from the idea of the mysterious signal threatening Earth and we know the sci-fi side of this by now but adding in time travel too.

SettingsBring the film into the 1980s adds something to the idea of just spaceships and new world planets, it gives us the chance to see the space bound characters in a real present-day world.

Special EffectsThe effects are dropped in places to try and tell a natural story here and when used they are all fine.

Scene of the Movie – Swimming.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The fact whales are extinct in the future.

Final ThoughtsAfter the last disappointing outing this does turn into a fun enjoyable but never taking itself too serious addition to the Star Trek world.

 

Overall: Nice addition to the Star Trek universe.

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Vintage Franchise – Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984)

Director: Leonard Nimoy

Writer: Harve Bennett (Screenplay) Gene Roddenberry (Characters)

Starring: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, George Takei, Walter Koenig, Christopher Lloyd

 

Plot: Admiral Kirk and his bridge crew risk their careers stealing the decommissioned Enterprise to return to the restricted Genesis planet to recover Spock’s body.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Start of the Downhill Slope

 

Story: Star Trek III: The Search for Spock starts where the last film ended, Kirk (Shatner) is struggling with the loss of his friend but when he returns to Star fleet his team is decommissioned but when Kirk learns McCoy (Kelley) has mind moulded with Spock (Nimoy) and two need to be reunited to give Spock a proper resting place.

The crew decide ignore orders risking their careers in a hope to find Spock’s body to give him the chance to reach the next level of Vulcan pass, but Klingon Kruge (Lloyd) also wants something from the planet but what the discover is a surprise they could never imagine.

 

Thoughts on Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

 

Characters – Kirk still struggling with the loss of Spock learns he didn’t carry out the right funeral process for the Vulcan and must risk his career to recover the body and return him to Vulcan. Spock has been reborn on Genesis but his mind is inside Bones as the two need to be reunited before it is too late. Kruge is the Klingon commander that wants the power of Genesis for himself and will travel the galaxy to get it.

PerformanceThe performance from the crew are good with Shatner starting to go into the campy level he can get mocked for, Nimoy isn’t the only person playing Spock with his growing through the film so judging his performance comes both on camera and behind it. Christopher Lloyd is the highlight from the performances in this film.

StoryThe story continuing from the last film is a good thing and easily the best part of the film, it shows us just how the crew will work together even if it goes against his authority figures. This is the only thing that becomes as the rest of the story feels downhill as we follow the effects of Genesis before it was fully tested but the battle between a random enemy is a huge step back after the last battle and the aging planet just doesn’t connect enough.

Adventure/Mystery/Sci-FiThe adventure side of the film comes from the idea that we are going to see the crew go rogue against star fleet. The mystery is around what is happening on the planet with the sci-fi being what we know from the star Trek franchise.

SettingsThe settings do feel underused here with the moments on the ships being fine but the planet feels like a missed opportunity.

Special EffectsThe effects also start to take a step back now too almost feeling like the budget is less to make them believable.

Scene of the Movie – Fight on the planet.

That Moment That Annoyed Me This just feels like we are adding what could have been 30 minutes to Khan in an extra-long story.

Final ThoughtsThis isn’t the best so far in fact it is the weakest to date offering us nothing overly interesting going on.

 

Overall: Disappointing sequel

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Vintage Franchise – Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)

Director: Nicholas Meyer

Writer: Nicholas Meyer, Samuel A Peeples (Screenplay) Gene Roddenberry (Characters)

Starring: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, George Takei, Ricardo Montalban, Walter Koenig

 

Plot: With the assistance of the Enterprise crew, Admiral Kirk must stop an old nemesis, Khan Noonien Singh, from using the life-generating Genesis Device as the ultimate weapon.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Excellent Sci-Fi Adventure

 

Story: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan starts as Admiral Kirk (Shatner) is trying to create a young crew for the Enterprise with the help of Spock (Nimoy), but when feel star fleet crew with Chekov (Koenig) on trying to select a planet for a new life-generating device known as Genesis gets captured by an old nemesis Khan (Montalban) who wants revenge on Kirk, the training missing takes a turn.

When Kirk and Khan come face to face (through video) the battle becomes a tactical battle between the men before the final showdown which will leave one of the crew needing to make an ultimate sacrifice.

 

Thoughts on Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

 

Characters – Admiral Kirk is on a routine training mission as he searches for a younger crew to explore the galaxy, he does still long to have the Enterprise back though and he will get his wish when he clashes with his old enemy Khan. Spock is the voice of logic for Kirk and the mentor training the new crew, he believes in his crew through this situation. Khan has been stranded on a planet with his crew by Kirk, waiting for his chance to get revenge and now he goes for it, planning a tactical battle against Kirk and he isn’t afraid to use or kill anyone who gets in his way.

PerformanceThe original crew all give great performances that we know they can give, not quite going on the top like we know they can do, but it is the additions to the cast here that shine with Ricardo Montalban being a great villain and even thee young Kirstie Alley being a welcome addition to the cast.

StoryThe story is one that is easy to follow as we see an old enemy seeking revenge against Kirk and this will be his hardest test to date. This is what the fans of the series would love because it offers our characters a chance to grow even more while the neutral fan might not understand everything, I say this because it references what happened before and as not a fan I am not sure if it was in the series or not. The tactical battle is something we can see happen in most Star Trek films which is good to see.

Adventure/Mystery/Sci-FiThe adventure while darker does take our characters to new worlds to face enemies in the galaxy, we do have a mystery to everything but this time everything gets answered early on with the space based format being the one we all know.

SettingsThe settings look fantastic again, with the space working well throughout but the planets all offering a new look for each different location.

Special EffectsThe effects for the time all were great even if moment might have dated they all work for the film.

Scene of the Movie – Kirk’s surprise.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Not knowing if Khan is from the TV show or not.

Final ThoughtsThis is an improvement on the last film and from what I understand the best in the series of films, it offers character development and surprise ending and a villain that is menacing throughout.

 

Overall: One of the best if not the best in the series.

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