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Star Trek The Original Series Rewatch: Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
Originally posted to Keith's Word Press blog.


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Captain Kirk is climbing a mountain, why is he climbing a mountain? Pack up your marsh melons, have a good time, hold your horse, and let go of your pain, as the TOS Rewatch asks what God needs with a starship, and what we need with this bloody awful film, as we cover Star Trek V: The Final Frontier.

An excerpt:
I still recall seeing The Final Frontier in the theatre at age twenty. With each scene, my jaw is dropping further, aghast at just how awful it all is, and then we get to the motherfucking fan dance, and I just closed my eyes and muttered profanity to myself. (I wanted to scream, “Oh, for fuck’s sake, noooooo!” but I was in a crowded Manhattan theatre and was mindful of the rest of the audience.) Star Trek has always had a major dollop of sexism leavening its enlightened attitudes, but there’s no excuse, none, for that appalling, disgusting, ridiculous scene of Uhura distracting the lookouts by dancing naked for them, getting them to all abandon their posts as one. (Funny how Sybok’s brainwashing is enough to make Starfleet officers violate their oaths but not enough to keep his lookouts from acting like a wolf in a Tex Avery cartoon.) Good thing for Kirk’s despicable plan that they were all heterosexual males in the lookout party…

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archersangel From: archersangel Date: June 16th, 2017 03:21 am (UTC) (Link)
it was a mess wasn't it?

pseudohistorian From: pseudohistorian Date: June 18th, 2017 05:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Maybe it's the passage of time and the multiple viewings, or maybe it's how much of a role Peter David's comics set after this movie played in making me a hardcore fan of the franchise, but I tend to look at the positive aspects of this film now (the awesome score, Luckinbill's performance, its surprisingly good pacing) and overlook the regrettable things.

Although Star Trek should (of course) be held to a higher standard, there is nothing wrong with this movie which isn't wrong with a lot of action movies from the Eighties...

...and if someone can take away Bruce Wayne's pain and thus make him a loyal acolyte on Gotham, I see no reason why it can't happen here. ;)
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