A Walk In The Undiscovered Countryside

All good things must end, and the original Star Trek movies end on a good thing. That being Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.

Nicholas Meyer originally wanted Kim Cattrall to play Lt. Saavik in The Wrath Khan, and so now he gets to cast her in this as Valeris. And in early drafts, this character was actually Saavik.

But more importantly, Spock seems to think he’s related to Sherlock Holmes.

Leaving aside that Spock himself is a fictional character, it’s well established in the franchise that Sherlock Holmes is also a fictional character, pouring from the pages of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Is Spock going senile?

And Watson thinks Sherlock is Spock.

And Bendydick Cuminapatch played Khan in Into Darkness.

And Nicholas Meyer directed The Wrath Of Khan.

And Nicholas Meyer wrote The Seven-Per-Cent Solution, a film about Sherlock Holmes.

My brain hurts.

Frontier Finalised

It had to happen. I watched Star Trek V: The Final Frontier last night. It’s wrongly maligned, and much better than people give it credit for. I think the story was ahead of its time, and Shatner gives a powerhouse performance in it.

James Doohan does a rather elegant pratfall too.

What lets the film down is the visual effects. The producers said that ILM were too busy to work on it, but I suspect there was some misguided cost-cutting going on here. The ships are badly lit for one, and some effects look half-finished.

Voyaging Home

It was inevitable. I watched Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home last night. It’s the one with the whales.

But again, it’s a case of what could have been.

Eddie Murphy was originally going to play the marine biologist role that eventually became Dr Gillian Taylor. What I wouldn’t give to see Murphy jump into Kirk’s arms and whisper boo. It’s the stuff of fan fiction.

Anyway, here’s what Siskel & Ebert thought of the whole thing.

They found Spock by the way.

 

Searching For Spock

Rather predictably, I watched Star Trek III: The Search For Spock last night. There’s a cheeky line in this trailer …

Did you spot it?

Technically, it IS the final voyage of the Starship Enterprise … but the idea suggests this might be the final film too. Clever.

Less clever is the title.

They know where Spock is the whole time.

Where they left him.

In a giant sunglasses case.

In fact, he’s right behind that title card look. There.

Star Trek III: Going Back For Spock

Star Trek III: Well, Can You Remember The Last Time You Saw Spock

Star Trek III: I’m Sure We’ve Forgotten Something

Star Trek III: Star Trek IIIer

All better titles.

Anyone wanna guess what the next movie is that he is about to mention at the end of this review?

Khaaaaaaaan

I watched Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan last night, for the umpteenth time, and I still love it.

What might have been though …

Gene Roddenberry had written a sequel script in which the crew of the Enterprise must travel back in time to fix a timeline corrupted by Klingons who prevent the assassination of JFK. While that sounds like an episode of Quantum Leap, it seems to me that this story eventually morphed into First Contact.

After that, a few more screenplays were written, none of which quite fit the bill. But when Nicholas Meyer was hired to direct the movie, he took all the best parts of those scripts, and rewrote them (uncredited) in TWELVE DAYS, to make the film we now know and love.

Anyway, clock a load of Nimoy’s suit in this …