Star Trek V – The Final Frontier

Even diehard Trekkies may be disappointed by Star Trek V. Coming after Leonard Nimoy's delightful directorial outing on Star Trek IV, William Shatner's inauspicious feature directing debut is a double letdown.

With:
William Shatner Leonard Nimoy DeForest Kelley James Doohan Nichelle Nichols George Takei

Even diehard Trekkies may be disappointed by Star Trek V. Coming after Leonard Nimoy’s delightful directorial outing on Star Trek IV, William Shatner’s inauspicious feature directing debut is a double letdown.

A major flaw in the story [by Shatner, Harve Bennett and David Loughery] is that it centers on an obsessive quest by a character who isn’t a member of the Enterprise crew, a renegade Vulcan played by Laurence Luckinbill in Kabuki-like makeup. The crazed Luckinbill kidnaps the crew and makes them fly to a never-before-visited planet at the centre of the galaxy in quest of the Meaning of Life.

Better they should have stayed home and watched reruns of the TV series, which had a lot more to say about the meaning of life.

Shatner, rises to the occasion, however, in directing a dramatic sequence of the mystical Luckinbill teaching Nimoy and DeForest Kelley to re-experience their long-buried traumas. The re-creations of Spock’s rejection by his father after his birth and Kelley’s euthanasia of his own father are moving highlights.

Star Trek V - The Final Frontier

Production: Paramount. Director William Shatner; Producer Harve Bennett; Screenplay David Loughery; Camera Andrew Laszlo; Editor Peter Berger; Music Jerry Goldsmith; Art Director Herman Zimmerman

Crew: (Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1989. Running time: 106 MIN.

With: William Shatner Leonard Nimoy DeForest Kelley James Doohan Nichelle Nichols George Takei

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