DeForest Kelley, Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)

Rest in Peace

A disaster has put the Klingon Empire in a perilous state and as such are seeking peace talks, something which not everyone agrees with as Captain Kirk having never trusted the Klingons thinks it would put them at danger. Unfortunately for Kirk Spock disagrees and has volunteered Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise to escort Chancellor Gorkon and battle commander Chang along with their entourage through Federation Space for the peace talks on Earth. But it seems someone agrees with Kirk as the Chancellor ends up injured when the Enterprise appears to fire on them leading to Kirk and McCoy's arrest when they try to discover what happened and leaving Spock in charge of the Enterprise unable to attack as it will destroy any chance of peace.

Here's the good news "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country" is an improvement on "Star Trek V" and whilst I would have loved for the movies with the original crew to have come to an end after the fourth movie I am glad they gave the original crew a better send off that the fifth movie. But again this sixth movie is still not a patch to the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Star Trek movies. Not only does it feel sombre as if the original cast didn't enjoy being part of what was a predestined farewell for their decades of services but the lack of subtlety when it comes to the storyline reflecting the change in the real word makes it weak.

Kim Cattrall in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)

As such we have an allegorical tale in "Star Trek VI" about the destruction of walls, the old feelings of distrust still lingering as do old grievances and so on which means there is a long way to go. Now in fairness any movie which tries to put forwards a case for a brave new World then so be it but the lack of subtlety here is annoying, almost as annoying as the constant William Shakespeare references. It is a case that the writers behind this 6th movie had good intentions but for some reason felt it would be needed to treat the audience as if they were morons about world affairs and feelings of mistrust between countries.

Aside from this there is of course the farewell to the aging crew of the Enterprise and whilst this 6th movie gives us a conflict between Kirk and Spock the actors slide back into the roles which have defined their careers with the efficiency they always had. What is though nice is Shatner's performance as he plays up to Kirk being an aging Captain who can't keep up like he use to, who has old ideas in a changing world.

What this all boils down to is that "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country" is a better movie than "Star Trek V" and therefore a better farewell to the original cast and crew of the Enterprise. But unfortunately the lack of subtlety in this 6th Star Trek movie really lets it down.