movie coverI'd rather be watching TV![IMDB link] [Netflix link] We continue our quest to watch every Star Trek movie.

PEOPLE: This time… It’s written and directed by William Shatner. I guess the “Star Trek 2 trilogy” (Star Trek 2, Star Trek 3, and Star Trek 4) finally placated Leonard Nimoy’s ego. The villain is Sybock, played by Laurence Luckinbill. Judging by his IMDB, this killed his career completely and utterly. Two TV eps in 5 yrs, 4 more in another 5 yrs, and then nothing for another 6 years? Ouch, Sybock. Ouch. Also, David Warner is in this.






Apparently some scenes were cut because the special effects company they usually used were busy doing Indiana Jones and Ghostbusters 2. So we don’t get rock monsters chasing Kirk on the God planet. That may be a good thing.

CONCLUSION: I really don’t have much to say about this one. It is the one I remember hating the most, but after re-watching it, once again — I liked it a lot better than I remembered. I think these movies suffered from years of expectation. People who highly expect things always say they suck. I can think of no other explanation for why everyone hated the excellent Matrix trilogy so much. Watching all 3 movies within a month, it seemed to be one continuous story of nearly-consistent quality. Similar with Star Trek, I think expectations caused many — including myself — to hate this sequel.

In fact, it’s not THAT bad. It’s less cheesy than Star Trek 4, and has more space battle than Star Trek 4 and Star Trek 1, but less space battle than Star Trek 2 and Star Trek 3. You see *2* alien worlds in this movie — more than most — and they really do break the final frontier: the center of the galaxy.

This movie, as a Star Trek movie, is an improvement over the previous Star Trek 4.

This movie, as a movie in general, still might not be as good as Star Trek 4 to Joe Average Non-Star-Trek-Guy — He would probably still like a movie where they come back to the present and learn to curse.

There’s also some great character-specific scenes for Kirk, Spock, and McCoy. Scenes fans have been waiting for for decades. Spock‘s pain literally started when he was born!

I still only give this 3 stars in Netflix, but I’d do 3.5 if I could, maybe even 3.75. Just can’t bring myself to give it 4.

RECOMMENDATION: Star Trek fans who have come as far as Star Trek 4 should watch this one. Yea, it’s a little scattered and you don’t know where it’s going as much, but you get some things the last movie didn’t offer. And the first unrelated-to-other-Star-Trek-movies since Star Trek 1. It’s worth watching, even if the end kind of fizzles out a bit. Especially with the “Row, Row Your Boat” business…

1) Kirk: “I thought I was going to die.” Spock: “Not possible. You were never alone.”
2) Kirk: “I miss my old chair.”

FRIENDS’ RATINGS: Christian loved it. Benj didn’t like it. Glen, supposed huge Star Trek fan, hated it.

Mood: ready for 24 and Heroes!
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