Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

{4/5} “‘I am well versed in the classics, Doctor.’ ‘Then how come you don’t know “Row, row, row your boat”?'” — Spock & McCoy

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, released in 1989

The new Enterprise isn’t quite space worthy yet but it’s called to Nimbus III, the Planet of Galactic Peace, where someone has kidnapped the envoys. When they see a video, Spock is shocked to find that the kidnapper is his half brother, Sybok, who he hasn’t seen in decades. When the Enterprise arrives, they find that Sybok wants the ship — he wants to take it to Sha Ka Ree, where he thinks he will find God.

There are some funny parts, but many of the parts that are supposed to be funny fall flat. The part when Kirk, Spock, and McCoy are in the brig is a good one.

The novelization by J. M. Dillard makes 1 or 2 things make more sense, so if you incorporate that into your thinking you can see it as a slightly better movie.

In general it’s not quite up to par with the previous movies, but there are some good parts. I like the friends-as-family theme.

Stars DeForest Kelley, George Takei, Laurence Luckinbill, David Warner, and Charles Cooper. Directed by William Shatner (the documentary The Captains). The music by Jerry Goldsmith is superb, particularly “The Mountain.”

This is the 5th or 6th time I’ve seen it. I previously reviewed Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.

Robert Wise and Nicholas Meyer got money from Paramount to do director’s cuts of the first two movies in the series, but when William Shatner asked for money to do a director’s cut of this movie they said no.

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