Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
William Shatner (Kirk)
Leonard Nimoy (Spock)
DeForest Kelley (McCoy)
Grace Lee Whitney (Rand)
Brock Peters (Admiral Cartwright)
Leon Russom(Starfleet Commander in Chief)
Kurtwood Smith (Federation President)
Christopher Plummer (General Chang)
David Warner(Chancellor Gorkon)
John Schuck (Klingon ambassador)
Michael Dorn(Colonel Worf)
Jeremy Roberts(Lieutenant Dimitri Valtane)
One of the moons surrounding the Klingon home world explodes, causing the Federation to offer help. The first thing that is needed is a peace treaty, so Kirk is sent out to meet the Klingon chancellor and escort him to Earth for these talks. After a dinner in which both parties prove that it will take a while for the Federation and the Klingons to see eye to eye, the Enterprise appears to fire on the Klingon ship. Two Federation suited officers beam across and murder the Klingon chancellor in the chaos. McCoy and Kirk beam across to try to help and are arrested for the murder. They are trialled and sentenced to life imprisonment at the penal colony/dilithium mine Rura Penthe, where they escape, discover that the whole with has been a set up between Klingon General Chang and a high up Federation officer. They get to the peace conference at Khitomer just in time to prevent the Federation presidents assassination by a human disguised as a Klingon. They are then told to head back to Earth to be decommissioned.
As things go, this is not a bad movie. I don’t think it’s as good as everyone seems to remember. There are some good moments – the first time the Enterprise fires on the Klingon ship must have been quite shocking if you didn’t know it was coming. And the Vulcan Valeris was a surprise traitor, though it would have been better if it has been Saavik as per the original plan (but neither previous actress was available and they didn’t want to recast again).
The Klingons came across rather well in this story – both David Warner and Christopher Plummer were excellent in their roles.
The worst thing about it was the silly humour. The “if the boot fits” gag with the Dax character (not the Dax we get to know later on DS9) was pathetic, as was the section when they are trying to speak Klingon go get into Klingon space without rousing suspicion.
The characters were all talking about retirement at the start. This makes sense – you get the impression that films two through five are meant to happen quickly in relation to one another, with a large gap between one and two and a large one between five and six. Kirk has not really seemed old until this film – Shatner in his fifties was easily able to pull off Kirk, and although they were all good fun in this movie it was the right move not to do any more. Scotty, Spock and McCoy in particular are looking very old indeed!
It was a nice send off. It was great to see Sulu in his own ship. It does, however, seem unreal that I will not see these people together again. I have been watching the classic series and movies for this blog for the best part of a year now, and it does not seem real that I won’t see them again. (Although truth be told the only character I will never see again is Uhura – the others all turn up in various shows or movies. In fact, one of them show up in the next thing I am going to watch!
Many crew must have died in this, but as no dialogue in the film confirmed the casualty figures, I shall assume they all survived. So Kirk lost 58 crew in his film and TV adventures.
It’s been fun, but now I have a new group of people to get used to!
Crew Deaths: 0
Total Confirmed Crew Deaths Under Captain Kirk: 58 (to be reset for the next series)