Star Trek 5: The Final Frontier
Movie critic Roger Ebert summed it up very succinctly: “Of all of the Star Trek movies, this is the worst.” Subsequent films in the popular series have done nothing to disprove this opinion; we can be grateful that they’ve all been significantly better since this film was released in 1989. After Leonard Nimoy scored hits with Star Trek III and IV, William Shatner used his contractual clout (and bruised ego) to assume directorial duties on this mission, in which a rebellious Vulcan (Laurence Luckinbill) kidnaps Federation officials in his overzealous quest for the supreme source of creation. That’s right, you heard it correctly: Star Trek V is about a crazy Vulcan’s search for God. By the time Kirk, Spock, and their Federation cohorts are taken to the Great Barrier of the galaxy, this journey to “the final future” has gone from an embarrassing prologue to an absurd conclusion, with a lot of creaky plotting in between. Of course, die-hard Trekkies will still allow this movie into their video collections; but they’ll only watch it when nobody else is looking. After this humbling experience, Shatner wisely relinquished the director’s chair to Star Trek II’s Nicholas Meyer.
“What does God need with a starship?” is the question asked by Captain Kirk when he and some others encounter a powerful being across the forbidden barrier of space, and this being declares his need of their ship. The story begins with Sybok, a Vulcan who happens to be related to Spock. He believes God has given him a vision concerning where to find Him!
The Enterprise is in danger from more than one plot. Sybok plans to steal the Enterprise and, when a Klingon warrior hears that Kirk is near by, he too plots but not to steal it, but rather attack the ship. He longs for the glory of defeating the famous warrior, James T. Kirk.
The Enterprise, under Sybok’s power, heads toward the dangerous barrier n space where no one has ever safely crossed. Sybok believes he will find his destiny on the other side, in a meeting with God Himself! This film has plenty of action, and at times an interesting plot, but the strong language dooms it and prevents us from awarding our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to the picture.