Starring: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, George Takei, Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols, Laurence Luckinbill
Directed by: William Shatner
Written By: David Loughery
Rating: PG (US) Running Time: 1 hr 47 min
The cast and crew, seemingly on a high after the resounding success of The Voyage Home, seemed to take their foot off the creative gas when it came time to make The Final Frontier. The whole film lacks the polish of the other installments, and the story is really under-developed. The Final Frontier, like the others brings in elements from the TV show, but rather than use them to help tell a great story, they feel thrown in there to fill time. Like they were cashing in prior Trek-isms to get a quick boost during the slower moments of the film. The visual effects too were surprising bad for a Trek production of this size.
It’s not all terrible nonsense though, and occasionally it does show signs of real quality. Laurence Luckinbill is also very effective as Sybok. A Vulcan in search of God.
Only hard-core fans of Star Trek are going to give this film a chance. It has its moments, but if you’re new to the original crew’s adventures, make sure you watch this in order with the franchise. That way you’ll already be aware of how generally good this series of films is. The Final Frontier is generally considered to be the worst Star Trek film made to date (though Into Darkness get’s close! 🙂 )
There are some nice photographic moments in this film. But the poor quality of the special effects really lets this down. A HD viewing at home is still recommended.
Best scene for me:
There is one outstanding scene in this movie. Sybok has this trick whereby he exploits a persons emotion pain to brain wash them. The scene where his does this with McCoy and Spock is a rare moment of genuine quality in the film.
Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
Star Trek III: The Search For Spock (1984)
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)