STAR TREK VI: THE UNDISCOVERED
STARRING: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest
Kelley, James Doohan, Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols, George Takei, Kim
Cattrall, Christopher Plummer, Mark Lenard, Grace Lee, Whitney, Brock
Peters, Kurtwood Smith, Rosana DeSoto, David Warner, Iman, John Schuck,
1991, 109 Minutes, Directed
by: Nicholas Meyer
This 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.
Practically the last Star Trek
movie to feature the old 1960s crew who shows that they still have a lot of life in them.
But alas we won't be hearing "Beam me up, Scotty" again as Captain Kirk shows in
a guest appearance in the next movie (Star Trek: Generations)
which introduces the television Star Trek: The Next Generation to cinema
No doubt there's plenty of
movies to be made with this much younger cast, but this Star Trek movie is a fond
farewell to Spock, Scotty, Captain Kirk and company. The plot, which involves Captain Kirk
and Doctor McCoy being framed for the murder of a Klingon ambassador and sent to a prison
colony, doesn't matter much. The Undiscovered Country realises that its strength
lies in our familiarity with the characters by now and exploits this cleverly -
particularly in scenes where the crew must unearth traitors in their midst almost like in
a Agatha Christie detective story.
One of the
better Star Trek movies made although not quite in the same class as
Star Trek IV - The Voyage Home or Star
Trek: First Contact. Fans might enjoy it more than non-fans . . .
Further sequels were based on the Next Generation TV show.
They are: Star Trek - First Contact (1996), Star Trek - Insurrection (1998) and Star Trek -
Sci-Fi Movie Page Pick:
Often overlooked. This last movie to feature the original television show cast has lots of Shakespeare
quotes being thrown around and is one of the few sci-fi movies that can be described as
Agatha Christie in Outer Space . . .