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.
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.
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.