Series: The Original Series
Release Date: June 9, 1989
Written by: William Shatner & Harve Bennett & David Loughery
Directed by: William Shatner
Spock's half-brother hijacks the Enterprise in his quest to find God.
Let's talk about motorbike stunts for a second. Ya know how it's so cool when you see Evel Knievel race toward a ramp and then hit the ramp with all the momentum he could possibly muster? It's gravity defying and for a moment the man is flying with little control over what happens next. This momentum carries him all the way to the end of the stunt where one of two things can happen: he can either stick the landing, or crash horribly. Star Trek V is an example of an occassion when the momentum from one of the most successful stunts ever carried the vehicle into disastrous collision.
After the raving success of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Paramount wanted to ride the warp trail for as long as possible, so they commissioned another movie and demanded that it produce the same success as The Voyage Home. This is never the way success is achieved. In fact, this is almost invariably a recipe for disaster. It's like your captain is climibing a really tall mountain and you hover up next to him with your rocket boots and distract him so he falls to his death. While on vacation. And then you get called to duty because... well, now we're just getting into the actual movie.
|"Sorry, my Lord." "DON'T GROVEL."|
That's when Sybok reveals his plan to go to Sha Ka Ree, or the planet where God lives in the center of the galaxy, because he got a message from God. Meanwhile, Kirk, Bones and Spock are prisoners on their own ship. Because for some reason Sybok decided he didn't need to convert them yet. After he converts the rest of the crew (except for Scotty), then he gets around to them after they escape from the brig with the help of Scotty. Unfortunately, Scotty runs into a pole while helping them and ends up in sick bay where a converted Uhura confesses her undying love for him.
And that's when they get caught again. This time they go to some kind of stateroom or something and Kirk gets after Spock for not killing Sybok and that's when Sock reveals that Sybok is his brother. Half brother. I may have gotten that wrong. He may have said that in the brig, but I don't care enough about this movie to go back and change that. At least I know this: in the stateroom, Sybok comes in and shows Bones and Spock their pain. Bones had to euthenize his own father and Spock is forever haunted by his father's disapproval of his humanity. So, they both have daddy issues, but before Sybok could reveal Kirk's daddy issues, he says he NEEDS his pain! It's what makes him what he is! And there's no time for that, anyway, because now they're at Sha Ka Ree.
|Those effects sure are special.|
And then Kirk asks the obvious question: "What does God need with a starship?" For his insolence, God zaps him with some energy bolts, and then Spock and Bones defend him and similarly get blasted. Sybok is really confused because this is not the actions of the peaceful God he knew. And then God turns into the image of Sybok and they have a clone battle inside the blue haze. Meanwhile, Kirk, Bones and Spock get up and call for the Enterprise to fire torpedoes at God. They do so, and God is disabled. Scotty has the transporters relatively working now, so he can beam up two at a time. Spock and Bones go first and then SUDDENLY KLINGONS!
|"I'm gonna get you!"|
Then they all have a celebration back on the Enterprise while, off in the corner, Emo Spock is mourning the death of his brother. Kirk mentions he lost a brother once, but was lucky enough to get him back. I'm sure that was
I think I expressed my overall thoughts well enough in the first couple paragraphs, but just in case you've forgotten, this movie was a terrible, horrible, sloppy mess that was greenlit only for the money. Given more time and/or budget they could probably have pulled it off. Their biggest mistake, I think, was rushing so quickly that they were unable to use Industrial Light and Magic for their visual effects and went with some creep in a back alley instead. It was better than The Motion Picture, but not by much.