By: Oberst Von Berauscht (A Toast) –
The crew of the Federation Starship Enterprise return for the Sixth and final time commanded by James T. Kirk (William Shatner). An environmental disaster has left the Klingon Empire crippled, with their natural resources nearly depleted. The Klingons reach out to Federation with an Olive Branch, offering an end to the lengthy hostilities between the two powers. Owing to the war-like nature of the Klingons, Federation Starfleet officials are slow to accept this turn of events. Civilian Leadership however is keen to discuss the treaty and orders The Enterprise to escort the Klingon Ambassador to peace talks. The Enterprise crew are hesitant to accept talk of peace, especially after meeting Ambassador Gorkon, and General Chang (Characters played by David Warner & Christopher Plummer).
Who have never played
A mysterious attack occurs, leaving Gorkon dead and Dr. McCoy and Captain Kirk blamed. It is up to the Enterprise Crew to discover the truth, while the Dr. and Kirk try to survive in a Klingon prison.
Franchises seldom recieve second chances after a debacle on the level of Star Trek V: The Final Frontier. It was therefore a small miracle that the follow-up film was not only better than its predecessor, but in many ways the best of the original-cast Trek movies. The Wrath of Khan was definitely a well-paced and entertaining movie, as was Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, while many fans argue that Star Trek: The Motion Picture, and Star Trek III were more in keeping with creator Gene Roddenberry’s vision of Star Trek. The Undiscovered Country however, manages to negotiate the precarious blend of mystery and discovery with plenty of action and adventure in between. The film even addresses the politics of the Star Trek universe without feeling preachy or stuffy. Alongside the now-dependable performances of William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy, other members of the usual Trek cast are given moments to shine, particularly George Takei as Sulu, now a Captain in command of his own Starship.
“This Captain’s Chair is faaaaaabulouooos!”
Even more impressive however, are supporting performances from David Warner and Christopher Plummer as the film’s key Klingon characters. For the first time in the Trek films Klingons feel like characters rather than cookie-cutter villains used to kickstart the plot. Also, it takes a work of acting heroics to make this scene work:
David Warner: Legend
Star Trek VI rebounds from its predecessor in every way, leaving audiences and critics satisfied in every way, like the best sort of makeup sex.
Take a Drink: for Shakespeare references
Take a Drink: when Kirk once again gets to fight himself.
Do a Shot: for shameless references to The Next Generation series (What is Worf doing here?)
Do a Shot: for CGI Klingon Blood