6.06.2010

Star Trek VI / The Undiscovered Country : 4 of 5

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered CountryAfter enjoying the fantastic comic book series that tied-in so well with this movie, I decided it had been too long since I'd seen this final Original Series Star Trek film. Since I've watched some of the older Star Trek movies recently, it was great to compare them to Star Trek VI, since this film is worlds ahead in special effects and story as well! The plot involves the imminent death of the Klingon race due to the explosion of their moon Praxis, which begins an effort for peace between the Klingons and the Federation (leading up to how things are in Star Trek: The Next Generation). Prejudice is a major theme, carried out to murderous effect by everyone in a devious plot involving humans, Klingons, Romulans, and even Vulcans (with the disgusting Sex and the City star Kim Cattrall as the Vulcan saboteur!), with the Enterprise and her crew caught in the middle of the mystery. There are some wonderful special effects (including some zero-G blood that was truly an advanced use of CGI for the time), beautiful ship models (I love seeing the classic Klingon ship design in addition to the updated "green" design), and fantastic sets (including the first time we see a starship's galley), many of which were borrowed and redressed from Star Trek: The Next Generation, which was in TV production at the same time. This is also the first Star Trek movie with computer displays that don't look like Atari games! Although most of the Enterprise crew has grown a little pudgy, the acting is really excellent (I thought McCoy was especially great) and it's touching to see the complete cast together for the last time. The Klingons are well characterized also (there's even a cameo by Worf's grandfather), and I enjoyed all the Shakespeare references by the evil Chang (although they really get annoying during the final battle). The DVD includes a great text commentary by Michael Okuda, who always comes through with fascinating details that are simply a geek's dream to read and absorb. Watching this movie again was a wonderful experience, and I was touched that the last Original Series film turned out to be such a Star Trek milestone!