Film (1989). Paramount. Directed by William Shatner. Written by David Loughery from a story by Shatner, Harve Bennett, Loughery. Cast includes Persis Khambatta and the lead players from the Star Trek television series, along with Laurence Luckinbill. 107 minutes. Colour.
A visibly middle-aged, overweight crew enact a tepid melodrama in which the Enterprise is hijacked by a charismatic Vulcan healer, Sybok (Luckinbill), in search of God, who not unlike the Wizard of Oz proves fraudulent. (False gods are a recurring Cliché of Star Trek in both television and film incarnations.) The film has many anticlimaxes, especially the effortless transit of the supposedly impermeable Great Barrier, and is notable for embarrassingly Californian-style Vulcan therapy – "getting in touch with your own feelings". Shatner's direction has much in common with his acting. After mildly perking up with Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, the film series here plunged again, almost fatally.
The novelization is Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989) by J M Dillard. [PN]
see also: Cinema.
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