Star Trek VI - The Undiscovered Country VHS
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Star Trek V left us nowhere to go but up, and with the return of Star Trek II director Nicholas Meyer, Star Trek VI restored the movie series to its classic blend of space opera, intelligent plotting, and engaging interaction of stalwart heroes and menacing villains. Borrowing its subtitle (and several lines of dialogue) from Shakespeare, the movie finds Admiral Kirk (William Shatner) and his fellow Enterprise crew members on a diplomatic mission to negotiate peace with the revered Klingon Chancellor Gorkon (David Warner). When the high-ranking Klingon and several officers are ruthlessly murdered, blame is placed on Kirk, whose subsequent investigation uncovers an assassination plot masterminded by the nefarious Klingon General Chang (Christopher Plummer) in an effort to disrupt a historic peace summit. As this political plot unfolds, Star Trek VI takes on a sharp-edged tone, with Kirk and Spock confronting their opposing views of diplomacy, and testing their bonds of loyalty when a Vulcan officer is revealed to be a traitor. With a dramatic depth befitting what was to be the final movie mission of the original Star Trek crew, this film took the veteran cast out in respectably high style. With the torch being passed to the crew of Star Trek: The Next Generation, only Kirk, Scotty, and Chekov would return, however briefly, in Star Trek: Generations. --Jeff ShannonSee all Editorial Reviews
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Spock sucking the traitor's brains out with the Vulcan Mind Meld. Excellent!
The opening sequence with that amazing double bass music. Excellent!
David Warner as Chancellor Gorkon. Excellent!
"Only Nixon could go to China." Excellent.
Nicholas Meyer, back from 'Wrath of Khan.' Excellent!
Final scene as the classic TOS crew flies off into the stars. Excellent!
Curiousity -- a bit part for Christian Slater aboard the Excelsior. Did Slater really sign on for just two lines? Did a bigger part end up on the cutting room floor? Or did a future Star Trek deal for Slater never pan out? I've always wondered.
Nicholas Meyer, who contributed to the script of and directed STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN (1982), performed the same duties for this farewell picture. Based on a Leonard Nimoy story, this is truly classic Star Trek, as Kirk and crew get down and dirty with the hated Klingons. Betrayal from within results in our favorite starship captain and medico being taken prisoner by an odiferous enemy. They're put on trial, convicted and sentenced to a life of hard labor on icy planet Rura Penthe, thrown in with a variety of aliens. Capt. Kirk even defeats one of these monsters in a fistfight.
We'd seen it all before, yet this was our final bittersweet chance to experience such familiar thrills without watching a CST show rerun. Kudos to everyone involved for a superlative last effort. As this movie so clearly demonstrates, Classic Star Trek went out on top.
TRULY THE END OF AN ERA:
This was the last motion picture for both DeForest Kelley and Mark Lenard (Sarek).
Within 48 hours of viewing the completed film, series creator Gene Roddenberry died.
Parenthetical number preceding title is a 1 to 10 imdb viewer poll rating.
(7.2) Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991) - William Shatner/Leonard Nimoy/DeForest Kelley/James Doohan/Walter Koenig/Nichelle Nichols/George Takei/Kim Cattrell/Mark Lenard/Grace Lee Whitney/Brock Peters/Christopher Plummer/Michael Dorn/Christian Slater/Iman (uncredited: Rene Auberjonois)
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